Decision Making – Vindhya, Shabnam and Amala are interning at a software


XAT 2020 Exam Paper – Decision Making – Vindhya, Shabnam and Amala are interning at a software

Read the situation below and answer the 3 associated questions:
Vindhya, Shabnam and Amala are interning at a software organization as part of the requirement of their B-school curriculum. The organization has allotted each of them a project based on their area of specialization. In the first meeting with the HR head, they are informed of a PPO possibility (pre-placement offer, i.e., an offer to join the company after their MBA), based on their performance. All of them are eager to convert their internship into a job offer.
Each of them is assigned a mentor who evaluates the intern’s performance along with the HR head.
Question 1
In the second week of her eight-week internship, Amala realizes that the project requires inputs from subjects she studied in her third trimester. However, during the third trimester, Amala was significantly distracted by an inter-college sports meet, affecting her grasp of the subjects.
Which of the following is the MOST appropriate way forward for Amala?

  1. Amala should request her mentor to allocate a different project because of her limited familiarity with the inputs required.
  2. Amala should disclose to the mentor her limited understanding of the required inputs and seek his suggestions.
  3. Amala should seek Shabnam’s help who performed well in the third trimester
  4. Amala should realize that she may not get a PPO and so focus on networking with the experienced talent in the organization.
  5. Amala, after studying the organization for a week, should design her own project and pitch it to her mentor.

Answer: B

Question 2
Vindhya’s project is about understanding employee perception regarding the organization’s HR policies. Against her own instinct, she is suggested by her mentor to interview only the good performers identified by his office because poor performers, he believes, usually crib against the policies.
Which of the following courses of action will BEST enable Vindhya to provide the organization with a complete picture?

  1. Vindhya should completely comply with her mentor’s suggestion
  2. Vindhya should ignore her mentor’s directive, collect data from all, but compile reports separately for the good performers and the poor performers.
  3. Vindhya should report this restraint to the HR head requesting her immediate intervention in the project.
  4. Vindhya should request the HR Head to allot her another mentor without divulging the reason
  5. Vindhya should meet only those identified by her mentor, but also collect information from them as why their other colleagues are disgruntled.

Answer: E

Question 3
Shabnam, who is working on sales executives’ work-life balance, has collected the following details about their frequent travels:

  1. Frequent meetings help strengthen relationships with key customers.
  2. Travelling has no effect on the personal lives of the sales executives as most of them are single
  3. Travel enhances the financial health of the sales executives since their fixed salaries are low.
  4. Frequent travel has no significant impact on market budget, given the current high margins from sales.
  5. The sales executives have the autonomy to decide the frequency of their travel. Shabnam thinks that the frequency of travel is higher than required.

Which of the following combinations of the above reasons can enable Shabnam BEST substantiate her thinking?
  1. 1, 2 and 4
  2. 2, 3 and 4
  3. 3, 4 and 5
  4. 2, 3 and 5
  5. 1, 3 and 5
Answer: C



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