Syntel Interview Experience - Chennai. October 29, 2014
First up all I have to say that I have done lot of home work before appearing the interview. I brushed up knowledge based on the topic like C/C++ Java sql software engineering, operating system. Also my project related technologies. I went through the company site and gathered a general awareness about the company and the technologies using their, products and services.
The hiring process included aptitude test, GD, Tech round, HR round.
The online test was conducted on May in our college. It included questions from English, Reasoning and Maths. It was simple. For maths you can refer aptitude books of R S Aggarwal. For English and Reasoning I referred Indiabix. " Thank You Indiabix you are doing great job!".
Those who cleared apti was called for interview at Chennai office on October. We were directed to one of the training hall. There were students from Andhra, Kerala, West Bengal, Chennai.
We were divided into a group of 10 people. Each with 5 Boys & 5 Girls. The topic given to my group was " Modi or Gandhi - who is better leader ". They provided 5 min to think about it and then session started. I couldn't start first and also couldn't speak at any time. It was like male dominance. I was just listening to what others speaking.
Whenever I try to speak then someone else grabs that chance I felt like I won't clear it. But I kept on trying. Some of them talked for Modi Some other talked for Gandhi. Someone said even modi follows gandhian principle quoted swachh bharath and all. After some minutes coordinator called out my name saying that I haven't spoken anything so tell what my point is.
So I started speaking. I said both were great leaders who worked for one thing that is to make India beautiful. Both leaders contributed according to the need of India. Gandhi fought for freedom while Modi trying for development. I quoted the Internet. Org plan of Modi and facebook as a recent development plan. I could only say that point.
Coordinator gave a chance to students who haven't spoken like me. Friends you can say whatever comes to your mind at that time. Don't waste this chance by sitting idle. At last, one of the guy from our team was asked to conclude it. This is a golden chance. They are giving a second chance to student who couldn't contribute well before but they are willing to take. GD is included to test your communication skill, presentation skill and skill to work in a team.
Do not argue with team members. Try to say your point as a suggestion without aggressive attitude. Student who are talented, who can speak well but with aggressive attitude are eliminated. Listen to others. Be polite and confident while you speak.
Coordinator called out 3 names So I had a thought like that they were selected but she asked them to submit their tags and leave. So 7 out of 10 was selected from our group. We were directed to another room and told to fill some documents regarding our education contact details etc. It was collected along with our resume and photo. This will be given to tech n hr interviewer. You can see what all criteria they are looking in us in that form. It included the technical skill, language proficiency, communication, analytical, focusing skill.
Next we had Tech round. Each one is directed to an interviewer where they will test our technical knowledge. This round is based on how we filled the document they provided earlier. They asked us to scale our language/subject knowledge. According to the scale they will ask questions. Friends mark only the subject you are well confident about. It need not be a programming language. Any subject your are confident with, from your degree or pg. Most people selected java, c/c++, sql, data structure, operating system, software engineering.
I have been asked about oops concept, working of switch, sql statements, normal forms, functional dependency with example. I was afraid at that time because I was not sure about the answer. But the interviewer seems so cool and asked me to say whatever my answer is but confidently. Then he told me to wait outside. I waited for 10 min then someone came and told me to go and report another room for HR round. I was like " wow! I cleared Tech ".
I felt Tech round as difficult to crack, most of the students got eliminated here. But don't worry friends its all depends on your performance. If you have knowledge you will crack it.
I was called for HR round. The interviewer seemed so friendly. He told me to relax and speak with an open mind. Told me to introduce myself. I included my pg and degree details, family details, hobbies. Then he asked to say about last seen film. I just explained. Then he asked me what I miss from my degree college life mostly. He wanted me to speak so he kept on asking questions like how can I be a good team player, difficulties faced while doing projects as a team. Asked about how I will convince my parents to work out of state, if they don't allow. It took almost 20 minutes of conversation and at last he told result will be mailing to you and said to leave. I said thank you and left.
I don't know if anyone got eliminated in HR round. From my college all who appeared for HR cleared it. Some of my friends were asked to speak about the company, its values. Also about how will you gather requirements from client to build a software. More details regarding academic project.
Friends try to know all details regarding your projects. And try to prepare an answer for common questions like strength, weakness, salary expected, why should hire you, where you see yourself within 5 or 10 years, how long you will work, and prepare resume carefully, include details only you are confident to say. Do not include fake details they will catch.
With my parent's prayer and friend's support I could clear all rounds. Now waiting for the joining date from Syntel. Friends Be confident about whatever, whenever and wherever you speak. All the very Best.
See you @Syntel :).
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