Gaadi.com Internship Process – Operations and Business Development Intern – Rahul Narang
Rahul Narang, Operations and Business Development Intern, Gaadi.com shares his experience in this brief interview.
Please tell us about your Interview/Selection procedure at Gaadi.com (Short listing procedure, GDs, Interviews).
I’m really passionate about cars and I have this habit of doing random searches on Google about the latest happenings in the world of automobiles. This is how I first learnt about Gaadi.com (a unit of CarDekho.com)
I applied online by sending a mail and got a call from the HR in 5-6 days. I had an interview with the one of the Business Heads at their office. The interview revolved mostly around my CV, my previous internship and the activities in which I have been involved in college. I was also given a business case to solve during the interview. The interviewer was more keen about my approach to solving the problem rather than the actual answer. This was followed by a guess estimate and a telephonic interaction with the HR.
What and how many internships and projects you did at college? How did you get them?
I haven’t been involved in any projects at college as such. However, I interned at Ernst and Young after my 2nd year. I worked in the IT Advisory service line. The internship at EY happened through a referral. I had an interview cum interactive session with the Director at the EY office in Gurgaon. I also did a marketing internship at The Custom-T, a startup by our college senior Videt Jaiswal.
Also, I’ve been involved with some societies at college, apart from working in the college fest. I’ve tried to get my hands on a lot of things and gain varied experiences from the exploration!
How did you prepare for the internship season? What advice would you give to your juniors regarding the internship season?
I didn’t really prepare as such for the internship season because there’s hardly any company which has ICE on their eligibility list (except for the startups). And I always thought that in ICE the internship happens only through a reference. To my surprise, some of the companies do reply to the mails (offcampus). So one should always be optimistic about the opportunities in life.
What’s the role of academics in getting a good internship at NSIT?
Academics play a very crucial role, not only in getting an internship but also for placements and higher studies. Though most of the companies do not have ‘ICE’ in their eligibility list for the on campus internship, it is very essential to keep the percentage above a threshold which would be about 70% to keep things SAFE. The barrier would be a bit higher for the technical roles and a more rounded profile would be a better pick for a non-technical role. A higher percentage definitely gives you an added advantage of being more confident about your prospects.
Having said that, one shouldn’t get involved in societies and fest just for adding an extra point to the resume. These 4 years are the best part of your life and one should try to extract as much as possible from whatever sources one can lay his hands on!
Elaborate on the type of work in this kind of role?
I’m mainly involved in the operations department of used car finance. Being a new business vertical, you get to work from the very basic and there’s a lot of learning involved. The best thing about a startup is that you aren’t restricted to a particular work and you have the freedom to work on a variety of projects.
What growth opportunities does this company provide? Is there any global exposure?
As I stated above, there’s no restriction to the type of work you can involve yourself in at Gaadi. Hence the growth opportunities are great. The company doesn’t have an international presence at the moment, however they do have their plans in place to foray into the international market, further adding to the opportunities!
Would you like to give any general advice to your juniors?
One thing I’d like to advice is to keep exploring and never stop learning. Google is your best friend and Quora can be a great medium to gain a lot of unspoken information. Make the best out of your time at college and interact with as many people as possible. Every relation, every acquaintance matters