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Lukewarm hiring scene at IIT-B’s first round

Posted on: December 20, 2013

Source: Mumbai Mirror

No show by many companies as 888 placements offered after 1,600 students were interviewed.

The first round of placements this academic year at IITBombay left the the institute’s students in no doubt about the disappointing reality of the economic slowdown in the country.

Companies made proportionately few job offers: 888 placements were offered after 1,600 students were interviewed this year. Last year, 881 offers had been made, while only 1400 students had been interviewed.

To be sure, there were more companies that sought to hire from the campus this year—253 against 241. But the placements that were conducted between December 1 and December 18, saw a no-show by 30 companies.

Twenty others, who did campus interviews, did not hire at all.

“I have appeared for about six interviews in the first phase but did not get a job. Many of us felt the interviews went well; none of us are able to understand what went wrong.

“I don’t know how to prepare better for phase II,” said a final year student who is now tense about his prospects in the second phase of campus hiring.

The second round will be of a very long duration, starting in January 2014 and going on up to end of June.

Another final year student, Aditya Kulkarni, was initially placed and then later dropped.

“I appeared for two interviews. In one of them I was wait-listed. When the first person dropped out I should have got that offer.

But the company changed its mind. I’m now hoping to get something in the second phase now,” he said.

Placements coordinators have followed up with a few companies that did not turn up. “They have rescheduled dates for next year. We will try to get the other companies to reschedule as well,” said Ravi Teja, one of the coordinators.

There was a lot of crowding of interviews too that led to confusion, said students.

“Four other classmates and I had to appear for 15 interviews one after the other on the first day. I also had to appear for two group discussions. I did not get any chance to re-orient myself better for the subsequent interviews.

“As a result, I did not land a single offer until the ninth day,” said Deepak Sharma, a final year student.

He felt he could have done better if the interviews with the good companies had been spaced out over a couple of days.

But placement coordinator Avijit Chatterjee is of the opinion that the hiring round went off well.

“The companies are more competitive than the students. They all want the first slots, otherwise they will skip IIT Bombay.

“Though phase II is usually slow, we will have a different campaign and focus on the departments which need more jobs,” he said.

I appeared for two interviews. In one of them I was waitlisted. When the first person dropped out I should have got that offer. But the company changed its mind. I hope to get something in the second phase Aditya Kulkarni IIT student

Companies are more competitive than students. They all want the first slots, otherwise they will skip IIT Bombay. We will have a different campaign and focus on the departments which need jobs Avijit Chatterjee Placement coordinator, IIT

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