Staff Reporter

`Any software major looks at dress and attitude'

  • Software majors look for ready-to-deliver, high-energy people
  • Round-the-clock presentable personalities preferred

    VIJAYAWADA: A jeans-clad engineering graduate is sure to be turned away by any software major. Those seeking to attend an interview flaunting T-shirts will end up being asked to quit in the initial rounds of an interview.

    "Recruiters observe all things minutely. Your dress and your attitude, everything is under scrutiny," said Suri Ponnada, head of talent acquisition team, Satyam Computers, during an address at the PVP Siddhartha Institute of Technology (SIT), Kanur, on Friday.

    Delivering a guest lecture on "Industry requirements: engineering graduates", he said that the software majors had been looking for ready-to-deliver and high-energy people rather than those having strengths only in a few areas.

    He pointed out that good talent was hard to find and big IT companies were absorbing only seven out of 100 candidates who were attending interviews.

    Mr. Suri said that the software companies had no hesitation to say no to candidates who would be found wanting in any of the large set of qualities to work in a corporate system.

    Presentation skills

    During placement interviews, most students were coming out with pale answers. When asked why they were so poor in presentation skills, students would reason out that they had no opportunity while on college campuses and that they would acquire the skills in job. They would have done well had they practised discussing interesting topics with other students. Four years in engineering were more than enough to cultivate good skills in the language.

    Mr. Suri said that often the interviewees would just recount their resume when posed with a straight question "Tell me about yourself?" It had been the most asked thing and the spirit of it was to understand the candidate rather than his or her personal details.

    Mr. Suri said that he had been to almost all places in the country and the experience with students was the same everywhere. Consider standards of students at Cochin or Lucknow or Guntur, all were facing the same impediments.

    Round-the-clock presentable personalities and those with good attitude were the ones emerging successful, he added.

    Principal G. Sambasiva Rao said that students had to work a lot on the aspect of skills and only 25 per cent of engineering students were stated to be eligible for jobs in software industry.

    Placement officer C. Nagarjuna Rao, faculty members and students were present.