What are HRs looking for in fresh graduates(tech + MBA)?

I have had the opportunity to interact with a lot of senior managers and senior HR Personnel (recruitment decision makers and panelists). Also, my collective learning from my colleagues and peers who have been panelists at various recruitment drives and their interactions with the decision makers have helped me understand a few things about recruitment of fresh graduates (both Tech and Management). Let me summarize them as:

  • Core skills and logical skills matter a lot more over exam scores
  • Ability of person to adjust to learn and hone core skills, matter the most
  • Cultural fit of the candidate with the organization
  • Adaptability and scalability of the candidate
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • Whether the candidate has a good idea of how he can learn,unlearn and relearn to bring value to the organization
  • Whether he/she has done the diligence about the organization, the industry and the job description

Keep these in mind to prepare for your interviews and interviews shall become learning experiences in themselves.

*As and when I recall more, I shall add them as comments. You are also requested to do the same.

MICA City Meet

Thanks to the counselor at T.I.M.E. Andheri, I got my hands on the highlights of the MICA City meet that took place in Mumbai this Sunday. Here is the highlight from a student –

To begin with, the session was not so good. Was a student run session and no faculty members present. They started with a video shot by MTV and introduced the institute and people, the course and amenities.

Regarding MICAT

Date: Not announced yet, tentatively late February or early March
Applicants of Indian origin should have taken CAT 2011. There is no such specification with CAT scores. An applicant scoring real bad in CAT can also take MICAT. Post calculating scores of both the test, based on the cumulative data, they shall decided the weightage of CAT and MICAT. No extra scores for work-ex. It may only help in PI rounds.

Test wont include quantitative ability and verbal reasoning as it has been covered in CAT. Reasoning- logical and verbal, Data sufficiency- logic, creative and lateral thinking (story writing, picture story, women empowerent), general knowledge, communication skills and psychometric tests will be a part of MICAT. The weightage to each section will not be disclosed. Their focus is that the student shall enter ‘un-prepared.’

There wont be any sectional cut-offs.

The paper changes every year so is always a surprise.

No. of students per batch is not decided but, shall be in the range of 160 (Current batch strength: 162)

Last years sample paper was presented but, will not be circulated. It had the questions related to the topics mentioned above.

GE- Egs. A set of newspapers from different circulations of the same date was given to a group of ten. They had to create a new one including parts of every newspaper; Chartpapers and sketchpens were given and asked to present- MICA! or to create a campaign for a social cause. Post the task, every applicant will be asked questions. If the applicant may or may not do well for the GE, he/she will be called for the interview and then the decision shall be taken.

Their suggestions-
1. Attempt all psychometric questions and be consistent.
For e.g. Q1. Do you like home food?- YES;
Q27. How often do you eat outside food? – REGULARLY.
(I guess these will be similar to those asked during an aptitude test conducted during school days. The concept is to get your personality out)
2. Read a lot- Helps expressing views
3. Read about the subjects offered in the course
4. Read the questions carefully

They can be reached on facebook, twitter, youtube, pagalguy; assure to respond at the earliest. Email: connect.mica@gmail.com

That’s all Ma’am. Answers to almost every question as ‘No Idea!’ Presence of a faculty would have made a difference. But sadly, there was none.


MBA in HR :

MBA in HR is a very popular discipline among female MBA aspirants. A very interesting post on “Why MBA in HR?

Some institutes that are famous for the same are:

No,this is not a comprehensive list.But I will be glad if you can help me complete it or correct it.

Why you must take CAT 2011?

CAT is considered to be one of the toughest exams for MBA on the planet.It is also  the only gateway to the prestigious IIMs for an Indian resident (NRIs can use GMAT scores).The hype,extremely tight cut-offs and the uncertainity makes a lot of students not take up CAT.They prefer other institutes’ entrance exams,like SNAP,NMAT,XAT. However,IMHO,CAT 2011 is an exam you must take.Here is why I say so:

  • The number of IIMs has been increased to  13. By January,you will know the exact placement scenario at the new IIMs. More IIMs means better chances of getting a call.
  • FMS will accept CAT scores for admission this year.This is,as we know,the number 1 MBA institute in our country.
  • JMET, the exam that provides admissions to the SOMs (School of Management) at the IITs and also IISc will also accept CAT scores for admission from this year.
  • CAT scores are accepted by a large number of other institutes from across the country.The ones around Mumbai and Pune are :
S. P. Jain Institute of Management & ResearchMunshi Nagar, Dadabhai RoadAndheri (West), Mumbai-400 058MaharashtraPhone : 022-26237454 / 61460299Fax : 022-6237042Website : http://www.spjimr.org Welingkar Institute of Management Development & ResearchLakhamsi Napoo Road, Next to R. A. Podar CollegeNear Matunga Central Rly. Station, MatungaMumbai-400 019, MaharashtraPhone : 022-24178300Fax : 022-24178300Website : http://www.welingkar.orgs
 K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research
Vidyanagar, Vidyavihar (E)
Mumbai-400 077
Phone : 022-67283000
Fax : 022-25157219
Website : http://www.simsr.somaiya.edu
Vivekananda Education Society’s Institute ofManagement Studies and Research495-497, Near Municipal SchoolCollector’ Colony, Chembur,Mumbai-400 074MaharashtraPhone : 022-2553 1396 / 2553 1396Fax : 2553 8111Website : http://www.vesimsr.org
Balaji Institute of Management and HRD (BIMHRD)S.No.55/2-7, TathawadeNr. Wakad, Off Mumbai-Bangalore BypassPune-411 033MaharashtraPhone : 020-66741192/ 66741490/82/93Fax : 020-66741487Website : http://www.bimhrdpune.com MIT School of Telecom ManagementS-2 Block, Ground FloorMIT College Campus, Paud Road, KothrudPune-411 038MaharashtraPhone : 020-25452585 / 09922961198Fax : 020-25452585Website : http://www.mitsot.com
Institute for Technology and Management, ITMITM Campus, Plot No. 25 & 26Sector 4, Kharghar Institutional AreaKharghar (E)Navi Mumbai-410 210MaharashtraPhone : 022-27742798, 09321412008, 022-61294000Fax : 022-27740950 / 27814752Website : http://www.itm.edu

Besides,a complete list of  colleges that take CAT Scores can be found here.


  • CAT has changed its pattern.Instead of 3 sections,it now has only 2 sections.Quant and DI as one section. Verbal Ability and Reasoning in the other. Each section has a duration of 70 mins and will be in the above order.Experts believe the new format is student-friendly ,since they only need to concentrate on the questions and not the strategy to attempt them.
  • If you have had good 10th,12th (80% and above) and graduation scores ,the chances of you getting a call is high,even with a 97%ile.
  • If you have a good work experience of around 12-24 months,your chances of getting a call increases.
  • Now,with so many colleges taking CAT Scores,those 90%ile and above are gonna be very valuable,in my opinion. This makes the INR.1600/- for the form, a very smart investment.
  • Also, if you are an CAT 2012 aspirant,you must definitely try this year’s CAT to see where you can improvise next year.You will have an upper hand,having tested this new format and the proceedings.

So do not wait.The registration is open till 26th September only.Hurry.For details on “How to get the Form”, elligibility criteria,etc , visit CATIIM.IN

Q. 60 days to the last day  CAT. can be taken.My chances are negligible!

A.  No.Just one hour a day.Stick to reading basics of Maths,English and practicing calculations. You can do pretty decent.

Lastly, If you are an MBA aspirant, go take CAT!  Irrespective of whether you consider yourself  IIM material  or not. Remember! The essence of management is to go beyond your limits to achieve what once looked impossible!

“Its better to fail trying than trying to fail” – Unknown