Sep 5, 2013

Mr. Vinay Mishra - Country HR manager of Lexmark India, shares his experiences with MBA students

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them”. Everyone dreams of becoming something big. What matters is how one chooses to do so. The path one chooses. It is this pursuit of greatness that builds character. Perhaps this one liner sums up the message Mr.Vinay Mishra wanted to deliver. On 16thAugust 2013 we had the pleasure of hosting the Country HR manager of Lexmark India. 

We are the brand ambassadors of IIT Kanpur. We must take pride in this fact and preserve the glory of this institute. All our actions should be governed by a sense of responsibility towards this institute and our family. Striving for excellence and showing maturity and dignity in all aspects of our life- that should be our motto.

Learning is the most important activity in our everyday life. Every moment we live adds another feather to our cap of experiences. But as we grow up our inquisitiveness decreases and we begin to justify. That is when our learning stops. In order to continue learning we must keep our inquisitiveness alive. We must question things and try to find answers.

In 1990 with the advent of Liberalization, privatization and globalization India witnessed a plethora of changes in the industry. From a closed economy we became an open economy. The age old concepts of management that were prevalent also underwent consequent changes. 

The predominance of men in the corporate sector is decreasing. It can rightly be said that ‘man’ is now being replaced by ‘man and woman’. The machines are getting augmented by the knowledge or skill. The most important ‘material’ now is the human ‘mind’. Availability of money has increased post LPG as more and more foreign investors are looking to invest in India. ‘Method’ is being replaced by ‘Process’.

In today’s scenario HR has become a very important function in an organization. All companies are experiencing high levels of attrition. Employees give a number of reasons for leaving a company. There include lack of growth opportunities, partial behaviour of manager, low recognition, lack of training and development and other reasons. However research has proved that the major reason for attrition is dissatisfaction with managers. The relationship of an employee with his manager and other employees decide whether it is a good place to work or not. This relationship is held together by trust. When an employee trusts his manager completely and feels the manager is competent and credible, he is satisfied. The HR manager has to contribute in building of this trust. When there are frictions, the hr department has to ensure that the relationship and trust are not broken.

We were also told about what a company expects from its prospective employees. A candidate must be ready to learn. He must have an open mind. The candidate must show ability to work in team. He/She must have a cheerful, positive attitude. A candidate must display urgency and diligence about tasks. A candidate must have good communication skills and should be able to comprehend properly. A candidate should have good listening skills. He/She should have intuitiveness that will help him/her in making decisions. 

It is essential the candidate goes through the application multiple times so that there is no mistake. He should anticipate and prepare certain common, anticipated questions. The candidate should also rehearse the interview with his/her friends. He/she must have a strategy to counter stress that he/she may be subject to during the interview. 

Mr. Vinay Mishra concluded the lecture by giving us useful pointers on how to face interviews; the various do's and dont's.First impression is always the last impression. On the interview day a candidate much reach the venue on time. He should be suitably dressed. He should always maintain a smiling face during the interview. During the interview the candidate should be honest. He should not shy away from talking but at the same time should not talk much. The answers should be to the point and should be illustrated with examples. He should keep the conversation interesting that way. The candidate should have the intuitiveness to know when the interview is over. He should wish the panelists before leaving. He should also ask some relevant questions regarding the organization and position he is being interviewed for.  This will give the idea that he is serious about his work and the organization.

The session was highly interactive with questions pouring in from the students. Overall it was an enlightening experience. It was concluded by a vote of thanks.

Somnath Bhattacharya
PR and Media - Events and Seminar
MBA 2013-2015 IIT KANPUR