|IINS helps its students in getting placed.For this, the company conducts workshops on topics like: how to write an effective resume, how to handle a Group Discussion or a Job Interview, how to make effective presentations, and more. A few of the tips IINS shares with its students in these workshops are given below:|
How to write an effective Resume
Resume writing is a very important skill. It is the first view that an employer gets of you, the candidate. It has to be truthful & should present you as the best candidate to do the job. Some people send the same resume to apply for every job but this is not the best way to handle it. Every job is different so the skills that you showcase to different employers should also be different.
If you do not have work experience, your resume must contain the following information in the order given below: NameAddress, contact number & email IDObjectiveEducation - Awards & HonoursWork experience (if any)Extracurricular activitiesOther accomplishmentsSkills & aptitudesInterests
For a good resume, do
- Write only one or two pages - depending on your work experience.
- Include any special recognition, accomplishments or projects you may have been involved with.
- Write about yourself in a positive light.
- Strive to be concise & target your information to that particular employer.
- Write only short bulleted sentences & not whole paragraphs.
- Keep it light & easy to read - leave adequate white space, set the font size to at least 10 points, highlight key points & make sure the text is well-aligned.
- Check for spelling & grammar errors by having someone else read & review your resume before you send it off.
For a good resume, do not
- Try to fit too much on the page (leave some blank space for relief).
- List personal information such as marital status, religion, caste, height, weight, etc.
- Include salary requirements (leave them out until the interview stage).
- Make negative comments about previous employers.
- Include any health information.
- Include references (these can be provided upon request).
- Include reasons for leaving a previous job (save your reasons for the interview).
- Gear up for a Group Discussion (GD)
- Big IT employers such as CMS,HCL, Wipro, etc often conduct Group Discussions & Personal Interviews before they hire new employees. The idea is to give people a certain topic & get them to discuss it together, thus helping them find out who has the most knowledge & the best interpersonal and soft skills.
Students who join an ICHNP are trained to appear for both, the Group Discussion (GD) as well as the Personal Interview.
Group Discussion (GD)
- Is a formal discussion among participants on a given topic.
- Generally involves 8 to 15 participants in a group.
- The moderator of the group gives the group a topic to discuss.
- The participants are given time (around 5 minutes) to collect their thoughts about the given topic before the discussion begins.
- The group is then asked to discuss the topic for 20 to 25 minutes.
- The moderator withdraws to the background & silently watches the discussion once it starts.
- The moderator takes notes about all the participants in terms of their contribution to the discussion, comprehension of the main idea, patience, assertion, accommodation & more.
In a GD, you must speak up
- It is extremely important to create a favourable first impression.
- If you start the discussion, make sure you have clear knowledge about the given topic. You need to be confident & self-assured about the facts, figures & information you are talking about.
- Once the discussion has started (by you or by others), pay attention to what everyone is saying & take notes. Express yourself when you genuinely have something to add.
- Allow everyone to speak. For example, if someone is trying to say something, make sure you do not interrupt their point. But this does not mean you remain silent or do not make your point.
- If you are concluding the GD, make sure to summarize all the main points raised during the discussion. Do not start any new topic. Also mention those points which you may not have agreed with, but which someone else has raised.
- Be as formally dressed as you would be for a job interview.
- Be cool & confident while presenting your viewpoint.
- Non-aggressive body language & eye contact are very important.
- Address the person farthest from you. If he can hear you, everyone else can.
- Use formal, plain & simple language.
- Listen attentively as it is very important to encourage participation from all members.
- Stick to the subject that is being discussed without going off on a tangent.
- Take a stand on the subject - either ‘for’ or ‘against’.
- You may change your stand during the GD - this indicates your flexibility & accommodation of other people’s viewpoints.
- Focus on consistently making points that will enhance the quality of the discussion.
- Address anybody by name in a GD. You may not even know everyone’s name. It is better to address the group as a whole.
- Debate with one particular person for too long.
- Get into personal arguments with the other participants.
- Interrupt while another participant is speaking.
- Allow one or two members to monopolize the discussion.
- Use slang words like yeah or nope or Hinglish words such as yaar, theek hai or chalta hai.
- Use swear words or be rude to anyone.
- Keep repeating your point again & again.
- Make controversial remarks relating to gender, political parties & religion.
- Ace that job interview
- Preparing for a job interview? Here are some tips from IINS.
A job interview is the last & most important step in the process of landing a job.
It is an opportunity for the candidate & the employer to meet & get to know each other better. It is your best chance to exchange information, convince the employer that you are the person for this job & make up your mind about whether you really wish to work in that company.
During the interview, the employer will judge you on
- Knowledge about yourself
- Knowledge about the company
- Suitability for the job
- Basic ability to do the job
Common interview questions
- Tell us something about yourself.
- What do you know about this company?
- Why do you want to work for this company?
- What are your strengths & weaknesses?
- Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
- What has been your most significant achievement?
- What are your salary expectations?
- Are you willing to relocate to a new city?
- What has been your greatest crisis & how did you solve it?
- How has your education prepared you for this career?
- Which was the last book you read?
- Why do you think we should hire you for this job?
- Which person has had the greatest influence on you? Why?
- What have you done that shows initiative?
- What motivates you?
- How do you work under pressure?
- Are you ready to work late hours?
- Why did you leave or are leaving your last company?