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We all go through this placement season once in a lifetime. It does look like the most challenging thing to crack because this might decide your future. But if you have everything figured out, it is just a piece of cake!
We can discuss your placement strategy and give you tips on what to do and not do it. And landing your dream job will just be like sliding on snow!
Smart Tips for College Placement
1. Research, Research, Research
Gather all the information about the company you are applying for. Get on the internet, and familiarize yourself with the company’s mission, vision, benefits, and feedback that the company’s employees have.
Try to learn about the position you applied for and judge whether your skills and qualifications match or not.
2. Prepare a Strong Resume
A well-worded resume is going to take you to places! Prepare a brief and clean resume. Make sure you use the words listed in the job description. Your resume should not be lengthy and highlight your skills.
Highlighting your skills will explain why the company should hire you. Try to alter your resume with every company you apply for.
3. Pay attention to Company’s Presentation about itself
When a company visits a campus, they prepare a presentation about themselves. Try to be attentive, because the interviewer might ask questions based on it, not only that this will also give you a clear picture about the company. And you can ask questions plus you can give your viewpoint about the company.
4. Attend Mock Interviews
Some campuses arrange mock interviews; if your college is one of them, then do attend those mock interviews. This will help you to get ready for the interview.
Mock Interviews give you a clear picture of what mistakes you are making and what you should do to improve.
5. Stay Updated
Keep yourself updated with everything happening around the world. Browse through the news portal about the field you applied for.
The interview panel looks forward to well-informed candidates. Keeping yourself updated gives the impression that you live in the present.
6. Be Punctual
Punctuality is something that most company looks for in their employees. Try to reach the venue at least 30 minutes before.
This will tell your interviewer that you respect punctuality, and you will give you time to do last-minute glances at your notes.
7. Avoid the Mistakes that every Job Aspirant always commit
Don’t let your anxiety control you. Do not chew your pencil or anything you hold in your hand. Don’t appear too casual or overconfident.
8. Affirm your Commitment
Let your interviewer know you are willing to commit yourself to the job. Tell them about the long-term views you have for the company because no company wants to hire anyone who lacks commitment as it is a waste of resources for any organization.
Appear committed enough and get hired.
These are some smart tips that will help you to throw your jitters away and help you confidently walk into that interview.
How to get highest placement in college
- Your leaflet configuration should look proficient and substance ought to be compact and to the Market your Previous Placement Records.
- Scholastic Records: Student and Staff scholarly records are a vital angle which organizations search for.
- Market your teachers and instructors profile who have magnificent scholastic or potentially industry background.
- Incorporate honors that your school has got. In the event that your school foundation is something to be pleased with, then incorporate it on the site and your showcasing leaflet.
10 tips for placement interviews
1. Make a crisp resume
Your resume is a window to present yourself briefly. It should contain bold headlines highlighting your key academic achievements and highlights of your extra-curricular activities. Frame a crisp intro and keep your CV short preferably lasting for one to two pages.
“In interview, you explain the points you have mentioned in the resume and this defines your communication skills in first two minutes. Your resume should not exceed two pages, however one page is ideal. We don’t need a thesis on your life’s journey,” says Sanjiv Narayan, Managing Director, Calypto Design Systems.
A crisp resume with all the necessary details about your professional experience till date is very effective. Try to picture in mind the success story, which you have mentioned in the resume and you are going to tell at the interview.
“Recruiters are not interested in your auto-biography but in you and in the value you can add to the organization. Don’t write something that you don’t understand. You should be always clear that you are the one who deserve this job,” says Aparna Saraagi, Vice-President, RBS.
2. Research on interviewer and organisation
It always helps you to know about the interviewer and the company before appearing for a job interview as it helps in figuring out some of the expected questions that can be asked during the interview.
Candidates should make ample of research about the interviewer and a company before appearing for a job interview.
3. Ignore common mistakes
After entering the interview hall, candidates do some common mistakes. It’s better to list out those mistakes and beware of them during interview.
Be yourself, make eye-contact with your interviewers and always follow your values. Be truthful, honest and humble but make sure your humanity should not be mistaken as quietness. Don’t be aggressive.
Other common mistakes committed by candidates during job interview include chewing pencils, nervousness, being casual etc. Experts suggest that you should not be overconfident while sitting before the interviewers.
4. Right body language, proper dress
Body Language: Right body language and formal dress code always get plus points for you. You are going to be tested not only for what you know about your area of expertise but also on how you present yourself at the interview.
Meet the interviewers warmly. It’s good and appreciable if you offer a strong handshake to them. Strong handshake shows warmth and enthusiasm. Experts advise candidates to look like a mature person. Being a little imperfect is not bad. After all, nobody is perfect. Smile on your face reflects a charming personality.
Dressing sense: Formal dress code is recommended for a job interview but there is no need to wear a nice suit and tie which you don’t own.
“It was 10-20 years back when wearing a nice suit and tie was important. Now, what is more important is to be crisp, clean and sharp,” says Jai P Menon, says Group Director, HT Media.
However, some interviewers are more critical about your dressing sense.
5. Show interest and mutual commitment
During the interview, show your interest in the job that you are going to be assigned if you get selected. It should be reflected on the interviewer that your job priorities are not going to change very soon. Don’t go for temporary plans, otherwise many resources exploited by the organization during job interview are wasted, and also the candidate loses your goodwill.
It’s a match-making exercise comprising mutual commitment between you and organization. You need them as much as they need you. So, both you and the organization should be comfortable with each other.
6. Have grip on domain but don’t be stubborn
Clear basics and concepts: Basics and concepts of your subjects should be very clear in your mind and you should have a strong grip on your domain. Still, a learning attitude is always appreciable.
Acknowledge your specialization in a domain and share your insights with the interviewers. Show your interest in applying what you have learnt. Show your eagerness and keenness towards the things. Also, show that you are practical, pragmatic, open and hungry for learning.
Avoid being stubborn and humorous: If at some point during job interview, your views get conflicted with those of the interviewer’s, be confident and stick to your point, but don’t be stubborn. Leave it and if needed, just say ‘I may be wrong. I will check it again’.
“Your job is to get a job, not to prove the interviewer wrong. Being stubborn and being confident are two different things. On the other hand, humor is good and being humorous is all right but it also may go wrong, so better to avoid it.
7. Be prepared for ‘Beginning’ and ‘End’
Beginning and end are very important part of anything in life, even in an interview. Beginning of an interview makes your first impression on the interviewers and they almost decide whether or not you are fit for the job. End of the interview draws your last impression, immediately after which evaluation is done.
First 3-minutes are crucial: Don’t ignore the importance of first three minutes of your interview. These three minutes are going to be judgmental.
“First three minutes are very important in an interview. The panel makes a decision in three minutes and in the next thirty minutes, it just tries to validate the decision,”
Speak well-framed sentences and be very particular about your body language. If these three minutes go well, your half work is done.
Not only sentences, it is body language, eye-contacting ability, sharing of ideas and forming of sentences, which play crucial role in a candidate’s selection
How to conclude interview: After an interview, whether your performance was up-to-the-mark or not, it is desirable to thank the interviewer. Here is also an opportunity to show your interest in the job. So do it.
“Show more interest in the job and try to show if you get selected how your day would be like. Never forget to say thanks with mentioning your reason of thanking them.
8. Handle stress level
Many candidates find it difficult to handle stress level before an interview. Being stressed is natural but you should learn to clear it off.
An optimum level of stress is needed and is natural with all of us. Once you come to know about it, you will be able to beat it. Do not bother about it. Just take a long breathe and nervousness will go away.
9. What’s your weakness?
Interviewers generally ask your strengths and weaknesses at the interview. You may have a long list to tell about your strengths but it is not the right place to mention your weaknesses. Many candidates get confused what to do at this moment. Try to mention few weaknesses that seem to be plus points for the job and the organization.
Never show your real weaknesses. Show those weaknesses which seem good to be harvested. Choose a weakness you want to talk about.
10. Ask about organization’s growth
It’s a mutual commitment and an understanding of give-and-take formula between you and the organization. However, when you get an opportunity to ask a question at the interview, don’t ask about your own growth or what the organization can give you. Ask more about the organization and its future plans. It reflects that you are coming up with long-term plans and organization’s goals are superior for you.