Top Indian Recruiters: ‘Companies prefer MBAs with global exposure,’ says Director, Corporate Relations, SPJSGM
Careers360 in conversation with Suresh Kumar, Director, Corporate Relations at SP Jain School of Global Management, brings you the expert’s insights on placement strategies at the B-School. In this interview, SPJSGM Corporate Relation’s Director talks about demand of management graduates in India.
Read on to know what Mr. Kumar shares about on-campus hiring scenario in the B-School.
Careers360: Is there demand for management graduates from Indian companies?
Suresh Kumar: There is a fairly good demand from Indian companies for MBA graduates from premium B-Schools. Some of the emerging sectors include start-ups and e-commerce companies which are fantastic opportunities that need to be explored by MBA participants. Start-ups also provide an excellent platform to contribute and learn immensely.
Careers360: What is the range of hiring on your campus?
Suresh Kumar: Our placements are spread across four geographies- Middle East, South East Asia, India and Australia. Companies from India are capacity hirers, while companies in other geographies most often do a need-based hiring or specialist hiring. Most of the international hiring interest depends on relevance of previous experience to the job profile that companies wish to recruit. Companies in international location most often look for candidates with relevant background who are able to perform from Day-1 with little or no mentoring unlike companies in India.
Some of the companies that have participated and made offers to students include Genpact, Cognizant, Yes Bank, Kraft Heinz, Dunia Finance, Walt Disney, ANZ, Diageo, Uber, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson to name a few.
Careers360: What is your placement strategy?
Suresh Kumar: All our participants do a 3-country study; Singapore, Australia, UAE, (India is optional). In each of these countries, a dedicated corporate relations team work towards building an ongoing relationship with our corporate partners rather than a transactional approach of reaching out to companies only for placements. Towards strengthening relationship, our MBA participants engage with companies on industry knowledge share, projects, internships, workshops and finally, placements. So there is better acceptability of students when we approach them for placements.
Careers360: How does studying in three foreign countries help your students?
Suresh Kumar: The key differentiator of the School is that since every participant studies in three countries, it enables them to understand and appreciate the cultural sensitivities and nuances which are distinct and different in each of the markets. They gain global immersion due to this exposure. Participants gain a Middle Eastern exposure studying in Dubai; and Asian exposure studying in Singapore; and Western exposure studying in Sydney. The exposure to business practices and understanding of culture is key to many of the corporate recruiters, who have a global presence.
Careers360: What steps do you take to help maximum students gain placements?
Suresh Kumar: While we focus on the academic excellence, a lot of emphasis is also there on soft skills. Our professional readiness programme focuses on the interview skills of the candidates through several rounds of mock interviews with industry partners and alumni. We also do a profiling of the candidates based on their career interest and previous experience to reach out to the right corporate partners who would have a requirement for such talents.
There is a fairly good demand from Indian companies for MBA graduates from premium B-Schools. Some of the emerging sectors include start-ups and e-commerce companies which are fantastic opportunities that need to be explored by MBA participants. We have also observed companies tend to prefer candidates who have a global exposure, global intelligence and culture fit coupled with deep technical knowledge .
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