Dinesh Divekar
Business Mentor, Consultant And Trainer
+1 Other

Hello,
I am a student, just now I done my MBA in HR and Marketing. I achieved many thing during my MBA like semester topper, National level summer internship competition in Jaipur etc.
My problem is that I am unable to crack interviews and it is very disappointing for me.I get feedback from interviewer that my communication skill is not up to mark.
Please help to cope up with this problem.
Need your useful advice, what should I do, campus placement is going to be end for my session.
26th June 2016 From India, undefined
Dear Deepa,

The problem of poor oral communication that you have mentioned is common all over India. Partially this is because our education system is exam oriented. Students are taught so that they can manage 3-hour paper of each subject. Your institution has never bothered to groom manager in you. Partially the problem lies with you as well. Education system apart, neither you thought what skills would be tested during the interview.

Nevertheless, you need to look at the future. Overall your written communication skills are not that bad. I say so considering this forum as the benchmark. This forum has sufficient number of egregious posts written by freshly passed MBAs. Considering those posts, you deserve more than passing marks in written communication.

To develop oral communication, start reading English newspapers especially business dailies. Read aloud so that you can develop a flow. Keep dictionary besides you while reading and check meaning of every difficult word that you find. Please note this is best ever method of improving your word power. Read editorials and take notes on the structure of the editorials.

Watch Indian English news channels and take notes on how the newscaster pronounces various words or phrases. Take notes on how the structure of the news presentation. As of now, I do not recommend BBC or CNN as these would of high level for you.

All the best!

Dinesh Divekar

Business Mentor, Consultant and Trainer


26th June 2016 From India, Bangalore
Practise makes perfect.
Keep communication in English.
Talk to family and friends confidently in English.
Listening to English news,reading newspapers and magazines will be helpful.
Once you are determined communicating in English will not be too difficult.
26th June 2016 From India, Pune
Hi Deepa,
Along with implementing the suggestions given by the citehr members, you may go through this link to work upon your interview skills:
Interview Preparation | Soft Skills and Behavioral Skills Training - Atul Sharma, New Delhi
All the best!
27th June 2016 From India, Delhi
Hi deepa,
I fully endorse with what my friends have said. Apart from improving one's communication skills, there is always a need to practice public speaking, making brief ppt presentations on various topics of interest like employee engagement, organizational/cultural transformation etc., and prepare speaking/elaborating on the bullet points so that your thought process gets translated into an acceptable statement on your favourite subject. This practice immensely helps you to gain an edge over your competitors since you are already best in your core subject. These things must be included as a part of curriculum in professional courses which is not happening right now. I am sure you would benefit by doing so and be able to face your next interview well. Make sure that you have eye contact with interviwers is of utmost importance. Wish you all the best.
28th June 2016 From India, Hyderabad
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