The MBA craze is something, which will never go out of favour. Despite the global recession, fall, rise and fall again of oil and gold prices, the lure of the ‘MBA’ is too difficult to evade. What an internationally recognised MBA brings to the table is comprehensive training, excellent people and leadership skills, knowledge and acumen and the confidence to succeed. A recruiter is likely to give a job offer to a prospective employee with an international MBA rather than an MBA from a non-descript Faculty of Business at some local engineering college. The IIMs and IITs in India are slowly turning the tide around with students getting annual pay-packages in excess of INR1 crore from leading names like Facebook and Google!
Private institutions that run GMAT coaching programmes are the big winners in this fascination for the MBA as more and more students line up to get trained and be prepared to crack the GMAT. What this article will do - is to give you an idea of the kind of questions that usually get asked during an F1 visa interview and also give you tips to ace the interview!
The typical interview
What students need to understand is that the visa-officer/interviewer is just doing his/her job and processes a number of applications every day. So wasting the interviewer’s time or answering questions in an incoherent manner is not going to help your cause. The commonly asked questions are:
- Why did you select this university?
- Why are you so particular to do an MBA?
- What specialisation do you plan to opt for?
- Do you have any prior work experience?
- Tell me about yourself and your family?
- Do you have any friends or family-members living in the USA?
- How much money do you have in your account now?
- When does your passport expire?
- What do you plan to do once you complete your programme?
Answering the questions
You should answer the questions in a confident tone and be honest with your answers. Be very clear with how you will answer questions related to your future plans! “I plan to find a job in the USA” is not a very convincing answer and is not going to help you!! Remember that you need to meet all visa requirements and that the officer has to be convinced that you are a genuine student who will return to India on completion of your studies!
On the day of the interview be dressed in formal attire and remember to carry all documents that you are supposed to take along with you. Be at least 45 minutes before your actual appointment time to ensure that you do not get late due to traffic. If you need to commute a long way to reach the consulate or embassy remember to carry a bottle of water and stay hydrated. Eat light, be confident, dress well and give it your best shot! Remember you are going to head to the land of opportunity for an MBA!!!
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