As for­eign re­cruiters tap the In­dian mar­ket, here is an in­sight into en­sur­ing recog­ni­tion on an in­ter­na­tional plat­form

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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.



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