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Name: Ayushi Mukherjee
College: Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Bengaluru
MBA Batch: 2015-17
Summer Internship Industry: Real Estate
Profile: Intern with Talent Acquisition Team
Brief Project Description & Responsibilities:
Creating an interactive database for the storage of information given by candidates during their interviews. The data can be used to analyze market trends in the industry pertaining to CTC and experience expected in a particular job role.
What was the overview of the project? Elaborate with some details
The project involved identifying the relevant questions which could be asked in an interview for any job role in the company. Extensive research was required in this regard as job duties and responsibilities were diverse across the various roles. The approach I took was to create the database for the senior most roles as information regarding their CTC and experience are tough to gain through other sources. It was also important to adapt the database in such a way that members of the team could easily update it and interpret it. I did this by creating drop down lists wherever possible. I also created a dashboard which made assessment of numerical information much easier for the individual who is reviewing it.
Share your daily routine &overall summer internship experience.
I loved my daily routine at the company. I used to go their around 8AM and leave around 5PM which helped maintain work-life balance during the 8 weeks of my internship. My day usually started with a good breakfast, which was provided by the company. After the other interns and I were well fed, we were given instructions on what tasks had to be carried out during the day. The team took weekly updates of my work. My mentor was especially helpful and gave me a lot of information pertaining to the industry and the trends. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know his view of the real estate market in India. Discussions within the team were not formal or hierarchical. I was treated as an equal in the team and my opinions were always taken into consideration. My project was given due attention. Inputs from my mentor and the entire talent acquisition team helped me complete my work, learning and growing as an HR in the process. The Head of HR himself took multiple updates and feedbacks during the course of my project and also shared his knowledge about the field. Overall it was a remarkable experience which reassured by belief that HR would be the right field for me.
How was the selection process conducted?
The selection process happened in two rounds. First, a CV shortlist was done on the basis of the company's requirements. Second, a Skype interview was conducted which gauged us on our knowledge of HR, awareness of current affairs as well as our previous projects.
What were your key learnings from the summer internship?
My key learning was that a holistic view to a task helps identify potential problems better than a microscopic view. I also learnt that when data is concerned, it is more important to provide insights rather than actual data. Working in a team where members feel connected and comfortable makes work-life stress-free and fun. Once I started enjoying my project, I realised that I worked faster and better than I had before.
Three tips would you give to your juniors
1) Take ownership of your project - Ensure that you give it every thought you have. As my mentor taught me, your value is dependent on the value addition that you make to the team.
2) Ask everyone around you for feedback - Each person has a unique viewpoint. Multiple perspectives will not only help your projects, but you as an individual as well.
3) Build a relationship with your peers - It is okay to be competitive but it is also important to network and build good friendships with your peers.