Gurnoor’s ZS Associates interview experience

“Gurnoor” who was placed at “ZS Associatestalks about her interview experience and some other tips to prepare for placement season. Check out what she says about the placement season.

Profile offered: Business Operations Associate

Branch and Graduation Year: ELE 2019

Package Offered: 6.53LPA

Cgpa Cutoff : 6.5

Interview Difficulty Level: 6

Here are the questions we asked from Gurnoor to know about her interview experience.

Question 1: Introduce yourself to our readers.

Answer: I am a final year engineering student with Electrical as my specialisation. Over the past three years in Thapar, along with studying engineering, I have also invested time in building my skills in the marketing space through various internships and projects. I have also worked towards developing my overall personality through extra-curricular activities. As a person, I am goal driven and people oriented. I thrive on setting challenging goals for myself and then achieving them

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: The test pattern was a total surprise as compared to last year. The test could be given at home which was proctored by webcams. 40 questions were expected to be attempted in 45 minutes. The questions were mainly from Quant and LIDR with a major portion of the questions inclined towards the latter. The cutoff for the test was apparently pre-determined. The link to the next round was displayed at the end for those who succeeded to clear the cutoff for the aptitude test.


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: There were 4 rounds after the aptitude test.

1) The first round was the video interview round. There was a set of 8 questions, the answers to which had to be submitted in a video format in real time. One minute was given for thinking and 2 minutes were given for recording the answers to the questions. The questions included guesstimates ( Paint required to paint a wall of 10*15 dimensions, Number of tennis balls that could be fit into a plane etc.). It also included situational problems ( What would u do if.., ), Experience based problems ( Had u ever encountered a situation where-in?. ) etc. 82 students (out of the initial 600) were selected after this round for the further three rounds.

2) The second round was the case study round. A case study was handed over to the students of about 8-10 pages and exactly 30 minutes to solve the case study. The case study comprised of three parts. The first part checked your ability to handle complex numerical problems. The second part checked your logical approach towards problem solving. And the third part checked your ability to form inferences from distributed ambiguous data. All the students were then called for the case interviews where-in we were expected to present our case and inferences. They mainly checked your approach towards handling the problems and not the final answer. The interview lasted for about 45 mins

3) The third round was the evidence based interview. It comprised of resume probe and a number of guesstimates, puzzles and brain teasers. It lasted for about 45 mins

4) The fourth round was the fit interview. It checked how well will you be able to blend in the ZS culture and how well do you understand your role in the company through a set of direct and indirect questions about yourself and the various projects you have done over the 3 years and before.

Question 4:Describe your all HR interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round

Answer: The last round called the FIT round was an HR round. It was taken by the senior principal of the company. They basically wanted to know who you are as a person and what do u expect form the company and yourself in the company. They tried to examine your interests and personality and checked if you were a “fit” to the ZS culture. It lasted for about 20-30 minutes.

Question 5:Key factors for your selection

Answer: 1) Interest in the area. Do not apply for companies you don’t have interest in. They will easily know.

2) Various internships (Brand management(Large International Beverage Firm), Digital Marketing (IIM-L) , Marketing ( IIM-L) , Artificial Intelligence ( Accenture)).

3) Various works as a Team Member and as a Team lead in societies/events in thapar.

4)Communication Skills

Question 6:Advice to juniors for cracking HR round

Answer: 1) Work on your communication skills

2) Know yourself( strengths, weaknesses, failures, likes, dislikes, hobbies, dreams, interests) and what do u eventually want to do in life.

3) Know your resume in and out. Do not mention projects you do not know everything about.

4) Know the company and your role in and out.


For any further Queries feel free to contact below:
Mail ID: gurnoor.sachdev@gmail.com

Kartik Gogia’s ZS Associates Interview Experience

“Kartik Gogia” who was placed at “ZS Associates” talks about his interview experience and some other tips to prepare for placement season.

The interview was taken by our UnsaidTalks interviewer- “Sneha” from  Thapar University.

Check out what he says about placement season.

Branch & Graduation Year:  SE– 2018

Profile Offered: Technology Analyst

Cgpa cutoff:  7.0

Interview difficulty level: 4/10 (1-very easy, 10-very Difficult)

Here are the questions we asked from  Kartik Gogia to know about his interview experience.

Question 1: Introduce yourself to our readers.

Answer :I am kind of persons who believes that luck only comes from hard work. There is no other way around. Basically I am a average guy who loves to travel 🙂

Question 2: Describe Your written test experience specifying the number of rounds, details of each round and type of test platform ( If online mention the type of test platform eg. Hackereart, CoCubes, Amcat etc).

Answer:Written test consisted of 4 sections-Verbal, Quantitative aptitude, Data Interpretation and Technical. Time given to solve all sections was 90minutes. Data interpretation and Technical both were very easy and scoring. Quant and verbal was a bit tough. After this round 260 students were shortlisted from all 3 profiles for the Video Interview.In this round you will be given questions and and you have to respond to them. Only our voice will be recorded. There will be no panel sitting on other side. It was also very easy. As my profile was Technology Analyst, so there were some technical questions also like difference between Checked and unchecked exceptions.Other questions were from DBMS. There were also some team management related questions. After this round 98 students were shortlisted for further interviews.




Question 3: Describe your all technical interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round (if any).

Answer.There was a Case study round in which we were given a case to solve. For TA profile case was based on DBMS. We were asked to write Sql queries or the algorithm which you used.CASE STUDY ROUND WAS TOUGH. Write only logical answers which you can explain to the panel. We were given 35 minutes to solve the case. After that there was a F2F interview round in which the panel discussed the whole case. They were asking about the logic behind my answers. Also in this interview he asked me one guess estimate (How many traffic lights are there in patiala), puzzles, and some logical questions.

After this round 65-70 students were eliminated. Then there was another round in which he gave me more puzzles, my project discussion, and questions on DBMS(joins and group by queries).

Question 4: Describe your all HR interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round.

Answer: did’nt have an HR round. Some HR questions were asked in my second round only like Why ZS, Tell me something about ZS etc.

Question 5: What do you think were key factors for your selection?

Question 6: What would you like to advise juniors for cracking Technical round of this company?

Answer:Brush up your DBMS skills. Practice puzzles as many you can. They also asked some people about Dynamic Programming. So be ready for coding questions also.

Question 7: What would you like to advise juniors for cracking HR round of this company?

Answer:Have a smiling face , be confident and practice common HR questions like why ZS , where you see yourself after 5 years etc. Practice for interviews. The main thing we do is we take interviews lighly. Your behaviour and how do you speak also matters.

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Rahul Shahi’s ZS Associates Interview Experience

“Rahul Shahi” who was placed at “ZS Associates” talks about his interview experience and some other tips to prepare for placement season.

The interview was taken by our UnsaidTalks interviewer- “Akshat” from  Thapar University.

Check out what he says about placement season.

Branch & Graduation Year:  ECE– 2018

Profile Offered: Technology Analyst

Cgpa cutoff:  7.0

Interview difficulty level: 7/10 (1-very easy, 10-very Difficult)

Here are the questions we asked from  Rahul Shahi to know about his interview experience.

Question 1: Introduce yourself to our readers.

Answer : see myself as a very enthusiastic person and one who is always eager to learn new things. I am someone who can adapt to any situation. I thrive in a fluctuating environment and transform unexpected obstacles into stepping stones for achievements. My life goes by a single motto: “Do it with all the passion or not at all”.

Question 2: Describe Your written test experience specifying the number of rounds, details of each round and type of test platform ( If online mention the type of test platform eg. Hackereart, CoCubes, Amcat etc).

Answer:One online Test with 5 sections – Attention to Details, Quant, Verbal, LR and technical (Only for TA profile candidates). There were around 70 questions to be attempted in 85 minutes, therefore speed and accuracy was the key to crack this round. The questions were most easy and straightforward. There was No negative marking but the test had sectional cut-off. The platform used was Hire-pro.




Question 3: Describe your all technical interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round (if any).

Answer.The next round was a Video interview. There were 8 questions in total, 4 situation based questions and 4 technical questions (only for TA candidates). Technical questions were mostly based upon DBMS. Approach was the key here and not the code. Next up was a case study interview. Each shortlisted candidate was given a case study to be solved in 30 minutes. TA profile candidates had to write SQL/algorithms to solve the case study. After the allotted 30 minutes, each candidate was called to discuss the case with the interviewer. Again, approach was the key. Even if you don’t know SQL, just explain the approach and you’ll be fine. Interview Duration: 30-45 mins for each candidate.

Question 4: Describe your all HR interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round.

Answer:The shortlisted candidates had a single HR round (some had to go through two HR rounds). The interview was based around puzzles, guesstimates and general questions like “Why ZS?”, “Project Experince” etc. Just be confident and have a clear mindset. Have your answers backed up by facts & figures to have a smooth interviewing process. Interview Duration: 30-45 mins.

Question 5: What do you think were key factors for your selection?

 

Question 6: What would you like to advise juniors for cracking HR round of this company?

Answer:.Make Google your best friend and go through maximum puzzles and guesstimate approach. Be honest and introspect yourself. Have confidence and try to interact as much as possible with the interviewer. Have clear thoughts and knowledge about the company ( Paying attention in PPT will surely help). Pro Tip: Seniors turn out to be the guiding light in such tensed situations

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Rajat Goyal’s ZS Associates Interview Experience

“Rajat Goyal” who was placed at “ZS Associates” talks about his interview experience and some other tips to prepare for placement season.

The interview was taken by our UnsaidTalks interviewer- “Anuj” from  Thapar University.

Check out what he says about placement season.

Branch & Graduation Year:  COE– 2018

Profile Offered: Technology Analyst

Cgpa cutoff:  7.0

Interview difficulty level: 5/10 (1-very easy, 10-very Difficult)

Here are the questions we asked from  Rajat Goyal to know about his interview experience.

Question 1: Introduce yourself to our readers.

Answer :I am simple person,who likes music. I love to play flute. I also have interest in Sufi literature(Persian) and like to explore this field.

Question 2: Describe Your written test experience specifying the number of rounds, details of each round and type of test platform ( If online mention the type of test platform eg. Hackereart, CoCubes, Amcat etc).

Answer:There was an online test comprising of different sections(quant,aptitude,data interpretation etc.). The test comprised of 50-80 questions. The test was okayish. Around 460 students appeared for the test and around 220 were shortlisted.




Question 3: Describe your all technical interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round (if any).

Answer:We had video interviews then. These consisted of 8 questions that were to be answered. Then followed 3 written questions(Situational, behaviour and guessing) and we were given minutes to write them(around 200-250 words). These were very crucial.However, my video interviews did not go as well as they ought to. We also had to answer the following questions:Relate yourself to an animal,tell a situation in which during team-work, you encountered a conflict situation and how it was handled, and what makes you a good to be around person(and annoying too). After this we were given a case study. I must say this was hard. I was not able to answer even a single question properly. I directly headed to the HR round( my HR interview took place first. After coming from HR interview, my technical interview began. I told the interviewer that I did not answer any of the questions of the case study,but wan to discuss with him.He agreed and asked me to carry on. I discussed my approaches with him. After the case study,we moved further. The technical interview was mostly focused on SQL,DBMS and OS. It went quite well. I must insist here that whatever question the interviewer throws at you,you must not give up on it and keep trying. Try to discuss your obtained solution with the interviewer.The interviewer sees your approach to the question,rather than obtaining the correct answer.So do not give up till the end.

Question 4: Describe your all HR interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round.

Answer:My HR interview took place before the technical interview. I was asked to introduce myself,tell my strengths and weaknesses, and why i wanted to join ZS Associates.You must be honest and talk genuinely with them. I was asked some puzzles(be honest and don’t give up here either). Rest went like a regular HR interview.At the end,I was asked if I had any questions. I asked the senior person what work was done by him,what are the skill sets required, what is the scope of growth and what kind of projects are done.At the end,I asked him to review me too.

Question 5: What do you think were key factors for your selection?

Question 6: What would you like to advise juniors for cracking Technical round of this company?

Answer:DO some work, projects which you have interest in. Work on your strengths to make them your valuable assets. If you have some hobbies,carry them on with full passion. Focus on OS and DBMS, these are crucial subjects.

Question 7: What would you like to advise juniors for cracking HR round of this company?

Answer:Be honest and genuine during the talk. Justify each and every statement written in your CV. When prompted, ask them questions too, which you want to.

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Prachi Sharma’s ZS Associates Interview Experience

“Prachi Sharma” who was placed at “ZS Associates” talks about his interview experience and some other tips to prepare for placement season.

The interview was taken by our UnsaidTalks interviewer – “Akshit Bansal” from 2nd Year, Thapar University.

Check out what she says about placement season.

Branch & Graduation Year: ECE– 2018

Profile Offered:Technology Analyst

Cgpa cutoff:  7.0

Interview difficulty level: 5/10 (1-very easy, 10-very Difficult)

Here are the questions we asked from Prachi Sharma to know about his interview experience.

Question 1: Introduce yourself to our readers.

Answer 1:I am a kind of person who believes everything in life can be achieved if you have the right kind of attitude and perseverance that it deserves. I gel well with people and that gives me the right confidence to strike a conversation. In a nutshell, I am just an average girl who knows the right things to do, the right things to say, at the right time.

Question 2: Describe Your written test experience specifying the number of rounds, details of each round and type of test platform ( If online mention the type of test platform eg. Hackereart, CoCubes, Amcat etc).

Answer: There was 1 written test and the number and type of questions for each profile were different. For the profile of a Technology Analyst, there were 10 easy technical questions, 10 easy-moderate Logical Reasoning questions, 10 easy questions of Data Interpretation(consisting of 3 sets), 15 questions of Quant,15 questions on verbal ability and 10 regarding your attention to details. The test was pretty approachable and all that it required was speed.

Question 3: Describe your all technical interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round (if any).

Answer: After the written test, there was one video interview in which 8 questions(technical, situational, behavioral and guess estimates) were asked. Following that, there was a case+technical interview round. For the case interview, you are given a case study(30 mins prior) where you are supposed to write the algorithm(you should have some knowledge of SQL) and do some analysis of the given data. You have to study the case thoroughly and they’ll ask you questions regarding that. They aren’t much concerned with the answer but the approach. Besides that, they’ll ask you questions related to the subjects you’ve studied by far, questions related to your project(make sure you know every little detail about your project) and you’ll be given some puzzles to solve.

Question 4: Describe your all HR interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round.

Answer: In the HR round, you will be asked some situation based questions, some puzzles and some guess estimates. This isn’t a very difficult round to crack. You’ll be asked “Why ZS”, “Introduce yourself” for sure. You reach here if you’ve been through the case interview and that means you’re past the difficult stage. Just be confident. Again, they’re only looking for the approach you follow and not the answers.

Question 5: What do you think were key factors for your selection?

Question 6: What would you like to advise juniors for cracking HR round of this company?Answer: Do alot of technical projects. Have that one key skill/passion/knowledge that sets you apart from other people. It well help you to drive your interview yourself. Above all, have confidence in yourself. Don’t try to act oversmart and don’t lie- neither about the things you don’t know nor about your personality. The interviewer will easily identify it. Say, “I don’t know” to the things that you don’t know about. Simple as that. Stay calm. Sometimes they’re just trying to check how you handle pressure.

Thakur Singla’s ZS Associates Interview Experience

“Thakur Singla” who was placed at “ZS Associates” talks about his interview experience and some other tips to prepare for placement season.

The interview was taken by our UnsaidTalks interviewer- Tanish from 2nd Year, Thapar University.

Check out what he says about placement season.

Branch & Graduation Year: ME – 2018

Profile Offered: Business Operation, Data Analyst and Technical Analyst

Cgpa cutoff:  7.0

Interview difficulty level: 4/10 (1-very easy, 10-very Difficult)

Here are the questions we asked from Thakur Singla to know about his interview experience.

Question 1: Introduce yourself to our readers

Answer: I am an average guy with penchant for reading and watching movies (sometimes anime’s as well).

Question 2: Describe Your written test experience specifying the number of rounds, details of each round and type of test platform ( If online mention the type of test platform eg. Hackereart, CoCubes, Amcat etc).

Answer:Written test was taken by HirePro. It had 60 questions divided over 4 sections, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, Verbal and Attention to detail. Questions are not very difficult therefore accuracy along with a high speed of solving is required but important thing to keep in mind was that it had sectional cutoff. There was no negative marking. After written test ~200 students were shortlisted and there was a video interview round. There were 8 questions for which we had to record answers and 3 subjective questions were to be answered. From this they shortlisted 98 people for case study/HR round.

Question 3: Describe your all technical interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round (if any).

Answer:There was one case study interview. Each shortlisted candidate was given a case study to solve in 30 minutes. The case study was mixture of subjective and analytical questions. After 30 minutes each candidate was called for individual discussion of the case study. Don’t worry if you get questions wrong as they are looking at your approach. It will be a guided interview. They will try to understand how you did you reach your conclusion.

Question 4: Describe your all HR interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round.

Answer: There were 2 rounds of HR interviews. It mostly consisted of general situation based behavioural questions like “Tell me about a time when you stopped something immoral from happening.” Also some basic HR questions like ” Why Operations?” “Tell me about yourself” etc. But something fortunate happened in my case which I believe helped a lot in my selection i.e. questions on my internship. I did a 6 months internship at Procter & Gamble and from the very first question I started highlighting my internship. Afterwards nearly 70% questions of my interview were directly based on my internship. Other than these there were few puzzles and guesstimates.

Question 5: What do you think were key factors for your selection?

Answer: Confidence, Good communication skills, excellent internship

Question 6: What would you like to advise juniors for cracking HR round of this company?

Answer: Practice puzzles as much as you can(there are lots of websites). Go through few guesstimates. Be through with your resume and go through company’s website once to understand what are their values and try to frame your answers accordingly. Last but very important – Be yourself and try to enjoy the process because remember they are here to hire you not reject you, company is wasting a lot of money by sending their managers here and they believe Thapar students have capability that’s why they are here.

Tarang Jain’s ZS Associates Company Review

Our UnsaidTalks Team had a talk with Mr. Tarang who is Thapar University Alumni, class of 2016. He got placed in ZS Associates and is working with the company for about more than a year. We asked following questions to him regarding the work and culture of ZS Associates:

 

Current Profile: Decision Analyst Associate

Rate the Company for Freshers: 7/10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best)

Question 1. Give some words about the work culture of the company.

Answer. The work culture is utterly friendly and comforting. People are very supportive and are eager to help their colleagues. The only caveat here is their long working hours but it is not really a problem in such a good team.

Question 2. Which Facilities are provided by company to employees?

Answer. Following facilities are provided to us:

  • Three time free meal
  • cab facility
  • Medical insurance
  • Gym

Question 3. How challenging is your Job ? (Rate it on scale of 5, 5 being toughest)

Answer. 3/5. It’s moderately challenging.

Question 4. How you acquired skills required in your current Job?

Answer. I was trained by the company itself when I joined.

Question 5. Do company provides any chance for Higher studies ?

Answer. Yes

Question 6. Are you satisfied with the initial package offered and hike provided by the company?

Answer. No

Question 7. How many students your company selects during campus placement?

Answer. More than 10 Students

Question 8. In which month company calls hired students?

Answer. July

Sanchita’s ZS Associates Interview Experience

“Sanchita Kalra” who was placed at “ZS Associates” talks about her interview experience and some other tips to prepare for placement season. Check out what she says about placement season.

Profile Offered: BAA (Business Analyst Associate)

Cgpa cutoff:  7

Interview difficulty level: 7/10 (1-very easy, 10-very Difficult)

Here are the questions we asked from Sanchita to know about her interview experience.

Question 1: Describe Your written test experience specifying the number of rounds, details of each round and type of test platform ( If online mention the type of test platform eg. Hackereart, CoCubes, Amcat etc).

Answer: One preliminary online test which was developed in house. Four sections-Attention to Detail, Quant, Verbal and LR. Questions are generally not very difficult so maintaining accuracy along with a high speed of solving is the mantra.

Question 2: Describe your all technical interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round (if any).

Question 3: Describe your all HR interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round.

Answer: Two HR rounds consisting of guesstimates, puzzles and several kinds of HR questions ranging from typical ones to technical ones. Be sure to cover all kinds of puzzles and try and be as specific with your guesstimates as you can.

Question 4: What would you like to advise juniors for Technical Skills they should acquire?

Answer: Practice is the key word for clearing the online test as well as in the case of guesstimates and puzzles. The internet is your best friend for preparation! For the case study, walk them through your thought process even if you havent arrived at the answer and always be open and receptive to better techniques.



Question 5: What would you like to advise juniors for cracking HR round of this company?

Answer: Cover all kinds of HR questions, be confident, stay calm and always walk into an interview expecting the unexpected (Goes for any interview you attempt)! Again, try to think out loud for puzzles and guesstimates!

Good luck and feel free to drop me any further questions at my LinkedIn profile below:



Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanchita-kalra-324a51134


Abhishek Jain’s ZS Associates Interview Experience

“Abhishek Jain” who was placed at “ZS Associates” talks about his interview experience and some other tips to prepare for placement season. Check out what he says about placement season.

Profile Offered: Decision Analyst

Cgpa cutoff:  7

Interview difficulty level: 7/10 (1-very easy, 10-very Difficult)

Here are the questions we asked from Abhishek to know about his interview experience.

Question 1: Describe Your written test experience specifying the number of rounds, details of each round and type of test platform ( If online mention the type of test platform eg. Hackereart, CoCubes, Amcat etc).

Answer: The written test was in-house, online and linear, developed by the company itself. There were 4 sections – Attention to Detail, Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning. All sections were easy, so speed is of importance.

Question 2: Describe your all technical interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round (if any).

Answer: There was one case study interview. Each shortlisted candidate was given a case study to solve in 30 minutes. It wasn’t subjective, as most other case studies, but quantitative. After the 30 minutes, each student was called in for 15 minutes to discuss his answers to the questions in the case study (there were 4 of them).

Don’t worry if you have got the answers wrong, the approach is more important here, which you can explain while giving the interview. Stay calm, carry your common sense with you and you will do fine.

Stay calm, carry your common sense with you and you will do fine.



Question 3: Describe your all HR interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round.

Answer: There were two HR interviews, both of them were a mixture of puzzles and general questions like “Why ZS?”, “Why should we hire you?”.

Question 4: What do you think were key factors for your selection?

Answer: Well rounded CV, staying calm in the case study interview when the interviewer was putting a lot of pressure, Illustrating logical approach to solving the puzzles.



Question 5: What would you like to advise juniors for cracking HR round of this company?

For any further Queries feel free to contact me.

Email Id: abhishek25jain@gmail.com