My First Campus Interview

In this article I have shared my story of how I cracked my campus interviews. This article will be helpful for all those who are in their final year and looking forward for a lucrative career in IT industry. There are few things that we need to be well prepared even before we appear for any interview.

Its been four year since my first campus interview but it is still so fresh in my mind. We were all so excited about our first interview. We got many tips and advice from our parents, teachers and seniors. The information was too much for us to handle. So here in this article I will speak of very important tips that you can follow. All these are based on my experience in the interview.

Before we get into tips let me share the basic pattern of interview which is followed by most of the companies.

1. Aptitude
2. Group Discussion
3. Technical Round
4. Personality Round
5. HR Round

If you are a fresher, they will take you through these process and you will have to clear in all these stages. Now don't panic by seeing these steps. They are very easy to crack.

Tips before attending the interview

1. Make sure you have a proper formatted resume. Don't wait till the interview day to make your resume. Create your resume well in advance even before you know of any scheduled interview. Get it reviewed by your peers and seniors. They can help you better than the standard resume found in the internet.

When our college announced the first campus interview, half of my batch mate was not prepared with any resume. They had to run around for a sample, scramble through internet for a resume. Somehow for the next day they got a resume which was just for namesake. They tried to put every non-essential information into it which was not required, they didn't get enough time to get it reviewed. The interviewers are well aware when you bluff your resume, so try to be as honest as you can and make you resume readable and interesting.

2. Be in Formals, your looks matters a lot. Most of the interviewers make up their mind by the way you look and how confidently you speak. By looks I mean be presentable, don't attend the interview shabbily because this will give an impression that you are not serious for the job. They will have second thoughts in hiring you.

3. Start practicing for your Aptitude exam as every IT company will conduct this exam.

My first campus interview was with Virtusa. We were told two days in advance about the the campus interview. We all came in formals well prepared for the interview.

We had to give online aptitude exam which was for around 1 hour, after which we were waiting in the classroom for the result. Out of sixty, thirty of us were selected in the Aptitude Round.

We were called for Group Discussion, we were divided into 6 teams and then we were given topics to debate. After group discussion it was only 10 of us for Technical Round. In my Technical Round, they asked few programming concepts.

Then we had HR discussion. We had to again wait for 1 hour to know the final results. They had selected 3 of us in the interview.

In short, practice well before hand for your aptitude along with your semester subjects. Ensure to spend at least an hour for your aptitude exam. Have a well formatted resume, only put those contents in your resume for which you are confident enough to answer. Be well dressed and confident. If they ask you questions which you don't know, tell them upfront. They won't mind but don't bluff.

All the Best for your career !!!


Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao30 Jun 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 3

A nicely presented article. It will be useful to persons who are going to attend campus interviews. Generally they will try to complete the whole process in one day. But some times it may take two days also. Confidence is the key to success. English vocabulary is also very important. In group discussion everybody has to participate actively and should not hesitate to ask. Sometime the interview board will try to tease you also. As mentioned by the author, if the answer is not known, please tell them that you don't know. But don't do any guess work. These are some tips I want to add.

Author: Neethu22 Jul 2017 Member Level: Gold   Points : 0

Thank you so much DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao for your very valuable inputs and tips.

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