Preparing for campus placement is the initial step in preparing for a professional life ahead.
Campus placement paves a path for a better professional career ahead, hence campus placement preparation holds significance.
In this blog, we shall discuss ideal & effective ways to prepare for campus placements.
What is Campus Placement?
Campus placement is simply defined as a recruiting program that is conducted in various universities & institutions with the intent to provide jobs to students who are nearing completion of their respective courses.
The main objective of campus recruitment is to identify & recruit desirable & efficient workforce at the early stage itself.
These candidates are further trained as per the requirements of the company.
Campus placement not only reduces the time & effort of students in finding their desired jobs at an individual level.
It also opens a wide range of opportunities for candidates to excel in the field of their interest right after completion of their studies.
How to Prepare for Campus Placements?
Many students do not take campus placement preparations too seriously. However, for most this proves to be a big mistake.
We hope that you are not amongst those!
Campus placement has generally have the following stages.
- Skill assessment test
- Group discussion
- Panel interview round
- Technical test
- General HR round
Skill Assessment test
Skill assessment is usually an aptitude-based test that helps in determining the reasoning & analytical quotient of a candidate.
This test usually consists of multiple-choice aptitude-based questions which need to be solved by a pen on a paper.
Skill assessment tests usually consist of a few sections such as communication skills, logical reasoning, quantitative ability & knowledge about your field.
Here are a few tips for aptitude preparations for placements.
- Solve random aptitude-based tasks constantly & consistently.
- Gather previous aptitude test papers & solve them to get hands-on experience.
- Talk to professionals/seniors in your domain & ask for relevant tips.
- Don’t shy away from taking feedback.
- Work with resources such as Practice set books, sample papers & practice papers.
- Acquire in-depth knowledge of your core field as much as you can.
Group discussion is primarily a campus placement-based exercise. This is an exercise that helps a recruiting manager analyze each individual during a group discussion & identify their problem-solving abilities as per the situation provided.
Preparing for group discussion during a campus placement drive is paramount.
Here are a few tips to prepare for a group discussion more effectively.
1. Be clear
What is the topic, how to present it & the structure of your argument should be clear in your head before you start the discussion.
Think rationally before starting the discussion & always adopt a solution-based approach rather than constantly talking about only the problem with no solutions.
2. Sharpen Your Communication Skills
One of the most important aspects of a group discussion has to be communication skills.
To have an edge over the rest of the candidates, it’s paramount that your communication skills are well polished.
The best way to sharpen one's communication skills is by reading or speaking consistently.
Gather a group of friends around & practice for your group discussion ahead.
3. Take charge
The whole idea of group discussion is to identify the best amongst the lot, hence the importance of being seen is huge.
However, being relevant & being seen are two completely different things.
It is for each candidate to take charge of the discussion right from the start while being relevant all the while.
Take clues from what other candidates are talking about & add in wherever you feel is apt. Be quick to respond but in a more professional manner, respecting everyone’s point of view.
Tip: You can note down relevant points to retain the facts and present better arguments.
Panel Interview Round
As the name suggests, a panel interview is a round wherein a panel of professional recruiting managers interview a potential candidate face to face.
This is more professional than an aptitude or group discussion round.
This is the first time a candidate has one-on-one communication with professionals of a company.
This round determines whether the candidate’s application should be moved forward or not. Hence, the importance of this round is much higher.
A major chunk of campus placement preparations is concentrated on panel interview preparations.
Here are a few ways you can prepare for your panel interview round.
1. Gain Confidence
Confidence is a must-have trait when it comes to a panel interview round.
Practice for panel interview by asking friends or family to take your interview.
Ask for feedback once an interview is over & work on it to get better.
2. Clarity of Thought
Be clear in your head about all the generic questions which are usually asked during an interview. Some of these questions can be: take us through your profile, why do you want to join our company , where do you see yourself 5 years from now, etc.
3. Research well
Before appearing for a panel interview, make sure you have researched well about the company, the position they are offering, the values of the firm & so on.
While preparing for campus placement, candidates usually take researching technical aspects of their domain lightly.
However, no matter how good you may be with everything else, if you are lacking in the technical field then the chances of you getting through are almost nil.
Rather than just relying on theoretical knowledge you may have gained, make sure you also read about technological advancements in your field across the world.
Deep dive & read about innovations in your field which are used or still are believed to come in near future.
Find out from various platforms online which all technical questions are usually asked during an interview in that respective firm.
Identify the most asked questions & prepare well in advance for such questions.
Your seniors who work in that specific or relevant company can help you understand their interview process, so reach out to them & understand the hiring process in detail.
HR Interview Round
An HR interview round is considered to be a basic communication round wherein the HR asks generic questions related to the candidate's resume, tries to understand their personality and gauge if the candidate is a good fit for the company.
These may be questions on why the candidate wants to join that organization , what is the salary expectation of the candidate, etc.
Campus placement is considered to be the first leap towards the transition of a student to a working professional and can be stressful for many.
The right attitude & right preparation are what make an individual stand out from the rest.
Hence, make sure you are well prepared for your upcoming campus placements.
We wish you all the best.