Campus Placement: A Methodical Approach

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Campus Placement - A Methodical Approach

Campus Placement: A Methodical Approach

Campus placement serves as a vital avenue for companies to recruit students who are on the verge of completing their degrees from engineering colleges and universities. Typically, educational institutions collaborate with companies interested in recruiting students through on-campus placement drives, which often involve multiple rounds such as group discussions, aptitude tests and personal interviews conducted by recruitment teams. Upon successful completion, selected students are offered job opportunities.

Organisational Clarity in Recruitment

It is imperative for the recruitment team members to possess a clear understanding of the organisational requirements for the various positions they intend to fill through campus placement. Clarity regarding the purpose or project for which they are recruiting candidates is essential. Assigning construction engineers from specific colleges may not always align with organisational needs, potentially resulting in resource wastage and organisational challenges. Understanding students’ career aspirations and willingness to engage in fieldwork is crucial to ensure successful recruitment and retention.

Mitigating Conflicts Through Clear Selection Criteria

To avoid conflicts arising from varying perceptions of job roles, the recruitment team should prioritise clarity regarding the organisational requirements and candidates’ suitability for project sites. Factors such as long-term commitment and genuine interest in engineering fieldwork can provide valuable insights into a candidate’s potential contribution to the organisation. By selecting candidates based on objective criteria rather than college affiliations, organisations can foster a conducive work environment and minimise unnecessary conflicts.

Selection Criteria for the Recruitment Team

1. Requirement Alignment: Ensure alignment between organisational requirements and candidates’ career goals. Circulate detailed job descriptions to help candidates make informed decisions regarding their preferred roles.
2. Background Check: Assess candidates’ qualifications and internship experiences to gauge their managerial skills and adaptability. Candidates who have undergone internships may possess valuable skills and experiences that can contribute to their success in the organisation.
3. Attitude Assessment: Evaluate candidates’ passion for engineering and their willingness to engage in fieldwork. Look for genuine interest and commitment to the profession.
4. Commitment: Determine candidates’ commitment to staying with the organisation for the required duration. Long-term retention is essential for organisational growth and stability.
5. Patriotism: Consider candidates’ sense of patriotism and willingness to contribute to nation-building efforts. This can be particularly relevant when posting employees to remote locations.
By adhering to these selection criteria, organisations can identify candidates who are best suited to their needs and offer them job opportunities, regardless of academic performance or English-speaking proficiency. It is essential to prioritise candidates’ potential contributions to the organisation over subjective factors such as college affiliations or language skills.
Chandra Sekhar
Chandra Shekhar Pant


Author Bio

Chandra Shekhar Pant is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and Management professional with 33 years of experience in the Construction Industry & Continuous Process Plants. He specialises in MEP & Airport Systems and currently serves as the Head Airport System at BIAL T2 Project since 2018. Previously, he held key positions at organisations like GVK, SPDL Kashipur, Hindustan Construction Company, Akai Impex Limited, Graden Silk Mills Ltd and Hindustan Polyester. His expertise spans across various projects, including airport systems, tunnelling projects, national highway projects and continuous process plants.
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