How to Face PSU Interviews? - For many candidates who will be sitting in GATE 2018, the goal is to land a job at one of the top PSUs. But while a good GATE score is a prequisite for a PSU job, it on its own is not always enough to take the candidate across the finish line. It is because a majority of the PSUs only use GATE scores to screen candidates. For example, NFL, BHEL, and RCFL, to name a few, conduct additional interview rounds for the candidates shortlisted based on GATE scores. The final selection then is a mix of GATE score and interview perfomance. In case of NFL, the weightage given to GATE score and interview is respectively in the ratio 80:20. Given how vital interview is to the overall scheme of things, it is therefore never a bad idea to learn how to face PSU interviews.
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PSUs recruiting through GATE 2018 scores will shortlist a much higher number of applicants than the actual vacancies. Consequently, the candidate must give a very good account of himself/herself to impress the interviewer. Here we bring you excerpts by GATE toppers from previous years who tell you how to face PSU interviews confidently.
IIT Guwahati will conduct GATE 2018 in online mode on February 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2018. GATE application form 2018 started on August 31 through GOAPS and continue till October 9, 2017. The GATE admit card 2018 can be downloaded from January 5 onwards. The result of GATE 2018 will be declared on March 17, while score card will be issued for qualified candidates from March 20 onwards.
How to Face PSU Interviews
There are many elements to preparing for a PSU interview, including reading up about the job you are applying to and paying attention to personal grooming. Here Careers360 brings you tips on how to face PSU interviews that will deal with each of these elements:
Getting ready for the PSU Interview:
Read about the PSU you are applying to: This way you can share important tid bits about the company and tell the good things the company stands for, something the interviewer might like to hear. Ensure that you not just go through the company profile but also about its performance. Learning about how a company is faring will also help you make a better choice in case you have more than one offer in your hands.
HR Policy – Check what the HR policy of the company says. Get familiar with the pay scale offered to the designation advertised for. The important point is to understand the pay scale. Many students assume that the CTC (Cost to Company) is the actual pay they will receive. This is not correct. The salary includes all perks offered to that particular cadre.
Bond Agreement - Find out if there is a service bond that the you have to sign. Before saying yes, it is a good idea to consult someone in the family or a friend, especially someone who can give some sane advice. The service bond is a legally binding contract that will outline the number of years a candidate has to compulsorily work for the said company, so the candidate needs to look into every angle before signing it.
Understand you job role: You need to know the post you are appling to, like your job functions, where you might be posted, etc.
Work on your resume – It must reflect your strengths and what you have achieved. However, guard against overstating facts and too much embellishments, as it will appear fake. Put across the stuff that you know, are good at and mention all achievements that you have proof of. So concentrate on making a good resume and put that forward while applying and during the interview.
What to Prepare:
Prepare from your B.Tech study material.
Pick at least two topics from your B.Tech specialization that you are interested in. You must have reasons as to why you like these topics and also have sound knowledge about them. The point of this exercise is the interview panel may enquire about your interest areas in the technical field.
The idea is to have an edge over the other candidates. Some suggestion from toppers have been to know about Industrial Training but that is up to the candidate and not compulsory.
It is also important that you keep yourself updated with current topics and general knowledge. This exercise will help you a great deal in group discussion as well as in answering some questions that may be asked to test your grasp about the country, current raging issues and the world in general.
The interviewer may also chip in a few tricky questions like “Why should you be selected?” or “Why do you want to join this company?” You need to know how to get out of these situations.
Checklist for the PSU Interview:
Invest on personal grooming: It will earn you a few extra points. Also ensure that you do look similar to the one shown in the GATE 2018 photograph. It is not advisable to change your appearance in any manner that may seem unrecognisable.
Documents to carry: Carry a copy of the PSU Application Form, GATE 2018 Admit Card in original to the interview. Since the GATE 2018 Score Card is to be downloaded by candidates, carry the downloaded GATE 2018 Score Card also. Make sure that all your certificates are in place. Carry only the originals. As a safety measure, you can carry a valid photo ID and some photographs similar to ones posted in the GATE 2018 Application Form with you.
Before the interview: Take note of the surroundings. Sometimes questions may be just asked to test your observation powers.
During the Interview:
Show Respect: Upon entering the interview room, make sure that you wish everyone in the panel politely. If there is a point on which you do not agree, put the point across in a diplomatic manner. Do not be aggressive.
Appear and be smart: The panel will be looking for smart individuals. So before you answer, think. If you don’t know the answer to a question, it is better to say so than give a wrong answer. Also, if you are doubtful of the answer, tell the panel that you think this is the answer but you have some reservations about it.
Group Discussion: The group discussion designed to check whether you are a team player and to assess your knowledge of current affairs. Make sure that you come across as a team player by leading but allowing others to get their word in.
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