Welcome, let’s learn about the different factors that impact a joining date. And with our in-depth analysis, we also would be able to predict when you might expect your joining date. This is an unofficial study created by individuals with deep expertise in the IT industry for decades. This will give you a comprehensive understanding of what to expect.
Joining Date Factors
Joining dates are decided by the companies based on a variety of factors.
- Assessment Tests - There are assessment tests during the recruiting process. Your score is taken and saved in a central system. While there are clearly mentioned cutoffs for many exams, there are often untold criterion behind the scenes at work. Score as high as possible in all such tests to make yourself ahead of the crowd. The variations in the scores of these tests are a factor often taken into consideration.
- Regional Requirements - The projects in the company are distributed across various regions. The joining dates are often decided based on the region. Priority varies between regions where the requirement of resources is earlier than another location. The boundaries may be states or as simple as an overall region like the south, west, east, or north. It can even be offshore or onsite.
- Technical Requirements - There are a variety of technology stacks in place. During the training sessions, different pools of candidates are trained on different technologies. While it is useful to learn the latest technologies in the market, some core skills are always in demand. The joining dates will be influenced if the client has requirement of a particular technology stack earlier than other technology stacks.
- Economic Considerations - The organization is often broken down into different units out of each different units has different profit margins and considerations. Some units in the organization may perform better than another organization. Even though this factor may not come into play often in a big organization, the bench strengths and future project pipeline indirectly affect the joining dates.
- Macroeconomic Factors - The economy as a whole plays a major factor in the higher level management decision making process on recruitment and onboarding. During trying times it might become difficult to hire equal number of candidates compared to when the circumstances were better. Even if hired, chances are hire the performance will be tracked closely. Attrition rates also varies during such times.
Predicting Joining Date
The joining date of such a top organization can be predicted with some strategic information gathering and analysis.
- Research on peers - Keep an eye out and stay informed what is going on with your peers who have been on the same boat as you. Did any of them receive the joining letters yet? If so, then there might something differentiating between them and you. Try to figure out what that is. This will help you predict using pattern recognition and if any parameters the organizations are considering.
- Rank your institute - The organizations often use a grading mechanism to grade colleges according to their history and reputation. Find out what your institute ranking is. Check what is the joining date provided to the different ranks of institutes. If there is a sequential flow you can see happening, you can predict when the joining date is coming for candidates of your institute.
- Analyze similar institutes - For institutes that are similarly poised, it is essential to keep a track how the joining dates are progressing for these institutes. If one of these institutes in the same category gets the joining letter, chances are high you will be receiving your joining letter as well. Status and progress of similar institutes as yourself is a good indicator to predict your joining date.
- Analyze your state - The distribution of projects vary across the country. Stay aware of the latest news and see the performance of the company in your state. Also watch how your state compares with other states where the company is also hiring. Is there a noticeable difference in number of projects or candidates hired? Is there a different technology stack? These cues on your state can help you predict your joining date.
- Analyze your domain - Your background and field of study often plays a role in how joining dates are prioritized. Those can also be overcome by how you fared in the assessment tests. But being aware of how your domain and field is treated by the organization will help you understand the situation. You can predict your joining date with accuracy range as close as a few weeks with these information.
Optimizing the Waiting Period
The weeks and months of waiting period before you receive your joining date are completely at your disposal. Using it efficiently can help you a lot.
- Analyze your strengths - While waiting for your joining date, the time you get is completely yours. After a long time of studying and working, you will find yourself with ample free time. During this period, introspect. Find what you are good at. Discover your abilities and explore your strengths. Try to tap into your hidden qualities. Where would you like to see yourself in that same month but after a few years? What can you do about it now?
- Create a learning roadmap - Once you are clear in your mind, get started on it. Build a plan, that you can stick to. Modify it as needed if the first draft isn’t right. Keep ample breathing space for rest, relaxation and movies. Don’t push yourself too hard, yet keep your goals in mind. If you want to pick up a programming language or a passion, keep it in the schedule often and be sincere to stick to it.
- Self-learn or enroll in courses - The benefit of today’s age is we can learn things online. We do not need to meet our teacher in-person. We also can skip going to libraries for books. We can get the highest quality content from a great teacher living oceans apart at the comfort of our home. This is incredible. So make the most use of it. Choose a topic you want to learn, and get a course that has good reviews.
- Optimize your resume - Our resume is the place where we advertise ourselves. Revisit it. Many a time a good candidate suffered due to a weak resume. As a recruiter, I want to see a concise yet detailed resume. And be ready to answer questions when asked from it. Highlight your projects. Add what skills you used. Do you want to get your resume reviewed? I will share you 5 points of feedback. Upload here.
- Follow a mentor - A mentor is someone who will show you the path. Follow me, or anyone on social media like LinkedIn whose path you find educational. Follow the career guidance and advise they give. Listen to their coaching voices. Find their motivation and the warnings they give. The earlier you learn these things the lesser mistakes you will need to fail and learn.
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- Explore Study Materials - Learning during this period is more important than every before. With the latest technologies and trends surpassing each other every day, if you are not learning you are falling behind. If you have not already, read my article on Study Materials curated for you. In today’s fast age of data and profit-making platforms, putting the effort to find quality and effective study materials is the key.
- Topic-wise Practice Tests - Enhance yourself with knowledge of different technologies and stacks. This is one of top resources for topic-wise questions, and highly effective for the onboarding and elimination rounds of all organizations. The data interpretation and Tableau practice tests especially has received stellar reviews. If data analytics is your passion, learn Tableau, and try to get a certification. Check here.
- Build a Portfolio - While you are learning new things and brushing up your existing knowledge, try to build something that you can show. It can be something physical, or digital. It can be a blog, a podcast, a youtube channel, a documented achievement for an internship, a verifiable certification collection, anything that you can show me to prove your skill and ability by looking at it.
- Achieve Certifications - Certifications by verified entities and product owners immensely adds value to your resume. But make sure you are also able to answer questions when asked on those subjects. If you have a profile on LinkedIn to show case, add your certifications digital copies there. Make sure they are prominently visible. Target specific fields of technology and try to broaden the reach of your knowledge.
- Keep up with the trends - The technology landscape is the fastest moving field study today. Research on the latest technologies and which skills are most in demand today. How do they fit with your strengths, passion and aspirations. Then get some basic understanding on them by reading more. Once you get a feel you will be able to make better decisions on how to proceed with them.
Time Management Skill
- Use a planner - Mobile friendly planners are a great tool to help you plan your tasks. The mobile notifications do not need to be a distraction. Use them to your advantage. Create a plan, keep it close to you, and remind yourself. Your plan should align with your core values, your goal, and what you aim to achieve. Only then you will be able to persevere in the days when you feel tired of keeping up with the planned tasks.
- Reminder for Valuable Tasks - Managing your time effectively goes a long way. I want to see you being able to handle projects effectively in stipulated time frames. If you are used to doing that, it would not be something new when you join. Create a goal, sort the ones you would love to see yourself definitely accomplish. Keep the lesser priority ones down the list. Then setup notifications, alarms, or reminders to push yourself.
- Get Disciplined - Building up time management skill needs discipline and dedication. Modify your daily routine to get used to the disciplined world that you would soon be entering. Assign yourself some daily learning habits and tasks the previous day, then execute the items as per the plan. Tick off items from your checklist as you keep achieving your daily goals.
- Do the least favorite first - Procrastination can impact your work life immensely. If you have a habit of pushing things for later, you need to accept it as your weakness. Fix it. In your plan, motivate yourself to do the thing that you do not want to do first. That will take the edge of your list of items and you will feel more energized to continue working on the other items.
- Reward yourself - Value yourself. Motivate yourself to continue doing the things even if you get tired. A good way to keep up the spirit is by rewarding yourself. Promise yourself something you crave and desire and make sure to give it to yourself. It can be a food, a break, a trip, a family time, a phone call, a movie night, a walk, a song, a workout, a camera, anything that helps you thrive.
- Revisit past dues later - We are all human. Time management does not mean missing a schedule one week is end of the world. Revisit your pending items from the past week and see what can be done about it. The same way we do projects in the industry, if anything gets hold up, change the timelines and catch up on pending items. This helps ensure we give proper respect to the plan that it deserves.
- Align your values and goals - The more your goals are aligned to your values and who you want to become the easier it is to push yourself during the tired days. A vision of your future self with all the accomplishments will help you continue to stick to the plan and make a solid professional version of yourself. When the time to join comes, you will be ready to succeed in the most challenging projects.