My experience in the Group Discussions and Interview

HRM, YWCA Delhi, 16th February, 8:45 slot

X- 93.67%

XII – 82.2%

UG – 8.1

XAT – 97.97

Work experience: IT/ 31 months

GD topic: Globalization
is good for workers and their rights.

GD: Only 9/10 people showed up and the discussion lasted for 20 mins. The focus was majorly on
Globalization so I tried to bring the focus back to the core of impact on workers and their rights, a couple
of times. Group didn’t reach a consensus but were all inclined towards the ill effects
of globalization on workers’ rights. All three profs, were making notes about
the discussion quite diligently.

Professor’s description in brief: P1(L): Finance Prof. P2(M): GM
Prof P3(R): Marketing prof

Personal Interview experience:

P2 came
in the waiting hall, and escorted me to the interview room.

I handed my Certificates file over to P1, and a docket of my
recent achievements, including an interview in a newsletter, on the top of the

He starts smiling, and shows to P3- “See he has brought so many
nice things to show you!” – All smile. Me contemplating, if it was sarcasm or
an appreciation.

P3: So Devansh, Did you have your breakfast?

Me: No, sir. I woke up around 7:30, so quickly got ready and
came to the venue by 8:30.

P3: Oh, did u come from far?

Me: No, I’m staying here in a hotel in CP, came to Delhi for the

P3: Okay. Where did you come from?

Me: Mumbai sir. (I had my SP interview the day before, couldn’t
tell that to the prof.)

P3: So why did you not give your interview in Mumbai?

Me: Sir, I would have but when we first filled the form I gave
the preference as Delhi. And when the calls came in, we were not given an
option to give the preference again, so I had to come to Delhi to give the

P3: Ohh Okay. So Tell me Devansh, How was the GD?

Me: (I gave it a thought: PAUSE) GD was good sir. There were
many opinions and perspectives about the topic. It was a rich experience with
everyone chipping in with their points, and it was a learning experience. Although
we could have reached a consensus, since the topic demanded us of providing a definite

P3: What according to you could have been better in the GD?

Me: I think that we could have focused more on Rights of the
workers. We digressed a few times, which I tried to bring back (all profs nod
in unison) and stick to the topic.

P3: You made a point regarding (some point in the GD, which I did
not make).

Me: No sir, I didn’t make that point. (Prof strikes something
out from the GD sheet he had). I made a point regarding Solar Panels and how it
is effecting our industry.

P3: okay, tell me how?

Me: Told about the US dumping old technology in India, and Indian indigenous industries are suffering because of that.etc etc. Therefore,
globalization is affecting some Indian industries.

P3: Do you think people had better points than you had in the GD?

Me: Yes, sir.

P3: (Amazed at my response!!) They HAD better points???

Me: Yes, sir, a few points were better than mine.

P3 Does something on the sheet again.

Meanwhile P1 had read my documents file and handed it over to
P3. P2 still staring.

P1: So Devansh , you had this subject in your Graduation, Mobile

Me: Yes sir I had.

P1: So tell me how many towers are required to detect the location
of a single mobile phone?

Me: (I did not recollect any such thing being taught and so answered honestly) No
sir, I can’t recall.

Asks one more question, I replied the same.

P1: You don’t remember BST, MST, anything?(asks very politely)

Me: No sir can’t recall.

P1: okay. No problem( in a comforting tone). Do you remember
Standard Deviation?

Me: Yes Sir.

P1: You have this paper and pen in front of you. Take as much
time as you need, use the paper and pen, and give us an application of standard
deviation as an HR Manager.

Me: (while hovering the pen over the paper) Sir I can tell you
an example of SD. I read a case about Dominos in USA, where workers showed
deviation from their expected job duties.

On listening to the case, P2 sat back, shook his head in
affirmation and relaxed. Seemed he was privy of the case too.

P1: But this is an outlier example, tell us something more

Me: I start hovering again on the paper

P1: okay probably its been long, when u studied this. Do you
know what is mean and Median?

ME: Yes sir I do.

P1: use the paper and pen, tell us what is Mean and Median,
there definition and one application of each as an HR Manager.

ME: (while writing on the paper) Sir, Mean is a simple average.(P1

P3 interjects: Average of what?

Me: Sir, average of the data set at hand. P3 nods. And median is
the middle value when this data set is sorted in ascending order.

P1: okay you know what is mean and median. Now one application
of each.

Me: (After drawing and writing a few things on paper) Sir mean
can be used in Talent Acquisition and median can be used while deciding compensation
and benefits.

Suppose we have 20 teams in our organization. We ask each team
for their employee requirements, some give 8 some give 3 etc etc. We find a mean
of around 4-5. So we would have to hire 80- 100 people. More specifically
around 90.

Suppose we hire from different categories of institutes. Cat A,
B, C, D. and we have a median salary in mind, say 8 lakhs. So we can decide
packages below 8 lakhs in cat C, D and above 8 lakhs in A,B. so that we hire
talent within our estimated budget.

Median is a better example of showing how good an institute is
doing in terms of placements or how good packages are from a company, but not
mean, because median value actually gives the number of people above and below
that value, but not mean.

P1: Yeah yeah. Ok Okay!

P3: How Globalization is actually affecting the rights of the

Me: Sir, I read an article a few days ago, it gave an example of
a worker in unorganized sector, who was made to work for 12 hours a day. Now a
normal working day, is for 8 hours(All nod) and while he should be getting an
overtime for 4 hours he is working but he is not. This is happening because,
the owner of the establishment is maximizing the use of the machinery and
labor, because he has to compete with products from international market,
virtue globalization, and consequently the rights of  the workers are being exploited.

P2: Devansh, 31 months in IT, tell us one day, that you would
like to remove from your life.

Me: started narrating an incident.

P2: Cuts me short, you have only 30 secs

I replied in short, and (me and my team on stage) were
subjected to a lot of jeering.

P2: Just because you were subjected to a lot of jeering you want
to remove that from your life.

Me: Umm, sir it was the most embarrassing moment, and nothing
else of that sort happened so I would like to remove that.

P2: Okay.(sits back)

P1: So you are a Competent Leader(Toastmasters). Tell one
quality a good leader must have, according to you?

Me: Vision. I believe that vision is the most important thing,
because if a  leader does not have vision
he would not be able to utilize his resources at its best. Be it Human
resources or other, he would not be able to do justice until he has vision.(P1
Nodding all through).

P1 passes the baton to others, P3 smiles, we are done.

P2: do you have any question for us?

Me: Yes sir. Since XLRI do not have any club, namely

P2: (Cuts me short) I am sorry Devansh but a man of your
credentials, should not say a thing like that. We do have a club (some name).

Me: Like Toastmasters?

P2: (proudly) a step better than that.

Me: That’s great sir. But my question was that XLRI does not
have a Toastmasters club, so if I intend to start one, so what kind of support
can I expect from the institute.

P2: Okay, if you have ambitions like that, then XLRI provides a
great platform for that.

I nodded.

All: that’s all Devansh. Don’t Forget to collect your Files. It
was nice talking to you. Don’t send in the next candidate, we ‘ll call
ourselves in a while.

Thanks all around. While leaving the room, I saw P2 pointing a
finger towards me and talking to P1. ?

Verdict: Converted!