General Motors Job Process – Technical Associate – Neha Das
Neha Das, Technical Associate, General Motors shares her experience in this brief interview.
Please tell us about your placement procedure at General Motors (Short listing procedure, GDs, Interviews).
The procedure mainly consisted of a written test, which included technical as well as aptitude based multiple choice questions. It was followed by the technical interview with the representatives of the preferred department. The people who cleared the technical were then directed to the HR.
What helped you sail through the hurdles and crack one of the finest jobs?
There is not one thing which I can pinpoint to be the deciding factor in this case. The company was mainly interested in people who were passionate about the field. But having a clear knowledge about the basics and landing good summer training would definitely help.
How did you prepare for the placement season? What advice would you give to your juniors regarding the placement season?
The first thing I did while preparing for the placement season was to look back and revising all the basics of the important subjects. I focused more on honing and strengthening my basics rather than wasting time over the difficult theoretical aspects of the subjects. My advice would be to stay calm and play your strength in the interview. Try to slowly direct the interview towards the topics or subjects you are stronger at. Once again, companies pay a lot of attention to summer training so try not to slack during that.
What’s the role of academics in getting a good placement at IGIT?
Academics surely have an important role but it is not the deciding factor. A person should focus more on understanding the subjects rather than mugging up. Companies are generally on the lookout for people who are all-rounder. If one’s marks haven’t been great but if the person has thorough knowledge about the subject, it should be smooth sailing then. Most of the companies just have a criteria about minimum marks and the rest depends on how one performs in the test and interviews.
What all internships and projects you did while in IGIT? How did you get them?
I just pursued two summer training in the end of my second and third year. The first one was in Maruti Suzuki India Limited and the second one was in DRDO. The main way of getting an internship in any company is to contact the HR well before the scheduled date of commencement for the internship.
Would you like to give any general advice to your juniors?
My advice to my juniors would be to keep their cool during the placement season. If one is worked up the interviewers are bound to catch up on it, and it may even prove to be a negative impact on the whole interview. Having low marks does not mean that a person cannot get a good job. It only means that she has to buck up and work harder. A good summer training or internship can make a huge difference. For the mechanical students, do not ignore the basic subjects. SOM, FS, Basic Mechanics, Thermal, TOM, Material Science, MD, ED are extremely important.