Contact Hours: 30 hrs
Credit: 1 Credit
Instructors: Simran Bhargava, Surbhi Sarkar, Nitin Jain
GETTING HIRED: FIRST IMPRESSIONS TO LAST IMPRESSIONS
Writing, Speaking and Thinking your way into the job you want.
No of Sessions (8)
What really makes a candidate stand out ? It’s not what you think. Academic qualifications count for only so much. The way you present yourself both, in your resume and during the interview, is much more likely to get you the job you want.
This course will go through the various stages of the interview process and will include:
- Written exercises (resume and cover letter writing) to help students clean up their writing skills.
- Spoken exercises (mock interviews, group discussions) to help students speak with confidence and conviction
- Exercises in building general awareness via a daily quiz to help students stay up-to-date as well as to develop presence of mind.
By the end of the course, students should have:
- Written out a powerful resume and cover letter
- Identified their unique strengths
- Researched companies they’d like to work for
- Got enough speaking practice to get rid of fear during both, interviews and group discussions.
Getting to know yourself
*The interview process: an overview of the course as well as the specific steps required in getting a job.
* How the rules of the game have changed.
- Written exercise: Creating an inventory of your skills and accomplishments
- Identifying your USP
- Homework: Create a “marketing pitch” for yourself.
Getting to know the companies you want to work for
- Specific skills required in researching companies - asking smart questions, finding corporate information, using the Net, building clip files
- Getting into the employer’s mind. Top qualities companies look for today.
- Exercise: how to ask smart questions
- Home work: To collect information on selected companies - product, key people, business practices, work culture.
Writing a powerful resume
- Introduction to good writing skills: how to write cleanly and sharply
- What makes a resume stand out ? From language to presentation
- Analysing different kinds of resumes: strengths and weaknesses
- Homework: Writing exercise
The impact of a good cover letter
- How to hook an employer
- Positive words you can use
- Selling yourself as a good “fit”
- Letter writing skills
- Homework: Writing a cover letter
The other things that count
- First impressions: Dress codes, what to wear, what to avoid
- Body language
- Voice quality: confident or scared ?
- Overcoming nervousness
- Exercises in speaking up, feedback on voice and body language
The actual interview
- Common questions and how to answer with conviction
- How to handle tough questions
- How to handle trick questions
- Developing presence of mind
- New trends in behavioural interviewing
- Exercise: mock interviews with feedback
- Coming across as a professional
- Qualities that mark a professional
- Asking questions
- Tips on salary negotiations
- What to say when you don’t know the answer
- Choreographing the interview to your advantage—“showing off” appropriately
- Exercise: Handling tough questions
- The qualities that stand out: leading, facilitating, listening, handling pressure
- How to lead a discussion
- Common mistakes participants make: What not to do
Exercise: Group discussion on a current subject plus feedback
- The power of active listening
- How to listen actively: concentrate, summarise, evaluate, listen between the lines
- Building rapport
Exercise: in active listening; second group discussion with feedback
- Creating a favourable last impression
- Questions you should ask the interviewer
- Building in a follow-up
- What some top CEO’s look for in candidates (real life examples) as well as common mistakes that candidates make.
- Following up the job interview--what to do, what not to do
- Becoming psychologically hardy: not taking rejection personally
- The 10 most desirable qualities employers look for in candidates today (compiled from a top headhunters’ list)
Homework: Write your resume and a cover letter
- Written class test drawn from the content of the course
- Q & A
- Wrap up
No of Sessions (12); Instructor: Surbhi D. Sarkar, Nitin Jain
An initiative to work towards placements through a united, systematic process, this module is driven more by student activity and group work than by pedantic delivery.
With inbuilt assessment mechanisms, this section would aim to get the students started towards placement preparation.
The batch would be divided into groups of 5 to 6 students each for the group assignments.
Class Test 20%
Current Affairs Quizzes (1 per session) 20%
Industry Report & Presentation 20%
Company Profile 10%
Mock GD 15%