A great first job can go a long way in paving the road for a rewarding career. That’s why campus placements occupy a student’s mind right from the day he or she enters professional college. But approaching them in a systematic manner is a must.
All the final year Students who are perusing their Engineering at their engineering institutes as the placement season has started for Providing Placements to the students in various core and Software companies. But the as per reports, only 15% of the engineers produced are employable. That means the remaining 85% of the students are getting degrees but they do not have Job.so let’s know about it.
What are campus interviews??
Campus placement or campus interview is the program conducted within educational institutes or in a common place to provide jobs to students pursuing or in the stage of completing the programme. In this programme, industries visit the colleges to select students depending on their ability to work, capability, focus and Aim.for more info
Processes in the Campus Interviews:
In general, campus interviews consist of one, some, or all of the following rounds depending on campanies:
How will be Written test ?
- (which can be an aptitude test, puzzles, English vocabulary test, or questions from subjects studied in college)
- The first round is usually the written test.
- Some companies may have only an aptitude round, although the number of questions may vary from one company to another.
- One company may ask for only 12 puzzles whereas another can ask for 60 questions, which could be a combination of aptitude, analytical and logical questions and also English language proficiency.
- Only after clearing this round can a student proceed to the next step in the campus interview.
how to prepare for written test?
- Regular or frequent practice with aptitude tests and puzzles can help students become successful in clearing this round. Books preferred in general for clearing the written test are:
- Quantitative Aptitude by R.S.Agarwal,,All the puzzle book series by Shakuntala Devi.
- Apart from books, there are many websites that provide puzzles, brain teasers, etc. which can be used to develop the skills needed to clear the written test.
- GRE /CAT preparation books help to considerably improve English vocabulary, and also provide answers to questions regarding English grammar and usage.
(what are group discussion and how they will be?)
- Some companies also hold a group discussion round. In a group discussion, teams will be formed first, and 6 to 10 students would be present in a team. General topics such as ‘Is Hindi Pop against Indian culture?’, ‘Is betting in sports good or bad?’, and so on, will be given to the team. A student can talk for or against the topic.
- While studying in college, students can form small groups amongst themselves and discuss current trends. They can practice to talk for the topic and against it. This can be the best way to prepare for the group discussion.
- The main aspects that are observed by companies during group discussion rounds are: how students convey their thoughts, how they interact with other people in the team, how they lead & coordinate with the team, etc. If a student is successful in all these aspects, then he/she is welcomed by the company.
what you should do?
Go through a English Newspaper daily and try to get atleast few points on every hot topic. Most of the interviewers give the latest hot topics for a group discussion so that everyone in the group can participate.
tips for group discussion
– Try to initiate the discussion if you are aware of the topic given for the Group discussion, It shows your boldness to talk in the group on a topic and First impression is the best impression
– Try to close the discussion considering all the points given by rest of the members in a group discussion, It shows How well you listen to others and summed up the discussion.
– Practice the Group discussion by forming 6 member group in your leisure time on any topic. For practicality, ask your professor for the topic just 5 minutes before you sit for the Group discussion, this practice helps you to organize your thoughts spontaneously. Else, everyone will be prepared well and talk continuously without gap. If possible, ask your professor to monitor the discussion and to suggest the better way.
– Always give a chance to other members to talk in the group, It shows your respect to the other members of team.
– Try to keep the discussion on track (to the given topic), IF anyone is going out of the scope of the topic, humbly interrupt the discussion and request them to stick to the given topic, it shows leadership skills
– Identify the team member in the group, who have not opened their mouth yet and give them a chance to speak, it shows team working skills.
- In the technical interview round, the student will be tested for his/her knowledge in the subjects studied in college.
- The interviewer(s) may ask a student for his/her favorite subject, and ask questions related to that subject
- Going through technical books studied in college is enough to face the technical interview.
- Having good subject knowledge also helps a lot. Generally the student will be asked for his/her favorite subject, and interviewed on that subject.
- The interviewer may ask about any projects that the student may have done during the course of study.
In the HR interview round, the attitude of the student is primarily tested. During this round, they see if the student has a positive attitude and has qualities that suit their company’s needs. Although it is said that the HR interview is only held as a matter of formality, there are cases when students are eliminated in this round also. If the student clears the HR interview, then the selection is over, and the student gets the job!
This is a formal round of interview and the final one. The attitude of the student plays a major role here. Students are asked about personal information such as family background, parents’ occupation, etc. It is good to project oneself positively and provide answers with confidence during this round.
- What is your greatest weakness?
- What is your greatest strength?
- How will your greatest strength help you perform? –
- How would you describe yourself? –
- Describe a typical work week.
- Describe your work style.
- Do you work well with other people?
- How many hours do you normally work?
- How would you describe the pace at which you work?
- How do you handle stress and pressure?
- What motivates you? –
- Are you a self motivator?
- What are your salary expectations?
- What do you find are the most difficult decisions to make?
- Tell me about yourself. –
- What has been the greatest disappointment in your life?
- What are you passionate about?
- What are your pet peeves?
- What do people most often criticize about you?
- When was the last time you were angry? What happened?
- If you could relive the last 10 years of your life, what would you do differently?
- If the people who know you were asked why you should be hired, what would they say?
- Do you prefer to work independently or on a team?
- Give some examples of teamwork.
- More teamwork interview questions.
- What type of work environment do you prefer? –
- How do you evaluate success? –
- If you know your boss is 100% wrong about something how would you handle it? –
- Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it.
- Describe a time when your workload was heavy and how you handled it. –
- More job interview questions about your abilities.
- More job interview questions about you.
Some useful tips :
The following tips will be useful in getting a good placement, if followed, scrupulously
- Know more about the company by browsing the net before appearing for the interview.
- Practice problems related to the topics of the aptitude test.
- Be thorough in at least in one subject of your choice so that you can encourage the interviewer to ask more questions in that subject.
- Be well dressed.
- Be professional in approach.
- Improve your communication skills.
- Practice group discussions with your classmates and peers.
- Prepare well and be confident. Remember that the others are your classmate and they are no greater than you.
- Be positive in attitude while answering the questions.
1. Study – Similar to a college exam, proper preparation can be key to your success in a campus recruitment interview. Understanding what a possible employer does, knowing the history and circumstances surrounding their company or organization.
2. Test Yourself – Before your all important interview, you might take some time to test yourself and your interview acumen.
3. Prepare Your Own Questions – Asking questions related to a particular job or company can show that you are interested and educated regarding the position for which you are interviewing and the company or organization you are interviewing with.
4. Remember the Little Things – The little things can make a big difference in the overall impression you make upon your interviewers. Having items like a working pen, paper, extra resumes and cover letters, and similar items can prevent you having to ask to borrow them from the interviewer or worse, sitting their seemingly unprepared or uninterested, both of which are potential interview killers.
5. Dress Appropriately – In most instances, it’s best to wear professional business attire to an interview whether or not it’s required or requested. It’s often better safe than sorry and being a bit overdressed probably won’t hurt your chances as much as being underdressed will.
6. Eat Something – As nervous as you may be, putting something in your stomach before interview time can keep embarrassing belly rumbling to a minimum. Sitting there in the crushing silence before that first critical interview question is asked, only to hear the churning of your stomach echoing through the interview room might have your interviewers raising an eyebrow or two.
7. A Bottle of Water – You certainly don’t want to flaunt having a bottle of water, slurping from it noisily or taking constant drinks from it throughout your interview, but having it available can come in handy. Few things can be more distracting or a turnoff to interviewers than that smacking noise your mouth makes when you’re nervous and your mouth is really dry. Worse yet might be that white stuff that accumulates around the edges of your mouth when it is excessively dry. Such things can severely detract from the overall impression you present during your interview.
8. Timeliness – While it shouldn’t have to be said, timeliness is often critical when it comes to campus recruitment. This isn’t a party and it’s not the time to arrive fashionably late. But when it comes to timeliness during your interview session, it may pertain not only to arriving on time, but not overstaying your welcome as well.
9. Graciousness – It’s probably not the best idea to just get up and walk out after your interview is completed. It can be important to show the proper respect and give your appreciation for the opportunity to interview for the position, but not overdo it. Acting as if you’re the interviewer’s best friend or being overly friendly by giving hugs, high-fives or slaps on the back might raise some red flags for the interviewer.
10. Follow-up – Depending on how an interview ends, a follow-up could involve numerous scenarios. A telephone call, note, or email thanking the interviewer for the opportunity to meet with them is often appropriate. You might stop by to do a follow-up if the company is locally located and you’ve been invited to do so. And even if your interview ended badly or you don’t think you have a shot at the job, a follow-up or thank you is still appropriate because even though you don’t think so, you may still be in the running for the job and it could be worth a call or email to find out.
11.Don’t loose courage easily: Don’t loose you courage and heart soon, even if the interview is taking too long and there is no job offer yet rolled out. Because if you will start doubting your potential, your nervousness could overpower your best qualities and you may loose, though you are eligible.
12.Be confident and enthusiastic: Be energetic and enthusiastic once you are inside the interview room, and don’t let you anxieties and nervousness be seen. Remember you are being observed, so be relaxed, calm and confident.
is there any Role of the college ??
Colleges have to first appoint a placement officer whose job is to train the students on these lines and make them ready to face the interviews of the companies which come for placements. Another important task of the placement officer is that he/she has to identify the companies, establish contacts with them and invite them for campus placements. In this regard, the old students of the college who are already working in the company may be of use some. It is also a good idea to invite some of the executives as chief guest/guests of honour for the functions organized by the college so that a good rapport can be established. Apart from these, personal contacts make a great difference. A placement brochure may be prepared and sent to all prospective industries which might come for campus recruitment.