Now Hindustan Unilever (HUL) and Adobe have also joined the list of companies who skipped Final Placements at Indian Institute of Technology this year. They both joined the growing list of marquee companies — the likes of Google, McKinsey and Facebook — that are avoiding the official channel to recruit from the top engineering colleges.
Usually recruiters visits the campus, interview candidates and then select. This process starts from December only when the final placement season begins for most IITs, before making an offer. This process allow only final year students to get into placements. While companies are now putting candidates across IITs against each other through simultaneous online tests and other means, as they try to cherry-pick the best from a larger pool.
Adobe may adopt this strategy starting this year, screening candidates through online tests followed by interviews, and stop visiting campuses, said few people. Last year Adobe hired few dozens of engineers from IIT’s, in which 5 were from IIT Bombay.
HUL seems to have exited final campus placements partially, as it stayed away from IITs for the second year in a row. But the consumer goods company has still been hiring IITians through pre-placement offers — giving permanent job offers to interns who suit its requirements.
India has 23 IITs of which 17 have the class of 2017 getting placed — the rest are new institutes, started in 2015 and 2016. Many popular Institutes are not happy with the new strategy of recruiters.
IIT Kharagpur career development center chairperson Debasis Deb said “IITs do not entertain companies that chose to go off-campus. Companies like HUL that are not coming for final placement in December but are coming for picking up interns are still welcome“.
IIT-Delhi’s Training and Placement Cell, Industrial liaison Officer, Anishya Madan said “As long as companies are coming to the IITs for PPOs (pre-placement offers), there is nothing to worry about”.
“If a company brand is strong enough, it will automatically gather talent“, said Anandorup Ghose, partner at HR consultant Aon Hewitt India, referring companies like Google, Facebook etc.
“Only few companies are there who are still hiring students directly from campuses. But most IITs do not encourage this but if students interest are taken care of then we are happy” said IIT Roorkee professor and placement-in-charge NP Padhy.