Ways to know about the company:
Students generally think that it is the responsibility of their college and placement officer to get them placed. However, you need to understand that college or the placement officer cannot guarantee you a job in a company; they can only facilitate your interview for placement.
The role of the college ends, the minute you get placed in a company through campus interviews. They paste a photograph of you in the notice board along with others who got placed and they start promoting about their placement percentage, the number of companies visiting their college, etc., in their website. You cannot expect them to take care of your career in the company that you get placed also. As it concerns your career which is at stake, it is your duty to be proactive when it comes to campus placements.
Here are a few things that you need to check about a company when you know that the company is conducting a drive in your campus:
1. Visit the company website
The first thing you need to do is to check the website of the company. You will understand the company profile and the domain on which the company is mainly working on. If it is a listed company, they will also post their quarterly results which will give you complete details about the number of employees, their clients, revenue, etc.
A note needs to be added here. There are many ‘fake’ companies which have excellent websites. Your placement officer is more concerned about how many companies visit the campus than what those companies exactly do. So, don’t get carried away by a well-designed website. It’s better to do your own research about the company before sitting for an interview.
2. Check the company’s LinkedIn and Facebook pages
Any company worth the name will have its presence on LinkedIn (some of the companies may not have a Facebook page, though). In the LinkedIn, you can check the following things:
Year of establishment of the company
The number of connections the company has
Names, designations, and profiles of employees of the company, especially CEO and other senior managers
Companies where the employees worked earlier
In Facebook, you can see the number of likes, people who liked the page (if you find any friend liking it, then you may contact them for more info on the company), kinds of posts, etc.
3. Visit Glassdoor and Mouthshut Websites
Employees use these websites as a platform to give feedback on the companies both pros and cons. So, you will get to know both good things and also the kind of grievances which employees generally have against the company that is visiting your campus.
However, these websites are crowd-sourced. So, sometimes disgruntled employees may use these platforms to defame the company. So, it is advised not to blindly believe in what is being said about these companies. You can note down the information you gather from these websites and ask the company representative during the pre-placement talk.
4. Use social networking website to contact current employees of the company
Today, most of them are on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. So, you can get in touch with an employee of the company through these websites and seek more information about the company, work environment, scope for growth, etc. and also get your doubts, if any, clarified.
5. What happens if you do not gather information about the company coming to your college?
One of the most common things that may happen if you do not have enough information about the company is you might end up working on a platform which you never liked i.e. let us say you like Java and even did a certification on it but the company completely works on testing, then your all efforts of 2-3 years in college will go down the drain. Moreover, once you are selected in a company, the placement officer will not allow you to sit for another placement drive because what ultimately matters to them is a number of students getting placed than each student getting to work on the platform of his choice.
Another possible downside is that the company may delay giving you the date of joining, sometimes even up to a year. If the company has acted similarly in the past, then you can refuse to attend the drive than attending it and wait for a year to join. Further, there are many companies which conduct drives and never release offer letters. You can also stay away from such companies if you have prior information.