UPES students Vasu Vashishtha and Udayveer Mittal from the School of Engineering reveal what it took to get the coveted offer from Flipkart
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Surprisingly, IQ wasn’t the most important predictor of a student’s performance; they were practical exams.
When UPES began preparing for the placement offensive planned for October 2020 in the first quarter of the year, Udayveer Mittal was amazed. He jokes: “At that time I thought, why do we have to prepare so early?”
A student from B.Tech. Mechatronics reminds Udayveer that all of the preparation during the recruiting process has proven beneficial. “UPES ran several virtual seminars, workshops and proficiency tests that gave me the confidence to take the actual tests. Mock interviews were conducted by our professor and one of the alumni from the same industry. We practiced a lot before D-Day, ”he says.
Vasu Vashishta, who studied B.Tech. Mechanical (core), reaffirms the importance of preparation. “The college gave various test tests and lectures, which helped me a lot. In addition, sham interviews with the faculty and the alumni prepared me for the final interview. I also had additional responsibilities in my classroom as well as in various societies like the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) that helped me develop leadership, time management and communication skills, ”he says.
Both students achieved impressive offers of INR 13.5 lakh per year at e-commerce giant Flipkart.
Udayveer gives a step-by-step guide to the placement process and says: “Flipkart started with a presentation. This was followed by English and aptitude tests, as well as a situation test that asked questions about a range of supply chain management situations. “
Then how did a mechatronics technician approach questions about an unrelated area? “Fortunately, UPES held a special seminar where we were also taught about supply chain management. Although it was new to me, I was selected thanks to my education at the university, ”explains Udayveer.
This was followed by a technical discussion and a personal interview. The students made the rounds and were selected for a full-time position at one of India’s largest online stores.
However, the ride had some difficulties. Says Udayveer, “I remember the staff round was tough. The respondent aggressively questioned each answer to test my will and perseverance. I remember he asked: ‘You come from a technical area, why do you want to join Flipkart?’ He even said they would put me in a storage room full of boxes and dust. ‘Is that what you want?’ he asked me (laughs). He meant that, of course, carefree. But I didn’t hesitate and emphasized that I would like to learn and grow with the company. “
“Flipkart was the first company to visit our mechanical engineering campus,” says Vasu. “When I came to the conciliation process, I was also asked questions about my roles and responsibilities in society. I was the first to be selected as UPES prepared me thoroughly for the finals, ”he adds.
For students preparing for and preparing for internships this year, Udayveer suggests keeping their authenticity. He says: “It was a first for Flipkart to hire engineers for a management position. I would say be true to you. There you will find problems that may seem tricky to you, but you have to stand by your solutions, even if they seem foolish at first glance. Do not be shy. Let your ingenuity shine. “
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