Campus Interview Tip: Ignore company details at your own peril

When there is a huge stress on the nation’s economy, especially during acute recession, successfully bagging suitable and lucrative placements through campus interviews is almost like a lucky dip. Getting selected for suitable jobs in the open market is even harder, than getting selected through the route of campus Interviews.

Therefore, it is important that when you are presented with the opportunity of a campus interview, you must aim to give it your best shot and must work hard and prepare well for the interview. We will be releasing a series of articles giving useful tips and expert advice on how best to prepare for a Campus Interview. These articles come to you from experts whose combined work experience of over fifty years in large sized organizations, representing varied industries, will be of tremendous value to you. Of special significance related to HR practices is the fact that together they have interviewed more than a thousand candidates – which includes graduates and freshers, and others with varied work experience.

A basic rule for any interview is that you must know all the relevant facts about the organization for which you are being interviewed and about the particular position you are being interviewed for. In the organizations I worked for, and where I am now working, we as interviewers do reject candidates, no matter how well they did in the interview or however good their academic achievements were, if they had not put in some efforts and taken the time to know some details about the organization. It is not surprising that most companies view it as a negative aspect if a candidate has not shown some interest in knowing about the company which is likely to recruit him. It almost amounts to a lack of interest and probably even indicates lack of commitment.

One does not need to do a big research but at least get following details:

  1. > Company Name and basic details from its Website.
  2. > Which sector the company is associated with
  3. > Products or services offered
  4. > Accreditations gained (ISO, CMMI and others)
  5. > CEO and other Seniors
  6. > Work culture
  7. > Share Prices and how they have fared
  8. > Corporate and industry information from two or three years’ annual reports
  9. > Recent awards and Recognitions
  10. > Interviewers’ names and background (Google about them if you can)
  11. > Information on the Position and the JD
  12. > If you have a friend or an alumni working for that company, some more useful information from such sources.

The information you gather will be invaluable as you can to use your knowledge to good advantage during the interview process. This will certainly set you apart from other candidates and will tell the interviewers that you are genuinely interested in joining the company and that you have gone that extra mile to take a keen interest in securing the job.

Look out for the next article in this series. We are on your side, helping you in every step of the way.

Article By: Mr. Essaki muthu, HR-Manager

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