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Monday Morning Article Cover for: SHAILESH TRIPATHY (EE) -  TATA STEEL


|Higher Eduction


Feb 15, 2016|2 minutes

Team MM

Q: Are you satisfied with the company you are placed in or did you expect a better company?

A: Yes, I am satisfied with Tata Steel, not just because of the CTC, but mainly because it is a reputed company where I will have plenty of opportunities to learn and pick up new skills!

Q: Were there any challenges that you faced in the beginning of the placement season?

A: I got rejected in my first interview for Capgemini. I analysed all my mistakes which cost me that job offer and never repeated any of them in my subsequent PIs. There was also the question of whether I should place more importance on placement or on my preparation for GRE.

Q: Were you rejected by any other company? If yes, what could be the possible reasons?

A: Apart from Capgemini, I was rejected by General Motors as well. In the case of Capgemini, I was unable to present the right amount of confidence, I might have appeared over-confident during the interview. Another reason was, I had not brushed up my knowledge on Data Structures and therefore couldn’t answer questions from that topic. In the case of GM, although the interview went well, they required graduates with certain amount of experience in automobiles and clearly I wasn’t the right candidate for them.

Q: How many levels were there in the selection procedure of this company?

A: There were three levels- Written round, Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

Q: What preparations did you undergo to get through the written rounds?

A: For the technical part of the written round, I brushed up on my basics of Electrical Machines, Switch Gear & Protection systems and Power System. Most of the questions in the written section were theoretical and a few problems that required only basic formulae for calculation.

Q: What preparations did you undergo to get through the GD rounds?

A: No special preparation for GD round. But to clear this round it is essential to stay updated on the current affairs. However, the GD topics of Tata Steel were not the “conventional topics” that one would expect. In such a scenario, knowledge on that particular topic certainly gives you an advantage, but if you have none, listen to what others say and build upon that. They are not testing your knowledge, they are testing your communication skills and the ability to make others agree with you. If you put forth a point, however redundant, but that gets the maximum number of nods from your group members, the moderators notice that and that’s a +1 point in your favour.

Q: What preparations did you undergo to get through the Interview rounds?

A: While preparing for PI, I divided my preparation into two categories, one for the general questions at the beginning and the other for technical questions. For the first part, I prepared my answers that would show I am different and which might help me stand out from others. Impressive achievements either at the institute, state or national level should be used to grab the Interviewer’s attention. Questions about internships are ubiquitous! For the second part, apart from theoretical background, they are looking for practical knowledge. Having almost zero exposure to industry, I took help from www.electrical4u.com. I made it a habit that, whenever any question was asked, I would take up my pen and a paper and try to explain the answer to them, visually whenever possible. After a question has been asked, never give a blank look to the interviewer or gaze elsewhere, look down at the paper, do a little rough work and afterwards explain the answer to the interviewer. This has been a good PI strategy for me.

Q: Any tips or suggestions for the juniors?

A: Develop your own strategies to tackle with the written, GD and PI rounds, either with help from friends or online. Do not go with the herd mentality of being relaxed and chilled for the companies you are sitting for. Neither be very tensed and afraid. Just try to show that you are passionate about the company and the work it does and what a great asset you will be if they recruit you. A mixture of knowledge, preparation, confidence and luck gets you to your goal.

Q: Can you briefly explain your overall experience of the placement season?

A: I would like to thank the Placement Committee first. The overall placement this season has been very good, all thanks to them. The experience has been excellent as I have learnt numerous things every time I appeared for a company, whether in success or failure. It has shown the importance of not only having sound technical skills but the ability to show them to others in an effective way. It has also been a character building session, which has tested my patience and perseverance in the face of failures and difficulties. It was a good precursor to the life in the corporate fast lane! I miss the frequent visits to the South Block Guest House along with the nail biting tension before PIs. But perhaps the best experience has been to see my friends getting placed at awesome companies which made me happy, reveling in their success and inspiring me in turn to achieve more!

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