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Important Tips for Campus Placement Drive

You are undergoing professional course like Diploma, in this competitive world, these professional course are looked upon as an assurance of getting a good job. This courses provide opportunities to participate in campus placement drives. Nowadays, companies conducting placement drive are willing to take all the skilled and talented students at first hand. So, they generally visit the campus at the earliest to select skilled students. However, most of the students don’t have the exposure and experience of campus placement drive and they are bound to feel nervous. We bring you some important tips that you should keep in mind during a campus placement drive.

Attend Company's Presentation Talk
This is the first and foremost thing to do during campus placement drive. You should never miss Company’s pre-placement talks and presentations because most of the times questions in HR interview are asked directly from what was conveyed during company’s pre-placement talk during campus placement drive. It gives you a background of what company is doing, domain in which company is working and most important, technology that company is working on. This helps you in identifying if this is the right company for you. You should note down the points that are being conveyed during the presentation such as Annual Turn Over of the company, details about CEO and other important people in Company and their employee strength, locations and product details. Never show a disinterest to the points that are conveyed during introduction sessions in placement drive. In case there is no pre placement presentation it is highly recommended that one should do through research regarding the organization’s profile on internet.

Prepare a Fresh Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Keep your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and other important documents in a professional document folder. You can carry two three copies of CV with yourself and never make a mistake of showing a Xerox copy of your CV during campus placement drive. Carry extra copies of all documents and have extra photographs as well. You must have read your CV thoroughly before sitting in placement drive.

Dress Code
Your dress will define your professionalism before the recruiters. So, never come in casual/party wear during campus placement drive. You must be in proper formals during campus placement drive. Apart from proper formals, you must also take care of your colour matching. Get yourself a proper haircut and have a clean shave before sitting in a campus placement drive. You can also use a mild deodorant but in a proper quantity.

Men's Interview Attire
  • Suit (solid colour – navy or dark grey)
  • Coordinated Long sleeve shirt
  • Belt and Tie
  • Dark socks, conservative leather shoes
  • Little or no jewellery
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Limit the aftershave
  • Neatly trimmed nails

Women's Interview Attire
  • Solid colour, conservative suit/formal wear Shirt and trouser
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Moderate shoes
  • Limited jewellery
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Sparse make-up & perfume
  • Manicured nails

Interview Etiquettes
Once you have passed all the drills and called for interview during campus placement drive, make sure you seek permission from the interviewer before entering the room. Other thing to consider before entering is keeping your mobile phone switched off. You’re sitting posture also defines your personality. Sit with a positive gesture and a confident smile on your face. It is important to be heard by your interviewer, so speak in a clean and firm voice but don’t shout on and cross question the interviewer. Make sure you never indulge in any type of argument with the interviewer or any company official in campus placement drive. Also keep an eye contact with the interviewer but don’t overdo it. Try not to give a wrong answer to any question that you don't know about and never enquire about the salary details until initiated by interviewer. You should also analyse as what role they are offering you and then take your decisions keeping growth and development in mind. Once the interview comes to an end, thank the interviewer and place the chair back to the original position making sure it's done without any noise.

You Should Know Everything about Your College, Be Positive & Stay Confident In Interview

One should know everything about His\her College that includes history and information about the governing body of the college. As you are the part of college people expect from you that you know each and everything about your college. Keeping these points into consideration during campus placement drive will help you crack any campus placement drive successfully. However, your skills and knowledge about the concepts are must for cracking placement drive.

Mock Interview / Test Preparation
As with every skill you've ever learned, you have to learn the techniques and then practice, practice, practice. A mock interview is an indispensable tool in preparing for an actual interview, and, when done well, closely monitors what you could expect during your actual interview. However, a mock interview will only be as good as the participants make it. Do your best to recreate actual interview conditions by being as formal and professional as possible. The mock interviewer should stay in character throughout the interview and the interviewee must act as though s/he is in an actual interview.

By preparing in advance of the interview, candidates can develop a stronger sense of self confidence. Mock interviews can additionally uncover problems, mistakes or mishaps for the job seeker long before the actual interview occurs. In this way, the candidate is able to work to correct these issues during the practice period, and therefore elevate his or her performance during the actual interview.

Some Preparation Tips
Prepare for the session by researching your company/industry of interest. Investigate and identify the most common industry traits sought (analytical skills, communication skills, business knowledge and problem solving).

Script answers to demonstrate your experience with these factors as well as answers to behavioural interview questions, such as "Walk me through your resume", "What made you choose to major in your Diploma Program...", "What sort of position are you looking for"? , "Where do you see yourself in two, five or ten years ..."?

  • Be prepared: Preparation boosts confidence. Practice with your friends or relatives. Read your resume before your interview. It will keep your answers fresh.
  • Be polite : Do not interrupt to the interviewer. Listen carefully to the questions being asked and then anticipate. If the interview is being conducted in a restaurant, mind your table manners. If the interviewers are serious and soft-spoken, then you should be same as interviewee. Avoid loud laughter during the interview.
  • Be positive and smile: Keep in mind that there is only one chance to make a first impression. Every company wants employees who are goal-oriented, career-driven, enthusiastic and motivated. Be the employee as they want. End the interview on a positive note. The hiring official needs to know that you are interested, enthusiastic and excited about the position and the company.
  • Don't discuss pay too early : Questions about pay in the first interview from anyone other than a temporary applicant are always bothersome. Unless the subject comes up, don't wade into the issue of the pay in the first interview.
  • Talk technically to techies only : Feel free to discuss what you know, but remember: If you are talking to a non-technical manager or human resources representative, you are not going to impress them with talk about life in the trenches. Answer questions about your education and work briefly and keep the tech comments to a minimum until you know the history of the company and the people involved in the hiring process. If you have questions about the technology in use at the site, keep your questions specific and relevant to the position for which you are applying.
  • Electronic interruption, not welcomed : Cellular phone etiquette might seem a trivial thing, especially if the human resources representative has a low tolerance for personal digital devices. Store your electronic devices in pocket, purse, or briefcase in silent mode.
  • Remember to say thank : you beyond thanking your interviewers for their time as you leave, it's vital that you follow up in written form. If the competition for a position is tight, a follow-up thank you note can mean a lot. If the manager is slow to hire, the arrival of a thank-you note can serve as a reminder about the candidate who's awaiting the manager's next move. Just after you have completed the interview, take note of anything specific you discussed and make a point of referencing it in your thank you letter.

How to Make an Effective CV
  • Every employer looks for a focused individual. You should have a clear idea of the kind of role you are looking for. Your career objective should be relevant with the job you are applying for or you are looking for.
  • If you are a fresher your key skills are very important for the employer. So you should mention your strengths and weakness in such a way that weakness also seems to be your strength e.g. I can't say NO to work.
  • Sometimes I get involved in work too much& I don't keep track of time.
  • Punctuality of time.
  • Your work experience/ Training section should include the name of the company, designation, time frame and your role. It is a better idea to represent all this information in a structured way. Please download the sample CV for fresher.
  • You are advised not to use more than two fonts in your CV. Font style and size must not be varying too much. Try to use font like Arial, Verdana, and Tahoma.
  • Educational details with the year of completion must be mentioned accurately.
  • If you have done any certification then you must mention it.
  • Honours and Awards section includes relevant academic recognitions to add extra interest to the CV.

Industry Expectations from KPS Students
Rapid and drastic changes in economic growth nowadays are creating higher demands for employability skills in the workforce. The employers have high expectations on fresh Diploma engineers to perform in their organization as soon as they are hired. Following Engineering ability skills are therefore necessary to remain competitive in market.

Skills Description
Effective Communication The ability to present ideas with confidence and effective through oral and written modes, not only with engineers but also with the community at large.
Competent in application and practice The ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools.
Interpersonal or team working skills The ability to function effectively as an individual and in a group with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member.
Engineering problem solving and decision-making skills The ability to undertake problem identification, apply problem solving, formulation and solutions.
Apply knowledge of science and engineering principles. The ability to acquire and apply knowledge of Engineering Fundamentals.
Competent in specific engineering discipline The ability to acquire in-depth technical competence in a specific engineering discipline.
Understand professional, social and ethical responsibilities The ability to understand the social, cultural, global and Environmental responsibilities of a professional engineer, and commitment to professional and ethical responsibilities.
Lifelong learning The ability to recognize the need to undertake lifelong learning& possessing / acquiring the capacity to do so.
Competency in theoretical and research approach Having the competency in theoretical and research engineering.
Entrepreneurial skills Having basic entrepreneurial skills.

KPS has developed an independent Corporate Resource Management Centre (CRMC) to train the students in tune with the changing requirements of the industry requirements. The centre has been given the responsibility to foster and nurture the student as per the requirement of the industry.

The CRMC aims at bringing corporates luminaries to guide the students with valuable insight and inputs from the employer perspective, thus enabling the students to be industry ready.

CRMC focuses on inculcating the right attitude needed by students to remain competitive. It gives them general awareness of the current trends and career opportunities. The objective is achieved by organizing various structured activities like workshops, seminars industrial visits etc for the students, products and industry specific studies, consultancy projects, interdisciplinary discussions are held from time to time.
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