As an engineering graduate from Jaipur, Vikash Gupta’s tale is one of a recovery from the deep end. He begins his tale by saying it, “I took the AMCAT test because I was out of chance with most of the companies that I had dreamed about. Actually, I had kind of lost my hope over getting a job.”
Vikash Gupta and the AMCAT Test
Avid about developing apps, playing cricket and travelling, Vikash is a 2017 graduate from the Arya Institute of Engineering and Technology in Kukas, Gujarat. And this is his tale of finding an opportunity amid fresher jobs in Jaipur that could fit in with his aspirations.
Vikash cites his college as his first touch point with the skill assessment test. “My college helped me to prepare a lot for the AMCAT. This preparation gave me the potential and a belief that I could do better this time.”
Coming from the disappointment he had initially faced his job search, Gupta had this to say about the test.
“AMCAT have delivered the quality that it has promised.”
“I think there is a huge gap between the college and corporate life. Therefore, most of the students fail to get a job with their desired companies”, he said.
Sailing through the Interview:
“I got my first interview call after a month. I got five interview calls.” The call that mattered, however, was the one with Habile Labs, for a software developer role.
Gupta found some help from the AMCAT Test in the interview round as well. “The first two rounds were technical rounds, followed by an HR round. (Habile Labs) had come for a campus recruitment at our college.”
“That training gave us a lot of self-improvement over technical and aptitude skills. I also practice AMCAT model papers that gave me a brief about interviews.”
Words of wisdom:
In the end, we asked the newly-hired software developer to share tips that he has learned over his job search and hiring journey. This is what he had to say:
1. Develop your soft and technical skills:
I found that hiring for entry-level positions, companies seek for communication skills, teamwork and a positive attitude. These skills demonstrate how well an applicant will fit into the corporate culture, and give an indication of how long a new hire will stay in the company.
2. Search using every resource possible.
A lot of students and young professionals think that social networking via Facebook, LinkedIn, and the like is the best route to finding a job.
3. Focus on the jobs you’re most passionate about.
4. Prepare yourself for the interviews.
This is a standard advice for job applicants, but too often new grads don’t bother to prepare—and 42% of employers say they are turned off by how unprepared students are in interviews.
5. Have an entrepreneurial mindset.
I spoke to two executives the other day and I asked, “Who would you rather hire: a recent graduate that started a business or one that had five internships?” They both chose the entrepreneurial graduate because anyone who starts a business is likely to be a creative, gutsy self-starter who thinks outside the box.
Thank you AMCAT for being with me for the whole time.
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