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Massive Turnout at SMU-DE’s Kolkata Job Fair 2017

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Following Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore’s lead, Sikkim Manipal University – Distance Education (SMU-DE) conducted its fourth job fair this year on July 2, in Kolkata’s St. Xavier’s College. Here’s a round-up of how the event unfolded and what candidates and recruiters had to say about it.

Alumni speak

There was a massive turnout of candidates at the job fair. People had come in from all parts of India to participate in it. Shipra Singh, an alumna of Sikkim Manipal University came all the way from Ranchi to participate in the fair. Talking to us at the event she said “I’m glad that SMU-DE has given us this opportunity to find a job with some of the leading companies.” She further added that “I have completed my management course recently and I hope to bag a job today at the fair.”

“I’m glad that SMU-DE has given us this opportunity to find a job with some of the leading companies.”

-Shipra Singh, Alumna, SMU-DE

Surajit Mukherjee, an alumnus of SMU, who completed his BBA and MBA Courses from Sikkim Manipal University and works as a senior executive with a technology company, attended five interviews at the fair. Speaking to SMU at the event, he said –

“I appreciate this exposure provided by my university and I look to capitalize on this for a promising opportunity.”

Arnab, who has already completed his MBA from SMU and currently pursuing an MSc. IT was visibly “glad” with the outcome of this fair. He said – “This is indeed a great opportunity for job seekers like us; as you hardly get a chance to walk-in for interviews back to back, with so many top companies.”

“This is indeed a great opportunity for job seekers like us; as you hardly get a chance to walk-in for interviews back to back, with so many top companies.”

-Arnab Ghosh, Alumni, SMU-DE

Prerna Agarwal, an SMU alumna who completed her MBA from the University, appeared for five interviews. Sharing her thoughts with an SMU official present at the event, she said – “I thank the organizers (SMU-DE) for conducting this fair. I got shortlisted by a company and I hope to get my first break out of this fair.”

Companies at the job fair

The list of companies that participated in the fair included Flipkart, Tech Mahindra, Just Dial, Motilal Oswal Financial Services, HDFC Realty and Aegis. Candidates were also allowed to walk-in for as many interviews they wanted to opt for to ensure that everybody gets ample opportunities to find a great job!

A whopping 1300 Candidates were interviewed!

The footfall at the fair was expected to be around 600 which eventually shot up to a whopping 1300! An SMU-DE official present at the venue said – “There’s a 100% rise in the number of footfalls we were expecting,”

“There’s a 100% rise in the number of footfalls we were expecting,”

-SMU-DE Official present at the venue

It wasn’t an easy task to manage the entire rush and ensure that a process is followed. However, the organizing team of SMU-DE managed it well and ensured a successful job fair. Here are a few images that let you peek through the day’s event.

Candidates being briefed by an SMU administrator.

Spot registration process on for candidates.

Flipkart interviewing its first candidate.

Candidates waiting to be interviewed by Flipkart.

Interview process on for Genpact.

Brands speak

We also spoke to some of the top brands towards the end of the day and asked them about their views on the job fair and this is what they had to say:

Looking forward

The day-long job fair ended on a happy note. A lot of candidates were heard calling their friends and family to share the news of a new opportunity. Employers too at the other end were happy to meet their numbers at the job fair. SMU-DE looks forward to conduct further job fairs across locations to bridge the gap between recruiters and job seekers.

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