I always used to read all your experiences and mails but never posted any thing, but now its my time, I got placed in Satyam and most important thing, your mails helped me a lot.
I am doing my 4th year, 1st sem, specialization IT, in RVR & JC college, GUNTUR, A.P. July 24th, 25th, totally 3000 students from 26 Engg colleges, 231 finally selected, and 72 from our college.
Same new pattern no change.
60% in all standards, Written, GD, Tech + HR interview.
Written : there will be 4 easy questions which can be answered in 5min, then try to do another 4 in 25 min, that's all. This is for those who are fully confident of getting all those 8 right, because cutoff will be 7 at max 8. Others try to answer maximum and for some question we can eliminate 3 options easily. Be careful negative marking is there. One thing written test is easy.
GD : for me it is the easiest, because we have attended a lot of GD's before and we are fully aware of GD's. It is cake walk if you have some practice before and able to speak for some time grabbing the chance. Leadership qualities are seen more. Try to give a chance for people who are sitting idle, that's all it's a part of leadership quality. One great thing is the Satyam moderator who is rating our GD, finally gave us a compliment that our GD was a very good GD, we achieved this because we planned that all of us must speak and not to make the GD a fish market. And we covered a lot of points. Our GD topic was "role of media in bringing awareness in the society" all of us were for the topic and before the end we also covered some negative aspects regarding that and some preliminary measures for those.
Tech + HR interview : hear I am going to give the whole interview experience with some suggestions embedded in that, on the day of interview.
We were there in the our college by 8:10 AM, and we were made to fill a form by Satyam people [that was the main thing you will not be asked for the resume, every thing will be there in the form, no problem if you go with empty hands to the interviewer, they were asking northing] there were nearly 8 panels I think, we were the first batch to be called for the interview for one panel and my friend was called he went in [mean while I was preparing mentally to go with a smile like that...]and in short time he came out, and called my name. I entered the seminar hall and I walked a lot distance in the seminar hall to his table (only one person is there) with erect posture and head always at 90 degrees [be careful he is observing every thing]. Then I stood like that, he did not give me hand and asked me to sit [you never propose a hand to him for shake hand].
INT: how are you?
ME: (full smiles) Fine sir
SUGG: Speak loud looking into his eyes, never get tense then confidence will be revealed from your words.
INT: ok Prasad tell about yourself
ME: [I am lucky I prepared only that] I started "I am a reliable team member and a efficient leader, I used to participate in all the events conducted by the college form my engineering fist year, I got selected for endeavor club, a literary club organized by students, there we conducted many GDs, debates ....In second year, cultural committee member.... In third year I was team leader for informal events and awarded as best organizer... I love working in teams [in
this way I boasted all my achievements regarding reliable team member and efficient leader]"
INT: ok [he is very good, listening all the way without interrupting and encouraging me to tell more]
ME: I continued "I am a native of Guntur, my father is a farmer he is hardworking, friendly... [and I praised my father and mother and said I am thankful to them]
INT: So what about you?
ME: I am also hardworking sir.
SUGG: It is very good if you praise and be thankful to your parents (mainly) and to college etc. It creates a positive impact on you.
ME: I continued ".... my brother is doing masters in GMU in verginia state"
INT: do you want to go to USA?
ME: No sir
ME: I will go if satyam sends me [first time I got a little bit tense as I told two contradicting statements]
INT: ok [he took it light I think, I was lucky]
ME: I continued "my hobbies are playing chess and volley ball...my
achievements...my awards....my interests... My goals" (that's all I completed my self) I think it took 3 min.
SUGG: First enquire or search and explore about Satyam, I recognized they are want of dynamic people and want of leaders, that's why I started myself in that way. So you to explore Satyam and find the qualities which they want and which you have and I suggest start my self showing those qualities. [I think you all know a word document know as 64 toughest interview questions, follow the first question answer (tell about yourself) it helps a lot.]
INT: very good, ok what do you know about Satyam?
ME: Sir it is ranking 2nd in outsourcing, and has a place in top 10 companies in India and I it has CMM level 5.
INT: What is CMM level?
ME: CMM means capability maturity model, Our company Is having level 5 which is the highest.
INT: what does it suggest?
ME: it tells how the projects are going on and it suggest how innovative the company is
ME: yes sir.
ME: and I heard that working environment is very good
ME: As I was a member of forerunners club a literary club in guntur, where the ex-president Priyanka is a Satyam employee, she explained the working environment and other things I was fascinated. [I only took the initiation and told this with out the interviewer asking how do you know]
INT: ok [he is patently hearing all the time]
SUGG: Always try to boost your self, if you are doing this it clearly resembles that you are enthusiastic to join in the company, and even interviewers are looking for those people.
INT: what are the subjects you are interested?
ME: I started with my first year subject engineering graphics
INT: he asked me what a pixel is [he asked me that as he thought I
told computer graphics]
ME: I explained a smallest part of an image and which is a point on coordinate axis.
INT: Is it the correct definition
ME: No sir
SUGG: I also read many interview experiences, and I am repeating the same thing. Be confident, if you don't know say greatly I don't know. Or you can explain some words clearly and say I can't recollect sir, if you don't know. One thing they are going to teach all the required subjects in the training. So be confident.
INT: you told you are good at it
ME: Sir I got 100 in it, internals 30 and externals 70 and got very good compliments from my professors and I explained we have scales as our first chapter and straight lines...
SUGG: when ever you get a chance boast your achievements because you
must sell your self to the interviewer.
INT: good, so you have isometric projections and auxiliary planes
ME: yes sir
INT: So you can answer any question on that
ME: Yes sir
ME: Yes sir
SUGG: ever after asking if you say wrong no problem but be very confident, even I didn't had time to prepare for that, but was confident because I mentioned I got 100.
INT: [with smile] draw the isometric view of the chair [the chair was at some distance and cross to me]
ME: [with smile] sir it is at nearly 45 degrees to me and we had only 3 views top, left, and right. I will draw from any of these three views.C h e t a na S
INT: You try and gave me a paper.
ME: Ok sir, [I was smiling all the time and tried to draw, upper part was ok but down part was abnormal]
INT: [smiling] looking at the figure
ME: I again explained we had only three views
INT: ok! What is the purpose of engineering graphics in your curriculum? What are the advantages?
ME: I explained we must do every sum by imagining.....
INT: yes, we must imagine and draw from any view similarly once we cut a figure......
ME: yes Sir we must take it reference and we can get the figures in all views.
INT: what other subjects you are interested?
ME: C, C++
INT: Explain about C?
ME: [I did not get any idea as I did not prepare any thing for technical] I uttered it contains variables as the basic entities......, It has 32 keywords [I was uncomfortable]
INT: tell those keywords
ME: int, float, for , while........I told nearly 20 he is noting down on the paper which I told, if I repeat he is telling me to check, whether I told it before or not. [he is very good ]
INT: any questions?
ME: sir you want me to learn any languages like java and is .net necessary, So that I will be productive in our company
INT: No need, we will train our in every platform ........
ME: Sir In which platform we generally do our projects?
SUGG: it is good if we always use the words we, our rather than I and my.
INT: no separate platform it changes...........explained a lot
INT: any more questions?
ME: [with smile] Sir how did I perform? I heard that Satyam people will tell about the performance if we ask.
INT: you will know that.
ME: ok sir, thank you sir [he is writing some thing and did not extend his hand for shake and not even all the best or any word like meet you I the evening. I left the room]
[I think the whole interview took only 8 min]
I was very happy but after meeting my friends they were telling all their experience. My friend who went before to the same panel explained me that, he(int) gave shake hand at the starting and at the end he wished all the best and he only gave the hand, and one more person who went to the same panel told that he(int) wished him all the best and told meet in the evening. I was shell shocked.
Our interview was over in the first hour only on that day(26/7/06). and I was waiting for the result, with my mind filled with confusion and I nearly analyzed my whole interview nearly 5 times. And at 6:00 clock in the evening, they were calling all the names who got selected in the order. My friend who went before me was selected. AND THE NEXT NUMBER WAS MINE ... You can understand. We had a photo with our friends who got selected taken by the college authorities, and out side we had a great number of hugs with our friends.
THAT'S THE WHOLE INTERVIEW EXPERIENCE ON THAT DAY.
I feel, 80% + English + Confidence. Got me the success. Satyam is a very good company; working in these types of companies gives us a great work experience. And good thing is there is a hike of 2.7 lacks per annum. One important thing is I am always ready to help you as I got help from you. I added many id's of people who were selected in Satyam, chatted with them and got many suggestions. My id is "prasadkondragunta"[messenger] @yahoo.co.in. If you want to add me please type "Satyam aspirant" in brief information, I will add you.