After spending several years studying a particular course, students are often required to spend several more months searching for the right job. It is here where campus placements come to the rescue by giving students the much-needed early start in their careers. Campus placements which serve as a popular mode of recruitment for companies are conducted in college campuses all over the country.
Campus Placements are carried out on an extensive basis for hiring in the Engineering and Management streams in jobs India. Big IT firms like Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Infosys and Cognizant are known to do a major portion of their hiring through campus placements. In the IT sector, graduates are recruited for a range of roles –Application and development, Design, Network Security, Coding, Testing, Delivery, Consultant, etc.
What you need to know about Campus Placements
Campus Placements usually take place in the final year though there are educational institutions that are known to arrange them in the penultimate year of the course.
The entire Campus recruitment is carried out at the behest of an in-house placement cell. They serve as the first point of contact for any company looking to hire prospective candidates from a particular college.
Campus drives usually take place over the entire period of a year though it is more common to see them happening during the latter semester.
Interested companies themselves finalize the list of candidates to be interviewed in consultation with the placement cell.
Companies may choose to conduct an orientation program within the college campus highlighting the salient features of their organization. Students should make sure to attend these programs as it provides a great insight into organizational culture and work practices.
Campus Selection Process
The selection process differs from company to company but usually consists of three parts – Written Assessment, Group Discussion followed by Personal Interview. The written test is divided into two parts: The Aptitude Test and Technical Test. The Aptitude test consists of numerical, quantitative and verbal sections, and allows the company to make a general assessment of the student’s general problem solving ability. The Technical test, on the other hand, checks the candidate’s knowledge in a particular domain.
Group Discussion helps companies assess a candidate’s ability to fluently articulate his views and opinions on a particular subject. It helps gauge a prospective candidate’s thinking and problem-solving ability as part of a group. Group Discussions can last anywhere between 20 minutes to an hour or more depending on the size of the group and the topic being discussed.
The personal interview again consists of HR and technical round. The HR interview is meant to make an assessment of the candidate’s soft skills and determining whether he/she is a right fit for the company. During the Technical Interview, the candidate is grilled on domain knowledge. Students are expected to have sound technical knowledge in order to clear this most crucial part of the interviewing process. Following the HR and Technical Interview, a final round of interview may still be carried out to determine overall eligibility of the candidate for the required vacancy.