Cognizant Technology Solutions Interview Experience - Jalpaiguri Government Engineering College(22/09-26/09)
Few points I would like to inform you:
1- Never ever ever, (If you want to get placed in Cognizant, depends) never refer to Cognizant Technology Solutions as CTS in front of the interviewer. You are sure to get hammered!. Always refer to it as COGNIZANT, I guess they have a problem with TCS, CTS funda, not sure, though!
2- Be confident no matter how many questions you failed to answer. BELIEVE in YOURSELF.
So "Cognizant" visited our campus on 22nd September.
There were three rounds:
1- Online exam.
2- Technical Interview.
That day we had the online examination taken by "Merittrac". The exam was comparatively easy. It had VERBAL and LOGICAL REASONING. ("Please do not be complacent as I have said easy. PRACTICE MAKES A MAN PERFECT"). VERBAL had 30 questions to be answered in 25 mins while LOGICAL REASONING had 25 questions to be answered in 30 mins.
(Do not get bumped up by the time limit. Always try to do 15 questions in both the sections correctly. That takes 30 questions to be answered correctly in 55 mins. So have faith.)
There was no negative marking.
I guess, I got 15/25 correct in VERBAL and 20/30 in LOGICAL REASONING.
In this round 118 out of 181 qualified.
On 26th we had the Interview rounds.
(Guys please have utmost faith in yourself and do brush up most of the subjects to be on the safe side. And no matter what happens always remember it is 40% luck on that day).
I prepared DBMS, DS, OS, C, JAVA, Software Engg.
We were called for document verification at 11am. After completion of verification, the interview started at 5pm. I was called at 9:30pm.
Me: Good Evening, Sir.
Int: Good Evening. Take a Seat.
Me (Taking a seat): Thank You, Sir.
Int (looking at my CV): Introduce yourself.
Told for 3-5mins.
Int: So Arindam, what is the most interesting thing you did in your life? Told about adventures and all.
Int: Then we get onto the subjects. Tell me your favorite subject.
Me: Database Management System, sir("Never use DBMS or short form, to be safe")
(Before writing more, I would like to say that if you have any problem regarding any topic that you cannot explain the interviewer properly, always ask for a sheet of paper and explain him.
Secondly, do think smartly. They not only check your technical skills but also your communication skills.)
Int: Tell me about joins?
I explained him each and every join and also showed their workings on an A4 sheet.
Int: Diff between RDBMS and DBMS? Told.
Int: Explain about different types of keys? Told.
Int: What are your hobbies? <Shocker,right?> Told. [for me this is the star marked question. They test your adaptability]
Int: Types of OS?
Questions were fired one after another from deadlock, critical section, memory management. He then again shifted to SQL and gave simple queries to write. I got confused in two and I politely said "I do not know,Sir". Rest I was confident that I was correct. He tried to confuse me but I remained intact to my points. He then asked basics of C- pointers and functions, preprocessors directives and their functions.
Atlast he shook my hand and asked if I had any clarification to make. I said no and told him that it was a good learning process for me. I smiled and took my leave.
I was told to wait in the Language Lab and where I got the news that I was selected for the HR.
55 out of 118 got through to the HR round.
Honestly, I was not prepared for HR at all. After answering almost 40 technical questions, my head was spinning, still I managed to manage myself.
The HR was a cool and an entertaining guy.
Me: Good Evening, Sir. May I come in?
HR: Good Night, ooo Sorry Good Evening, Yes you may!
He shook my hand and told me to sit.
Reading my CV, he asked: Introduce your family to me.
Told about my father mother elder brother sister-in-law and what are they doing now and so on.
HR: Okay Arindam, tell me who is your inspiration?
I: Sir, my father.
HR was very much impressed and asked me the reason. I told him each and every reason.
HR: You did an internship in Coal India?
I: Yes sir, I did!
HR: What was your role in that? Told.
HR: Okay, do you have any problem with night shifts?
I: No, sir.
HR: Any problem with relocation?
I: No, Sir.
HR: Do not say "NO" just for the sake of getting a job. Answer me honestly.
I: No Sir, to be honest, I have no problem. I have my elder brother working in a private sector and I have seen how hard he works. So seeing such hard work drives me too and hence I have no problem in relocation and night shifts.
HR: Okay Arindam. Have a nice day. Have you any question?
I: No, sir.
HR: Thank You.
I: Thank You, sir.
Next day on 27th September, the results were announced. They selected 53 out of 55 students from HR and I was one of them.
Just have confidence in yourself and try to express yourself as much as you can. Interviewers know that this might be your first such experience. It would be my advice to all of you that prepare yourself well. IndiaBix is a good site to prepare for verbal and reasoning.
For interviews, always try to explain the partially remembered concepts. The answers you don't know, please do not speak out of terms as it may have a bad effect. Just say "I don't sir, sorry."
If you can clear the technical interview, be assured you have 99% chance of getting selected.
All the best guys!!
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