ABOUT ME Working with Infosys Ltd. as an SAP Consultant in BI/BOBJ 6 Years of IEEE volunteering at various offices at national and international levels International Speaker for IEEE – Handled a number of sessions inside and outside India Currently working in the Asia Pacific Committees for Student Activities and Humanitarian technology Winner of IEEE Asia Pacific Larr y K Wilson award 2010, Outstanding volunteer award of IEEE Kerala Section 2009 and appreciation certificates from IEEE HQ
GROUND RULES BETWEEN US.. The session will be an interactive one. So please feel free to talk. Ask questions whenever you feel like. Please stop me whenever you have a question/query/argument etc. You are here with a purpose. So am I. Get maximum out of me. Ask more and you will get more. I might not be able to switch to Tamil. There are information being passed to you. So please take note of them.
HEAR FROM YOU!!! How many of you are very clear about your strengths? What about your weakness? How many of you are very serious about Job, higher studies, Entrepreneurs? How many of you are very sure to clear the placement drives? What are your expectations from this session?
THIS WAS A MAN WHOfailed 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 sweethear t at age 26; had a ner vous breakdown at age 27;lost a congressional race at age 34;lost a senatorial race at age 45;failed in an effor t to become vice -president at age 47;lost a senatorial race at age 49; andwas elected president of the United States at age 52. This man was Abraham Lincoln
EVERY SUCCESS STORY IS A STORY OF GREAT FAILURE One day a par tially 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 par tially deaf. In 1914, Thomas Edison, at age 67, lost his factor y, which was wor th a few million dollars, to fire. It had ver y little insurance. No longer a young man, Edison watched his lifetime effor t go up in smoke and said, "There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burnt up. Thank God we can star t anew." In spite of disaster, three weeks later, he invented the phonograph. What an attitude!
SWOT You must identify and keep up to date a detailed listing of your: S trengths W eaknesses O pportunities T hreats Keep this list confidential even secret But, be sure to write it on the back of your eyelids! Update it regularly
ACTIVIT Y – PREPARE YOUR SWOT Take 5 Minutes for each. Form a Table and note down your points. After writing Read through them for 5 Minutes Some Hints: Strengths and Weaknesses tend to describe the PRESENT situation Strengths and Weaknesses are typically INTERNAL to you. Opportunities and Threats tend to describe the immediate FUTURE Opportunities and Threats typically EXTERNAL to you Strengths and Opportunities are POSITIVE Factors Weakness and Threats are NEGATIVE Factors
•Committed •Website designs•Compulsive •Good Documentation•Strong follow-through •IEEE•Articulate•Writes well•Balanced work-life perspective•Multi-interested•Ambitious Opportunitie Strengths s Threats Weaknesses•Lack of Job opportunities • Lack on Interpersonal•Time pressure skills•The multitude of everyday •Can be impatient demands •Time pressure •Do not handle multiple
A RESUME is the first meeting between you and the employer. tells a great deal about you. gets you the interview. is your calling card, so remember that “First impressions are lasting ones.” Convince employer that you are worth an interview Keep as brief as possible without sacrificing essential qualifications (Less than 2) Balance in Information and presentation You achieve the greatest possible positive ef fect when you share the right information in an easy -to-read format that looks professional! The resumes for professional should be mostly of Chronological type
RESUME DO’S Target your qualifications for a specific job Keep it to two pages or less Label your second page E-mail – keep it professional No errors Pleasing layout List relevant education/work history include some “attitude” in your resume – Team Player Involved with - Contributed to – Served on – Volunteered to –
RESUME DON’TS Avoid abbreviations and acronyms Never use pronouns such as: “I”, “me”, “my”, “our” Never type - use a laser jet printer No fancy fonts, binders, layouts Avoid lists of boring sentences, Photographs, detailed Personal, family or health information Folded resume
SECTIONS OF A RESUME Header – Name, Address, mail id and phone number Objective – company’s perspective “To attain a web application programming position where knowledge of Java and the Struts framework will add value the overall development process.” Education Your education details in the latest first order Honor s/Activiti es This section should scream “I am a leader” Awards, leadership positions, volunteer activities, NSS etc Work Experience In case you have some. Relevant Cour ses Don’t include everything. Include the relevant ones only Skills Technical skills: Embedded system programming, Micro processor programming, Windows, Linux, Oracle, Java etc. etc Projects Explain the projects you did during your academic days.
ABOUT THE TEST Usually the first level More of common sense questions and 10+2 mathematics Some type of questions: Aptitude questions – Simple interest, profit and loss, time and work, probability etc Data interpretation – Table, bar, pie charts Verbal Ability – Comprehensions, ordering of words, Sentence correction, spellings, Selecting words etc Logical Reasoning – Number and pattern series, Logical problems (A is taller than B, B than C etc) R S Agarwal – Quantitative Reasoning R S Agarwal – Verbal Reasoning Further reference – Sakuntala Devi
WHAT IS A GD The term suggests a discussion among a group of persons. The group will have 8 & 12 members who will express their views freely, frankly in a friendly manner, on a topic of current issue. Within a time limit of 10 to 20 minutes, the abilities of the members of the group is measured. Usually the second level Used for mass elimination Communication and Group Discussion skill are two relevant soft skills that are must for software testers. Communication with dif ferent people like team members, managers and customers – very important these days
WHAT SKILLS ARE JUDGED IN GROUP DISCUSSION? 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.
DO’S AND DON’TS OF A GD Keep eye contact while speaking Initiate the GD Allow others to speak: - identify who is supporting your views Speak clearly Stick to one particular opinion Make sure to bring the discussion on track: Give a dif ferent dimension to the discussion Positive attitude: Speak sensibly – Less time doesn’t matter Listen carefully to others – Critical listening Formal dressing: Be accurate as much possible and do not bluf f Summarize
EXAMPLE TOPICS Is Indian cricket Shining Mobile phones / Internet – a boon or nuisance Students focusing on software industry -good or bad Need to change our education system Child marriage India 2020 Daughters are more caring than sons Influence of western culture in Indian Universities
ABOUT AN INTERVIEW Interview = A meeting with an objective Employer’s objective is to find the best person for the job Employer: reviews candidate’s experience and abilities Can you do the job? (skills, abilities, qualifications) Will you do the job? (interest, attitude & motivation) How will you fit into the organisation? (personality) You: impress employer and assess position on offer What does this position offer me? How does it fit with my career plans? Congratulations - you have passed the first hurdle You must prove that you are the most suitable candidate for this position
PREPARATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS Review own skills, experiences and qualities Check CV Anticipate questions and identify relevant examples Prepare key selling points Research organisation Websites, reports, articles, company literature, etc Contacts with knowledge of organisation or sector Relevant articles in the press Personal visit or telephone call Research job and occupational area Job description – or similar Current issues Prepare your questions Practice
WATCH THE BODY LANGUAGEFirst impressions very powerfulAllow time to relaxDress appropriatelyEntrance, introductions & handshakeSmile and make eye contactBe aware of own movementsWatch body language of interviewer
TYPICAL QUESTIONS About you Tell me about yourself - Bring me up to date with your CV? Why did you choose that particular degree programme? What experience have you had that is relevant to this post? What would you consider your major achievements to date? About the job What interests you about this job? What do you know about this organisation? What other options are you considering? How do you see your career developing – 5 years? If you were Head of Department, what would be your priorities? General knowledge What do you think of the Government’s policy on college fees? What’s your opinion of the Ryanair bid for Aer Lingus?
YOUR ANSWERS Listen carefully, seek clarification Illustrate answers with real examples and evidence Be positive – constructive criticism Keep answers specific and succinct Take time to respond Be alert to interviewer ’s body language Speak clearly, smile and show enthusiasm Know what you want to say, and find the opportunity
INTERVIEW MARKING SHEETName Mark-max 100Communication Skills Max 30Problem Solving Max 20Team Fit Max 20Relevant Experience Max 20Project Management Max 10Total Marks
WHAT CREATES A BAD IMPRESSION Poor personal appearance Negative attitude – evasive, using excuses Lack of interest and enthusiasm Lack of preparation Poor knowledge of role Failure to give concrete examples of skills Over emphasis on money/rewards Lack of career plan