The most common four main sections of Placement Process are:
- Introduction of the company
- Aptitude test
- Group Discussion (applicable for a few companies)
- Interview(Technical + HR)
This is generally a pre-placement talk where the representatives of the company talk about its history, accomplishments, major services/products, etc. It is, without exception, excruciatingly boring. The only thing you gain out of it is that you find out a few crucial facts about the company which can help you in the interview.
All the queries regarding job profile, location of placement, and other HR related stuff are addressed. So if the company is offering an IT job but you want to go only in the core electronics sector, better not sit for the company. They also tell you about the “service bonds” the company has.
E.g. TCS and L&T have a 2 year bond, i.e. if you leave the job before completion of the bond period you have to pay a fine of Rs. 50000/-.
Some companies like Philips might not make you sign a bond. Such companies are preferred by people who are sure that they will have to leave their job for higher studies.
- This is where the first eliminations will begin – the aptitude tests. 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 practice. 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, probability are difficult. So skip them! But at the same time, make sure you’re very good at cracking all the other types of questions.
- Aptitude tests consist of basic problems in quantitative ability, logical reasoning and verbal ability. Google the past aptitude test question papers of the respective company, and solve those for practice. Generally, it is seen that the questions do tend to repeat.
- Books by RS Agrawal are good for preparation but it is not necessary to solve the entire book. Generally, these tests are easy and just require logic to crack them.
Group Discussion (GD)
- Not all companies take a GD, for e.g. there is no GD for Accenture. However, you will find that many of the companies with high packages take a GD. GD is usually between 6 to 8 candidates. There will be a panel of 3 or so ‘experts’ monitoring you throughout and the duration is usually 20 min. They give you marks on the basis of your content and conduct.
- In this Round Students must has to Discuss on the General Topic. Recruiter Will see the Presence of Mind, Problem Solving and other skills in the GD. Students Must concentrate on the Current Affairs to crack in Group Discussions. The Best way is Good English Paper.
- Students should not wait until another Person Stats the Topic.
- He/She Should Start the Topic and has to Continue the Topic.
- Students must Speak in English only.
Interview is the final step in the selection process. Usually, the companies have a single interview in which they ask technical as well as personal questions. However, there can be separate interviews also.
- Personal Interview:
The typical questions asked in this interview are:
- Tell me something about yourself.
- Why do you want to join this company?
- Are you willing to work in any office of the company across the country?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Why should we select you?
All the questions would invariably fall in one of the above type.
- Technical Interview:
Some companies ask what your strong subjects are beforehand, while some might ask about anything under the sun. Nevertheless, the best strategy would be to prepare two subjects thoroughly and tell the interviewer that those are your area of interests if you find that you have no clue about what he is asking.
Most of the companies would be IT related so brush up on the computer languages. Generally they ask only basic questions so revise C++ and JAVA. Also microcontrollers are a favorite topic of the interviewers.Note:
Some companies like Amdocs may ask you to execute a program in some language. Microsoft has a written technical test.