Tales from Sales

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Hi, I have started another blog (Yes, I’m crazy… you should know that by now). This is to document my experience in sales. It is an experience I treasure and am very proud of. I decided to write it so that the memories are always fresh.

Here is the 1st post. You can read more here:

The Job

I don’t want to get into “how” I got the job. For that I will have to write about my B school and everything. I can write a separate blog about it.
Here are a few highlights:

– Everyone joins a B school for the placement. My college was snobbish enough to think otherwise… and made our life miserable during placements by scheduling exams at the same time. They have realized their folly now

– I got placed by 9 am on placement day… there was no day 0, day 1 etc. Everything in 1 day. 99% of the batch was placed by 12 noon

– There is an IT company which comes with a truck and loads all the leftover students in it. Don’t worry if you don’t get a job, you can jump onto the truck

– Getting a job on campus is so damn easy (even though it didn’t seem that way then) compared to the job hunts later on

– There are 3 kinds of students during placements

  1. Those who know where they want to join and get in… like me
  2. Those who don’t care where they join as long as they get a job… they generally have 20 companies on their wish list. They spend their time running from interview to interview and scattering their energy and focus
  3. Those who come with one objective and end up doing something else. One guy I know wanted to join banking… thats all he talked about in the 2 years… but ended up joining IT. It was not ‘coz he could not get into banking… he didn’t even go for the interview
– What you study in B School has no relevance in your work life. Those case studies are useless too. I did not use even one word of my textbooks in the first 5 years of my career. Of course, the long words help in clearing interviews. This relevant for all courses- sales, marketing, consumer research, finance, HR, supply chain, distribution etc etc etc. 
– What will help will be skills… writing research papers, making presentations, learning excel, team work. Being a team player… working in a team… leading a team are the most important skills that you can learn. Of course, what you do in the 2 years is upto you. 
I got into my preferred organization for sales. I wanted to ultimately get into marketing but for now I was keen on starting with sales. Some of my batch mates advised me (unnecessarily) that companies don’t hire females for sales and I should look at other career options. That is pure bullshit. Companies are falling over each other to hire females for sales since it makes their sex ratio look good. It makes them look like a women friendly organization. 
Some GOOD FMCG organizations have openings only for females. 
Reality- If you are a female and shortlisted after an interview and there is a male also shortlisted… you will got the job considering that both of you are equally good. 


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