Perils of becoming a Placement Committee member
The picture above might have enticed you to open and read this article. Well, Placement deadlines always come with a warning sign of ‘not to be played with’ obviously with a reason attached to it. The much sought after Position of Responsibility(POR) at every B-School brings with itself a certain sense of authority and responsibility. Along with these things, it also has some perils associated with it. All I can say is ‘Its not at all a cakewalk’
Entry into the placement committee
Member of placement committee is a POR that makes a considerable point on your CV. Not only this, it brings a considerable amount of responsibility that is to be carried out. In order to make sure that the members who enter into the committee can take up these responsibilities with utmost dedication and sincerity, the process to entry is meticulously designed and all the students who wish to be a part of this placement process have to pass through this process. Applicants have to leave their social life, even their cellphones during the phase when the process is being conducted. If you are really sure you can make a change and compromise your sleep – then you can apply to the placement committee.
Negotiate with the recruiters
The committee members have to negotiate with the recruiters on various parameters. The process starts with these members pitching to the potential officials about the campus and the batch. Once the partner is convinced, and then negotiation takes place over profiles, salary, and shortlisting criterion. If you think you have good negotiation skills and you can take the responsibility to pitch and negotiate, then you will be able to walk down this path.
The most difficult task that members have to undertake is to maintain confidentiality on various grounds. It is ensured that not even the minutest of the information about events, recruiters or rules shall be leaked out. Members often refrain to discuss the insights of the committee discussions. Recessive economic scenario and turning competitive situation tends to ensure this is carried out suitably.
If you are a part of the placement committee, it is likely that your friends will expect favors from you. It is one of the most dangerous perils faced at the personal level. You have to be truthful to your position and also be loyal to your friends. It is often suggested to be loyal to your position and carry out the work sincerely. In the later course of life friends will be able to comprehend your position.
No doubt that since you are a part of the batch, people will often take you for granted. You will have to be strict sometimes for the good of your friends and the people who take part in the process. The weapon that comes to be most handy during this time is “Placement Penalty Rules”.
Slog nights and compromise your studies
In order to do the hectic work of placements along with your studies you will have to slog your nights so that you can give quality output to the work that you have been assigned. You will even have to compromise with your academic performance and sometimes doze off in class. If you have the qualities to exhibit, you can be the desired candidate.
Placement committee gives you a requisite amount of learning experience and unmatched value that you cannot get with any type of work you do. Interfacing with the companies and researching for the potential recruiters gives a considerable amount of repository of knowledge.
Ability to do quality research, sequence out logical thought process, good communication skills, good at team work are some of the traits of a placement committee member. Finally as a member of placement team you are required to be good at task ownership, taking up responsibilities, give out quality deliverables, take up initiative and exhibit your leadership skills.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are based on the Author’s experience, they may vary from one B-school to other. The conclusion has been made largely on basis of talks with placement committee members from several institutes the Author has come across.
Barleen Kaur is currently pursuing her first year PGDM at IIM Indore (Class of 2015). She did her B.Tech degree from GGS Indraprastha University in Computer Science and Engineering and worked as a training manager at a consulting company and also started a coaching center. She has a strong affinity for writing and is an avid orator.
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