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‘Self-introduction indeed plays a vital role in an interview process’

Apeejay student Isha Mehmood, who recently bagged a job offer at Gartner with an excellent salary package, shares tips on how to ace campus placements

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Born and brought up in Delhi, Isha Mehmood completed her schooling from St. Michael’s Senior Secondary School. She then completed her BBA and is now pursuing Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) with specialisation in HR + Operations from Apeejay School of Management (ASM).

The Apeejay student has always been an active speaker and a sportsperson since her schooling days. She has participated in several mock UNs, debates, done anchoring along with playing basketball in her free time. “Apart from that I have also been an active leader in my under-graduation college wherein I have headed/introduced debating club in my college, organised and coordinated the annual fests and youth parliaments,” she mentioned. In fact, Isha believes these activities have played a significant role in her overall personality development – which to a large extent works as a predictor for job performance and assessing the candidates’ behavioural tendencies towards a given task. 

The Apeejay student has recently been hired by Gartner as Talent Sourcer. In this interview she shares about her new job responsibility and how she cracked the campus placement interview:

What is the role you have been hired for at Gartner?

The role that I have been hired for at Gartner is a Talent Sourcer. In this role, I will have to focus on proactively identifying and developing a pipeline of candidates aligned to specific business units, utilising multiple strategies including online databases, social media sites, Boolean keyword searching, cold calling contact lists and networking to identify top talent for our organisation.

How to prepare effectively for campus placements?

I believe preparation for your placements is something very unique and personal to every individual. What works for one person might not work for the others, so the first thing is, to find out what works for you. If it is your communication, technical knowledge, practical knowledge, etc. And once you find that, start working on polishing those skills . Apart from that, be actively engaged and communicative with your faculty and the CRC & placement faculties, build a strong connection with them, be open at every aspect, and try to build your mentor-mentee relationship.

Self-introduction forms an integral part for the face-to-face/personal interview round. How to prepare for it?

Self-introduction is indeed a vital part for every interview, to get a hold of that, sort out your thoughts first, prepare a structured content beginning with your introduction, your schooling, graduation, current degree, and then moving further to your awards and accolades, high points of your life – your strengths then slightly shifting to your practical experiences (jobs/internships). You may conclude with a little about your personality and hobbies (only the ones that you can justify if questioned upon).

Harshita is Assistant Editor at Apeejay newsroom. With experience in both the Media and Public Relations (PR) world, she has worked with Careers360, India Today and Value360 Communications. A learner by nature, she is a foodie, traveller and believes in having a healthy work-life balance.

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