Cognizant Technology Solutions - Budge Budge Institute of Technology, Kolkata... 2-3 july- 2016
Round 1: Group Discussion:
The HR people divided into groups of 25 people from where only 7-8 were selected from each group. My topic was whether love marriage is better than arrange marriage? It was much easy and simple topic so I said for the motion. They check your fluency, confidence, points you told and the idea behind that topic how you express them. So they announced the name after that and I was selected.
Round 2: Online aptitude:
After group discussion we were taken to computer labs where we have to fill some details before the exam. Then the exam started. It was the 1-hour exam. There was mainly reasoning and english and very few aptitude. The exam finished at 7:30 pm. We were told that the results of online aptitude will come through our mails and those who have qualified will be reporting next day at 8 a.m. for personal interviews.
Then I went back home and kept on checking my mail but it was too late and I lost some of my hope as it was 11 pm but still I didn't receive my results. But my online aptitude round was pretty well so I had some hope somewhere in my mind. Finally, I received my mail at 11:30 pm and I qualified for the interview round!!! If you practice from IndiaBix and know the basics it's more than enough to qualify aptitude round because it's very easy.
Round 3: Technical Round:
I was quite nervous for this round because earlier in TCS I qualified aptitude round but failed to qualify for Technical round. But I gathered strength because nervousness killed me and I lost all my strength so I didn't want this time that the same thing happens with me. as I am a student of information technology it's natural that they will ask me from depth.
Finally my call came. I entered the room took a seat. First he said good morning I also wished him. He told me to take a seat then told me to introduce myself. I introduced myself and he was so friendly that all my nervousness had gone. He went through my cv and then asked what are my favorite subjects. I told them but this time I was honest and replied that 2 days before my 8 semester exams finished so I didn't get much time to prepare for interviews. So he started asking me from 8 semester subjects like cryptography and cyber law and I told the answers as they were fresh in my mind.
Then he asked me from my final year project there implementations. Then he asked me my favorite subject I told DBMS. He gave me some joining to do on a piece of paper and write some sql queries. Then he finally said I am done with you. And sir asked me whether I have any queries. I asked him about my drawbacks then he smiled and told me that "I think you are qualifying for the hr round so they will tell you about that" I was on cloud 9 as I finally qualified the technical round!!! He was so much impressed That he stood up and told me it was nice to meet you and again handshaked with me.
Again I was on cloud 9!!! Then I waited outside the room for 1 minute and then the co-ordinator came smiled and told me that I have qualified for the HR and then they led me outside the HR room. Then they announced lunch break and told me that for hr rounds the reporting time was 2 pm. I had half an hour in my hand and utilized that lunch break by studying about cts its history its projects going on as I thought that I may face this question and I didn't knew the answer so I studied them from google then went back at hr room from 2 p.m.
Round 4: HR round:
There were 2 persons who were taking my HR round. The mam asked me the questions and the sir sitting beside mam was continuously watching my postures and body language The mam smiled and asked me whether I had lunch I answered then she told me to introduce my self then about CTS. Then she asked me Why CTS?? why not TCS, Wipro or Infosys? I was quite honest and gave straight forward answers .Mam was quite cross-questioning me but I kept my confidence and answer them. Then she gave me a paper in which there where some terms and conditions. She told me to read it loudly and explain them the terms and conditions. I explained them. Then she told me whether I am ready to work in shifts and at any place? I said a big yes. Again she cross-questioned me that my parents may not allow me I explained the that my parents are very supportive and my answer was yes. They will try to confuse you but you should never deviate from your point. They just check your confidence,your conversation style, your way to approach, your fluency. So don't get nervous!! If you get nervous you are gone. CTS rarely eliminates candidates from HR round unless you do a blunder!!! Then they told me to sign the terms and conditions paper. And told me best of luck and the final results will be conveyed through mail and I told Thank you and came out from the room.
It was 3rd July 3:45 pm, Sat when I finally completed my 4 rounds. I didn't know the results but somewhere I was happy that I completed 4 rounds successfully which went for 2 days. though I didn't sleep for 42 hrs and didn't even have adequate food but I was not feeling tired even a bit. I was thankful to God for giving me strength without which it was impossible and also my parents who supported me and were beside me.
Somewhere I was feeling satisfied. Then I was waiting for the results anxiously finally I received the mail after 2 days that is 5th July 7 pm. And yes tears rolled down my eyes in happiness because finally 180 candidates were selected and my name was on that list.
It was my most memorable day in my life because earlier I was rejected by TCS , Tech Mahindra, Mu sigma, Amazon and 5 more in on and off campus drive. But finally made through and got placed in Cognizant!!! So the great lesson learned that failures are great teachers!!! You may get disheartened for a moment of time but accept it and just note down your drawbacks after each failure which will help you to rectify in future.
Its very important have fluency as they are hiring for an MNC company so fluency in English is must, moderate level of technical knowledge and along with that your faith, confidence and strength and honesty!!! Because hr are clever people so if you give false answers you will fall in their trap so it's better, to be honest. Always remember they are there to hire you so always try to give your best. !!!
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