“Divyanshu” who was placed at “Bain” 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: “Ritish Mahajan”
Branch and Graduation Year: Mechanical – 2021
Profile Offered: Analyst
Job Location: Gurgaon
CGPA Cutoff: nil
Here are the questions we asked from Divyanshu to know about his interview experience.
Question 1:Introduce yourself to the readers.
Answer: I am Divyanshu, currently pursuing mechanical engineering from TIET. I believe in acting rather than procrastinating.
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: It was an online test of 1 hour with around 20 questions, Business Judgement (8) and Data Interpretation (12). Although number of questions were less but difficulty level was quiet high.
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 was no technical round for this company. Though a rigorous initial shortlisting was done on the basis of resume. They looked for academic achievements as well as extra curriculars.
Question 4:Describe your all HR interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round.
Answer: First round revolved around basis HR questions like Introduction , projects done , internships & later the guesstimate ( very imp. ) .
HR dived into probability & statistics to check how well I do with numbers. A good command over mathematics and calculations is must as the use of claculators is not allowed.
The guesstimate questions were like, for example a Starbucks outlet is opening in Patiala , you have to estimate the no. of cups served in a day.
Second round started with few HR questions. Feel free to ask any doubt that you have about the company or the job profile. In the later half of the interview case study was discussed.
Each interview went on for about an hour.
Question 5:Key factors for your selection.
Answer: 1. Approach you follow to reach to the answer and how you present yourself throughout the interview.
2. Be confident and importantly, honest.
3. Take your time and give the right answer, rather than making wild guesses.
Question 6:What are the things students should focus on in order of priority?
Answer: Firstly create a good C.V. Don’t include everything, only the best things.
Thoroughly know about the work that you have done in the internship
For any statement you give in interview , a proper justification is must .
And lastly focus on basic aptitude questions , guesstimates and case-studies, if aiming for non tech companies.
Question 7:Advice to juniors for technical skills they should develop.
Answer: They should master at least one designing software. Having good knowledge of min two core subjects will be very beneficial.
Question 8:According to you, what role does extra curricular activities as well as participation in societies play?
Answer: Extra curricular plays vital role in personal grooming. It helps you build several strengths which the companies need in a candidate, be it leadership qualities, handling work under pressure, managing unforseen situations and problem solving approach. Choose the societies wisely(in which you are interested) and not get enrolled in each and everyone of them. Also don’t run after certificates, they are just pieces of paper.
Question 9:What would you like to advise juniors for cracking HR round of this company?
Answer: Gather all your thoughts first and then speak. Don’t contradict yourself in further answers. It’s always better to take a minute and then give your best shot. Think of yourself as being involved in a conversation(professional) and not as some robot, simpling answering the questions asked. Work on your gestures, facial expressions, eye contact(must), don’t ponder here and there while answering the questions. And lastly it does no harm to keep a good smile on your face.
Question 10:Any other advice you would like to give to your juniors?
Answer: 1. At the end you should have a good C.V. (may be short but true).
2. Use your internship semester wisely to explore your future journey.
3. Never get disheartened by rejections. you always need to cope-up fast and start preparing for the next company.
Question 11:Your Phone Number (Only if you want to help your juniors on call).
Your LinkedIn Profile URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/divyanshu911
For any further Queries feel free to comment below.