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How to prepare for Campus Placement Interview? – Here’s what you need.

How to prepare for Campus Placement Interview? – Here’s what you need.

How to prepare for campus placement interviews? This is a very very common question in the mind of every young student about to graduate from college/university. Campus placement is a program conducted in various educational institutions, where companies come and conduct interviews to provide jobs to talented and well deserved students. The students, who are in their final year or at a stage of completing the study programme, sit for the campus placements. Companies and industries visit colleges or universities to select students assessing them on their ability to work, capability, focus and aim.

Campus placement is of two types, i.e., on-campus and off-campus. On-campus placement program is where the companies come to a college or university and recruit students from that particular college or university. Off-campus or pool campus placement program is conducted within a group of colleges or institutes. The interview is conducted at a place where students from various colleges take part.

Procedure  

  • Pre placement talk: Each company gives a presentation about the company and the work they do. In the pre placement talk, the companies explain role of the position they are recruiting a student for. The presentation includes the explanation of the selection procedure, company policies, organizational achievements, package, employment benefits and candidate scope of improvement. The pre placement talk ends with a discussion between the candidates and the hiring committee. This gives a chance to the students to understand the company and the procedure of recruitment.
  • Scrutiny of CVs: The companies that visit for recruitment often come with specific qualification criteria. These qualifications are best explained in the CV or resume of the candidate. The selection panel goes through the CVs and shortlist the candidates from them.
  • Written test or aptitude test: Shortlisted candidates then appear for a written test or an aptitude test based on the company and the position offered. The difficulty level can vary from company to company and post to post.
  • Group discussion: The candidates who qualify the written test then sit for group discussion round. Some of the companies don’t conduct this round. 

In group discussion, a common topic is given to the group and an argument is created. The candidates are expected to have a formal discussion and share knowledge. The main aim of this round is to evaluate the candidate on communication skills, etiquettes, listening ability, leader or follower in the group and convincing power.

  • Personal interview: Based on the above rounds, the qualified students further go for personal interview or the technical round. This round will analyze the technical ability of the candidate.
  • Final review: All the students who appear for personal interview then appear for final review where the candidate is evaluated upon stability and confidence level. The focus in laid upon overall personality of the candidate.

In some interviews, personal interview and final review can be grouped together.

  • Selection offer: The selected candidate/s is given the offer letter and the package is discussed.

Steps for Preparation

  • Self Evaluation- SWOT

It is important that as a first step you assess your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. It is advisable that you take out time and reflect on who you are and what you are. It is to understand your strengths that will help you n the interview and weaknesses that might pull you back.

  • Build your Resume

The second step will be building up a strong CV. A resume is the door way to the job you always wanted. It is really important you have a great CV with all the basic information. It should be clean, clear and precise and not too long. Keep updating your resume from time to time so that you don’t miss out on anything.

  • Brush up on Aptitude skills

This is the most important step as if you don’t get through this, you don’t get to go further in the interview. These tests are same as the entrance test exams. The questions are based on analytical and quantitative skills, logic and reasoning, data interpretation and writing skills and an additional section of subject test. All it needs is practice.

  • Work on the roots

One often tends to miss out on the basics one has studied over the last 2-3 years. Everything can go in vain if you lack the basic knowledge of the subjects. Revision of all the technical basic one has learnt over the years is important.

  • Ace the group discussion

It is all about taking initiative, having knowledge about basic topics, clarity of ideas leadership skills, communication skills and exchange and expression of thoughts. It is very important for the candidate to be clear about the facts and awareness. GDs can be tricky affairs because you need to walk a fine line between being too aggressive and too meek. You can't hog all the limelight, yet you can't hide in the background. You can't be too loud or too soft, it is important that you maintain a balance.

  • Prepare for Personal Interview

Read about all the possible interview questions and prepare well for your personal interview. Be clear with your basics and technical knowledge. Some companies try to test how good you are in your strength areas and select you on the basis of that knowledge even if that is not relevant to the job profile on offer.

Important Tidbits

  • Know the opportunities: It is important that you now all the companies that are coming for the campus placement so that you are clear on the opportunities you have. Keeping track of the companies and industries visiting is advisable.
  • Get set for formals: It is important that you’re formally dressed and very simple. Avoid wearing vibrant or flowery prints. Keep it simple and plain. The men can wear a plain full sleeved light colored shirt with formal pants and the women can go for simple light colored saree or salwar suit.
  • Grooming: You need to work on your. Get a proper haircut, no spikes and preferably clean-shaven for the men and for women tie up your hair and do not have a loud make up on.
  • File all certificates: Keep all your certificates handy at one place in a file. Keep the recent documents on the top so that they can be presented when asked.
  • Get set go: This whole this very important for your career and it is not as easy as it seems. You need to enjoy the whole trip of campus placement otherwise you will the gist of it. How can you succeed if you don’t enjoy the whole procedure? Believe in yourself and go for it.

Basic tips

  • Know which companies are visiting for campus placement. Keep yourself up to date with the company visits. You don’t want to miss any chance.
  • Go through the company websites thoroughly and now the recruitment procedure.
  • Know the general intake by the company. This will help you to have a sense of level of competition you’re going to face.
  • Know if you’re eligible for the company or the position being offered by the company.

Things to Avoid

  • Being overly confident: Thinking that you got all covered and that you don’t need to prepare is a drawback. Placement interview is a place where one needs to start from scratch and not base it on your good score or past achievements. Entering the interview or GD without full preparation can backfire. Your unpreparedness will be shown in the way communicate with the selection committee. It is important that you prepare well and talk to enough people about the technical knowledge and brush up on the basics.
  • Botching up your Resume: Common mistakes that candidates make on the resume are use of typos, generic statements and incorrect contact information. Making hasty, copy paste resume just the night before your interview is not advisable. It is the worst thing one can do. A resume is your door way to getting selected for your dream job. Make sure you draft copies of the resume with genuine information and try not to get fancy while writing your resume.
  • Trying to gain attention in the group discussion: Common mistakes one can do in the group discussion are trying to grab attention, flying solo, speaking too much and not giving a chance to another person to his/her point further. Group discussions are very easy to mess up if not done properly. The candidate needs to maintain a balance between drawing attention and hearing out others.
  • Bombing the interview: At this point you’re just one step away from getting that dream job you always wanted so don’t ruin your chance by acting extra smart. Speak how much is required and read up on the company details. Not being ready with the questions and lying is not acceptable at all. Self grooming is also very important.
  • Believing rejection to be the end of the world: It is OK to feel low and upset if you get rejected but this is not the end of the world. You will get more chances and opportunities so don’t get disheartened.

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