Tuesday, June 14, 2005

World record placement?

Back at the campus. It hasn't started raining yet, and weather is so-so, but it feels great to be in the second year.

That aside, while I was cozing back at home, I was discussing about the current placement scenario in the engineering colleges. I knew that three years is a long time, especially in India, but I just couldn't believe what I heard. I came to know that CTS (or TCS?) went to the Anna University Chennai campus, allowed 1000 students to take the entry test, shortlisted 800, and wanted all of them. It apparently settled with 500 odd candidates. I'm not sure about the authenticity of this piece of info - and I personally doubt it - but I've heard it from multiple sources. Isn't this a world record or something? 500 candidates in a single batch from a single institute into a single company? Did anyone say there are unemployment problems in India? On the surface, yes there are problems, but I've always believed that candidates are really not so good for everyone to be employed. I repeatedly hear reports about long queues for employment interviews and companies going in for a 50:1 selection ratio et all, but I've always felt it was ok. I was involved in the interviewing process for sometime in Oracle. Its true that thousands apply for a single job, but when you start digging deeper and look into the skills, you could throw 900 out of the window in a jiffy. The real selection would be among the 20 or 30 candidates.

The shortlisting process was one of the worst things I've ever did. 90% of the candidates applying would've a skill-set running into two pages. It would ideally take ten years to know them all. Don't even start questioning them. All resumes would be alike. End of the day, its only the college name and the school-college percentile that differentiates candidates. And we were always disappointed with the quality of candidates even after going through thousands of resumes. Well, all I'm saying is: the reports about thousands attending is only 25% of the story. The number of worthwhile (subject to debate) candidates would be 10% of that figure.

Now, getting back to the original issue, although I'm glad that job market is good, this information sounds crazy. Agreed that students from Anna are good et all, but 500 in a single massive shot? Would be interesting to see the development in the coming years, what with all companies expanding like crazy. For one thing, India seems to be the place to be, and 'now' seems to be the time to be.

9 Comments:

At Tuesday, June 14, 2005 11:18:00 AM, Blogger ~Nsn said...

500 odd is true it even came in the Hindu but not from Anna alone, it is a combo of 4 colleges , COE, MIT, AC TECH and one more. Waisa bhi CTS has a high target for recruitment this year so no wonder that they are pillaging on students. But whos complaining

 
At Tuesday, June 14, 2005 11:20:00 AM, Blogger Govar said...

@N: Two really fantastic words. "Whos complaining?" :)

 
At Tuesday, June 14, 2005 11:45:00 AM, Blogger harry said...

i too do not believe in such large scale recruitment..does that mean that getting a job in such companies is no longer a prestige... when everyone makes it then whats the point..its good that our employment scene is good,but 500 from a single college that too a single company,i am speechless...govar to my knowledge its CTS..moi prev company...

 
At Tuesday, June 14, 2005 12:33:00 PM, Blogger rohit kaul said...

yeps tht piece of news is very true..i too read it in newspaper...i bet those HR ppl r having swollen eyes and more than a coupla grey hairs going thru all those applications which seem almost the same.and then u know CTS, TCS, infy etc r all known as lorry firms;)..no need to xplain y :D

adios
rohit

 
At Tuesday, June 14, 2005 12:35:00 PM, Blogger Govar said...

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At Tuesday, June 14, 2005 12:35:00 PM, Blogger Govar said...

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At Tuesday, June 14, 2005 12:36:00 PM, Blogger Govar said...

@Harry: True its no longer a prestige. I was into oracle thro 3 interviews and real tough ones... and some of the ones that came lateer seemed to be pretty dumb. we were all disgusted.

@Rohit: they dont go thro the resumes that much. thats the adv of campus placements. Good college, they coculdd convince abt their decisions to higher ups.

 
At Wednesday, June 15, 2005 10:06:00 PM, Blogger Arun K. said...

Just an aside: No Anna Univ. student would settle for TCS,CTS,INFY etc. The idea is to get one safe placement first and then concentrate on the nVIDIA's,Oracle's,MS's etc. I know this cos most of these chaps are my contempraries. What u r saying holds good for 2nd rung colleges like mine.

 
At Thursday, June 16, 2005 10:56:00 AM, Blogger Govar said...

Its true that not all woold join the company right away, but the very notion that CTS is ok with 500 people barging in is some news in itself.

 

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