Summer Internships & Placement Tips For New B-School Joinees
The Summer Placements process is one of the first challenges that fresh B-school joinees need to overcome. From the very first step that first-year students take onto their campus, they need to start working on CV building and company research. While some students may adjust well with this unfamiliar and high-pressure environment, others may become overwhelmed.
Therefore, it is always a good practice to speak with those who have been in your shoes before to extract some key tips to deal with Summer Placements and the subsequent Summer Internships process.
This thread is dedicated to any questions that new B-school joinees may have around MBA Summer Placements & Internships. Your questions will be answered by B-school students, alumni, and Team InsideIIM!
The summer internship process is a gruelling time. A little heads up goes a long way. Hope the following tips work for everyone as they did for me.
- The CV making process is a first step. Few pointers to keep in mind while making a CV - have as many numbers as possible(like, if you came first in a competition then mention the number of participants or if you were involved in increasing the sales of a product then mention the percentage increase in sales that you were able to achieve,etc.), bold the important parts, and try to keep it as diverse as possible.
- Many companies have psychometric tests. Though these are based on your personality traits, you can always have a look at the company website to know what kind of traits they prefer the most.
- For the interview process, the questions can be broadly classified into two types - Behavioural and technical. For freshers technical questions will include subjects from their graduation days and for work-ex students they might include both graduation subjects as well as the kind of work they were involved with. There are a set of behavioural questions that you can practice from. The important thing to keep in mind here is you should have a story prepared for each question, so that on the d-day you are ready with answers immediately. Make sure that these stories do not stray away from reality. Things might get a little jumbled up then.
Before the D-day, take rest. Have a good night's sleep. Smile and go conquer the world. :)
For freshers, how much important is the brand of their UG college?
The brand of your UG college is like the cherry on top of the cake. The cake has a lot to it other than the cherry which is savoured by all. Similarly, if you come from one of the top colleges of India, that's great. But that's not all. Portray your best self on the CV. Mention your academic and extra curricular achievements. Make sure to include competitions held at national level or fests conducted by other reputed colleges. The important point to keep in mind is you need to give an impression that you are much more than the college you come from. Hope this helps. :)
Firstly I would like to assert the importance of Summer Placement. While students always get a second chance in the form of final placements, SIP's play a vital role in honing your skills in crafting CV's, exploring your domain of interest and ultimately landing your dream job even before the finals. Few pointers before any specific questions are asked.
1. CV - CV making is an art in itself. Begin with a a comprehensive account of your experience both from college and from work. Do not rush compressing data to fit it into a one pager. Craft each line in such a way that it portrays the best of your work. Most importantly, take your time. It took me a month to give a defined look to my CV.
2. Set Goals - Summer Placement hits you hard while you are looking to settle yourself up in the college. In the first months before SIP's decide upon your specialization and the companies you would like to sit for.
3. Never lose your cool - This really should be the mantra during these few months. A thousand things happen around you during Summer Placement. Be calm and take it one day at a time. In the end, having secured your seats in reputed B Schools I am sure every last person in the batch would be placed.
Ask away your questions below to allow us help you better...
Hi, I have a workex of only 8 months and after that I had quit to prepare for entrance exams. While I used this time to prepare (and clear) CFA Level 1 and give GMAT and CAT, I am worried that this fact might not sit right by the recruiters. What should I do to make up for this?
You are not alone here. I personally know a few of my friends who have had a similar profile. One of them had even left his job barely three months into it and had prepared for his exams. While you quit your job you have used this time wisely. You yourself have stated that you cleared CFA level 1 and had cleared the entrance exams as well. This shows that you have focus and chose to do what you desire succeeding in it. Recruiters will not read too much into this. Probable answer - Although be prepared for the question in case a recruiter poses the question about your activities during the time. Be prepared with an answer for why you chose to do CFA, your commitment to clearing it & the entrance exams and finally end confidently stating that you made the right decision for yourself coz you got the desired results. As for securing a shortlist goes, the friends that I had mentioned earlier had secured shortlists from some of the top recruiters on campus.
How much does the brand of your UG college matter? What's happens to a GEM from tier-3 engineering college?
@anmolas Your CV is a projection of yourself to the potential employer. It might look good on your CV to have the tag of an IIT/NIT. But along with that your achievements, the positions you have held, activities in UG and to a small extent CGPA also add to the over all strength of your CV. I can give you an elaborate explanation on why UG colleges are not another sole criteria on which your SIP's depend on. To keep it short here is a background of myself. I studied at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore. Most people are not aware of the college in my campus. Myself/profiles similar to mine got shortlists from companies like RB, Mondelez, ITC and Microsoft. There is a lot more to your CV than your UG college alone. Further, the shortlist criteria that companies follow behind closed doors are not always clear. So craft your CV to the best of your abilities.
@anmolas Your CV is a projection of yourself to the potential employer. It might look good on your CV to have the tag of an IIT/NIT. But along with that your achievements, the positions you have held, activities in UG and to a small extent CGPA also add to the over all strength of your CV.
I can give you an elaborate explanation on why UG colleges are not another sole criteria on which your SIP's depend on. To keep it short here is a background of myself. I studied at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore. Most people are not aware of the college in my campus. Myself/profiles similar to mine got shortlists from companies like RB, Mondelez, ITC and Microsoft.
There is a lot more to your CV than your UG college alone. Further, the shortlist criteria that companies follow behind closed doors are not always clear. So craft your CV to the best of your abilities.