Tata Consultancy Services - Kolkata, October, 2013
When I entered the cubicle, I found there were 2 interviewers. One was looking at a computer, his back facing me and the other was a scary looking man standing with a piece of paper. As soon as I entered, the scary looking man suddenly instructed, "Sit here" pointing to an empty chair, without even giving me any moment to greet him or smile. I sat down immediately and immediately did he start to walk to and fro inside the little space within the cubicle. After almost about 2-3 mins, the other interviewer suddenly turned back from his laptop, looked at me, waved his hand a bit and said, "Hi! You arrived?!" I was confused whether a 'hi' should be greeted back with another 'hi', 'hello' or 'Good Morning' and finally ended the greeting-ceremony with a smile.
Interviewer: You were the fastest 13th nationally in Capgemini coding contest, I see. So tell me something about it.
Me: Told everything.
Interviewer: Wow! So you like coding right?
Me: Yes sir.
Interviewer: Did you have computer science in school?
Me: Yes sir. I am having computer science since class 9.
Interviewer: Tell me something about your final year project.
Interviewer: Hmm So what are your hobbies?
Me: Sir I like listening to Indian classical music in my pastimes and I also do read novels.
Interviewer: Indian Classical music! Instrumentals or vocal.
Me: Actually both. But I like instrumentals over vocal.
Interviewer: So what are your favorite instruments?
Me: Flute and Santoor.
Interviewer: Who is your favorite Santoor player?
Me: Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma, Sir.
Interviewer: Do you know his son's name?
Me: Rahul Sharma, Sir.
Interviewer: So. You also like books. What kind of books do you read?
Me: Mostly detective stories, but I also do like fictions, satires, thrillers, classics, everything. I have read Dan Brown, Kafka, Bhagat, Sheldon and others. Recently I was reading a political satire by George Orwell. It was Animal Farm.
By this time I was sure that the scary looking man wasn't actually scary after all. He is a good to-and-fro walker and you know, looks are always deceiving. He must have missed his morning walk today and is busy making up for that.
But suddenly my Interviewer did a strange thing. He quickly handed over my CV to the scary looking man which made him suddenly stop walking and he sat down, looked at my CV and then looked at me.
Scary-Looking-Man (SLM) : You did a project on J2EE. Right?
Me: Right. (My heartbeat went up a little).
SLM: What is a configuration file?
SLM: How do you destroy a servlet?
Me: Told but fumbled.
SLM: What is the prototype of the destroy method.
Me: Sir, I do not know this. I haven't used this in my project. (My heart beat paced up!).
SLM: How do you connect to a database?
Me: I had a brief idea about that and said what I know. But he probably understood how expert I was on J2EE.
SLM: Do you want to write it down?
Me: (I knew that was impossible for me. So I said:) No Sir, not a problem. I can very well explain it verbally and continued to blabber for around another 30 seconds.
He pulled out a bunch of a4 sheets from God knows where and asked me to write it down.
I was in deep shit!
I wrote something which I do not even want to recollect. He probably thought I was playing tic-tac-toe. He looked up at me and I looked up at him. He smiled and said, "Good bye. ThankYou. " I tried to smile but couldn't. Just said "Thank you" and left.
Needless to say, I didn't clear the PI.
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