Cognizant Technology Solutions - Chennai, 26-27 October 2013
Around 3000 people appeared.
The first round was GD. Each GD group consisted of 25 members and simultaneously various GDs were underway. The topic of the GD was given by the CTS staff and rather than allowing us to debate, he came up with an idea and called names one by one and asked us to speak out.
At the end, around 11-12 were selected from our GD and so was the case. You don't have to worry about the GD. No matter what you know, just talk out and you'll get selected.
The shortlisted candidates progressed to the written test. Now, I'm going to say that it was very easy. Don't think that I super-prepared for it. I did not even practice one bit. The thing with CTS is that they don't have Quants. Only Verbal and Reasoning. So, if you are strong in English, don' worry you'll crack it.
Around 500 people were called for the Technical Interview the next day.
This is where it gets tricky. If you clear the technical interview, you are 99.99% placed.
90 out of a 100 Technical Interviewers will ask you to write programs (if you are a CS/IT major that is). There is no escaping that. I learnt that the hard way.
I was hoping that I could avoid writing programs by somehow changing the topics. But, the interviewer was very clear on that. He was a really nice guy. He asked me to tell me about myself. I did. He then took a paper and asked me to write a program on Data Structures.
I tried and he noticed that I didn't know the answer. So, he gave me another one. I said, "Sorry sir, I don't know". He was not impressed.
But, I had a nice CV. So, he began asking questions on that. Finally, he asked me again to write programs. I once again politely said, "Sorry sir. I don't have programming exposure".
I came out thinking that there is no way in hell that I'm getting selected. But I did. It was crazy.
The thing that the interviewer expects in you is honesty. Don't beat around the bush if you don't know the programs. Tell him that. No fresher knows these stuff. If you clearly tell that you don't know programs, he will at least move on to the next questions.
And by the way, do practice some Data Structure, Polymorphism, Inheritance related programs before you go into the Technical round.
Like I said, HR was fairly basic stuff. It lasted a maximum of 1 minute. Strengths, Weaknesses and Stuff.
After 2 days, I was placed.
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