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Fractal Analytics Quant analyst interview

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Aditya GuptaFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Quant analyst role at Fractal Analytics
Interview Process
Group Discussion Stress Interview
Round 1

Group Discussion

Duration
15-20 Minutes
Group Discussion Topic
The Color Green
Interview Experience
I had a pretty difficult group with all the stalwarts of the batch in a single group discussion as mine. However, the vagueness of the topic evened out everything. It was 5:30 in the morning and I could clearly see people making stupid mistakes in the group discussions. In the 15 min GD, I just gave 3-4 good points and pointed out a few errors and digressions in the GD and I went through easily. The strength of GD was 12 students.
Interview Tips
First and foremost, you can't get bogged down in a GD. That is NOT an option. You have to speak and speak sense. In a high pressure situation like that of placements, there is high likelihood of the GD becoming a fish market but then that's the perfect opportunity to be  moderator and earn points. It might seem impossible but if you just un-follow the general herd the rest of it is going to be pretty clear. Watch a few good soap/movie characters before you get into a GD. The temporary effect of these would be enough for you to last in a GD.
Round 2

Stress Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Let me give the whole description as I did on Quora. Please read the experience part for the details of the interview
Interview Experience
This is one of my Interviews with Credit Suisse at IITK in Dec'12. There were two interviewers and it was supposedly a stress interview. In my opinion the most interesting interview is a stress interview which in IIT's was I think made most popular by Future's First. At first they were not so common but these days they have become quite common. Here is my experience:

Gentleman Interviewer: I don't have much time for greetings take your seat and give me your resume and introduce yourself in not more than 30 secs. from now.

To this I gave my prepared answer which every aspirant prepares for placement.

Lady Interviewer: Your resume is full of research. Please give me a good reason why do you want to work for a finance firm and please tell me you have some knowledge of finance or are you just another engineer? You got 120 secs for this.

Me: I wont take 120 secs ma'm. I never got an opportunity to expand myself into finance either through courses or practical learning. I did my best in whatever opportunities I got. I am also telling you that I dont know anything about finance. I didn't bother to read up at the last minute so that I could impress you. Half-knowledge is anyways dangerous. I rely on your comprehensive training program to give me the required tools in finance. All I can tell you is that I do well in whatever is given to me be it making tea or trading millions. (All prepared answers based on resume which generally students prepare for commonly asked q's)

Gentleman Interviewer: How are you so sure you will get to our training programme?

Me: I am not sure about getting there but what I am confident of is the fact that once I go through it I will be an asset for Credit Suisse.

Lady Interviewer: What is the best thing you like about CS?

Me: The fact that we are asked to work almost 12-15 hrs. a day. I only wish to learn as of today and can't sit free. The life I have lived at IITK, this is a perfect continuation and in accordance to what I want for myself.

LI: There are 5 different bags of gold coins. All of them have 10gm gold coins except for 1 which has gold coins of 9gm. Using 1 measurement identify the bag.

Its a general puzzle which I had already seen so I explained it to her.

GI: You already knew this didn't you? Why did you waste our time?

Me: I wasn't trying to show you that I can solve this but I was trying to show you how I would talk to a client and give him information that he/she already knows which happens a lot in this profession.

GI: Okay 20 secs. How do you kill a giraffe?

Me: I cut his knees and leave him to bleed to death.

LI: So you are a liar and a murderer too. Just kidding am not really amused that you magaed to answer that one so quickly.

Me: I believe in having a killer instinct not really murder tricks.....

After this the lady started smiling a bit finally but the gentleman was still not in a mood to let me go. He took my resume and crumbled it and threw it on my face.

GI: That ws a piece of scrap for me so I threw it at you as I wasn't very happy with it. You have one last chance. Sell that piece of paper to me in the next 120 secs.

I panicked a bit but then started.

Me: Sir, this piece of paper is one of the best qualities you will find at the most reasonable rate. Its various uses even include writing on it with a ball point pen which you can get along with this by just paying a rupee extra. You can write a letter to your loved one on this, enclose some rose petals into it and throw it on your supposed girlfriend like old bollywood style and just win her over all for just 5 rupees!
(Both the interviewers seemed to be of the age group 25-30. Keeping that in mind I took a hunch and gave such an answer. It actually worked! Both of them couldn't resist their smiles)

LI: Can you do it a little more professionally and less dramatic?

Me: Ma'm I see you have a fountain pen. Can I borrow it? (She gave it to me)

I took the fountain pen and blotted the whole scrambled piece of paper with the ink. As a result of which a beautiful design came out on it luckily.

Me: Now if I put a frame to this will you buy it for a meagre amount of Rs. 30? (She nodded) As you see ma'm, I have used a paper worth 25 paise, Ink worth 2.50 rupees and I will put this paper in a frame of say 20 rupees which brings my CP to 22.75 and I will sell it to you for 30 rupees thereby earning a profit of 30% myself and make a buisness out of it if you throw more pieces at me. I added value to the scrap you gave me and explained my profit on it, I hope that makes it a little professional!

Finally both of them started smiling and told me that they were impressed. Then we had a general converstion where they explained to me that I need to contact them off-campus as they want to hire me for some other post which they haven't advertised in the on-campus recruitments. But I recieved an offer from Schlumberger in the evening and according to SPO rules I couldn't go for CS then. So I had to give up. But it was the most interesting interview I ever blasted. It even bettered the ones I had during the hospi interviews in my first year!
Interview Tips
Within 2-5 minutes you will realize whether you are in a stress interview or not. Once you realize its a stress interview, you need to calm down and realize that its not necessary to give satisfactory answers to every question(in case you do that you know you are selected!), keep smiling and break the interviewer down because that is when you will win and truly crack it. Take deep breaths, slow down the time, take as much time as you want and not as much being given to you. Nothing is binding. In case you know its a stress interview impending get into a personality mode where you become super confident even when you don't know everything. That'll help.
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Calmness
  • Patience
  • Responsiveness
  • Communication
Skill Tips
Keep calm and respond sensibly like you always do.
Resources

Preparation materials

Videos
  • Ironman-1&2 :),
General Tips
Its not the bookish knowledge that you are tested on. Sometimes its just about who you really are!
Motivation for applying
Interest in working in the finance domain
Funny Moments
I went into the interview straight out of 36 hours of being awake. There was a different kind of hormonal flow insomnia has and I was high on Ironman movies. It all combined to give a lethal combination. I never expected to crack the interview but I still did somehow and the funniest part is I never joined.... :)
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Fractal Analytics Analyst interview

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Palak MarwahFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at NIT Nagpur for Analyst role at Fractal Analytics
Interview Process
Test Technical Interview Puzzle Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
60 Minutes
No. of Questions
60 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Quantitative Aptitude
  • Section 2: Verbal Ability
  • Section 3: Reasoning
  • Section 4: General aptitude
Interview Experience
The test was of easy to moderate difficulty level. There was no negative marking hence choosing the questions to maximize score was the best way. It was a speed based test and a few questions in each section were put to break your speed in the form of calculation based questions or slightly difficult ones. Decent preparation for CAT etc is more than sufficient. Verbal was very easy, quants and reasoning were moderate. I always thought that quants was my weakness, but this test was easier than expected.
Interview Tips
1) Choose questions in each section wisely because there is no negative marking. Leave the ones you think are time consuming and fill it at the last.
2) Make sure you allot equal time to all sections or if you have one section as your strength do it first. There can be chances of sectional cut off, I am not sure
3) Maximize your score by keeping your speed maintained
4) A decent preparation for CAT is more than enough. Verbal has 1 or 2 RCs which are very easy.
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Walk me through your resume
  • Question 2: What did you learn in your conference at Harvard University?
  • Question 3: If you were travelling so much, how did you maintain a CGPA of 8?
  • Question 4: Mumbai or Bangalore (2 job locations in the offer). I said Bangalore, she was surprised as I stay in Nagpur. Asked me why?
  • Question 5: What is your weakness?
  • Question 6: Give me a situation where you handled a problem effectively?
  • Question 7: Why do you not want to go in core Metallurgy (my Btech majors)?
Interview Experience
The first round was pretty easy I thought because the interviewer was pretty relaxed and was just trying to get to know me. She asked questions about every point in my resume. I could feel that you are the one who drive your interview the way you want to from the first question.
Interview Tips
1) PLEASE be HONEST with your resume. They will ask you about each and every point. They asked about EVERY internship I did, every conference, everything. So be honest and well versed with what you mention in your resume.

2) Do not get laid back if the interviewer is a little relaxed. The ones who did in my time, did not get shortlisted for next round.

3) Be aware of your answers, you can drive your own interview.
Round 3

Puzzle Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: What was your internship in IIM A about?
  • Question 2: Okay. How many people attended StanChart Mumbai Marathon?
  • Question 3: The puzzle of 2 cans of 3Litre and 5 litre used to measure other values (very common one)
  • Question 4: I have 5 other BTech metallurgy graduates, why should I hire you?
  • Question 5: You mean they will disappoint my efforts?
  • Question 6: Do not try to safe guard your friends (humorously)
Interview Experience
Ans 1 - Case studies on sports leagues in India - Indian Badminton League, Hockey India League and Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon
Ans 2 - Guessestimate question. Gave a reason for answer, it was not even close for the first time because I could not estimate population of Marine Drive (venue of marathon) near to real value but my algorithm was correct, hence he moved to next question.
Ans 4 - I will not disappont the efforts put in me, I am sincere and passionate about my work.
Ans 5 - No I do not mean that.
Ans 6 - I would act as an asset for the company who would help in building other assets by helping and working together with my peers in Fractal
Interview Tips
1) Make sure you keep explaining your method at each step, this way even if values are wrong, they are interested in method.

2) Dont panic, you can ask them to give you 2 3 minutes to think

3) Be honest. Have presence of mind, understand when he is not happy with your response

4) The interviewer was continuously roaming around the room trying to distract me. So be focussed.
Round 4

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Women in India do not get what they deserve. Do you agree?
  • Question 2: Tell me about both
  • Question 3: What are the evidences?
  • Question 4: Okay what are your hobbies?
  • Question 5: What genre of books?
  • Question 6: What was the last book you read? What do you think of it?
  • Question 7: What is one learning from it?
  • Question 8: What is truth? Like the one you have been taught or the one you learn yourself like your parents teach you to not cut nails at night etc ot go to the temple?
  • Question 9: So why should we visit temples?
  • Question 10: Why fractal?
Interview Experience
Ans 1 - Do you intend to ask about their rights from society or freedom from home?
Ans 2 - According to me the societal restrictions are forced, but the family restrictions might be justified because I asked my father and he gave evidences from Vedas which was logical.
Ans 3 - Told her the facts
Ans 4 - Travelling, meeting new people and reading books
Ans 5 - both fiction and non fiction. Named a few titles and authors
Ans 6 - My Experiments with Truth - MK Gandhi, Like most of my peers, I made a negative conclusion about MK Gandhi.
Ans 7 - That truth must always prevail but it doesnt define truth.
Ans 8 - Ma'am, what we are taught and what we grow up with is our paradigm. Truth is what we accept after observing everything. For example I was curious why we should visit the temple and I researched about it, read a few texts and forme dmy opinion this i smy truth so it can be subjective.
Ans 9 - Gave the reason
Ans 10 - I think Fractal works on the same principle as I do that there should be a balance between everything in life. My seniors at fractal have talked extremely well about the work life balance and as you would see my profile is also a balance between sports, extra curriculars and academics
Interview Tips
1) I was confident and aware about what I was saying.
2) I gave openings for her to ask the next question like define truth, why temples etc.
3) Be honest and tell them waht you think. This round is just to check if you fit in their work culture or not.
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Ability To Cope Up With Stress
  • Guesstimate Skills
  • Ability To Deal Diplomatically
  • Ability To Convince
  • Hone
Skill Tips
Make sure your resume is one page long only and is COMPLETELY TRUE.
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • Verbal Ability And Reading Comprehension For Cat : Arun Sharma,
  • Non-verbal And Logical Questions From Any Book For CAT,
  • CAT Quant Books,
General Tips
2 things are very important for fractal -

1 - stay calm

2 - be honest. they can see through it.



Read about Fractal properly, use it in your answers. HR round will have one question - Do ask at least one question
Motivation for applying
It was an analyst job and the company has a very good work life culture.
Funny Moments
When in 1st round I was asked any difficult situation you handled, I told about my visit to Japan and how I did a presentation there in Class 10, my interviewer then began to tell me about her visit to Japan and how good Japanese people are

Also in last round, we had a healthy long discussion about what is truth, why women are denied a few things etc/ All HR interviews were 10 minutes long with normal questions like hobbies and general stuff but mine went on for 40 minutes and I did not even mind it.
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Fractal Analytics Business analyst interview

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Moiz ShujaeeExperiencedSelected
Application
I Applied for job through Personal Contacts for Business analyst role at Fractal Analytics
Interview Process
Test Technical Interview Guesstimate Interview Puzzle Interview Technical Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
60 Minutes
No. of Questions
60 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Quats
  • Section 2: Logical Ability
  • Section 3: Verbal Ability
Interview Experience
The Test is in lines of what we prepare for all the major competitive exams, similar to CAT. The difficulty level is moderate to easy. No negative marking. Cut off were sectional as well as overall.
It was overall a smooth ride. The results were given an hour later after the test.
Interview Tips
Attempt your strong section first. Maintain accuracy and try and be fast in solving.
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
    Round 3

    Guesstimate Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: How many mobile phones are sold each year in India.
    • Question 2: How many tube lights are there in the city of Mumbai.
    Interview Experience
    It was pretty smooth. They generally look for your thought process rather than the exact figure. Expect cross questions on your solution.
    Round 4

    Puzzle Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Three different puzzles
    Interview Experience
    This round was combined with the Guesstimate question. The puzzles were of a good level. But if you like solving them in your free time, you would fare well here.
    Round 5

    Technical Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: I was asked to write the algorithm of checking
    Skills

    Skills Tested

    • Analyzing And Problem Solving Skills
    • Logical Thinking
    Motivation for applying
    Its into Analytics industry. I like the the culture and the people. Wish to build a career in Analytics.
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    Fractal Analytics interview

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    AnonymousFresherSelected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for Fractal Analytics
    Interview Process
    Test Group Discussion Technical Interview HR Interview
    Round 1

    Test

    Test Sections
      Interview Experience
      Its the easiest part of the process.Fractal though takes a more of logic based test, ones like mental ability we used to do for NTSE and 10th standard.They had shortlisted about 50 people on the basis of test.
      Round 2

      Group Discussion

      Group Discussion Topic
      how media is making lives of celebrities’ hell?
      Interview Experience
      We had large groups of 10-12 people. Generic debating topics were given. One thing they specifically didn’t like was excessive aggressiveness during the GD.
      Interview Tips
      Once you feel that you have had enough air-time in the discussion, try and give other chance.
      Round 3

      Technical Interview

      Interview Questions
        Interview Experience
        My interview was the last one so had to wait a long time and finally started with questions on my tech background and surprisingly I was good at the answers. I was then asked 2 puzzles which I answered in a few trials
        Interview Tips
        All analytics and maths based companies stressed a lot on the puzzles part and questions of probabilities. So it might be a good idea to try out all the puzzles on orkut for a start. Also brush up your probability lessons. If going wrong they do help with the approach and in case of wrong answers the approach does help.
        Round 4

        HR Interview

        Interview Questions
        • Question 1: why do you want to work?
        Interview Experience
        From the whole interview process I did find out I cannot prepare myself fully for an interview. Always be truthful, that way you have the best explanations and the delays are minimal.
        Interview Tips
        Know the basics and fundamentals and try and build over them. Do not attack the answer directly.
        Skills

        Skills Tested

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          Fractal Analytics interview

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          AnonymousFresherSelected
          Application
          I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for Fractal Analytics
          Interview Process
          Test Group Discussion HR Interview Case Study Interview
          Round 1

          Test

          Test Sections
            Interview Experience
            1.There was a written test of puzzles.
            2.Based on this people for GD were selected.
            Round 2

            Group Discussion

            Interview Experience
            Spoke well at the GD and got through the interview.
            Round 3

            HR Interview

            Interview Questions
            • Question 1: Explain any one of your projects.
            Interview Experience
            I told them about my paper.When asked about another project, told them about BTP. Luckily it was related to the work they do. I explained why I was interested in fractal.
            Round 4

            Case Study Interview

            Interview Questions
            • Question 1: CASE: There is a beach with uniformly distributed customers, you know that if you set up a stall there a competitor will appear. Where would you put your stall?
            Interview Experience
            I solved this very mathematically and came to an answer. The director was impressed with my mathematical approach. He asked me other puzzles and probability questions and I answered them all. I realized that I was a natural fit into fractal.
            Interview Tips
            FEEDBACK: Genuineness and ability to solve so many puzzles in less time got me through.
            Skills

            Skills Tested

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