3)Being a Placement mentor at IIM Lucknow, what according to you, one should do to make a CV more appealing for the summer placement process?
According to me, there isn’t any major change required to make an operations CV. One should focus on highlighting operations skills in their work ex and to some extent the POR section. The key here is to include certain keywords for operations and highlight skills like stakeholder management, process automation/digitization, and analytical skills.
4) How you prepared for Amazon's interview? Did you prepare differently for Amazon's interview?
Amazon requires a little specific prep. For Amazon, the most important thing is knowing their leadership principles and aligning your HR answers to that. A good starting point is various videos on YouTube of Jeff Bezos wherein he explains what actually do each and every leadership principle mean. One should prepare at least one incident wherein they demonstrated each LPs. Furthermore, read the latest news about Amazon, its businesses, etc. Lastly, there are videos explaining Amazon’s operations including various aspects of its value chain like warehousing, & first, middle and last-mile logistics on Amazon’s websites. It was the most important resource to deal with Amazon-specific cases. Guesstimates are also generally asked but for that, no specific preparation is required in my opinion.
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5) Any advice you would want to give; you wish you would have known before the Summer placement process?
As my last thoughts, I would say focus, do focus on guesstimates and case prep. It indirectly helps you to develop a structured thinking process that is helpful in GDs as well as PIs. Also, I cannot put more emphasis on HR prep. That is the single most important thing that would be helpful on D-day.