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By Adarsh: Campus placements are when a company visits your campus, interviews students, and then selects some from the lot. These placements ensure that the students get a job even before they complete their course. You study for four years (for graduation), and you also study for two more years (in case you opt for a post graduation) and you want all that hard work to pay off. No one really wants to not make it through the campus placements.

These days, recruiters no longer scan piles of CVís to shortlist candidates, and then interview them and give them an offer letter. They have come up with methods thatíll help them know a candidateís suitability from his performance, and not from what he has written in his CV. We all know that people lie, to some extent, in their resumes. These days, recruiters conduct aptitude tests, followed by group discussions. They use these two tests to shortlist the candidates they feel are suitable for the job. This ensures that candidates are selected on their ability and not on their academic results.

It is difficult to overcome the competition and get the job. But, there are a few tips that can help you get an edge over the others.

Donít try to put square pegs in round holes

If you are a final year engineering student, and you have specialized in Electronics and Telecommunications, then please donít go and sit for an interview for the job of a software developer. Youíll be like a fish trying to climb a tree. Try to appear for interviews for jobs thatíll use your competency well. Promises of a cushy job and a comfortable work environment will work only if you are competent for the job. If you get a job doing what you do best, your chances of excelling increase manifold as opposed to trying to be competent in a job you donít understand.

Be prepared for unconventional interviews

You must have revised all your knowledge, read newspapers and magazines, and subscribed to sites about the latest happenings in your industry. You must have picked out your lucky shirt, the pants and the tie to go with it, and must have taken great pains at accessorizing. You reach the interview, all geared up in your smart attire and mirror-polished shoes. When you go inside the hallowed room, one first question the interviewers ask you is, ďDo you think the Greek economy will be able to recover?Ē or, ďWhat is your favourite colour?Ē. These questions will definitely catch you off guard. But, you need to be mentally prepared. Accept the fact that come what may, you can never be fully prepared. There will always be something under the sun that you donít know of. Also, once you have been shortlisted for an interview, the interviewer might want to conduct the interview over Skype. Youíve got to be prepared for any eventuality.

Maintain eye contact Ė always

The interviewer has been recruited by the company for conducting interviews. That is his job. He meets almost thousands of interviewees each month and hears them blabber on about their achievements in school and college. Face it Ė the interviewer is not interested in how many times you won the 100m race. What he really wants to know is how the company will benefit from you. You must maintain eye contact with the interviewer. This shows that you have nothing to hide, and that you are confident enough to shoulder any responsibilities thatíll be thrown your way. If you keep looking down, youíll be perceived as shy and insecure. If you keep looking here and there, the interviewer will think that you are not trustworthy. Also, you are about to embark on your first job. Donít come across as a know-it-all. Show you willingness to learn. The interviewer knows that you donít know everything. But, he is ready to give you a chance provided you show potential. Show humility and a willingness to learn.

Be comfortable

You, of course, donít know everything. And if the interviewer asks you a question whose answer you donít know, tell him so. Donít sit there fidgeting nervously. It is absolutely fine to not know the answer to something. You could tell them that though you do not know the answer now, youíll go back and find it out the first thing after the interview. They donít expect you to know everything. But, what they want is someone who does not get nervous every time someone talks about something he does not know. The interviewer wants to see whether you have an open mind. Be comfortable and be yourself. Just donít overdo things.

Research, research, and research

Find out all you can about the company Ė its history, its future goals, its mission and vision, its objective, its employee base, its work culture, its financial standing Ė everything. This will help you in finding out your prospective role in the company and how your presence will be beneficial to them. You can get most of the information on the companyís website. But, for detailed information, go to the office of the company and hang around outside. Strike up conversations with the current employees and ask them what it is like to work there. That should give you a good enough idea.

Remember, it is up to you to help them form an impression of you. Donít bungle it!

About The Author

( Adarsh is the career expert @ Jombay- the jobs portal for Indians. Visit : )


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