Tips and tricks to gear up for this placement season

It’s interview season and it’s crunch time! With the placement season a month away, the panic mode is on and a lot of you will be sitting for your placement and for internships this time.

Most companies look for students having past experience in various internships and building projects. The kind of exposure that gives is difficult to attain inside a classroom. If you don’t have that, don’t fret too much! Campus interviews can be intimidating and you’d be sitting for the first time so don’t let the anxiety get the better out of you. Here are some tips and tricks to stay ahead of the pack and crack your tech interviews!

1.Ace that written exam:

Most companies start with a minor written exam or programming test before moving on to the interview part. Though this part is underestimated but needs a whole lot of attention from you. Start getting a headstart at this by practising a whole lot of questions. Take mocks for the aptitude and logical section, speed is a hurdle which can only be overcome by practice.

2. Build your communication skills

Even if you’re going for the role of a software developer, you can’t slack on roles of being personable and responsible. You should be able to express what you think to the recruiter. Show your enthusiasm and passion about the company. Practice with your peers for common interview questions to get an edge at group discussion. All in all, get comfortable with public speaking, this will help you deal with slippery situations. Try building your vocabulary and yes, please do read the newspaper.

 The tech interview

You will be required to solve a couple of questions. Try practising on a whiteboard, you can be so used to the compiler that you might just forget the syntax of initializing a variable when writing a code outside. Study your data structures and algorithms, read books, solve questions and use other resources.

Know your project

Your project is something that you must have put your heart and soul into. So, naturally, the recruiter expects you to know the nitty-gritty of it. Explain your project nicely, the hurdles you got caught into and how you overcame them while making it.

Think of the bigger picture

When solving a coding problem, even if you make a minor mistake, don’t panic, keep your calm and stay focused on the problem. Take a deep breath, you still have the rest of the interview to go through. The recruiter will most probably ignore the minor error, he’s there to check your problem-solving skills.

Be Honest

The recruiters must have a long experience of interviewing a lot of candidates so they are surely masters in this. Try to make your resume glitch free. Be honest with your answers, if you don’t know the answers, just say it, it’s not a college viva that you’ll get away with saying any bullshit. The interviewers already know the answer before they ask the question.

Ask Questions

Be vocal with your doubts. If you have any doubts, regarding the questions such as edge cases, etc, ask them and how they need to be treated. Avoid making any assumptions. Even if you think it’s pretty safe to assume something, try asking the interviewer first.

Give mocks and learn something new

Trap someone you know into taking your mocks. JK, take their mocks too. Get feedback regularly, and try overcoming minor glitches during the mocks.

Interviews are also a learning experience, and with every interview, you would definitely learn something. Instead of getting anxious over it, try treating it as a goal to learn something, have fun, treat your interviewer as a colleague you’d like to build an amazing app with, this would exude your passion about coding that got you in it at the first place!

Also, I may sound like your mother, but please get a good night’s rest before the D-day. It would double your efficiency!

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Your ultimate cheat sheet to do’s and dont’s at an interview

Is there a magical formula which cuts into the interview and gets you hitched with your dream job? Nope, none as yet but what you do have is a set of do’s and don’ts which should which helps you to ace the interview. So let’s take a quick look at them:
do

Dress well: An interview is a formal meeting, you will get judged by your clothes. You cannot just expect the interviewer to applaud you if you walk in with your checkered boxers and crappy hair. Dress well, be poised not too gaudy neither too shady just a mix of decent colors and what suits you well. You may cross my statement by saying startups these days do not care what you wear. Of course, there is casual clothing allowed at startups and big firms too but you are going for a job interview, not a pool party!


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  • Plan to arrive early: Getting to the venue at least half an hour early is always a plus. First, you do not have to panic about getting late and second getting used to the surroundings and people calms your nervousness down.

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Have a firm handshake: Your first impression is the last impression. Walk into the room with grace and your head held high. There is nothing to be ashamed of, walk in your stride and have a firm handshake with the interviewers.


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Tailor your resume and conversations well: Your resume should be ready to suit the job description. Same goes for your conversations do not talk or mention irrelevant stuff. Have contextual conversations around the skills and job. The interview is about you and your skills and you should leave no stone unturned to tell how you’re a perfect fit. Talk about your experiences and recent internships, get them interested into what else you do outside the box.


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Ask questions: Do not hold yourself back. Your inquisitiveness may be the road to your success. When the interviewer asks you whether you have any questions or not, do not shy away. Ask about the company, ask about your job make them feel you’re actually interested in the job. If you get a chance to take their mail id or so, write back to them about the great experience you had.


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dont
  • Do not overdress or underdress.
  • Never-ever-ever be LATE for an interview, puts your punctuality and sincerity at stake.
  • Being confident is good but over confident is not.
  • Retrain from blabbering, listen carefully and answer. It’s okay if you do not know an answer, beating around the bush and wasting both your and interviewer’s time is not a good move.
  • Do not be afraid, the interviewers will not beat you up. I know this is easier said than done. I’ll give you a quick tip- look at the interviewers while talking but defocus them or look at the gap between two eyes. This ensures eye interaction and also does not make you nervous.
  • Do not have a lanky posture and do stuff like moving your legs and rubbing your hair. Walk on your heels, do not drag. Sit upright, no crossed legs or folded arms.
  • Do not be casual and use the jargons we millennials use every day in our lives. No ‘I wanna’, ‘I Gotcha’, ‘Sumfin’ or facebook and Whatsapp language are permitted. Be careful of what you speak.
  • Do not let your talks go haywire. eg. You are applying for a data analyst position and talking about your in-plant industrial skills will not be making sense. Have contextual talks, add your own elements and make it interesting.
  • Don’t inquire about salary, vacations, bonuses, retirement, or other benefits until you’ve received an offer.
Atta boy, soldier! Confident much eh? Wait until you nail your next interview!
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