Summer Diaries: My experience with Mondelez – Prateik Mahapatra (BM)

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Summer Diaries: My experience with Mondelez – Prateik Mahapatra (BM)

With regards to Interviews, prepare for the answer ‘tell me about yourself’ very well. The answer to this question can guide your entire interview process. If you ‘wow’ them at this particular phase, there is a very heavy chance the interview would solely be concentrated on your strengths. (say sports / politics etc.)

Where did you do your summer internship?

Mondelez India

 

What was the role offered?

Sales & Marketing

 

Tell us about the GD and interview process of the company.

GD was primarily a case discussion, where providing structure to the case and general knowledge about current market situation was highly important

Interviews were about my work experience, ’tell me about yourself’, and other BQ questions

 

What was your approach for preparing for the process? Any specific preparation you did for this company?

Prepared my BQs well, and read about the products the company owns.

 

Tell us about the internship project you worked on. (Describe in timeline/stages)

Rural expansion of Mondelez in UP by establishing sub-stockists (distributors) in 8 districts and subsequently creating a model which can be replicated in other districts. The project involved 1 week of learning about rural markets, 5 weeks of traveling through the 8 districts and finally working on the presentation in a week

 

Tell us about the pre-internship and post-internship processes (homework you had to do before the official internship period, orientation process and PPO opportunities)

Pre Internship – No home work required

Orientation – 1 week orientation in Mumbai HQ

Post Internship – After project is wrapped up, you present in front of a panel of senior members for round 1 (which is an elimination round) and again in front of a panel of senior members for round 2. PPOs to be declared in August. There were 25 S&M interns across India (A, B, C, L, XL, and FMS) (all of whom were eligible for presentation in Round 1); 10 were shortlisted for Round 2; 4 of the 10 shortlisted received a PPO (S&M only). 2 of the 4 who received offers are from XLRI, (2 out 6 taken in as interns)

 

What was your key learning from the internship period?

Be prepared for a lot of travel during the 2 months, especially if you are a Sales intern.

 

What were the key challenges that you faced during your internship?

Travelling through 8 districts in a span of 8 weeks, while simultaneously working on refining the project.

 

How relevant were the concepts taught in the classroom to the situations and pre-requisites of your internship?

No relevance for my particular project.

 

How effective was the internship in terms of helping you make a choice about your career?

Extremely important. Now I know I would want to stick to Sales role

 

Would you like to work for the same organisation if given a chance?

I will be working for the same organisation

 

Do you have past work-experience? If yes, did you find any significant change during your summer internship?

Yes – I have 34 months of work experience. Yes, FMCG is a people management industry where as the industry I came from, Consulting / Analytics is more task management / project management

 

How did you like the work culture of the company? (Mention the contribution of your mentor/other employees of the company during the execution of your project)

Mentors usually guide us very little till the mid-term reviews (held after a month), after the month there is significant course correction on the work done and to be done. Other employees are extremely important as they would guide you and talk about how to execute and plan your travel

 

Share a memorable incident from your summer internship.

Staying in Lakhimpur (a district in UP) in the costliest hotel (Rs 900 / day)

 

What suggestions/advice (specific preparation strategy) would you advise to juniors?

Prepare your GDs well, be loud and vocal enough when you make your entry, so as to make others hear you.

With regards to Interviews, prepare for the answer ‘tell me about yourself’ very well. The answer to this question can guide your entire interview process. If you ‘wow’ them at this particular phase, there is a very heavy chance the interview would solely be concentrated on your strengths. (say sports / politics etc.)

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