Guide to Professional Networking and Job Search

Only a handful of us, hold jobs that are directly linked to our past work experience or academics. And in the era of opportunity in disguise where talent hunt and job seekers are at parallel lines. “To Bridge this gap” I wanted to pen down a few mantras, through which Job seekers could make themselves visible and how talent seekers could findtheir potential candidates.

In today’s scenario, seeking employment is mentally and emotionally draining. It even begins to affect your self-worth. Efficiency is what is required in job hunting, with holistic views and of course knowledge and use of technology. All institutions are helping students to make use of the technologies for future growth. As, in the present scenario, technology is utilized to improve teaching and learning and help our students be corporate ready.

Guide-to-Professional-Networking-and-Job-Search_1On a daily bases we get to see Job openings with profile descriptions on various Portals – Linkedin being one of the best social professional platform. Bases your interest- Whenever you see such posts, make sure that you share or drop a “like”or “comment.” You spend only a few seconds but could be a life-changer for someone who is looking out for an opportunity. It will increase their visibility and even help you find desired key words for your resume, which would indeed attract the recruiters. By sharing the post – You may not be able to get them a job, but someone who might be able to, may see it. This is what “Linkedin” and true networking is all about. Let’s join together and help each other out.

Incredible potential were missed out during the earlier system of hiring. With the use of new methods and technology, the advances in robotics and machine learning are transforming the way we work. We should be open to multi task at this juncture and should be willing to do jobs we’ve never done before in our careers. So what are the tools and strategies we need to identify tomorrow’s high performers? In search for answers, I’ve consulted with many of my colleagues, across many sectors, read number of reports and conducted some of my own talent try-outs. My hunt is far from over, but here are few ideas the can lead you to the desired profile.

1. Explore to the maximum

If we only look for talent in the same place/s, as we always do – top notch universities / institutions, reputed schools, prestigious organizations — the results are the same. There’s a lot of talk about the importance of clarity and vision with each step of the search. Your computer, tablet, or Smartphone holds a wealth of information. If you know what to look for, you have access to an unlimited number of learning resources, job search portals and we can make the best use of it.

For example, say you’ve been searching for a job role of “Manager of Marketing” for a while without any luck. Depending on the company, a “Chief Marketing Officer” position might demand the same skills as a Manager-level position. Instead of relying on the job title to determine the scope and function of the role, read the whole listing to discover what’s actually being asked for.

Be especially cautious of the term “manager,” it’s one of the most confused terms in the career world. One organization’s “Marketing Director” might, in fact, be an individual contributor, whereas a “Marketing Manager” with a different company could lead a team of ten members. The point to be noted is, this again depend upon the size, hierarchy of the company.

No issues, it’s about opening up your search by navigating the shortcomings of job! As long the search should be right, keep initial words, read Job Description thoroughly, understand what the company is asking and see if or as a role fits with the bulk of your non-negotiable (like pay, company type, or location), it’s worth exploring further.

2. Performance should speak

Inspired by my own job experience, as a hiring platform called “Linkedin,” which gives candidates an opportunity to polish the various capabilities like the Data Tool, Basic Excel, STRATA, Programming, Tableau Public, Python, SAS; etc. If you’re hiring a data analyst, give them a spread sheet of historical data and ask them for their key understandings. If you’re hiring a marketing manager, have them plan a launch campaign for a new product. And if you’re a candidate, don’t wait for an employer to ask. Seek out ways to showcase your unique skills and abilities outside of just the standard resume and cover letter.

However, employee selection is the process of putting right men on right job. It is a procedure of matching organizational requirements with the skills and qualifications of people.

3. Don’t wait – Explore all job portals

Applying online is instantly gratifying / rewarding. You can apply to 20 places in one sitting and feel incredibly productive. Also most jobs aren’t publicly advertised?? So why to wait…?.

How to access this secret underground job market?

Guide-to-Professional-Networking-and-Job-Search_2Start by making a list of your dream companies you want to work for. Organize your list based on whether or not you have the right skill sets. If you already know someone there, put that organization on one side of the list, and send an email and fix for an appointment and then take it forward. For everywhere else, you’ll need to make a new connection, which increases your contact and add to your network.

4. The Big Picture

I’ve heard about recruiters who are quick to tag a candidate based on a single short stint on their resume. Try to get a rounded view of the person; otherwise our judgment of them will always be imperfect. For that, let’s stop associating experience with ability, credentials with competence. The employers should leave back the out-dated hiring practices and embrace new ways of identifying and cultivating talent, and candidates can help by learning to tell their story in powerful and convincing ways. We could live in a world where people are seen for what they’re truly capable of and have the opportunity to realize their full potential. So let’s start to construct it.

5. Top Essential Employability Skills and most Transferable in-demand Skills

Various skills in enterprise are role defined, while others can be utilised in all job roles (multi takers). The Manageable skills develop through learning during our career – know what they are and set targets for improving them to maximise the job evolution.

Few of them are:

(a) Positive Attitude

Having positive attitude helps you cope more easily with the daily affairs of life. It brings confidence, and avoids unnecessary problems. If the change is adopted in one’s life, it would bring constructive changes, keeps everyone happier, cheerful and more prosperous.

(b) Self-Management

Success starts with self-management. It is an acquired art. Setting goals and managing time comes out of self-management. It develops the attentiveness skills which will help to overcome the temptation of delay.

(c) Willingness to Learn

Be always open to new learning and cooperative. Be willing to learn from others and share knowledge

(d) Thinking Skills

Thinking skills are the mental state of mind that we apply when in need. It enables us to assimilate each new experience into the diagram that we are constructing or imagining of “how things are”

(e) Flexibility

Flexibility in workplace allows employers and employees to make arrangements about working conditions that suit them. This helps employees maintain a work / life balance and can help employers improve the productivity and efficiency of their business.

In today’s world, employees will be expected to specialize in your role to some extent, although understanding the functions of your colleagues’ positions and departments will allow you to work with them better. Being flexible means making time for others and not expecting them to respond to your requests instantly. Look for examples of how your flexible approach to work will benefit the company.

(f) Motivation and Enthusiasm

Whoever hires you, the employer is investing in you, so they need to see that you are passionate about working and interested in your career. If you are lacking in motivation this may have a negative impact on your work.

(g) Initiative

Highly valued in job – is your own initiative. An employer needs to know that you can think for yourself. Approach this with thoughtfulness and start small, you have got your whole career to develop your skills. Kindly note, for any activity please do not act smart or outside of your authority.

(h) Organization and Planning

Prioritization of tasks and time management are the key factor for any job role. You need prove your administration skills to your next interviewer that you will be able to perform to your full ability and excel in your role.

(i) Communication

Effective communication is essential for any job role. Employers need to know that you are capable to express and explain your thoughts to anybody in the organization and also able to realize the viewpoints of others.

(j) Teamwork

Teamwork is often a crucial part of any job role, as it is often necessary for colleagues to work well together. Teamwork means that people will have to cooperate, using their individual skills and providing constructive feedback, despite any personal conflict. Employees get opportunity to work in groups and communicate with people from every department of the company in order to prove and deliver results.

(k) Leadership skills

Leaders take responsibility and delegate tasks effectively. Most roles involve at least some aspect of leadership, especially beyond the initial stages of your career. Look for opportunities to manage projects and other people as early as possible to begin developing this key transferable skill.

(l) Problem solving

Workshops / Training can only take you so far, sometimes you will find yourself in a situation where you need to figure out a new solution. Make a note when you really have to dig deep and figure something out. Try to use examples in your interviews to convince the interviewer.

(m) Self-Awareness

Try to recognize your areas of weakness and improve it. It is almost as important as developing and using your strengths. Your potential employer needs to know that you realise, you aren’t perfect. If appropriate, mention areas you are keen to develop in your new position, (eg. go for trainings, attend conferences, etc.) as well as presenting the skills you bring to the role.

Finally the ability for search in jobs lies in the capability and adaptability of the job seeker keeping in mind the competitive scenario today. There is “No ‘Job Shortage” – but using the right platform and skills will enhance the job seekers to accomplish his/ her goal. The job seeker should however, be well equipped with his or her strong and weak capabilities to channelize his / her root of career.

Mini B. Daniel
Associate Professor of Communication

MAT 2017 Dates. Overview and FAQ’s


Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a national-level management entrance examination. The test scores are used for admission to various MBA, PGDM and allied management programmes across India. The exam is conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA). More than 600 B-Schools accept MAT exam scores for admissions. MAT aspirants can choose any one of the two options: Paper Based Test or Computer Based Test. The Paper Based Test is conducted on the first Sunday of February, May, September and December from 10.00-12.30 hours; whereas the Computer Based Test is conducted from Saturday onwards (6 days after the Paper Based Test date) and in different time slots.

List of B-Schools which accept MAT score


MAT is held four times in a year: February, May, September and December.

MAT February 2017: Paper Based Test was held on February 5, 2017, and the Computer Based Test was conducted on February 11, 2017. Results were declared on Feb 24, 2017.

MAT May 2017: Paper Based Test was held on May 7, 2017 and the Computer Based Test was conducted on May 11, 12 and 13, 2017. Results were declared on May 25, 2017.

MAT September 2017:Paper Based Test was held on September 3, 2017 and the Computer Based Test will be conducted on September 9, 2017.

MAT December 2017: Paper Based Test will be held on December 10, 2017 and the Computer Based Test will be conducted on December 16, 2017.


The eligibility criteria for the MAT 2017 exam are:

Qualification Criteria

• Candidates should have completed graduation or in the final year of graduation in any field are eligible to take the MAT exam.

Percentage Criteria

Achieve minimum passing marks in graduation to appear the examination. The candidates are suggested to refer the information brochures of particular Management Institutes/ Universities for the same.


The forms are available in both Paper and Computer based mode. Offline (paper based) forms are available at selected AIMA branch or the head office. The online (computer based) forms are available at the official website of MAT/AIMA. The candidates should:

• Click on
• Register to obtain the login id and password
• Fill in the application details and submit the form
• Make the payment to complete the application procedure.

Fees and payment mode

MAT 2017 application fees is Rs. 1400. Candidates can apply through any one of three following modes:

Online Payment
By registering online via Credit Card/Debit Card (ATM Card) payment. Detailed procedure is given on the MAT website link. Add THE HYPERLINK:

Demand Draft
Obtain crossed Demand Draft (DD) of Rs. 1400 in favour of ‘All India Management Association’ payable at Delhi from any bank. Then register online along with the DD details.

Obtain form with MAT Bulletin/ CD against a cash payment of Rs. 1400 from listed Nodal Centres of AIMA or from AIMA, New Delhi.

Candidates who have opted for computer-based test can choose the date and time slot which is subject to availability. While filling up admission forms, candidates need to fill in details of five management institutes during registration. MAT scores will be sent directly to these institutes. Those who want their scores to be sent to more than 5 institutes will have to fill up a seperate form available on MAT website. They will have to pay Rs. 75 per institute before the test date and Rs. 100 after the test date.

Date and time slot for the exam will be automatically allotted by the system to those candidates who do not select their slot up to four days before the computer-based test.


Candidates can download their admit cards from AIMA website by entering name, DOB and application form number. Separate admit cards are generated for MAT aspirants who opt for the paper-based test and for the computer-based test. It contains the candidate’s name, form no., roll no., test date, test time and test venue address. In case of computer-based test, candidates have to strictly follow the date and time allotted.

Admit card is not mailed to any candidate.


MAT exam is held for 2.5 hours. The test covers 200 questions in 150 minutes. The aspriants are tested in the following five areas with 40 questions each:

• Indian and Global Environment,
• Language Comprehension,
• Data Analysis and Sufficiency,
• Mathematical Skills,
• Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Negative Marking: There are 40 questions in each section. Each question carries 1 mark, whereas, 0.25 mark is deducted for every wrong answer.

See a MAT sample paper here:


Here are a few general tips for MAT exam preparation:

• Candidates should try practice reading ‘Reading Comprehension’ passages for preparation.
• It is imperative to refresh all the basics of grammar and to understand the contextual usage of words and phrases in English.
• For Quant, Arithmetic and Algebra based questions should be practised.
• Keep an update about the current affairs and issues both nationally and internationally.

Preparation Strategy

The paper can be split into three parts primarily which is concept based, practice based and environment sensitive. Mathematical Skills & select areas of Language Comprehension are concept based where the questions are majorly dependent on the candidate’s conceptual clarity with respect to core fundamentals; Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis & Sufficiency and select areas of English Language Proficiency are practice based where regular practice of similar questions is important; Indian & Global Environment is environment sensitive where an awareness with respect to current affairs is the focus.

Indian & Global Environment

Majority of the questions in this section are from the following areas:
• Current Affairs & Happenings
• Banking & Business
• Sports
• General Political Scenario

Mathematical Skills

The important areas in this section are:
• Number Systems
• Percentage, Profit & Loss, Mixtures
• Averages, Ratios, Interest
• Time & Work, Time, Speed & Distance
• Geometry, Trigonometry

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

This area has questions which are related to:
• Identifying patterns in number sets
• Relationships
• Direction Sense
• Coding, Decoding
• Verbal Reasoning

Language Comprehension

A majority of questions have been asked from the following areas:
• Word Analogies
• Vocabulary, with questions on antonyms and synonyms
• Rearranging sentences
• Reading Comprehension
• Sentence Completion

Data Analysis & Sufficiency

The focus areas here are:
• Data Sufficiency
• Standard DI tools like bar graphs, pie charts, line graphs, data tables
• Data Comparisons


The tentative list of test cities where MAT 2017 will be conducted is given below:

State/ UT name Test city name Test mode
Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada Paper based
Visakhapatnam Paper based
Assam Guwahati Paper based
Jorhat Paper based
Silchar Paper based
Bihar Patna Paper based
Bhagalpur Paper based
Chandigarh Chandigarh Paper and computer based
Chhattisgarh Bilaspur Paper based
Raipur Paper based
Delhi Delhi(NCR) Paper and computer based
Gujarat Ahmedabad Paper and computer based
Haryana Ambala Paper based
Himachal Pradesh Shimla Paper based
Jammu & Kashmir Jammu Paper based
Srinagar Paper based
Jharkhand Jamshedpur Paper based
Ranchi Paper based
Karnataka Belagavi Paper based
Mangaluru Paper based
Kerala Ernakulam Paper and computer-based
Kottayam Paper based
Kozhikode Paper based
Palakkad Paper based
Thiruvananthapuram Paper based
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal Paper and computer-based
Indore Paper based
Gwalior Paper based
Jabalpur Paper based
Maharashtra Mumbai Paper and computer-based
Nagpur Paper based
Pune Paper based
Manipur Imphal Paper based
Mizoram Aizwal Paper based
Nagaland Dimapur Paper based
Orissa Bhubaneswar Paper based
Rourkela Paper based
Sambalpur Paper based
Punjab Ludhiana Paper based
Rajasthan Jaipur Paper and computer-based
Udaipur Paper based
Tamil Nadu Chennai Paper and computer-based
Coimbatore Paper based
Madurai Paper based
Telangana Hyderabad Paper and computer-based
Uttar Pradesh Agra Paper based
Allahabad Paper based
Bareilly Paper based
Ghaziabad Paper based
Kanpur Paper based
Lucknow Paper and computer-based
Meerut Paper based
Varanasi Paper based
Uttarakhand Dehradun Paper based
Haridwar Paper based
Haldwani Paper based
Srinagar (Garhwal) Paper based
West Bengal Durgapur Paper based
Kolkata Paper based
Siliguri Paper based

*AIMA can change the venue of a test centre/test mode or cancel a test centre/test mode or introduce new centres. Please visit the official website for latest information.

Contact Information

All India Management Association
Management House
14, Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003, India
Telephone: 011-47673037/47673026/24638896
Fax: 011- 24626689

Art of Management

Management is a subject that defines practical knowledge of lifestyles and mannerism to develop a business on strict terms and procedures. on the contrary, poetry is an expression of my views, perceptions and feelings conveyed through words of wisdom.

management is itself an art, an art defining self-development goals.

management and poetry are two ends of the same rope. for me, one is to enhance my knowledge and personality with an exposure to varied fields and concepts while the other end leads me to a more relaxed version of myself wherein I am composed, idealistic, imaginative and innovative.

art nurtures my soul and strengthens my aspirations through different goals of management“.

Time is a journey,
Of joys n sorrows.
Moments become a memory,
lightning the path for tomorrow.
Tomorrow, is unknown
for the facts we own.
Time is a measure,
discovering self creations.
Through ways of leisure,
forming insecure upgradations.
Upgradation is a necessity,
for our lively vicinity.
Time is a treasure,
for lonely admirers.
Business is plushy pressure,
discovered through real mirrors.
Mirror, an unbiased cage,
defining our complete image.
Time is a story,
furnished in a short memory.
fore-gone is history.
Followed by, is a mystery!
Mystery, is a heavenly gesture
personifying a lifetime adventure.”

____ Vaishali Kanodia (PGDM Batch : 2017-19)

Last Minute preparation tips for CAT

Since CAT exam is near, there are some important tips I would like to share.

Mocks – Taking a CAT Mock test every day won’t help much, at this point. Instead, focus on the areas that you’ve already covered, take three to four exams over the next two weeks but, most importantly, revise all the MOCKs that you have taken so far, and learn from them.

Speed & Accuracy – Your performance in the upcoming CAT 2017 is highly dependent on what you have prepared and how good your command is over the topics you consider to be your strengths. Here is a clear pacing strategy that will help you time the test better.
Verbal: Maximum eight minutes for reading a passage and 90 seconds to answer each question based on that passage
Quant: two minutes per question
Logic: Six to eight minutes for a set of four questions
Data Interpretation: six to eight minutes for a set of four questions

Focus on important topics – One should focus on important topics which will fetch more marks. The most important areas of each section are as follows –
QA: Focus on Geometry, Modern Mathematics and Arithmetic problems
VARC: Practice Reading Comprehension as much as you possibly can with a slight focus on Jumble and Completion type questions
LR: Arrangement based puzzles, Investment Betting and Tournaments
DI: Logic and calculation based DI sets are important.

Last but not the least is confidence. One should be extremely confident during the exam. At no point should the person panic. Try to give 100% during the exam.

Carpe diem 2017-at IIM-C

Final Round of Carpediem 2017 will be held on 28th and 29th Jan 2017 in KolKota where students from various colleges all over India will participate for the coveted  prize and glory.

Preparation starts much earlier for the event.

Certificate IIM Sample certificate

The Carpe-Diem workshop was conducted on the18th and 19th of February,2016 in the Gurgaon campus. This workshop covered two topics namely : Entrepreneurship and Digital Marketing.

The purpose of this workshop was to make students aware of what digital marketing is, and how along with entrepreneurship, one could move forward and start their own venture. Also at the end of two days, 5 students were awarded merit certificate and  selected to compete in a nation-wide competition in IIM-Calcutta in January 2017.

The two day workshop was conducted by Mr. Ujjwal Chugh. He is one of the best orators I’ve come across. The moment he started speaking, all students were pulled in, and were not even bored for a second in those two days.

Students were taught the basics of digital marketing and how entrepreneurship and digital marketing as a whole inter-twined and went hand in hand. They also learnt what is SEM and SEO, how to create a domain name and how to start own website if one wanted to. It was also demonstrated by running a live campaign.

31 students participated in the workshop, at the end of the two days, 5 students namely – Mahipal Jain, Vijaydeep Dhasmana, Surabhi Bhatia, Riya Garg and S.Swetha were selected to compete in the nation-wide competition to be held in Calcutta in 2017.


Are You Keeping Your Eating Habits Around The Clock ?

– La Rochefoucauld

Healthy eating is not about strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving ourselves of the foods we love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving our outlook, and stabilizing our mood.

By using these simple tips, we can cut through the confusion and learn how to create a tasty, varied, and healthy diet that is as good for our mind as it is for our body.

We all know that eating right can help us maintain a healthy weight and avoid certain health problems, but our diet can also have a profound effect on our mood and sense of well being.

Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, cooking meals at home, and reducing our intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates, may help to improve mood and lower our risk for mental health problems.

We don’t have to be perfect and we don’t have to completely eliminate foods; we enjoy to have a healthy diet.

Healthy Eating Tip 1 : Set yourself up for success

To set yourself up for success, think about planning a healthy diet as a number of small, manageable steps – like adding a salad to your diet once a day – rather than one big drastic change. As your small changes become habit, you can continue to add more healthy choices.

  • Prepare more of your own meals. Cooking more meals at home can help you take charge of what you’re eating and better monitor exactly what goes into your food.
  • Make the right changes. When cutting back on unhealthy foods in your diet, it’s important to replace them with healthy alternatives.
  • Instead of being overly concerned with counting calories, think of your diet in terms of colour, variety, and freshness. Focus on avoiding packaged and processed foods and opting for more fresh ingredients.
  • Focus on how you feel after eating. This will help foster healthy new habits and tastes. The more healthy food you eat, the better you’ll feel after a meal. The more junk food you eat, the more likely you are to feel uncomfortable, nauseous, or drained of energy.
  • Drink plenty of water. It’s common to mistake thirst for hunger, so staying well hydrated will also help you make healthier food choices.

Healthy Eating Tip 2 : Moderation is key

Key to any healthy diet is moderation. But what is moderation? In essence, it means eating only as much food as our body needs. You should feel satisfied at the end of a meal, but not stuffed.

For many of us, moderation also means eating less than we do now. But it doesn’t mean eliminating the foods we love.

  • Think smaller portions. Serving sizes have ballooned recently. When dining out, choose a starter instead of an entree, split a dish with a friend, and don’t order supersized anything.
  • Take your time. Stop eating before you feel full. It actually takes a few minutes for your brain to tell your body that it has had enough food, so eat slowly.
  • Eat with others whenever possible. Eating in front of the TV or computer often leads to mindless overeating.

Healthy Eating Tip 3 : Reduce sugar

Apart from creating weight problems, too much sugar causes energy spikes and has been linked to diabetes, depression, and even an increase in suicidal behaviours in young people.

Reducing the amount of candy and desserts you eat is only part of the solution as sugar is also hidden in foods such as bread, cereals, canned soups and vegetables, pasta sauce, margarine, instant mashed potatoes, frozen dinners, low-fat meals, fast food, and ketchup. Your body gets all it needs from sugar naturally occurring in food so all this added sugar just means a lot of empty calories.

Tips for cutting down on sugar

  • Slowly reduce the sugar in your diet. A little at a timeto give your taste buds time to adjust and wean yourself off the craving.
  • Avoid sugary drinks. Try drinking sparkling water with a splash of fruit juice instead.
  • Avoid processed or packaged foods.Like canned soups, frozen dinners, or low-fat meals that often contain hidden sugar.
  • Be careful when eating out. Most gravy, dressings and sauces are also packed with salt and sugar, so ask for it to be served on the side.
  • Eat healthier snacks. Cut down on sweet snacks such as candy, chocolate, and cakes. Instead, eat naturally sweet foodsuch as fruit, peppers, or natural peanut butter to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Healthy Eating Tip 4 : Eat plenty of colourful fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are low in calories and nutrient dense, which means they are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber.

Try to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day as deeply colored fruits and vegetables contain higher concentrations of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Add berries to breakfast cereals, eat fruit for dessert, and snack on vegetables such as carrots, or cherry tomatoes instead of processed snack foods.

Healthy Eating Tip 5 : Bulk up on fiber

Eating foods high in dietary fiber can help you stay regular, lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, and help you lose weight.

  • In general, the more natural and unprocessed the food, the higher it is in fiber.
  • Good sources of fiber include whole grains, wheat cereals, barley, oatmeal, beans, and nuts, vegetables such as carrots, tomatoes, and fruits such as apples, berries, citrus fruits, and pears.
  • An easy way to add more fiber to your diet is to start your day with a whole grain cereal.

  Always remembr! It’s not just what you eat, but when you eat

  • Eat breakfast, and eat smaller meals throughout the day. A healthy breakfast can jump start your metabolism, while eating small, healthy meals (rather than the standard three large meals) keeps your energy up.
  • Avoid eating LATE NIGHTHimanshi Grover
    IILM Nutritionist 

5 Tips To Ace An Interview

Sweaty palms, twitchy hands and a cracking voice, takes no genius to crack that a placement opportunity is nearing already. When I interact with students I am often asked what it takes to ace an interview. Confidence and a good sense of who you are and where do you want to see yourself some years down the line would sail you through. I do not have a guide for the same but now that I am at the recruiting end there sure are a few pointers that can be kept in mind before applying for a position.

1. Know the company you are interviewing for.

The biggest put off for any interviewer is when the candidate is not well researched about the company. In fact just knowing about the organisation is not enough, the candidate must be aware of the position being applied for. Knowledge about the competitors, how the organisation is different and then integrating this with how the aspirant would be beneficial for the company adds value to the candidature. It shows interest and the interviewer spots potential.

2. Energy and Passion.

Oprah Winfrey once said “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focussing on what excites you.” This is exactly what a recruiter looks for when he’s acquiring talent. A prospect’s ardour and spirit are key ingredients for a successful placement. This lets the recruiter understand the enthusiasm and creates a positive impact.

3. No Gibberish & Be Yourself.

I have often observed, when people go for an interview and are asked a question they don’t know the answer to, they often beat around the bush. In an interview setting, that’s a lethal mistake. It’s okay to admit that one does not know the right answer.

Interviewers do focus on how honest their respondents are. So, it’s always okay to say you don’t know. That way, more knowledge can be acquired on the subject. In dictum, one is at work for a long part of the day and it’s always easier to showcase the true self for sync is established better.

4. Know your Resume inside out.

When the candidates are unable to describe or talk about their own credentials, they tend to give a bad impression during an interview. In principle one must know his/her own CV thoroughly. It only speaks of the candidate’s goodwill and diligence.

5. An Interview is a two way process.

An interview must be a dialogue. It is vital to seek information, sometimes it’s not just about answering but also knowing. Interviews should be interactive as opposed to interviewee merely answering the questions. Feel free to ask questions, seek information, and talk about your apprehensions, if any. One’s confidence is reflected when the interview becomes a conversation. It is as important for the candidate to choose the right organization as it is for the recruiter to choose the right candidate.

A lot of times when we discuss such topics, it only raises more questions, you are always welcome to write to me at, and I shall be happy to answer some of the queries. All the luck for your placements.

Rohan Bhargava is Co-Founder (

OffBeat Professions After MBA!

“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it” – Buddha 

It is a fact that a degree in Business Administration gives you a holistic learning; it has certainly become a pre-requisite quality to handle the complexities of any management set up, or a profession. In this attainment of completing higher studies, and earning an MBA Degree students often let go off their passion.

Do you ever find yourself longing for something to happen while you do a long term planning keeping the rights and wrongs inside your head. In this age and time of creativity one cannot afford to lose his or her passion for conventional lifestyle to live for the rest of their life.

Major change that has emerged in this market is the rise of unconventional professions that a lot of youngsters choose to practice, and surprisingly earn fancy amount of money.  Youngsters today are flexible to take up ‘thrilling jobs’, reasons could be because traditional careers have become competitive and lack creativity. It is amazing to even release that WHY one should take up an off-beat profession after MBA. Foremost reason could that an offbeat career path will be less competitive and there’s a greater chance of getting recognized and being able to make a difference. These careers may give you great satisfaction, and most importantly at the same time it will pay you every worth back.

So, what are some of the off-beat yet rewarding career choices out there? We look at top 5 off-beat profession that one can opt after MBA –


Blogger – From traveling to food, or fashion or social issues, it is today’s every writer’s dream to go a full time blogger and share their wonders online with every reader. In this age of social networking, blogging has become one the most popular medium to connect with the audience and followers online, connecting people globally over anything and everything.


Photographer – In this digital age, visual selling is the key to go forward. There are many versions in the profession of Photography. One can easily learn the technique of right p-photography and associate oneself with corporates and startups to sell the services as per requirements.


YouTuber – YouTubers are people who believe in the power of creating something unique and spontaneous.  They create their own YouTube channels, vlog (video blog) regularly and build subscribers over time. The more traffic their channel gets, the more opportunities they have for percentage-based advertising revenue, freebies for review purposes, promotions and partnerships.

wedding planner

Wedding Planner – If you are good at networking, negotiating and managing events, or parties you could become a Wedding Planner. They are called as Bridal Consultants, they primarily help couples plan their wedding. They are either self employed or associate themselves with with companies, brands and firms on projects.


Theater Management – A theater manager is required to take up the sole responsibility of managing the administrative components of any theater set up, and also keep the networking as needed . It is an extensive job to manage the the entire system of shows and events. The management majorly depends on the size of show, or play. One is expected to be passionate about theater.

You should do more what you love, one cannot ignore these words if you are planning to make your passion as your a career path.
Share some of your inner passions with us that you wish to take up after your MBA.


The Art of Staying Positive

There are times we feel surrounded by negativity. Life seems difficult and we get unfocused from our goals. Let’s keep ourselves motivated and charged up with five simple thumb rules to keep negative energies at bay.

1. You will get what you expect – Expect something great to happen for you every day and it will. Say aloud each morning facing the mirror, “I expect something good to happen for me today!”

2. Stop worrying about ‘I Cannot’ focus on ‘I Can’ –  Some things are within your control, while other things are not. Learn to recognize the difference. Refuse to worry about circumstances beyond your control. Don’t allow yourself to become emotionally entangled  it will  paralyzes your progress. Things may not always work out perfectly, but the sooner you get over them. Only you can control your own actions and reactions.

3. Stay surrounded by positive vibes & people, only – If you fill your mind with uplifting and inspiring information, it will keep you motivated. Go to the bookstore or library and find at least one book on a positive topic that will give you a boost. Be with people who acts and think positive.

4. Learn from your mistakes – Committing mistakes is very natural; the key is to learn from them and keep on moving. Make a habit of regular self-evaluations and examine how you handled situations and what you could do differently next time.

5. Make a plan – There is a very popular saying: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” When you take time to plan, you allow yourself to think through the entire process from beginning to end. This can spark ideas, improve productivity and ensure a great outcome. Once you have a written agenda, you are immediately going to be motivated to accomplish it. Without one, you have nothing to run with and end up feeling stuck. Write out your to-do list the night before. Identify the three most important things that you must accomplish the next day and start with those first.

So, how art are you today? Share your day to day positive tonic stories with us.

Top 10 Tips to crack CAT! Do you have a knack to crack?

With only a few days in hand, the students appearing for CAT are struggling hard through the dilemmas about things like – what to study, how to study, what is more important and what can be dropped, so on forth.

#CAT2015 | Top Hacks To Crack CAT

#CAT2015 | Students of IILM B-School bring you the best hacks to crack the CAT.Watch and apply for PGDM Admissions 2016-18 at

Posted by IILM on Sunday, November 22, 2015

Every year there are lakhs of students who sit for the CAT exam. So, what are the ingredients that you need to keep in mind to make the most of the extra minutes in hand to earn those extra marks.

The students of IILM share their CAT experience with all the aspirants out there to crack CAT this year. Hear out these top 10 tips which could possibly make your CAT study journey effortless

1. Do Self-SWOT – Know yourself inside out thoroughly. Understand your weaker areas, work on them and keep a hold on your stronger areas, in respect to quantitative, verbal logical, reasoning and data interpretation.

2. Stick to your strategy – Your strategy will help you solve the question paper in a much better flow. Sticking to the strategy you planned while preparing for the exam will make the solving of the paper with a better clarity.

3. Time is money – It is highly important to know when to quit on a question that you may not know after a number of attempts within a few seconds of application. Timing is everything. Time management is crucial during the preparation of exam as well.

4. Practice, practice and practice – Practice is the gateway to success. More and more you practice, the better you get hold of the knack to crack through the exam at much ease. The trick is to learn the shortcuts and also logic during the unpredictable patterns in the paper.

5. Break free all the tension & jitters (mental & health well being) – Keeping it cool and calm is very essential. If the mind and body are at ease, cracking a competitive exam becomes much smoother.

6. Refer to the past (crack all the mock papers) – This should be taken very seriously, getting familiar with the complexity of the question papers as presented year after year will help you know the unseen patterns that might play the trick in the next paper.

7. Hit the bull’s eye! (Focus on the target) – Mantra is to build up the confidence to achieve anything and everything. Setting a target is important, but in CAT targets are set in parts.  CAT is prepared in different sections, and focusing on the stronger areas is the key to hit the bull’s eye.

8. Did you check the latest changes in CAT 2015? – Every year there are new changes that are reflected in the CAT paper. Trick is to be well verse with the changes before hand.
► Basic on screen calculator will be permitted for the aspirants.
► Duration of the examination is 180 minutes from 170 minutes as to previous pattern. You have 10 minutes extra. Use it wisely.

So, exam pattern can be highly unpredictable every year. Keeping your nerves calm is the key.  Learn how to change the strategy on the fly. Don’t get ruffled over the changing pattern.

9. Walk along with the fundamentals– Sticking to the basic concepts is what will get you through the study journey to main destination with success. Learn the smart way to apply the basic concepts in different questions, which might be presented on unpredictable terms.

10. Don’t brood over, just act – In the end, depending on the results we can only learn something out of it. There’s no point brooding over it. The preparation requires a little more investment of time in hand. Understanding the mistakes and learning the smart way to handle everything with available time could do miracles.

All the best!