Why a MBA / Leadership Development Program (vs. direct hire)?
Opportunity to understand the organisation better
Exposure to different functions
Experience of working in different markets
What are the key advantages / disadvantages of being on a MBA / Leadership Development Program?
Ability to chart one's own career path
The experience of working in different functions gives the flexibility of understanding various functions before zeroing on the final role.
How does the MBA / Leadership Development Program fit in your career goals?
Gives a good practical understanding of various concepts
The general management approach gives a holistic picture.
How strongly did you weight the location of the program?
Was not a key concern as with an MNC one gets access to various locations during the course of one's career
What to look for in a MBA / Leadership Development Program?
Experience different functions
Exposure to different markets
Can you summarize the recruiting process you went through and how long it took?
I was an intern during the MBA and went through an Assessment Center as well.
What were the required skillsets and prior experience and how were they evaluated (behavioral interviews, case studies, assessment center, panel interview, etc)?
Most of the above.
What advice and tips can you share with those interested in MBA Development Programs?
Clear understanding of why the program fits in with one's career plans
Good understanding of how one's experience fits into the picture
Its a LDP so one is in for the long haul, hence making sure you are an organisation fit before applying for a program