The corridors of almost every DU college have one thing in common this time of the year – all of them are abuzz with throngs of final year students anxiously awaiting their next interview, riffling through resumes one last time, and trying not to sweat through their fancy formals.
The placement season is upon us, and fortunately, the University of Delhi is generous with its college employment resources. All DU students can apply through the Central Placement Cell of DU, while colleges like Hansraj College, Miranda House, Hindu College, and Sri Venkateshwara College, among others, have their own placement cells. Below are a few pointers you should be aware of, before you sit for an interview:
- Most companies follow a 3-step recruitment procedure consisting of aptitude tests, group discussions, and personal interviews.
- Resume building is the key to landing a job interview – attention to detail, emphasis on what the applicant brings to the table, including co-curriculars, projects, and internships, and a powerful cover letter to accompany the resume are crucial. One needs to be well versed with the job profile being offered and the mission statement of the company. On the day of the interview, multiple copies of the resume must be kept handy, for the perusal of the interviewers.
- Personal Interviews require a fair amount of preparation. Clothing, hygiene, and body language are the paramount preliminary tasks. Additionally, recruiters look for students whose goals and aspirations align with their requirements and work environment of the company. Which is why, it is imperative to understand that if a company is hiring someone with no actual work experience, they’ve sacrificed the return on investment from day one and are effectively paying these college graduates while imparting knowledge and training through their business. Accordingly, they expect proper contribution and sincerity. People often overlook the importance of asking questions during interviews, which gives the employer an impression of apathy and lack of enthusiasm. It’s an interaction, not an interrogation!
- All social media accounts must be cleared of any undesirable or embarrassing data. The sacking of James Gunn from Marvel Studios is an important example of the attention companies pay to their employees’ online presence. To avoid sticky situations, Facebook and Twitter profiles must be maintained respectably!
- Following up on resume submissions and interviews displays commitment to potential employers. That persistence can help separate one from the rest of the crowd and increase one’s chances of successfully obtaining their ideal first job.
Here is what a 3rd year student at Jesus and Mary College had to say about her experience after being interviewed by Deloitte;
“Before sitting for any placement, the person needs to be well versed with the job profile and the company because recruiters ask questions like “Why Deloitte”. The key is to convince them that you’re the perfect fit for that particular job, and no one else.”
DU Beat wishes all applicants the very best for upcoming campus placement drives!