As you approach your final year in the campus, the biggest pressure is to grab a job by the time you step out. Be it your bachelors or your masters, the competition grows tougher by the minute during campus placements. You discuss with friends, family, peers, professors and everyone comes up with a new thing for you to do.
Confused? We are here to help you. There would broadly be two kinds of profiles that you would appear for – Technical and Non-technical. For Technical roles, the process would include – Written test, Technical interview and HR interview. For Non-technical roles, there is a group discussion round which happens before the personal interview round.
Campus Placements Selection Process
Let us go through different aspects of how to prepare for campus placements:
1. Subject matter preparation
Find out the company, their products and the role which you are appearing for. Select the subjects which would be relevant and refer some reading material outside of the course also (light reading) to have an idea of the expected questions. If not thorough, you at least would not sound uninformed.
Formals is the word. Prefer wearing a light pastel shade shirt and dark trousers. A tie and blazer can be added basis what your college dress code is. Ideally, blazers can be added during winters. Do make sure to wear well-ironed clothes.
3. Communication Skills
No matter how academically bright and intelligent you are, good communication skills help you show that charm to the employer. We understand that it is not something which can be acquired in a day, but regular practice with friends and family, watching online videos or joining interview preparation tutorials definitely help you out.
4. Clearing the Aptitude test
Most companies visiting the campus, start the process with an aptitude test. This test has basic Mathematics questions for up to class 10th syllabus and some logical questions. The only key to score well and qualify through this is to practice. At least 2 months of thorough practice with good revision can ensure your selection. You can consult the guides for CAT by R S Aggarwal, or Arihant publications to get the hang of quick problem solving formulas.
5. Group discussion
The next stage after you qualify the aptitude test is a usually a group discussion which is an elimination round for most companies. Groups of 7-10 are made and a topic is given. This topic can be related to current affairs, entertainment, economy or even be abstract. There may be a possibility that you may not have heard at all about the topic circulated. In such a situation, try and listen to what the other group members are saying and develop your ideas about the topic. Do not worry about saying something very cliche, because that is definitely better than saying nothing at all. You may even practice with your peers at college.
6. Personal Interview
This is the final stage and can happen in two phases- Technical and HR. The technical round usually has questions about your subjects, projects or basis the achievements you have mentioned on your resume. The HR round is mainly to understand you, your interests and your background. In this round, you may face questions about your family, hobbies or any extracurricular activity that you have mentioned in your resume. There may happen that the questions asked to you are unheard and you are not prepared. In that case, take a pause and think before you answer. In case there is a technical question to which you do not know the answer, politely tell the interviewer that you are not aware of the same.
Preparation, practice, confidence and smartness are the keys.
All the best!!