What is the best way to apply for an off-campus placement without a referral?

Updated on : January 17, 2022 by Anton Sparks



What is the best way to apply for an off-campus placement without a referral?

Today, many large IT companies are very selective when it comes to selecting new candidates both from campus and abroad. For some of its requirements, the average candidates are sufficient, the salary structure is low, and therefore many bright students are rejected.

Take advantage of the services of online job portals and also labor consultancies in your job search. Do not turn down interviews with small / medium businesses and start-ups, even if the salary is low and the working hours are long. Make sure the job profile matches your qualification and technical skills. Feel free to join if any company wants you to show your skills for a month or two before the appointment ends.

A word of caution: don't pay money up front to anyone who promises work. Many cheat. In the best case, you can ask them to deduct any predetermined amount from the salary you draw.

Don't waste valuable time searching for jobs only with multinational companies. Get relevant experience anywhere, then switch. Meanwhile, develop soft skills and communication skills.

Best wishes.

I will tell you about it from my experience and observing the path of others. I got 6 full-time or internship or full-time + internship off-campus offers during the 4th year of my graduation:

  1. Goibibo - SDE
  2. Traveloka - SDET (found out about the role only after interviews)
  3. Grab - SDE
  4. Amazonas - SDE
  5. DE Shaw & Co. - SDE
  6. Goldman Sachs - SDE

I accepted 1 offer on campus as an endorsement as well.

  1. ThoughtWorks - Applications Engineer

From the beginning of the third year, I had only one goal: to get a good deal off campus, since I knew that very few good product companies came to my campus. And half of them don't give the role of SDE

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I will tell you about it from my experience and observing the path of others. I got 6 full-time or internship or full-time + internship off-campus offers during the 4th year of my graduation:

  1. Goibibo - SDE
  2. Traveloka - SDET (found out about the role only after interviews)
  3. Grab - SDE
  4. Amazonas - SDE
  5. DE Shaw & Co. - SDE
  6. Goldman Sachs - SDE

I accepted 1 offer on campus as an endorsement as well.

  1. ThoughtWorks - Applications Engineer

From the beginning of the third year, I had only one goal: to get a good deal off campus, since I knew that very few good product companies came to my campus. And half of them don't give SDE a role on my campus. I preferred to push myself and sacrifice my CGPA (as it is only useful in campus placements) rather than settle for anything less than my goal.

So if you have the same dream as mine my advice / experience can help you (follow in correct order).

  1. First of all, the most important thing is to become good at applying data structures and algorithms to solve complex problems. Competitive programming is the best way to do this. It is fun and addicting too. Later on, a good competitive programming profile / rating will help you get references and clean up online quizzes and interviews. But do not cheat or get carried away by plagiarism, as the rating is temporary, but the knowledge is permanent! This is the most important step.
  2. Do not totally neglect the issues of the operating system, DBMS. Just cover your basics. Basic level knowledge of OS, DBMS in software engineering is required.
  3. Once you are done with the previous two steps. Begin the learning development. Pick something from frontend, backend, fullstack, android, ios, machine learning, whatever interests you. Create some projects in your preferred domain.
  4. Participate in Hackathons. Do your best to win it. It's fun.
  5. Try to get your first internship (it can be a small or unpaid stipend).
  6. Try to get a better internship in a product-based company (you should aim for an adequate stipend). This internship should ideally be done in the summer holidays (before the start of a new academic year or in the last semester). If you have started early on this journey, then you can do 2 or more such internships and sign up for PPO in one of these internships.
  7. Finally, aim for the full-time offer of your dreams if you didn't receive a PPO in any of your internships.

Note: Sometimes even good companies will offer you less compensation based on your college level or current offerings in your hand. I felt really bad when faced with this. What should you do? Accept the offer in support and keep trying to get a better offer. If you've worked hard as top-tier students or even harder than them, you should get what your hard work and sacrifice deserve!

For step 5, try sites like internshala.

For step 6, 7 connect with engineers from companies you want to work for on Linkedin. Ask them for a reference. The Linkedin community is really helpful. If your resume is solid - high CP rating, hackathon awards, previous internship experience, open source contributions - people will be happy to recommend you :) They won't judge you based on your college level. A person who has worked hard on his or her own will surely understand the effort that you may have put in.

Note: Being referred does not mean that you will surely get a test link or an interview call. It simply means that the hiring committee will scrutinize your resume longer than for non-recommended candidates. Build a strong resume by following steps 1-6. Get so good that you can't be ignored regardless of your college level.

Comparatively, it is easier to get a job during recruitment events on campus than to get a job off campus. During my fourth year of engineering, I had received a job offer for both on-campus placement and off-campus recruitment and this is how I felt about it: When TCS visited our campus, about 700 people were eligible to apply to the first round of selection ie the online aptitude test. Of the 700 applicants, around 450 of them were shortlisted for the next round, which was the technique a ...

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All of these companies, for example, MS, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, follow an approach where they measure a candidate's thought process.

And they use different means to evaluate that, but yes, most of them use algorithms / data structures / open questions as one of the approaches to evaluating talent (as they are the basis for developing the technologies).

To be used to algorithms / data structure / encoding, you must have understood / practiced the minimum, for example:

(Step 1): You must have a practical understanding of algorithms (for example, when to use BackTracking, when to use Divide and Conquer why doubt

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All of these companies, for example, MS, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, follow an approach where they measure a candidate's thought process.

And they use different means to evaluate that, but yes, most of them use algorithms / data structures / open questions as one of the approaches to evaluating talent (as they are the basis for developing the technologies).

To be used to algorithms / data structure / encoding, you must have understood / practiced the minimum, for example:

(Step 1): You must have a practical understanding of algorithms (for example, when to use BackTracking, when to use Divide and Conquer , why is double hashing required ?, Where can brute force concept be applied?)

(Step 2) - You need to have a working understanding of data structures, for example (practical use cases related to: when to use a circular buffer, or when to use an adjacent list or the combination of both or something else to solve the problem )

(Step 3) - You need to practice various coding problems to implement the things you learn in Step 1 and Step 2 (You can do the following, choose any coding language of your choice (C, C ++ or Java or Python or PHP or anyone else)

(Step 4): Solving the problem does not mean just solving it, but understanding the best way to solve it, for example, the given technical problem can use several ways to reach a solution, and you may want to use the optimal one. . (How the given solution connects with compute / memory resources, for example memory / processing power)

The most important

However, apart from scheduling, you may need to understand that the main concept of the interview is to keep the interview active and this requires some action on your part, such as the following:

You need to talk

You need to explain

You need to discuss

You need to express your views

You need to clearly understand the questions that are being asked.

You must understand the expression and mindset of the interviewer to understand these questions.

You may need to ask the right questions to understand the question or any other topic of discussion.

And also :

Prepare yourself: "Tell me about yourself", "Your skills related to additional positive / negative interest", Basics for the most necessary computer concepts or anything you have presented in your "CV / Resume"

Other than that, it depends on the position you are called or applied for, for example,

Microsoft SDE job (software development engineer)

Software Development Engineer (SDE)

Whether you are creating new code, algorithms, or data structures, you are the link between abstract concepts and technology products that your friends, family, and millions of people around the world use every day. Using his mastery of technical tools, he develops next-generation applications and operating systems, making decisions about the design and implementation of functions.

Software development engineers dive deep into code and work as part of a team of programming experts solving problems and creating powerful new tools. He collaborates with Software Test Development Engineers (SDET) to ensure stellar product quality and provides technical guidance to Program Managers (PM) as they communicate user needs and product requirements. As a SDE, it is dedicated to producing the most advanced software in the world.

Qualifications:
Earn a bachelor's / master's degree or a doctorate. Bachelor of Engineering, Computer Science or a related field
1-2 years of programming experience in C ++, Java or other preferred computer programming languages
Ability to derive creative and innovative solutions thinking "outside the box"
Experience in definition of characteristics, design and feasibility
Demonstrated ability to estimate development time.

Software engineer on test job at Google (You Tube)

At Google, we approach testing differently - we're constantly testing and breaking code, but helping to rebuild it better. Software under test (SET) engineers design Google's test infrastructure and write code to examine and validate large-scale software development and deployments. As a SET, it partners with software developers to create and code tests at the same time as product development. You create tools that help developers be more productive, write better code, and test it themselves. Problem solving is an understatement, it is more like a forecast of problems.

Responsibilities
Create advanced automated test suites to implement our world-class applications.
Work with development and test engineering teams to automate testing.
Conduct research on emerging technologies.
Analyze and break down a complicated software system and devise a strategy to test this system.
Train and mentor other team members.


Minimum
BS qualifications in Computer Science (in lieu of degree, 4 years of relevant experience).
Relevant work experience, including development and / or test automation experience.

Preferred qualifications
Master's or Ph.D. in Computer Science or related technical field.
Excellent coding skills in C, C ++, Java or Python.
Good scripting skills in at least one common language (Perl, Python, Shell).
Very competent in a UNIX / Linux environment.
Deep knowledge of Internet technologies.

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Therefore, prior to development positions, the employer would like to see your software development capabilities eg debugging, design patterns, threading, coding style, data structure concepts / implementation.

However, for the test position, in addition to the development questions, you need to show your testing capabilities / attitude towards the developed software function / product, especially automation.


And more:
what you have mentioned in your CV

Off-campus placements are considered slightly more difficult than regular on-campus placements. The reasons for this are as follows:

  1. On-campus placement has less competition compared to off-campus campaigns, where candidates from various colleges come in the hope of being hired.
  2. The on-campus placement has candidates with nearly similar academic backgrounds, while the off-campus placement may have candidates with better academic performance.
  3. There is the possibility of preferential treatment from hiring managers if they belong to a similar alma mater, which is not the case in on-campus placement.

Recruitment rounds remain the same in de

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Off-campus placements are considered slightly more difficult than regular on-campus placements. The reasons for this are as follows:

  1. On-campus placement has less competition compared to off-campus campaigns, where candidates from various colleges come in the hope of being hired.
  2. The on-campus placement has candidates with nearly similar academic backgrounds, while the off-campus placement may have candidates with better academic performance.
  3. There is the possibility of preferential treatment from hiring managers if they belong to a similar alma mater, which is not the case in on-campus placement.

Hiring rounds also remain the same at off-campus locations. The only thing that can get you placed off campus is having the necessary technical and professional skills. But many students can't even show their talent and skill just because they don't belong to elite universities that companies visit. Even in corporate off-campus placement campaigns, candidates from elite engineering colleges are preferred.

But things are changing a bit nowadays. India is going through a startup revolution with software and IT companies leading from the front, as the internet has become the main market for all businesses. These startups are fast-paced and growth-oriented with only skill and talent as a quantifier for selection and hiring. Most of these startups that are starting and growing every day are on a hiring spree to get the best tech talent to help them grow. There is also a wide range of opportunities in terms of career growth and monetary benefits that these startups offer. You can play with the best technical tools and implement your ideas and watch them grow.

Based on recent trends, skills have become more important than the actual title you get to get a job. It can also be seen that due to the high competition in government jobs, one should focus on opportunities, that is, there for a better career opportunity.

You can take MOOC certifications as there are so many options available online to start your learning. But if you are looking to start your career in this particular domain, I would say that you can go for the platforms mentioned below:

  1. Udacity - Provides online learning, but charges a large fee for it.
  2. edWisor.com this platform is one of those places where you not only gain Android skills, but you are also hired by companies for a paid internship / full time position.
  3. Edureka (company): an online platform where you learn from video conferencing.

Never worry about the location, because if you have knowledge, you will get more or less, but surely you will get it, try to get more practical knowledge and decipher events from different multinational companies like MICROSOFT, GOOGLE, IBM, KPIT, TCS etc. add weight to your resume.

Remember that what you want to be is always up to you, get serious knowledge about trends and take part in college events, open events.

There are several ways you can apply off campus.

  1. Cocubes: - Prepare for this carefully, your university will register with Cocubes or you can contact cocub directly.
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Never worry about the location, because if you have knowledge, you will get more or less, but surely you will get it, try to get more practical knowledge and decipher events from different multinational companies like MICROSOFT, GOOGLE, IBM, KPIT, TCS etc. add weight to your resume.

Remember that what you want to be is always up to you, get serious knowledge about trends and take part in college events, open events.

There are several ways you can apply off campus.

  1. Cocubes: - Prepare for this carefully, or your university will register with Cocubes or you can contact Cocubes directly, just reserve your space and try to get more than 500 points, remember that the coding part plays an essential role when dealing with companies of superior packages, once done, start applying.
  2. Amcat: - Amcat is so similar to Cocubes, but Amcat adds some advantage over Cocubes is the variety of companies.
  3. Elitmus: - This is hard to break, requires 50% more preparation than mentioned above. With Elitmus you will have the advantages of higher packages.
  4. HackerRank: - Get ready for one-on-one with hardcore coding themes, build your rank above the sky and interact with companies.
  5. HackerEarth: - Take part in the hourly coding round, build some respects, nowadays most companies house their recruiting process on these.

Sign up with different consultancies like tutsforstudent etc, they report back to back on campus, there are also a number of Facebook groups available like MRA and Bjs. Sign up with employment giants like MONSTER and Naukri.com.

But always remember all these jobs with a good resume and a good resume not only comes with a good academic%, but also with extra curricular activities, hone your interpersonal skills, work on your communication and finally everything will be yours.

Best of luck I hope this works for you.

There is a very simple and clear difference between off-campus and on-campus location (commonly called a pool campus).

  1. Pool or Campus: These are organized by a particular college or university and a predefined group of schools can participate in this. In this type, mainly a placement cell is responsible for organizing the placement campaign in a university and then all eligible students, belonging to the predefined limited universities can appear for selection, therefore there is limited competition. And you just have to prepare a specific test format for a specific company, making it much easier
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There is a very simple and clear difference between off-campus and on-campus location (commonly called a pool campus).

  1. Pool or Campus - These are organized by a particular college or university and a pre-defined group of schools can participate in this. In this type, mainly a placement cell is responsible for organizing the placement campaign in a university and then all eligible students, belonging to the predefined limited universities can appear for selection, therefore there is limited competition. And you just have to prepare a specific test format for a specific company to make it much easier than off campus.
  2. Off-campus: In this type, your university is mainly not involved in your location, as you can apply and participate directly in the placements organized by some multinational companies and sometimes universities as well. You must meet the eligibility criteria (it is not necessary which university you belong to) and therefore anyone who meets the eligibility criteria can appear in these types of locations hence there is healthy competition and businesses they also have a good opportunity to select the best ones. Sometimes you have to pass a level 0 test like AIMCAT, eLitmus, etc. to get involved in these types of locations.

So the main difference is the level of competition you have to face more off campus, since the number of applicants is higher; otherwise, the placement rounds and interviews are almost similar.

I have recruited from major engineering campuses and have also recruited a lot of off-campus staff during my tenure at Motorola, Aricent, and Oracle. Yes, the package offered on campus differs from that offered in off-campus campaigns for recent graduates. Employers typically have a higher package for on-campus hiring, which is set by college level. For example, the same company will pay a different salary to IIT campus hires than it pays to campus hires at NIT and even less to other good universities (read no NIT, no IIT). Generally, campus hires are offered a higher salary for sim

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I have recruited from major engineering campuses and have also recruited a lot of off-campus staff during my tenure at Motorola, Aricent, and Oracle. Yes, the package offered on campus differs from that offered in off-campus campaigns for recent graduates. Employers typically have a higher package for on-campus hiring, which is set by college level. For example, the same company will pay a different salary to IIT campus hires than it pays to campus hires at NIT and even less to other good universities (read no NIT, no IIT). In general, campus hires are offered a higher salary for simple reasons of competition from other companies hiring on the same campus. Off-campus placements are more difficult and most of the time there is a minimum percentage requirement to even appear in such off-campus campaigns. But the situation changes dramatically after gaining a minimum of 1 to 2 years of experience. If you are working on popular technologies like mobile apps, Android development, big data, java-j2ee, graphics, you are sure to get a call and the break will be decided by your interview performance. If you solve the interview, you can demand the salary that your friends hired on campus could have been receiving now and it will most likely be met. But the situation changes dramatically after gaining a minimum of 1 to 2 years of experience. If you are working on popular technologies like mobile apps, Android development, big data, java-j2ee, graphics, you are sure to get a call and the break will be decided by your interview performance. If you solve the interview, you can demand the salary that your friends hired on campus could have been receiving now and it will most likely be met. But the situation changes dramatically after gaining a minimum of 1 to 2 years of experience. If you are working on popular technologies like mobile apps, Android development, big data, java-j2ee, graphics, you are sure to get a call and the break will be decided by your interview performance. If you solve the interview, you can demand the salary that your friends hired on campus could have been receiving now and it will most likely be met.

Being a computer science graduate, you have a host of opportunities ahead of you in the software and IT industry. First of all, your goal should be to understand the market trend and also your ambition to choose a career. Being a computer science student, it gives you a wide range of opportunities to work on many things.

Getting a placement is one of the things that all students thrive on in college. It becomes the main goal of importance that everyone must achieve. From day one in college, whatever action you take is primarily related to getting a good place.

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Being a computer science graduate, you have a host of opportunities ahead of you in the software and IT industry. First of all, your goal should be to understand the market trend and also your ambition to choose a career. Being a computer science student, it gives you a wide range of opportunities to work on many things.

Getting a placement is one of the things that all students thrive on in college. It becomes the main goal of importance that everyone must achieve. From day one in college, whatever action one takes is primarily related to getting a good job offer. Whether it's attending classes or GPA on exams or even participating in festivals or workshops etc, all of these are directly associated with helping you get a better placement. At the end of college, grades or CGPAs are not the measure of success, but the placement offer becomes the mark of success.

There are off-campus units of many mass recruiters like Infosys, WIPRO, TCS, etc. Also, many core software companies and Internet technology companies also hire primarily through campus. You have to search their professional portals or other publications of them to keep track of their hiring process.

There is also an opportunity for you with the emergence of startups in our country. Most of these startups that are starting and growing every day are on a hiring spree to get the best tech talent to help them grow. There is also a wide range of opportunities in terms of career growth and monetary benefits that these startups offer. You can play with the best technical tools and implement your ideas and watch them grow.

That said, the most important aspect of hiring has become skills and passion. Every employer expects its employees to be trained in the job or domain in which they are hiring. Therefore, it should be your main goal to acquire these professional skills so that you stand out in front of the others.

Generally, there are 3 main rounds in off-campus placement

  • Written round
  • Technical interview
  • HR interview

Now based on it, one must prepare from the written round by preparing for the aptitude tests (quantitative ability, verbal ability, logical reasoning). There are several books and websites that need to brush up on 10th level math, English, and analytical skills.

For technical interviews, one should prepare proficiently in at least one programming language and some technologies related to a good concept of algorithm, data structures and databases.

And finally comes the HR interview, which basically requires good interpersonal skills with better communication skills that can only be developed over the period of time with practice.

Based on these things, I can say with certainty that if you acquire the professional and technical skills, it is a sure way to get hired. So if you have the talent and ability, you can prove it by presenting a project actually done by you that can validate your learning and knowledge in a way much better than certificates. Many companies now prefer them to certificates as they assign some homework or assignment to test applicants' actual skill. There are many coding contests that companies recruit based on performance. So certification is just a physical test of doing it, but actual skills are what will always be used to achieve it.

You can take MOOC certifications as there are so many options available online to start your learning. But if you are looking to start your career in this particular domain, I would say that you can go for the platforms mentioned below:

  1. Udacity - Provides online learning, but charges a large fee for it.
  2. edWisor.com, this platform is one of those places where you not only acquire web development skills, but you are also hired by companies for paid internships or a full-time position.
  3. Edureka (company): an online platform where you learn from video conferencing.

If you can't get a job on campus, don't worry. Think of it as a blessing. Please don't be one of those many people who do mundane jobs and get frustrated by hiring IT companies in droves. Your career will be seriously affected. If you really want to get off to a good start in your career, try entering Big Fours or product development companies. * Review all the concepts of computer science.
* Practice coding every day. Enter HackerRank coding contests. Focus on languages ​​like Python ...

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If a person is not recruited on campus, they will try to do so off campus. But getting an off-campus interview with a good company isn't that easy. But if someone who is already in that company refers you, at least you will have the opportunity to be hired in that company by having the opportunity to be interviewed.

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