After attending “n” number of PPTs, I think I have an advice or two to give to all these pre-placement talkers. First of all, please, please respect the time expectation of your audience. Its not necessary that all people in your team have to speak for half an hour each… Trust me, no!! Also, please have a good speaker(s), with a smart personality to deliver your PPT. The number of drab presentations have been so huge in the 2 years at business schools, that it takes no effort to switch off once another one like those start. Especially if you are one of those companies who want to get higher on the priority of students and currently are not, please make sure that the person delivering the talk presents a smart face (no fake smartness please). Then find how many companies have already given PPTs before you. If you are not amongst the first few, you can safely take the follownig steps
- Cut down all the crap about what all you want in the candidates. “Team work, individual motivation, analytical ability, creativity, energy, having drive” etc. etc. Even if you do not want to believe it, all the companies want the same thing. If it is a must for you to tell all this to us a joke of the kind “we want all the things earlier PPTs have shown to you” would suffice. Trust me, no company has ever told us that they want people who are lazy, who are not driven, who are not creative etc. (even if they would actually want people like those!!) If you really have to tell something, tell us what specialization/majors you are looking to hire from, whether work experience and academics play a role and what the selection process in like (if it is different from the usual).
- Do not drag on and on about Corporate Social Responsibility. Yes – I know your employee satisfaction surveys and other research with employees and HR consultants have told you that employees seek some inner satisfaction by getting involved in community activities. But then every company tells us in details about their initiatives and we have no way of differentiating one from the other. In PPTs, therefore, it is at best a point of parity and not of differentiation. You can skip it (nobody would not apply to your company because you did not have a slide on CSR). But if put you must because the boss of your boss of your boss wants it, be quick and precise and move on!!
- Do not say “all companies say this, but we really do it.” Why? Because all companies have started saying that.