INTERVIEW TIPS

 

 How do we prepare resume?
Freshers: Companies like Infosys, TCS and Wipro expects your percentage from 10th onwards, so it is better include all your curriculum (10th, 12th, all Degree) percentage in your resume. Resumes should be scanable it should be simple and easy to get information within a single look. It should not contain unwanted information. Experience: You resume should have the following details, apart from the basic details.
1. Company name
2. Project name
3. Project duration
4. Client
5. Team size
6. Role
7. Project description
8. Activities (We have to mention our project activities)
9. Platform
 How do we apply?
If you get any openings specific to your skill set, follow as indicted in the advertisement. If you are applying for multiple companies, without advertisements or for positions not specific to your skill sets,
1. Prepare a generalized cover letter, ascii format resume(plain text format resume) and Word format resume
2. Paste your covering letter followed by the plaintext resume in the compose box of your mail
3. Attach your word format resume.
4. Subject should be like, “Resume for Software Engineer (C, C++, JAVA and VC++)
5. Type your id in “TO’ field and bulk of ids in “BCC” field, do apply.
 How do we subscribe to receive yahoo group mails?
It is a very simple process. Just send an empty mail to the particular yahoo group subscription mail id. For example, if you want to receive “nestjobs” mails. Send an empty mail to nestjobs-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.
 Where do we get company model question papers?
If you get a call letter for written test, from any companies then go to the following sites…
http://www.chetana-jobs.com
http://www.vyomworld.com/placementpapers
http://www.go4campus.com/mepz.asp
http://www.geocities.com/careeraid2003/company.html
http://vvasan.hypermart.net/
http://freshersworld.com/questions/questions.htm
http://www.aucse.com/Question%20Bank.htm
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nestjobs/files/
 What are the books we have to prepare before we go for test/ interview?
Aptitude:
Arithmetic Reasoning – R.S.Agarwal
l Barron’s GRE Guide.
Shakuntala Devi, George summer puzzle booksTechnical Books: For freshers, C and C++ is enough to get a job.
Let us C, C++, Exploring C – YASHAVANT P. KANETKAR
Turbo C++ – Robert lafore (A very good guide to get basic idea about C++ and OOPS)
Complete Reference – C, C++
 Am I suitable for IT field?
Anyone who has completed a graduation from an affiliated university is suitable for IT field. IT field does not expect any specialization from your graduation but it expect good problem solving, logical thinking and good communication skills. This can be achieved along with your curriculum subjects by spending an hour per day. R.S. Agarwal is good subject oriented book for preparing aptitude. Any MBA entrance book is suitable to prepare logical reasoning etc. In fact anyone who is not technically strong but having logical thinking skills is very much suitable for this field. It does not mean that technical people are not suitable.
 Employee reference for MNC’s
If anyone need reference to attend written test or interview or forwarding resume kindly contact any of our career guidance team members. Our career guidance team maintains the spool of reference and provides you when the need arises.
 Where do we get the details about companies and details?
http://bangaloreit.com/src/companySearch.asp (Bangalore companies)
http://www.stpc.soft.net/perform_mnc.htm (Chennai companies)
http://www.dqindia.com/content/dq_top20/dqtopcomps.asp?dqlist=top200 (top 200 IT companies)
 How to prepare for Infosys?
There is nothing to worry about the Infosys written test.It is easy if you keep your mind cool. There will be 10 questions in aptitude test, each of different marks & without multiple choices. Duration is 1 hr & you have to get at least 7-8 correct to get short-listed. You had to put down the procedure also in the paper. These puzzles are similar to the one in Shakuntala & George Summers. Attempt all questions, as there is no negative marking. No problem if we guess also. Mostly there will be questions on time & distance, probability, puzzles (George Summers), watch questions (related to time), escalator problem, completion of series & profit-loss questions.
Verbal is very easy. There will be 45 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 30 min. Attempt all questions. Mostly there will be completion of sentences (20 Q), correction of sentences (10Q) reading comprehension (5Q), synonyms & antonyms (10Q).
 How to prepare for TCS?
There were 3 main sections verbal, aptitude and reasoning. Generally any company will not change the question paper for a year. So, you people can give importance to 2004 Question Papers. You can collect the sample QP from the about websites. We can see QP from 1995 onwards. Preparing all those papers is enough to get placement. There will be section cut off. Aptitude any one can clear. But In verbal section only we can beat others.
Don’t miss to prepare all the verbal section from 1995 onwards. The choices given to synonym and antonym part will be changed. But the question may be the same one. So, Open “MS WORD” and collect synonym and antonyms for all the words found in all the QP.Regarding interview: They check only the confidential level of the candidate. They never expect you to answer for each and every question. All they need to check is how bold you are, how much confidence you have on you. always don’t expect questions from Areas of Interest. Always have a pleasant smile in your face and keep yourself very cool. That is more important than anything. They may sometime ask very basic questions like what is the version of WINDOWS you have worked on? But answers for them are very much important. For non-computer students the interview will be very simple. They need not worry that they don’t know much technically.
 Company question paper sites
http://www.chetana-jobs.com
http://www.vyomworld.com/placementpapers
http://www.go4campus.com/mepz.asp
http://www.geocities.com/careeraid2003/company.html
http://vvasan.hypermart.net/
http://freshersworld.com/questions/questions.htm
http://www.aucse.com/Question%20Bank.htm
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nestjobs/files/
 What kind of salary do you need?
A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like, that’s a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position? In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you. If not,say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide range.
 Are you a team player?
You are, of course, a team player. Be sure to have examples ready. Specifics that show you often perform for the good of the team rather than for yourself is good evidence of your team attitude.Do not brag; just say it in a matter-of-fact tone? This is a key point.
 How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
Specifics here are not good. Something like this should work: I’d like it to be a long time.Or As long as we both feel I’m doing a good job.
 Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that?
This is serious. Do not make light of it or in any way seem like you like to fire people. At the same time, you will do it when it is the right thing to do. When it comes to the organization versus the individual who has created a harmful situation, you will protect the organization.Remember firing is not the same as layoff or reduction in force.
 What is your philosophy towards work?
The interviewer is not looking for a long or flowery dissertation here. Do you have strong feelings that the job gets done? Yes. That’s the type of answer were that works best here.Short and positive, showing a benefit to the organization
 If you had enough money to retire right now, would you?
Answer yes if you would. But since you need to work, this is the type of work you prefer. Do not say yes if you do not mean it.
 Have you ever been asked to leave a position?
If you have not, say no. If you have, be honest, brief and avoid saying negative things about the people or organization involved.
 Explain how you would be an asset to this organization?
You should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. Give a little advance thought to this relationship.
 Why should we hire you?
Point out how your assets meet what the organization needs. Do not mention any other candidates to make a comparison.
 Tell me about a suggestion you have made?
Have a good one ready. Be sure and use a suggestion that was accepted and was then considered successful. One related to the type of work applied for is a real plus.
 What irritates you about co-workers?
This is a trap question. Think real hard but fail to come up with anything that irritates you. A short statement that you seem to get along with folks is great.
 Tell me about yourself
The most often asked question in interviews. You need to have a short statement prepared in your mind. Be careful that it does not sound rehearsed. Limit it to work-related items unless instructed otherwise. Talk about things you have done and jobs you have held that relate to the position you are interviewing for. Start with the item farthest back and work up to the present.
 Why did you leave your last job?
Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. Never refer to a major problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors, co-workers or the organization. I f you do, you will be the one looking bad. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity, a chance to do something special or other forward-looking reasons
 What experience do you have in this field?
Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.
 Do you consider yourself successful?
You should always answer yes and briefly explain why. A good explanation is that you have set goals, and you have met some and are on track to achieve the others.
 What do co-workers say about you?
Be prepared with a quote or two from co-workers. Either a specific statement or a paraphrase will work. Jill Clark, a co-worker at Smith Company, always said I was the hardest workers she had ever known. It is as powerful as Jill having said it at the interview herself.
 What do you know about this organization?
This question is one reason to do some research on the organization before the interview. Find out where they have been and where they are going. What are the current issues and who are the major players?
 What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention.
 Are you applying for other jobs?
Be honest but do not spend a lot of time in this area. Keep the focus on this job and what you can do for this organization.Anything else is a distraction.

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