“Arshdeep Singh Walia” who was placed at “ZS Associates (Full Time Employment)” talks 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: “Arshita Vashishat”
Profile offered: Business Technology Analyst
Branch and Graduation Year: CML 2019
Package Offered: 6.53LPA
Cgpa Cutoff : 6.5
Interview Difficulty Level: 6/10 (1-very easy, 10-very difficult)
Here are the questions we asked from Arshdeep Singh Walia to know about his interview experience.
Question 1:Introduce yourself to our readers.
Answer: I am a programming geek with Database Management & Data Structures as a specialization. Being adaptive and disciplined are the key strengths I possess and I strongly believe these are the very essentials if someone wants to achieve his goal. Not just learning but implementing your knowledge by making some project is something I took care of. I’m a goal driven person who just loves to do stuff that drives me out of my comfort zone.
Question 2:Describe Your written test experience specifying number of rounds ,details of each round and type of test platform(online -amcat,hackerearth etc offline)
Answer: First of all the pattern was entirely unconventional. 55 questions were meant to be attempted in an hour out of which 10 questions were of the technical aspect.
Quantitative Aptitude and Verbal Reasoning were tougher. Data Interpretation and Technical questions both were scoring. The test was considerably challenging and all that it required was speed. The link for video conference round was displayed at the end for those who succeeded to clear the cutoff for the aptitude test. In this, questions were there and you have to respond to them. The video was recorded and was uploaded on the firm’s server. As my profile was a Business Technology Analyst, so there were some technical questions. There were also some team management, critical thinking related questions. After this, around 80 students were shortlisted for further interviews.
Question 3:Describe your all technical interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round (if any)(please share coding questions if possible)
Answer: It was a Case study round. For BTA profile case was based on DBMS and was of 10 pages. I was asked to write SQL queries or the algorithm which I used. This round was LITERALLY TOUGH. I was given 30 minutes to solve the case which consisted of around 10 questions.The case study consisted of 4 portions.
– The first one just checked my strength to manage numerical problems.
– The second part checked my approach towards problem-solving, it has to be rational and realistic as well.
– The third part checked my core technical skills and how well I can use them to get the optimal result.
– And the last part was to check my ability to make decisions from an incomplete data set and then he asked me that what were the things that were incorrect in the case.
Also in this interview, he asked me two guess estimates, one was how many copies of my favorite book can fit in an Airbus A380? some puzzles, and some scenario based questions. Then he discussed my projects, and questions on DBMS(joins, triggers, cursor, group by, subqueries).
Question 4:Describe your all HR interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round
Answer: In the beginning, HR round consisted of the questions in which I was meant to explain my role in the firm, what is the current position of ZS among its competitors. and how well do I know ZS
After that, he was asking everything in my resume, questions like are you self-aware, can you merge your creativity and business objective, How can you define that you are a critical thinker state an example of that, books I have read. In a nutshell, they were analyzing that if I can mix into the firm’s culture and how can I contribute positively into the firm’s objective. It lasted for about 40 minutes
Question 5:Key factors for your selection
Answer: 1. My passion for DBMS and it’s in-depth knowledge.
2. Hunger to learn. They want a team player with excellent communication skills and someone who is willing to rise
3. Various projects in IOT, back-end scripting and solving various real-life problems
4. Various experiences as a Team Member and as a Team leader
5. Self-awareness (like my failures, strengths, goals, interests etc.)
Question 6:Advice to juniors for technical skills they should develop
Answer: – Your tech skills must have to be DEAD INFLUENTIAL
– Practice puzzles as many as you can
– Enhance your DBMS skills
– Do a lot of technical projects.
Question 7:Advice to juniors for cracking HR round
Answer: – Know the firm inside out.
– Practice common HR questions.
– Don’t write anything in your resume which isn’t right.
– Practice for interviews, your behavior matters a lot.
– You should know how you’re going to help the firm.
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