Infosys Interview Experience - 14th October, 2014, Haldia
The drive initiated with about an hour-long pre-placement talk delivered by the HR. All relevant details and queries are cleared in this session and they mostly showcase the great facilities at their Mysore Learning Center. Try to be attentive during this talk. Points discussed in this session could help you with some of the questions asked in the interview.
From there on, the candidates proceeded for the aptitude test which had the following format:
Section - I: Analytical Questions (15 questions in 25 minutes).
We had 5 questions from Data Interpretation, 5 from Data Sufficiency and 5 from Syllogisms/Deductions asked in this section. The questions are of an average level.
Section - II: Critical Reasoning (10 questions in 35 minutes).
This section had 5 questions from different areas of quantitative aptitude such as PnC, Probability, Time-speed, clocks, number systems etc. And 5 more from arrangement type questions (7 dishes, 1 week, followed by a series of facts and which dish on which day sort of questions).
Section - III: Verbal Ability (40 questions in 35 minutes).
2 passages contain 10 questions. One of the passages is likely to be Ultra-lengthy and could test your patience. Rest of the questions are from sentence correction/improvement, theme detection etc. Most of the candidates found this section to be the most challenging one of the paper.
There are sectional cut-offs. So do not keep any grey areas in your preparation as one bad section could ruin the day for you, irrespective of how well you did in the other two.
Results were announced soon after and 236 candidates out of the 600 eligible ones were selected for the Interview round.
The interview round began the next morning. After an anxious wait, I was finally called in. As I greeted the interviewer, he asked me to come inside and take a seat. The interviewer had a very calm smile on his face throughout the interview and that helped me settle my nerves a bit.
Interviewer: (while going through my application form) : So Anshuman, look how you've changed...
Me: (taken aback but quickly realising that he was referring to the contrast between my heavily bearded face in the photograph on the form and the clean-shaven face that was in front of him) : Actually Sir, someone from my family had died back in our ancestral village a week or so ago. Our familial customs require not to shave for the following 10 days after the death. This photograph was clicked during that time.
Interviewer: Oh sorry, it's alright.
Me: No problems, Sir.
Interviewer: Tell me about yourself then.
Me: Told him about where I come from, my career goals, my interests and passion.
Interviewer: How do you rate yourself in C programming, on a scale of 10 ?
Me: Sir, probably 7 or 8.
Interviewer: Give me an exact number and also the reason behind it.
Me: I'd rate myself at 7. I consider myself to be fairly good at C but it has so many little nuances here and there that one could forget from time-to-time. I'd need to work with C a lot more to get a 10 out of 10 (with a smile).
Interviewer: And in Java ? How much would give to yourself out of 10 in it ?
Me: Sir, 5. We had basic Java in our 5th semester and I was fairly good at it. But since then, I haven't worked much with Java. Most of my projects are also based on C. Also, I've had no experience with Advanced Java.
Interviewer: Hmm, what was your industrial training project ?
Interviewer: Your project must have needed you to work with MySQL. *Then he asked some simple questions from SQL (commands to delete a table, select rows , join-outer, natural etc.)
Me: *Told with one or two minor hiccups*
Interviewer: Can you write a program to check if a linked list is circular ?
Me: *Wrote and explained the logic behind it*
Interviewer (impressed) : What's your final year project about ?
Me: *Told him every possible detail*
Interviewer: Alright, what are your co-curricular activities ?
Me: Sir, I'm into reading and writing. I've also anchored a few events in our college. I also participate in debates, speeches etc.
Interviewer: Good. What do you write mostly about ?
Me: Cricket. It has been of profound interest to me ever since my childhood. I write for a web-forum and also discuss with like-minded people on the Internet.
Interviewer: Can you think of a way you can apply your technical knowledge to cricket ?
Me: Sir, cricket has a wide array of statistics. And where there is statistics, there are computers. I can build a comprehensive database that stores, updates and compares team or player statistics. There could be built-in formulas to normalise averages and make player-to-player comparisons etc.
Interviewer: Fine. And are you aware of the current IT trends ?
Me: Sir, most IT firms are looking towards extending their reach beyond the usual IT domain and venture into business transformation. Infosys clearly has an edge in this regard as was told in our pre-placement talk yesterday. Also, new technologies such as Cloud computing, IoT (Internet of Things), etc. are a few areas where companies are trying to achieve breakthroughs.
Interviewer: Very good. Do you have any questions from me ?
Me: Yes, Sir. I'd like to know your feedback on my performance in the interview so far.
Interviewer: Unfortunately, I cannot disclose it to you at this moment. I'll provide the feedback to the HR.
Me: Alright, Sir. And one more question.
Interviewer: Sure, go ahead.
Me: Will there be opportunities for me to pursue my extra-curricular activities at the training center in Mysore ?
Interviewer: Oh yes, there are many competitions organised there from time to time. Plus there are huge libraries, you can read as much as you want. We also engage the trainees in little fests and challenges from time to time. You'll enjoy your time there.
Me: Thank you, Sir.
Interviewer: Alright, Anshuman. Best wishes. You may call the next guy in now.
Me: Sure, Sir. Have a good day.
Results: 155 out of the 236 interviewed candidates made it through, and I was one of them.
Tips for interview: Look confident. Sport a smile. Give precise answers. And feel free while talking, the guy in-front of you isn't going to eat you :)
If you don't know the answer to a question, admit it and try to add a little humour to the situation if you can. Also make it across to him that you are a good learner and once you go back and revise all the stuff thoroughly, you'll be able to answer.
Play it smart. Not everyone knows every answer. And they're looking for prospective employees, not for people who can build a time machine ! :)
Best of luck to everyone. All of you reading this, I hope I meet you at Mysore soon enough.
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