Aryan Jain graduating from IIT Kanpur, Branch- Electrical Engg. department as a Graduate (B.Tech) in 2020 has been placed as GRADUATE TRAINEE - FINANCE in NAVI TECHNOLOGIES PVT LTD.
a) Other companies that I was shortlisted for - DELOITTE INDIA (BUSINESS ANALYST) b) Analysis of available options (based on profile, growth, compensation, Brand Name, etc) - NAVI TECHNOLOGIES – It is a startup founded in 2018 by Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal. The startup aims at combining technology to financial components to make it easier for consumers to access their needs such as house, auto loans, mutual funds, etc. - DELOITTE – My profile was of a Business Analyst so assume the generic responsibilities. I don’t have any detailed information on the role.
THE SPO WHICH I AM NOW GRATEFUL FOR. I WAS LOOKING FOR THE PROFILE OF FINANCE/ ANALYST ROLE SO MY MAIN FOLDERS WERE QUANT SOLVING, PUZZLE SOLVING, CASE STUDIES, ECONOMICS, ETC AND THEY WERE ALL TAKEN CARE OF BY THE SPO MATERIAL. APART FROM THAT, YOU STILL HAVE THE WHOLE WORLD OF INTERNET WITH YOU. SO GIVEN THE TIME, YOU CAN GO FOR VARIOUS COURSES AND PRACTICE QUESTIONS AVAILABLE ON SO MANY POPULAR WEBSITES. NOW I KNEW THAT MY CPI WAS NOT VERY HIGH (6.1) TO GET SHORTLISTED IN A LOT OF COMPANIES. AND IT WAS GOOD TO BE ALREADY AWARE OF IT BECAUSE OF THE 45-50 COMPANIES I APPLIED IN THAT “DID NOT MENTION” ANY CPI CRITERIA, I WAS SELECTED TO APPEAR IN THE TESTS OF ABOUT 10 OF THEM. HAD I HELD MYSELF IN A HIGH REGARD, IT WOULD’VE BEEN A DEPRESSING PHASE AND BECAUSE OF THAT MY ELIGIBLE TESTS WOULD ALSO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED. I ADVISE ANY STUDENT WHOSE CPI IS LOW, TO ACCEPT THE FACT AS IT IS AND WORK ON TO DO YOUR BEST WITH WHAT YOU HAVE.
5 TESTS A DAY, PPTS ALL WEEK, ETC.). ON AVERAGE I HAD TO GIVE 2 TESTS A WEEK WHICH WAS CONVENIENT. BUT I HAD TO MAKE SURE THAT EACH TEST SHOULD BE GIVEN WITH UTMOST SINCERITY. ALL THE TESTS WERE ONLINE ON A COMPUTER, SOME OF THEM WERE PROCTORED. AS THE RESULTS STARTED COMING OUT, THE CHANCES OF ME SITTING IN ANY INTERVIEW GOT SHRUNK. I WAS NOT GETTING SELECTED IN MANY COMPANIES. FINALLY, ONE COMPANY (DELOITTE) I GOT SHORTLISTED INTO AND THAT WAS IT. I HAD ONLY ONE INTERVIEW SECURED FOR THE PLACEMENTS AND THAT TOO WAS ON DAY-4. SO ALL MY FOCUS WENT INTO THIS INTERVIEW. I STUDIED ABOUT THE COMPANY THOROUGHLY, CONTACTED SOME OF THE ALUMNI WORKING THERE AND ASKED FOR ADVISE AND WHAT NOT. BUT AT THE END OF DAY1 OF THE INTERVIEWS, NAVI RELEASED AN EXTENDED SHORTLIST OF 10 STUDENTS, AND I WAS ONE OF THEM. AND THE INTERVIEW WAS ON THE NEXT DAY. SO, I HAD TO DIVERT ALL THE FOCUS FROM DELOITTE AND PREPARE FOR THE EARLIER INTERVIEW. I WENT THROUGH THE SAME PROCEDURE, ALBEIT IN A LITTLE HURRY. GAVE MY INTERVIEW. IT WAS 3 ROUNDS. INTERESTING STORY, THAT AFTER THE FIRST ROUND (IT WENT WELL) I CHANGED INTO MY CASUAL CLOTHES AND WAS CHILLING. THEN COMES A CALL THAT THE 2ND ROUND IS STARTING IN 5 MINUTES. THIS WAS THE MOMENT I GOT NERVOUS AND WAS FREAKING OUT. I ASKED FOR THE POC FOR 5 MORE MINUTES AND ENTERED THE MEETING WITH THE INTERVIEWER WAITING FOR ME. AND TO MAKE IT WORSE, THE 2ND ROUND WAS A STRICT ONE AND IT HONESTLY DID NOT GO WELL. 3RD ROUND WAS AN HOUR LATER, AND IT WAS AN HR SO IT WENT GOOD AS WAS EXPECTED. SO I GAVE UP ALL HOPE FOR THIS COMPANY AND DECIDED TO GO TO SLEEP AND PREPARE FOR DELOITTE THE NEXT DAY. AT 3 AM, MY FRIEND CALLS ME SECOND TIME AFTER I MISSED THE FIRST CALL. I GOT SELECTED AT NAVI TECHNOLOGIES. HALF ASLEEP, CAN’T FIGURE OUT IF I WAS DREAMING OR NOT SO I WAS JUST STARING INTO THE AIR FOR 10 MINUTES. THEN I CHECKED THE DAY 2 RESULTS AND THERE IT WAS, ARYAN JAIN WRITTEN UNDER NAVI TECHNOLOGIES – FINANCE.
- You have a lot of time in your hands. Even if the preparation during internship was not up to par, you can still make a good deal out now. - Give each test with the utmost sincerity. Find what type of test it is and prepare accordingly. - Apply to as many companies as possible if you are in a low cpi region because there won’t be many opportunities for you. - Try not to overload your semester with too many courses. A lot of time would be spent on the placements. - If you feel nervous giving interviews, try meditating 10-15 minutes before it and reflect upon yourself. Have some moments of self-consciousness during the interview to check if you are doing well. - During the start of the interview, the interviewer tries to engage in a casual conversation ( not always, but you can tell when). Try to connect with him/her in a friendly way. This will make the process a lot easier. - Don’t be afraid to ask for a minute’s break during the interview if you want to drink water, settle yourself, or to think of the question given to you.
Final Tips :
- You are at one of the premier institutions in the country and you will get a lot of opportunities and will most likely succeed. Take this thought out of your head and put the feet on the ground. I have read about and met a lot of people who have proven me wrong about the statement. Yes, you do have an advantage over others in terms of the number of chances you’ll be getting but don’t let that fool you. You still have to work as hard as anyone to have your place.