(Tips) How to get a job at Wipro

How to get a job at Wipro

What are the winning traits of a potential employee?
Team skills, confidence and poise. We see if the candidate can fit into Wipro's culture as we place utmost importance on integrity. We want people to be Wipro's strength.

What advice would you give fresh graduates?
We advice potential employees to focus on two critical aspects. One is fundamentals. More than the domain of study, an analytical bent of mind is critical to solving customer problems and thriving in a long term career.

The second critical aspect that we see as a major challenge is communication skills. Candidate need to invest in improving their communication abilities, and this is gaining prominence with market becoming more and more competitive and global.

And my interview advice to students would be -- just be cool!

Education: Diploma/ graduates (BSc/ BCom) / postgraduates (MSc/MCom) from full-time courses only can apply.
Qualifying percentage: Graduates from any stream with 50 per cent in class 10, 12 and 60 per cent in graduation and postgraduation.
Placement test/ Interview date: Throughout the year, on predetermined  dates and venues at different campuses.

The selection process involves an aptitude test, PC skills test, HR round and a spoken English test. The duration of the test is 60 minutes and questions in the verbal and analytical sections are along the lines of the CAT and GMAT entrance examinations.

Upon joining, candidates are trained and absorbed in any of the business units at Wipro, which could include industry verticals, service lines, performing the role of software development, testing and remote infrastructure management, among others.

On campus recruitments
Education: Final year BTech
Qualifying percentage: 50 per cent in class 10, 10+2 and 60 per cent in college
Placement test/ Interview date: December/ January/ February

Recruitment process
Recruitment of final year engineering students takes place on campus through a screening test called the Wipro Entrance Test. Wipro conducts placement tests in nearly 100 engineering colleges each year. These colleges are evaluated by Wipro Accreditation Process which evaluates colleges on several parameters, chief among them are student performance, faculty profile, placement history and learning infrastructure.

Wipro representatives visit these identified accredited campuses at a mutually convenient date and time to conduct pre-placement presentation. This takes place a month or two before the main test. In pre-placement, students are given an overview of the company, its several businesses, career opportunities and a low-down on eligibility and selection process.

Final year BTech students with 50 per cent aggregate marks in class 10, 10+2 and 60 per cent in graduation are eligible for the test. Wipro considers graduates from all specialisations.

Test and interview
The placements tests are devised by the company itself and these are conducted in the months of December, January
and February. The placement test comprises two parts: written test and personal interviews. Usually, both take place on the same day, but when the number of applicants is higher, interviews are taken the following day.

Written test
The total duration of the written test is 60 minutes. The written test is divided into three sections namely, verbal, analytical and technical. The test is conducted online; only when a college does not have the infrastructure to support an online test that a pen-paper test is taken.

GRE or GMAT test papers are helpful in preparing for test. Within hours of the test, results are declared. Shortlisted candidates then proceed for the interview which takes place in two rounds: technical and human resource or personal.

Technical round
In the technical round, the candidate is assessed for his/her subject knowledge and abilities. The personal interview, which takes place with the HR team, assesses the candidate on HR competencies and Wipro values such as integrity and honesty. Often the final results are announced on the very same day, or the following day.

Salary and bond
On joining day, selected candidates are asked to sign a bond. The duration of the bond is 18 months and signing it means that for that period the candidate cannot apply elsewhere. "The purpose behind signing the bond is that we want our potential employers to grow with us," says Bahirwani.

The pay package is at par with industry standards. According to industry estimates, starting pay package is between Rs 3-4 lakh/annum

Off-campus recruitments
Education: BSc/ BTech
Qualifying percentage: As specified in the advertisement
Placement test/Interview date: As specified

Wipro also conducts off-campus hiring, which is not institution-specific and is open for students across institutions. Off-campus recruitments are done for the here-and-now kind of needs of the organisation, which are advertised on its website and yes, candidates do have to appear for the placement test.

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By: Sumita Vaid Dixit
Courtesy: Rediff