“Madhur Agarwal” who was placed at “EXL Service” talks about his interview experience and some other tips to prepare for placement season.
The interview was taken by our UnsaidTalks interviewer- “Abhinandan” from Thapar University.
Check out what he says about placement season.
Branch & Graduation Year: ECE– 2018
Profile Offered: Business Analyst
Cgpa cutoff: 6
Interview difficulty level: 7/10 (1-very easy, 10-very Difficult)
Here are the questions we asked from Madhur to know about his interview experience.
Question 1: Introduce yourself to our readers.
Answer: Runner-up at an MTV show, I am someone who is inquisitive enough to explore opportunities and learn different skills.
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: Online Aptitude test, 3 sections (verbal, quant, logical reasoning) Around 40 questions(not exactly sure) in 45 minutes
Question 3: Describe your all technical interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round (if any).
Answer: 3 Rounds General Pattern:
- Round 1: 5-6 standard puzzles, 4-5 aptitude questions.
- Round 2: 4-5 puzzles, difficulty level higher than round 1, can also be a stress round.
- Round 3: not compulsory. My process went entirely different, first round entirely resume based, one case study and just one aptitude question, I had worked a lot in marketing and strategic planning field. I did my own startup, won competitions at NSIT, and made it to the top 4 at Amazon Marketing Internship, where rest three were from IIM’s. So first round was based on that, and then a marketing case study in which I was asked to increase the profitability of a credit card companies based on different marketing strategies that I will implement.
Question 4: Describe your all HR interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round.
Answer: My first round went for 15 mins, which I have described above. My first round went really well so I was directly sent to the second round. where I was asked two puzzles, both of them were new to me, I solved the first one correctly, I misunderstood the second one but then I was able to explain the approach, and that is what they are looking for. And that’s it, I was done in 5 minutes.
Question 5: What do you think were key factors for your selection?
Answer: I had an average CGPA, 7.68, NO COLLEGE SOCIETY EXPERIENCE, I never found then creative enough. I liked teaching so went to pratigya society in first year. And Thapar has this very wrong aura that working in societies would help you in placement, though they might, but it’s about working on your skills, so all you have to do is work on your skills and if you don’t find societies good enough, look for things you can do like read a lot, do good internships, yes you do will find them if you try. Take part in competitions at some good colleges like IIT, DTU, NSIT. It’s good exposure.
Question 6: What would you like to advise juniors for cracking Technical round of this company?
Answer: Work on Aptitude, because you need to clear the first round, try puzzles yourself, don’t just memorize them, and even if you know the answer to the puzzle, don’t just answer it instantly, act as if you are trying to solve and then answer. Rest work on building your resume, you can work in societies if you like, or look for things outside which interest you, internships, competitions, skills, languages, games anything.
Question 7: What would you like to advise juniors for cracking HR round of this company?
Answer: Be confident, prepare for basic questions differently, companies are looking for people who are different. And if you really looking for NON-Tech consulting or analytics job, then try ZS associates and EXL, don’t go for Deloitte, because the profile offered by Deloitte is completely technical, rather go to better tech companies if you have to do technical job, and Deloitte is more of a mass recruiter these days, so look for ZS and EXL.
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