THE GLOBAL EDGE
As foreign recruiters tap the Indian market, here is an insight into ensuring recognition on an international platform
The world, that we live in today, is flat. Technology in today’s age of globalisation has reduced distances and facilitated free knowledge-sharing to an extent that we are required to think and operate faster. As the fear of falling back looms, the war for talent has intensified with international recruiter's tapping talent pools across B-schools for potential leaders.
Here are some techniques to help create a positive impression.
Do your homework Prepare carefully for every interview. Prior to an interview, look up the company background, business model, mission and values, target audience they are catering to, their products and positioning, by visiting the company website, speaking to company executives, and industry people. The more knowledge that you have about the company, the better prepared you are.
Connect the dots When you aspire to join an organisation, you should have a clear idea why you would want to do so. Read the job description posted by the company carefully and understand the expert- ise, skill sets, work experience and the attitude that the role demands.
During interviews, proactively highlight relevant past experience, difficult situations and challenges successfully handled by you, along with other competencies that you have, in a structured manner. While answering, always keep in mind the fitment to the role. Remember that relating an experience is a good way to get a point across. Clearly describe an appropriate situation, specify the task that you had to perform, the actions that you took and the results thereof.
Leverage your experience It is natural for students to view a management programme as a career-booster which helps them climb the corporate ladder faster. A common mistake is to answer all questions based on your pre MBA work experience. You need to talk about your experience but you also need to put on the table your learning from the course. This is an area that needs a lot of practice. Do mock interviews and refine this art.
Keep up with the world Every interviewer, irrespective of the role being offered, looks at you as a potential leader. Besides past experience and a good educational background, it is important to be well equipped with adequate knowledge of what is happening around you. While it may not be possible for you to be well versed with nitty-gritty’s of every industry, you must be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the macroeconomic environment and the international business landscape.
recruiter's want to understand whether candidates appreciate business as it happens in the global context. To ace this, it is important to keep yourself posted on international developments, trends and global practices.
This cannot be done overnight. Please start right now. Make it a point to read the business page of the newspaper, every day. If you do this every day, slowly you will build up your business knowledge. Also develop a reading habit. You should be able to discuss concepts from books that you have read with the recruiter.
Lastly, be confident and treat the interview as a discussion.
V. K. MENON
SENIOR DIRECTOR, ADMISSIONS AND CAREER ADVANCEMENT SERVICES, ISB