The first company I sat for was Aricent, where I landed my first job. Subsequently, I received offers from Deloitte and the Bain Capability Center. I unlearned several myths associated with the Placement Season, and new “facts” were brought to light.
- Aggregate does matter. An aggregate in the late 60’s played havoc with my self confidence. An aggregate in the early 70s will keep you the safe side of the cut offs. Although a good aggregate will make a favourable impression with interviewers, it is not the only factor that will influence your placement; several others will affect it to a greater degree.
Your CV. The CV is often underestimated by students. It should briefly highlight your education, awards and achievements. How this information is presented is important, and due consideration should be given to its format. If possible, tailor your CV according to the recruiter’s requirements. Most importantly, being honest pays off (which is something that can be said about all other rounds as well).
- Be confident. Once in front of an interviewer, there is no point in fretting about what you could’ve done. Make the best of what you have. Also, keep an eye on your body language, and how you present yourself. A little effort with your appearance goes a long way.
- Think aloud. Your thought process should be evident to the interviewers. A defined, organized and logical thought process will work in your favour even if you don’t immediately arrive at the correct answer.
- Listen. At times, the interviewers will give you hints and prod you in the correct direction. It is vital to keep your ears open, and incorporate all the information being provided in your reasoning. Also, listen carefully to what is being said in the P.P.T (pre placement talk given by the companies)It will help.
- Be patient. Despite all your hard work, jobs may not instantly land in your lap. There will be one day when everything “clicks” (which is attributed by most to what is called luck). Meanwhile, try not to sit blindly for all companies that are visiting the campus; think carefully, and sit for only those you are really interested in.
- The placement committee is working for your good. It is best to co-operate with them.
- At the end of the day, your preparation is the single most important factor, so work hard."