Cognizant Technology Solutions Interview Experience - BPPIMT, Kolkata, September 19, 2014
I'm a student of CSE from BPPIMT, Kolkata. Recently, Cognizant Technology Solutions visited our campus on a zero slot placement drive and I'm thereby sharing my experience.
First of all, the aptitude part was quite simple if you know the basics of mathematics, English and puzzle solving. All you need to do is to keep calm and read the questions carefully. In our college, 190 of us cleared the aptitude test out of 362 odd students who appeared. And, then on the very next day the interviews were arranged. There were technical as well as HR rounds.
We waited for around 12 noon until the company officials arrived and called out our names. There was no particular order of calling out the names actually. My turn for the technical round came around 1.00 pm. I was asked to wait outside the lab where the interviews were taking place. And, guess what ? after 15-20 minutes, a lunch break was taken and we were asked to have our lunch as well. And, my wait got delayed by around an hour.
At 2.30 pm, one of the volunteers called out my name and I entered the lab for my first ever technical interview. I was a bit nervous to be honest but did not really show that up. At first, I was told to introduce myself by the interviewer who was really a nice person and made me feel very much comfortable while talking to him. During my introduction, I told him about my summer project and all, and, taking his permission straight away got into it. ;) well, it was something in which I was really comfortable ! The interviewer then interrupted me suddenly, and told me, "ok, that's really nice description given by you, but we will come back to it later".
Then he started asking questions on the papers that I had mentioned in my CV. The first question he asked was " write the shell script to access a java code from within a shellscript". And, straight away, my first impression was "Aj to tera waat lagnewali hai beta :p ", but I quickly hided this feeling, and being confident told something as the answer that I thought was conceptually correct. Remember one thing, during the whole interview you should remain confident and calm irrespective of whatever is being asked to you and try to maintain some eye contact with the interviewer. Believe me, it really helps a lot !
Anyways, then he asked few questions on OS and I really had no clue of most of them but still somehow managed to answer ! Then, he asked " what do you like the most ? C or java ? " I replied "Sir, I'm more comfortable in java ".
And, then and there he again asked " So, are you not comfortable in C ? " I said, " no sir, nothing like that, I know C as far as I'm required to know as a computer science student, but not beyond that.
And, I prefer Java to C because of certain advantages of it " and told what are the advantages of OOP over POP. He gave a decent smile and then asked me to write a c program that I "really enjoyed while writing". And, who will waste such an opportunity ? :D I wrote the code of returning the factorial of a no. using function.
He smiled broadly after seeing the code and told me " well, you've written something very simple. I wanted something more complex ". I replied with a smile " but sir, this was the code that I really enjoyed while writing because this was my first c program using the functions. " He again smiled, and told me to write a code that was impossible for me to write at that moment.
This cat and mouse play continued for an hour. He asked me plenty of questions from all the fields, i.e. OS, C, Java, DS, J2EE but didn't ask a single question from DBMS. Then, I was told to wait outside and by that time I was sure that I was going to be rejected after such a drastic interview ! But, to my utter surprise I got selected for the HR round which was pretty simple. And, finally I got to know on 24th of september, that I've been recruited by Cognizant Technology Solutions. :).
One thing everybody appearing for Cognizant placement drives should remember that it's all about your approach of facing the interview. You may not be able to answer some questions, but, you should be smart enough to handle such situations. And, there does not exist anything called a rejection panel. You just completed reading the experience of a guy who got through the technical rounds and only around 3 people got selected from his panel including him :p All the best, God bless ! :).
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