Preeti Bhonsale
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IIM Kozhikode'18
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Prashita Saxena
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Q. When did you start your preparation for CAT? How did you manage your time?

I was preparing alongside my job. I have always been doing puzzles and my general ecosystem back then was focused on problem-solving, so along with focused content preparation, I was just in a very conducive environment. Time management wasn't a problem, I wasn't in a relationship, so I had plenty of time on my hands (:P)

Q. How did you prepare for the CAT exam? Did you join any kind of coaching? Or did self-study work for you?

Pearson books, online test series. No coaching. My attention is the lowest during afternoons and I knew that the CAT exam would be held in the afternoon, so I started practising full tests during the afternoon exam time, a bit of sub-conscious conditioning if you will.

Q. What was your college CGPA? How much do you think college CGPA matters? And what, according to you, is a good CGPA?

My college GPA wasn't 8.5 above, but I had plenty of work experience and a very strong profile in terms of business ( corporate exp, startup experience, published books etc). so it really didn't matter much during interviews. Of course GPA matters in overall scores (not sure what the current percentages are), so the higher the better.

Q. What, according to you, is a good resume? Please share with us some of the salient features of your resume? What according to you is more important- College achievements or work ex? How much focus is on tech and core domains? Do PORs play a significant role?

I think people should have some work experience before going for another degree. They should introspect and decide if an MBA will add any value to their lives. Or whether they should pursue a masters/phd etc. I was quite keen on business and leadership, so I really wanted to add to my knowledge base. If you are focusing on tech,then go into a core tech area. Most of my cv is on linkedin, so people can refer to that. PoRs are significant if you are applying after college, which one really shouldn't. It's not worthwhile.

Q. How did you prepare for IIM? Is it tough to crack the interview?

Interviews - basics - puzzles, current affairs, why do you want to do an mba etc. etc., stuff already available on internet. I have always been quite good at interviews, treat them like conversations, and I keep honest to what I have done, and what I know

Q. When did you do your MBA- just after college or after getting some work experience? What, according to you, is better out of the two?

It is preferred to get work experience before applying. It is not recommended to go for it straight after college

Q. What are the career options after MBA?

Career options post MBA - Companies that come to campus are consulting, sales and marketing, finance, analytics , IT companies. Thats where most of the jobs are. Freshers are preferred for sales roles, academically strong people for consulting roles, CAs, fin background folks for fin and analytics and IT companies prefer folks with IT work experience