The Complete Guide To Placement Preparation
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The IT job scene is becoming highly competitive. In top IT companies in India, thousands of candidates compete for a single job. As a potential candidate planning to attend IT job interviews in the near future, it is important to understand how the entire IT recruitment process works.
The hiring process usually involves multiple stages, which get increasingly tougher. Lack of knowledge of interviewing skills will negatively impact the chances of you getting hired, even if you possess the necessary job skills.
This article will help you understand every step of the recruiting process in order to prepare for it well and then get hired in your very next attempt.
Let’s dive in.
Different Types of Placement Drives
Campus recruitments are arranged by your college or university and the dates are easily known. The chances of getting hired are more in campus recruitment drives because of lower competition. Some college toppers might get the privilege of a direct interview without going through aptitude or group discussion rounds. The offer letter is given the same week or in many cases – as early as the same day.
You might get a chance to attend a recruitment drive in a nearby college or university. It could also be in a different city. These types of drives are announced by your college, the hiring organization, or by assessment companies like AMCAT and eLitmus. There might be some registration fee to participate in the drive. Off-campus placement drives are more competitive because they’re open to all qualified candidates and the hiring process is usually tougher.
Pooled Placement Drives and Job Fairs
Colleges and universities in a region come together to organize pooled campus drives. Pooled campus drives are slightly less competitive than off-campus drives because only students from the specific organizing colleges or universities can attend. When a group of companies conduct the hiring drive, it becomes a job fair.
This is where you respond to a job offer and walk into the company directly to attend the selection process. If you pass all the interview stages, to be explained below, you’ll get hired.
Campus placement drives are announced by the placement cell in your college or university, and hence are not easily missed.
Off-campus placement drives are announced in your college or you can find them in one-tap from the Crampete mobile app.
You can learn about pooled campus drives and job fairs in print media, in your college, job sites, on the Crampete mobile app or through friends.
The Different Stages in IT Recruitment
If a campus interview is being held, you can simply walk in with your ID card. For off-campus interviews, you can apply directly on the hiring company’s career web page. A better way to apply is to supplement your online resume submission with a referral. You can also apply through job portals like Naukri.com, MonsterIndia, and Indeed.co.in.
Online or Written Test
The aptitude test may include one or more following sections: Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Coding Test, Programming Language Proficiency, Email Writing, Essay Writing.
Several soft skills are tested in group discussions. Communication, teamwork, listening skills, leadership skills, and analytical ability are closely monitored. Your proficiency to articulate your views clearly, confidently and persuasively will get your foot in the door.
This stage will primarily be based on your resume: specialization, favourite topics, and so on. You might also be asked to write a piece of code. Watch out for trick questions where the interviewer might mislead to a wrong answer.
This is the HR interview and optionally could include more technical questions. You might be asked situational questions to gauge your responses. The interviewer could bring up the achievements you’ve included in your CV and ask questions based on them. It could also include general questions like projects, college degree, specialization, willing to relocate, and so on.
In this stage, you’ll be asked further about your education, work experience (if any), family background and other related topics. This might also include the standard questions about your strengths and weaknesses, a brief about your background, why you want to join the company, where do you see yourself in 5 years, and so on. The interviewer is checking if there are any red flags. It’s best to remain polite and be confident.
Once you clear all the rounds, it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labour, which comes in the form of an ‘offer letter’. It’s time to let it sink in, enjoy the feeling of success. You deserved it, really.
NOTE: There might also be a surprise round of GD round if candidate turnout is more than the hiring company was expecting.
We’ve understood the hiring process that IT companies generally follow: an online or written test, followed by a technical and managerial interview, and finally, one HR round. You can now prepare better for campus-, off-campus, pooled-campus drives, and job fairs.