Hello people! I’m back with an extremely satisfying and memorable experience. It was the 27th of March, 2018, when Wipro Technologies visited our college (Acropolis Institute of Technology and Research, Indore) for Campus Placement for non-engineering graduates.
I had never in my life, attended any campus placement before, so I was nervously excited! Also, I was starving for an opportunity to write an event blog, and this was exactly what I dreamt of!
The above picture shows our college auditorium before the pre-placement Talk. As it was Open-Campus placement, students from various other colleges had come as well. In total, around 180-200 students showed up. The placement process was conducted in four rounds.
- Aptitude Test
- Essay Writing
- Technical Interview
- HR Interview
For me, clearing the first round was the toughest of all. Most of the students were eliminated right after the Aptitude Test. The Essay Writing round evaluated our writing skills- spellings, punctuation marks, sentence formation etc. In the third round, we were asked some technical questions related to programming and other general CSE topics. Some of those questions were as follows:
-What subjects did you study in CS? (All semesters)
-Name some recent developments in the IT sector.
-What is Networking?
-What is Topology?
-Name the different types of topologies?
-What is Cloud Computing?
-What do you know about AI?
-Differences between C and C++?
-In C++ language, how would you rate yourself on a scale of 1-10?
Finally, the fourth round was a talk with the HR. For me, this round was comparatively easier than the others, because the questions were related to our life and education. They were very basic, and I would go so far as to say that I really had a fun time answering them. They were basically checking our fluency in speaking English. Some of the questions asked were:
-Tell me something about you.
-Do you think you’re a problem solver?
-What Extra-curricular activities have you participated in?
-What inspires you?
-What are your strengths? Justify how they are your strengths.
-What are some of your Achievements?
-Will you be comfortable with re-location?
-Do you have any questions from your side? (Tip: Never answer this question with a NO! It makes a really bad impression.)
All in all, it turned out to be a very enjoyable and enlightening experience for me. I got to learn a number of things which definitely shaped me as an individual. Here are the few ‘Life Lessons‘ that I learnt from this experience:
Never Underestimate Yourself:
Even after going through the Aptitude training sessions for a complete week, there were still loads of doubts in my head as to whether I’d be able to solve the questions or not. I had been underestimating my abilities for so long that I almost started believing I never had any! But, this experience made me realize how important it is to let go off all the insecurities and doubts, and see how things unfold.
Your Perception Matters:
If one constantly keeps on thinking nothing’s going to go right, it most probably won’t. On the other hand, if one keeps telling oneself, I can do this; everything’s going to be great, then it definitely will. So, your perception is all that matters. Think positive and good things will happen.
This was the most important lesson that I got to learn. It’s really no use molding the truth trying to impress them! They can look right through those tricks! The best thing we can do is to be truthful. I remember the HR asked me one question which really got me into trouble. It took me a while to answer. The conversation was something like this:
HR: Are you a team-worker?
Me: No, Ma’am. It’s really difficult for me to work with people. I prefer working alone most of the time.
HR: Do you know this can really affect your professional career? At workplace, it’s very important to work together with colleagues. How will you manage?
Me: Yes, Ma’am. I can definitely try and learn to co-operate with the team so that the work gets completed on time.
See, I could have lied and got away. It was easy. But I didn’t, and still got selected!
Tension Reaps Nothing:
I observed lots of other candidates (including me) stressing over the whole thing like What are they asking in the interviews? I wrote drawing in my hobby, now I need to memorize the names of all the painters that ever existed on Earth! That wasn’t needed. The more you stress, the more chances are that you’ll make blunders. So, all that was needed was to keep the mind free of everything. I successfully distracted myself by reading my favorite “Harry Potter series”. Also, a bit of music really helped in turning the anxiety down.
Expect the Unexpected:
Yes, this is what I did from the very beginning. Even with all the doubts and fears and everything, I had the picture clear in my mind all the time, that I wanted to ace this! And that is what happened in the end. It was truly unbelievable. I always wanted to study further. But, it never occurred to me that someone could offer me a job, along with an opportunity for higher studies. I was on cloud nine!
Eloquence is the Key:
This experience made me realize how important speaking skills are. You might have loads of talents, but if you cannot express yourself, then it doesn’t matter. I always had this belief that I have a flair for writing, and speaking was my weaker point, so it wouldn’t hurt to keep it aside and focus on my strengths. But, sadly, things don’t work that way. You ought to know how to express yourself fluently. It adds a totally different edge to your personality.
Ultimately, this was a life-changing experience for me. Being a high-time introvert, it was a bit hard for me to get comfortable with strangers. But, I took this as an opportunity to learn and grow, and finally ended up making lots of new friends. It was an unforgettable day.
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