How to Crack Campus Placements?

How to Crack Campus Placements?

Campus Placement can prove to be one of the most challenging periods of a student’s life. Economic conditions, available opportunities, competition, and individual capabilities come at fore all at once. However, the process need not be as overwhelming as it sounds.

While I DO NOT pretend to be an expert in this area, some of the hacks listed below have come in handy for me. I hope they prove useful to you as well…

Define what YOU want!

Before the placement season kicks in, define what is it that you are looking for? I stress on ‘before’ because it entirely determines your placement journey. List down your career goals beforehand. It can be a particular profile, industry, or compensation. Know them, understand them in cognizance of the current economic scenario.

Steer away from falling into Sheep Mentality. A lot of people tend to follow their friends into companies/jobs they don’t like, only to regret later. Also, keep away from misinformation and half-baked information. It’s a real bummer and can prove to be misleading. Retrieve and confirm news from the right authorities.

Be Proactive

‘If you fail to plan, you plan to fail,’ so why wait up until the last moment to prepare for something that determines the course of your future? Whether you’re a fresher or someone with a work ex, planning is essential. Improve your profile well in advance(months in advance) to prevent yourself from being ambushed on the D-day. 

Internships, additional courses, extra-curricular activities, and competitions are some of the ways to improve your profile. Select these options ensuring that they bring value to you in a serious way and meaningful way.

Make a Good Resume

In most campus placement processes across fields, your resume will reach your potential employer before you do. This essentially means that it is your first selling point, so MAKE IT COUNT! Let the resume be a brief summary of your skills, achievements, and experiences. 

A common mistake that many of us make is to fill the resume with too much information(sometimes false), trying to look the most deserving candidate; which will prove to be counterproductive. 

One can always take the help of an expert or mentor in their network to review the resume. Also, take the aid of sample resumes available online. The ideal way to go about this would be to sit with your resume and work on it for a considerable amount of time, adding and editing as you go by, tailoring it to represent you in the best possible way.

Preparation for the D-day

Research adequately about the company you’re applying to as well as the role offered. Observe past trends of the organization to gain an understanding of the company. Read carefully all the communication provided by them; 90% of the time you’ll have all your ideas on how to prepare for the job from their communication itself.

Eg. If it’s a sales profile then you need to display your selling and people skills more, If it’s a consulting position then analytical thinking etc, get the drift!

In case of lack of information, reach out to seniors, friends, or other professionals in your network who work in the same industry/organization.

Prepare a list of probable questions the interviewer can ask you based on your profile, job role, and the industry in general. Prepare answers accordingly and avoid rote learning your answers for the interview. My personal favorite is taking Mock PIs for practice (Request your friends and teachers to help you out here).

Different companies have different methods of recruitment. Aptitude tests, case study rounds, and the like. Needless to say, to crack all of it, 'practice is the key.'

Dress Professionally

“Dress for the job you want”, they say. You can use your clothing to send a message about your ambitions by wearing clothes that reflect what you aspire to be. During campus processes, where recruiters have to assess a number of students in a limited time, ‘first impressions’ become the game-changer. Dressing well will ensure not only a good first impression but will above all, boost your confidence.

For detailed tips on what kind of formals you should wear click here

Group Discussion

Group Discussion can become tricky especially when you are competing against your own batchmates (It can get ugly, I know). The uncertainty of the topic is something that causes a bit of anxiety too. It is also a pain point for many introverts or shy people. An important thing to keep in mind is that your next GD need not turn into a battlefield. 

No matter what the situation inside the room, keep your calm! Maintain sophistication and put your points across in an assertive but firm manner. Do not, hog away all the time allotted, and be considerate of others too. Jot down your points in the prep time allotted and maintain a structure. Slip inside the discussion as and when you get the chance with relevant points and support others’ points when you agree. 

In a scenario where you blank out and lack content, do not panic and try to build on the points that others have made. Observing the organization and past patterns, try to gauge the kind of topics they ask and accordingly prepare. Always have a few general and industry related statistics prepared for. Have a couple of quotes up your sleeve(Brownie points!). 

It will always do well to practice GDs with friends so one can get accustomed to different situations that arise during the D-day session. The most important thing, ‘CONTENT IS THE KING!’. Regular reading of relevant content and current affairs go a long way in cracking those nasty GDs.

Personal Interview

The best of us are a bundle of nerves before an interview. It’s normal, relax! Greet the interviewer and begin. Whether it’s a normal conversation or a grill session, keep calm, and give your best. Listen and understand the questions carefully before answering. A common mistake students make is trying to be super quick in giving answers just to get it over with and end up not selling themselves effectively. Take a moment to think, before you answer. 

Try to keep the interview a two-way engaging conversation and ask questions wherever necessary. Try being assertive in your tone for problem questions while putting your points across. They may not agree with you always but DO NOT argue with them. 

Avoid making false claims and lying in your interview; they can harm the chances of getting in. Be honest if you’re unable to answer a particular question, accept that you don’t know it, and move on. Sit upright, smile often, and be confident! These little things work positively despite other candidates having a better-looking CV.

Patience and Persistence

Our confidence can take a blow when we do not get positive replies from companies we have interviewed for. In such circumstances, remind yourself that you are good enough and probably your skillsets and organizational requirements were a tad mismatch. 

Nevertheless, each interview is an opportunity to improve yourself, meet new people, and brand yourself. Take it in your stride and move on with increased motivation and preparation for the next one. No matter how long it takes, patience and persistence in your efforts will ensure you overcome the process successfully.

Good luck! Cheers!

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