Cognizant Interview Experience - JIIT, Noida, October 7, 2014
The first day for the aptitude test conducted by aspiring minds (test known as AMCAT) and consisted of three sections, verbal, logical and quantitative. The test was adaptive which means that difficulty level of next question depends upon whether you give the answer correct or not. Due to this reason once you have answered the question you couldn't visit it back to answer it again.
We all found the Quantitative section a little lengthy as the avg.of solving a question was 1 question per minute while the calculations were not that easy. Logical and verbal section I found easy and still a lot of time was left after attempting all the questions.
In the evening the results of students selected for interview were declared and my college students were asked to report next day while the students of other two sister institutions of my college were asked to report day after as they required to commute from Guna and Solan to Noida.
First was the technical round. There were around 35 panelists in HR round. Some panelists were asking questions about core programming and some asked questions based on the person's branch.
Some of the questions asked to me were : -
Interviewer: Tell me about your family educational background.
Me: (I told about it but I didn't tell him about myself).
Interviewer: (Since I didn't tell about myself in the description he asked about my educational background).
Me: (I told him about myself).
Interviewer: What skills do you have?
Me: C and Java.
Interviewer: Rate them on the scale of 1 to 10 1 being lowest and 10 being highest.
Me: 7 for C because I am not that good in pointers and 8 for basic Java (I specifically said basic because I didn't want him to go deep while asking questions on Java).
Interviewer: Tell me about your project (thought for a few moments or looked at resume) in you internship.
Me: (I explained it to him).
Interviewer: How was your mathematics in High School?
Me: (I told him my marks in class X and XII).
Interviewer: I will ask you a few questions and you have to answer in 5 seconds.
Interviewer : 1/11.
Me: (Couldn't answer).
Interviewer: Which subject did you find most complex?
Me: Analogue Electronics.
(I was dreading that he may start asking me questions as I had answered it honestly and with a few people some panelist had did the same but it didn't happen).
Then he asked me a few puzzles out of which some correctly and he was impressed and while others I may not have given the correct answers but I explained the logic of what I was doing.
After waiting for few minutes in waiting room I was told to proceed to HR round. I was apprehensive as I got to know from my friends that HR people had torn the CV's of a few students right on their face as they hadn't sign the declaration and I was scared that they may not find some mistake like that even though I hadn't right a declaration in it.
After some time I was called for the HR interview. I entered the room confidently and greeted the interviewer. She asked me to sit as she was having a phone call and after that she also greeted me and we had a hand shake. She commented on my name and confirmed its meaning. After that she asked me where do I see myself after 5-10 years. I answered it and we had a few minutes talk on it. After that she made me read a declaration about relocating and asked me if I am okay with it and I said yes and she asked me to sign it. I signed it and once again we greeted each other and I left the room.
From my experience I found that the key to success is confidence whether it is Technical round or HR round. Just answer everything confidently and I actually found from my and my friends experience that even you have the power to drive the interview in the direction you want by answering carefully and confidently. And make sure you are submitting the documents carefully. If there is a sign or date required then there should be one. If they wanted it in a specific order then it should be in that order only. Otherwise you may end up getting your application form torn in your face like those people.
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