Placement season can be a stressful AND a very confusing time for youngsters. On one hand, you have to deal with the pressure of starting your career on the right note and on the other, you are bombarded with a lot of pretty conflicting advice.
Be confident, but don’t be cocky.
Give detailed answers, but don’t talk too much.
And my favourite – BE YOURSELF!!
It’s no wonder then youngsters on the less-confident, more-introvert spectrum sometimes gets left behind in the placement race. Many of them are brilliant and would likely prove to be valuable employees, but a hiring manager never gets to see their value in a chaotic group discussion or a short interview.
But placement season can trip up the confident and smart ones too. Sometimes, in order to stand out, they tend to overplay their hands. The desire to make an impression could make them talk too much or say the wrong things.
So, how do first-time job seekers find a balance? Well, clearly, practising for interviews in front of the mirror is not going to work – what youngsters need is professional guidance – from someone wiser and experienced in the art of cracking the job placement process.
This is where training for placements becomes a valuable tool for students preparing to start their professional journeys. At SoaringEagles, we conduct a group-based, weekend programme called Acing Placements. This is an experiential learning programme, which uses a combination of self-assessments, role-plays, and a host of mock sessions to prepare students for group discussions and personal interviews.
Let’s take a deeper look at what our placement training programme offers and how it can benefit the students.
- Understanding Yourself
How can you present your best side or manage your weaknesses if you don’t know what they are?
At SoaringEagles, we believe that we all have strengths and weak spots; but when we understand our personality, motivations and triggers, only then can we control them or turn them to our advantage – not only in an interview but also in other situations that might arise in the years to come.
We use a variety of tests and self-assessment exercises to help students understand themselves better. Along with this knowledge, we also help them maximize their assets and work towards covering their weak spots.
Participants can –
- Uncover their personality traits
- Recognise their skill sets and motivation drivers
- Perform a Personal SWOT analysis
- Researching The Companies & Job Profiles
Every organisation has unique job requirements, culture, and approach. Do your skills fit into this?
An important part of our training is to help participants understand how to research companies and analyse the offered job profile. Students can use this information to tailor their resume and approach for each organisation. They can highlight their skills and abilities to align with what the organisation might be looking for.
- Company analysis
- Understanding job requirements
- How to align themselves with the company and the role
- Preparing for group discussions
Group discussions are no one’s favourite! It is a strained conversation, where it’s hard to find the right balance between being too aggressive or too shy. But it is the first big filter of the placement process; to get a chance for one-on-one interview students NEED to get through this part.
Training can be really helpful to help students pass this stage with confidence. With practical mock discussions and lots of tips, we help students prepare well for these sessions.
Students learn –
- In-depth knowledge on how to present ideas
- Extensive body language tips
- Strategies to excel in group discussions
- Practice opportunities to hone their skills
- Getting Ready For Personal Interviews
If the skills on the resume match the job profile, then the student is halfway to the finish line already. Now all the youngster has to do is to back up what’s on paper with his/her personality.
For this confidence and clarity is key. From communication skills to stress management, our training sessions are geared toward ensuring that students enter the room at their best.
The session focuses on –
- Taking them through a variety of interview styles
- Teaching them to handle challenging questions
- Helping them create a strong elevator pitch
- Explaining some strategies to excel in interviews
- Giving tips on what questions to ask
- Teaching them how to handle stress during the interview
There is little doubt that approaching a placement situation with professional preparation and guidance can increase the chances of landing the job, but the benefits extend far beyond that.
The skills learned here are not just limited to the upcoming interview – abilities like communication or body language can be used for the rest of a participant’s professional career.
At SoaringEagles we conduct group-based placement training sessions. So if you are an educational institution looking to give your students an extra boost for the next placement season then do get in touch. We will be happy to help!