I was interviewed on-campus
at IIT Kharagpur for
Test Group Activity Mentorship Technical Interview
About 600-700 people applied. 53 were shortlisted. Analytical skills. Reasoning. Basically solve different CAT mock test papers. Should be enough.
The questions are not very hard. Don't cheat. They were very strict regarding this. You don't want to be thrown out in the first phase itself.
The 53 shortlisted students were called for a workshop in Kolkata the very next day. 5 Group Discussion topics were given and students were expected to prepare on these topics. It was basically a networking cum GD session.
Highly Evaluative. Go prepared. Go very prepared.Don't irritate them.
Ask questions. Relevant questions.
Though it wasn't that long a process, I think it carried weight as well. A mentor was assigned to a group of 10-11 students. The mentor called once to know more about the candidate. More of an informal chat session.Telephonic conversation.
Learn it.Be polite.
Don't sound rushed.
If you're not in an *cough* appropriate place to attend the call, reschedule the call. But please be available at the scheduled time.
Don't be too formal.
Follow up with a mail/ further questions etc.
I had two rounds of interviews, with the first concentrating mainly on my technical (finance) skills, given my interest. The second round was a Director-level round which focussed much more on my interests and integration.
Just be very well prepared. Though DB doesn't take stress interviews but you can expect one if you are among the later ones.Don't give up. Ho jaayega.
Look fresh and interested.
I was 7.13 and had the lowest CG in the select list. And there was no mention about academics at all in my interviews.
CFA/FRM/ even to some extent NCFMs will help, if you can back them up with a solid knowledge base and/or interest in the field, evident from some project work/publications etc.
Regarding Extra academic involvement, you need it but you have to know your stuff. If you're bragging about how good you're at martial arts, you should know who Chuck Norris is.
Jokes apart, a solid knowledge of the field in which you are interested apart from academics, gives an impression of genuine interest. So, be prepared and expect questions on all the points in your CV.
My second round interview was with one of the directors and they asked me to integrate some pretty complex functions.
Ideally, I should be knowing it, since I'm from Math background. SO expect questions on your major subject.
Apart from this, giving CAT (but not mentioning it in the interview) always helps with respect to quantitative abilities. Also solve as many puzzles as you can. Always helps.
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