Campus Placements provide great opportunity for students to apply for well known organizations and MNC’s. A great first job can help in paving long and rewarding road for a successful career. Thus, it’s only natural for campus placements to be on top of a student’s mind immediately after taking admission in a professional college and further more in the final year. To make the most of this opportunity provided by the college’s training and placement department, students must approach it in a systematic manner.
- Build a Strong Resume
Resume is the first information about you that the recruiters see and it acts like your very own personal advertisement. Go online and read as many articles on resume building as you can. All the suggestions might not fit into your criteria, but do try to inculcate some of the suggestions provided in different articles, specially those that would highlights your strengths. Another way of ensuring a strong resume is to consult your faculty, since they have as vast experience not only in their respective subjects but also in general in the teaching profession. Remember, resume building is never complete , review and update your resume regularly.
- Revise your Curriculum
Having the knowledge about your major subjects is of utmost important. Organizations do expect the candidates to be well versed in their respective stream subjects and it’s considered as the hygiene factor nowadays. Take out your textbooks and go through the concepts once again. As a fresher, you will not be expected to know everything about the technology or strategies, but definitely your basics would be checked.
- Research for Organizations
Prior knowledge and information about the company helps, so surf the internet for the information about the company – its history, its products and services, location, recent news etc. Further read about the industry the company is in, its competitors and future plans. Also, have a discussion with your seniors and teachers about the organization. They might provide you with insights on increments, growth and work culture in the organization
- File your Certificates properly
This might be considered as a very basic factor but all the same it’s an essential one. Simple reason could be that the organization might be looking for a particular technical certification and that itself could be the differentiating factor between you and other candidates. Also, a well organized folder reflects your attitude and the preparation for the selection process. Arrange the certificates properly in some order which could be either chronological or in the order of importance and file them in a clean and well kept folder.
- Set of Formals
If resume is the advertisement then you are the Product, package yourself attractively. There are innumerable articles and videos about dressing up for the interview, watch a few of them. Find out your own unique style, which is comfortable as well as formal and thus dress accordingly. Some common factors that are a must are to polish your shoes, iron your dress and keep an extra pair of dress handy, just in case. This advice goes for both male and female candidates, I e. to dress formal and smart.
- Preparation for Aptitude Tests
Aptitude tests or commonly called as called as “Apti” come back to haunt the students again, even after giving many of those in the past. Many organizations conduct apti as a screening round to shortlist students with good analytical skills. The only way to crack the apti is to practice practice and more practice. There is no shortcut in this subject.
- Group Discussions
It is generally said that group discussion (GD) round is the toughest of all the rounds in a recruitment process. GD is kind of hard, as it involves public speaking while making a valid and strong point about a particular topic. GD can be very tricky as panelists could give any topic under the sun as the GD topic. It can be on the recent political and social issues or completely vague and unrelated like “Blind Black Cat in the Dark Room”. The only way to do well in a GD is to practice public speaking, reading newspapers for recent situations and being able to put your points across without getting nervous. Remember, in a GD it’s not about the quantity i.e. how much you spoke, it’s about the quality of your content i.e. how you spoke, and how relevant was it to the topic.
- Personali Interview
This is the last milestone in the recruitment process but it is not the least. You have worked so hard to reach this point, now is the time to create the biggest impact. You practiced hard for solving the various numerical and logical sums in the Apti; well, same goes for the interviews. Browse the internet, discuss with your seniors and faculty and find out the common questions that are asked during an interview.. Prepare your answers for thesetypical questions like your strengths/weaknesses, long-term/short-term career goals, what motivates you, your skills etc. Another way to practice for interview is face mock interviews conducted by your friends, peers or faculty. Take feedbacks from the mock interviewers and improve upon those areas as suggested by them.
9. Stay Positive!
The most important point to consider while preparing for campus placements is to stay positive! Campus placements can be a long and tedious process, so it’s important to be patient and enjoy the ride. Learn from the past mistakes, correct them and implement the corrective measures next time. Sstay focused on the future and grab the opportunities with best of your abilities. You’ll definitely overcome the failures and get placed in the organization you want to. If you are struggling and it looks like your efforts are taking you nowhere, just keep in mind an old Arabic adage, “This too shall pass”.