Communication Skills: why are we the way we are?
Pleasant Priscilla Florence Persis. S, campus hired & employee at CTS. She is here to share her experience on CTS campus drive and career ahead.
Interviewer: Good morning Priscilla. Tell us about yourself.
Priscilla: Good morning ! I hold a graduate degree with IT as a specialisation. I’m presently working at Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS), Chennai from 28 June 2016. I have two elder sisters and one elder brother. Being the youngest, I was pampered and motivation to be self-reliant came because of my sisters. One of them is HR and another one is a Project Manager. While pursuing Bachelors degree my sisters persuaded me to take up Java certification courses. After being on board at CTS I realised the importance of little push my sisters gave to complete Java courses. It’s easy to give up! (smiles)
Interviewer: Yes, I agree with you on that ‘little push’. Let’s move to our next question, why did you choose to apply for CTS?
Priscilla: Initially, I didn’t choose but rather it choose it (laughs). Just kidding! I had over 25 rejections with three offers from start-ups in between these rejections. I was never to settle for anything less hence the hunt continued. CTS was my 26th drive. I saw several rejections because of two reasons – firstly I perceived aptitude doesn’t need training but rejections from first few companies for inability to clear aptitude test was a good indicator to rework. And, secondly I took training to equip from training staff and faculty of department.
Interviewer: Yes, I also believe that training wouldn’t make you a bad person. Your persistence effort has paid off. What were the different rounds conducted?
Priscilla: (smiles) Yes, I agree. There were four rounds.
- Group Discussion
- Technical Interview
I was fairly good at technical courses but aptitude need that ‘little push’. Department of training and IT were very helpful.
Interviewer: That ‘little push’ seem to have worked. What is/are your take away from the process?
Priscilla: I realised that training and self-mode preparation could actually make difference to one’s success. I wish never to neglect any sort of learning in near future.
Interviewer: What are your suggestions for future aspirants?
Priscilla: ‘Making Mandatory brings discipline and makes life easier.’ Training and continuous learning is the way to career development. Because companies are focused on their requirements. People with good programming, logical and analytical skills will always have opportunities. Lately companies are looking for self-mode preparation people during training period. There might not be trainers for every component of technologies. One would need to study new framework by themselves. It’s going to be very competitive and challenging! (smiles)
Interviewer: Thank you Priscilla for sharing some interesting insights on changing paradigm. I hope it will help the readers and aspirants. Wishing you a great life and career with CTS.
Priscilla: (smiles) Thank you too!
“Mankind would like to live and die a life of a Hero”
The way feet runs holding breathe to see the movie without missing titles from beginning. Why don’t we see students run to attend the classes? The same student run to watch the movie without a blink. Can we relate time to entertainment? Why one needs to get entertained? Perhaps changing paradigm shift call for newer approaches. If one want to live and die a life of Hero, one must become a hero! What does our Hero(ine) do in movies? They act, sing, dance, cry, laugh and so on. Can teachers be like hero(ine)?
What could possibly make one Hero(ine) of a class?
- Subject Knowledge
- Approach towards students
- Good heart
- Achievements (success of past to inspire students)
- Delivery (techniques)
Mark(a magic wand?! nah!)
Let’s now look into components of a movie:
A movie consists of –
Characters, Story, Songs, Dance, Theme, Music and so on.
A class consists of –
Interaction, Group Discussion, Puzzles, Role Plays, Cases, ICT, Humor, Application, Purpose, MCQ, Demo and so on.
A good movie consists of several things, can similar analogy true for a class? I feel possible true! Because the primary objective of a movie is entertain, similarly primary objective of a class is participation (from teachers perspective). In order to see a good participation a structure is vital-
- Break (?!)
- Content 2
- Summary/Assessment/ Reflection
The point 3 might seem out of context but lets not forget Indian movies demand a break too. It’s just about the interval break that leaves the viewers with a suspense/curiosity to return to their chair. It’s als
o break from a prologue. Break To Banta Hai Boss! But, why one does need a break?
‘Words are creation of man but God created sounds and visuals (nature).’
Interviewer: Tell me about yourself ?
Hello all, I am Anitha completed final year in 2016 from Electronics and Communication background. Currently I am working in Tech Mahindra in automotive domain. It’s been good old two months and I’m enjoying the work environment here.
Interviewer: why did you choose to apply to Tech Mahindra?
Initially, I was not interested to explore the career in TechMahindra but after going their profile, objectives, vision and the projects they were working on, I got curious and wanted to give it a try. That was how I landed up in TechM. To be more specific this company has many verticals which means it has got different projects apart from IT domain, like Aeronautics (company has signed a pact with Russia for BOEING manufacturing as part in Make in INDIA) , Mechanical domain( MAHINDRA & MAHINDRA) and various RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS .
Interviewer: What were the different rounds conducted ?
Apart from the initial interview process which is being conducted every year I would like to throw some more points on what are the process which are followed after getting into the company.
1) Inorder to get early date of joining the company will send you modules containing basic C programming, DBMS, RDBMS, Software engineering, Software testing, UNIX and HTML. They will conduct contest at various locations you need to clear it inorder to have advantages which would be like allocation into project at early stage itself. For those who doesn’t clear the contest has to undergo initial training again which was specified in the modules along with extra algorithms.
2) They may even select students based on the engineering background and provide them an opportunity to work related to that field .Before that they will conduct an interview process either one to one or through telephone.
3) One should grab the opportunity to showcase ourselves at any given point of time, you never know when it might turn out be in your favour.
Interviewer: What is /are take away from the process?
At each stage I learnt so many things. Even during training period learnt how to utilise the time. If we wish to learn anything new we should go ahead and ask people working in office. Instead of sitting idle we could simply watch them work .
Interviewer: Any suggestions for future aspirants?
No job is big or small at the end all that matters is what we have learnt, where we are, what we will be years from now.
A short interview with Divesh, Dept of Mech
Interviewer: Tell us about yourself?
Divesh: Hi, my name is Divesh. I’m active person with bubbling energy, average at studies (smiles) and deeply interested in sports and extra curricular activities like club events. I love to gather information that would help to enhance general knowledge that includes current affairs. I do all these because they act as a motivational dose. I’m active in nature to help and motivate others. These add to my list of good characters (smiles again). I’m a goal orientated person who strives to achieve. Though at times lag in decision making hinders the process/action.
Interviewer: Among several careers, why did you choose to apply Naval Officer?
Divesh: According to me, defence is a structured organisation. Several other career often pushes the persons thinking on matters like income, promotion, popularity etc. Though it isn’t wrong to desire but it doesn’t seem to match my aspirations. It would be very hard for me to act to gain, but rather I believe in sacrifice life for the nation. Its hard to imagine a career that seem monotonous or just 9-5 shift job. I could say this,
“If you are excited of an idea that no one else, all that should matter to you is focus. Progressive thinkers are driven by their interests, not whether others are interested.”
Interviewer: How are you preparing for the naval officer position?
Divesh: The preparation is beyond the just table study. Preparation demands in an attitude shift to mould character through knowledge, current affairs, stories of warriors etc. I feel that application of learning will play an important role in developing the OLQ’s (Officer Like Qualities). Some of OLQ’s are – planning & organising; social adjustment; social effectiveness; dynamics etc.
Interviewer: What is the ideal time required for one to prepare?
Divesh: Time could be estimated based on several factors of individuals but for me its like a daily bread. However an ideal time of 6 months – 1 year preparation is desirable.
Interviewer: Could you brief on the selection process?
Divesh: In the selection process three things are looked for –
What you think?
What you speak?
What you do?
These are checked by three examiners that consists of a psychologist, G.T.O and I.O. Further details on the application and selection process is listed on their website (www.joinindiannavy.gov.in) & search for ‘afosop’ (youtube)
Interviewer: Why do you think several eligible candidates don’t apply for a career in defence?
Divesh: According to me, some might think that they don’t possess or cannot build qualities that are required to be an officer. Or they may be lazy (smiles). I see its a gradual phenomena for one becoming an officer. Their may be myth that officer need to sacrifice life to the nation.
Interviewer: What message do you like to give for aspirants?
Divesh: Create, follow and have a role model (martyr), mentor and successful officers to encourage you. Leaders always create others as leader. My hero and role model if Major. Mukund Varadharajan. A. C.
For further information one could visit: ssbcrack.in
Interviewer: Thank you Divesh for several interesting insights on SSB. I hope it will help the readers. Wishing to see you as an officer.
Divesh: Hope to see several others coming forward to join defence! Thank you too!
Dear Readers, Today we have smart Selena, a campus placed student. She is here to share her experience on Tech Mahindra drive.
Interviewer: Hello Selena. Tell me about your studies.
Selena: Hi! I am Selena, pursuing 4th year BE, ECE.
Interviewer: Why did you choose to apply for TechMahindra
Selena: I chose to apply for Tech Mahindra basically because of the structured
learning and the creative freedom it provides to pursue other interests. I am in
contact with a few of the seniors who tell me about how they are doing so
much, apart from working. Most of them are studying part-time, or they are
actively engaged in other organizations. So, I like being busy and that’s
something that Tech Mahindra offers to their employees. Also, this being a day one company,
I see that I will have 57 familiar faces by the time I start my career.
Interviewer: Thanks looks promising career for a fresher. What were the different rounds conducted?
Selena: Rounds conducted were : the first round was the aptitude round. Once we cleared
that, we had the creative writing round, we had to write a 1200 character
passage on an image on the screen. Everyone gets a unique image. The
picture that I was given was a red dot. The next round was the Technical HR
round. It was fairly simple. We only had to answer confidently, and answer
right. For streams other than CSE and IT, they had asked mostly from
questions that can be found online. So it helps in preparation to Google
technical interview questions. And the final round was the HR round where I
was asked about my contributions to my projects and my communication skill
Interviewer: Some interesting rounds! Huh? What is/are your take away from the process?
Selena: Takeaway- the first take away that I had was my first interview experience
where I did not know the interviewer. I also learned the kind of questions
that we could probably ask regarding the interview. And I understood that
when you attend an interview, you tell the company what they want to hear.
Interviewer: Interesting! What are your suggestions for future aspirants?
Selena: For my juniors, I would say work super hard. Because, there is nothing that
equates to that. And do ‘smart work’ more than ‘hard work’. And for the
technical HR, it is expected that we know what we study, for Tech Mahindra.
That is as an ECE student, I was asked questions on ECE, not on CSE.
Interviewer: Thank you Selena for the some smart insights on the recruitment process. I hope it will help the readers. Wishing you a great career with Tech Mahindra.
Selena: Pleasure is mine! Thank you too!