How to ace an MBA interview despite a bad answer

A bad answer during an MBA interview will not bring your overall impression down, if you can keep your confidence up. Find out how students applying to overseas MBA schools can recover from weak answers during the MBA interview.

If you make a mistake in the middle of an MBA interview, it is not the end of the world. Let us face it; we are not all self-possessed and self-aware all of the time, so such mistakes are possible. Many Indian students applying to tough overseas MBA schools feel over-burdened by the pressure, and when a slip of the tongue or nervousness makes them give what they think is a "bad answer", they become even more nervous and lose confidence for the rest of the interview. Or else they either ignore the answer or ask the interviewer for a chance to expand on their answer once again.

But these are not the way to go, if you have answered a question badly on your interview. You can mitigate the effects of a bad or weak answer with honesty and positivity. Here are some things to do to recover your interview.

Do not beat yourself up in the moment

The worst thing you can do after giving a bad answer when the rest of the interview was going fine is to undermine the impression that you make overall. If you have been asked a question that you have not thought about before, you might get stuck in that moment. But remember that the success of your interview does not just hinge on your individual answers but also an overall impression. Stay confident – if you have already given an answer that you realize is flawed; sell it with confidence and positivity.

Move on, but try to mitigate

You should immediately move on to the next question, without losing confidence. Do not become focused on what just happened and beat yourself up over it. Instead, think of the new question as a new opportunity to impress upon your interviewer that you are a natural candidate for their MBA program.

Also, if you made a mistake in one answer, try to make up for it in another answer by addressing the issue in that context. This will work if you already know your stories and selling points well, and can add something to what you have already said in your later answers.

Show positive body language

Most importantly, keep your body language positive. Even after you have made an error of judgment in one answer, you should smile and make eye contact. This is not the natural tendency of people who realize they have made a poor answer. The natural tendency is to look away, show lack of confidence on the face and body etc. But you should immediately take a deep breath and forget about the previous answer. Positivity is a great asset that will make an impression upon your interviewer, so keep your body language positive. Experts who train students for MBA interviews reiterate over and over again that confidence is the key to cracking the toughest MBA interviews. Confidence may be able to sell anything to anyone.

Prepare for your MBA interview but if things do not go your way on the big day, keep the above points in mind and quickly recover from a bad answer by bringing out all your confidence. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions after the MBA interview, remember to ask the right questions to salvage the bad interview.

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Author: Swati Sarnobat25 Apr 2017 Member Level: Gold   Points : 3

Yes, students should gain tips to ace an MBA interview and they are often afraid of wrong answer. The interviewer is not all the times looking out for a right answer, but the process of attaining an answer. Your answer may be wrong, but you must explain to the interviewer why do you think so? You must explain the analysis of the question and how it is related to your answer. If you want to study an MBA course, reasoning power is an important factor. So, to show your competency, you must exhibit your knowledge.

Author: Juana04 May 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 5

MBA interviews are generally pressure tests that gauge the candidate's overall personality. Selection is not based on a single answer, it has more to do with the overall impression that the candidate makes.

There is often not enough time to explain a wrong answer. It can be done only if the interviewer pursues the subject and provides an opening, in which case the candidate must grab the opportunity. Explaining a wrong answer brings too much focus to it. The interviewer might not even have noticed the answer, but if a candidate becomes overly conscious and begins explaining his explanations that's a bad sales pitch.

Interviewers representing top business schools look for a complete package. The key is to exude confidence. Show positive body language. Be articulate. Stick to the subject.

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