Misconceptions Made Clear—IE EnC Placement Talk ’18
How do we get through placements? – is a question almost all second and third years find themselves asking, regardless of the branch they are in. It is always helpful to acquire knowledge of the exams based off of the experiences of ones seniors’. Relatable and easy to remember, their placements stories give one hope of reaching the same level of stability. Second and third years looking to acquire useful tips on how to crack the placement tests sat at the Placement Talk that was organised by IE EnC on Sunday, 8th April. The fourth year ex-board members of the club participated in the talk as they described the trials they faced during their time.
Debunking the common myth that a very high CGPA is required, it was made clear that the golden standard for most companies is 7.0. A GPA of 8.5 was advised if interested in attending all exams. A minimum of 7.5 was said to be required for those who are inclined to sit for coding positions. It was stressed that a basic knowledge of coding would be useful while attempting the tests. Trying to hone in on one or two programming languages would also help while the OOP (Object Oriented Programming) concepts looked for overlap within languages. Speakers explained how companies look for candidates with an advanced skill-set in one language rather than those who have a loose grip over five or six languages.
Placements papers necessitate speed and accuracy, both of which can only be gained through practice. The importance of work ethics was also mentioned, and was said to come up on some of the tests as MCQ questions. As these questions would not have a definite right answer, companies looked for candidates whose work ethics aligned with theirs. Program Electives that have proven to be of advantage during placements include Linux, Data Structures and Data-Base Management System
During personal interviews, some of the companies ask the students to optimize their code by focusing on the time and space complexities. Fundamentals of any particular topic pertaining to the project or a branch need to be strong. Some of the questions that are commonly posed relate to backgrounds in HR. Working with colleagues while handling conflicting opinions is a trait most companies look for.
Information about the submitted CVs would definitely be asked. A sincere advice dispensed by the seniors was to practice candor while writing CVs. The companies expect honesty from the students and make it a point to find holes in the CVs submitted. Only significant and justifiable projects should be added. The skills that are of relevance should also be included. Tailoring one’s CV to the requirements of the company was said to increase the chances of being accepted.A repeated emphasis was given on the importance of communication skills. Most of the time, those who are able to express their thoughts clearly while composed are taken into consideration. Group discussions are the main tests for this skill and are monitored closely. Companies look for people who can take initiative and not those who refuse to listen to their colleagues. The appreciation of moderators during GDs highlights the value of being able to work in a team, as a deciding factor during placements.
The students were offered words of encouragement by the seniors and were asked to not feel disheartened during the process. “For all of my fellow batch mates and my enthusiastic juniors, fear is not for the brave. The placement season is just around the corner. My only advice to all of you will be that all of us have our own clocks which I like to call the clock of life. Everybody earns what they deserve at the right time. So don’t stop believing in yourself and be patient, for your time to shine will arrive soon. All the best to all of you.” – Sneheil, (current) President of IE EnC.