The Final Frontier with Deepali Naair – High Quality Interview Preparation for Shortlisted Candidates after CAT Results

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The Final Frontier with Deepali Naair

You are almost there. Amongst the brightest minds in the country. Wouldn’t want to squander it away now. Would want to conquer the final frontier.

If you are expecting to be called for personal interviews by premier business schools in India then you must allow us to help you. We don’t coach people by transforming them into people they are not. We don’t promise magic. But we promise we can help you showcase the best in you.

Deepali has helped students do that for years now. Over 150 students over the last decade with Deepali’s help have convinced the best business schools in India and the world that they are special. They are all in premier schools like IIMs – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, Indore, Kozhikode, SPJIMR Mumbai, XLRI Jamshedpur, JBIMS Mumbai, INSEAD ,NUS Singapore, HEC Paris etc. apart from other top schools like NMIMS Mumbai, IIFT Delhi, SIBM Pune, MICA Ahmedabad etc.

Let the success do the talking:

 

Ms.Deepali Naair, or Deepali Mam to me, has been a “True Guru” in every sense to me. Besides being a great coach and mentor, she is one of the most wonderful human beings and friends I have come across. I owe a lot to her, both personally and professionally. It was her guidance that helped me gain clarity and confidence about the interview process at India’s top B-Schools, and she is an architect of my admission to IIM Ahmedabad. Deepali Mam’s insights and observations are as sharp as ever, and her pursuit of perfection, professionalism and energy in work as well as life is highly infectious. I am sure there have been and are many like me, with many more to come, who shall forever cherish the privilege of having been students and friends of Deepali Mam. I thank her with all my heart for all that she has contributed to me, and my success. 

Siddharth Shah, IIM Ahmedabad ,Class of 2012 (He interned with Goldman Sachs in the summer of 2011)

I vividly remember your first few words, “The pain of not converting a call is much more than not getting one”. Since then you have not only been a mentor but also a source of inspiration. I worked hard but you worked harder to ensure that I reach here. Interviews at 1AM(I was working in shifts till 12am), endless vetting of minute details on my forms, informal chats before the D-day(the game changer for me). These were small things for you but they meant a lot to me ma’am, in fact I have been blessed to have met you.

Atin Jain, IIM Ahmedabad,Class of 2013

 

“Deepali ma’m is one in a million! For someone so busy and successful she still finds time to provide Interview preps and also work through the night for our preps! It just shows how passionate she is about her students. I owe her big time for ironing out my flaws and helping me through my interview preps for IIM Calcutta!  She makes sure that we are perfectly prepared for all interview situations. The huge number of her students in various IIMs and other top B-schools is proof enough of how well she prepares them!”

Yateesh Shetty, IIM Calcutta, Class of 2012

 

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Success Stories – Deepali Naair

Who is Deepali Naair?

Mrs. Deepali Naair – Country Head, Brand & Corporate Communications, L & T General Insurance Ltd.

Deepali Naair has had an eclectic marketing career working in varied industries. She began her career with Tata Motors followed by a stint in marketing at BPL Mobile, when the first mobile phone was launched in India. She has also worked in Advertising as a Strategic Planner at Draft FCB-Ulka followed by a stint in a consumer goods company – Marico as Marketing Manager for Saffola and Mediker. Her last assignment was with HSBC Global Asset Management India as Vice President & Head of Marketing. Apart from successfully managing marketing for India operations, she led the Global relaunch (communication development) of HSBC Global Asset Management Brand, which used to be HSBC Investments in its previous avatar. Her 19 years experience is primarily in the area of Marketing, New Product Development and Brand Planning. She has led teams across Asia Pacific in her various stints.

In 2010, she joined L&T as part of the start up team to launch the General Insurance business as Country Head for Brand and Corporate Communications. She has been instrumental in designing the brand strategy and digital strategy for L&T Insurance. Apart from her responsibilities at L&T Insurance, she was recently chosen to lead the marketing of the very successful IPO of L&T Finance Holdings Ltd. For complete profile, click here – Mrs. Deepali Naair

 

Who should do ‘The Final Frontier with Deepali Naair’ at InsideIIM.com?

Individuals who aspire to be in the best management schools of the country. Most importantly, aspirants who are willing to work hard on being able to be their best before their first interview this season.We must warn you that now she chooses to work with only 25 students at a time.

What do we offer?

A complete solution for your final stage of admission in premier business schools in India – Personal Profile Forms, Essays and Interviews. You will work directly with Deepali.  Apart from her we will ensure you also have assistance from other industry leaders with 15 to 20 years of experience and a few other middle management corporate executives.

For more details about the product and the cost of the programme, fill the form below:

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Which Are The Dream Companies On Top Business School Campuses? – InsideIIM Recruitment Survey 2016 – Part 12

We conclude our Recruitment Survey Results with the announcement of this year’s list of Dream Companies. These companies have been declared by Aspirants, Business School Students and Alumni as their Dream companies across all sectors, functions and locations. We asked all three categories of respondents to name their top 5 Dream companies. They were asked to type the names of companies and no list was provided to choose from.

(You can find the previous 11 parts in this series here which cover Marketing, Banking and General Management Lists, other important stats around expected salaries, preferred work cities, Cost of an MBA etc.)

15.1 first year and aspirants 15.2 2nd Years 01 15.3 Post MBA

 

You will not find a big difference in the list when compared to the previous year. In fact, you will see that while positions have changed within the top 10, there is hardly any change over the last 3 years. Check 2014 Data here or check 2012 results here.

Unilever has never dropped out of the top 5 for any respondent category over the last 5 years. Mckinsey & Co. and BCG have rarely dropped out of the top 5 in the last 5 years for any respondent category. TAS, Google, P&G are other names who have never dropped out of top 10.  Amazon, Goldman Sachs and Facebook are very strong names which will figure almost every year. Aditya Birla Group is generally quite strong among the graduating class – probably because of the Young Leader’s Programme. Microsoft, ITC, Mahindra, Deloitte and JPMC are other names which are have been in the top 10 multiple times even if a few of them miss out this year.

Dream companies are brands which are built slowly over the years and a lot of things need to align for this to happen. Only if there is consistently good feedback from alumni, professors, current employees etc. can such a brand positioning be sustained. This is combined with factors like good compensation, a challenging work place and a sustained employer branding outreach programme. While it is not surprising to see international companies feature so prominently in this list, it is heartening to see Indian companies like TAS, ABG and ITC make their presence felt quite strongly against the global behemoths with glamorous brands.

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Celebrating Womanhood On InsideIIM – Miti Vaidya – XLRI Alumna

Women’s day is round the corner, and Team InsideIIM interviewed some women who inspire us.

In the next few days, every day, we will bring you the story of a woman who is out there standing strong and high, carving her way in this tough world. What drives them, what are their opinions about things, and some words of wisdom.

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them, may we raise them.”

In this first article of the series, we start with someone close to home. Miti Vaidya – Miti Vaidya is an alumna of XLRI Jamshedpur (Class of 2011) and has also successfully completed Chartered Accountancy (May 2011). She joined TAS from campus and spent 5 years in various businesses and functions across India and Europe. Now, as part of the core team at InsideIIM – Konversations, she is focusing on new ways to expand offerings in education. She can be found curled up with a book after hours.

What was high school like for you? How did it contribute to your personality/ the person you are right now?

To this day, there are some school friends who refer to me as “Topper”, “Scholar” and such other academic insults. So, it shouldn’t be hard to infer that I was quite the geek in high school. Yes, it’s true that I did well in exams, but I definitely didn’t spend all my time studying (I can picture those same friends smirking). My interests, however, even at that time, weren’t really “cool”. I was obsessed with reading and easily got through the English literature textbook well in advance of the start of the academic year. I also inherited a lot of discipline and structure from my father, but was known for being unexpectedly devilish once in a while.

I guess all of this contributes strongly to the person I am right now. Pretty sure I’m still a geek (I sometimes spend my free time on Lynda or FutureLearn; it’s ok, go on, roll your eyes, I am not offended). Definitely still obsessed with reading. My love for neatness and structure is likely considered borderline OCD by those close to me.

On a serious note, I think all my habits and traits from high school have led me to be a very reliable friend and colleague, albeit a risk-averse one.

 

If money was no object, what would you do all day?

No-brainer question – travel and read, of course.

After a few weeks of this, I would probably get depressed without a productive goal to work towards, so I’d go and find myself a job. Education is my pet sector – I have tremendous faith in its power.

 

What advice would you give to a 5-year-younger you?

Travel more, flirt more and quit that finance job ASAP!

 

Many IIMs and other b-schools award extra points for being a woman. What is your take on that? Do you propagate the concept OR Have you faced any backlash for the same?

When I entered B-School, there were no such points formally awarded to women, so I haven’t faced any backlash. However, personally, I am in favour of this concept. In India, despite all efforts to promote women involvement, I think we are still woefully behind in terms of gender equality. It is important to have more women leaders or role models and one way to do this is by admitting more women into quality higher education. However, I don’t think this is the only solution or even a sustainable one. It only treats the symptoms of the gender equality problem to some extent. The real change can only come if there is a concerted effort to bring about a change in attitude in our homes and workplaces.

 

Name one incident that you encountered where someone told you, you couldn’t do something because you’re a woman.

The fondest memories of my time at Narsee Monjee College are of the B.Com college festival, Umang. Much of my personality shaping happened during my late teens as part of the leadership in this college festival. When I joined the organising committee, the festival had been running annually for a few years, but had never yet had a female Chairperson or a female Vice-Chairperson 3 (which oversaw Technical, Security and Finance departments). No one said out loud that a woman couldn’t hold these posts; it had just never happened. I loved working for Umang, and progressed very quickly in the organising team, with a good chance of becoming the first female Chairperson. I eventually lost by two votes to one of my closest friends, but made up by going on to become Vice-Chairperson 3 in his team. There was scepticism initially, whether a girl would be able to manage the rough external contractors who worked with the Technical department or be able to manage the physical pressures of the Security department. Today, I am proud to say that there have been enough women in this post after me, so whether a woman can do it is no longer a discussion point.

 

If you are out on a date, do you prefer to pay yourself? If you insisted that you want to pay for yourself, how did the other person react?

Quick Supporting Fact – I recently married the guy who I have been with off-and-on for over a decade, so I don’t really have too many “date” data points to rely on. Nevertheless, I am usually happy to split the bill equally; I think it’s the most hassle-free way. My boyfriend was usually happy with that too. Now that we are married, we don’t split each time. But we usually pay alternately and I think it has balanced over time. It definitely helps that neither of us think this is a big deal or something that needs discussion.

 

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InsideIIM Student Team 3.0 – Apply Now!

Since the inception of InsideIIM, it has stood for Quality, Creative, and Relevant Content. In an endeavour to stay true to these pillars, every year, we invite current students at premier b-schools to be a part of InsideIIM Student Team. This enables the students to work on and contribute to a real life business whilst still studying at the b-school.

Our 2015-16 Student Team comprised of students from IIM A, IIM B, XLRI, IIM I and IIM Trichy. You can read more about them here. Our 2016-17 Student Team comprised of students from IIM C, IIM B, XLRI, IIM I, IIM K, IIM L, IIM Trichy. You can read more about them here.

Our student team keeps the content on InsideIIM relevant. They also serve as great guides and mentors to the next crop of students about to enter business schools. The InsideIIM student team is a unique proposition where students get to run an online platform while they are studying. They learn the nuts and bolts of digital marketing, analytics and user behaviour in the online world. Students get immediate feedback about their work based on user behaviour on InsideIIM. Unlike most projects where one gives recommendations and goes away, on InsideIIM the student team is actually involved in the execution.
Tenure of the 3rd Student Team (2nd Year Students) : 15th March 2017 to 15th December 2017.

Note: We are inviting applications for the 3rd Student Team at InsideIIM for the year 2017-18 from students who will graduate in 2018. The last date to send in your applications is 9th March.

Does this proposition excite you? Great! Fill the form below to apply for InsideIIM Student Team 3.0:

 

Who should apply?

– The person should be able to write. One of the toughest skills is to be able to articulate oneself in a structured manner. This automatically means that the person is also a good reader. We are open to hardworking and enthusiastic individuals too who may not be good at either but still contribute by virtue of sheer will power.

– Someone who is well-networked and has a high social media quotient. Are you an influencer?

– Never shies away from doing any level of work to get the desired outcome – Dignity of Labour. It does not mean you need to do anything illegal or immoral.

– Someone who has opinions about many things but uses facts, data and logic to form them.

– Extremely good communication skills.

– Loves data analysis and writing.

– He/She is proud of his/her background, university, business school etc.

If one or more things apply to you, you should definitely apply!

For any queries, please write to heer.shingala@insideiim.comand nidhi.malkan@insideiim.com

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Since the inception of InsideIIM, it has stood for Quality, Creative, and Relevant Content. In an endeavour to stay true to these pillars, every year, we invite current students at premier b-schools to be a part of InsideIIM Student Team. This enables the students to work on and contribute to a real life business whilst still studying at the b-school.

Our 2015-16 Student Team comprised of students from IIM A, IIM B, XLRI, IIM I and IIM Trichy. You can read more about them here. Our 2016-17 Student Team comprised of students from IIM C, IIM B, XLRI, IIM I, IIM K, IIM L, IIM Trichy. You can read more about them here.

Our student team keeps the content on InsideIIM relevant. They also serve as great guides and mentors to the next crop of students about to enter business schools. The InsideIIM student team is a unique proposition where students get to run an online platform while they are studying. They learn the nuts and bolts of digital marketing, analytics and user behaviour in the online world. Students get immediate feedback about their work based on user behaviour on InsideIIM. Unlike most projects where one gives recommendations and goes away, on InsideIIM the student team is actually involved in the execution.
Tenure of the 3rd Student Team (2nd Year Students) : 15th March 2017 to 15th December 2017.

Note: We are inviting applications for the 3rd Student Team at InsideIIM for the year 2017-18 from students who will graduate in 2018. The last date to send in your applications is 9th March.

Does this proposition excite you? Great! Fill the form below to apply for InsideIIM Student Team 3.0:

 

Who should apply?

– The person should be able to write. One of the toughest skills is to be able to articulate oneself in a structured manner. This automatically means that the person is also a good reader. We are open to hardworking and enthusiastic individuals too who may not be good at either but still contribute by virtue of sheer will power.

– Someone who is well-networked and has a high social media quotient. Are you an influencer?

– Never shies away from doing any level of work to get the desired outcome – Dignity of Labour. It does not mean you need to do anything illegal or immoral.

– Someone who has opinions about many things but uses facts, data and logic to form them.

– Extremely good communication skills.

– Loves data analysis and writing.

– He/She is proud of his/her background, university, business school etc.

If one or more things apply to you, you should definitely apply!

For any queries, please write to heer.shingala@insideiim.comand nidhi.malkan@insideiim.com

Hope to have you onboard soon!

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Since the inception of InsideIIM, it has stood for Quality, Creative, and Relevant Content. In an endeavour to stay true to these pillars, every year, we invite current students at premier b-schools to be a part of InsideIIM Student Team. This enables the students to work on and contribute to a real life business whilst still studying at the b-school.

Our 2015-16 Student Team comprised of students from IIM A, IIM B, XLRI, IIM I and IIM Trichy. You can read more about them here. Our 2016-17 Student Team comprised of students from IIM C, IIM B, XLRI, IIM I, IIM K, IIM L, IIM Trichy. You can read more about them here.

Our student team keeps the content on InsideIIM relevant. They also serve as great guides and mentors to the next crop of students about to enter business schools. The InsideIIM student team is a unique proposition where students get to run an online platform while they are studying. They learn the nuts and bolts of digital marketing, analytics and user behaviour in the online world. Students get immediate feedback about their work based on user behaviour on InsideIIM. Unlike most projects where one gives recommendations and goes away, on InsideIIM the student team is actually involved in the execution.
Tenure of the 3rd Student Team (2nd Year Students) : 15th March 2017 to 15th December 2017.

Note: We are inviting applications for the 3rd Student Team at InsideIIM for the year 2017-18 from students who will graduate in 2018. The last date to send in your applications is 9th March.

Does this proposition excite you? Great! Fill the form below to apply for InsideIIM Student Team 3.0:

 

Who should apply?

– The person should be able to write. One of the toughest skills is to be able to articulate oneself in a structured manner. This automatically means that the person is also a good reader. We are open to hardworking and enthusiastic individuals too who may not be good at either but still contribute by virtue of sheer will power.

– Someone who is well-networked and has a high social media quotient. Are you an influencer?

– Never shies away from doing any level of work to get the desired outcome – Dignity of Labour. It does not mean you need to do anything illegal or immoral.

– Someone who has opinions about many things but uses facts, data and logic to form them.

– Extremely good communication skills.

– Loves data analysis and writing.

– He/She is proud of his/her background, university, business school etc.

If one or more things apply to you, you should definitely apply!

For any queries, please write to heer.shingala@insideiim.comand nidhi.malkan@insideiim.com

Hope to have you onboard soon!

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Since the inception of InsideIIM, it has stood for Quality, Creative, and Relevant Content. In an endeavour to stay true to these pillars, every year, we invite current students at premier b-schools to be a part of InsideIIM Student Team. This enables the students to work on and contribute to a real life business whilst still studying at the b-school.

Our 2015-16 Student Team comprised of students from IIM A, IIM B, XLRI, IIM I and IIM Trichy. You can read more about them here. Our 2016-17 Student Team comprised of students from IIM C, IIM B, XLRI, IIM I, IIM K, IIM L, IIM Trichy. You can read more about them here.

Our student team keeps the content on InsideIIM relevant. They also serve as great guides and mentors to the next crop of students about to enter business schools. The InsideIIM student team is a unique proposition where students get to run an online platform while they are studying. They learn the nuts and bolts of digital marketing, analytics and user behaviour in the online world. Students get immediate feedback about their work based on user behaviour on InsideIIM. Unlike most projects where one gives recommendations and goes away, on InsideIIM the student team is actually involved in the execution.
Tenure of the 3rd Student Team (2nd Year Students) : 15th March 2017 to 15th December 2017.

Note: We are inviting applications for the 3rd Student Team at InsideIIM for the year 2017-18 from students who will graduate in 2018. The last date to send in your applications is 9th March.

Does this proposition excite you? Great! Fill the form below to apply for InsideIIM Student Team 3.0:

 

Who should apply?

– The person should be able to write. One of the toughest skills is to be able to articulate oneself in a structured manner. This automatically means that the person is also a good reader. We are open to hardworking and enthusiastic individuals too who may not be good at either but still contribute by virtue of sheer will power.

– Someone who is well-networked and has a high social media quotient. Are you an influencer?

– Never shies away from doing any level of work to get the desired outcome – Dignity of Labour. It does not mean you need to do anything illegal or immoral.

– Someone who has opinions about many things but uses facts, data and logic to form them.

– Extremely good communication skills.

– Loves data analysis and writing.

– He/She is proud of his/her background, university, business school etc.

If one or more things apply to you, you should definitely apply!

For any queries, please write to heer.shingala@insideiim.comand nidhi.malkan@insideiim.com

Hope to have you onboard soon!

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