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'02 BITSian selected as ET Young Leader

Wednesday, August 24, 2011   (0 Comments)
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Manish MarotkarManish Marotkar ('02, Bio, Pilani) has been selected an Economic Times Young Leader after several weeks of gruelling tests and interviews with India's top CEOs to earn a well-deserved place on the list of 22 who made the final cut. The Leaders are in the age group 26-32.

Manish writes about his experience:

"The process included four phases and each phase had a definite objective. 

Phase-1: It was an open to all event where candidates had to clear an online psychometric test, around 26,000 people appeared for this test. 

Phase-2: Around 2,600 people were short listed for phase-2. Phase-2 was an online test at Reliance Web World, this phase had three parts-

1. Quant- Maths was tough. Of course it would be tough for most of the candidates, as it was about solving cumbersome DI problems in short time.
2. Verbal- this was relatively easy, the test was focused on RC and most of the questions were on inference and conclusions.
3. Leadership Mapping- this was a qualitative test designed by UK-based company (ShL). They have identified 8 leadership attributes and the test pitted us against each of them. It was more like identifying style of learning, thought process, etc., like an advance HR or leadership tool. 

Phase-3: This was a group discussion phase, around 260 candidates were selected and were asked to attend these sessions based on preferred location (mumbai, Hyd, Delhi, Bang). I attended phase-3 at ISB, team from ShL UK conducted this phase. This was about brain mapping, individual and group case study.

Brain Mapping: This was an interesting exercise. All were given a individual case with different names, company and time frame. This was a niche and not much known case. And each of us had to solve the case and submit a response in 1 hr. I guess the idea was to see how close one can come to the actual solution.Another case was a group case where we were divided in small groups of 5 and each was assigned a role, ( Director Manufacturing, Directors BD, etc.) and each of us were given specific information which other person didn't have. It was an interesting exercise and lot of new perspectives came out. Evaluators were sitting in the back ground, idea being not to conclude but to hold the fort, defend claims and make convincing arguments.

Last case was an individual problem solving case, typical conflict of interest at senior management level.

Phase-4: 61 candidates were selected for Phase-4 and all were interviewed by a CEO panel comprising of 8 CEOs (McKensey, Mahindra and Mahindra, Uniliver, Nokia, Genpact, etc.). I was interviewed by Pramod Bhasin, Genpact Ex CEO and present Executive director. Interview was more from the perspective of knowing me better and what is my plan for india's future. 

Participating in this initiative was a very good experience for me as it gave me a chance to benchmark with my peers outside the company. It was a very holistic 4 stage exercise and I feel good about having made the cut.”

Manish works for Dr Reddy's Labs. He lives in Hyderabad with his wife Rashmi Suhas Wani, also a BITSian. 

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