Flipkart: ‘Flipster' Revolution In The E-Commerce Landscape
Careers 360|September 2018
Flipkart: ‘Flipster' Revolution In The E-Commerce Landscape

From engineers to data scientists, product professionals and MBA graduates, Flipkart’s demand for campus recruits is ever-widening,” says the e-commerce giant. Read on to find out how?

Triti Zalka

As most mega-success stories often begin, Flipkart started out as a two-person operation. Founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal wore many hats, from developing the website to even taking customer calls and delivering products themselves. Today, the Bengaluru-based company is revolutionising e-commerce in India, and opening up exciting opportunities for young engineers, or ‘Flipsters’ as they’re called.

Who can be a ‘Flipster’?

Once in a way, comes a company that looks at a candidate beyond his resume and academic achievements. This makes Flipkart’s selection all the more gruelling, but pertinently so. When out to solve the biggest e-commerce solutions in the country, ‘excellence is the only yardstick’.

“What’s important for us is their deep domain knowledge, whether they’ve done things differently at campus, taken initiatives, or demonstrated leadership that goes beyond,” says Kapil Vardhan, Senior Director, HR.

“We are not a mundane technology company. What we look out for from a talent acquisition perspective is the right set of traits—they need to be great problem solvers, unconstrained thinkers, expressive, be open to experimentation and solve problems relevant to the real world. If you’ve got this, the rest comes easy. Then you become fungible at Flipkart,” says Utkarsh B, Vice President, Principal Architect, who works with engineering talent across departments.

So, hopeful Flipsters, a decorated resume alone won’t cut it. What will help you bag the job is talking about the kind of projects and problem statements you’ve delved into. This helps the organisation reflect on the complexity of challenges and how you face them, to assess how you apply yourself.

Bootcamp kicks off the journey

Stepping into the working world is often a hard-hitting reality check for fresh graduates. “In college, you submit an assignment and you’re done and dusted. In real life, that solution needs to sustain and evolve. You need to think of how to manage it even when it’s live all the time—it’s like open heart surgery,” muses Utkarsh. To bridge this gap between theory and application, academia and industry, Flipkart inducts its fresh recruits through an exciting ‘bootcamp’.

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