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1. Utilize career fairs at other schools
Every college’s training and placement office will like to say that it is attracting the bestcompanies to campus. This is simply not possible, as companies have limited recruiting resources, and they will pick and choose only the colleges they feel would produce the most number of qualified candidates.
What should you do if the companies you are interested in are not coming for campus recruitment in your college? In this case, in addition to attending your college’s visiting companies, consider going to another colleges’s career fair if you feel your college does not attract enough goodcompanies. Typically career fairs are open to everyone, so do not worry about that you do not attend that particular college.
2. Know The Company
Spend time to learn about the company – but not too much time. I would suggest spending 30 minutes on their web site. If the company is a publicly-traded company, find out its recent news. During the interview, the interviewer would not expect the interviewee to know everythingabout the company, but the interviewer would expect the interviewee to know the basics of thecompany, such as the industry the company is in. In fact, there is nothing that turns off theinterviewer more than having someone walking into an interview with no idea of what thecompany does. For example, if you are interviewing with Tata Motors, you should know that thecompany is in the car manufacturing business.
3. Be able to describe your project work in 2 minutes
This applies to the B.Tech students who have completed a major or minor project. The tendency for the interviewee here is to get into too much technical detail and hence spend too much time. Also, be prepared to mention what is so great about your project and what you learned from it. Remember, the interviewer will not remember the specific details. What she will remember is (1) whether you have the ability to make her understand your project in a short period of time, and (2) the level of importance of your work.
4. Admit It When You Don’t Know Something
It is usually a mistake to pretend to know something that you do not, because chances are that the interviewer will follow up with questions regarding that exact topic. If the candidate cannot answer these follow-up questions, it tells the interviewer either a) the candidate does not know his/her stuff, or b) the candidate lied about knowing the topic. Either way, it is a big turn-off.
5. Be Energetic
Interviewers, whether they are from HR or from the actual department you’ll be working, want to recruit people who are energetic. Imagine for yourself: Would you rather have someone who is always on the go or someone who looks sleepy allthe time? In addition, if a person does not show much energy during the interview, the interviewer will think, “Geez, if this person cannot get excited about an interview, how is he or she ever going to be excited about the job?”
There is one area where being energetic really pays off: Many interviewers start with the question, “Tell me aboutyourself.” If you cannot enthusiastically talk about yourself for at least five minutes or so, the interviewer will wonder if you’ll be interested in your future job for much longer.
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6. Dress well
The interviewer is dedicating his or her time for this interview, and he/she would expect the candidate to give the interview at least an equal weight. A well-dressed candidate leaves an excellent impression and projects the image that he or she really cares about this interview.
This rule applies even if you are interviewing for a company known for its casual dress policies (such as many of the internet companies). Even in such cases, dressing up cannot go wrong. I have never heard any recruiter complaining that a candidate dresses too formally for an interview. However, many a candidate has been hurt by not properly dressed for the interview.
7. Be prepared for behavorial questions
Behavorial questions are the ones that are open-ended, the ones designed to find out about your experience. This type of questions, common during mid-level interviews, have been on the rise for on-campus interviews as well. An example of the behavorial questions is, “Tell me a time when you were under extreme pressure, and how you handled it?”
Preparation makes a big difference in how you’d perform in answering this type of questions. Also, before you walk into the interview, think about the different situations that you have gone through, whether it be pledging for a fraternity (I personally find this a great one), completing a project, your part-time job, or any other situation you can think of. This way, when the questions come up, you won’t need to come up with the example right then and the
8. Do not get discouraged
After several interviews without an offer, it is easy to get discouraged. However, it is important to remember that all you need is ONE job offer. After all, you have only one body, and therefore will only have time for one full-time job.
Having said that, it doesn’t mean that you should sit back and continue doing what you have been doing. Perhaps you didn’t get to the next round because you weren’t prepared? Perhaps you didn’t dress properly? Perhaps you were unable to answer some basic questions during the interview? Think about what happened during the interview, and make sure you rectify whatever that went wrong. Better yet, find someone who is already in the work force to give you a mock interview, and see what the feedback is.