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Exam Preparation

A lot of candidates tend to ignore this, but the most important thing in your selection process is going to be your knowledge of engineering topics - that you've studied over the last 2-3 years. All of your efforts will go waste if you lack the basic knowledge of the subjects. Forget mugging up and reproducing - something that you're used to do for the exams. Instead, revise all the subjects 'for yourself'!

-Interviewers make their job easier by asking you for your favorite engineering subject. Now, you should really be very well prepared to handle this question. Once you tell the interviewers your favorite topic; expect a few questions related to it. It's natural that you should be prepared to answer questions on your favorite engineering subject or topic. If you haven't already decided, it'd be worth going back to all the topics and find out the one which you found the most interesting.

-This is where the first eliminations will begin - the aptitude tests. Lot of engineering students fear the aptitude tests. But the fact is that there's nothing to worry about because it's *VERY EASY* to crack aptitude tests. All it takes it practice! Yep! You read that right. Just keep on practicing and in a month or two - you will solve all the aptitude questions like a pro. Don't expect to master the aptitude skills in just a week or two. At least 1.5-2 months is the minimum required time.

Interview & GD Tips

We will help you cover everything you need to know to successfully ace a job interview. From checking out the company to sending an interview thank you note, these job interview tips cover all the basics needed for interviewing success.

Interview Tips:
Do some research on the business before the interview. (See "How to Find a Job," "Research the Employer.")
Practice interviewing.
Go alone. Do not take children or friends.
Greet the employer with a handshake.
Make frequent eye contact.
Smile, be polite, and try to relax.
Listen carefully to the questions asked. Ask the interviewer to restate a question if you are confused.
Answer questions as directly as possible.
Be upbeat and make positive statements.
If you've worked before, talk about what you learned from it.
Use examples of how your skills and abilities would fit the job.
Bring your "Fact Sheet" with telephone numbers and addresses of your references and former employers, just in case you are asked to complete an application. (See "The Application," "Fact Sheet.")

Questions to Expect (What the Employer May Ask You):
Tell me about yourself. (This is often an ice-breaker question. Keep the answer job or skill related.)
What do you know about the type of work we do? (This is your chance to tell what you know from the research you completed ahead of time.)
What is your weakness? (Always make this a positive answer. For example, "My spelling is not always perfect, so I always use a spell checker.")
What are your strengths? (Describe your skills in a way that will show you as a desirable employee for the company.)
Why did you leave your last job? ( Answer with a positive statement. Try not to say: "I was fired," "terminated," "quit," "had no babysitter," or "couldn't get along with coworkers or supervisor". However, you can say: "new job," "contract ended," "seasonal," "temporary," "career change," "returned to school," to raise a family," or "relocated.")
Why have you been unemployed for such a long time? (Tell the truth. Emphasize that you were looking for a good company where you can settle and make a contribution.)
Why should we hire you? (Make a positive statement, such as "I would like the opportunity to work with you and believe that I can do the work.")
Do you have references? (It is most important that you contact your references ahead of time and have their name, current address, and telephone numbers.)

Questions To Ask The Employer:
Who would supervise me?
When are you going to make a hiring decision?
What are the opportunities for advancement?
What kind of training is provided or available?
Is there a dress code?

Pitfalls (Reasons Why People Don't Get Hired):
Untidy personal appearance
Inability to express information clearly
Lack of genuine interest or enthusiasm
Unwillingness to start at the bottom
Negative attitude
Lack of eye contact
Incomplete or sloppy application
Being late for the interview

Closing:
At the end of the interview:

Thank the interviewers for their time.
Request a business card.
Shake hands in closing.
Two or three days after the interview send a thank you note addressed to the interviewers.


Thank You Notes

After your interview, be sure to write a thank you note to the employer or interviewer. This is very important because a thank you note gives you one more chance to remind the employer about the special skills that you can bring to the company.

Career Trends

A GD is a methodology used by an organization to gauge whether the candidate has certain personality traits and / or skills that it desires in its members.

Initiating a GD is a high profit-high loss strategy. When you initiate a GD, you not only grab the opportunity to speak, you also grab the attention of the examiner and your fellow candidates.


If you can make a favorable first impression with your content and communication skills after you initiate a GD, it will help you sail through the discussion. But if you initiate a GD and stammer/ stutter/ quote wrong facts and figures, the damage might be irreparable.


If you initiate a GD impeccably but don't speak much after that, it gives the impression that you started the GD for the sake of starting it or getting those initial kitty of points earmarked for an initiator!


When you start a GD, you are responsible for putting it into the right perspective or framework. So initiate one only if you have in-depth knowledge about the topic at hand.

Different techniques to initiate a GD and make a good first impressions are:

1. Quotes
2. Definition
3. Question
4. Shock statement
5. Facts, figures and statistics
6. Short story
7. General statement

1. Quotes - are an effective way of initiating a GD.

Example: If the topic of a GD is - Should the Censor Board be abolished? you could start with a quote like, 'Hidden apples are always sweet'. Or if a topic is like, Customer is King, you could quote Sam (Wall-mart) Walton's famous saying, “There is only one boss: the customer.” And he can fire everybody in the company -- from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.'


2. Definition - Start a GD by defining the topic or an important term in the topic.

Example: If the topic of the GD is Advertising is a Diplomatic Way of Telling a Lie, why not start the GD by defining advertising as, 'Any paid form of non-personal presentation and promotion of ideas, goods or services through mass media like newspapers, magazines, television or radio by an identified sponsor'?


Example: If a topic like The Malthusian Economic Prophecy is no longer relevant, you could start by explaining the definition of the Malthusian Economic Prophecy.


3. Question - Asking a question is an impact way of starting a GD.

It does not signify asking a question to any of the candidates in a GD so as to hamper the flow. It implies asking a question, and answering it yourself. Any question that might hamper the flow of a GD or insult a participant or play devil's advocate must be discouraged.


Questions that promote a flow of ideas are always appreciated. For a topic like, Should India go to war with Pakistan, you could start by asking, 'What does war bring to the people of a nation? We have had four clashes with Pakistan. The pertinent question is: what have we achieved?


4. Shock Statement - Initiating a GD with a shocking statement is the best way to grab immediate attention and put forth your point.

Example: If a GD topic is “The Impact of Population on the Indian Economy” then you could start with, 'At the center of the Indian capital stands a population clock that ticks away relentlessly. It tracks 33 births a minute, 2,000 an hour, 48,000 a day. It calculates to about 12 million every year. That is roughly the size of Australia. As a current political slogan puts it, “Nothing's impossible when 1 billion Indians work together.”


5. Facts, figures and statistics - If you decide to initiate your GD with facts, figure and statistics then make sure to quote them accurately.

Approximation is allowed in macro level figures, but micro level figures need to be correct and accurate.


Example: You can say, approximately 70 per cent of the Indian population stays in rural areas (macro figures, approximation allowed), but you cannot say 30 states of India instead of 28 (micro figures, no approximations).


Stating wrong facts works to your disadvantage. For a GD topic like, China, a Rising Tiger, you could start with, 'In 1983, when China was still in its initial stages of reform and opening up, China's real use of Foreign Direct Investment only stood at $636 million. China actually utilized $60 billion of FID in 2004, which is almost 100 times that of its 1983 statistics."


6. Short Story - Use a short story in a GD topic like” Attitude is Everything”

Example: This can be initiated with, 'A child once asked a balloon vendor, who was selling helium gas-filled balloons, whether a blue-colored balloon will go as high in the sky as a green-colored balloon. The balloon vendor told the child, it is not the color of the balloon but what is inside it that makes it go high.


7. General Statement - Use a general statement to put the GD in proper perspective

Example: If the topic is “Should Sonia Gandhi be the prime minister of India?” You could start by saying, 'Before jumping to conclusions like, 'Yes, Sonia Gandhi should be', or 'No, Sonia Gandhi should not be', let's first find out the qualities one needs to be a good prime minister of India. Then we can compare these qualities with those that Mrs. Gandhi possesses. This will help us reach the conclusion in a more objective and effective manner.

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