Champions of Campus 2010-2011   Leave a comment

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Champions of Campus

Let us know the inside story of some of our students that made us proud during the Campus Recruitment Season 2010-2011.Here some of our outgoing stars revealing their strategies, secrets and tips & tactics on “How to make it large” in the campus placements. This series is here to honour and appreciate the efforts of the outgoing batch and to wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

Lets know their reality over Rendezvous with Rishabh

(Rishabh Tandon is a faculty member and an active part of the Placements at IHMCTAN, Mumbai)


Aneesh Jog, one of the most successful performers during the placement season and titled as the strongest candidate available by the recruiters during the interviews. Made it to almost every company he appeared for, includes the esteemed Taj Management Trainee and the ITC  Hotel Executive Trainee program.

Rishabh-You definitely performed like your idol Sachin Tendulkar, share the efforts that went in to crack such bigger companies selection process.

Aneesh-I put in a lot of effort as far as updating myself with current affairs is concerned which is very essential if you want to stand out amongst a group of 10-12 people. I further improved my ability to prolong a conversation and turn it in my favour which incuded the power to convince someone. Another very important factor is to take good care of your health and complexion….looks do matter!

I wanted to try and be myself during the course of any interview which meant being very calm, docile and patient….you must never appear timid in any interview.

Rishabh- The weirdest Group Discussion topic you faced in the campus

Aneesh-It has to be the one in the ITC-WMI interview where I infact was told to stop speaking after about 3-4 min because the topic was…”Should beef be featured in dishes on menus in Indian hotels”….It is bizarre that India wants to be on par with other countries as far as hospitality is concerned but keeps on dwelling over issues regarding…sacred beliefs, values..etc. which cannot be brought forward in an industry like ours which competes with the world everyday!!!!

Rishabh-The toughest question you ever encountered in multiple interviews faced.

Aneesh-It was in the HYATT interviews where my preliminary interview went horrifying but on the basis of my confidence…I was selected for the second last round where it was most of self evaluative questions where I was asked to mention my toughest moment in ife and how it had changed me as a person since then in terms of value systems. Infact this particular interview was aimed at how well was I brought up by my parents and how it has helped me to balance my emotional and practical side. Such interviews can be mentally taxing where have to be honest and witty in your answers to ensure that you do not expose your weak part in front of the interviewer.

Rishabh-The most repeated question faced in multiple interviews and how you responded to it.

Aneesh- Where do you see yourself 10-15 years down the line/How do you plan your growth in this industry after your training program concludes?

5-10/15 years is a pretty long period as far as one’s overall development is concerned and I certainly aim to have got a complete knowhow of the processes in the industry by then which will provide me with a springboard to attain the highest level of responsibility, integrity and pride for the organization I work for and live a no compromise lifestyle which includes a contented day of work and returning with a satisfied mind to a happy family.

In terms of my professional progress, I aim to be a part of the senior management heading key projects while working with well motivated and highly professional core team members.

Rishabh-You faced all the rounds with so much confidence and cool mind, could you recollect the most difficult step in the selection process and the company which made you think hard.

Aneesh-It was the ITC WMI interviews which began in our college and ended in Gurgaon(DELHI)!!!

One hell of an interview process where I got the chance to meet the top brass level of corporate and other key board members. The interview was a total of 7 rounds and it was the meeting with the Mr. Dipak Haksar who is their COO, the presence of that man who is such a senior level hospitality person was something worth watching and he just asked me two questions….Why ITC and hospitality and how would you handle WMI as a programme….

Rishabh- Tips for your juniors to continue the legacy of “being the best” in placements. Share your mantras on grooming, interviews, discussions and more.

Aneesh-- Always have a smiling face when you enter, sit and leave the room.

Never be over anxious or aggressive in a group discussion.

Speak quality and not quantity and ensure that you are audible so that your point is conveyed across properly.

It is a group discussion and not a political rally in shivaji park so try and be sophisticated when you speak!

Think out of the box when you speak and make sure that the interviewer is interested when you are speaking.

A bit of humor is alright to lighten the mood during an interview through your witty answers but do not be too extravagant….

Try to ensure that your personal traits,hobbies and family life is put across in a very formal manner.ie only if it is asked…..a self introduction should not be more than 3-4 min as it should only give basic details.

Try to twist the question and answer according to your way of thinking which will not make the interviewer to ask you another question.

Speak in detail and in depth…do not show that you are an all froth and no sucstance character by giving vague quotes and phrases when they do not reflect your personality….I mean speak sense.

It is understood that you must be impeccably groomed in all the possible ways as the first impression is the lasting one!

Be very attentive and ask a lot of questions that are sensible during the course of the company’s presentation.

From personal experience, I WOULD SUGGEST DO NOT SI FOR MORE THAN 3-4 INTERVIEWS AS IT IS REALLY NOT GOOD TO BE SO SPOILT FOR CHOICE…..IT REALLY TAKES TOLL ON YOU TOWARDS THE FINAL STAGES!….

Read a lot of current affairs and read newspapers and magazines like…..INDIATODAY,ECONOMIC TIMES,TIMES OFINDIA……

Always show your enthusiasm and assertiveness through your dressing,speaking and overall conduct.

Finally,it is upon you to crack the job and do not blame the organization saying that it wasn’t fit for me….Aspire to be the best and it’s high time you bring out the X factor in you!

Rishabh-  Aneesh by being recruited by so many companies and ultimately you have to choose one, isn’t it difficult to make your decision. Do you think we should come up with some strict rules on the same.

Aneesh- Yes we definitely need to put a cap on number of companies that a candidate can sit. If h/she gets through 2 properties, then they should have only one chance left to apply for another company just as a fallback option but certainly not more than that.

Rishabh-Share your motivational mantra, quote and idol.

Aneesh- Be the best in whatever you do and let your actions speak for yourself….

It is the drive to excel and shine that keeps alive the burning desire in me and this is what I want all of you to have.

“Is the juice worth the squeeze?”…..”I don’t do different things, I just do them differently”..romewas not built in a DAY so start preparing right away.

  1. MY FATHER,
  2. Mr. SACHIN TENDULKAR,
  3. SIR RICHARD BRANSON

Rishabh-Plans for the next 02 years.

Aneesh-Work in the industry for 18 months or so as part of my training program and try to get as much industry exposure and knowledge as possible and carry on the momentum to do an MBA or post grad in hospitality or business management. Make new contacts which will help me in the long run.

Rishabh- Lastly do you want to acknowledge people (parents, friends and the college) for making it happen

Aneesh-I would like to thank my parents, family, RISHAB SIR and CHETAN sir for giving me the confidence and backing which helped me realize my talent and brought out the best in me. My friends are an integral part of my life and they were always by my side like pillars of strength.

Thank you all.

Here are some expected questions with Aneesh way of answering (Very Imp.)

Why did you choose to be a part of this industry and why do you think a career in this industry is rewarding?

ANS: It has been my passion to be a part of the hospitality industry. Thou, as a child i always kept company with my mother in the kitchen, this has not been the only reason or guiding force to my decision but, a broad spectrum of challenges which come up in this industry at a multi cultural level and the ways in which one can convert these into opportunities ultimately satisfying customers across the board, has lured me to this industry. Also, my father’s occupation has enabled us to travel quite extensively around the world and inIndiawhereby, i came across a variety of hospitality establishments which further influenced my decision. Finally, i am a peoples person and what better way to serve people than this.

- What would you describe as one or two key elements/achievements in your life so far?

- ANS: First my birth in a cosmopolitan family which values our culture and at the same time, adopts different aspects of other cultures and allows room for broad minded thinking. Additionally, having had the opportunity to study in 3 different countries in some of the best recognised schools and curriculums including my home country, i was fortunate to have taken on in stride multi cultural grooming which will certainly assist in adopting to the demands of the global village we are in now. Second, having secured admission to possibly the best placed hospitality institution inIndiaand among the well known ones in the world.

- What value do you think you will add if you were offered a position in our organisation?

ANS – I do believe, I am a good prospect this position since I am a positive learner, a team builder and worker. My aim is to pursue a challenging career in the Hospitality arena and be an integral part of a customer driven growth oriented organization where learning is a continuous process.

Where do you see yourself in the 5-10 year window/years down the line?

5-10 years is a pretty long period as far as one’s overall development is concerned and I certainly aim to have got a complete knowhow of the processes in the industry by then which will provide me with a springboard to attain the highest level of responsibility, integrity and pride for the organization I work for and live a no compromise lifestyle which includes a contented day of work and returning with a satisfied mind to a happy family.

In terms of my professional progress, I aim to be a part of the senior management heading key projects while working with well motivated and highly professional core team members.

Champions of Campus

Tanvi Chandan, among the very few candidate from all over India and the only female candidate from the outgoing batch who made it to the esteemed management training programs of both the Indian Hospitality Majors-The Taj and Oberoi Group . Undisputedly titled as the elite and the knowledgeably sound applicant by the placement division and recruiters for marvelous performance in the placements. Accomplishments include – Oberoi’s Kitchen Management Trainee Program at the OCLD and Taj Management Trainee program (Culinary).

Rishabh- The high amount of competition in college for kitchen jobs and that too in a male dominant environment, share on how you prepare yourself for this career.

Tanvi-    

It takes 2 kinds of preparation for working as a chef in a professional kitchen:

  1. Knowing yourself:   1. Am I really passionate about the kitchen enough? 2. Can I put in a shift of a minimum of 12 hours? 3. Will I shy away from a butchery? 4. Can I lift some heavy equipment and ingredients?  5. Do I get intimidated easily if someone is stern?  6. Can I take physical and mental stress in a stride? 7. Will I be happy doing this everyday  for the next  10 years minimum?

I asked myself these question and observed my performance during the industrial training that helped me go in the right direction.  My skills in the food and beverage department were also equally good but the question 1 and 7 helped me analyze and make my decision.   

  1. Preparing  your family:

Girls in certain families have restricted timings and an urgency to get married after a certain age.  Also the profession of a chef is not held in high esteem in certain circles, that is a harsh truth. I could take this decision happily only because my parents were OK with me walking in home at2:00 amand gave me the choice of getting married at the age that suited me and my career.

Rishabh- The most proud moment of your life during campus recruitment, share the efforts that went in to crack such bigger company’s selection process.

Tanvi-

The moment that made me most proud was being selected as a kitchen trainee with the OCLD.  It was one of the most coveted job, I was ecstatic to know that the company felt that I was worthy enough to earn it.

Besides the usual efforts that everybody takes of formatting their CVs perfectly, grooming immaculately, learning each word of Chef’s theory notes , rehearsing FAQs etc. ,  what I feel really makes a difference is to walk into that room with a confident  frame of mind, to leave all my nerves and the voices out of that door , taking a deep breath and entering with an genuine smile. Believe me this is really difficult to do in an intense situation like that but it works wonders.

Rishabh- The most memorable Group Discussion experience you had from the placements.

Tanvi- 

The most memorable Group Discussion I experienced was the one with the ITC Welcome Group. It was on the topic , “ Can women make good Chefs” .  It was an easy one with infinite content. The GD took off and unlike my usually self I dint utter a word till the almost 70% of the time into the discussion due to the aggressive environment that was created by some of the co-members. I excused myself and asked permission to make a point in an affirmative as well as polite manner. In doing as everyone stopped arguing and gave me their attention. I spoke for not more than 40 seconds and I cleared that GD.

A group discussion is in essence a discussion not a platform for a verbal war. The interviewer examines not only what or how much your saying but more importantly, how well you choose your words your body language and the dignity you maintain throughout. Having said that do not get intimidated by people who in your mind are better or dominating, you have earned your right to speak by being in that room, practice it. Remember, they are trying to see if you can be their future manager.

Rishabh- The toughest question you ever encountered in multiple interviews faced.

Tanvi- 

I was lucky to not have encountered questions whose answers were not readily available.  However one can be faced by 3 scenarios during a question and answer session

1.       When you know the answer 100%:
You say it confidently; the panel might try and test you and tell you otherwise but hold your ground.
2.       When you think you know the answer:
You tell them your guess, but tell them you’re not too sure of it.
3.       You don’t know the answer:
Tell them you’re sorry, but you don’t know the answer.

My point is being honest, don’t bluff because they can tell. Whatever the scenario is 1, 2 or 3 still keep that confident, smiling face alive.

Rishabh- The most repeated question faced in multiple interviews and how you responded to it.

Tanvi-

The FAQ are

1.       Tell us something about yourself.
2.       Where do you see yourself ‘X’ years from now?
3.       What cuisine do you like cooking the most? (They will base your theory questions on that, so be prepared)
4.       Why kitchen?

I rehearsed these questions before hand so I don’t have to make the effort of framing my answers on the spot. However the trick is not to make it sound like a rehearsed monologue.

Rishabh- Despite not getting selected after the ITC Finals in Gurgaon, how you kept your enthusiasm level  high and made it to the 02 best programs available.  Recollect the most difficult step in the selection process and the company which made you thinks hard.

Tanvi- 

As emotionally draining and confidence shattering as a rejection in a final round could be I tried to keep a positive frame of mind.  Rather than criticizing the situation, or people or company I tried to critically analyze my performance. In retrospect I realized the loop holes in my performance/ actions/decisions and took corrective measures forward in the future rounds to come. It’s true you learn from your mistakes.

There is no one particular difficult step that comes to my mind, all of them

were challenging. Every company wants to see the different facets of your personality and they do so in every round in their own style.

The company that made me think hard was definitely the Oberoi Group, they are thorough professionals who expect excellence at every step and settle for no less. I feel that they tested me the most.

Rishabh- Your take on technical knowledge and personality traits requirement for cracking selection process of several companies.

Tanvi-

Technical knowledge is essential. If you say your passionate about something and don’t have the adequate knowledge on that subject, why would anyone believe in you? However I feel that the level of technical knowledge they expect is 90% from the college notes and 10% from the outside world.

As far as the kitchen goes; technical knowledge and skill go hand in hand. Basic culinary skills of egg, meat, fish, vegetable, starch, soup and dessert cookery, are tested they don’t expect you to make Michelin Star Restaurant food. Keep it simple, personal, delicious and well presented.

As well as personality traits go, I believe that I person cannot change his personality overnight. I feel that it would help taking an informal SWOT analysis of yourself, also ask friends and professors to give you and honest feedback well in advance (atleast 2months). List your strengths and weaknesses. Capitalize on your strengths and make better of the weaknesses.  Some essential requirements are:  confidence in yourself, ability to communicate clearly and effectively especially in front of an audience, situation handling techniques, being capable of keeping your nerve in stressful situation to name a few. Some of these you will only realize once you have attempted a few interviews hence it is essential to sit for all interview initially to know your SWOTS.

Rishabh- Tips for your juniors to continue the legacy of “being the best” in placements. Share your mantras on grooming, interviews, discussions and more.

Tanvi-

Grooming for girls: Besides having crisply ironed uniform and polished shoes here are some things that worked for me:

1.       Hair: Unlike many of my classmates I never wasted ½  an hour of precious sleep in the morning  making complicated French rolls, with numerous pins  that would any ways dismantle before the interview in the evening. A simple tight bun, with hair parting that suites your face with a light layer of gel for it to last the day is good enough. The idea is to look neat and presentable and not pseudo-models. However if your proficient at it and it suites your face let my words not demoralize you. In my case it was neither.
2.       Face: Try eating well and hydrate yourself well before the interview begins.  Get good sleep the previous night. I don’t mean to sound like a dermatologist it really works! Apart from that as far as makeup is concerned keep it simple and natural, and professional. Don’t over or under-do it. I personally bought a new liquid foundation, cake foundation, kajal, eye-shadow and lip gloss and blush . I felt that eyeliners and lipsticks don’t suite me so I dint apply them. I you-tubed interview makeup saw what I liked and duplicated it in every interview right till the finals.
3.       Nails: Short nails, well manicures or atleast neat with a transparent varnish. No nail polish other than matt, light pink used in French manicures.
4.       Shoes: I bought closed dark matt grey shoes and socks that matched the college suit rather than the usual black with 2 1/2 inches heel. I feel that was a good investment.

About interviews and discussion I think I’ve said enough in the previous questions. I’ll only be repeating myself

Rishabh-Tanvi by being recruited for 02 best training programs and ultimately you need to choose one .Isn’t it difficult to make your decision.

Tanvi-

Yes, It was one of the most difficult decisions I had to make. To choose from the best is a hell of a task. Since I felt that my experience was inadequate to take such a big decision  I spoke to professors, and professionals from the industry. The HR Department heads and the Chefs from the 2 Companies were happy to give me their views. There were mixed reviews with valid points. I however chose the Oberoi Group because I felt that the company’s personality that suited mine. I went with my gut feeling. I however would have taken TMTP happily.

Rishabh- Share your motivational mantra, quote and idol.

Tanvi- 

I don’t mean to sound cliché but believe in yourself. Many people, peers,  professors, professional will tell you a lot of things, listen to their advice but do what you think is right in the end. Not because someone says so.

This beautiful paragraph might help you, it never fails me…..

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be
brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”- Marianne Williamsonfrom 
A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

 

Rishabh -Plans for the next 02 years.

Tanvi-

The plan is to complete the 2 year training program with the OCLD successfully. I’m looking forward to travel to the various parts of the country where they post me. Living alone and taking up responsibility both in the professional as well as personal front will be a great challenge.

Rishabh- Lastly if you want to acknowledge people (parents, friends and the college) for making it happen.

Tanvi-

This is going to sound like I’ve won the Oscars, but I really thank my parents for supporting such a different career and allowing me to pursue my passion whole heartedly. Chef Iyer at college for being a pillar and guiding me both professionally and personally, if it wasn’t for his encouragement and interest in my success in the first year till date I may not have come so far. Also Mr. Mishra and Rishabh Sir for being so committed and supportive throughout the placements. My friends in college and otherwise who always believed that I could make it even when I lost all hopes. Thank you all, from all my heart.

Wishing you all the very best in your future endeavors .

 

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Posted April 28, 2011 by Rishabh in Uncategorized

Group Discussions- How to clear this step   Leave a comment

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Group Discussion-

=Essential trait to sell yourself=

The GD is an indicator of the confidence of a person as well as his ability to work in a group. Students are seated in a semicircle. A topic is given and after about a minute or so, the group is asked to proceed. Most discussions last for 10-12 minutes and the group size maybe anything up to 15 people. Some companies are known to have about students in a group, which makes the task of contributing meaningfully all the more difficult. Almost all students will be anxious to make a mark and sometimes there may be pandemonium. Often, aggressive and loud-mouthed individuals may corner the discussion. One should have a strategy for dealing with such situations too.

There are no fixed rules for a GD. There is usually a scramble to be the first one to speak. The first speaker should mention the topic and make a preface by stating the issues. He should not commit himself but only speak the introduction. Later, one may make some interjections and make one’s stand clear. The group should move towards a consensus but so great is the tension to make one’s point that this may not happen at all. The idea is to exhibit some leadership qualities in steering the group while making one’s contribution.

If the group is too noisy, the facilitator may allot one minute to each candidate to sum up the discussion. This is an opportunity to put on one’s best effort. Without criticising the group, one can sum up and give one’s own views.

How is one rated in a GD?

Firstly, a candidate is evaluated on how he speaks. Fluency plays a role here. But this is not enough: what matters is also whether any meaningful contribution was made by the person. Thirdly, a candidate will score if he shows leadership qualities, that is, of guiding the group towards a consensus. It is clear that one should have read a lot if he is to exhibit any depth of knowledge. If you have kept up with the newspapers and magazines, it will certainly be of help. Read carefully the debates and current affairs and chances are that you will get one of these topics for discussion. Read also items of economic importance and learn the figures of growth rates, GDP, deficits and so on to make an impact. Definitely we being a part of the hospitality world can showcase our knowledge by selecting latest examples from the hospitality business.

How to contribute in a GD

There are always two ways to look at any topic: for or against. Take the example of economic liberalisation. It can be argued that it was a very good thing since a number of foreign companies came into the country, bringing technology and efficiency. Employment and growth rate improved. The people could buy all the world class products which earlier had to be smuggled.

On the other hand, it can also be argued that all kinds of non-essential goods came into the country, like hamburgers, fried chicken and sodawater. The infrastructure remained poor. There was no fresh growth as the MNCs simply bought the Indian companies. The technology they imported was outdated and most of the goods were so expensive that most people could not buy them. Liberalisation was trumpeted to be a good thing since polticians were using it to rake in personal wealth.

Whatever personal views one may have, it is important to know both sides of the argument. If the discussion is heading towards a particular direction, a candidate can take a totally opposite view and consequently will become the centre of the discussion. Of course one must be able to defend one’s viewpoints and therefore the need to have read widely. In the case of liberalisation, many people will defend it, since that is the viewpoint most often published in newspapers. If a student can bring in an opposing viewpoint and mention some convincing reasons, there is no reason why he will not be selected.

The trouble is that most students have not faced anything like the GD before. How is one to speak in a group of 15 strangers in a language we do not usually speak? One way is to read about a topic and then debate with parents, uncles or elder cousins. Tell them to ask you questions and try to trap you. The more you do this, the more clear will your own thoughts become. Of course practice in a larger group can be obtained only by joining a professional institute.

Another way to practice is to tape your speech. Try to speak about a topic for one full minute into the tape recorder. When you listen to the tape, you will be able to spot your mistakes, the points on which you falter and the words which you cannot easily speak. You will also be able to know whether you make any sense or not. Ask your friends to listen to the tape critically. Often, people can discover their weaknesses and speech impairments by this method.

You can also use mirror therapy. Stand before a mirror and speak extempore on any topic. Practice sounding assertive and firm. If you think your voice is soft or shrill, especially for girls, speak loudly in front of the mirror as if you are speaking to a stranger. Have a conversation with yourself. The mirror will tell you whether you have a habit of looking away while speaking. It will tell you about your body language also. These will be invaluable insights for participating in groups. You must look at all the members when addressing them. Looking away will cause you to lose your chance and the other person will carry on without letting you complete.

The mirror will also stop you from fidgeting, as many people are prone to do when they are speaking or are nervous. The therapy will be greatly enhanced if you can get your family members or friedns to practice with you.
Interjections

Take care also that you do not stray from the topic. One way to avoid this is to write it down and keep it in front of you. By periodically looking at it, you can arrange your thoughts mentally. Remember that the interjections should always be in the form of a paragraph, not a question. Do not get into cross talk with any person in the group. Do not start quarrelling if someone is against your stand. Instead, address the group.

In any GD, a common situation is that everybody wants to speak all at once and some individuals will dominate on account of their loudness. After all, everybody wants to make a mark in the limited time and it is survival of the fittest. Making an interjection at this stage is rather difficult.

Start off with meta-language: “I agree with you, but…” or “We have heard many viewpoints and I would like to say….” Do not lose your cool if nobody listens. It might pay to raise your voice for the opening sentence and then go ahead to make your point. Never criticise. If you do not agree with a particular viewpoint, start with: “You may be right, but I feel….” or even “I agree with you on certain points but there is a contrary opinion that….” Be polite but firm.

A common situation is that whatever points you have thought of have already been said by someone else. Do not become nervous should this happen. Instead, quickly assess the situation and the direction of the discussion. Take a few deep breaths and think whether anything has been missed out or whether you can turn the discussion around. Usually, there is always some uncovered ground and a person can steer the discussion in a new direction. “We have been discussing the positive side of the matter”, you can say. But there is a more serious dimension that we have ignored….” Chances are that you will become the centre of discussion after this. Even if you have not spoken during the first half of the session, you will have turned it around to your advantage.

Assume a leadership role if you do not have much to say.
Give a chance to others who have not spoken. Guide the discussion by restoring order. Keep an eye on the time and after 10 minutes or so, begin summing up. This will show your leadership qualities. However, if you do not contribute in any other way, this strategy will not be sufficient to see you through.

Interjections should be made without being rude. Do not cut into mid-sentence. On the other hand, if someone cuts into your speech, politely ask to be heard: “I would like to complete what I was saying….” rather than rudely asking a person to shut up. Sometimes all these rules do not work, especially if the group is a rowdy one. Since it is survival of the fittest, do not be cowed down and make a bold effort to make yourself heard.

Why group discussions?

Most jobs and management organizations do not want bookworms, but people who are outgoing and smart as well. Group discussions help check whether a person can articulate his thoughts and hold his ground.

What is observed?
* Leadership skills
* Confidence
* Consideration for others
* Manners
* Aggressive behaviour
* Substantial viewpoints vs frivolous viewpoints

Some common topics for Group Discussions

  1. Chefs or Managers- the future in hospitality
  2. The Indian cuisine versus the Global Cuisine-Popularity and acceptance
  3. Reservation for women is desirable
  4. The impact of International Hotel Companies arrival in India
  5. Advancement in science would lead to destruction
  6. Should there be a Presidential form of government?
  7. Who is responsible for ills of our country: politicians or bureaucrats?
    Management is an art or science?
    Is our culture under threat from cable television?
    Environment vs development: which is preferable?
    The role of multinationals in the economy 

How to prepare?
* Form an informal group and discuss serious issues
* Discuss current affairs with parents or elders
* Watch news and current affairs programmes
* Read some good magazines

* Always think of points in favour and against the topic

Some important tips
* Always be polite
* Never criticise
* Give others a chance to speak
* Make sure you intervene 4-5 times in the discussion
* Be coherent, make your point and let others discuss
* Do not be aggressive or loud
* Play the leader

Posted April 21, 2011 by Rishabh in Uncategorized

Remarkable Placement Season 2010-2011   Leave a comment

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The batch of 2008-2011 witnessed and materialized great opportunities in the Campus Recruitment Drive that began in September 2010 and concluded in April 2011.

Around 33 Organizations approached/ visited for placements

Close to 320 Offers in the form of Management Trainees or Executives

The students bagged the maximum no. of Management Trainees position in most of the hotel organization and keep up with the spirit and excellence of IHM Mumbai

Out of a batch of 254 students, we have around  85% placements so far (few recruitment are in the final stage).

It is expected that we will touch 95% employment by the end. Top hotel recruiters included the Taj Hotels(36), Marriott International(19) and ITC Hotels Division(16).

In the allied sector top recruiters included Thomas Cook(14), McDonalds(22), Planet Retail (15)and KFC Western India(13).

The average salary this year was Rs. 16,000 p.m.

The highest salary offered among hotels is Rs. 6.5 Lacs per annum (after successful probation) by the Oberoi Group.

The highest salary offered among allied sectors is Rs. 3.25 Lacs per annum from the starting month by  Metro Cash & Carry.

The details are as under-

                             IHMCTAN Mumbai
Placements
2010-2011
S.No. Organization Profile Offered No. of Offers Remuneration
         1 Bose India Executive 16 14000/-
2 Emerald Hotel Executive 7 12000/-
3 Four Seasons Hotels Management Trainee 5 16000/-
4 General Mills Executive 4 15000/-
5 Goa Portuguesa Executive In process 13000/-
6 Hyatt Corporate Trainee 1 25000/-
7 Intercontinental Management Trainee 1 20000/-
8 ITC Hotels Management Trainee 12 16000/-
9 ITC Hotel Sales/Revenue Management Trainee 4 16000/-
10 Jet Airways Cabin Crew 7 25000/-
11 Kaya Skin Clinic Management Trainee 7 20000/-
12 KFC Western India Management Trainee 13 12000/-
13 Kingfisher Cabin Crew 1 30000/-
14 Lakme Lever Management Trainee 4 15540/-
15 Leela Hotels Management Trainee 2 16000/-
Operational Trainee 5 12500/-
16 Madura Garments Executive 7 12500/-
17 Make My Trip Executive 4 20000/-
18 Marriott Hotels Management Trainee 19 18000/-
19 Mc Donalds Management Trainee 22 13000/-
20 Metro Cash & Carry Management Trainee 3 27000/-
21 Oberoi Hotels & Resorts Management Trainee 4 15500/-
Operational Trainee 32 13000/-
22 Oberoi Trident BKC Operational Trainee 2 15000/-
23 Park Hotels Management Trainee 9 18000/-
Operational Trainee 2 12000/-
24 Planet Retail Executive 15 12500/-
25 RAS Resorts Management Trainee 21 10000/-
26 Regus Executive In process 18000/-
27 Sayaji Group Management Trainee 4 15000/-
28 Starwood Hotels Management Trainee 4 15000/-
Operational Trainee 1 10000/-
29 Svenska Management Trainee 5 12500/-
30 Taj Group Management Trainee 5 15000/-
Hotel OpsMgmtTrainee 33 12500/-
31 Taj Palace Program THT 7 10000/-
32 ThomasCook Executive 14 14500/-
33 Yum Restaurants Management Trainee 5 12500/-

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Posted April 16, 2011 by Rishabh in Uncategorized

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