101 Campus Interview Tips

Campus Interview

  • Getting your name across (blogging/articles/Research papers)
  • Tip 1 : Market yourself by writing blogs on the subject that you know well
  • Tip 2 : Publish research papers. Very very few students do this. In our experience out of 10000+ candidates only less than 10 take this initiative. In other words if you publish research paper, you are among the top 0.001
  • Tip 3 : Write articles on topics that you are interested and that is related to your future jobs
  • Tip 4 : Participate in inter-college presentations/seminars and debates and market it
  • Tip 5 : Write in journals/papers and social media
  • Networking
  • Tip 6 : Use LinkedIn and connect with potential employees
  • Tip 7 : Don’t Spam
  • Tip 8 : In LinkedIn post relevant messages in the GROUPS that is relevant to your future jobs
  • Tip 9 : Facebook and Twitter are just not for social. Use it effectively and sensibly
  • Tip 10 : Use Facebook and Twitter to discuss about the topic of your interest
  • Tip 11 : Lot of potential employees may check your social media profiles, so be sensible in using it
  • Tip 12 : Remember your digital footprint may be viewed by anyone. Don’t abuse it
  • Getting your CV prepared
  • Tip 13 : Make sure your CV has only relevant and correct details
  • Tip 14 : Never include an information in your CV that you can’t prove
  • Tip 15 : Never lie in your CV
  • Tip 16 : Make sure your expertise or the subject that you have good knowledge are highlighted
  • Tip 17 : Make sure you could answer all the points that you have included in your CV. If you are not sure then don’t include it
  • Tip 18 : Your CVs should be in a standard format that your college requires or your employees require. Portal like ours, http://www.campusinteraction.com, generates standard templates
  • Tip 19 : Try and avoid lengthier CVs. Optimum size should be 2 to 3 pages
  • Choosing your right Job
  • Tip 20 : Apply for jobs that are relevant to the subject you have chosen or the knowledge/expertise you have
  • Tip 21 : Don’t apply for jobs that you have no interest or you don’t have any knowledge. You not only lose your confidence and reputation but may also deny opportunity for other students and may lower your college reputation. In doubt, consult your placement cell
  • Tip 22 : It is easier to be placed via a campus interview than in the open market after your graduation, so try and apply for jobs that are available but make sure the jobs are relevant to your subject of expertise/knowledge
  • Tip 23 : Apply for a job as soon as your placement cell make it available
  • Placement Cells are to help but don’t expect them to do your job
  • Tip 24 : Remember your placement cell or your college or training providers are there to guide you. Don’t expect them to do your job
  • Tip 25 : You need to work with, not against, your placement cell in order for them to help you
  • Tip 26 : Don’t expect your college to maintain the same placement record every year. It greatly varies based on market requirement
  • Tip 27 : Don’t try to cheat or lie to your placement cell. It spoils your college and your reputation
  • Tip 28 : Don’t expect your placement cell to spoon feed you. You are a grown up adult and you can get all the help you need via internet
  • Online/Paper tests
  • Tip 29 : Prepare for tests using several thousand online mock tests available in portal like ours, www.campusinteraction.com
  • Tip 30 : Most companies will have test on your aptitude and on verbal analytics. Prepare for them well
  • Tip 31 : You never know how campus placement opportunities would be in the year that are graduating, so don’t take chances and prepare from year 1 to do better than not only your college peers but also students from other colleges
  • Tip 32: Be consistent in taking these mock exams at least once a week from year 1
  • Tip 33 : Don’t try to by heart the answers. Understand the concepts. There are functionality available in portal like ours to seek help
  • Tip 34 : Take mock test on company question papers as well
  • Tip 35 : Try and compare your score against your fellow students
  • Tip 36 : Try to participate in competition to get better at taking the exam and to test your nerve. Getting a certificate or a prize in competition will also look great on your CV
  • Tip 37 : During the test, don’t try to cheat
  • Tip 38 : If the online test platform doesn’t behave well, immediately inform the supervisor in the hall with a proof
  • Tip 39 : Use your mock test to time your test to help keep up your time in the real test
  • Tip 40 : Make sure you read the question thoroughly and understand well before answering questions
  • Tip 41 : Don’t try to copy the test or don’t try to help your friends during the exam. This may result in you getting black listed for all your campus interviews
  • Tip 42 : Don’t try to capture the question papers using digital media or through other means. This may result in you getting black listed for all your campus interviews
  • NAC Test
  • Tip 43 : NAC Test are mandatory in order to attend campus interviews for many organisations
  • Tip 44 : Take mock NAC Test in portal such as www.campusinteraction.com
  • Tip 45 : Try and take all NAC Tests to better your chances of a company calling you for further interviews
  • Researching about companies
  • Tip 46 : Ignore company information at your own peril
  • Tip 47 : Try and get as much information about the company that interviews you as possible
  • Tip 48 : Try and focus on the role that company is hiring you and get relevant information about that role in the company website or in the internet
  • Tip 49 : Try and get as much information about the industry that the company is in as possible
  • Tip 50 : Try to maintain a log book with these information and revise just before the interview
  • Researching about interviewer
  • Tip 51 : If you know the interviewer(s) name, google and find as much as possible
  • Tip 52 : Try and use linkedin to connect with the interviewer but don’t spam
  • Tip 53 : Try and get the interviewers (senior interviewer and junior interviewer) hierarchy from your placement cell
  • Tip 54 : During the interview, try and give equal attention to all interviewers but focus bit more on the senior interviewer
  • Group Discussion
  • Tip 55 : In GD, Try to start the topic of discussion
  • Tip 56 : Be polite at the same time be confident and assertive
  • Tip 57 : Don’t be aggressive when you speak
  • Tip 58 : It is important you don’t interrupt when others speak
  • Tip 59 : Don’t insult others or put down their views
  • Tip 60 : Depending on where the interviewer sit, adjust your voice pitch. Make sure the interviewer(s) hear you very clearly. Being more audible is better than being feeble
  • Tip 61 : Make sure you talk relevant to the topic
  • Tip 62 : Make sure you are sitting upright and your hands are in the front
  • Tip 63 : Your body language is important. See articles on body language in websites like our www.campusinteraction.com and check
  • Tip 64 : Try to conclude the GD by consolidating everyone’s view
  • Face to face
  • Tip 65 : Never turn up late for a face to face interview. If you get delayed for some reason, call your placement cell and inform them as early as possible
  • Tip 66 : During Face to Face, always knock the door and ask for permission before getting into the cabin
  • Tip 67 : Be polite in your answers but be assertive
  • Tip 68 : If you understand the relevance of the question but don’t know the exact answer try and answer the concept or the logic but inform the interviewers that you don’t know the exact answer but you will try and answer the concept or the logic
  • Tip 69 : If you don’t a clue about the question it is better to say no rather than giving a completely incorrect answer
  • Tip 70 : Make an eye contact with the interviewer
  • Tip 71 : Reply to the interviewer who asks you the question and don’t try to ignore him/her and don’t answer without looking at him/her
  • Tip 72 : Focus, Focus and Focus. The interview may not last for long so all your focus and attention should be on the interview
  • Tip 73 : If you don’t get the question or understand the question politely ask the interviewer to repeat the question
  • Tip 74 : It is not appreciated to ask for salary details in the interview but never ever post that as your first question
  • Tip 75 : Always prepare list of questions you have to ask after the interview. It should be focused on your role and about the company and your career
  • Tip 76 : Prepare for list of common HR questions. These are available in portal such as www.campusinteraction.com (under career resources after you login)
  • Tip 77 : Don’t forget to thank the interviewer before leaving the interview room
  • Tip 78 : Never bring recommendation or political influence in the interview. It will work completely against you no matter how well you have done
  • Tip 79 : Never put down your college or your professors or your peers in an interview
  • Presentation
  • Tip 80 : Presentation has to be concise, clear and to the point
  • Tip 81 : Don’t include too many text in your presentation material
  • Tip 82 : Use Microsoft Power Point for your presentation
  • Tip 83 : Interviewers know how to read, so don’t just read what is there in the screen, explain it in detail
  • Tip 84 : Try to use the black board to explain a concept if one is provided
  • Tip 85 : Don’t try to evade questions. Try to answer as much as you can
  • Tip 86 : Better to be audible than feeble so talk loudly
  • Tip 87 : If there is someone in the interview panel, who asks lot of questions or who tries to make things difficult for you, don’t avoid him. Make eye contact and answer his/her questions in clear tone
  • Standard HR questions
  • Tip 88 : Make sure you prepare for standard HR questions before the interview
  • Tip 89 : You can get list of standard HR questions from portal such as www.campusinteraction.com (login and click on career resources)
  • Tip 90 : Though the preparation for these questions will help try to be yourself so the answers will look genuine
  • Tip 91 : Mixing sense of humor is an excellent way to win hearts but make sure you don’t come across rude
  • Asking the right questions
  • Tip 92 : If I get selected what will be my role?
  • Tip 93 : I am confident I will perform well. Given that where will I be in 3 years time within the organization?
  • Tip 94 : If I am extended a job offer, when do you expect me to join?
  • Tip 95 : Who do I report to in this position?
  • Tip 96 : Is there a travel involved in this role? If so, how much?
  • Tip 97 : What would you say are the important skills needed to excel in this position?
  • Tip 98 : Do you have any concerns about me or about my qualifications that may prevent you from offering me this job?
  • Tip 99 : Ask questions based on the discussion you had with the interviewers
  • Tip 100 : What is the next step (if it is not briefed to you before)? When do you think you will be making a decision?
  • Tip 101 : Are there any other questions I can answer for you? (Ask this at the end as a conclusion)
    Note: Remember not to ask too many questions. These are only guidelines. Ask relevant questions based on the situation and apply common sense

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