February is the time around which placements start. So, we have got you some tips as to how to bang on in those 10 minutes!
Different companies have their own criterions, some go for cgpa eligibility, exams, group discussions, and most will have an interview, definitely. The earlier rounds is where you can show how knowledgeable you are and what the college taught you.
The group discussion rounds are where the company wants to know that you can raise your voice and have an opinion. Here, you opinion does not matter as much as how you put it forward!
Keep your calm. Do not take anything or any comment personally. It is a forum for discussion. Nobody’s views are writing history. So, let everybody put forth their point of view.
Do not shout. This may prove against you.
And yes, if you contradict on somebody’s thoughts, this is your time, you can say it! Then, come the interviews. Here, your company wants to know who you are, what is your background and are you as are person, healthy of their organisation. The initial 5-7 minutes which are normal discussion, are where the company wants to know who are you. Then, it proceeds further, unless for the few people who the company feels are not fit for their organisation.
Then comes you cgpa, which will be a question only if its low, and low in the industry will be something around 6 and below. They’d ask you why is it so? And saying that it was because you had a bad impression on your faculty is the worst answer. Even if you strongly feel so, never say it!
And now, the company wants to look for your work. Now, different companies look for some specialisation! Some would want to see if you are good at illustrations, or handwork, or graphics, or colours, or your idea generation, etc. Show them the best you have in what they are looking for. Showing other work will not make a difference.
A portfolio is your ultimate friend. A good portfolio may get you a job even after a bad cgpa, and a bad one may not get you selected, even after a good cgpa. Your work is all that matters in the end, and which is shown by your portfolio. So, that is something, to be worked upon, with a lot of thought into it !
Now, some general points that might help you out!
When going for placements, go with a firm mind as to what are you looking for: what company, or designer, what job profile, your expected salary, etc. And also, make a portfolio accordingly.
Shortlist already and apply only where you want to.
Sit for interviews. If nothing else, they will give you ‘experience’. Do not think that the company needs you. Seriously, it does not. There are many students you don’t know of, and are better than you. You need the company, keep that in mind, and show them that they require you too!
The trick is that they will confuse you. Keep your mind firm in what you are saying. They want a clear thought and that is why they are confusing you.
The worst question will be’ “What salary are you expecting?” . And this will be asked for sure. Ask for an average salary, and the one that fits into the company’s budget. Give them a range, rather than an exact amount.
Be patient outside the interview rooms, if your name is on the list, you’ll be called in, definitely!
All the best!