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Deutsche bank analyst interview

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AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Analyst role at Deutsche bank
Interview Process
Round 1 Round 2
Round 1

Round 1

Interview Experience
My first interview started off with a quick chat with a VP on Ideatrics (which was indeed a confidence-booster, showing that they had done their homework). There were 2 other interviewers on the panel, one of which didn’t pose any questions throughout the interview. Thereafter, a couple of quick questions were asked on cities which I enjoyed travelling to while I was in Europe. This was followed with a composition of a 30-second ad campaign for Tourism Barcelona. Hence, I was all softened up for the rigors ahead. What followed was a barrage of puzzles from an IIT-K alumnus, who fired approximately 10-12 puzzles in a 7-8 minutes span. She made sure to test most of the areas. Though I was able to do them, the time given to come up with a complete solution was pretty short. Hence, it was imperative to give a gist of the solution and explain the approach in a concise manner. One thing which was visible was that the puzzles had some variations or provided incomplete information (though I am not very sure that was intentional or not). So, you are required to ask questions which fill up the gaps. This also acts as a check to see whether the candidate is reproducing mugged up solutions or not. I was well prepared for this, hence this round passed off on a positive note despite its pace. With things such as current affairs and finance still untested, I was pretty upbeat.
Round 2

Round 2

Interview Experience
I waited a bit for my second round and interviewed with Opera in the meantime. The panel at DB this time comprised of 4 people, with another one who kept moving in and out. This round was on basic prob. and statistics, with questions on skewness and kurtosis, wherein I was asked to draw and compare their plots for securities with different characteristics. A couple of puzzles were asked as well, though there was nothing out of the blue regarding puzzles. A 4-person panel was indeed daunting, with constant challenges being raised on the solutions provided by me, probably to ruffle me up a bit. Again, working up from the basics helps in this case to illustrate the correctness of your solution.
After this round, I was slightly less confident. I was informed that I would not be having any more interviews
and I approached to interview with Diamond.
One thing which bothered me was the fact that no questions were asked on current affairs, neither on economics nor on finance. This was my strongest point as I had done enormous amount of research on everything ranging from DB to markets in general. Even the CFA L1 material was hardly touched upon. Before I was presented with the offer, I was asked some questions on my strengths and weaknesses and why I wanted to join DB. I was adequately able demonstrate my interest in DB and that was the end of it.
Skills

Skills Tested

    Skill Tips
    I was interested in DB, having done some research on the company in general and the profile they offered at IIT Kanpur in particular. DB conducted a white-paper challenge by the name of ‘Ideatrics’ during August-September. This provided me with an opportunity to visit CIB Centre, Mumbai in person. I feel that this experience motivated me further towards preparing for placements in general and DB in particular. Being selected as the campus winner proved to be an icing on the cake. I would advise you to actively take part in such activities if time permits. Apart from the obvious brownie points which you earn on winning the<br /> competition, it gives you an insight on the day-to-day work which you may be doing if recruited.
    General Tips
    Campus Placements can be an excruciating experience, but an in-depth analysis of your strengths and

    weaknesses beforehand can help you focus on your goals. I had an inclination towards Finance since the

    beginning of my program at IIT Kanpur, illustrated by the fact that I have done all my internships in related

    fields. Time spent in Munich strengthened my belief and I decided to pursue opportunities in Finance, both in campus and off-campus. But as there are a significant number of consulting companies which visit our campus, I decided to undertake a 5-month internship at KPMG, which provided me with a flavor of both the worlds in an international setting.



    General Prep.:

    Being an economics student, the options have been neatly narrowed down for you. One can apply in companies which are only open for all the students; hence Finance, Consulting and Analytics (as they are known at IITK) were the fields where I had to concentrate upon. I started preparing solely for finance, with Deutsche Bank and Capital One topping the charts on my list. Preparations were focused on preparing for the aptitude tests taken by most of the companies. Reference materials comprised of the CAT preparatory material and a few websites for puzzles. Apart from that, constant feedback and review of the CV was an ongoing process. Appearing for some mock tests arranged for by the SPO was indeed helpful.
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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 Interview Interview
    Round 1

    Test

    Test Sections
      Interview Experience
      I thought I had not done very well. They were looking for good performance in the Quant Section which had many questions on Probability and Statistics. I did not do well in this section. However, I was short-listed.
      Round 2

      Interview

      Interview Questions
        Interview Experience
        By the time my interview turn came for the interview, the interviewers were running out of time. They just had 10 minutes per person. (They had a flight from Lucknow!). As I entered, I was told to quickly tell about me, why finance and why not a PhD. He asked a question from the test paper. I think the interview lasted less than 10 minutes.
        Round 3

        Interview

        Interview Questions
          Interview Experience
          This round also lasted for about 10 minutes. This time it was more finance oriented. He asked some basic questions on Forwards, Futures and Options.
          Interview Tips
          Deutsche Bank did not select me. I thought it was mainly because of my test score. I was later told that it was because they thought I did not fit the profile well.
          Skills

          Skills Tested

            Skill Tips
            1. Make a good resume – bug your seniors.<br /> <br /> 2. Practice for aptitude tests – otherwise the one’s preparing for CAT have distinct advantage.<br /> <br /> 3. Improve communication skills – do lots of mock interviews and GDs.<br /> <br /> 4. Hope for the best and prepare for the worst – the scenario is bad – even the best can be in for a long placement season, and feeling bad about it will only make matters worse – it’s just your first job – in the long run of your career, these fluctuations won’t matter; what will matter is, how you handle these fluctuations.
            General Tips
            The Decision Making Process: Like most people at IITK, I was in a dilemma of what to do after my graduation. Broadly, I had two options in front of me – Core (PhD/Job) and Non-Core (MBA/Job). I had already had some research exposure. I had worked on some good research projects during my internships and also at IITK. Although I thought I was good at research, I wanted to explore working in a corporate environment as I had never done that before. Also, the life as a PhD and thereafter, seemed less action packed and less dynamic for me. Maybe I could do it at a later part in my life, but for now I decided to explore the Non-Core sector. I was looking for a company which would give me business exposure as well as an opportunity to learn and develop my skill set.Amongst the non-core sectors, Consultancy with its varied exposure seemed the best to me. I thought FMCG gave a wonderful leadership experience and was my second preference. Finance involved too much numbers and probability (something I’m not good at). But still it was my third preference (amongst the options available) as I am quite interested in the financial world. Analytics and then IT followed. Despite the heavy pay-package, the Oil sector did not attract me a lot. I did not prepare for it but still applied as we had very few good options this year.



            Experiences:



            1. In general, I would say that my preparation was good as 5th year had a lot of time.



            2. It’s fun to prepare, especially HR and giving and taking mock interviews.



            3. Shocks and Surprises – I was told that anything can happen during placements and it turned out to be true. The McKinsey shortlist came out in early October and I was not short-listed. I had not expected this at all and had even started practicing case studies long before. This left me really disappointed.



            4. Try to do things early, November gets really busy – End Sems, CAT, Revise everything (I was not able to revise Fluid Mechanics).



            5. Prepare for tests well, they matter a lot – if you score very well in the test (top few), the interview process would just check that you can talk, solve puzzles and you are interested (you will join). Besides, sometimes it is difficult to judge who is better by the interview process – the tests score matter then as they are the only objective score that they have (apart from CPI).



            6. Know Probability well – learn Probability and Statistics and maybe even Stochastic Processes if you have not done these courses and you want a job in Finance/Analytics.



            7. Don’t just prepare for consultancy / finance / FMCG – less than 10 people got placed in these companies. Prepare for other companies as well. Have a backup plan ready and do not lose hope, the scenario is bad – it’s not your fault – things will improve!
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            Deutsche bank analyst interview

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            AnonymousFresherSelected
            Application
            I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for ANALYST role at Deutsche bank
            Interview Process
            Resume Shortlist HR Interview Case Study Interview Puzzle Interview Group Discussion
            Round 1

            Resume Shortlist

            Interview Experience
            Firstly, studied the resumes of seniors who had a similar profile like me and had secured good jobs. Then, attended the Mckinsey resume writing workshop which also helped a lot. I had also looked up the Mckinsey website for tips on resume writing. After doing all the homework, drafted a resume on my own and passed it on to a trusted senior who suggested changes. After making changes, passed it on to at least 4-5 seniors who also suggested changes. So, finally, after getting it reviewed by several experienced persons, drafted the final version.Frankly, I attended very few (only 3) PPTs. Only those which I was serious about. I do admit that going to a PPT does give you a good idea of what the job is going to be like and will help you choose between two jobs. However, I also believe that missing a PPT does not actually blind you and you can easily ask people around you about the details of the PPT which actually gives you enough information for the time being.Resume shortlisting close to 80 people were shortlisted.First interview (25 minutes) close to 40 were shortlisted. Second interview (10-15 mins) 20 were recruited.
            Round 2

            HR Interview

            Interview Questions
              Interview Experience
              This was always going to be easy for me I presumed, and it actually was. Frankly, since I have good communication skills and PR skills, I only had to look up certain standard questions which my seniors sent me by email. However, eventually, the HR part I handled on the spot.
              Interview Tips
              First prepare your answers to certain questions which you think you will be asked. Then get your friend/senior to ask you those plus any other questions he thinks are relevant and take feedback from him after the session.
              Round 3

              Case Study Interview

              Interview Questions
                Interview Experience
                I looked up a lot of PDFs (available on institution servers), of which I would say the most useful was Kellogg_casepack2001_CASES. The others were also pretty good, like the Harvard one, but the best thing about the Kellogg casepack was the way they presented the solutions.
                Interview Tips
                The best way to do case studies is in pairs. Pick you partner, pick some case studies which each will ask the other on that day (say 3-4 per day or more). The person who is going to play the interviewer should read the case well and come prepared before presenting it to the interviewee.
                Round 4

                Puzzle Interview

                Interview Questions
                  Interview Experience
                  I only looked up puzzles at the end of the first day, after losing out on Mckinsey. Googled for a lot of puzzlesall night and prepared as much as I could.
                  Round 5

                  Group Discussion

                  Interview Experience
                  I was pretty good at that already. So, left it to myself.
                  Interview Tips
                  Obviously should be done in groups of 5-8.
                  Round 6

                  Interview Experience
                  I had to face two interviews. The first one was really the main interview where I was asked the following:About myself, About my music album, Mood Indigo and various extra currics. I was NOT AT ALL asked about my academics. One puzzle, which I solved. ? Why investment banking/finance? My interview was actually more of a conversation. We talked about music, dramatics, general stuff about life and only towards the very end he asked me a puzzle. He was mainly trying to evaluate my communication and PR skills which were my strongest points. At the end of the interview, he directly sent me to the second round (the others were told to wait and told after a while if they were going to the second round). So, this was a good indication that I was doing well. In the second round I met the CEO and the HR Manager who just asked me a couple of questions: What all companies I was shortlisted in and what are my preferences. About my music album. It was a very short interview. I was questioned only for 5 mins. The rest of the time he was explaining to me about the job and related issues. I would sum up my deutsche interview experience to be pretty easy and straightforward.
                  Interview Tips
                  Go through Puzzles. Should be a good speaker, they make you talk a lot, about anything and everything.
                  Skills

                  Skills Tested

                    Skill Tips
                    Dress well. It matters a lot. Especially for these big Ibanks and consults. Of course, what you do in the interview matters, but looking good will always add to the overall effect. Do not overlook this. It is better to wear a suit for the ibanks and consultancies. For the rest, formal shirt, tie would do.
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                    KPMG analyst interview

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                    AnonymousFresherSelected
                    Application
                    I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Analyst role at KPMG
                    Interview Process
                    Resume Shortlist Group Discussion Technical Interview HR Interview Other Interview
                    Round 1

                    Resume Shortlist

                    Interview Experience
                    There was no aptitude test, only resume screening, out of that 120 people were shortlisted.
                    Round 2

                    Group Discussion

                    Group Discussion Topic
                    100 days of NAMO headed in right direction or not.
                    Interview Experience
                    General topics were given. Everyone was praising NAMO so just to stand out, I decided to go against the motion and it worked. The main catch in the GD was each group had 8 members but time allotted for discussion was only 5 minutes so you might get only a few opportunities to speak so prepare solid concrete points so that you stand out from the others, lay them out effectively and you will clear the round easily. After GD 12 people were shortlisted for forensics
                    Interview Tips
                    Take the center seat if possible. If you start the discussion, do so with proper topic(it may seem stupid now but people do make mistakes in that as well). Don’t try and dominate from early stages of discussion. Give everyone a chance to speak(not at a cost of your own turn though). Your nature in the discussion(aggressive or a team player) should depend on the type of job description. At the end you should have stated one concrete point don’t just talk without any sense it does not help at all.
                    Round 3

                    Technical Interview

                    Interview Questions
                    • Question 1: what do you know about networking?
                    • Question 2: what do you know about virtualization?
                    • Question 3: what is cloud?(i assumed he meant cloud computing here)
                    • Question 4: Tell me about any one of your projects or internships?
                    • Question 5: How proficient are you with MS excel?
                    Interview Experience
                    There were no 'ice breaker' questions straightaway tech questions.
                    Interview Tips
                    Select one language you want to be perfect at, know the basics of others as well. I had selected C asmy language.In general I was preparing from the standard textbooks (Let us c,Test our C skills and others)Solve each and every problem in the book clear your concepts thoroughly. I preferred leaving the coding part for the later stages of my preparation as I had focused first on clearing my aptitude test and then on my interview(coding was required at the interview and not for aptitude test).
                    Round 4

                    HR Interview

                    Interview Questions
                    • Question 1: Tell me about your family background?
                    • Question 2: Given a choice between KPMG and a company X How likely is it that you will take up the job here?
                    • Question 3: Sell me this pen?
                    • Question 4: There is a lot of travelling involved are you comfortable with it?
                    • Question 5: This job will involve interacting with clients who might be very rude...how comfortable are you dealing with such people?
                    Interview Experience
                    The interview kept on shuffling between the Tech guy and the HR lady so that was a good sign.5 people were shortlisted after this round.
                    Round 5

                    Other Interview

                    Interview Questions
                    • Question 1: Tell me about your technical project in 1 minute?
                    • Question 2: why KPMG?
                    • Question 3: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
                    • Question 4: What is software licensing?
                    Interview Experience
                    Interview with the director. This was a telephonic interview since the director was unable to reach the campus.Most of the questions were repeated from the previous rounds.
                    Skills

                    Skills Tested

                    • Soft Skills
                    Skill Tips
                    It doesn't matter how good the product is you can't sell it. Your soft skills help you present yourself in front of the recruiters. This cannot be developed overnight, you need to have consistent practice for the GD and the interview. Some of the tips for Interviews: Never Say ‘NO’ or ‘I don’t know’ in an interview, say you don’t remember or are not clear on the concept a direct ‘NO’ places you on the defensive. NEVER LIE, this is an interview not our viva,the person sitting in front of you is much more experienced in spotting liars and much more smart then we are. Show some respect. Prepare the answers to standard questions Be prepared to be grilled on anything and everything on your resume so don’t give false facts in that.
                    Resources

                    Preparation materials

                    Books
                    • R.S. Agarwal,
                    General Tips
                    Your resume introduces you to the interviewer before you do it yourself so work hard onit.DO NOT copy some templates from the internet, design one for yourself. Avoid cluttering it withuseless facts. Design one for each profile accordingly.
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                    Nomura analyst interview

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                    AnonymousFresherSelected
                    Application
                    I was interviewed on-campus at BIT Mesra for ANALYST role at Nomura
                    Interview Process
                    Behavioural Interview
                    Round 1

                    Behavioural Interview

                    Interview Questions
                      Interview Experience
                      I am shedding some light on the Nomura Recruitment Process and what you should do to avail such an opportunity (apart from Posting here:D). Please bear with me as i am using the same format as i posted in some other site smile emoticon smile emoticon .1: What was the reaction when you first got selected and how did your parents react?Trisha : Well, considering that I already had a job, I was happy and satisfied, but not ecstatic altogether. My parents however, were very glad. My basic emotion at the moment was contentment.2. Can you describe the hiring process in brief?Trisha : The hiring process consisted of a written aptitude test, followed by three interviews, two technical and one HR. The written test consisted of a quantitative section, a verbal ability section, and a section on Logical Reasoning. The first technical interview comprised of puzzles, basic questions on finance, some problems on programming and some questions about internships. The HR round was fairly simple and predictable. The second technical interview primarily revolved around a slightly complex programming problem.3. Which was the toughest question and how did you answer it?Trisha : I was asked to write a code/algorithm for a chess game in the last interview, and not being a Computer Science or Information Technology student, I was initially a little reluctant in going ahead with the problem. However, I started simplifying the problem to a code for a single King and a single Pawn, concentrating on protecting the king from all directions. The interviewer too helped me along the way by giving certain hints and directions, and eventually, over the pleasant interaction which lasted about twenty minutes, we had before us a well written algorithm for the question.4. What according to you was the company looking for in candidates?Trisha : I think the primary thing they were looking for was smartness and strong analytical skills. They wanted people who, when faced with tricky and perplexing situations, can do better than giving up right away. They wanted street smart and confident people, who had the inherent ability to quickly and efficiently develop decent programming logic.5. What tips you can give which might help other freshers applying similar jobs?Trisha : I will suggest that future aspirants practice solving some mathematical puzzles before appearing for the interview. They should appear very confident and composed throughout the entire process.6. What was that one thing which you think might have helped you over others?Trisha : I believe my confidence might have worked in my favor the most. Moreover, I am usually very good with puzzles and analytical questions, which I think was apparent, and might have played a vital role in my selection.7.Working at Nomura is going to be very challenging. What are your expectations?Trisha : As far as I am concerned, I would get bored without challenges. Hence, I look forward to a very competitive yet healthy work culture at Nomura, that enables me to acquire sufficient domain knowledge in the field of analytics, business and finance.8.Given that you have two offers now (Nomura and Indian Oil) which company are you planning to join and why?Trisha : Though I am still consulting some seniors on the matter and have not made my final choice yet, still I think I will probably join Nomura. That is so because considering my future aim of doing an MBA in finance, I believe my work-experience in Nomura will give me an edge over IOCL during the time of admissions.
                      Interview Tips
                      Nomura and Indian Oil Corporation are two completely different companies with completely different profiles and still I being a chemical engineering graduate from BIT Mesra managed to land job offers from both of them. Nomura hires recent graduates from some of the top colleges like BIT Mesra, IITs, NITs etc. Nomura has a strong presence in India and offers a wide range of financial products and services. Nomura normally looks for analyst profiles in investment banking but from engineering colleges it’s usually for a technical profile either to create software to help other analyst make smarter trading decisions or testing profiles to improve upon already existing software. The starting salary for an analyst profile is around INR 8 LPA but within an year or two it quickly jumps to INR 13-15 LPA depending on the performance.
                      Skills

                      Skills Tested

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                        Deutsche bank analyst interview

                        9.6k views
                        AnonymousFresherNot Selected
                        Application
                        I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Analyst role at Deutsche bank
                        Interview Process
                        Resume Shortlist Test
                        Round 1

                        Resume Shortlist

                        Interview Experience
                        Since it is a Finance profile, it would help if you have any finance /economics/ MBA projects to write about. DB looks for a good CPI and decent projects or extra curriculars and interest in the finance sector. It also wouldn't hurt to mention your technical skills here.
                        Round 2

                        Test

                        Test Sections
                          Interview Experience
                          Since most of the finance work in India is back office (with all due respect to all those who have been placed in this sector), you have to be comfortable with numbers and calculations. The test is a typical CAT type paper mostly concentrating on quantitative analysis and data interpretation. There is also a bonus finance section for those who have knowledge on the subject.
                          Again practice cat type papers well and sit with a knowledgeable friend of yours to discuss topics in finance.
                          Interview Tips
                          The short listing for the interview is based on both the performance in the test and the resume. (More on the test)

                          I never got through any of those tests. people who prepared seriously for CAT breezed through the test and I was left to bite their dust. I didn't make it into any of the good (read well paying) jobs during on the first 4 days.

                          Realize when you are in a recession period, no job comes easy. Most of us who are not insanely intelligent like that one dude in your wing need to practice hard for the test to get through. In a recession/slack scenario core companies save the day. Don't neglect your core courses.
                          Skills

                          Skills Tested

                            General Tips
                            Internship: (attention third year people!)

                            When it comes to the placement interview, internships play pivotal role. There are rarely any interviews where the interviewee isn't drilled on their internships. So, please don‟t treat an internship as a paid vacation. Good work done during the internship gives one the confidence that can very well bowl the interviewer over (as it did in my case :D). Believe me confidence does much more than get you a job; it determines success and failure in mostundertakings. Internship gives you the first chance to build that up … use it! 





                            Pre Placement Talks:

                            Please attend the ppts of at least those companies which fall into your sector of interest. At ppts you get to see a lot more things than the boring presentations and the pay package. Most companies bring along with them alumni who have spent a few years in the company. Observing or interacting with them will give you a good assessment of what you are going to be a few years from now if you join that company. For example I observed that alumni of XYZ Company were not as upbeat and confident as alumni of ABC Company (names have been hidden on request ;) ) even if XYZ was paying plenty more than ABC. I knew then and there that I would want to join ABC and never applied to XYZ. Be sure to utilize them and be sure to clear all your doubts and conceptions. Once you start attending presentations you will observe junta asking questions just to score brownie points with the speaker. Believe me it won't help one bit in landing them a job!



                            Resumes:

                            Making an appealing resume is the single most important step in the placement process and IITK is notorious for its bad resumes, so attend workshops. Like most IITK junta I sucked at making a resume (and still do), but whatever little skill I have, I got through workshops. One workshop I would advise everyone to attend is the resume making workshop of McKinsey. Get your resumes checked and edited by those who have been through placement especially by those from other IITs (I know this will hurt a lot of egos, but IITB's resumes are some of the best. Those dudes have mastered the art of making an impact with whatever little they've got, while we excel at doing exactly the opposite :P). Prepare an impactful resume and don't submit the same resume to every company, make changes based on the profile.
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                            Snapdeal analyst interview

                            5.6k views
                            SAHIL .FresherSelected
                            Application
                            I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Roorkee for ANALYST role at Snapdeal
                            Interview Process
                            Test Group Discussion Puzzle Interview Guesstimate Interview HR Interview
                            Round 1

                            Test

                            Duration
                            20 Minutes
                            No. of Questions
                            50 questions
                            Test Sections
                            • Section 1: Aptitude Test
                            Interview Experience
                            It was a speed Test. Question including all the aptitude areas English, Calculations, Mental Ability etc.
                            Interview Tips
                            Be a human calculator, you shouldn't do calculations manually. Everything should be done in your mind.
                            Round 2

                            Group Discussion

                            Duration
                            10min. Minutes
                            Group Discussion Topic
                            Whether the new start-ups focus on quality or offers??
                            Interview Experience
                            It was GD of 20 students at a time so you can guess there was no time for everybody to speak their mind. But still in the end everyone was a given chance so that they can speak. I was given the chance to speak in the end and I utilized every bit of it. I used snapdeal (the company in which I was appearing) in the illustrations and some good management keywords which make my impression very good in-front of the Invigilator.
                            Interview Tips
                            You don't need to be mind blowing in English, all you need is the content. Don't speak in layman language, try you use some big words and always say all the good things for that company in illustrations. Try to avoid using competitor of the company.
                            Round 3

                            Puzzle Interview

                            Interview Questions
                            • Question 1: Cube with six colors how many different cubes can be obtained?
                            • Question 2: Mean median mode, why median is best
                            • Question 3: whether 899 is prime or not??
                            Round 4

                            Guesstimate Interview

                            Interview Questions
                            • Question 1: Guess the amount of water used in the college?
                            • Question 2: Calculate what single cut bookmyshow should charge from the customers depending on the various factor..... Ans. List the factors like movie of superstar, festival occasion etc.
                            Round 5

                            HR Interview

                            Interview Questions
                              Skills

                              Skills Tested

                              • Aptitude
                              • Puzzle solving
                              • SQL
                              • R language
                              General Tips
                              1. Dont take written test lightly. Prepare as much as you can.

                              2. Join any CAT preparation websites or coaching.

                              3. Prepare for GDs with groups other than yours regularly.
                              Motivation for applying
                              Big Package

                              Good profile, the one I was looking to enter into.

                              Had a great internship their, so kind of PPO
                              Funny Moments
                              How I was almost out of the process??  First they announced a cut off 41 out of 50 in their written test. About 259 students were shortlisted. Just before the GDs were to be held in the evening of Day 2, a notice appears that cut off has been revised and new cut off is 47. Only 58 students were there in the new shortlist. Imagine other 200 students, all suited with preparations done, were asked to leave the scene !! I was very serious about working in an e-commerce company. Guess what, I had 42 marks in the test.We were walking back to the hostel, clicked some pics thinking at-least wore the suit for first time and abusing the company blah blah blah.But then came the news just half an hour after that and Luckily some guys convinced the Snapdeal's Placement coordinator and yes we were back in the race, actually won the race :D
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                              Credit Suisse analyst interview

                              7.7k views
                              AnonymousFresherSelected
                              Application
                              I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for ANALYST role at Credit Suisse
                              Interview Process
                              Resume Shortlist Group Discussion HR Interview Technical Interview Other Interview
                              Round 1

                              Resume Shortlist

                              Interview Experience
                              They didn't had any aptitude test, only resume based short-listing.
                              Round 2

                              Group Discussion

                              Duration
                              10-15 Minutes
                              Group Discussion Topic
                              Capital Punishment (for or against the topic)
                              Interview Experience
                              There were 10-15 students. There was 3 mins thinking time and 10 minutes discussion time. After the discussion each student was asked to conclude the GD and express his/her viewpoint.
                              Interview Tips
                              1. Jot down your point during the three minutes. 
                              2. During the GD make sure that you express your opinion coherently. 
                              3. Also make short notes during the GD which will be helpful in concluding it. 
                              4. While concluding the GD, ensure that you cover all the points discussed during the GD (notes will be helpful here) and in the end express your own stand.
                              Round 3

                              HR Interview

                              Interview Questions
                              • Question 1: Why finance? Why not core? (they grilled me for 20 minutes)
                              • Question 2: There is a closed room with 3 bulbs and there are three switches outside. You can toggle any two switches once without looking inside the room and map the bulbs to their corresponding switches. (Since I had done this puzzle before I solved it easily.)
                              • Question 3: What is the crappiest thing on your resume?
                              • Question 4: Entertain us for two minutes without asking any questions. (I told them about some funny incidents on the campus)
                              • Question 5: Which IITian do you admire the most and why?
                              • Question 6: They then crushed an A4 sheet and asked me to sell it to them?
                              Interview Experience
                              It was a HR + Puzzle round. Panel was of Some junior management and the duration was of 30-40 minutes. By the end of this round, they were quite impressed and sent me for the second interview immediately.
                              Round 4

                              Technical Interview

                              Interview Questions
                              • Question 1: Tell me about the eurozone crisis?
                              • Question 2: What do you know about the Libor Scam?
                              • Question 3: What are derivatives?
                              • Question 4: Some simple questions on options.
                              Interview Experience
                              This round was based on Current Affairs and Finance and lasted for 20 minutes. And, I asked them a few questions about CS and job cutting etc. After this interview they had mentioned that they were quite positive on me and that I had to just interview with one more senior manager. This really boosted my confidence.
                              Round 5

                              Other Interview

                              Interview Questions
                              • Question 1: Why Finance? Why not join a casino? (I had mentioned that I find it challenging and stimulating)
                              • Question 2: Lots of questions on the fiscal cliff.
                              • Question 3: What in your opinion would be the repercussions if the fiscal cliff was not avoided, both in US and in the global economy. Will India be affected and why?
                              • Question 4: What is Prime Services?
                              • Question 5: What is QE? Why is it used?
                              Interview Experience
                              It was also based on finance and current affairs. Panel consisted of the Senior most employee who had come for recruitment. After this round I was informally offered the job.
                              Skills

                              Skills Tested

                              • Probability and Statistics
                              • Basic Finance
                              • Puzzles
                              • Newspaper and current affairs
                              • Major events in the financial world over the past 5-6 years
                              General Tips
                              1. Even when you are unable to answer questions, don’t get bogged down or disheartened remain calm. DB quite often takes stress interview. Just keep your cool and smile while answering questions. 

                              2. If you do not know any answer, there is no harm is admitting that.

                              3. Be confident. Know your resume inside out. 

                              4. Practice a few HR interviews before the actual one. 

                              5. Also, communication skills in English are very important.
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                              CapitalOne analyst interview

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                              Application
                              I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for Analyst role at CapitalOne
                              Interview Process
                              Resume Shortlist Test Case Study Interview HR Interview Case Study Interview
                              Round 1

                              Resume Shortlist

                              Interview Experience
                              First step involved writing down everything that I had accomplished in my tenure at IITB. Then, grading each point on the basis of accomplishment and innovation involved along with details in about 4-5 lines. Carefully went through 10 resumes from the previous year to get an idea of the prevailing format. Prepared a resume and got the feedback from 4- 5 people and then on the basis of the feedback finalized the resume. I attended the Pre-Placement talks of companies, I was interested in. It was a good exposure for understanding the skill sets and the values that companies were looking for in a candidate and the possible future paths in the organisation. The talks also helped in  increasing the overall awareness about the different companies  
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                              Round 2

                              Test

                              Test Sections
                                Interview Experience
                                a) Written DI based test with emphasis on interpreting graphs, calculating percentages etc. 100 people shortlisted. Candidates go through psychometric test
                                Interview Tips
                                Interview preparation was best done in groups of 2-3 at a time: One interviewer, one interviewee and one observer. Tests were best prepared for by referring to the CAT study material
                                Round 3

                                Case Study Interview

                                Interview Questions
                                  Interview Experience
                                  c) ~40 people selected after this stage d) 3-4 interviews &ndash;first case study , second HR , third and fourth case study. 3 people made final offers. a) First case study involved understanding the details of two marketing strategies. Then, comparing the effectiveness of the two in terms of revenue generated incase of limited budget and in case of specific no. of customers to be contacted. The final task involved calculating the point at which transition occurred in effectiveness for the two strategies for the two cases.
                                  Round 4

                                  HR Interview

                                  Interview Questions
                                    Interview Experience
                                    b) Second interview consisted of HR questions like a. Why capital one? b. Why not research? c. An instance of working under time and resource constraints? d. An instance of leadership. e. An instance of innovation and thought leadership.
                                    Round 5

                                    Case Study Interview

                                    Interview Questions
                                      Interview Experience
                                      c) Third interview was again a case study involving credit card strategies. The task involved calculating the effect of reduction in the credit limit or an increase in the rate of lending for high risk customers. In both the cases, it was required to calculate the % reduction in customers for the profit to remain same. Then a question was asked regarding which strategy I thought was better and how would I decide it? Note: Capital one case studies are simple mathematical case studies with a focus on understanding and calculations. These are different from the ones asked by consultancy companies like Mckinsey BCG etc. where the candidate is expected to ask the right questions before supplying any data. All the data for case studies in Capital one is provided at the start itself. If someone wants to appear for this company, what all should he/she ideally prepare? Someone preparing for Capital One should practice numerical case studies like the ones gives in Tucks Case study book 2002. They should also try the case studies available on the capital one website. Its important to prepare the HR based questions well because they might ultimately decide whether you are in or out. Another important advice is that you should think aloud while solving the case studies. It helps a lot in avoiding silly mistakes as well as in keeping the interviewer interested.
                                      Skills

                                      Skills Tested

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                                        Morgan Stanley analyst interview

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

                                        Test

                                        Test Sections
                                        • Section 1: quantitative and technical abilities.
                                        • Section 2: finding computational solutions to simulated situations
                                        Interview Experience
                                        The first round, quite naturally, was the aptitude round. We had to answer questions that were designed to test our quantitative and technical abilities. But this was only the first part. The second part involved finding computational solutions to simulated situations. These questions needed to be solved in a programming language we were asked to choose earlier, during the aforementioned first part. I chose to do it in Java as that is one language I am really thorough with. I understand that C/C++ are more important and versatile, but what matters here is your inherent understanding of the concepts involved
                                        Round 2

                                        Technical Interview

                                        Interview Questions
                                          Round 3

                                          Group Activity

                                          Interview Experience
                                          We had to build model buildings, using LEGO blocks. Other than the fact that I love building things from other smaller things, the supplied material took me back to my childhood days. We were divided into four groups. Two in each room, and each group consisted of 8-10 candidates. We were given a time limit within which we had to design and construct a building. As a surprise, after half time, they asked the two groups in each room to merge their projects. This probably was to see if the candidates were pro-active team players, and could handle unexpected situations like professionals.
                                          Round 4

                                          Technical Interview

                                          Interview Questions
                                          • Question 1: asked about my projects – the technical aspects, scope, etc
                                          • Question 2: Databases and Mysql – queries, types of keys, joins, etc
                                          • Question 3: fundamentals of Operating Systems – threads/processes, scheduling algorithms, memory/storage, etc
                                          • Question 4: Data Structures and Files, so – sorting/searching algorithms, their complexities, files, other data structures, etc.
                                          Interview Experience
                                          There was another technical interview after the group activity. I was interviewed by two of their officers, who again asked questions similar to those from the first technical round.  It went quite well, since I was quite confident about the way I was solving the problems they gave me. Thinking out loud is key, as that lets them in your problem-solving abilities. That way, they let you know if you are headed in the right direction. My interviewers were quite pleasant, as they liked discussing possible scenarios to the problems they gave me.
                                          Round 5

                                          HR Interview

                                          Interview Questions
                                            Interview Experience
                                            there was an HR round, where the woman interviewed me about my projects. She needed to know if I had the guts to finish whatever it is that I started. So she asked more on the lines on my role in the projects I had undertaken in the previous years. She also asked me about my working experience from before. That too went well. It was pretty much a standard HR interview – projects, hobbies, traits, etc.
                                            Round 6

                                            fitness roound

                                            Interview Experience
                                            There was another round in the end, which was to test the candidate’s professional fitness – if they indeed are the right people for the job. I found it to be a blend of technical and HR interviews, more on the lines of HR though. All in all, it was a brilliant experience
                                            Skills

                                            Skills Tested

                                              General Tips
                                              To my juniors, study hard, be sincere, be yourself, be smart (preferably in that order, but you are free to improvise!)
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