Arjun R Pillai
o   The session will be an interactive one. So please feel free    to talk.o   Ask questions whenever you feel like. Pleas...
o   How many of you are very clear about your    strengths?o   What about your weakness?o   How many of you are very serio...
   failed in business at the age of 21 ;   was defeated in a legislative race at age 22;   failed again in business at ...
o   One day a partially deaf four year old kid came home with a    note in his pocket from his teacher, "Your Tommy is too...
o   You must identify and keep        Strengths     Weaknesses    up to date a detailed listing    of your:    o   Strengt...
o   What advantages (for    example, skills, education or connections) do    you have that others dont have?o   What do yo...
o   What could you improve?o   What should you avoid?o   What things are the people around you    likely to see as weaknes...
o   Where are good opportunities facing you?o   What are exciting trends you are aware of?o   Useful opportunities can com...
o   What obstacles do you face?o   What are the people around you doing?o   Is your job (or claim for the things you do)  ...
o   Take 5 Minutes for each.o   Form a Table and note down your points.o   After writing Read through them for 5 Minuteso ...
• Committed                                             • Website designs• Compulsive                                     ...
o   is the first meeting between you and the employer.o   Make your mark in 8 Seconds.o   tells a great deal about you.o  ...
o   Target your qualifications for a specific jobo   Keep it to two pages or lesso   Label your second pageo   E-mail – ke...
o   Avoid abbreviations and acronymso   Never use pronouns such as:    “I”, “me”, “my”, “our”o   Never type - use a laser ...
o   Header – Name, Address, mail id and phone numbero   Objective –    o   company‟s perspective    o   “To attain a web a...
Heading                 ObjectiveReferences                    Education  Activities                Related Skills        ...
o  Preferably at the top in the center or right   side o Name, address and phone number o Email   o accessible after gradu...
DODON’T
• Always include an objective• Apply to a specific position ifpossible• Stay off the soap box• Be concise
Don’t write a novel   I smell Fear!Closer…too brief
To obtain an entry level fieldengineering position with yourestemeed organization
Include the following:  •Institution of study(s)  • Degree(s) and Major(s)   • HonorsDo I have to include my GPA?   • If a...
• List all work experience…within reason• Include accomplishments not justresponsibilities• Have you been in the working w...
• Maximize this field!!!• Include relevant courses• List computer skills here• Connect the dots for the recruiter
• List them all and have a balance• Student groups (SWE, NSBE, SHPE, …)• Professional affiliations(SAE, ISTE, IET, IEEE…)•...
• Keep it to three• One personal, scholastic and professional• Be sure they’re still there and reachable• Are they a good ...
• Free of Grammatical and Spelling Errors• Easy to read font 12 or 14 pt.• Categorize information• Read down• One to two p...
• Who benefits?• How? (Online, e-mail, scanning)• Have your name be the only thing on thetop line• Plain text in simple fo...
• Research the company and yourself• Be ready to back up anything on theresume• Have at least two friends proof read andcr...
Prepare a resume for yourself
o   Usually the first levelo   More of common sense questions and 10+2 mathematicso   Some type of questions:    o   Aptit...
o   The term suggests a discussion among a group of    persons.o   The group will have 8 & 12 members who will express    ...
o   How good you are at communication with    others.o   How you behave and interact with group.o   How open minded are yo...
o   Keep eye contact while speakingo   Initiate the GDo   Allow others to speak: - identify who is supporting your    view...
o   Is Indian cricket Shiningo   Mobile phones / Internet – a boon or    nuisanceo   Students focusing on software industr...
Let‟s do a mock GD
o   First thing Group Discussion is used for    mass elimination! And second thing    group discussion selection criteria‟...
o   Keep eye contact while    speaking.o   Initiate the GDo   Allow others to speako   Speak clearlyo   Make sure to bring...
•How good you are at communication with others.•How you behave and interact with group.•How open minded are you.•Your list...
o   Interview = A meeting with an objectiveo   Employer‟s objective is to find the best person for    the job    o   Emplo...
o   Review own skills, experiences and qualities    o   Check CV    o   Anticipate questions and identify relevant example...
o   First impressions very powerfulo   Allow time to relaxo   Dress appropriatelyo   Entrance, introductions & handshakeo ...
o   About you    o   Tell me about yourself - Bring me up to date with your CV?    o   Why did you choose that particular ...
o   Listen carefully, seek clarificationo   Illustrate answers with real examples    and evidenceo   Be positive – constru...
Name                   Mark-max 100Communication Skills   Max 30Problem Solving        Max 20Team Fit               Max 20...
o   Poor personal appearanceo   Negative attitude – evasive, using excuseso   Lack of interest and enthusiasmo   Lack of p...
Mock Interviews
Any questions?
How To Speak Properly During Group Discussions
o   First thing Group Discussion is used for    mass elimination! And second thing    group discussion selection criteria‟...
o   Keep eye contact while    speaking.o   Initiate the GDo   Allow others to speako   Speak clearlyo   Make sure to bring...
•How good you are at communication with others.•How you behave and interact with group.•How open minded are you.•Your list...
It is important to button up your shirt till the collar button
THICK STRIPES   CHECKS.
Trousers may or may not      have pleats
It may be wise to avoid ties withimages and designer logos
Your tie should co-ordinate with your attire                The knot should be a perfect triangleDo not enter a interviewr...
Do not wear shoes that look casual.Also, do not wear shoes with worn out heels.
Avoid these buckles.
Preferably choose small prints or self colors.Avoid plunging necklines,sleeveless and tightfitting clothes                ...
Do not wearcolorful sandals   Avoid heels and      Avoid white colored sandals as                   sandals with bling   t...
Do not wear hoops or dangling earrings
Avoid chunky bracelets or too many bangles.
Chains:   You may wear thin chains                                                 with small lockets.Do not wear ornament...
o   Intimate              o   Social    o   Touching              o   Close 4-7 feet    o   6-18”                 o   Far ...
o   A crowded    cultureo   What is your    private space?
o   Reactions to an    invasion of your    space    o   Feel troubled    o   Get defensive    o   Become aggressive    o  ...
o   Public Masks    o   Public smile    o   Clothing    o   Putting on my faceo   Extended territory    o   On the road   ...
o   Inclusive - Non-inclusive    o   How you include/exclude others in a groupo   Parallel body positions    o   Will posi...
o   How long do you look?    o   Staring- dehumanizes or challenges    o   Glances - socially acceptable timing    o   App...
Actions Speak Louder than Words? „What often happens in any relationship is that  language itself becomes a mask and a mea...
o   Lost business    o   Lack of animation = lack of        interest?    o   US tendency to get right to        business
o   Conflict with peers• Different work styles• Wrong assumptions
o    Misinterpretation of    signals    o   Can be BIG trouble    o   Legal trouble    o   Do you know how to        act o...
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  1. 1. Arjun R Pillai
  2. 2. o The session will be an interactive one. So please feel free to talk.o Ask questions whenever you feel like. Please stop me whenever you have a question/query/argument etc.o You are here with a purpose. So am I. Get maximum out of me. Ask more and you will get more.o I might not be able to switch to Tamil.o There are information being passed to you. So please take note of them.
  3. 3. o How many of you are very clear about your strengths?o What about your weakness?o How many of you are very serious about Job, higher studies, Entrepreneurs?o How many of you are very sure to clear the placement drives?o What are your expectations from this session?
  4. 4.  failed in business at the age of 21 ; was defeated in a legislative race at age 22; failed again in business at age 24; overcame the death of his sweetheart at age 26; had a nervous breakdown at age 27; lost a congressional race at age 34; lost a senatorial race at age 45; failed in an effort to become vice-president at age 47; lost a senatorial race at age 49; and was elected president of the United States at age 52. This man was Abraham Lincoln
  5. 5. o One day a partially deaf four year old kid came home with a note in his pocket from his teacher, "Your Tommy is too stupid to learn, get him out of the school." His mother read the note and answered, "My Tommy is not stupid to learn, I will teach him myself." And that Tommy grew up to be the great Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison had only three months of formal schooling and he was partially deaf.o In 1914, Thomas Edison, at age 67, lost his factory, which was worth a few million dollars, to fire. It had very little insurance. No longer a young man, Edison watched his lifetime effort go up in smoke and said, "There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burnt up. Thank God we can start anew." In spite of disaster, three weeks later, he invented the phonograph. What an attitude!
  6. 6. o You must identify and keep Strengths Weaknesses up to date a detailed listing of your: o Strengths Opportunities Threats o Weaknesses o Opportunities o Threatso Keep this list confidential even secreto But, be sure to write it on the back of your eyelids! Update it regularly
  7. 7. o What advantages (for example, skills, education or connections) do you have that others dont have?o What do you do better than anyone else?o What personal resources do you have access to?o What do other people (and your boss in particular) see as your strengths?
  8. 8. o What could you improve?o What should you avoid?o What things are the people around you likely to see as weaknesses?o Again, think this from a personal & external basis: Do other people perceive weaknesses that you do not see? Do co- worker constantly out-perform you in key areas? It is best to be realistic now, and face any unpleasant truths as soon as possible.
  9. 9. o Where are good opportunities facing you?o What are exciting trends you are aware of?o Useful opportunities can come from :o Changes in technology, markets and your company on both a broad and narrow scale;o Changes in govt policy related to your field;o Changes in social patterns, population profiles, lifestyle changes, etc.; oro Local Events
  10. 10. o What obstacles do you face?o What are the people around you doing?o Is your job (or claim for the things you do) changing?o Is changing technology threatening your spot?o Can any of your weaknesses badly threaten you?o Carrying out this analysis will be illuminating - both in terms of pointing out what needs to be done, and in putting problems into perspective.
  11. 11. o Take 5 Minutes for each.o Form a Table and note down your points.o After writing Read through them for 5 Minuteso Some Hints: o Strengths and Weaknesses tend to describe the PRESENT situation o Strengths and Weaknesses are typically INTERNAL to you. o Opportunities and Threats tend to describe the immediate FUTURE o Opportunities and Threats typically EXTERNAL to you o Strengths and Opportunities are POSITIVE Factors o Weakness and Threats are NEGATIVE Factors
  12. 12. • Committed • Website designs• Compulsive • Good Documentation • IEEE• Strong follow-through• Articulate• Writes well• Balanced work-life perspective• Multi-interested• Ambitious Opportuniti Strengths es Threats Weaknesses• Lack of Job opportunities • Lack on• Time pressure Interpersonal• The multitude of skills everyday demands • Can be impatient • Time pressure • Do not handle multiple
  13. 13. o is the first meeting between you and the employer.o Make your mark in 8 Seconds.o tells a great deal about you.o gets you the interview.o is your calling card, so remember that “First impressions are lasting ones.”o Convince employer that you are worth an interviewo Keep as brief as possible without sacrificing essential qualifications (Less than 2)o Balance in Information and presentationo You achieve the greatest possible positive effect when you share the right information in an easy-to-read format that looks professional!o The resumes for professional should be mostly of Chronological type
  14. 14. o Target your qualifications for a specific jobo Keep it to two pages or lesso Label your second pageo E-mail – keep it professionalo No errorso Pleasing layouto List relevant education/work historyo include some “attitude” in your resume – o Team Player o Involved with - o Contributed to – o Served on – o Volunteered to –
  15. 15. o Avoid abbreviations and acronymso Never use pronouns such as: “I”, “me”, “my”, “our”o Never type - use a laser jet printero No fancy fonts, binders, layoutso Avoid lists of boring sentences, Photographs, detailed Personal, family or health informationo Folded resume
  16. 16. o Header – Name, Address, mail id and phone numbero Objective – o company‟s perspective o “To attain a web application programming position where knowledge of Java and the Struts framework will add value the overall development process.”o Education o Your education details in the latest first ordero Honors/Activities o This section should scream “I am a leader” o Awards, leadership positions, volunteer activities, NSS etco Work Experience o In case you have some.o Relevant Courses o Don‟t include everything. Include the relevant ones onlyo Skills o Technical skills: Embedded system programming, Micro processor programming, Windows, Linux, Oracle, Java etc. etco Projects o Explain the projects you did during your academic days.
  17. 17. Heading ObjectiveReferences Education Activities Related Skills Experience
  18. 18. o Preferably at the top in the center or right side o Name, address and phone number o Email o accessible after graduation. o Professional addressNOT: beerbongking@hotmail.comNOT: Slacker_35@sbcglobal.comNOT: needz_da_muney@zetzero.com
  19. 19. DODON’T
  20. 20. • Always include an objective• Apply to a specific position ifpossible• Stay off the soap box• Be concise
  21. 21. Don’t write a novel I smell Fear!Closer…too brief
  22. 22. To obtain an entry level fieldengineering position with yourestemeed organization
  23. 23. Include the following: •Institution of study(s) • Degree(s) and Major(s) • HonorsDo I have to include my GPA? • If absent, employers will assume GPA < 2.8 • If present, designate a scale i.e. 3.2/4.0 Do not use GPA in a major alone
  24. 24. • List all work experience…within reason• Include accomplishments not justresponsibilities• Have you been in the working world?• Hands up if you’ve professionalexperience
  25. 25. • Maximize this field!!!• Include relevant courses• List computer skills here• Connect the dots for the recruiter
  26. 26. • List them all and have a balance• Student groups (SWE, NSBE, SHPE, …)• Professional affiliations(SAE, ISTE, IET, IEEE…)• Athletic groups• Hobbies
  27. 27. • Keep it to three• One personal, scholastic and professional• Be sure they’re still there and reachable• Are they a good reference?
  28. 28. • Free of Grammatical and Spelling Errors• Easy to read font 12 or 14 pt.• Categorize information• Read down• One to two pages for a Bachelor’s
  29. 29. • Who benefits?• How? (Online, e-mail, scanning)• Have your name be the only thing on thetop line• Plain text in simple font• No boxes lines or bullets (or HTML)• “Snail mail” on white paper only• Key words, Key words, Key words
  30. 30. • Research the company and yourself• Be ready to back up anything on theresume• Have at least two friends proof read andcritique• Visit career services….often
  31. 31. Prepare a resume for yourself
  32. 32. o Usually the first levelo More of common sense questions and 10+2 mathematicso Some type of questions: o Aptitude questions – Simple interest, profit and loss, time and work, probability etc o Data interpretation – Table, bar, pie charts o Verbal Ability – Comprehensions, ordering of words, Sentence correction, spellings, Selecting words etc o Logical Reasoning – Number and pattern series, Logical problems (A is taller than B, B than C etc)o R S Agarwal – Quantitative Reasoningo R S Agarwal – Verbal Reasoningo Further reference – Sakuntala Devi
  33. 33. o The term suggests a discussion among a group of persons.o The group will have 8 & 12 members who will express their views freely, frankly in a friendly manner, on a topic of current issue.o Within a time limit of 10 to 20 minutes, the abilities of the members of the group is measured.o Usually the second levelo Used for mass eliminationo Communication and Group Discussion skill are two relevant soft skills that are must for software testers.o Communication with different people like team members, managers and customers – very important these days
  34. 34. o How good you are at communication with others.o How you behave and interact with group.o How open minded are you.o Your listening skill.o How you put forward your views.o Your leadership and decision making skills.o Your analysis skill and subject knowledge.o Problem solving and critical thinking skill.o Your attitude and confidence.
  35. 35. o Keep eye contact while speakingo Initiate the GDo Allow others to speak: - identify who is supporting your viewso Speak clearlyo Stick to one particular opiniono Make sure to bring the discussion on track:o Give a different dimension to the discussiono Positive attitude:o Speak sensibly – Less time doesn‟t mattero Listen carefully to others – Critical listeningo Formal dressing:o Be accurate as much possible and do not bluffo Summarize
  36. 36. o Is Indian cricket Shiningo Mobile phones / Internet – a boon or nuisanceo Students focusing on software industry- good or bado Need to change our education systemo Child marriageo India 2020o Daughters are more caring than sonso Influence of western culture in Indian Universities
  37. 37. Let‟s do a mock GD
  38. 38. o First thing Group Discussion is used for mass elimination! And second thing group discussion selection criteria‟s are based on actual company requirements.
  39. 39. o Keep eye contact while speaking.o Initiate the GDo Allow others to speako Speak clearlyo Make sure to bring the discussion on tracko Positive attitudeo Speak sensiblyo Listen carefully to otherso No need to go into much detailso Formal dressing
  40. 40. •How good you are at communication with others.•How you behave and interact with group.•How open minded are you.•Your listening skill.•How you put forward your views.•Your leadership and decision making skills.•Your analysis skill and subject knowledge.•Problem solving and critical thinking skill.•Your attitude and confidence.
  41. 41. o Interview = A meeting with an objectiveo Employer‟s objective is to find the best person for the job o Employer: reviews candidate‟s experience and abilities o Can you do the job? (skills, abilities, qualifications) o Will you do the job? (interest, attitude & motivation) o How will you fit into the organisation? (personality)o You: impress employer and assess position on offer o What does this position offer me? o How does it fit with my career plans?o Congratulations - you have passed the first hurdleo You must prove that you are the most suitable candidate for this position
  42. 42. o Review own skills, experiences and qualities o Check CV o Anticipate questions and identify relevant examples o Prepare key selling pointso Research organisation o Websites, reports, articles, company literature, etc o Contacts with knowledge of organisation or sector o Relevant articles in the press o Personal visit or telephone callo Research job and occupational area o Job description – or similar o Current issueso Prepare your questionso Practice
  43. 43. o First impressions very powerfulo Allow time to relaxo Dress appropriatelyo Entrance, introductions & handshakeo Smile and make eye contacto Be aware of own movementso Watch body language of interviewer
  44. 44. o About you o Tell me about yourself - Bring me up to date with your CV? o Why did you choose that particular degree programme? o What experience have you had that is relevant to this post? o What would you consider your major achievements to date?o About the job o What interests you about this job? o What do you know about this organisation? o What other options are you considering? o How do you see your career developing – 5 years? o If you were Head of Department, what would be your priorities?o General knowledge o What do you think of the Government’s policy on college fees? o What’s your opinion of the Ryanair bid for Aer Lingus?
  45. 45. o Listen carefully, seek clarificationo Illustrate answers with real examples and evidenceo Be positive – constructive criticismo Keep answers specific and succincto Take time to respondo Be alert to interviewer’s body languageo Speak clearly, smile and show enthusiasmo Know what you want to say, and find the opportunity
  46. 46. Name Mark-max 100Communication Skills Max 30Problem Solving Max 20Team Fit Max 20Relevant Experience Max 20Project Management Max 10Total Marks
  47. 47. o Poor personal appearanceo Negative attitude – evasive, using excuseso Lack of interest and enthusiasmo Lack of preparationo Poor knowledge of roleo Failure to give concrete examples of skillso Over emphasis on money/rewardso Lack of career plan
  48. 48. Mock Interviews
  49. 49. Any questions?
  50. 50. How To Speak Properly During Group Discussions
  51. 51. o First thing Group Discussion is used for mass elimination! And second thing group discussion selection criteria‟s are based on actual company requirements.
  52. 52. o Keep eye contact while speaking.o Initiate the GDo Allow others to speako Speak clearlyo Make sure to bring the discussion on tracko Positive attitudeo Speak sensiblyo Listen carefully to otherso No need to go into much detailso Formal dressing
  53. 53. •How good you are at communication with others.•How you behave and interact with group.•How open minded are you.•Your listening skill.•How you put forward your views.•Your leadership and decision making skills.•Your analysis skill and subject knowledge.•Problem solving and critical thinking skill.•Your attitude and confidence.
  54. 54. It is important to button up your shirt till the collar button
  55. 55. THICK STRIPES CHECKS.
  56. 56. Trousers may or may not have pleats
  57. 57. It may be wise to avoid ties withimages and designer logos
  58. 58. Your tie should co-ordinate with your attire The knot should be a perfect triangleDo not enter a interviewroom like this(observe the tie and the shirtbutton)
  59. 59. Do not wear shoes that look casual.Also, do not wear shoes with worn out heels.
  60. 60. Avoid these buckles.
  61. 61. Preferably choose small prints or self colors.Avoid plunging necklines,sleeveless and tightfitting clothes You may wear a tunic with a pair of formal trousers.
  62. 62. Do not wearcolorful sandals Avoid heels and Avoid white colored sandals as sandals with bling they get dirty easily. If you do, clean them well.
  63. 63. Do not wear hoops or dangling earrings
  64. 64. Avoid chunky bracelets or too many bangles.
  65. 65. Chains: You may wear thin chains with small lockets.Do not wear ornamental/ chunky jewelry even if it is an occasion.
  66. 66. o Intimate o Social o Touching o Close 4-7 feet o 6-18” o Far - 7-12 feeto Personal o Public o Close -1½ to 2½ o Close - 12-25 feet feet o Far - 2½ to 4 ½ o Far - 25 feet or feet greater
  67. 67. o A crowded cultureo What is your private space?
  68. 68. o Reactions to an invasion of your space o Feel troubled o Get defensive o Become aggressive o Retaliate
  69. 69. o Public Masks o Public smile o Clothing o Putting on my faceo Extended territory o On the road o At worko Can we drop masks?
  70. 70. o Inclusive - Non-inclusive o How you include/exclude others in a groupo Parallel body positions o Will position yourselves to relate to each other o Side by side are neutral o Facing means people are involvedo Congruence-incongruence o Groups that imitate each other
  71. 71. o How long do you look? o Staring- dehumanizes or challenges o Glances - socially acceptable timing o Appraisal- may indicate interesto Do you look when you talk?o Do you look when you listen?
  72. 72. Actions Speak Louder than Words? „What often happens in any relationship is that language itself becomes a mask and a means o clouding and confusing the relationship. If the spoken language is stripped away and the only communication left is body language, the truth will find some way of poling through. Spoken language itself is a great obscurer” Body Language, Julius Fast, MJF books, 1970.
  73. 73. o Lost business o Lack of animation = lack of interest? o US tendency to get right to business
  74. 74. o Conflict with peers• Different work styles• Wrong assumptions
  75. 75. o Misinterpretation of signals o Can be BIG trouble o Legal trouble o Do you know how to act or are you confused?

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