How to Prepare for College Placement


How to Prepare for College Placement? | Tips for Placement Interview

Every little step that you take in your life, lead to the road to success in your career. A step-by-step list of guidance for your preparation tips and strategies for campus-placement.

Aptitude-Test-

The first formative-test in a campus-placement exercise is a skill-assessment test in the form of aptitude-gathering exercise. It might be pen-paper exercise or computer-aided test, all these require preparation in right stream to execute one flawlessly. Five basic steps for preparation:

Knowing what you're being tested for. Generally, aptitude tests and skill-assessment exercises cover the areas like Communication-Skills, Logical-Reasoning, Quantitative-Ability and Domain-Knowledge. The understanding of these areas earlier is done in the perspective of AMCAT-test, syllabus, sample-papers, etc. But now, first know why you're taking the test and from your assessments, what combination of traits will be best translated for you. Then move next.

Gather opinion by talking with experience test-takers who already gone through this exercise for the company or the role slated for you. Individually, each company looks for dominance in a particular trait like Learnability.

For all these skill-assessments, run a practice by accessing different mock-tests, go through the feedback report and conscious your effort in improving the recurring weaknesses. Along with online skill-assessment also consider resources like Practise-Set books, practise-papers and sample-papers.

Different technical and non-technical companies give different weightage to skill-assessment modules. But always be aware that your core competency subject, will remain at the centre for your chance to move for round-two.

As most of the mock-tests and exercises ends-up giving score-aggregates and feedback-outlines, so go through them in depths, take notes and work on them accordingly. Then refine your answers accordingly.

Group-Discussion:-

In campus placement exercise, group-discussions round is where, the interviewer(s) are mainly observing a set of candidates, to find out how they react in situations and communicating over their convictions in problem-solving mode. So, prepare to work on aspects like:

Thought-clarity i.e., comprehension of a situation, working through a logical argument and adequately presenting it, are the three traits that are showcased. Doing it requires constant work on your thinking processes and solution-based thinking approach. It takes time to build, so start with treaties like critical-thinking approach and moving towards an analysis-based approach in real-life.

Working on communication skills by giving a clear presentation of your ideas and thought process. Keep factors in mind like your audiences, the problem you're discussing, language presentation of your communication, benefited party from solution and how you impact them and the salient points raising by everyone.

Comprehension addressing the issue doesn't mean presenting your viewpoint only. It's mind-sharing, a conversation, aimed to come up with the best possible solution to the situation. So, you need to take mental kind-of notes immediately, by acknowledging that everyone has something important to say. So, take your cues from all of them and build your responses accordingly.

Panel-Interview:-

With group-discussion, it interchangeably used as a screening-round. You'll be facing a group of interviewers who will interact with you. It can be a test of your situational-awareness, thought-clarity, communication and judgement skills. So, to prepare for this:

Work on a clear-thinking pattern by exercising clarity on thoughts.

Work on interview preparation tips, as you cannot mug-up everything and an interview is an honest reflection of yours. In a panel interview, you'll be judged on your response to a few open-ended questions, how you mentally reviewing and prepare to answer it.

Safeguard against your common interview mistakes like Inadequate research, Body-language missteps, Non-verbal cues, Inadequate communication skills and Personal presentation.

Technical-Round:-

It's a specific interview/assessment or presentation for showcasing the strength of your core and what you exactly bring to the job at hand. So, it's a sum-total of all the preparations you do for campus-placements. The step-by-step guide to working it:

Do background-research on the company by going through the areas/domains the company works-on and the common challenges it can face in terms of its products/services and their executions. So, dive in Quora, Glassdoor and other sources or its closest competitors for interview experiences of the company. Always brush on the products it offers.

Often, you'll be asked to code/work on the solution to a technical problem. Apart from arriving at a solution, it should be clear and comprehensible. So, work on multiple practise-sets like Q&A Trivia Sessions, Take Home Coding Challenges, Pair Programming and Whiteboarding.

Practise with Mock-AI for your interview strength because technical-interview is a format conducted face-to-face, online on video/telephonically.

HR-Interview:-

Here you've to convince the HR-personnel as they check if you're the best fit for the role at hand. So, for preparation:

Do background research on the company and showcase how much involved and enthusiastic you're on the opportunity.

Prepare for common interview questions, as it counts your work on your responses.

Keep things in order by putting together the documents, your attire, running through your notes and bring-up the positive-attitude.

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