Getting the role of Commercial Sales MT at L’Oréal didn’t come easy, it needed a lot of preparation. The selection process was tough but fairly simple. There was a group discussion first followed by a personal interview round landed me the opportunity that marked the beginning to my journey to L’Oréal.
The group discussion was based on a case study of a product launch, along with some graphs and figures. The group consisted of 10 people. We were given 10 minutes to go through the case and 30 minutes to discuss. It was a long and intense discussion. But according to me, the fact that I had managed to make valid points as opposed to talking extensively, worked in my favor.
The entire personal interview was based on my CV, save a few questions that were based on the discussions that I had with my panel. The interview panel consisted of 2 HR Managers and a Brand Manager. They asked a fair mix of HR questions, technical questions, and hypothetical scenarios. The interviewers kept on questioning in a rapid-fire manner without giving much time to think or gather my thoughts. However, I was able to answer the questions satisfactorily.
According to me, the first step to crack any interview is to make a good CV. This involves going through multiple iterations of the CV. Also, it is important to get it reviewed by peers from College and Industry. For group discussions, the best way to practice is by attending mock GDs. Besides, going through various topics that have been asked in other companies and noting down points for the same, also helps.
While preparing for the personal interview, I focused on a few segments:
- HR and personal questions
- Work experience
- Projects and core subjects
- Extra-curricular and hobbies
I prepared each section in detail according to the resume. And I think these topics cover all the areas that the interviewers can ask questions on, during the interview.
The 2 years at SPJIMR were a roller coaster of emotions laden with knowledge, learning and personal growth. I strongly feel that one cannot prepare for an interview without doing justice to the 2 years of MBA. Participating in competitions, attending grooming sessions, consulting peers are some of the ways in which one has to start preparing for the interview on Day 0 of the MBA. Your 2 years are all leading up to the few minutes of the interview panel.
Sincerity, honesty, and integrity through the 2 years are what will bag that journey to L’Oréal (your dream job) that will enable you to hold your head high!