Campus recruitment of final year students is arranged by the center. However, it may please be noted that the institute does not guarantee employment to all students.
In order to provide a fair deal to all concerned, the following points regarding the procedure going to be followed may be noted for guidance:
Further processing of cases for students will be stopped in the event of occurrence of any one of the following:
In certain exceptional cases, an organization or repute visits the institute at a later date when most of students have been selected or active short listed (two times) and sufficient number of students are not available for interview.
PAT center may allow the selected or shortlisted students (two times) to appear for interviews of such types of organization. This rule is solely at the discretion of the principal and should not be quoted as precedent. Preference will be given to those students who are not selected or short listed for the final interviews.
Bio-data will only be accepted between 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. on all working days in the office of the PAT. The center will not maintain records enter into correspondence about recruitments done directly by organizations, in response to advertisements in the news papers/employment news or any other agency.
Notice for calling bio-data will be displayed at the notice board outside the office of PAT. The students are advised to see the notice board regularly. At least twice daily.
Cases, which are not covered by the guidelines given above, will be decided in merits. All the final year students are advised to please cooperate and comply with these guidelines.
Choice of apparel matters as far as the interview is concerned. You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Perhaps this is one and only aspect on which you have full control. Below are the guidelines that are widely accepted and followed:
Two-Piece Business Suit: Dark blue or gray; Dry cleaned and pressed; Tailored to fit well; Conservative in style, Not flashy.
Closed Toe Shoes: Solid dark blue or black to match suit; Conservative; Heels 2.5” or less; Well polished; Not noisy; Leather; Avoid snakeskin or textures; Good fitting.
White or ivory shirt: Conservative style; Quality, natural fabric like silk or cotton; Dry cleaned and pressed; No stains; Good fit – not too tight; Not sheer or revealing.
Watch: Wear a conservative watch that is running and will not beep during the interview.
Simple make-up: Avoid bright or excessive makeup; Foundation close to natural skin tone; Soft shade of lipstick; Mascara – no false lashes; Subtle eye liner, if any.
Groomed nails: Clean, neatly groomed nails and cuticles; Sheer, pink or beige polish; No nail ornaments; Reasonable in length.
Attractive hairstyle: Well styled hair; Cut to complement the face; Clean; No large hair clips or barrettes.
Two-Piece Business Suit: Dark blue or gray; Dry cleaned and pressed; Tailored to fit well; Conservative in style, not flashy dress.
White Dress Shirt: 100% cotton; Button tabs or point collar, rather than button down; No stains or holes; Long-sleeved only.
Dress Shoes: Polished; Good condition or new; Black or cordovan; Lace-up shoes are preferred to slip-on; No tassels; Never wear loafers; If new, wear for at least one day to break them in.
Dark Socks: Black over the calf socks that will not slide down.
Leather Belt: Solid color matching shoes; metal buckle matching jewelry; Conservative buckle; If you wear braces, do not wear a belt.
Silk Neck Tie: Four in Hand Knot; Bottom of tie to touch the top of the belt buckle; Conservative design; 100% silk; New or in good condition.
Attractive Hairstyle: Well-styled hair; Short cuts are better; Clean; Light gel or no gel; Cut one week before the interview rather than one day before; Beards and mustaches may be offensive to some employers.
Group Discussion (GD) is one of the common selection procedures used for evaluation and selection of candidates for job interviews usually after the initial written examination.
A group, usually consisting of 8 to 10 students, is arranged to sit in a semicircle or full circle. Each participant in the group is given a number. During the discussion, the participant shall address a person by the given number or by the name.
The topic for discussion is usually suggested by the evaluator or sometimes the group may be asked to choose a topic for discussion. The topic may or may not have relevance to the job or to the candidate’s area of specialization.
The time limit for a discussion is usually 20 minutes.
It is expected that everyone in the group participates in the discussion by presenting his/her views and ideas on the topic. If any candidate has not participated in the discussion, the person may be given an opportunity to speak on the topic towards the end.
Finally, one of the candidates in the group is expected to summarize and present the group’s viewpoint on the topic at the end. If this is not forthcoming from any member of the group, one of the participants in the group may be asked to summarize.
Content: Content is a combination of knowledge and the ability to create logical ideas on the basis of that knowledge.
Communication skills: Communication is a two-way process, and the role of the listener is critical. Unless you listen, the points you make may not fit in with points made by others. Besides listening, you also need to have the ability to:
Express your ideas in a clear and concise manner.
Build on others' points.
Sum up the discussion made by the entire group.
Group dynamics: As mentioned before, a GD is a formal peer group situation and tests your behavior as well as your influence on the group. In addition, you need to have:
Willingness to listen and discuss various points of view. Do not take strong views in the beginning itself; try and analyze the problems of a situation.
Learn to disagree politely, if required. In fact, it is far better to put forward your point of view without specifically saying 'I disagree' or 'You're wrong'.
Show appreciation for good points made by others. You can make a positive contribution by agreeing to and expanding an argument made by someone else.
Seize the opportunity to make a summary near the end or, even better, a part summary.
Leadership: One of the most common misconceptions about leadership is that it is all about controlling the group. However, for the GDs we are talking about, leadership is all about giving direction to the group in terms of content. It is about initiating the discussion and suggesting a path on which the group can continue the discussion. A good leader is one who allows others to express their views and channels the discussion to a probable decision or conclusion on the given topic.
Disagreeing beyond reason.
Poor communication skills.
Ignorance about the topic given.
As far as possible, try to initiate the discussion in a convincing and rational way. Listen carefully, if someone else takes the initiative, do not fight with that person for grabbing the initiative.
In a GD, the topic must be discussed from all points of view and all aspects must be taken into account before a final conclusion is reached.
GD should not turn into debate.
Good and clear communication generally impresses. Well-thought-out ideas coupled with facts presented logically influence the group and help in bringing the group to your viewpoint.
If someone interrupts you when you are speaking, ask the person to wait till you complete. If the interruption continues even then, give that person a chance to speak and you can resume from where you stopped after the other person completes. By giving the other person a chance to speak, you gain marks, and the other person loses marks for their continuous and incessant interruption.
If there is a dispute among the participants, try to reconcile the differences by explaining to them as convincingly as possible the other’s viewpoint. Most of the time, the dispute is because of some misunderstanding.
Do not form local centers in the group by indulging in crosstalk.
While discussing controversial topics, do not change your viewpoints after you have already taken a stand or viewpoint. This type of frequent change of your views creates an impression that you do not have concrete ideas and hence, you can be easily influenced. So, before speaking out initially, form your opinions and argue in favor of them cogently.
If any participant is not speaking because of their inhibitions, you must solicit their opinions. This creates an impression in the minds of the evaluators that you take the whole group with you in a democratic manner. So, from the beginning, keep an eye on the ‘tongue-tied’ in the group.
Keep track of the time. The time limit for the GD makes it essential to present the views briefly and lucidly.
It is better and most advisable to stop the discussion about 30 seconds before the deadline and summarize the salient viewpoints of the group. Normally, most of the people in a GD do not keep track of the time in their excitement to speak. So, this is one area where you can score over others.
Your chief goals as an interviewee are twofold-first to find out how well the job and the organization suits you; second and more important goal is how to get selected for the job. The following tips, guidelines and insight to interviews may help you to put in proper efforts and performance to attain the above goals.
The first preparation that you can make for an employment interview is to give some serious thought about yourself by taking stock of your needs, interests, and preferred job outcomes. Also, take stock of your strengths and weaknesses. Reflect on your goals and ambitions.
A good starting point would be to prepare a detailed Resume, which is merely a comprehensive and well-organized record of your accomplishments. As you prepare it, you will have to review your academic qualifications, knowledge, skills, experiences, and achievements.
The next step is to analyze the job opportunity to find out whether the organization and the job provides you the right opportunities keeping in mind your personal capabilities as well as your career goals. You can analyze the job opportunity under the following steps.
Background of the company
Products and services
Capital invested and turnover
Number of employees
Location - factory and branches
Future plans of the company
Any important issue of the organization that has been noteworthy
Balance sheet of the company
Chairman’s speech at the last General Body meeting of the company
Brochures and pamphlets of the company
Job opportunity announcement
Talking to the employees of the company, especially to the senior alumni
Title of the job
Number of posts
Method or extent of company training, selection procedures, and Remuneration levels of staff
Routine / creative type of work
Qualities needed for success and confirmation
Location / area of posting
Remuneration & perks
Day / hours of work / leave facilities
Agreement contract / service bond
Span periods of assessment for promotion
Prospects for your specialization
After the above job analysis, prepare a possible list of desirable qualities, which the firm would be looking for in a prospective candidate for that particular job. Try to match your capabilities with these qualities.
Try to improve on your shortcomings and enhance your capabilities.
Listed below are certain qualities, which are generally assessed in interviews with the priorities and weightages, varying with the job.
Good scholastic record
Preparation for interview
Formulated long-range goals & objectives
Poise in the interview
Aggressiveness & Initiative taking
Interest in people
Work experience of a particular type
Compatibility with superiors
Realistic salary expectations
Willingness to accept routine assignments
You will be more confident in the interview if you prepare well in advance for the type of questions and the areas of specialization, which are likely to be tested in the interview.
Personnel selection procedures vary greatly depending on the organization, the type of job, and the level of the job. Generally, the job selection is made by anyone or a combination of the following:
Preliminary, written tests like intelligence test, English Language test, Logical Reasoning test, Mathematical skill test, Technical Knowledge test, etc.
For certain types of jobs, other tests like Leadership potential tests, Group tasks, Physical Endurance tests may also be used for assessment.
A sound knowledge of various subjects pertaining to your professional course is important. Preparation of a question bank with answers for the subjects, which you have studied, will be of great help in this regard. This would give you considerable confidence in facing the Technical part of the interview. A broader perspective of the subjects, through a study of technical books and journals, will give you an edge over others.
Considerable weightage is generally given to your final year project work, as it is supposed to reflect your own work. In the interviews, quite a lot of questions are asked about your project work to evaluate your understanding and knowledge of the topic.
Impressive presentation of your project work can win you a job in many cases. You should have a comprehensive knowledge of the topic, including a clear understanding of the work presented in your project work. Rehearse the presentation of your project work to get sufficient practice and confidence.
A very common question regarding project work is ‘Why did you choose this particular topic?’ And ‘What are its practical applications?’
If you have undergone any practical training, this will be a credential for you. Volunteer this information during the interview, whenever you get the opportunity. Some questioning will generally be there on what you have learned or observed during the training. Prepare a brief write-up on the training that you have undergone, so that you can answer questions convincingly on this topic.
If you have, to your credit, any achievements like writing of a Technical paper, participation in seminar talks, fabrication of equipment, winning a prize in a Technical competition, etc., list them out in detail and create an opportunity during the interview to project them before the interview committee.
If you have distinguished yourself in extra-curricular activities like sports, debate, NSS, cultural or any other activity where your leadership and organizational ability is involved, list them out. Such achievements must be authenticated or certificated. Be sure that you have a broader understanding of your field of interest so that you can talk with confidence and authority on those topics. Some weightage is generally given for achievements in the above-mentioned fields.
If you are interested and proficient in any hobbies like music, drama, painting, literature, numismatics, philately, etc., it is again a credential for you and sometimes can greatly help you in developing a positive rapport with the interviewer, if that person also happens to be interested in them.
A professional person is expected to be aware of the current events and have a broad understanding of the general events happening in society. In many interviews, there will be questions on these topics. Reading of newspapers and magazines and selective T.V. viewing is a desirable habit. Also, participation in activities like quiz programs, seminars, essay writing, etc., can give you considerable confidence in this regard.
Ability to present your thoughts and ideas fluently in simple and correct language will be a great asset to your personality. If your communication skills are not up to the mark, you can improve your communication skills by consciously listening to some good speakers and speaking to some of your friends who are good in English or at least try to speak in informal gatherings. There is no shortcut to gain fluency in English. The only way out is to overcome your inhibitions with some effort and start speaking in English. It is also important to practice your modulation during your practice sessions.
A bio-data is the single most important document in the entire interview and selection process. It is a document, which is your first introduction to the interviewer and explains your complete background of Education, Experience, Achievements, and Character.
It must be carefully and neatly prepared with complete and relevant information.
Some common faults in a poorly formulated bio-data are the following:
The bio-data is written on crumpled or stained paper.
The handwriting is illegible.
The information given is incomplete.
Correct addresses are not given.
Bio-data is not signed.
It is very preferable to get your bio-data typed on a neat bond paper on a computer so that it looks very neat.
Attach a good passport size photograph to your bio-data in the first page itself.
All the supporting documents must be attached to the bio-data.
A suggested format of bio-data is given at the end.
Thorough preparation for the interview will enable you to face the interview with confidence. Remember that each interviewer is different from others in characteristic ways and so, look for ways to adapt to each one as a unique individual. Despite these differences in the personality of the interviewers, the following suggestions will be useful for most job interviews.
It would be a poor first impression if you were not in time for the interview. Program your travel plans so that you get sufficient rest and time to refresh and dress properly for the interview. Be at the venue at least fifteen minutes before the interview. Go to the interview with a fresh and an open mind.
An appropriate dress for the interview with good grooming creates a very good first impression on the interviewer. Though the personal choice of the dress for the occasion might vary, it is advisable to dress smartly but moderately for the interview, so that you may look neither negligent nor gaudy.
Before entering the interview room, adjust your dress and touch up on your appearance. Before entering, enquire by asking ‘May I come in sirs?’ If permitted, close the door softly and walk in with confidence towards the chair. Face the interview panel confidently and wish them appropriately, depending on the time of the day. If the member of the interview board wants to shake hands with you, then offer a firm grip maintaining eye-to-eye contact and a smile. Ask permission to sit down by saying ‘May I sit down sir?’, if the interviewer has not already asked you to take your seat. Please remember that during the first few minutes, you can strongly influence the interviewers’ assessment of your personality. Hence, the first impression that you give in the interview is very important.
Throughout your meeting with the interviewer, you should be warm, friendly, and confident. Make immediate eye contact with the interviewer. You may feel anxious, but remember that the interviewer is after all trying to find a suitable person for a job in his organization, and it is up to you to convince him that you are the right person for the job. It offers you a challenge to communicate on this aspect and try to be as enthusiastic as possible about the opportunity. Try to maintain eye contact and a cheerful disposition throughout the interview. It shows your self-confidence and poise and greatly enhances the personal impact.
Your proper posture during the interview adds to your personality. Sit straight with hands under the table to be used only when emphasizing a point or to illustrate through writing. Avoid playing with your tie or shaking legs, etc.
Interviewers differ widely in their manner of operating. Most interviewers expect to control the proceedings, and you will only make a bad impression if you try to take over. Follow the interviewer’s lead in answering the questions. But, if you are clever and tactful, you can focus the interview on the topics in which you are strong.
It is imperative for you to listen carefully to the questions being asked. If a question is not clear, seek clarification in a polite way. Seeking a clarification is far better than giving an irrelevant answer. Watch for verbal and non-verbal cues that come your way.
There is no better advice that can be given to you than this. You already know that the interviewer wants to make a judgment of what kind of person you are. Help him to do so in a positive way, by volunteering positive information about you in a brief and lucid way. Like a salesman, stress your positive features and downplay your negative features. The objective even when discussing your weak points is either to minimize them or turn them into an advantage.
After you have analyzed the position and researched the organization, you are now in a position to review your qualifications for the position. Knowing what you have to offer is crucial. Expressing yourself clearly and concisely is a key element of effective interviewing.
Articulate your related skills and abilities: When preparing for an interview, it's essential to be able to clearly express your relevant skills and abilities. This may include technical skills, soft skills, or any other competencies that make you a suitable candidate for the position.
Summarize your educational experiences as it relates to the position for which you are interviewing: Your educational background can play a crucial role in demonstrating your qualifications for the job. Summarize how your education has prepared you for the role and its specific requirements.
Cite examples of how you developed/used particular skills: Providing concrete examples of how you've developed and used your skills in previous experiences can help illustrate your capabilities to the interviewer. Use real-life situations to showcase your abilities.
Know your personal strengths and weaknesses: Self-awareness is key in interviews. Identify your personal strengths and weaknesses to address questions effectively. Highlight your strengths and discuss how you're working on improving or managing your weaknesses.
Discuss your work and co-curricular experiences in detail: Your work experiences and co-curricular activities can provide valuable insights into your qualifications and character. Discuss these experiences in detail to emphasize your relevant accomplishments and how they relate to the job.
Talk about your career goals and objectives: It's important to have a clear understanding of your career goals and objectives. Be prepared to discuss where you see yourself in the future and how the position aligns with your long-term aspirations.
Know where you want to work: Demonstrating that you've researched the company and have a genuine interest in working there can set you apart from other candidates. Be prepared to discuss why you want to work for that specific organization.
Identify any problem areas in your background and be prepared to discuss them: If you have any potential weaknesses or areas of concern in your background, it's important to address them proactively. Be prepared to discuss how you've overcome challenges or how you plan to mitigate any issues that might arise.