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Cognizant (CTS) Interview Questions - Bangalore 10/january/2011

Posted By : Ishan Hussain Rating : +561, -23
Hello Friends, i am Ishan Hussain gonna share my experience with CTS :)
i had registered on CTS few months back and got the hall ticket for written test on 7th jan,

Written Test

believe me i didnt even touch a book or notes before appearing to the written test, but i cleared :) one mantra to crack written is to keep your mind fresh and manage the given time properly.

dat ws devided into two sections

1.) Analytical
2.) English

Paper was not so tough. On the next day i got the mail and being called for technical discussion on 10th jan.

Technical Interview:

on 10th the interviews were arranged in Cognizant ,manyata embassy business park.
after waiting for so long my name was called and afer many procedures i went for my Technical.
there were more than 50 panels for technical, my god dat ws a big drive..
i went in

me : goood eveniong sir
int: gud evening have a seat (with cheerful smile, my interviwer ws so jolly)

int : (shaked hands) told his name
me: told mine

int: i was going thru ur resume, help me out
me: i started

int: (he points the BSNL training mentioned on my resume) tell me wat u did on this training,
me: explained all with exchange management, towers, call exchange etc. (he was satisfied)

int: (he points to my project) tell about ur project.
me: my project was AddressBook on 3 tier architecture, explained with features

int : wat is the market value of ur project.
me : explained (he was satisfied)

int: wat are you favourate subject ?
me : web technologies, databases

int : any specific web technologies ?
me : as i have worked on it since starting.

int: why web technologies ?
me : told my intrest to web and development

int: suppose if we put u on OS or some other den how will u manage ?
me : sir anything related to IT atrracts me, (he was satisfied)

int: (came to my extra curriculars on my resume) oh i noticed that you have a running blog on technology, tell something about that (with pleasent smile)
me: i explained each and every thing including its custom design which i did myself (he was impressed)

int: (with smile he came to my hobbies and found playing guitar) ohh you play guitar, me too loves to play guitar.
me: yes sir i love to play guitar but i am just a beginner and learnig through internet tutorials , yourubes etc, m not taking any tutions or something.

int :ok ok, so ishan i am done, do u have any questions ?
me : yes sir, i have a question related to cognizant

int : ask (smiling)
me : sir cognizant is a good growing company, even in the market slow-downs its growth was not affected and it doesnt harmed any employee. how ?

int: started explaining from his views,
me: i was just nodding my head

int : any other question ?
me : no sir m done (smiling)

int: (smiled) ok thankyou ishan
me: thankyou sir and have a nice day (again he smiled)

he was a really good guy, but fortunately he didnt asked me any technical question or any programs, my technical was like a HR interview, but i was fully prepared for a good technical i stuied evrything needed like datastructures, . NET, C , databases
but nothing was aked except my projects , training

the shortlisted names were being announced on the waiting area, i waited so long and after 1 and a half hour heard my name, got relief,
most of the candidates were rejected from technicals.

HR Interview :

Agfter waiting for 1 more hour my name was called for the procedure and formalities for HR interview,
there volienteers varified all my documents den askd me to wait,
my name came for HR interview.

i went in (HR was a girl)

me: good evening mam
hr: good evening , have a seat

hr: tell about yourself
me: i started with my academics,,post training, trip to bangalore, aim why i came to bangalore....up to my trip to
CTS i told eveything :) (she was showing intrest)

hr: u came bangalore for job rite, so how many interviews u hav faced here?
me: not much wenevr i get a call or information of any walkins i go there and found mostly the BPOs, marketting job etc
but i have given good interviews in my college (told about my college placement which was totally a fake drive at my college)

hr: (she noticed that i am job specific) so wat type of job u like ?
me: i love to do the development jobs , or cany core techniocal jobs,

hr: suppose we dont have any core job openings and we put u on tech support, den wat will u do ?
me: i will do that since it is cognizant, and i will get a chance to do a internal switch so wen i wil get a chance i wil switch to development.

hr: suppose we dont have any core jobs for 2 years and u r in tech support, and after 2 years your technical skills will wash off,, den wat will u do ?
me: in dat case also i will b stuck to the job and consistently looks for IJP (INternal job postings),

hr: (repeated the question) after 2 year only you will gat the chance to IJP but at dat time ur technical skills will b not dat much strong,, den ?
me: since its cognizant (showed my keen intrest to cognizant) i will do that job but side by side at home i will give time to polish my technical skills, and my destination is technical ,i will switch (she nodded her head and wrote sumthg on the form dnt know wat bcoz she was hiding it)

hr: you saying cognizant cognizant, cognizant is your dream company, wat u know about cognizant ?
me: (i was prepared about the company profile just bursted before her)

hr: smiling
me : did a mistake told the vice chairman name as "shankar narayanan"

hr: interupted who is vice chairman ?
me: shankar narayanan

hr: shankar narayanan (surprised)
me: yes mam shankar narayanan (confidently)

hr: its laxmi narayanan (smiled)
me: i realized and appologised (we smiled) and i continued with cognizant

hr: where from u got all this information ?
me: internet (frankly said)

hr: through googling ?
me: no through several websites including cognizant's site

hr: ok, suppose we put u in cochin , den ?
me: place is not a problem for me , but i wil give prefrence to job.

hr: ok ishan, wait outside, we will let u know the result.
me : ok thankyou mam, have a nice day

i came out and waited for hours but came to know that the results will b mailed if we are selected,
on 16 jan at 8.30 PM i got the mail from cognizant dat i am selected,

it was my first big drive and now i am in to it,
hope this experience will help u in future...
just note few things that
1.> HRs are also humans like us, dont be scare of them
2.> just b wat u are, dont try to fool the interviewers , they are much smarter
3.> always keep a smile on your face
4.> use Congnizant not CTS

if u have any queries plz ask
all the best ...hope to c u in cognizant soon :)

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