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.
- 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.
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!!