Getting placed is one of the best feelings in the world! Starting a professional career after completion of an undergraduate degree is a dream come true for several students. The companies that visit colleges for placements have different criteria. Some of them hire candidates based on fit and skill, others look for specific traits that match their needs.
October is a busy month for college students, with placements getting started at most colleges across India. Here are some tips to deal with the placement season jitters!
- Understand the process:
Any company’s recruitment process typically starts with a written test or online registration. Shortlisted candidates are then called for a group discussion round and those who perform well are further called on for rounds of interviews. Be thorough with the placement policies of your college and the kind of profile you are looking to apply for. Keep a tab on the activities of the placement cell as to which company hires the most candidates for your preferred profile and how their selection process is structured.
- Company specific research: Understand the company’s profile and what they are looking for in entry-level hires. Research their work-culture, structure, hierarchy and background. Visit the company’s website and try to understand the different kind of domains that the company is involved in. Understand their locations of operation and what their core values are. Speak to seniors and mentors who can give you insights on the company so you are adequately aware and can prepare accordingly.
- Practice makes perfect:
Revise your resume depending on the job role and think about the way you present yourself in front of the interviewer. Google commonly asked interview questions and make sure you solve previous years’ test papers in order to be better positioned for the aptitude test. A week before the big day, go through your resume from start to finish and make sure you can give supporting examples for all the things you’ve achieved. Work on your communication skills and try practicing mock interviews with your friends. Also, finalize your outfit at least a week in advance so that there are no last minute surprises!
- Final countdown: A day before the interview, stay calm and focused. Carry an interview folder with 4 copies of your resume, an ID and also photos / certificates where needed. Research the panel of interviewers a night before the interview so that you’re better positioned when you enter the interview room and don’t feel uncomfortable. Remember to have a good night’s’ sleep a night before your interview and don’t forget to carry your interview folder on the final day!
Talerang was invited to IIT Roorkee to train the graduating class of 800 students of the B.Tech program. The objective was to make them work ready before the placement season. The students were trained on their spoken communication, resume preparation, interview practice, first impression and etiquette. We also conducted 300 mock interviews to coach and train the students individually. Based on my experience at IIT Roorkee, I realized that confidence goes a long way in wowing an interviewer. You may not have all the skills as a fresher, but if you have the will and the right attitude, companies might be willing to take a chance on you! So go get your dreams!
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