I am Anirban Mukherjee from AOT-CSE-2008 pass out (W.B). I got my dream to my hand on 20th late night at abt 01.45 p.m...Sierra Atlantic.
There was 5 rounds-
1> Aptitude test -> 50 questns, 60 mnts
Very simple but boring twisting probs... if u go through R.S.Agarwal, it will be enough. Some probs like age, trn, speed, day prob (it was sun day on 23th, 3rd mon day of next month,wht is th day?), traffic signal (3 light glows at 12... whn they will glow togethr next?) like tht...
.... I did here 25-30 correctly.....
Here one thng, jst be cool... starting frm 1st, do wht u can do in 1st go attempt.. dont pay more than 1 mnt for a question... u will see, u will complete the total paper going through at abt 45-50 mnts, u will see u hv done all most 25 qstns right.... then for the remaining time, try those remainings, or try - - -, u know wht to do.........[:)].. it is also neccessary some time... ya, it's the real truth I gt after 15 campus interview.
2> Technical (writn) Test -> 50 qstns, 30 mnts
Simple and twisting qstns, some are lengthy too... u hv to keep patience fr them, lengthy ones are easier generally... qstns frm java, C,C++, DBMS, Data Structure etc..
.... I did here 35-40 correctly.....
U hv to hv really sound on the fanda here.. do one thng. try to go through Exploring C by Kanitkar, it wll give u a vivid fanda on C and the base for othrs. (Test ur C is not required). around 1000 ppl sited for it, only 30-40 ppl cleard aftr 2 rounds of written test (they announced the result after 2 written test combindly)
3> G.D ->10 mnt, 8-10 ppl
My topic was--- "The upper limt of money for human life"
some othr topic they gave--- "Gandhi giri", "brain drain", "terrorism","Women in India today".. like that.
Here I have some tips, do a khata fr GD.. do write about all the common topics here... be near to dailly updates, news, datas..... practice well fr a clr voice and smth speaking power (I am also frm Bengali Medium. so dnt worry.. jst take ur time... dnt try to speak too fast... slowly exprss ur views).........
Now in th GD room, dnt panic.. be cool.. no matter whether u start or nt,, they really does nt pay any attention on it... let 2-3 ppl spk 1st (nt more thn tht), in the mean time u will also feel comfrtble with the environment.... thn be concentrate on ur subject.. no intro needed... jst say ur views and datas abt the givn topic, try to give sm examples if u can... spk 1-1.5 mnts. thn pass the turn... for the remainning time, keep a leading role (let othrs spk).... dont go for direct crossing with any one.... if u dont agree wth any one... jst tell, "i cleared my voice, my views only my frnd"... like tht... now .. in th last mnt,.. do the conclusion.... if u can do tht, GD will not a panic to u any longer.
4> Essay writing
they gv us 20 mnt, bt they took the paper in the intrview time.. so nt to worry... same topic fr all... "The movie u hv recently seen".. I wrt abt "TARA RAM PAM", by josh Raj prductions.
The most interesting but the most pressure creating chapter (for me, mainly a stress intrview it was)... but it was the 5th time I was infront of intrview... truely, I was very much sure abt my failure (see lower)...... So I was very much cool... it was mainly a H.R intrview, bt fr me only, they asked me sm Technical also.. jst be cool... hv a gentle smile always on ur face... look strght to the eyes of th intrviewer... dont say anythng extra untill u are asked (specially fr HR intrviews) and anothr thing.. be in totally formal dress (dont even frgt abt ur ties also. Sierra really pay attention to ur looking).. total 2 panels were thr... ur intrview will be one to one. here is sm of qstns--
I-may i come in sir?
Sir-yes,take ur sit
I-thnk u sir
Sir-did i askd u for bringing th files?
Sir-thn why did u bring those?
I-I am extrmly sorry sir
Sir-keep it thr.......r u hungry?
I-quite a bit,sir
Sir-thn take sm fd frm my plt
I-no sir,thnk u.
I-sir,actually i hv sm gastric prob, I dont take rch foods
Sir-why did u came at last????(i went to th room at last, at abt 12.15p.m)
I- Sorry sir, bt sm one will mst be at last
Sir-I hv already fullfilld my reqrment, thn why r u here?
I- Sir, I am getting a chance here.. it's totally upon u whthr u r going to select me or nt.. bt i personally dont want to miss any chance of my life.......
Sir-ok,tell me smthng abt ur self.(the only commn H.R qstn through out th 1 hour)
I- sir, apart frm al the dtails wrtn in my C.V, I am Anirban Mukherjee, quite a hard working, intelligent, punchual, energetic persn with lots of learing ebility... sir, I am a very friendly person who loves to take help frm othrs and help thm in their need.
Sir-How do u know u are friendly?
I-sir, honestly, I did nt know abt thiss campuss drive yestrday also, it was my frnds, who infrmd me abt the drive, told me abt th qstn types etc... so as they r always being with me, I can say sir, I am obviously a frndly prsn.
Sir-obviously????wht is th meaning of tht?
I-sir, surelly, positively.....like tht
Sir-how much do u thnk did correctly in th wrttn?
I-sir,in th Apti,25-30,in Tech,35-40
Sir-ok,we are two panels here to day.. whome u were wanting for the intrview?
I- I was really looking fr u.(dont say anythng extra until u are asked)
Sir-dont mug up.... why?
I-Honestly sir, I was obsrving, Sravant Sir (th 2nd panel) is taking very small time.. 10-15 mnts. bt u are taking long time... 45-60 mnts.. I thought, if I gt a large time, it is bettr for express myslf, a chance of bettr interaction......
Sir-Am I a full? as I am taking long time, so I will select every one?
I-no sir, not at all.. bt th chance fr me is more wide thn
Sir-wht do u thnk? why i will take u?
I-sir, I thnk u are looking fr a golden fish here (Sravant sir told tht during PPT-th only word I hrd during PPT)
Sir-no, I am nt looking fr tht, Sravant sir is looking fr tht.
I-Sorry sir, bt the mtr is same.. i thnk both of u are looking fr the perfct persn fr a prestigious company like Sierra Atlantic
Sir-and wht makes u thnk tht u are tht persn?
I-sir, actually during the PPT I was one by one hearing the criterias like learning ability, frndly mentality, logical etc u are looking fr and I was matching myself wth the criterias one by one...
Sir-will u be able to work at night also?
I-(smilling)sorry sir,bt th ansr is very positive.
Sir-how do u know tht?
I-sir,i usually play Comp games till late night. so I know very well... I hv no prob working at night
Sir-ok,did u ever went to Hyderabad?
I-no sir, bt I went to Chennai
Sir-wht abt the place?
I-sir,it's really very nice place
I-sir,thr,ppl are very mutch frndly
Sir-as i am also frm south, u r trying to pumprd me.
I-no sir.it's really very frndly place... if u go to anywhr thr and ask any body abt suppse any direction, they will help u out as much as they cn... really very nice, near to earth ppl
Sir-okk Anirban, I am going to reject u... no, nt take it lightly, actually I am sorry bt th vacancies are already filld.. I hv to reject u... give me 2 concrt reasn so tht I cn reject u.
I-sorry sir, bt i really cnt find out any reasn fr whch u cn reject me
Sir-no,u shld gv me 2 reasns
I-thn sir, I cn say 1st of all, u hv no rsn to rejct me, 2nd, again u hv no rsn to rejct me.
(here i thought th intrview is finished, I was preparing to leave, but suddenly-)
Sir-asked sm quests on technical
I-told correctly and verry cnfdntly
Sir-hv u any qstn?
I-askd 3-4 qstns
Sir-gave very shrt answrs,thn he told, any more qsts?
I-sir, to be a worthy part of Sierra, is it requird fr me to learn any thng out of my syllbs, like VB/VB.net, like tht?
Sir-it cn be only said to whm are already selectd and u are nt yet selected.. any more qsts?
Sir-okk Anirban... it was nice to mt you.... (stretching his hand fr hnd shake)
I-(doing a firm and cnfdnt hnd shk).... thnk u sir.
At about 1.30-1.45p.m,they announcd th result......frm 19 ppl(aftr Gd)......they selected 10......THANK GOD.......i was one of thm!! Now i am a part of prestigious SIERRA!!!
At last, I can say, Sierra was my 15th campus drive before that I cleared several apties, out in the last round but did not loose hope.....sm of thm--
Infosys (out in H.R)
Tata elxi(cleard 2 rounds of Technical, out in H.R)
Persistence(cleard 2 rounds of Technical, out in H.R)
Birla soft (clrd 1st rnd intrview, out in 2nd round of intrview)
and then Sierra..... I got it... wht evr may cm to ur life, dnt loose hope, and OBVIOUSLY keep faith on God... wht he does, wht happens. happens fr good only.
Best of luck to all of you.