How the world has changed over the last two months. In early February, my classmates and I were still planning to go on the China trek over the P3-4 break and now, even those in Fontainebleau, who are 9,000 miles away from Wuhan, are quarantined indoors.
P4 has been quite a different experience at INSEAD. Now that things are a bit calmer I can finally take a step back and see the bigger picture. Recruiting time. It's something that you can actually feel in the air.
When attending a coffee chat with a potential employer, you will need to demonstrate your interest in the firm, as well as your interest and knowledge of the industry. During the conversation, you want to give the impression that you researched the company and have a real interest in it.
A "coffee chat" is the name given to an informal conversation you have with an employee of a company you are interested in. Those conversations are not formally a part of the recruiting process. Coffee chats allow a potential applicant to ask questions about the firm, show their interest to one of the employees and build a network with the company.
I was so occupied and pressured during April that I even forgot to write a post about April. :)) But many beautiful quotes talk about pressure, and many things actually turn ripe with pressure. There is a philosophy one of my mentors once taught me about diamonds: If diamonds can scream, they would scream, because the pressure a piece of raw diamond experienced until it turned to a piece of beautiful diamond is extremely high… until it transforms. And April, I suppose, as I now reflect it almost 4 months later… testifies a lot to that.