Exclusive Internship Insights from HR of Reliance Jio

Internship Insights from Shrishti Sinha HR of Reliance Jio

Shrishti Sinha is an HR Professional with over 4 years of work experience across multiple domains of HR such as Policy and Operations, Training, Employee Engagement and Recruitment. Presently, she is working as a HR Business Partner at Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited. Prior to Reliance Jio, Shrishti worked as a freelance writer with publishing houses, start-ups and content curating companies. When not in office, she spends her time reading books and writing short stories on her blog. On weekends, Shrishti loves making sketches that capture human emotions, which is a means of catharsis for her. This week, we invited her to share internship insights with us.

1. What is the first thing that you notice while interviewing an intern?

The very first thing that we notice, is their reason for interning with us. Are they looking for Stipend or Experience? This usually shows their level of interest and motivation going forward.

2. Does a good cover letter give a helping hand for hiring an intern?

Yes! A cover letter gives us a lot of insight into what a candidate is like, without having to read the entire resume at length. A good cover letter also reflects a candidate’s comprehension skills.

3. Which mode of interview do you prefer for hiring interns? Physical, Skype or telephonic and why?

If availability is not a problem, then our first preference is always a face to face interview. You get to speak to the candidate at length, unlike the Skype or telephonic methods of interviewing, where poor network could hamper an interview experience. It also helps us capture a candidate’s verbal and nonverbal cues. The way they carry themselves, their comfort level with ambiguity, maintaining eye contact and facial expressions, convey way more than words.

4. Do you give more weightage to the grades of the candidate or his skills for a required role?

In my opinion, nothing overrides academic performance. Different companies may have different criteria in their own order of priority. In my current organization, a candidate qualifies only if they are first class throughout. So academic come first, evaluation of skills follows.

5. What are the most essential things that should be involved in a resume? What do you think about video resume?

Three most important aspects that must be emphasised in a resume are:

a. A clear comprehensive career objective statement

b. Clean tabular format display of your academics (Class 10th, 12th, Graduation Percentages)

c. Extra-Curricular Activities in reverse chronological order.

Video Resume sounds like an interesting concept! Instead of asking the usual “Tell me about yourself” it will actually be nice hearing them talk about themselves.

6. What are the most essential skills that an intern should possess regardless of the position he is being conducted for?

I am dividing “Skills” into technical and soft skills. Some of the technical skills that give an edge over others, would be:

  • Knowledge of Excel (Pivot, VLookUp, Data Sorting)

  • Good understanding of PowerPoint

Some of the soft skills include:

  • An attitude to learn

  • Communication skills

  • Basic corporate etiquettes

7. Do you prefer giving PPOs to ex-interns or hiring a fresher, why?

Offering a Pre Placement Offer to an ex-intern who has done well during their stint is preferred, because they already know how to things function in the organization. They probably have a network of people they became friends with or know from different departments, which means they know how to get their work done.

8. What are the things you observe in a candidate during an office interview?