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‘Tailor your resume depending on the job role’

Apeejay School of Management student S Sainath, who recently bagged a high-paying job opportunity with Accenture, shares tips on campus placements



Born and brought up in Delhi, S Sainath, 25, completed his graduation from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University. After which, he worked with Genpact in the finance and accounting domain for a year.  He is currently pursuing his MBA with specialisation in Marketing and Operations from the Apeejay School of Management (ASM). Recently, the MBA student got hired as a Platform and Functional Advisor by Accenture with a handsome pay package. In an interview, he highlights important things a candidate must focus on before the interview. Edited excerpts:

How did ASM groom you to face campus placements? 

ASM provides a plethora of opportunities along with proper guidance to crack personal interviews. There are dedicated mentors assigned who train you for the corporate world. Undoubtedly, the institute prepares you well for campus placements.

Preparation is key for any job interview.  The interview preparation strategy I focused on ? Well, I did thorough research about the company and its background. You can also find out who will be interviewing you, and review the job description in detail so you understand it inside out. Moreover, if you have prior work experience, be prepared to face in-depth questions on that. Brush up your current affairs and find out what’s trending in the domain you have previously worked in. Tailor your resume depending on the job role and highlight key skill sets pertaining to the position. Finally, depending on your interest area, acquire as many certifications as possible.

What are the things that a candidate must focus on right before the interview?

Communication plays a key role while giving a job interview. Good communication skills of the candidate give the interviewer an idea about the personality, attitude, and etiquette of the candidate. Yes, your choice of words is vital in the interview. Secondly, it’s natural that you will feel the stress. But try to stay calm and confident. Take deep breaths and practice positive, self-affirmation thoughts in your mind. Finally, work on developing the skill to think on your feet. To do so, do not rush. Take some time to get your thoughts straight and calm yourself down enough to make a clear reply. 

Where do you aspire to see yourself in the next five years?

Honestly, I like to remain in the present rather than contemplate the future, But I can assure that I will not regret the trajectory chosen. Hence, I would say that post-MBA, I envision myself entering the corporate world coupled with constant learning at every step.

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.