From a Group Discussion on Ayodha verdict to ‘how would you handle a drunk driver at one of our petrol pumps?’ question during the Personal Interview, Pratha Tiwari was put through the wringer during the placement process. But that was expected considering the fact that the job on the line was with one of the biggest industrial houses in India – Reliance Industries. She met every curve ball thrown at her with confidence, poise, and a smile. Pratha takes us through her journey at her B School, which not only prepared her for the grueling placement season but also for her career ahead.
“When you appear for selections with a company like Reliance Petroleum you expect a tough process with intense competition. My placement process lasted two days and included three rounds – Aptitude Test, Group Discussion and Personal Interview. For the Group Discussion on Ayodhya Verdict, I decided to take the initiative. In fact, I initiated the conversation with a clear thought process. It was that confidence that made me stand out.
In all, 14 students made it to the PI round. We were interviewed by a panel of two and I was asked questions about situations that I am likely to encounter on the field. I was asked questions like how I would address a customer who always complains. I was very honest with the interviewers, which they appreciated. On hindsight, I could have perhaps brought more of my life experiences into my answers, because I have had many of them at Jaipuria, Lucknow.
The last two years have been a huge learning curve and I feel like I have been riding a wave of personal and professional growth. The CMC, in particular, has equipped me to handle diverse situations confidently. It held different programs right from our first trimester to the placement season, which have prepared me for the professional challenges I will face in my career. I think I am also confident enough to handle the work pressure.
If I were to give an example; as Area Sales Manager with Reliance Petrochemicals I will have to consistently meet targets and strategically analyze opportunities. I feel convinced that it’s a responsibility I can handle because in my Supply Chain class we discussed a case study about ONGC and its growth. I have also done sales pitches in my Sales and Distribution elective, which will enable me to negotiate better on the field.
These are the kinds of real-world insights you get at Jaipuria, Lucknow. They have shaped my professional aptitude as well as social awareness. The Social Responsibility Committee has been an eye-opener and I have been donating some of my stuff to them. I also try and help children from underprivileged backgrounds. My time at Jaipuria, Lucknow has made me see the world differently and become a socially responsible professional.”