CHASE IT, ACE IT!

Right from the time we start our Engineering, we aim for working with MNCs with a handsome package. Well, as we know the journey is not a Limo ride!! So here are some prerequisite steps that we need to take based on the general recruitment procedures that most of the companies follow.  

 

  • CGPA : THE GATEPASS!!

 

Being so fascinated by 3 idiots we engineers would keep on saying our favorite line “skills matter and marks don’t”. Yes it’s true but sadly we have to follow the system.  Most of the companies don’t allow you to appear for the first round itself if your CGPA is below 7. So if you’re below that then there’s no way you can appear for the recruitment procedure.(unless you hack into their system and get yourself enrolled! Just kidding..Please DON’T!).  

 

  • Aptitude and Reasoning

 

The first filtering round consists of MCQs that include quant, verbal, critical reasoning and all sort of logical questions that test your problem solving skills in given limited time. The most important thing here is to figure out how many “correct” questions you can attempt in less time. Most of the candidates can’t attempt all the questions but making the correct question choice and investing your time for that is what matters. Although it sounds easy, trust me you’re going to require a lot of practice.  I know it’s tough to prepare for these along with all the assignments and stuff that we are compelled to do. But a little effort everyday will easily help you prepare for this. The Struggle is Real but so are the fruits!

 

  • Group Discussion

 

Working with groups is perhaps the most important parameter of career success. So these are the four main areas tested in your GD:

 

  • Content: It is misunderstood with “memorizing facts and figures”. But it’s all about knowledge, logical arguments and in depth understanding of various issues.
  • Communication skills: It  is a two-way process, and here the role of the listener is critical. Unless you listen to others, you cannot figure out whether he or she has understood you and so the points you make may not fit in with points made by others. You also need the ability to: Express your ideas in a clear and concise manner, Build on others’ points and Sum up the discussion made by the entire group.
  •  Group dynamics: It tests your behavior as well as your influence on the group. Formal language and mutual respect are obvious requirements. You should be willing to listen and discuss various points of view and avoid taking strong views in beginning. In case you disagree with someone, it has to be polite and it is preferable to put forward your point of view politely in such cases. It should not be a direct attack or look like more of a dispute rather than a discussion.
  • Leadership: One of the most common misconceptions about leadership is that it is all about controlling the group. But actually it’s all about giving direction to the group in terms of content. Initiating the discussion and suggesting a path on which the group can continue to discuss are core points of evaluating leadership qualities.
  • Interview: Leaving the best of us trembling with nerves!

 

Basically there are two types of interviews. One is technical and the other is HR.

Technical interview:

  • It is conducted to assess your technical ability, usually related to the technical knowledge required for the role and the organization you wish to work for.
  • Some questions might focus less on technical knowledge, more on how you think. This might involve being asked a few brainteasers or undertaking a numerical reasoning test.
  • They’ll be looking at how articulate and personable you are and how well you can explain and analyze things. They’re not only looking for a correct answer, but how you reach that answer. They might be testing your reasoning and analytical skills, as well as whether you can think laterally and creatively.
  • Another thing they might be assessing is how well you handle pressure. When faced with a difficult question, do you crumble under the pressure or can you rise above the challenge is how they evaluate you.
  • PRO TIP: At the end of the interview, you might want to ask the interviewer the answer to the question or how THEY might have solved the problem. If anything, it shows a willingness to learn.

HR interview:

Here they judge you as a person. It is estimated that 80% of the interview is made up of behavioral questions. There is a common set of questions included and here is a link where you can go through them. https://www.tutorialspoint.com/hr_interview_questions/behavioral_questions.htm

 The most common question asked in a interview is “Tell me something about yourself”. It is pretty obvious that you can’t speak for more than few minutes. But the trick here is to end your answer at a point from which you expect the question. In most of the cases the interviewer picks up the last lines you said and asks questions related to it. So act smart!

It is advisable to prepare basic points on all the common questions that are asked prior to the interview. This might help you answer with more confidence.

So these were the general steps involved in recruitments along with preferable approach to deal with them. All the best!!

-Ruchika Joshi

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India’s Growing Soft Skills

LAUNCH OF SOUTH ASIA SATELLITE: SIGN OF GROWING INDIA’S SOFT POWER

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on 5 May 2017 successfully launched the communication and broadcasting spacecraft- South Asia Satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh.

The project involves six countries of the region- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Maldives- and is an outcome of India’s intention to leverage its supremacy in the space sector for deepening external relations.

Instances of India’s presence in science and technology fields at the global level:

  • Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme: India has become the part of a bilateral programme which has the aim to touch 161 developed and underdeveloped countries in Asia, Africa, East Europe, Latin America as well as the Pacific and Small Island countries.
  • India’s membership in ITER: The ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) is an experimental fusion reactor being constructed presently at Cadarache, in the South of France. It’s a step towards future production of electricity from fusion energy. ITER-India is the Indian Domestic Agency(DA), formed with the responsibility of contribution to ITER.

Benefits to India:

The potent mixture of diplomacy and leadership status in cutting edge technologies has been helpinf India in following ways:

  • Membership in multilateral institutions: India has become the 35th full time member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). Further India’s aspirations to join other influential institutions such as Nuclear Supplies Group (NSG), Wassenar Arrangement and Australia Group is based on India’s expertise in nuclear and related sensitive technologies.
  • Trade Relations: Leadership in state of the art technologies helps the country in giving greater depth to foreign trade. Enhanced services exports, including the launch of satellites of other countries, in recent years gave a boost to India’s export earnings.
  • Growing India’s Prestige: The USA has selected India for the Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) Mission, Spaceward Bound Programme on the basis of India’s achievements in the space sector. Similarly, Russia agreed to partner with India on the development of 5th generation fighter plane.
  • Technology Transfer: For instance, the recently proposed Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO-India) project aims to move one advanced LIGO detector from Hanford, the USA to India. This technology transfer has become a reality because of India’s expertise in ‘Gravitational Waves’ detection.
  • Strengthening Strategic Relations: India’s ability to develop cost-effective technologies will help in strengthening bilateral and multilateral ties.

Conclusion:

India’s ability to leverage the achievements in various fields of science and technology to nurture its soft power, and in some instances its hard power, is a sign of India’s growing prestige across the world.

The Pregnant King

Devdutt Pattnaik is an Indian physician turned leadership consultant, mythologist, author and communicator who has written over 600 articles and 30 books on the areas of myth, religion, mythology and management. He also has a show called “Devlok with Devdutt Pattnaik” on Epic channel. A few of his noteworthy works on the relevance of sacred stories, symbols and rituals in modern times, are Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu MythologyJaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the MahabharataSita: An Illustrated Retelling of the RamayanaBusiness Sutra: An Indian Approach to ManagementShikhandi: And Other Tales they Don’t Tell You. 

The Pregnant King is his first book in fiction. The story revolves around the Turuvasus of Vallabhi. The events take place in parallel with the war of Mahabharata. It is the story of a childless king, Yuvanashva. He worshipped the gods and begged them for a child. One day, an act of cruelty transformed his life forever.

This story is about a man who longs to be addressed as ” a mother ” by his child. “What sounds sweetest, being called Mother or being called Father?” It’s about a princess who is a king at heart and yet can never be respected as one just because she was a woman. It is about Shikhandi who inspite of being a woman was raised as a man. It is about Yaksha who gave up his manhood to help Shikhandi prove to the world that he was man enough. It is about 2 boys, Sumedha and Somvat who later turned to husband and wife under the names, Sumedha and Somvati who were killed just because the society was not able to accept their choices.

The basic idea of the story is not just about how a king fathers a child and rules over his kingdom. The story explores the conflict between desire and social obligations. The concept of gender of a person. What about the flesh? Is it just about the birth and lineage? What about the soul? The imperfection of human condition amd our stubborn refusal to make room for all those in between is what Pattnaik portrays rather beautifully.

“That’s what they were. Vehicles of an idea. Two ideas. No. One idea, two expressions. Two halves of the same idea. Mutually interdependent. Because within you is your soul, Adi-natha as Shiva, silent, observant, still. Around you is matter, Adi-natha as Shakti, ever-changing, enchanting, enlightening, enriching, empowering.”

It is definitely a 5/5 read!

– Mansi Ambalam