Shreyas Potdar

Shreyas Potdar graduating from IIT Kanpur, Branch - Chemical Engineering department as a Graduate (B.Tech) in 2020 has been placed as - CONSULTANT in - EXL.

a. Alphonso Labs, Indus Insights. b. The profiles were similar to EXL, but the starting salary was better at these. Growth-wise, it is difficult to say, but Alphonso offered an overseas position, which would have been better exposure. Company-wise, EXL is a pioneering company in the field, so no complaints there.

I didn’t prepare much, compared to most of my peers. I went through a couple topics in permutations that were uncommon like multinomial expansion, and towards october, I looked up some common coding problems and some practice tests online. This was mostly due to the fact that it was the first online semester, so I took everything for granted and that I was quite unaware of how the placement season actually took place. In retrospect, I got very lucky, and don’t recommend my approach to others.

It was exhausting, what with the extremely awkward scheduling of everything. I applied for anything that seemed interesting, and had a decent CTC. Most professors don’t really care much about your placements, so you have to walk some fine lines in order to meet all your deadlines. That aside, it was just a matter of trying your best. The important thing was to not get dejected due to not being shortlisted, or any other test. Some companies seemed good at first, but I realised that if a company doesn’t bother telling the candidate that they didn’t make it to the next round of interviews, it probably doesn’t respect its workers and customers either. I experienced this with 1 of the 3 companies I interviewed for (take a guess, mango) and it left a sour taste in my mouth. 10/10 don’t recommend ever working with such people.

Do brush up on basic skills required for your desired profiles. Don’t bother specialising too much, that comes after you land your job. Do make sure you know your resume and its niceties inside-out. Try not to lie too much. Don’t bloat your resume too much, as long as you can show some form of interest in the field, its enough. Don’t forget your acads during placements. In the off chance that something goes wrong in placements, you should have good acads as a backup. Do be confident. You cracked IIT, placements are easier. Just be confident with your words, and don’t be afraid to make a point, even if the recruiter thinks otherwise.

Final Tips :
Chill, relax and don’t worry. It’s not the end of the world and you’ve got a lot of time. Just try your best, and don’t get dejected whatever the results. If you’re anything like me - lazy, unprepared, confident - you’ll get through easily. *luck matters. Above all, just focus on yourself and don’t worry about the results of your peers, it will only distract you.