There were a total of four rounds Krishna Dhoot of Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur had to face in order to make it to Reckitt Benckiser. She had just returned from her three months of immersive internship experience with ITC. Krishna wanted to keep her eyes firmly on a good FMCG company to make it through her final placements. When the British multinational company Reckitt Benckiser visited campus to pick the appropriate fit for their Associate Sales Territory Officer, Krishna had her dreams soaring heights. She spent nights preparing for the interview, recalled all lessons learnt during the Marketing classrooms, did extensive research on Reckitt Benckiser’s work ethics, techniques innovative culture, etc and finally sat for Round 1.
“While you might think interviewers test how much you can talk through GDS, the reality is quite opposite. They don’t care how much you can talk. They only care how much sense you make while you talk on a certain topic,” says Krishna while elaborating on her second round with the MNC. First round was an Apptitude test, like almost all interview processes. With each round, it went on getting harder. Third round had shortlisted candidates meet the interview panel one on one. It was intriguing! HR and all interviewers were shooting technical questions around the FMCG world. “I kept a smile on my face and tried to keep my composure even though there were volleys of interesting questions being fired by the senior recruiters,” and finally Krishna was invited to their Gurgaon office for her last round.
By December, Krishna had her offer letter from Reckitt Benckiser and when asked who she thought of, the moment she heard the news- “well, my family! I call them up straight, elated, happy and short of words.” Krishna has always been diligent and clear about her aspirations in life. When she had decided to do her PGDM in Rajasthan, she found Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur been considered as the top most private colleges to do her Management from. She went into deeper consideration- talked to friends, family, seniors and alumni of Jaipuria before setting her heart on it. “Everything we do here are related to excelling in real life situations. Be it at your work place or personal life- we are taught to balance things, excessively well. Therefore, you would not meet a hesitant Jaipurian ever in your life,” says Krishna with a broad smile on her face.
While Krishna was completing her first year of PGDM, she was being vetted through numerous pre-placement mock interviews, training sessions, tests, placement assignments and what not. But what prepared her most for the upcoming corporate life? “The exposure to the ITC summer internship was the final game changer for me,” says Krishna. Additionally, “the classroom sessions delivered by the faculty here at Jaipuria Institute of Management are immensely interesting. Especially the marketing classes are thoroughly practice based. We visit industries, we do case studies, attend lectures by super professionals, watch ads of various brands to understand the messages and strategies, role plays and what not! Who wouldn’t be ready when made to go through so many exercises, regularly.”