Akash Mishra’s ZS Associates Interview Experience

“Akash Mishra” who was placed at “ZS Associatestalks about his interview experience and some other tips to prepare for placement season. Check out what he says about the placement season.

His Interview was taken by UnsaidTalks Interviewer: “Radhika”

Profile offered: Business Technology Solutions Associate (BTSA): It is a mixture of both technical(build platforms for clients) and non-tech(client interaction) profiles. ZS comes for 3 profiles: BOA(Business Operation Associates), DAA(Data Analysis Associates), BTSA

Job Location: Gurgaon/ Pune

Branch and Graduation Year: ENC – 2022

Cgpa Cutoff: 7

Interview Difficulty Level: Medium

Here are the questions we asked Akash Mishra to know about his interview experience.

Question 1: Introduce yourself to our readers.

Answer: I am Akash Mishra. I recently joined ZS for the role of Business Technology Solutions Associate (BTSA). During my last 4 years, I have been the proctor of Hostel C during my 1st year and vice proctor in my 2nd year. I was also the overall student coordinator of the Thapar Food Festival and have been a part of different societies like Saturnalia and Mudra. I have been part of all the cultural parts of the society, which helped me build my personality, and the technical parts that helped me learn everything required to get into the company.

Question 2: Describe Your written test experience specifying the number of rounds, details of each round, and type of test platform (online – amcat, hackerearth, etc / offline)

Answer: Round 1:
Sub-Level 1: Aptitude Round: 45-50 questions of aptitude, technical, computer science, OS, DBMS, verbal reasoning.
Sub-Level 2: General Case Study: You also have to apply data visualization while answering. Then a set of 8 questions, and you can’t go back to change your answer. You just need to focus on one thing; there is no right or wrong in this; you need to focus on your answer. You’ll have ample time to solve a question(30 minutes for each question).
Sub-Level 3: AI proctored round: Speak on 3 topics(great achievement of your life, guesstimates-how many traffic lights are there in New Delhi) for 3 min in front of the screen. We were given 25 sec to read the topic, 25 sec to prepare. Time can vary. AI will just judge your movements, so be confident in performing/speaking!

Round 2:
Sub-Level 1: Pattern changed this time(earlier SQL queries were asked)
Technical Case Study(9 AM to 10 AM): It involved tables where you have to apply your SQL knowledge. It was also AI proctored. You can also write just algorithms(instead of whole code) because you’ll be one explaining your answers to the interviewer.
Sub-Level 2: Interview based on Case Study(1 hr): Mine was at 12 PM. It was started with the explanation of the case study ans’ for 40 min(interviewer shared the table on the screen; asked what are the problems in this table like is there some redundant data?, data is missing? ) then SQL questions based on the employee table, puzzles, general questions on ML. The interviewer was very helpful; I would rate my interview 9/10.
Sub-Level 3: Tech + HR Question: general HR questions:
1. Biggest achievement in my life,?
2. If I’ll be assigned as a leader for a particular project, how will I proceed with it step by step, and how will I end it?
3. Strength and Weakness, asked a bit of ML based on my projects.
Puzzles: How many squares are there on the chessboard? How many single-colored squares are there on the chessboard?
Guesstimate: how many tennis balls can fit in a Boeing?

Question 3: What were the key factors for your selection?

Answer: 1. Preparation
2. Confidence
3. I drive my interview: I didn’t give the choice to ask too many questions. If he ask me one thing, I kept on answering. When you have the steering, you have control!

Question 4: What are the things students should focus on in order of priority?

Answer: >Building Personality (if you are very good in technical but if you can’t explain it, it’s of no use at the end; Be very good at communicating)
Nowadays, Companies very much focus on soft skills!
>Work upon your English because it matters at the end
>Be confident

Question 5: According to you, what role do extracurricular activities as well as participation in societies play?

Answer: If you are not in a society, you won’t be interacting with any senior of your college; you won’t be interacting with your batchmates. What you’ll be doing is you’ll just go, attend college and then come back. This is not something you are supposed to do when you are in college. So when you get into society, they not only help you build a co-curricular portfolio but also help you build a small community that helps you get deep dive into college. So societies definitely play a great role in helping you to develop your personality. Be a part of the societies and clubs but not very much that it will hamper your studies.

Question 6: Any Other Advice you would like to give to your juniors?

Answer: Enjoy your college days because you never know when another disease is stuck! But at the same time, be prepared for your future. Just keep the balance! Also, don’t fear rejection!

Question 7: How can we contact you? (LinkedIn Profile Link/Contact No./etc.)

Answer: aakashbabumishra@gmail.com

Your LinkedIn Profile URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/akashbm/

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