Dr. Vikhe Patil Foundation’ PCMRD organized the ‘Interview Skills Workshop’ to improve the interview skills of the students, from 25 – 27 March 2014. The workshop was conducted by Ms. Anagha Kalay. She is an entrepreneur and is the Director of ‘Colorwaves’ which is involved in designing and printing business. She was previously associated with us as a faculty for Human Resource Specialization. She has written research papers in national journals. 

Prof. Divya Lakhani welcomed her and put forth the agenda for the three day workshop to the audience consisting of students from MBA – I and MBA – II. The first day of the workshop dwelled on topics like meaning of bio-data, CV and resume. Besides this, what a CV should contain was also discussed. The importance and contents of covering letter was highlighted. 

The agenda for day two was importance of presence on virtual world with special focus on facebook, linkedin. General etiquettes to be followed while appearing for an interview were also discussed. For a telephonic interview emphasis was laid on the preparedness for the same. The need to have a right environment (i.e. avoiding disturbances), having answers ready for the frequently asked questions, keeping pen-paper handy, resume, a list of achievements, strengths and weaknesses was stressed upon. 

Group discussions were conducted in the second half of the day. Emphasis was laid on following points while participating in a group discussion – communication skills, assertiveness, gestures, reasoning ability, leadership, flexibility, creativity and ability to work in a team. 

On the last day mock interviews were conducted for the second year students. This tested their preparedness while appearing for an interview. Feedback was given to all the students which helped them to analyze their strengths and weakness and the areas for improvement. 

Overall it was a good learning experience for the students. It helped them to fine tune their CV, covering note, communication skills and boosted their confidence by giving mock interviews. 

Event Coordinator – Prof. Divya Lakhani

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