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Nomura analyst interview

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Shashank ShekharFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for ANALYST role at Nomura
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Case Study Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
Resume shortlisting for Management Consulting roles depends on three key factors:1) Management and Networking abilities (Key Parameter: "Position of Responsibility" held during college)2) Business Acumen (Key Parameter: Internships and performance during case study interview)3) Academic Performance and/or Specialized Technical Expertise (Key Parameter: good CPI, certifications etc.)
Interview Tips
1) The meat of your resume is fixed, however, how you present it can create much more impact during the shortlisting process. It's very important to spend a good deal of effort on your resume. Ask for some resumes from your seniors who secured good jobs in the previous years and get yours verified by them after you prepare the final draft.2)  Try highlighting the points that are pertinent to the above mentioned factors. Try to quantify your accomplishments by adding numbers.3) It's better to have 3-4 resumes, each customized for a particular kind of role you're applying to.
Round 2

Case Study Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Client is experiencing some problems with its BPO in terms of dissatisfied customers. How would you identify the problems in the call center? Suggest solutions.
Interview Experience
This was completely different from all the conventional case studies that you prepare for. Instead of forcefully adjusting the problem within a predetermined framework, it is better to get to the basics of structural problem solving. I reiterated the problem statement, thought for sometime on my approach and then started off with a framework of my own. Fortunately, I was on the right track and could build a valid structure for solving this problem, covering almost all the aspects of the problem.
Interview Tips
1) The essence of case study interviews is to showcase your ability of approaching any problem statement (well actually, anything in life!) with a proper structure, complying with MECE (mutually exclusive collectively exhaustive) framework. While it is important to know the profitability frameworks, business situation frameworks, etc., it is also of sheer importance to not forget the basics. You should be able to break down a problem into pieces and deal with each piece separately. And so, PRACTICE!2) It's very important to keep talking while solving a case study so that your interviewer understands your approach and if you get stuck, he might still give you points for your approach.3) All the tips for a case study interview can be found in Victor Cheng's material.
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Why do you think you're suitable for this profile?
  • Question 2: Case Study and Guesstimate. (Power Generation Sector in India; Estimate the size of turbine industry in India)
  • Question 3: You've demonstrated strong interest in Finance. Why Consulting?
  • Question 4: 3 sectors which, according to you, are going to show high growth rates.
  • Question 5: General HR questions to see a cultural fit.
Interview Experience
This long interview with senior executives encompassed almost every question you can be asked for a management consulting profile. 1) The answers to my first question were already prepared.2) The case study and the guesstimate were fairly easy. We were talking about the Power Generation business in India because I had earlier told them that I have been trading in the stock market and had invested a portion of my portfolio in the power generation sector in India. 3) At the time of my interview, I was a CFA Level 2 candidate and had done my internship at Citi and so, I had to convince them about why I wanted to try out consulting. I was already prepared for these question so, this wasn't much an issue.4) I had a good knowledge of the economic conditions in India and so, it was easy to have a discussion over how the country was shaping up in terms of different operating sectors. The newly elected Modi government was the center of the discussion.5) I spend some additional time preparing for HR question because Nomura, being a Japanese firm, focuses on whether the candidate is a good cultural fit or not, more than other firms do.
Interview Tips
1) Prepare a draft and write at least 10 general HR questions (find them on the internet) and write answers for them. It is extremely important for you to define yourself and your objectives to exhibit confidence and avoid existential crisis during the interview.2) Be careful about what you speak in the interview because that decides the next question. Faking about anything might cost you much more than the cost of not knowing about that thing in the first place.3) Have strong reasons why you want to join that company and that industry. It's very important for you to be in the right frame of mind before walking through the interview door. Your indecisiveness is a big threat!4) Read Economic Times (or, any business newspaper) for at least 1 month before the interview specially if you're aiming at Banking or Consulting jobs.5) If you're going for a Japanese firm, make sure you showcase the qualities (humility, etc.) they're looking for. Demonstrate your love for Japan!
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Communication Skills
  • Analytical Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Business Acumen
  • Persuasive Skills
Skill Tips
Learn analytical skills through guesstimates.<br /> Learn Problem solving skills through case studies.<br /> Have good Persuasive Skills, very important for a consultant
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • Victor Cheng case book,
Videos
  • Victor Cheng videos,
General Tips
1) Take the interview preparation very seriously. Practice enough number of case studies. Form case study groups much before the interviews.2) Clear your mind on the day of your interview and focus on things you want to showcase. Emphasize on selling yourself.3) Positive Mental Attitude is much more important than we think it is.
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Goldman Sachs analyst interview

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AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Roorkee for ANALYST role at Goldman Sachs
Interview Process
Test Technical Interview Technical Interview Technical Interview
Round 1

Test

Test Sections
  • Section 1: Written Test: Mathematics, Algorithms and Data Structures, Programming were the major areas and few more subjects.
Interview Experience
If you are good at problem solving it's easy to crack the written test.
Interview Tips
Subjects better if you prefer to study from standard books and have a clear understanding of concepts.
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Questions were from Algorithms and Probability(probability distribution and expectations etc.), mathematical aptitude.
Interview Experience
If an interviewer is cool and very much interested to listen to you, then it's all about how easily you make him feel that you are the perfect candidate for them. Goldman Sachs interviewer are very cool and have a very good behavioral attitude. They are very interested to listen to you and at every moment they give you chance to prove yourself. It's up to you how you impress them.
Interview Tips
Feel interview like a techie discussion with your friend. Whatever you are thinking about say it loudly so that interviewer can listen what you are thinking. Better if you make it a discussion.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Data Structures and Algorithms, Programming (language C/C++/JAVA, doesn't matter what language u know only they want to know how can u apply your concepts very well)
Interview Experience
Interviewer was very cool and very nice person.
Round 4

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Question were related to projects mentioned in my resume. I felt in this round like previous rounds were too impressive that in this round they are likely to hire me.
Interview Experience
Interviewer was very cool and very nice person.
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Problem solving
  • Confidence
  • Truthfulness
Skill Tips
Before interview try to get cool. Get yourself away from the crowd, there shouldn't be any worries in your mind related to interview. More important believe on yourself that boosts your confidence.<br /> At the time of interview let the interview know your strength and the area in which you have mastery. Once interviewer gets into your domain then the day is yours.<br /> Note: Have strong faith on your skills. Because if you show your skills, it doesn't matter how worse is your CGPA, they will hire you. A guy with CGPA less than 5.5 can make it possible then why can't you!!<br /> For preparation always try to follow concepts from standard books. Never try to study from local authors.<br /> <br /> Confidence is also a major factor,Strongly Committed to face any kind of challenging problems and able to find some solution out of it. They test your approach of solving a particular question. Generally questions are tough.<br /> Truthfulness: Be honest if you already know the answer for question, do tell them. If you don't know much about some topic let them know because they never want to judge you on what you are not good. They will assess you only in the area you are comfortable with.
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen,
  • The Art of Computer Programming by Knuth (Only if you want in depth knowledge else don't try),
General Tips
Do what you love and Love what you do. That leaves no regrets and doubles your performance. Always be hopeful, never give up. Even if you have less CGPA (even 5.3 has also worked that were mine), be confident to give your best.
Motivation for applying
On one side Motivation comes from the Package offered by this company: Highest paying company along with Worldquant, Tower Research. I heard being a strats at Goldman Sachs is really tough task since they focus more on mathematical aptitude; probability, P&C etc. That motivates you to give your best efforts to see where do you stand in the world.

Designing algorithms for solving challenging business problems is the job of strats, that's what attracted me more towards this company.
Funny Moments
(Round1)Interviewer: Why do you have consistent poor performance; 77%(10th), 67%(12th), 65%(B.E.), 5.3CGPA(M.Tech.)?

Me: I don't study for marks, I study to learn the concepts and have feel of it. If I would have been wrong I wouldn't be here.

(Round3)

Interviewer: Introduce yourself !

(I never tried to prepare for such interview questions but at that instant what came out from my mouth was surprising for me)

Me: Sir, I am Praveen Jharbade, pursuing MTech in CSE from IIT Roorkee and I love numbers. I am a big fan of Srinivasa Ramanujan. If you will give me a series I can tell you the hidden patterns inside that series.

(In the end Interviewer was in doubt if I was inclined towards research or working in Industry)

Interviewer: Where do you want to see yourself in future; going for higher studies or in Industry?(Not exact question. I felt he meant to ask this)

Me: Sir, if I would have told you that I love Cricket you wouldn't ask this question. Sir, I love numbers and in my spare time I used to play with numbers and series.

Finally I would say 3 rounds taken by 3 different interviewer and I can say they are the awesome people and of course genius. I would say it would be my great pleasure to work under their supervision.
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Opera Solutions analyst interview

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Shubham GuptaFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for Analyst role at Opera Solutions
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test Guesstimate Interview Technical Interview Stress Interview Behavioural Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
There were 3 Job profiles open of opera solutions (Solution Analyst, Analytics Specialist, and Software Engineer). Students are asked to sign just for one profile. There was a test for analytics and software profile and direct interview for solution profile (Consultant profile).
Interview Tips
Spend enough time before choosing the profiles. Spoke to senior who had a similar job and figure out your best suitable profile and prepare accordingly.
Round 2

Test

Duration
60 min Minutes
No. of Questions
20+5 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Objective
  • Section 2: Subjective
Interview Experience
Opera solution conducts workshop for shortlisted candidates. In the workshop, they mostly tell about technical part behind big data management such as Mainframe and Hadoop. After the workshop, the test was conducted. The test had two sections, the first section contains objective questions around 20-25 (I did not remember the exact number). Objective questions were of aptitude type (moderate level of difficulty). The second section contains 5-6 subjective questions, mainly focus on probability again the moderate level of difficulty. 30 students were shortlisted for next round (interview round).
Interview Tips
Start preparing as early you can. Practice problem daily does not wait for last few day. The main point of practice is to develop a habit of increasing accuracy and speed which is the crucial points of aptitude test.
For probability practice, there are online website and blogs you can take help from them. I have listed down some which are used. You should have some prior practice before setting for test otherwise, it would be difficult to do well in the test as some questions are tricky and difficult to solve in the first time.
For aptitude practice, you can refer TIME material, I think that is sufficient.

http://gurmeet.net/puzzles/
http://www.cut-the-knot.org/probability.shtml
http://brainstellar.com/puzzles/probability/1
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/leino/puzzles.html
Round 3

Guesstimate Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Write a 10 digit largest number with some constraint (I didn’t remember the exact constraint but it’s a standard question)
  • Question 2: Guesstimate the number of viewers to a sports blog
Interview Experience
The interviewer first goes through my resume and ask some basic question, not in depth. Then he asked me some puzzle (similar type of question asked in the subjective paper but with a high level of difficulty) and one guesstimate.
My interview last for 10-15 mins, the interviewer is very helpful and always try to calm and comfort me.
The interviewer gave me feedback and point out some area on which I can quickly look it for further interview.
Interview Tips
I have assigned a buddy, IIT graduate having the same specialization. (Opera solutions follow buddy program similar of other consultant company). I personally found out buddy program very useful, you should contact your buddy or at least talk to him ones. The information you get from a buddy is very helpful of preparing for an interview. You get some aspect on which domain you need to work.
Round 4

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: How to assigning the new task to employees based on their past performance.
  • Question 2: Some Probability problems
Interview Experience
Next round was the telephonic interview with a senior analyst. The interviewer asked me some question from my resume especially on the technical project which involves some mathematics tool.
Then he asked some probability problems which are very tough.
Interview Tips
The interviewer was interested in your approach only, how you’re tackling the problem. How much wide can you think? The interviewer is also ready to help you and try to figure out your strength. So be calm and speak with confidence.
Round 5

Stress Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Guesstimate how much a thief, who operate on shopping can earn in a year
  • Question 2: The probability of a car passes the highway in a subset time if the probability of a car passing in one hour given.
Interview Experience
The interviewer asked me some question from my resume in depth.
He asked one guesstimate and one probability question.
Round 6

Behavioural Interview

Interview Questions
    Interview Experience
    The interviewer started with questions like why this company, which other companies did I appeared for.
    He asked me some quick calculation problems.
    Round 7

    HR Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Some basic HR questions
    Skills

    Skills Tested

    • Ability To Make Quick Calculations
    • Puzzle Solving Capability
    • Knowledge Of Your Resume Points
    • Guesstimation Cases
    • Probability And Statistics
    General Tips
    Resume: Spend sufficient time on the resume as I was the initial step of shortlisting.

    You be able to speak at any point in your resume in detail, hence you must be sure of what you are writing in it.



    Puzzle: Practice Daily



    Guesstimate: Practice with your sincere friends
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    Goldman Sachs analyst interview

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    AnonymousFresherSelected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for ANALYST role at Goldman Sachs
    Interview Process
    Test Interview Interview Interview
    Round 1

    Test

    Duration
    180 Minutes
    No. of Questions
    60+60+60 questions
    Test Sections
    • Section 1: Mathematics
    • Section 2: Algorithms
    • Section 3: Computer Networks
    Interview Experience
    1. It was 3 hours test with three 'subjective' sections of one hour each.
    2. The first section was mathematics, comprising of Probability Statistics and Linear Algebra. Apparently, one of the sum was from one of the previous IMO papers. All the sums were more or less pretty theoretical and high level.
    3. The second section was algorithms, which is where I performed best, since I was taking the Data Structures and Algorithms course that semester.
    4. The third section was on computer networks which was mainly targeted at the CSE junta and not meant for us.
    Round 2

    Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Resume-based questions
    • Question 2: Intern-based questions
    • Question 3: General questions on courses and my interest in finance
    • Question 4: Why are gold prices increasing and why are US treasury bonds still valuable?
    • Question 5: Discussion about Euro crisis
    Interview Experience
    1. It lasted for 20-30 minutes.
    2. This was my first interview of the day. It started off with a discussion of my resume, especially of my work at DB, and the interviewer even told me about how they do something quite similar in their team.
    3. He asked me about my courses and my interest in finance.
    4. The discussion then moved towards finance and we discussed questions like why are gold prices increasing and why are US treasury bonds still valuable and also about the Euro crisis.
    5. I call it a discussion because although it would start off with a question the interviewer would pose for me, very soon it would end up being an interesting discussion with each of us putting in our opinion and views and new facts. It was a very jovial interview.
    Round 3

    Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Advanced level questions on C++
    • Question 2: If you are asked to play a game where you toss a fair coin again and again until you get consecutive heads and win Re. 1 or you get consecutive tails and lose and quit, how much will you be willing to pay to play this game?
    Interview Experience
    1. This was supposed to be a more technical interview to test my coding and mathematical skills.
    2. The interviewer asked me if I knew C++. I told him that I had done it back in my high school days, so might be a little rusty but will definitely try.
    3. He started off with an easy question on derived classes and their objects. Soon the code became more and more complicated, involving abstract classes, virtual functions, copy constructors etc.
    4. However, thankfully I was able to answer at every step, sometimes of course with a little nudge from him.
    5. Later in second question, he modified the question by making it an unfair coin. He taught me how to draw a state diagram, and using that I was easily able to reach the answer.
    6. After this I had left for the BCG ordeal so had been unable to come back for my third interview that they kept calling me for. I finally came back to meet them after giving my 1st round interview at Credit Suisse. I was asked about my job preferences and if I was really interested in joining GS.
    7. After I assured them that GS is indeed my dream company they let me know that all of them were pretty impressed with me and in other ways subtly hinted at the good news. When I came out of that room, my prior two interviewers came over to chat with me. We moved into another room and had a long chat about their plans for the India office of GS, the new teams they were planning to build etc. One of them gave me his business card, asking me to give him a call if I had any more questions.
    Round 4

    Interview

    Interview Questions
      Skills

      Skills Tested

        General Tips
        1. I really wanted to get into Goldman Sachs so I started reading the Financial Express on the side, and practicing probability problems from “50 challenging problems in probability”, a book suggested by one of the alums in investment banking.

        2. The preparation for CAT had taken care of my aptitude test preparation so I did not have to worry much about that any longer.

        3. I didn't have to worry about Group Discussions because not too many companies open for BSBE conducted GD’s.

        4. I had left the last week after my endsems ended and before placements began for the main preparation for HR although I did make a list of questions and jotted down some points for the answers of each of them beforehand.

        5. Initially, I would practice around 3 case studies a week, with my batchmates in GH, in a group of 4. We would meet at night whenever possible and each one would solve one case study each while another person posed as the interviewer, usually from the book “Case in Point” but sometimes also from other sources like the IIMA Case Book, the Wharton Business School Case book and the cases that had come in previous years’ problems which we found in SPO’s Case book.

        6. In later days, especially during endsems, we took to meeting in mixed random groups among the BCG shortlisted people for similar case practice sessions, and I ended up having done around 20 case studies before placements started.

        7. Once the shortlist for Goldman Sachs came out, which was 2 days before the placements, I also read up a little on dynamic programming which I knew nothing about.

        8. In the last week before placements I structured my HR answers and learnt by heart the main points so that I don’t miss any when answering, but not the language because I believed spontaneity is a must to excel in HR interviews.
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        Morgan Stanley analyst interview

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        AnonymousFresherSelected
        Application
        I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Analyst role at Morgan Stanley
        Interview Process
        Test Technical Interview Group Activity Technical Interview PRO FIT ROUND HR Interview
        Round 1

        Test

        Test Sections
        • Section 1: Quantitative Analysis and Technical Skills
        • Section 2: Coding Round
        Interview Experience
        There was negative marking for these questions (+4 & -1) and the number of questions in the second section were more (10 and 20 respectively, I think).The second part of the test was a Coding Round, online. We were given 3 problem statements to be solved in 45 minutes and the programming languages allowed were C, C++ and Java. However you are required to use the same language for Part 1 (Technical Skills) and Part 2 (Coding Round). So make sure you know any one language in its entirety. I hadn’t touched anything apart from C. The questions were essentially based on data structures.
        Interview Tips
        Word of caution: Be wise in designing your strategy to solve questions, there always IS a sectional cut off and the competition is cutthroat.
        Round 2

        Technical Interview

        Interview Questions
        • Question 1: How would you find whether a number is even or odd without using any conditions?
        • Question 2: Implement a dynamic 2D excel sheet using DS (underwent various levels of improvisations)
        • Question 3: A build up that resulted in the concept of using joins in DBMS
        • Question 4: Discussed the concept of virtual memory and paging in OS
        Interview Experience
        -1 was pretty much basic, probably just for them to find out whether you know everything that you claim to know. I was asked questions on the basics of C, Data structure implementation, DBMS AND OS. Sounds daunting, but it really wasn't. My panellists were really cool about giving me all the time in the world to think about my answers, they'd even roll their chairs to the corner of the room and chit chat when I'd ask them to stop looking at me. Not a recommended course of action for you guys, because you might get really badass panellists who might want to take a stress interview and using this would probably get you a ticket to take you directly out of the building. But the point is that you don't need to panic when you're asked a question that you don't understand AT ALL. It is probably just a coating of shiny silver on a very basic problem. ALWAYS remember to restate the question as you understood it to make sure that you're on the right track. If you're right you get a bonus for being able to analyse well. If you're not, they will make you understand and you won't spend 15 minutes of your interview time solving a misinterpreted question.
        Round 3

        Group Activity

        Interview Experience
        This is subject to change every year, but for ours we had the one with the Lego toys
        Round 4

        Technical Interview

        Interview Questions
          Interview Experience
          This round was perhaps the most difficult of all, with gruelling technical questions that I couldn't make head or tail out of. But they were satisfied with a broad outlook to the number of solutions and the different ways to approach the problem. They asked me a little about how my day had been till then and for improvisations on the answers to the questions I was asked in the previous rounds. I was also asked a question about synchronization that I answered with my knowledge of embedded systems. They were really interested in how I applied unrelated knowledge to solve a problem that I would otherwise not be able to answer. This was the end of TECH-2 which made me believe that I had screwed up entirely and that I was out for sure.
          Round 5

          PRO FIT ROUND

          Interview Experience
          I went in to my ProFit round with an "I-should-really-have the-best-time-with-this-thing-since-it-is-all-down-the-drain-anyway" attitude, but really, I think that is just what you're expected to do anyway. :) This ended up being the coolest round of all and I had the time of my life for those 30 minutes. My interviewer asked me ALL the general questions you expect in an HR, and I answered them all very, very truthfully and with really long explanations :P The guy was a veeeeery keen listener and caught on to each and every one of my indications. He let me talk about practically everything, from my very hippie-like outlook of life to the most silly bets I have placed, ever. And the best part was that he was always interested, poker-face like, but always waiting patiently for more exemplifications. Don't bother trying to make up achievements you haven't really made, because they don't care about how accomplished you are, more like how zestful you are, and it probably shows when you're talking about things that you love. Long story short, talk your heart out, they hardly speak in all of those 30 minutes. Let them know that you really ARE passionate about the things that you do.
          Round 6

          HR Interview

          Interview Questions
            Interview Experience
            The next round that I was immediately ushered into was my HR. Now, I probably felt what I did because I had talked a LOT in my previous round, but I really thought this round was predominantly precursory. My interviewer was one of the big shots of the day, but he hardly asked me any questions that could qualify as HR. This person was the only one from all of my interviews who was even remotely rigid, but that too only marginally. He was ultra-friendly again by the end of the interview. This might vary case by case, but he only asked me things like my comfort with relocation and what I aimed to achieve in the next 5 years. At the end of the interview, he kid around a little and escorted me to the waiting room.
            Skills

            Skills Tested

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              HSBC analyst interview

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              Prateek LadhaFresherSelected
              Application
              I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for ANALYST role at HSBC
              Interview Process
              Test Group Discussion Technical Interview
              Round 1

              Test

              Duration
              60 Minutes
              No. of Questions
              40 questions
              Test Sections
              • Section 1: Quant
              • Section 2: LR
              • Section 3: Verbal
              • Section 4: Econometrics
              • Section 5: Retail Banking
              Interview Experience
              It was a decent test as normal apti tests but you have to keep little extra knowledge about retail banking and econometrics.
              Interview Tips
              Just practice well for all aptitude test and boost your speed with accuracy.
              Round 2

              Group Discussion

              Duration
              30 Minutes
              Group Discussion Topic
              Leaders are born or made
              Interview Experience
              It was a good discussion but in between there was a chaos as number of people in my group was too big(14) as far as GDs are concerned.But overall it was good and everyone whosoever wanted, had put their points.
              Interview Tips
              Don't fight during GD. Make sure that whenever you get chance you utilize it fully and make a very effective point. Also keep in mind it is a GD so you should be humble to others as well.
              Round 3

              Technical Interview

              Interview Questions
              • Question 1: It was HR plus Technical
              Interview Experience
              It was a very weird experience.
              After get shortlisted from test late in the night, our GD was early in the morning and then followed by interview. And then something really strange happened.I was waiting for my turn since afternoon and I was the last one to be interviewed. When I was called for my turn, all three panel of interviewers came out of their rooms and they announced the result before taking my interview so it was shocking because as par our campus rule you can not straight away declare the results to candidates before the whole process gets over. It shook me and I was very angry at that time but I kept myself calm and turned that anger into a positive way thanks to my friend who were there with me during that time. All I thought was I will get a chance and now I don't have anything to lose so I have to make a better impact on them than the other guys and convince them to increase their selected candidate list. The interview started with general HR questions, why do you want to join us? Why do you think we should hire you? And then they started asking questions over my project which I mentioned in my resume. After that there were few basic probability questions and some analytical puzzles. And during my interview I said I like to play with numbers so they threw me a multiplication 55555*55555 and it took me around 25-30 seconds to do it so I think that was a really effective part of my interview well at last I got selected in HSBC.
              Interview Tips
              Don't get panic and never lose your calm. Situations can be more worst than what you thought it to be but be confident on yourself. Sooner or later you will be rewarded for your work. Good luck in advance :)
              Skills

              Skills Tested

              • Analytical skill
              • Communication
              • Patience
              Skill Tips
              I would say that patience is not a skill but it is as important as any other skill during your interviews. You might encounter some serious situations which might take you on your nerve so be patient.<br /> During your interviews make sure whatever you know you should be able to communicate it well enough otherwise your knowledge is of no use. At the same time ensure that you don't really show off that you know more. If you know more about that problem be humble to the interviewer as discuss or share your thoughts in a very polite manner. And last but not the least is the analytical skills. You might be asked to decode some case or do guesstimates to be prepared for it. Practice it a lot with your friends or else whichever way you like it to be done.
              Resources

              Preparation materials

              Books
              • Case in Point,
              • Last 30 years CAT papers,
              Videos
              • Case Study Series by Victor Cheng,
              General Tips
              Just be yourself and be confident. Be with those who make you feel comfortable. Keep calm and eventually everything will fall in the right place.
              Motivation for applying
              My only motivation was to get a analytical job which I was targeting. And apart from it there was a reason in my life to get this job and do something for someone very special. So, this keeps me motivated even today.
              Funny Moments
              The whole placement process right from companies visiting your campus to giving test and getting shortlisted for the interviews was really stressful but when I look back I cherish all those moments where we all friend sat together abusing some bull shit companies their procedure. How we used to run like a wild animal from one test to another one PPT to another. Those late might discussion talking about our future. Those were the lifetime memories, good or bad, which will stay with us always.



              Godd luck again for your placements. :)
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              Deutsche bank analyst interview

              10.5k views
              AnonymousFresherSelected
              Application
              I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kharagpur for Analyst role at Deutsche bank
              Interview Process
              Test networking session mentor interaction Behavorial Interview Technical Interview
              Round 1

              Test

              No. of Questions
              40 questions
              Test Sections
                Interview Experience
                Jumbled but can be classified into 3 major categories: Quantitative (CAT level), Data Interpretation and Current Affairs in Finance (e.g. India's GDP, Nifty's Year High level etc.)
                1 subjective question (Compulsory) e.g. Identifying most suitable acquisition target for a firm using the information presented in a table. There is no correct answer to such questions.They were interested in the approach the way you justify your answer.
                Interview Tips
                Follow financial media regularly over the Autumn semester (Economic Times, Reuters). Each candidate is given an opportunity to ask questions to the desk Heads. Make sure that you ask relevant questions. You will have many of those as you try to understand the business in detail.Do not spend too much of time on a particular question (this particularly applies to DI questions).
                The pattern of the test may vary year to year.CAT preparation helps.
                Round 2

                networking session

                Interview Experience
                It was held in Kolkata in early November for shortlisted students. Heads of various desks were present to introduce their business and to answer queries. It is supposed to be non-evaluative. It turned out to be an excellent platform to understand the exact nature of the job.
                They had given some GD topics based on latest financial happenings.
                Interview Tips
                It was very informal and the purpose was to emphasize the importance of keeping updated with the news.
                Dress well. It is extremely important.
                Round 3

                mentor interaction

                Interview Experience
                Every shortlisted student was allotted a mentor for a month post networking session. Mentors typically comprise of KGP alumni currently working with GMC.
                Interview Tips
                Personally, mentor interaction turned out to be very amicable for me. You can get all the queries resolved directly. It helps to seek a feedback on your preparation from the mentor.
                Round 4

                Behavorial Interview

                Interview Questions
                  Interview Experience
                  Around 15 minutes long. I was quizzed about the resume. Major emphasis was on coursework since ours was only the 2nd batch of MSc Eco. Internships were also covered in detail. This was followed by a few current affairs questions and my intention of joining DB etc,
                  Interview Tips
                  If you have multiple shortlists, they try to ensure that you are really interested in DB.
                  Round 5

                  Technical Interview

                  Interview Questions
                    Interview Experience
                    This was around 20-25 minute long. It was held by 2 senior managers. For the initial part, it was purely technical. Given my finance background, I was asked questions on binomial option pricing and option trading strategies. Since my MSc project was closely related to one of their desks, major part of the interview involved discussion about the same.
                    Interview Tips
                    They made us feel very comfortable. Most of us were made spot offers at the end of the interview.Make sure that you are comfortable explaining you internships/projects in a lucid manner. Be sure about your career goals as they are really interested in this particular area.
                    Be careful while using finance jargon in your answers. This may invite new questions. If you answer them, it reflects extremely well. But the opposite also applies.
                    Skills

                    Skills Tested

                    • Quanitative ability
                    • Puzzles
                    • Statistical packages help
                    • Soft skills
                    Skill Tips
                    Quantitative ability is a must. It supercedes all other parameters (including financial certifications). Above average performance in the written test is a must. For people with no finance background, do practice puzzles from 'Heard on the Street' and 'How to Move Mount Fuji'. Both the books are available on LAN.<br /> Programming skills is NOT a must. However, experience of working with statistical packages and relational databases is a plus. If your resume says that you are proficient in Excel, they may ask you to write macros for simple tasks.<br /> Written test: CAT preparation (even if you are not serious about IIMs )<br /> Current affairs <br /> Interviews: Know your CV well, practice puzzles and brush up your finance fundamentals extremely well if you portray yourself as one with a finance background.
                    Resources

                    Preparation materials

                    Books
                    • John Hull,
                    General Tips
                    They do not have a bias towards any particular background as such. However, a few pointers definitely set your resume apart:

                    1) Decent CGPA (Not a prerequisite though)

                    2) Projects/internships involving quantitative work

                    3) Financial Certification like CFA/FRM (The importance is overstated on campus. Clearing the exam is not enough and does not guarantee a place in the shortlist. One has to defend the finance background in a grueling interview. On the contrary, people with no finance background can do well by scoring handsomely in the written test.)

                    4) Relevant coursework (Finance courses from VGSOM/HSS).

                    A quality leadership/teamwork experience is a plus. They are interested in the lessons you learnt during your tenure in the position of responsibility you handled.

                    No specific criteria is used on the projects front. However, internships belonging to one or more of following categories set you apart:

                    1) Quantitative nature of work (either a research project or industry project)

                    2) Significant responsibility

                    3) Strong outcome (Publication, appreciation etc)

                    Make sure that you can speak at length about your internship experiences.
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                    Goldman Sachs analyst interview

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                    Raaz DwivediFresherSelected
                    Application
                    I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for ANALYST role at Goldman Sachs
                    Interview Process
                    Resume Shortlist Test HR Interview Technical Interview
                    Round 1

                    Resume Shortlist

                    Interview Tips
                    A Good Resume is the one with a clear message in one glance. One usually doesn't have much time go through the specifics. Also, most of the resumes look more or less the same if you start reading thoroughly. So what distinguishes you is how much you can convey to a third person in one glance. However a crucial point that one needs to keep in mind is - The third person may be an IITian or may be not. So your resume needs to be optimally elaborate and detailed. Good at glance and not boring with details.
                    Round 2

                    Test

                    Test Sections
                      Interview Experience
                      I screwed up GS's test but I guess my CPI and resume lured them to shortlist me for interview.Various tests aim at identifying different skill sets. And each skill set testing needs different approach and different preparation material and style. Also, not all tests are actually looking for excellent performers. So sometimes you might be surprised to see not so good performers being preferred over the best ones
                      Round 3

                      HR Interview

                      Interview Questions
                      • Question 1: Walk me through your resume
                      • Question 2: discussion on my CPI, future plans and about work and culture at GS.
                      Round 4

                      Technical Interview

                      Interview Questions
                      • Question 1: Discussion about a course Project related to guaranteed funds.
                      • Question 2: How good am I at programming?
                      • Question 3: Questions on Fourier Transform and Fixed points.
                      • Question 4: Efficient algorithms on calculating Fibonacci’s Sequence.
                      • Question 5: Different efficient ways to implement product and summation of n numbers. And limitations
                      • Question 6: Find integer solutions of x^y=y^x.
                      Interview Tips
                      Keep calm during all tests. No need to panic after seeing unfavourable results. It's just the beginning of an entirely new world. For preparation, begin well in advance. Take as light load as possible in your placement semester. Talk to seniors and the placed ones about the preparation style for various skill sets. There are several great books on most of the skill set, and just like JEE if you spend quality time on a book on a particular skill set you are likely to do well.For your core jobs preparation, you need to revise your basic concepts and prepare specifically for various areas that you are mostly interested in. For example, in EE, you can have a look at various job roles - system designing, power systems, device and circuits, communication, computer vision and image processing etc, which companies have come in the past for what kind of roles. And what were there expectations from the candidates.
                      Skills

                      Skills Tested

                        General Tips
                        There are many things that I would like to convey to the students regarding the placement process.On the preparation side, one must give his best - visit websites, read blogs, attend presentations and various related sessions, ask seniors who have been placed, talk to anyone who you think can provide some help. These practices will give you enormous data - and your job is to filter and use it wisely,at your own discretion. Read relevant material from books and internet,practice problems and tests, do mock interviews and GDs with your friends,prepare your resume well - in short – do what is to be done. Depending on jobprofiles that you target, the preparation keeps varying, ask around and workhard.With that being said, I would like to say that placement is not simply aboutmerit - independent of whether you appreciate this fact or not. Variouscompanies value compatibility over the merit of the student (which isquite logical thing to do!) and sometimes you may under-qualify and sometimes over-qualifyon those standards - and rarely will you be just at an optimal level.Consequently, many results(in fact most, to be even more precise all except one)will not go in your favour - either accept them or challenge them (if you thinkyou have been denied of something that you truly deserve) but never loseyour heart - this is simply a welcome song to the real world. In the longrun, this short and (most likely a difficult and) tough experience willprove to be one of the most memorable and a great learning experience.In a nut shell "Keep Calm and Give your Best! - Karm karte raho, fal kichinta mat karo."
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                        Deutsche bank analyst interview

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                        AnonymousFresherNot Selected
                        Application
                        I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Analyst role at Deutsche bank
                        Interview Process
                        Test HR Interview
                        Round 1

                        Test

                        Duration
                        40 min Minutes
                        Test Sections
                          Interview Experience
                          28 questions, 18 quantative + 10 financial awareness, negative marking. I took one pass through the Quant section, leaving about 5 questions, went on to the financial section, realized I wasn't going to score that well there so went back to Quant eventually attempting all 18, having to guess 1 answer since I ran out of time. I attempted probably 2-3 in financial. The test matters a lot to get shortlisted - some CSE students didn’t get shortlisted apparently because of a low test score. I would suggest that focus should be primarily on the quant section rather than the finance section - a friend in CSE who said he did well in the finance section didn’t get shortlisted.

                          Quant
                          1. Find next in sequence : 10,1,.......7,7...11,5 - don't remember the rest of the sequence but it looked random
                          initially it but if you take the difference between alternate terms an obvious pattern emerges .
                          2. Probability of two people telling the truth = 0.4,0.6 - what is the chance that they are inconsistent in what they say ?
                          3. A 3 digit number is a square less than 500, the reverse of the number is also a square. on repeating last digit still a square. What is the difference between the initial square, its reverse.
                          4. In a 1000m race if x gives y a head start of 40 meter, x wins by 10m. how much will x win by if y gives x a head start of 40m
                          5. With 16 matches, how many distinct triangles can you make?
                          6. You row at 7kmph in a calm lake. fisherman drops something 14 km upstream and the river current is 3kmph, how long will it take to reach you (14/7 = 2hrs ).
                          7. The sum of the multiples of 7 between 200 and 400 is what (trick was instead of calculating, to observe that the answer is odd and of the 5 options, only one was odd)?
                          8. Sum of consecutive page numbers in a book starting from 1 to n is 1000 - one page was repeated. which page was it? (idea was to subtract each choice from 1000 and see if it was n _ (n + 1)/2)
                          9. Last digit of 508508
                          10. 6 men + 4 women. Make a committee of 3 from them - Guy X wont be with Guy Y. Guy Y will be only with Woman Z in committee. How many ways of making the committee?
                          11. Run in circle of radius r. 1st 30 seconds at r meters/min, then next 1 min at r/2 m per min next 2 min at r/4 and so on. ratio of times taken in round n, previous round
                          12. |(x ? 11)/2| < 3 what is the range of x?
                          13. number of integer solutions to 3x + 6y = 13 (take 3 common on LHS and the answer is clear).
                          14. 5 students give an objective exam (+1 for correct, 0 for wrong) with 5 questions each with 5 choices. Their answers were given in a 5x5 matrix. Given they all got different marks, who got the lowest.
                          15. A,B,C,D stand in a line in increasing order of height. Given that X was shorter than Y but didnt stand first, and (a few more conditions) , who stood last? (X and Y had been specified as one of A, B, C, D - I don’t remember exactly since I gave the test 10 days back).

                          Financial
                          1. Rupee-dollar exchange rate (options were ranges of 1 rupee answer ws 39-40)
                          2. value of some index (some non-Indian East Asian country’s stock market - I forgot the name)
                          3. Effect of interest rate cuts on a bond coupon
                          4. Simple question on call option - which of following is not true about it
                          5. 1st Indian IT company to be listed on Nasdaq

                          6. Given a pie chart where it showed that for capital, a company relied 80% on equity and a small fraction on debts, what investment strategy is the company using? Conservative/Aggressive?
                          Round 2

                          HR Interview

                          Interview Questions
                          • Question 1: Why DB (2 min)
                          • Question 2: Can some work you did at Microsoft be used in DB (I wasn’t at all expecting this but thought and found that an algo I designed could be applied to a problem in the stock market domain)?
                          • Question 3: Estimate your quant score. If you add your quant score to the avg finance score would that be highest overall score?
                          • Question 4: Asked me to redo the pie chart question. I got it correct I think though I didn’t attempt it. They asked why I didn’t attempt finance (Reply : I wanted to do on thing well and time was a constraint).
                          • Question 5: Asked me to redo the pie chart question. I got it correct I think though I didn’t attempt it. They asked why I didn’t attempt finance (Reply : I wanted to do on thing well and time was a constraint).
                          • Question 6: Puzzle - express JEE rank as xy + yx (put y=1, x = rank - 1)
                          • Question 7: Didn’t Microsoft give you a PPO (I said no, which was technically true)? Why not Microsoft(note that they asked this though Microsoft was scheduled on Day 2) (2 min)?
                          • Question 8: Why not Tower Research (5 min)?
                          Interview Experience
                          I was the last person DB interviewed that day. Towards the end, the interviewer said “I am sure you are going to join Tower Research and not DB”. They also seemed to have decided before I came in to the interview that I would get an offer with some other company and would not choose DB - kept attacking the answers I gave to ‘Why not Microsoft/Tower’. In hindsight maybe I shouldn't have listed all the 4 tech companies I had interned with.
                          Skills

                          Skills Tested

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                            Credit Suisse analyst interview

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                            AnonymousFresherSelected
                            Application
                            I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for ANALYST role at Credit Suisse
                            Interview Process
                            HR Interview
                            Round 1

                            HR Interview

                            Interview Questions
                            • Question 1: Questions about career goals, interests and future prospects.
                            • Question 2: Firm-related questions
                            Interview Experience
                            1. At First, I missed the Credit Suisse GD since I hadn’t brought along a portfolio manager (one who handles your interview schedule and attends to the ever-ringing mobile phone).
                            2. I proceeded to Credit Suisse, and requested their HR contact to give me a chance since I could not turn up for the GDs.
                            3. It was here that I handed over my mobile phone to my friend Apratim Tiwari, who was managing the Credit Suisse procedures, and requested him to pursue the HR guy to schedule an interview, and also handle my phone when I was interviewing and he had successfully managed to get me an interview with Credit Suisse.
                            4. The interview went well. They were apparently quite impressed.
                            5. Two more rounds of interviews, and the HR guy made me an offer.
                            6. But, since Deutsche Bank was my dream company, I was also interviewing with them and got selected.
                            Interview Tips
                            You would need to focus on three broad areas for a comprehensive preparation:
                            (a) HR questions: This is the most important part for any interview. In companies like DB, your communication skills coupled with your preparation of such questions account for more than 70% of a candidate’s selection. Answering questions about your career goals, interests, and your career thus far should become second nature by the end of November. You must also know the firms and job profiles inside out. I worked on this specific area, and by the end of the placement session, I had gained a reputation among my wingies for my expertise at answering HR questions.
                            (b) Puzzles: Since this is a non-core sector, puzzles are the only way to objectively test the ability of candidates with diverse backgrounds. Look up braingle.com and techinterview.org. These two should suffice. Also, whenever you come across a puzzle that you’ve already encountered, pretend as if you’re going through it for the first time. Don’t rush through. This is your opportunity to impress them. Do not squander it away!
                            (c) Finance and economic affairs: If you have a comprehensive knowledge of the financial markets, national economy, and international affairs, in addition to the above two, it is highly improbable that you won’t be selected. For brushing up these, read the Economist (print or online), and read through the opinion pages of Economic Times or the Business Standard for 2-3 months leading to the Placement season. You must also regularly read a newspaper like the Hindu or Indian Express to keep yourself abreast of the latest events which frequently become a focal point of group discussions (for Credit Suisse). You CANNOT afford to walk into the interview ignorant of terms like European debt crisis, global financial crisis, fiscal cliff, QE, and basic finance like options, hedging etc. Wikipedia, Investopedia and J.C.Hull (first few chapters) are great sources to pick up these.
                            Skills

                            Skills Tested

                            • Problem solving skills
                            • Finance Basics
                            • Basic HR questions
                            • Economic affairs
                            Skill Tips
                            1. I scored a 100 percentile in CAT and the preparation made a huge impact on preparing for any of the interviews.<br /> 2. I also interned at Morgan Stanley which was further a plus for me.<br /> 3. I had received Honda YES Award, University of Tokyo-IIT Scholarship and my academic background was quite good.
                            Resources

                            Preparation materials

                            Books
                            • Fifty challenging problems in probability by Frederick Mosteller,
                            General Tips
                            1. If you are a B.Tech. student, do not be under the wrong impression that you can target all sectors- core as well as non-core. It is really difficult to prepare comprehensively for all companies, especially if you are in the B.Tech. program owing to time constraints.

                            2. The Dual degree students have an edge over you for precisely two reasons. Firstly, they get more time to prepare for the placements, and have learnt vicariously from their B.Tech. batchmates' experiences. Secondly, they tend to have higher retention rates (good for the companies).

                            3. Work on your English communication skills which are crucial for performing well in interviews and GDs.

                            Let neither of these become an obstacle by leaving no stone unturned in the course of your preparations.

                            4. You can’t appear for more than 4 companies in the first slot. It is not realistic. Hence, decide beforehand. I knew I hadn’t prepared enough for consulting or core, hence I opted out of ITC and Opera.

                            5. If you are shortlisted in multiple companies, ask a reliable friend to accompany you to the interviews, and handle your mobile phone (“managing one’s portfolio”). You’ll thank me someday for this advice.

                            6. I was happy that I prepared as much as I did, neglecting my college academics in the process. It is a decision I am proud of.

                            7. My Morgan Stanley internship distinguished me from scores of other candidates. I had never truly appreciated its importance till then. That also goes to show how important it is to get a good internship.
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