Every student chooses an educational institute on the basis of three important factors-
The last factor is apparently the most important criteria that would be evaluated by the students in choosing a particular academic institution. The campus recruitment procedure has become one of the most popular avenues to recruit people into companies.
Companies hire engineering graduates into roles that range from software application development, delivery roles, software/ hardware testing, research and development, application maintenance network security and support etc. Management graduates are hired for roles in business development, IT consulting, business analysis, customer relationship management, HR roles, sales, marketing, finance etc.
Before a student braces himself to face the arduous task of appearing for the campus selection procedure, there are a few points that he has to bear in mind —
Most colleges that offer campus recruitment facilitate the recruitment through a special department known as the placement department. The placement department is steered by a placement officer who oversees the entire recruitment process.
The various stages that are involved in a typical campus recruitment program are as follows-
The pre-placement talk is a presentation that is given by the recruiting company's HR and recruiting team. Various aspects of the company such as its profile, history, milestone achievements, organizational goals, its vision, mission, the job profile, products, services, product lines, customers, locations, branches, organizational chart, senior management etc. The role of the job offered as well as its description along with the selection criteria, CTC,' designations etc. are also explained in detail. Generally the pre-placement talk is presented by a senior member of the delivery or the HR team.
The general format of the selection process remains the same across companies that hire campus graduates. Minor variation may be present. Selection happens in the following stages.
Aptitude test is conducted to evaluate how effectively a student could respond to a task or a situation and their communication skills. In short, this area tests a candidate's problem solving ability. The areas that are normally tested are numerical or quantitative ability, logical reasoning, verbal ability and data sufficiency
Those selected in the aptitude test will be called for group discussion. Group discussion is a process of selection rather than a process of elimination. The recruiting team will evaluate certain personality traits like confidence, communicating with the team, participation, ability to present one's views in a clear and concise manner, interpersonal skills, leadership skills etc. These are the traits that the employers would want to see in their potential employees. The main intention of group discussion is to assess the behavior of a candidate in a group. In the GD round, there are usually a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 candidates.
The topic of the discussion is normally related current topics, hypothetical situations, problematic situations, abstract topics etc. Students who are confident, have a clear thought process and are able to articulate their thoughts lead the group discussion. Hence, students need to be positive, confident and dynamic in their attitude in this round. They should also develop effective listening skills that would enable them to listen and understand others perspective. Students are advised to keep abreast of current affairs and are expected to familiarize themselves with the popular topics in news. They are advised to form small groups and discuss various topics which would bolster their efforts to successively participate in the group discussions.
The pre final round of the selection process is the technical interview. A student appearing for the technical round should be thorough with the fundamental aspects of his subject. While a student may not be expected to know the entire subject inside out, he or she is expected to be proficient in the basic aspects of the subject and able to present the subject in a well formatted manner to his interviewers. It would greatly, benefit the students if they would have completed their projects on their own rather than plagiarizing (copying) from other sources. This would exhibit the ingenuity of a student and increase his chances of clearing the technical round. Students who have interned in good organizations ha‘e an edge above the others in the technical round as company internships are greatly valued by the recruiters.
The HR interview is more of a two way process. A student is assessed for his communication, attitude, confidence, flexibility, enthusiasm, behavioral skills etc. The company HR will market their company through the HR round. A student should be confident, but not over confident in the HR round. He or she should be honest and polite in answering the questions and also ask questions to the company HR regarding basic policies, procedures and of course, the CTC. Many a time it is quite common for technically strong candidates to fail to get through the HR round. This may happen if the candidate has poor presentation skills, is overconfident or is rude or extremely timid in his or her attitude. Self-grooming is very important for a candidate to clear this round of the campus selection.
The recruitment process weighs heavily on the attitude of a candidate. A candidate should exhibit positive thinking, learnability, proper body language, confidence, clarity of thought, interpersonal skills, future goals etc. This segment has about 75% weightage. Academic knowledge has a weightage of about 10%. This test the student's fundamental knowledge of the core subjects in his or her branch and also its practical use. -Communication skills carry a weightage of about 10%.
Preparing a good resume is equally important while bracing for the campus selection process. The resume is the first impression a recruiter has of the candidate. The resume should be prepared in such a way that it reflects a candidate's capabilities, his strengths, achievements and areas of interests. Hence sufficient efforts should go into preparing a good resume. For further reading, refer to 'Resume' section of this book.
Knowledge about current affairs and extra-curricular activities carry about 5% weightage. These areas should also be concentrated upon to increase the chances of making it through the campus interviews.
Thus, a thorough and systematic preparation in each of the areas mentioned above would go a long way in ensuring that a candidate gets through the right company.
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