Google’s plan to recruit from the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) this year got hindered after it asked for at least two weeks to decide on candidates following campus interviews. Google, had reached out to at least three NITs — Surathkal, Trichy and Warangal — seeking to be a Day 1 campus recruiter in the final placement season for undergraduates that kicked off last month.
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.
“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.