My mentor was Gautam Bawa and I was initially scared of him, but after the first conversation I was able to appreciate his genuineness, which is what I tried to develop for my interviews. Mock PI’s, sessions and the information on CL portal helped me develop my personality, confidence & self-awareness. The experience with PDP Personalized has been enriching in more ways than I could’ve expected it to be. Needless to say, the stand out surely are the mentors, who help you realize the importance of even the smallest of things which really could have a great impact. The sessions help you gauge the expectations in an interview and thereafter how to deal with them in the way that you are most comfortable. The program aims to turn you into a better version of yourself, which is ultimately what helps you stand out.
Having seen Gautam sir’s webinars, I knew he was a fun, knowledgeable and approachable person. Having interacted with him directly in the course, this impression was reinforced and I also came to know how supportive he was and clear he was in his expectations. Having mock sessions with him helped me reduce anxiety and understand the expectations of interviewers. It helped simulate the actual interviews fairly accurately. Gautam sir’s comments and guidance helped me identify and work upon my shortcomings. He was always available via Whatsapp and most of my queries were resolved quite promptly. He helped me schedule my mocks in a manner that would be most effective for the interviews. Further, he helped me in gauging my performance and identifying the points I needed to work on.
I was late to the first session and was until then not aware about how particular GB Sir is about being punctual. So it did not start on a very good note. During the course of the session though he was incredibly supportive and reassuring at all times. GB Sir helped me a lot in terms of making me understand the aspects of my profile I needed to highlight in the interview. Eventually, a fair chunk of my interviews indeed did revolve around these same aspects and I’m only grateful that he helped. He helped me every step of the way, guiding me through the technicalities and the processes while also giving me space when I needed. More importantly, he helped me get past any psychological barrier every time I had moments of doubt. I have only deep gratitude for his help.
My mentor- Gautam Bawa, was able to connect with my story right from the first minute of interaction. Eventually, he helped me in brushing my story and presenting the best out of it. The sessions helped in channelising my energy towards important topics. The interactions were easy going and focused on extracting things from my story. The experience of mentor helped him in picking up important topics from my story and further helped me in presenting them to my panel. I used to send recorded voice messages and the mentor used to evaluate the answer based on parameters such as voice modulation, content and brevity. And the constant online team support is commendable.
The sessions with Gautam sir helped me build my confidence for the interviews. I got to know about various shortcomings in my body language. The sessions kept me grounded; and indicated me areas to work upon every time I received feedback after a mock interview. I became aware of what I am right now; and how to present it in the best way possible. I discussed my little improvements with my mentor, as he believed in me more than I was able to believe myself. I think the PDP Program is brilliant and well structured. The program not only made me interview-ready, but also helped me build my confidence and personality. CL has been a great learning experience for me!
Gautam sir made me comfortable at points when I was not able to speak. It was almost like we were talking like friends. He enlightened me by highlighting aspects of my life & personality that were unique. Had I not taken the sessions with Gautam sir, the interviews would have been very different. I would have had a lot less content, and probably would not be that confident. He grills you a lot; but, in a way, that prepares you for the panellists, who actually do that. He pushes you to achieve a great deal within the restricted time. In PDPP at CL they don't waste your time unnecessarily; and were flexible in scheduling sessions - unlike some classes, I had previously joined.
It felt like Gautam sir wants to listen to know you better and is genuinely willing to help you figure "Your Story" out. My interactions with GB sir were very helpful. He is very interactive and is willing to walk you through your doubts. His style helps you figure out your own solutions and hence gives you the confidence of believing in your own abilities. I think this is the approach that gives you the confidence to tackle almost anything that will be shot at you in those prestigious B school interviews. I knew there are twenty ways of doing things but he helped me find the best amongst those. CL PDP simplified my doubts and helped me find the right answers myself.
I choose to learn from the best, when it comes to learning about my own self, and how I can use my strengths to find out what I am really passionate about. Gautam Bawa is that person. He's skilful, humble, passionate; teaches from personal experience; and is excited to show you the way. What he teaches you will help improve your personality-not just for interviews, but also beyond. Gautam sir was highly interactive, and easily approachable. He was of great support and help; and guided me in the best possible manner. He also taught me to have a positive outlook towards life, which I am extremely appreciative of.
He is the nicest, yet the most brutally honest, person I've met :P What I mean is, he will give you a reality check; but it will have a positive and motivating impact on you, not a negative one. Always available even for the silliest of doubts we had, he was extremely encouraging and engaging. He helped a lot in articulating our answers even better; and helped in identifying the right things to say. I can feel the difference in the way I communicate, my articulation skills, and my confidence level. Summing up, PDPP exceeded expectations. Shall recommend it to anyone who asks for my opinion.
I am like hot garlic chicken - tangy, sweet, and spicy. The sweet nature of my personality is that I like intermingling with people a lot. I believe I am easy to approach and easy to have a chat with. The tangy part would be my sarcasm. I think I am very open and quite sarcastic, sometimes to the point of being impudent. As for the spicy bit; once you take a bite of the hot garlic chicken, you have that tingling sensation, but it forces you to take another bite. I think that is who I am. You may like me, you may hate me, but you would want to interact with me.
"Sharp as a Tack"
"The Harvey Specter of CL"
"King of Sarcasm"
"The Great Listener"
His style of writing is amazingly gripping; and he is one of those authors whose books are difficult to put down once you start reading.
His 'Sons of Fortune' is my all-time favorite.
J.K. Rowling is a 'Wizard' for her Harry Potter series. 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' being my favorite.
My role model is 'Tomorrow's me'
My motto in life is to improve every single day.
I aim to be what I want to be tomorrow.
But apart from this, I would say Sachin Tendulkar, the one & only God. After all the talent he is blessed with, his hard work, his determination, his passion, his tenacity are unmatchable. It is impossible for a human being to be what he is.
He is a devoted Kishore Kumar fan for his effortless singing; 'Mere saamne wali khidki mein' being one of his favorites1
A connoisseur of fine food and drink; he enjoys following food blogs and TV shows on food2
Mad about cricket-it is his top priority; and he has forgone sleep zillion times over it3
Top 2 things in his bucket list are: to write a fiction novel on crime, and take a trip to New Zealand4
Passionate about criminology; and enjoys reading crime and detective fiction5
'The Shawshank Redemption', 'A Few Good Men', and 'Dead Poets Society' are few of his favorites6