How To Prepare For Campus Placements
As a fresher, the campus placements offer one of your only chances to get into a job. So, it is important to prepare well for this interview process. Here are few tips that will help you prepare for campus placements.
You should prepare for every interview like it’s the only one you have. Most students take multiple interviews and get placed in some company.
You should prepare for every interview like it’s the only one you have. Most students take multiple interviews and get placed in some company. When you are preparing yourself for a particular company, it is important to be confident about your abilities and your work experience but at the same time, you need to be humble enough so that they do not think of you as arrogant or overconfident. If you have got more than one offer from different companies, it is advisable that before deciding on which job offer to accept, first talk to your parents/guardians and then take advice from someone who knows more about these things like an elder sibling or a friend before giving your final decision because sometimes what seems right may not necessarily turn out well for us later on if we don’t consider all factors properly before making any commitments.
If you fail to impress them, they will tell you what your weak areas are and help you prepare well for next time.
- Be confident and answer questions confidently.
- Tell a story about yourself, your hobbies, and what you want to do in life.
- Explain why you want to work for the company (i.e., why it’s important to you).
- Explain what value you will provide, or how they can benefit from your skillset.
Though campus placements are becoming difficult with each passing year, with consistency and constant hard work, it is possible to crack any placement drive.
- Don’t give up.
- Don’t get disheartened.
- Don’t give in to the pressure.
- Don’t be lazy.
- Don’t be distracted.
- Don’t be complacent.
- Don’t be arrogant and overconfident at the same time, because this is a sure way to fail and not even land an internship offer, let alone any other job offer!
Definition of cut off varies by college and depends on the number of aspirants that year.
The cut off is the minimum marks required to get placed in a college. The number of students who get placed in a college is called the cut off. It varies by college and depends on the number of aspirants that year.
If you have scored above the cut off, then you are eligible to apply for placements in that particular college. However, not all colleges set their own cut-offs and instead go by the guidelines set by JEE Main or Joint Entrance Exam (Advanced) which is held nationwide before campus placements take place. These exams are considered as entrance tests for admissions into various engineering/management courses across India
So if it’s a reputed college, try to apply for as many companies as possible to get through the shortlisting process.
- Try to apply for as many companies as possible.
- It’s good to have more options in your hand. The more companies you apply to, the more chance you have of getting a job offer from one of them. The more companies you apply to, the more companies get interested in hiring you and also gives them an idea about how many people are applying for the same role and what their skillset is like.
The GD/PI will be conducted by a group of people from the company that wishes to hire students from your college.
As a student, you should be prepared for the GD/PI. For example, you should know how to approach the interview and how to answer questions. You should also know what to wear and what not to say during an interview.
Here are some tips on how you can prepare yourself for campus placements:
- Know who will be interviewing you and what their role is in campus placements at your college. For example, if they are HR representatives or coordinators of campus placement activities at your college then they may ask questions related to these topics during interviews but if they are managers of companies then they might ask technical questions based on their job profiles and responsibilities.
- Prepare yourself by reading up about companies that have visited your college in previous years so that it becomes easier for you when asked about them by recruiters during interviews (for instance: what does a market research analyst do?).
- Prepare answers for common interview questions like “Why did I apply for this company?” or “What does my resume look like?” These answers could be given through body language as well as spoken words depending upon the nature (open-ended vs close-ended) of question being asked.* Plan out beforehand whether or not there will be behavioral questions such as why do I want this job etcetera which require more than just factual knowledge but rather skills like emotional intelligence too!
Technical interviews are more about testing your fundamental comprehension in your branch of study, testing your critical thinking skills and ability to approach problems logically than testing how much you remember from books.
- The interviewer wants to see how you think. In technical interviews, the interviewer asks questions to gauge your analytical and problem solving skills. As a student of computer science, they want to see if you understand the basics of data structures, algorithms and programming languages.
- They also want to see if you can solve problems on your own or whether you need them spelled out for you before making a move. For example: “When given two integers x and y, find the largest common divisor (LCD) between them” is a challenging question that requires careful thinking in order to come up with an answer with ease!
- Finally, they want to test your critical thinking abilities by asking unconventional questions that are not directly related but require lateral thinking for an insightful solution!
Companies (or at least HRs) don’t want us to mug up stuff, but rather know how things work so we can easily solve new problems when faced with them.
Coming from an engineering background, I’ve always been taught that you need to know the fundamentals of a subject well before you can approach problems. Whether it is in math or programming, knowing how things work helps you to solve problems and also approach them logically.
Knowing how things work also helps you think critically and creatively. If I asked you some questions about how coffee was brewed at home, what would your answer be? Would it be “with water”? What if there were no water around but only wine? Couldn’t we then use wine as a substitute for water? Knowing the basics gives us an advantage when faced with new problems.
Few tips on how to prepare for campus placements
- Practice mock interviews: Your interview skills are important. Before you go for the actual interview, practice a few times so that you are confident enough to answer all the questions that might be asked during your placement process.
- Prepare a good GD and PI: A good GD and PI can make or break your chances at getting a job in campus placements. So, it’s important to prepare one before going for campus placements or even before applying for one.
- Prepare Technical Interviews: Technical interviews are one of the most common rounds in campus placements. Companies prefer candidates with good technical skills than those who lack them but have excellent communication skills and other soft strengths like leadership abilities or teamwork abilities. You need to prepare for technical interviews by taking mock tests, learning about different technologies used by companies etc., so as to excel during such interviews when they take place during campus placements
- Prepare Behavioral Interviews: Behavioral interviews are also another common round during campus placements where companies test how well equipped you are with certain soft skills like leadership qualities or teamwork quality etc., apart from other hard skill sets required at workplace such as communication skills
You should always prepare for every interview like it’s the only one you have. Most students take multiple interviews and get placed in some company. However, if you fail to impress them, they will tell you what your weak areas are and help you prepare well for next time. Though campus placements are becoming difficult with each passing year, with consistency and constant hard work, it is possible to crack any placement drive.