Monday, September 21, 2009

Campus Placement Preparation Tips

This is part II of my promise which I am posting now. Placement preparation is the most important thing if you want to get placed in first few days. Many of us ignore this but I realized during the course of my placement that every single thing you prepare matters and the only thing which matters least is your CG. Lets go topic wise:

Company test: This is the most important part as 50-60% companies are open for all and they take aptitude test to shortlist the students. The best thing is to prepare for for cat seriously. In every college 30-40% people prepare seriously for cat and these pool of people keep getting short-listed again and again. So it’s better to be in the pool. All your preparation, interns, resumes, CG is a waste if you are not getting short- listed. So I will suggest start preparing for cat or atleast start giving some practice cat test to brush up your concept and increase your speed.

Resume: It took me 2-3 months to prepare my resume. Keep following points in mind:
1)Prepare 2 types of resume. 1 Tech oriented and other for general firms. Tech resume can be of 2 page with a greater description of departmental projects. But the general resume should not exceed 1 page.
2)Fill the space completely. Its either 1 page or 2 page. There is nothing like 1.5 pages.
3)See the resume in print format and 80% space of the page should be filled.
4)Once you are done with resume ,send it to your seniors and friends for editing and make necessary changes.
5)While describing your interns, projects, extra-curricular follow the order – Aim( what was given to you), your efforts( what you did for that/ what you learned and applied) Result ( what was the final outcome and its result on the company or in your festival) Example: I was given the responsibility of……I learned and applied……The final result was ……
6)Avoid objective, interest, hobbies…these are very generic. Try to save as much space as you can for relevant things.
7)You should be very sure and comfortable with all the things you are mentioning in the resume because all your interview is going to go around your resume only.
My resumes for references:
Resume for general firms- 1 page format
Resume for core firms- 2 page format

Interview: the best and the only way to do this is to make an excel sheet like this and fill your answers. Send it for editing and mug it completely. Its better not to trust that spontaneous answers look more real. Mug the pre-written answers and try to deliver them as if they are spontaneous. Speak in front of mirror, or ask your friend take your mock interview.

GD: get a group of good friend s who are seriously preparing for interview. Pick any random topic. There are many GD Topics on net. Try to have practice GD among yourself. The rules of GD are: speak more, try to dominate the discussion but don’t get aggressive with your body language. You should look cool but try to grab the most of the speaking times. Good points do matter but not much. The only thing I felt that matters is your cumulative speaking times.

Technical knowledge: Contact your seniors who have got placed in the companies you are targeting and ask them about the areas in which the respective companies were interested and start preparing on the same line.

The preparation is endless but the most important thing is not to loose focus and keep preparing constantly. So All the best guys!! May You score your respective Dream jobs.

26 comments:

saurabh said...

nice fundaes dude... it seems these days everyone is giving fundaes on placements... :P

but one ques dude.. wat was ur "dream job" at same point of time last year??

Pratik Gupta said...

@saurabh: thanks and my dream was to get a job, thats it [:)]

Nipun said...

wil try 2 abide by these points..
missing ur intrstng blogs...

Pratik Gupta said...

@nipun: I will be back!! don worry [:)]

fa2 said...

Nice one dude..
Appreciate the pain taken by you to compile everything

Pratik Gupta said...

@fa2: thx yaar...anything for you.

C-lay said...

Lol

Manoj Bharadwaj said...

Nice helpful blog :) I wonder how you manage the time for this being my colleague in P&S :P

Pratik Gupta said...

@c-lay: i still remember your fundaes from the day before deloitte and these are just 1 step ahead [:)]

@Manoj: talent dude talent [:)]

Shruti said...

Must say nice effort. Thanks :)

ravi theja said...

THNX a load dood...!!! i'm sharing these with my dept-mates.. really helpful tips these are :-)

Pratik Gupta said...

@shruti: My pleasure [:)] BTW giving tips to you is like a dream come true..its always been other way round

@Ravi: [:)] All the Best!!

Abhishek said...

old guy: beta, tum to hamaare liye devta ho, devta!
village (in chorus): haan haan, devta ho!
louder chorus: haan haan, devta ho!

jokes apart, thanks, not only for this post, but for the other fundae you've put over the past few days on all occasions. :)

Pratik Gupta said...

@abhishek:
Village ka hero - " arey kaisi baatein kar rahe hai aap, aap sab logon ne mere liye itna kiya, ab mera farz banta hai" [:P]

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