Placements Secrets

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.

The students are advised not to have any subject backlogs by the time they enter Final Year.

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:

  1. If a firm offers or confirmation of selection is received from an organization irrespective of it being accepted or not accepted by the student.
  2. If a maximum of two active short-listings are in hand. In the event one active short-listing gets converted into ‘rejection,’ the student’s case is permitted to be proceeded further with recruitment. Until such time, a maximum of two active short-listings are obtained.
The following situations would represent active short-listing:
  1. Students who appear in some part of the campus interview i.e. tests, group discussions and do not show up for the subsequent selection round.
  2. Production of false or incorrect information. Students called for interviews purely on the basis of bio-data forwarded by the center without any screening process being conducted at the institute.
  3. Students who are called for interviews but do not attend the same. These would also include cases where information is given to the organization.

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.

  1. Provide a large corporate database.
  2. Arrange industry contacts.
  3. Organize industrial tours.
  4. Provide profiles of target companies.
  5. Arrange short-term projects.
  6. Arrange good speakers from the industry.
  7. Give feedback on industry trends and the latest technical developments.
  8. Conduct needs analysis of corporates.
  9. Organize on-campus and off-campus interviews.
  10. Brief on the interview process.
  11. Provide training in communication skills.
  12. Offer feedback on reasons for not getting selected.
  13. Create an alumni database.
  14. Prepare brochures and CDs.
  15. Conduct flash presentations to corporate partners.
  16. Establish alliances and Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with good companies.

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.

Generally GD is conducted in the following manner

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.



Communication skills

Group dynamics


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.


Dominating nature.

Disagreeing beyond reason.

Being irrelevant.

Losing temper.

Impatient attitude.

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.

The Firm:

Background of the company

Products and services

Capital invested and turnover

Profit performance

Number of employees

Location - factory and branches

Future plans of the company


Any important issue of the organization that has been noteworthy

Your source of information could be

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

News/Press releases

Company’s Website

The Appointment:

Title of the job

Number of posts

Method or extent of company training, selection procedures, and Remuneration levels of staff


Job safety/risks

Duties & responsibilities pertaining to the job:

Routine / creative type of work

Qualities needed for success and confirmation

Conditions of Employment:

Location / area of posting

Remuneration & perks

Day / hours of work / leave facilities

Agreement contract / service bond

Retirement benefits

Promotion Prospects:


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




Pleasant personality

Emotional stability


Lateral thinking

Poise in the interview

Aggressiveness & Initiative taking


Moral standards


Good health

Extracurricular activities

Communication & Leadership qualities

Communication skills

Writing skills

Leadership potential

Managerial Skills

Interest in people

Organizational requirements

Work experience of a particular type


Compatibility with superiors

Realistic salary expectations

Willingness to accept routine assignments

Familiarity with The Interview Process

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.

Group Discussions

Personal Interviews

Medical tests

For certain types of jobs, other tests like Leadership potential tests, Group tasks, Physical Endurance tests may also be used for assessment.

 Academic Preparation

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.

 Project Work

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?’

Practical Training

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.

Special Achievements

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.

Extra-Curricular Activities

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.

General Knowledge and Current Affairs

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.

Communication Skills

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.

Be Punctual and Fresh

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.

Be Dressed Properly

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.

Entering The Interview Room

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.

Be Warm and Responsive

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.

Be Poised

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.

Follow The Interviewer’s Lead

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.

Be a Good Listener

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.

Sell Yourself

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.

Market Your Skills

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.

Volunteer Information
Fill in any gaps that may be left in your bio-data or application. Facts are not enough. Interviewers will be impressed by any information that demonstrates your mental effectiveness, enthusiasm, motivation, and dedication. They get this information from the way you talk about things as much as from the specific details you discuss. As you volunteer information, try to make certain that the interviewer understands how it makes you qualified for the job. In other words, be rather pointed in your explanations on how you are exceptional in some important ways and how you have something unique to offer, etc.
Be Assertive
Assertiveness is the ability to express your feelings honestly and to take charge of your rights responsibly. It is typified by a healthy self-respect, confidence, and a general good feeling about yourself. Perhaps one way of describing assertiveness is to contrast it with non-assertive and aggressive behaviors. Non-aggressive behavior is characterized by self-denial, inhibition, and anxiousness. Aggressive behavior, on the other hand, is characterized as being very expressive and self-enhancing at the expense of others. In contrast to the above two extremes, assertive behavior is a way of selling yourself on your own merits. It displays good self-assessment and confidence and also a healthy respect for the rights of others—two things that are highly valued in inter-personal relations.
Be Frank and Honest
In order to sell yourself, you should not lie or distort your answers. Remember that no one is expected to know all the answers. If you do not know the answer to a question, it is better to acknowledge that you do not know it rather than trying to bluff. Interviewers are likely to take a stance of grilling a candidate if they suspect him/her of lying. You will often find yourself being interviewed from different angles to assess certain qualities and sometimes by several individuals within the same organization. Keep your answers consistent. Comparisons will inevitably be made, and inconsistencies that are discovered will be to your disadvantage.
Control Your Behavior
Suppose an interviewer asks you a question that you consider inappropriate. Sometimes interviewers do ask inappropriate questions to test the candidate’s emotional stability and temperament. In such situations, answer the question carefully, unemotionally, and in a straightforward manner. This will demonstrate your emotional stability.
A little humor or wit thrown in the discussion occasionally enables the interviewer to look at the pleasant side of your personality. But, if you are bad at wit, better to refrain from it.
Avoid Slang
Present-day youth use slangs as an integral part of their daily communication, particularly more so the university students. However, during an interview, slang will not probably be understood and certainly not appreciated. Your communication must be as formal and as explicit as possible.
Be Well-Mannered
The way you conduct yourself reflects your upbringing and your culture. The phrases in your conversation, such as ‘yes please,’ ‘thank you,’ and ‘I beg your pardon’ show sophistication and good heritage. It is good to project an air of humility rather than arrogance.
Any organization gives high importance to loyalty. Very often the company’s valuable assets or confidential information would be in your hands. An organization would prefer to feel secure when hiring you. A common question asked by interviewers to judge this quality is ‘Why you left or plan to leave your last or present organization.’ Never speak against your former organization. The manner in which you uphold your former organization gives the assurance to the interviewer that you would do the same if you were employed in their organization.
Do not Break Confidence and Indulge in Character Assassination
In either case mentioned above, you will be demonstrating a lack of personal integrity that might lose you the respect of the interviewer. If you do it to your previous friends and organization, the interviewer may suspect that you will do the same in the present organization also. You will be viewed as having a more professional and healthy outlook if you avoid these two errors.
Know Your Worth
A little prior inquiry and effort will tell you what the current average salaries of particular jobs are. Most job descriptions list the ranges of pay. It is generally not advisable to bring up the subject of money in a pre-screening interview unless the interviewer mentions it. However, it is a very necessary issue in any final in-depth interview. At the beginning of your career, there is very little scope for bargaining, especially in our country, where there is excess of manpower available and there is a shortage of jobs. However, if you are sure of your worth, don’t undersell yourself.
Interviewer’s Fatigue
Most of the time, the interview panel conducts the interview throughout the day. In such cases, attention starts declining as the lunchtime approaches and also towards the closing time in the evening. During this slack period, the interviewers will be falling short of questions and may prefer some lightheartedness to keep them going and may become suddenly time-conscious. Should you be unfortunate to have your interview during this slack period, there is a possibility of their making a judgment of you based on too little information. It is, therefore, imperative for you to be aware of the situation and take initiative in offering information about yourself, which is likely to project you in the proper perspective.
Ask Good Questions
Generally, you will be given an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the interview. So, go to the interview with good questions about the job and the company. It is up to you to determine whether you fit into the job and whether you want it or not. Questions regarding the job and the organization, working conditions, career growth prospects, working relationships, and so on show your keenness and maturity in relation to the job.
Do Not Press the Interviewer for the Result
You might like immediate feedback about your performance. But resist the temptation to ask questions like ‘How did I do?’, ‘May I know the result?’ etc. The interviewer needs time to analyze, consult others in the interview panel to make decisions. Also, there may be procedures to be followed before letting you know the result.
Ending the Interview
The way you conclude an interview can be as vital as the main interview. This moment is the last impression that you leave with the interview panel prior to their post-interview discussion and decision-making. Try to end your interview on a sparkling note. Finally, thank the interviewer for the opportunity given to you and express your happiness and useful experience of the interview. You should then rise and wish them the time of the day, maintaining eye contact and a pleasant smile. Offer a handshake if the interviewer does so first. Open and close the door gently while exiting if the interviewer does so first. It is prudent to wait for some time at the interview office if, as an afterthought, the interviewer wants to clarify anything further with you.