June 19, 2021

I Did It, So Can You: A Complete Guide For Placements & Interviews

Do you often find yourself pondering about getting placed or hired in this wide range of competition? And panic after thinking continuously about it because you don’t belong to a perfect stream? Trust me! it never really matters, which stream or branch you belong to! Everything depends on you and your capabilities!
Here is a perfect and neat guide that might help you rock your interviews!

How to build a resume ?

To build your first resume is a major step in any new professional’s career. This is your opportunity to make yourself stand out in why you’re an excellent candidate and how you’ve prepared yourself to succeed in your first job. You can go through following steps for building your resume-

  1. Provide your contact information.
  2. Include a summary and objective.
  3. List your work experience.
  4. Include your education.
  5. Mention relevant skills.
  6. Include your achievements and awards.
  7. Follow a business format.
  8. Insert keywords.
  9. Go through samples.
  10. Choose a template.

Remarkable Tips To Choose From –

  • Aptitude Assessment Preparation –
    General Aptitude round plays a vital role if you are applying specially for a big MNC which offers mass recruitment drives every year. This round mostly held at first step during the recruitment process. Through this round recruiter applies a filter where most of the applicants get eliminated for the desired position.
    This round mainly checks 2 abilities –
    A) Verbal Ability – English grammar, sentence completion, verbal analogies, word groups, instructions, critical reasoning and verbal deduction.
    B) Numerical Ability – Numerical computation, numerical estimation, numerical reasoning and data interpretation.
    Here are some platforms where you can prepare for Aptitude Assessment-
    a) IndiaBix
    b) Aptipedia
    c) Lofoya
    d) M4maths
    e) Testpot
  • Communication Assessment Preparation – This round is specifically Artificial Intelligence based. It mainly includes following factors to be conducted by recruiter-
    a) Speaking Skills
    b) Listening Skills
    c) Reading Skils
    d) Writing Skills
  • Group Discussion Preparation – Get yourself as much familiar with GD topics as you can. Search through trending Group Discussion topics. Past GD topics research and regular reading of varying opinions of different topics is required to give your best in this round of recruitment. Learn to be a good listener. Learn and practice to speak effectively supported by facts and figures to make impact on the GD participants.
  • Technical Round Preparation – Technical Interviews are specialized, rigorous process that tests your coding skills, problem-solving abilities, and personality. This stage has some flexibility in how companies handle it. So first, let’s go over some of the common types of remote programming interview questions or challenges.

a) Some companies will give you a real-time monitored challenge to see how you code. Often this is done via a video interview + a web-based code editors.
b) Other companies (usually startups) may simply require you to complete an at-home assignment instead within a set time limit–usually 48 hours.
c) Really small startups may not include a remote coding challenge at all–instead bringing you in for an onsite interview immediately after the phone interview–but bigger companies often do.
d) What recruiters are looking for in this round-
1. Coding skills.
2. Testing the written code.
3.Problem-solving approach and skills.
4.Collaboration skills throughout the round.

  • HR Round Preparation – Here are some important tips you can follow for HR interviews-

a) Know the job profile you are applying for.

b) Try to match the requirements of recruiter to your resume. This will surely increase your chances of getting hired if you can justify your knowledge of the skills that match with the company’s requirement.

c) Primarily go through your resume and make sure that you have listed all important detail about you and the details listed by you is true as per your knowledge.

d) Research about the company like their achievements, tech stack they are working on etc.

e) Ask questions to yourself to prepare yourself mentally before the interview.

Noteworthy Comments To Avoid In An Interview:

An interviewee’s first and foremost goal is to get across to the interviewer so as to make them believe – why among all the other candidates, you are the most appropriate and capable one. That you have the right set of skills and abilities, a great personality, and the drive to bring about ideas and make it happen. Hence, it is extremely important for you to know what the interviewer might consider as a red flag. Below are some sayings that might save you, for not using them:

  • “I don’t know.”
  • “It’s on my resume.”
  • Overly prepared answers or cliches.
  • Never a say no to them when asked questions.
  • Never make silly excuses.
  • Don’t recite a story.
  • Dare not to use profanity!
  • “Interviews make me really nervous. No you can’t say this ever!
  • “I’m a perfectionist.” Don’t be overconfident.
  • Asking about your income, does sound impolite too!

Information about odd aspects of your personal life can make the interviewer feel awkward, which is bad for your job chances. “Have all the weird hobbies you want, but don’t share them if they’re too far out there.”

This article was written by Nachiket Labade, Vice-President of ZeroGravity and edited by Nia Gajbhiye of SKNCOE, Editor of ZeroGravity. Flyer was designed by Revan Bhonde of SKNCOE, for ZeroGravity.