Un-sexy secrets of a super dude interviewee who converted all IIM calls

Do you know what it takes to convert all IIM calls ?

I came to know about this guy a couple of months back who converted all of his IIM calls. I will not disclose his name as he doesn’t want or need any publicity.

What were his secrets?

Before I tell you his secrets, I would like to tell you a story.

As you probably know by now, I don’t directly give solutions and why giving you solution directly will never work any time. Click here to know why.

The story is very compelling….

Do you know who Gerry Spence is?

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Gerry Spence is the best trial lawyer who has ever lived.

His “courtroom miracles” dwarf anything created by Hollywood or TV.

And he has never lost a criminal trial in his life.

He has written a book named ” How to argue and win every time

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In fact, he’s so amazingly effective at what he does … a leading member of the defense bar once accused him of “hypnotizing” a jury.  Even to the point where he tried to get the judge to ban Gerry from using such “trickery” in the court.

What really makes Gerry so all-fired persuasive and powerful at arguing?

Well, according to his book, How To Argue And Win Every Time the real magic behind his success has nothing to do with hypnosis, mind games or “tricks. ”

No, according to Gerry, it is nothing more than superior preparation.

And guess what?

Superior preparation is what separates the men from the boys and women from girls in anything in life-law,politics, debates, sports, academics, copywriting and selling.

Courtesy : Ben Settle

Preparation in personal interview doesn’t mean mugging answers and puking it on interviewer. It means preparing the information about yourself and about your passions, hobbies, goals, strengths and weakness. It’s more about knowing about yourself. Many students go into this trap of rattofying answers and making fool of themselves and you know what happens when your attempt is proved to be an Epic fail.

First, take time to know about yourself , explore yourself, don’t go on a spree to search for answers outside.

Many student’s answers are affected by what other people aspire to be. Their goals become their goal. This is called “borrowed answers” “borrowed dreams”.

Some people borrow answers just in order to look good, so that interviewer perceives them of higher status. I am not saying don’t have big dreams but don’t try to copy dreams because they look good on paper and reality.

Some MBA coaching classes teach such BS stuff and everybody from that class comes with same or similar answers.

And guess what?

Interviewer senses that. They know where you are coming from. They know what you are going to do. And then they royally screw you up.

They know idiot guys trying to come up with unique but idiotic answers. They don’t want to do anything but they act as if they own the world.

So, I am going to give you some tips that he followed, take it with a pinch of salt.

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  • Take time to go through all your achievements in your life, no matter how small they are ( according to you)
  • Write down all of your achievements and failures.
  • Write down the lesson learnt in all these years
  • Talk to your friends, peers, colleagues and parents that what qualities they find useful and positive inside you as well as your bad qualities.
  • Take time to deliberate on what you want to do accomplish in next 5 years, it doesn’t have to be something gigantic, it doesn’t have to be something spectacular, it doesn’t have to be something to impress the interviewer. Just take your time to think about it.
  • Whenever you have sudden epiphany, jot it down.
  • Prepare answers for typically asked questions. While you write down answers try to poke holes in your answer by asking what interviewer might ask you.

Let’s say “You told interviewer that “ In my last years, I developed my interest in Finance, so I want to choose Finance as specialization.” Then justify why that inclination was developed. How it was developed. Does it really have anything to do with finance or you are saying it to impress the interviewer. Do you know what you are going to learn in Finance or you are just saying it to get approval.

I know from my experience that whenever I tried doing this. It didn’t make any logical sense.

I had inclination towards solving mathematical puzzles and conundrums and I also loved to play with nos. My calculation speed was very good, so I said “I want to go into finance. “ but I never bothered to check what actual finance was or I didn’t check  with any senior or passout to inquire him/her about what finance is all about.

You may still get selected even if you can’t justify it properly.

But point I’m trying to make here is to help you crack the Interview code.

If you want to get selected , you will be selected even on the basis of your CAT score, your graduation marks, your work experience but you are not here to learn about how to get into good MBA colleges anyhow , you are probably here to crack interview effectively.So you want to get selected in good B-school for your outstanding performance in the interview not because of any fluke.

We know, the people who get into B-school by fluke , they suffer afterwards, in the placements, in summer placements, in extra-curriculars or in co-curricular. If you want to develop yourself, start developing before you getting into B-school.

Most people , I saw they are so clinging on the thought of getting into IIMs that when they crack IIM code and they get into IIMs, their actual worth is revealed. They can’t cope up with competition and they live mediocre life even some of them are 99.9xx%ilers.Don’t just study to crack interview, study by taking account of larger perspective.

Most of you or coaching classes won’t agree with me on this.

Why?

It’s because they are so obsessed with instant gratification that they can’t see through their real eyes. Many people just want quick fixes. Coaching classes are perfect for providing you with the quick fixes. They also need to take care of their expenses.

But what he told me was really astounding, he didn’t study for the interview, he studied, explored for the larger benefit, that’s the reason he could crack all IIM interviews.

Prepare for the long term.

Personal interview is not the last step but it’s the first step.

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Sukrut is a passionate geek, internet visionary and a full time blogger, he has been teaching MBA students from the past two years, he is a chemical engineer by qualification,. Read my full story here

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  1. Maedhavini says

    Its a really nice article. I have been preparing for the 5-year integrated program at IIM-I but I studied just for cracking the written.. after reading your article.. I realised it’s actually for the “long term” … Thankyou!!! I will work harder !!!

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