A marathoner and a cyclist, Smita, is a passionate HR leader with over a decade of professional experience, primarily in the Information Technology and Telecom Industries. She is very competitive and a quick learner, who doesn’t hesitate from seeking guidance and coaching. She is a taskmaster. In her career span till date, she has worked on several assignments of Employee Engagement, restructuring HR Systems, and Performance Management. Thank you, Smita, for agreeing to do this interview with us. We are certain that your professional journey will inspire many youngsters. We appreciate your time and thoughtfulness. Thank you.
We would be pleased to learn about your journey from the beginning. So, please share with us about your first job interview.
Like everyone else, I was excited to get first exposure in the corporate world after completing MMS in HR from Mumbai University. I got an opportunity to work as an HR Executive with one of the Manufacturing firm in Pune, “Polybond India Pvt. Ltd.” Since it was my first corporate job Interview, I rehearsed and re-rehearsed for probable answers.
I was anxiously waiting outside the factory from 8.30 am, though my interview was scheduled at 9.15 am. Speculating that the Interviewer may ask some theoretical questions, I entered the cabin. My interviewer was DGM HR Mr. Mendolsa. He asked me general questions about me, family background, and educational background. Then he asked me why I was aspirant for Job in Pune. I gave a satisfactory candid reply. His next question was, “How will you manage the situation when no one supports your decision and how will you deal with day to day challenges faced by people in a manufacturing set up”?
I was speechless for a few minutes and looking at my facial expression he offered me a cup of coffee. Then, correlating the experience from my project with Aditya Birla group wherein as an intern I had done recruitment champion independently and successfully selected talent for the insurance industry, I gave my answer. The very next day, I got my first offer letter