How to Prepare for Placements?

One of the many things that keep confronting us is how are our placements going to be like. Ever since we complete school and start a search for good colleges, we pay special attention to how the placements are going to be like, what are the companies that hire and how are packages that they offer. We prepare for entrances to get into good colleges to learn and land a pleasant offer to financially secure ourselves, our dreams to get the best placement that is being offered is generally experienced by all of us.

Placements, no matter how many times we have heard it and no matter how many times we take advises seeming intimidating to students, especially if you are an introvert and have not mastered the art of articulation which means- most of us. We have curated a list of things that you need to check before appearing for interviews and cracking those placements.

8 Tips to Prepare for Placements

1. Read and Research About The Company

The most important thing that you need to ensure that you have done enough research on the companies that you will be applying to. This research includes the ownership of the company, their motto, the kind of practice they indulge it, their origin story, their expansion and what values they propagate. Too thorough, oneself with the company’s policies and values can help you in aligning your experiences and aspirations with the same while explaining your job application or any other question. 

2. Research and Read About The Job 

The companies come up with different job profiles and roles while looking for recruits in colleges or any other similar institutions. When the process of placement starts, usually the students experience havoc and get confused between companies and the multiple roles they are hiring for. Therefore, it is very important to familiarize yourself with all the roles and prevent confusion in the incoming interview. Once you introduce yourself with the roles, you will also be able to cut down on what is suitable and preferable to you.

3. Prepare Your Resume Properly

Even before you open your mouth to tell your name, the panelists have formed an opinion on you based on the Resume that you have presented on their table. This single piece of paper speaks volumes for you. Your qualifications, achievements and experiences have all mentioned the paper which makes them form a primary opinion on you. The way you have chosen to present the details, starting from resume profile to the ending where you mention hobbies also plays a crucial role in what kind of opinion they are forming, therefore, it is essential to put relevant information professionally.

4. Scale-up Your Aptitude and Logical Reasoning

There are many ways to judge your aptitude and logical reasoning and interviews are one of them. People, most of the time, remain under the impression that logical reasoning and aptitude are only judged in examinations which is a false claim. During the whole process of the interview, the panelists are looking at your logical reasoning, aptitude and problem-solving ability. They might put complex problems in a simple way or through a different type of question; you have to play smart and showcase that you honestly possess logical reasoning and problem-solving ability. It can be a deal-breaker and help you land your dream job.

5. Perfect Your Communication Skill

Communication is the key that fits every lock, not just the placement interview. It is going to come handy in every space you try to enter be it any new college, job or city. You are going to impress others with what you say and believe if you possess impeccable communication skill. If you lack communication skill, even the best of your answers are not going to help you in cracking the placement. Therefore, it is very much crucial to hone your communication skill.

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6. Revise What You Have Learnt

Although interviews and group discussions held in placements are hardly about your academic qualifications, the panelists might throw a few textbook questions here and there to test your knowledge and presence of mind. Therefore, it becomes essential to brush up the knowledge that you have gathered in your college years. If you cannot go through all the textbooks, at least try to be as thorough as possible with the basics of your course and the academic knowledge required for the job. 

7. Appear Confident and Approachable

The most crucial aspect of your personality is judged not by your academic qualifications and experiences, but how to are presenting yourself in the interview. Face to face interaction with the employee is very much preferred by the panelists to see how confident they sound and how do they approach challenging situations. They might through complex questions and situations in front of you to check your adaptability. It is impossible to know everything about a subject, and the panelists are also very much aware of this fact, therefore, if you don’t know something, don’t hesitate to speak so.

Speak politely and clearly that you don’t have any idea, it is better than fumbling giving wrong answers which depicts nothing but negligence on your part. On the other hand, if you declare that you don’t possess the knowledge and refrain from speaking ahead, the panelists will know that you know the consequences and follow up by saying that you will ask for help, to your mentor, your senior or any other person who might hold the expertise, even your junior. Indeed, this will provide you with brownie points.

8. Be Ready for Twists and Turns But Stay Calm

Panelists might through complex questions in a twisted way, don’t forget to take your time, contemplate and then give your answer. Don’t doubt yourself if you are very well aware of the concept and don’t go with false fumbling and mumbling if you are not. Cracking the placement interview is all about the right mixture of confidence, humility and openness to learning.

I hope these tips will help you to prepare for your placement effectively. If you have any queries, then feel free to mention the comment section below.

All the best.

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