Gautam Sir scripted my interview after hearing my story. He has the skill of reading minds which I like the most. He made me realize my mistakes in mock interviews as well as actual interviews & told me to first be honest with myself. He turned my introduction into a spicy one, given my background, which immediately created positivity during interviews. Also, he has a chilled out personality, that he has even under tough circumstances, which is impeccable. He truly is the HARVEY SPECTER OF CL.
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 in myself for my interviews. The sessions help in two ways. Firstly, it helps you test your academic & technical (workex) knowledge, I had a session with sir for 30 minutes where he questioned me on academics covering a lot of subjects, this helps an individual realize the gaps in the preparation. Secondly, the sessions help you work on your soft skills, whether it’s the quality of the delivery, or changing a few sentences here and there or to maybe being able to speak with passion, something though seemingly small could impact massively in an interview.
Having seen Gautam sir’s webinars, I knew that 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 how clear he was in his expectations. For an introvert like me, the prospect of facing an interview was extremely daunting. Having mock sessions with Gautam sir 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.
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. It was comforting to have someone to reach out to whenever I had any doubts. GB Sir also 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. I look up to GB Sir for the honesty with which he approaches his work. He does not sugarcoat things for anyone which is very admirable.
Gautam sir was able to connect with my story right from the first minute of our interaction. The interactions overall were easy going and focused on extracting positive things from my story. He further helped me in presenting them to my panel. The Knowledge sessions helped in channelizing my energy towards important topics. I used to send recorded voice messages and sir used to evaluate the answer based on parameters such as voice modulation, content, and brevity. Eventually, he helped me in brushing my story and presenting the best out of it. What I liked most about him was his ability to identify talent in people.
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