Buffering hits Google talent search at NITs
Google wanted to be Day 1 recruiter, but sought two weeks to decide on candidates after interviews.
Companies participating in the final placement typically announce results on the day of the interview, giving candidates the chance to participate in the selection process run by other recruiters. The NITs refused to make an exception for Google, which is known to offer compensation packages of upwards of Rs 1 crore at engineering campuses for international roles.
“Google was asking for a long time, almost a couple of weeks, to reveal the results. This really does not work in placements at any of the IITs, then why should this happen at NITs?” said AK Bakthavatsalam, head of placements at NIT-Trichy.
If the company decided not to hire a person, the student would lose a chance with other top recruiters, placement officials said.
“There has never been a long gap between the interview and the results,” Bakthavatsalam said. Like most NITs, the school at Trichy started its placement mid-August and the list of top recruiters on Day 1 included Amazon, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, DE Shaw and Uber. In the past, Google has offered hires at engineering colleges including the IITs annual pay of around Rs 25 lakh for domestic roles and up to Rs 2 crore for international ones, including stock options, relocation allowance and joining bonus.
NITs Refuse to Change Policy for Google
Google said it plans to hire engineers this year as well.
“We hired from tech campuses across India last year and are looking to hire again in the coming year. Our guiding criterion is great talent, regardless of which college they come from. All candidates who successfully clear Kickstart are invited to interview with us,” said Jayashri Ramamurti, people partner, tech, Google India. Kickstart is one of the screening tests at the entry level initiated by the company.
At Warangal too, Google sought a Day 1 slot with the condition that it got a few weeks to decide on candidates.
“We were willing to accommodate on Day 1 but due to the company’s internal policy, things did not work out,” said Chintham Venkaiah, head of placements at NIT-Warangal. Trichy, Warangal and Surathkal are among the most sought-after NITs among recruiters.
“Google wanted to visit for final placement but we did not want to make any changes in our placement policy,” said Vijay Desai, chairman, Career Development Centre, NIT-Surathkal. “We would follow our own policy and make no changes.”
NIT-Warangal’s Venkaiah said: “Google is a top recruiter at campuses and despite our best efforts it would not be part of final placements at our campus this year.”
In 2016, Google had chosen to bypass the placement process at IITs after almost a decade of hiring from the campuses, then made a comeback in 2018 at the premier engineering schools.
Day 1 at Warangal on August 13 had the same set of companies as Trichy. The placement season at the NITs starts in July-August and goes on until early into the New Year.
Google did not approach NITs in Jaipur and Jalandhar for final placements. “Google has not approached this year,” said S Ghosh, placement in-charge at BR Ambedkar NIT, Jalandhar. Like most institutes, the school decides Day 1 slots according to pay packages on offer.