The campus placements season will start in the next few weeks and I hope all the freshers who’re eligible for campus placements. the ones who are in the third/final year have chalked out a plan to prepare for the placements. This placements season is going to be a bit tighter than the previous seasons given the current economic situations and the general slowdown in hiring. Only the best of the best will have the chance at grabbing the jobs and that means, the ones who start preparing earlier will be ahead of the competition.

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How to get prepare for campus placements

I decided to jot down the general preparation tips & tricks that will help you crack the 2016 placements season. The preparation will start with some survey –

1. Which companies visit your college/university for placements? (Viz. Infosys, TCS, Cognizant, ABB, L&T and so on)

2. What are the recruitment procedures for each of the companies?

3. What is the general intake? For example, there are colleges where the big IT companies recruit in hundreds! This will help you decide the level of competition you’re likely to face.

4. What is the eligibility criteria? This is very important because it will help you eliminate the companies you should be preparing for.

With all of the above information at your disposal, you may start your entire prep work in the following manner –

Supporting articles to refer:-

Sample resumes for all freshers graduates

Sample resume objective to get interviewers attention in the first attempt

Campus placement process & papers for top MNC’s

1. Back To The Roots:

A lot of candidates tend to ignore this, but the most important thing in your selection process is going to be your knowledge of engineering topics – that you’ve studied over the last 2-3 years. All of your efforts will go waste if you lack the basic knowledge of the subjects. Forget mugging up and reproducing – something that you’re used to do for the exams. Instead, revise all the subjects ‘for yourself’!

2. Pick Your Favorite Engineering Subject / Topic:

Interviewers make their job easier by asking you for your favorite engineering subject. Now, you should really be very well prepared to handle this question. Once you tell the interviewers your favorite topic; expect a few questions related to it. It’s natural that you should be prepared to answer questions on your favorite engineering subject or topic. If you haven’t already decided, it’d be worth going back to all the topics and find out the one which you found the most interesting.

3. Aptitude Tests :

This is where the first eliminations will begin – the aptitude tests. A lot of engineering students fear the aptitude tests. But the fact is that there’s nothing to worry about because it’s *VERY EASY* to crack aptitude tests. All it takes it to practice! Yep! You read that right. Just keep on practicing and in a month or two – you will solve all the aptitude questions like a pro. Don’t expect to master the aptitude skills in just a week or two. At least 1.5-2 months is the minimum required time.

One thing you can definitely do is skip the harder topics; like for most of the students, questions on permutations and combinations, and the probability is difficult. So skip them! But at the same time, make sure you’re very good at cracking all the other types of questions. You can always discuss questions and quick way to solve aptitude questions with our fellow freshers360 members here.

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4. Written & Spoken English:

Like it or not, but the Indian job markets demand people who can speak and write correct English. Unfortunately – very few people pay attention to their communication skills. If you think you need to sharpen your English speaking/writing skills; then NOW is the time to do it. It’s going to help you in your entire career. Trust me, a lot of people unnecessarily get rejected because they can’t communicate or express themselves.

5. Interview (Technical):

If you’re good at engineering topics (tip #1), then cracking the technical interview won’t be a problem. There are several tips here on CE that will help you crack the technical interviews. It’s better to ask your doubts in our technical discussion sections ( no matter how basic they are) and get your ideas clear.

6. Interview (HR):

If you think that clearing aptitude and technical rounds ensure that you’re selected, the wait a minute – many times, overconfident candidates get rejected in HR interviews – something that shouldn’t happen to you. So take the HR interviews seriously!

But that doesn’t mean you should have a serious expression on your face. All you’re expected in an HR interview is to be yourself, have a smiling face, don’t be overconfident and be excited about the things. Don’t overdo anything!

That said if you have any questions or doubts about cracking the campus recruitments season; post them below. Wish you all the best!

7. Build Your Skills Showcase Portfolio:

When there are thousands of other engineering students preparing for the same job that you are preparing for, your chances of getting selected are going to go down. How do you stand out from the competition? Well, the answer is simple –

“Do something others aren’t doing”

That is, have something that others don’t have. If you are looking for an IT job; why not work on a few pet software development projects on your own and list them on your resume? For example, you could develop a very simple project or projects – like a backup manager, an Android or iOS app or a Perl script that does something cool – and add it to your resume? When you appear for an interview, do not forget to bring the interviewer’s attention to your projects. I’m sure they’ll be more impressed to see that you’ve gone beyond academics and done something on your own.

If you are from a non-IT background, add something to your resume that shows that you are doing something more. It could be a research or observation about something that you’ve studied, some practical study or research or a mechanical design, a computer model, a robot, a drone something like that.

If you have questions about how to do this; you can always ask your questions below. Wishing you all the best for your upcoming campus placements.

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By SatishReddy Venkannagari

Satish Reddy V is a Cyber Security Engineer at a reputed MNC and blogs at Freshers360. I am passionate about Blogging, Digital Marketing, and Cyber Security.

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