Cognizant Technology Solutions CTS) Interview Experience - Lovely Professional University, Punjab 09/09/16 - 11/09/16
First:- Aptitude (15 que,15 min).
Second:- Reasoning (15 que, 15 min).
Third:- Verbal (25 que, 25 min).
Each module had cut-off, company generally keeps it to 50%, so don't waste time on any particular queue, so that You could attend at least 80-90% questions.
The test was in the morning, I got an SMS in the evening that I had cleared the test, and was invited for technical round the next day because too many students were there.
Since CTS is a mass recruitment company and also gives a chance to non-cse students (ME, ECE, etc).
Total 1600 students were eligible out of which only around 750 could qualify first round.
I was one of them....
It was technical round, students CV were submitted for profiling, students were called in a group and made seated, and called one by one. I was waiting for my turn, 2 students were rejected of 7 in front of me. One can imagine how harsh the situation could be, though I maintained my calm.
Finally, My name was called out, I was taken to one of the panelists. I wished him, he said me to sit.
Int:- Okay, tell me about yourself in brief...
Me:- Gave brief intro, along with my qualities...
(Remember friends, they catch your words) I told him I am a good motivator too.
He said okay, how do you motivate,? Though I wasn't expecting this but I justified it by giving an example of one of my friend and shared an incident.He was comfortable now.
Now I was even more comfortable and decided to hold the command, I confidently told him my technical skill and told I know well about S/W testings, he again gazed ant told okay....explain testings to me in detail...
This time, I was happy, as I had hit the target...
Explained all testing techniques (alpha, beta, white-box, black-box, monkey-testing, gorilla-testing) with examples. He was impressed.
(But didn't compliment)
Int:- Okay, I can see , you made a project in android, will you please elaborate, what is it all about?
Me:- Sure sir! (Explained each and everything, it was an app on cooking which had more than 100 items (Indian, Italian, Chines, French) with their ingredients and cooking recipe).
Int:- So, you did it in group or it's a solo project?
Me:- Sir we did it in group of three.
Int:- Okay, Which part you did? Can you write the code?
Me:- (I was very confident about the project as I had worked hard for it) Sir, I coded database part, (basically we linked our app to SQLite database). I wrote some queries on creating and upgrading the tables I had used.
(This time, I could see, smile on Interviewer's face, I concluded I am in the field with roar)
Int:- Good! you've done programming too, right?
Me:- Yes sir! I write code in C++.
Int:- Okay Saurabh! I store your name in a string, without using any string fun (like strrev) and without creating any extra space for array/String, can you reverse your name? If yes, write the code...
Me:- (He handed over me a sheet and a pen since I love coding this was nothing to me, I did it in a min).
Int:- (Smiling) Good Saurabh. I am done with you, please wait outside for a while...
Me:- Thank you, sir, have a nice day!
I waited out for 2 min, then one of their attendants came to me and Congratulated me giving a green card for final HR round.
I can't express my happiness, this was the second interview of my life.
Then I was called for HR round after a while, it was a lady.
(I wished her and asked to sit,she agreed,I thanked her)
HRM:- Introduce yourself.
Me: (I am very used to it, gave a really good intro)
HRM:- What do you know about the company?
Me: Here a lil prob was there, I had referred Wikipedia, so told her Francisco D'Souza is CEO and founder of the company, she didn't agree, she said he's just CEO. I thought it's pointless to argue, I said No issues ma'am, I'll update myself regarding the same.
HRM:- Are you comfortable with relocation?
Then she gave me sheet, to read a para in, and sign below there.
This is an agreement that you won't complain/request to take transfer at least for a year, I think you all will agree, after all, you all want the job, or they directly reject you in HR.
I signed... She told me she was done (with a smile). I wished her and left.
After a day, on 11th Sept, final list of selected students was presented by my university, and I got my name there easily.
It was a double happiness for me as it was my b'day too.
Out of 1600, around 400 were selected! I felt lucky being one of them.
Points to remember:- Always remember, such giant companies are there to hire you, not to reject you. Show them some confidence, not over confidence or they can easily screw you.
Hold a core subject and tell them confidently , you are well aware of that subject.
know some basic programs(String manipulation, finding a largest/2nd largest element of array, Creating and getting squared sum of Fibonacci series, factorization, sorting techniques, creating patterns, etc) in any language you are comfortable with.
Good Luck !
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