As another academic year draws to a close, students who will be graduating
from graduate and postgraduate courses are no doubt apprehensive about the next
step - finding a job.
So what are the skills fresh graduates need in order to find a rewarding
job? Are there certain attributes that MNCs look for? Certain personality traits
interviewers look for?
To answer these and anumber of other related queries, Amit Bansal (career
counselor and trainer who heads
organisation that works with colleges to make students employment-ready) hosted
a chat with Get Ahead readers on April 9, 2010.
For those of you who missed the chat, here's the unedited chat transcript:
Amit Bansal says, Hi everyone! I am Amit Bansal and I am
looking forward to your questions!
sen asked, I mean to get into MNC what a fresher
should learn ?
Amit Bansal answers, Sen, apart from learning
technical skills (depending on the MNC and industry you want to go to) one also
needs to learn Soft Skills.
mamu asked, sir, sir I am just completed my Class
XII exams and am planning to work for BPO and carry on with my studies. what
kind of future can I have in BPOs?
Amit Bansal answers, If you wish to join a BPO to
continue with your studies, it maybe the right thing to do. Normally, experience
earned in a BPO is relevant only if you wish to continue in the BPO industry.
The BPO industry is here to stay and offers good growth. However, a lot of young
people move out of it as they are unable to cope with sales pressure and night
shifts on a longterm basis.
rajesh asked, Hello Sir,I passed out of college
last year.I have completed my master's in computer science.I m not able to find
a proper job.Although i have few programming skills,most of the companies ask
for experience which i dont have.
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Rajesh, i believe that if you
work on your soft skills and improve your resume, you will get a good job. Also,
try to do some internships / projects that may give you experience even if they
Jeev asked, Hello Bansalji, My son is 9 th standard
and there is an opton of droping Maths, you think it is advisable to drop Maths?
Other optional subject is Environmental science
Amit Bansal answers, Sir, it depends entirely on your
son's aptitude. Please get an aptitude test done. let him learn according to his
aptitude and without any kind of pressure.
ajay asked, what kind of preparation should
freshers require for campaus/interview
Amit Bansal answers, Freshers should work on enhancing their 'self
awareness'. They should understand themselves, their goals, strengths and
weaknesses. The more 'self-aware' they are, the better they will perform in the
GD/PI rounds. Also, they should do practice tests, GDs and interviews. They
should also have an original resume and not simply cut-copy-paste someone
Anand asked, Do you feel Management really makes a
difference to a life of a businessman? Afterall, there are people like Adani and
Dhirubhai who are only class 10 pass.
Amit Bansal answers, Training in management grooms a person to face the
business world. It cannot teach a person to do business if that person has no
aptitude for it. Let's put it this way - management training is like puting the
icing on the cake. It can't help you if there is no cake!
Chidambaram asked, Dear Mr Bansal, I have often
seen that the students who do better in colleges don't do that well in their
careers. What is the reason? Moreover, those who are street smart they go on to
do very well in their careers. Why is it so? Infact, companies too hire people
who are more street smart, why so?
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Chidambaram, that is a very pertinent question -
one that all young people should ponder on. What you call 'street smartness' I
would call Personal Effectiveness. It is the ability to bring out a high output
with minimum input. Corporates today want people who are effective at the end of
the day. Qualifications do not guarantee personal effectiveness. Young people
should work on developing personal effectiveness by developing their soft
Sundeep asked, how much weightage is put on soft
skills for an experienced (2 yrs) MBA desirous of shifting his company? Can u
elaborate on the importance of SS vis-a-vis the stress on domain knowledge?
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Sundeep, Soft Skills will be just as important if
not more important than domain knowledge. A corporate is not scared of hiring
someone with limited domain-specific knowledge as long as that person is
trainable. But it would stay miles away from a person who does not have the
right attitude / soft skills.
AmitV asked, Hi, My Brother is completed hi 10th &
Diploma(E & TC) in 2002. Till then he had no gap in his education. After that
due to some crisis on family front, he could not continue with his education and
had to look after the family business. However re joined part time BE (E & TC) (Pune
University) in 2006 and will complete it in 2010. Thought being hard working and
good in academics his resume will now show some Gap in his education. What do
you think are the Job prospects for him. Regards
Amit Bansal answers, Hi AmitV, Your brother should do some practice
interviews. He should work hard on answers pertaining to the gap - he should be
able to explain the reasons for the gap and also prove that he did not waste his
time and actually grew in that period. If he can do that, he will get a good
job. The gap is really not the point. What he says about it and his own
confidence will matter.
VJ asked, What do interviewers look in candidates
when they hire ?
Amit Bansal answers, Hi VJ, thank you for your question. Interviewers
look for 3 things: 1. Can you do the job - ie do you have the ability? 2. Will
you do the job - ie do you have the drive? 3. Will you fit in - ie is your
attitude and work style compatible with the work culture of the company? They
are scared of hiring a misfit.
jia asked, I have completed my MBA in HR this year.
Due to some reason, though I attend most interviews that are coming to my
campus, I don't seem to get through. What kind of skills do you think are
necessary in this field other than the knowledge that I've gained from my
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Jia, To crack the GD/PI rounds, take care of the
following: 1. Make sure your resume really talks about you. The questions will
come from your resume so you should be able to talk about what you have written.
2. Think seriously about what kind of person you are, what are your goals in
life, what are your strenths and weaknesses. 3. As you become more and more
aware of what kind of person you are and where you are headed in life, your
clarity and confidence will show in what you say and how yo present yourself. 4.
Do a lot of practice GDs and interviews
Shiven asked, Mr Bansal, There is something called
genetics and inherent nature of human being. By coming to training institutes
and developing skill, to what degree you feel a person can change his attitude?
I mean if a person is dumb, he is dumb period. Do you think training can make
his smarter when the fact is he is genetically a duffer and dumb.
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Shiven, The purpose of personality development /
soft skills / personal effectiveness training is not to turn everyone into a CEO
or a genius. It is to enable each person to bring out his / her highest
potential. Whether one is a receptionist or a CEO, is he / she able to perform
effectively and to his / her maximum potential. That is the objective.
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