Monday, April 16, 2007

Time just flies!!!

It was roughly an year ago, that MindTree had been to Davangere to recruit students of 2007 batch. They had come over to UBDT college of engineering, which happens to be affiliated to Kuvempu University. It is one amongst the 3 engineering colleges in Davanagere. The memories of getting placed in to my dream company are still fresh and green in my mind, when the people from MindTree visited our campus today (BIET) to hire students from 2008 batch.
The ppt began at around 9:00 am. I had internals in the 1st hour, so couldn't listen to their ppt from the begining. I made it to the ISE seminar hall, where the ppt had already begun by around 9:15 am. It was pretty impressive to see the video of a MindTree Mind of 2006 batch, sharing his training experience (he got in to R&D), at the end of his training session. This video, to a large extent spoke volumes of their methodology to train or speaking in their own words, make the MindTree minds 'learn' the required skill set, under the mentoring from some of the finest minds in the industry.
This time MindTree had set it's eligibility criteria based on the scores in ULKAT, an entrance test taken by our juniors at the university level. The students were awarded marks based on their performance. The cutoff marks in ULKAT set by MindTree was 56, along with an aggregate percentage of 65% in engineering and no current back logs. But there was a little bit of a problem with few of my juniors, who happened to have a very good percentage, but hadn't managed to fare well in the ULKAT exam. It was simply because they took them pretty lightly. So MindTree people were kind enough to give them a separate exam, which was held on saturday. It was given on their behalf by people from PAC (professional aptitude council). So the final list of eligible students after both these results were announced, was 60. So the GDs began, with 8 students in each batch. There were 3 panels who were monitoring these GD sessions. The GD sessions were extremely good and our juniors had no problems with it what so ever. After the GDs were over, they shortlisted around 38 students. The interview sessions began at around 12:20 pm, and we broke for lunch with them, at around 2:20 pm. By that time, they had done with around 9 candidates. The post luch session was really geared up, and the entire interview process was over by around 6:30 pm.
The post interview period reminded me of my own experience of getting in to this very company, approximately an year back (on 16th May 2006). The corridors of ISE block, where the recruitment process had just culminated, was now more like a place full of anxious faces and pouding hearts. Almost everyone of my junior who had taken up the interview was eager to know the result. I enquired about the probable time of announcement of results. I was told that it would be around 7:15 pm. So I requested all my junior friends to assemble in a room near the interview hall, where the panel from MindTree would be announcing the results.
I was eager as well. One more thing that kept me curious about the result was the total number of students who would finally make it in to the 'MindTree Family' as we call it. I was anxious to know about the fate of a few names in particular, while I was confident of a few others. I must tell you all that most of these people were really good, and they weren't fortunate enough to get in to TCS, which happened to visit our campus before MindTree was here. So I could sense their levels of anxiety rise every moment, as and when the :D moment was closing in.
Finally it did arrive. I was with the panel, when they were getting the print out of the final list of students. As expected they had hired around 19 students (9 from E&C), of the 38 shorlisted students. They officially announced the results by around 7:24 pm. It was just an awesome atmosphere out there. Lots of cheers and taalias!!! But as usual some weren't lucky enough to make it to the final list. They finished with their formalities in about 15 minutes. In the mean while we had a snap of ours taken along with the panel from MindTree. It was one of the most memorable moments of my life.
I could see the happiness in those same eyes, in which I had seen sorrow day ago, and tons of anxiety a short while ago. It just reminded me of my :D day. Officially 19 of my juniors are now a part of our MindTree family, and it just leaves me so elated!!!
The biggest reason why I was so happy was, 9 out of 19 recuited were from E&C, and I was extremelyhapy to see them all placed in a single company, and that too in MindTree.
For all those who missed out today, don't get disheartened folks. It's just the begining, you got lots of companies visiting our campus. I am sure all of those who are eligible will surely get placed. As they say, 'Failure is just a bend on the road, not the end of your journey'. So have faith in yourself folks, I am sure you will find your dreams come true shortly!
PS: I got another internal tomorrow (OFC) and I haven't read a single line. I am simply not prepared for it. I took a chance of volunteering at this recuitment process, even though I knew I had my internals tomorrow, and I was utterly unprepared. Boy! It was really a chance worth taken. At least I could see a lot of my juniors getting placed in to MindTree. The atmosphere with all the jazz was just priceless!!!
I still can't believe that all this had happened to me almost an year back!!!
~IT's My Life

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4 comments:

Nirmal said...

Just like you, I too was very much excited when we were shown the ppt of my company. Once we get into the job, we wont even get time to remember all these. College days are the best time. :-)

Vidya said...

Good for you and good for all others who made it!

Suresh S said...

@ Nirmal,
I swear.It's too good a time. These days are just really priceless!!! I still can't believe that I am on the verge of completion of my BE. It still feels such a short perioc of time.

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