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ITC Get ( graduate engineer trainee ) interview

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Rishav ChandFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at NIT Rourkela for Get ( graduate engineer trainee ) role at ITC
Interview Process
Test Group Discussion HR Interview Technical Interview Behavioural Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
60 Minutes
No. of Questions
45 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Quantitative Ability
  • Section 2: Logical Reasoning
  • Section 3: Verbal Ability (English)
Interview Experience
The first round was a pen and paper-based test. There were no specific problems that bothered me in the written test. I found the questions to be fairly decent and somewhat challenging. The questions in the 'quantitative ability' section were a bit on the tougher side, while the 'logical reasoning' and 'verbal ability' questions were quite easy. However, some questions were phrased slightly ambiguously and led to some confusion during the test.
Interview Tips
For getting through the written aptitude tests, be sure to practice a lot of questions of different kinds and within a certain time limit. The earlier you start, the better it is. Calculation speeds matter a lot in this regard. Personally, I had just solved 15-20 questions in total, each question of a different kind, before the written test. You need to assess your specific strengths and strike the right balance between speed and accuracy.
Round 2

Group Discussion

Duration
20 Minutes
Interview Experience
I didn't resort to any elaborate preparation to get through the GD round. To start off, I was a bit nervous about this particular round. So, I focused on speaking at least twice during the GD round and concentrated on accumulating the views of other people and then putting forth my opinion. I avoided getting into a direct conflict with any of my group members and tried putting my point across while maintaining the harmony of the group. In the end, a majority of my group got selected for the subsequent rounds.
Interview Tips
For the GD rounds, try to be in touch with day-to-day matters and have a basic idea about how different topics are shaping up all around the world. Focus on making valid and reasonable points in the GD and don't just blabber for the sake of speaking. Try to be a part of the group and the solution making process. The groups that have better understanding and consistency in the GD rounds are more likely to experience less eliminations.
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Experience
The third and fourth rounds were personal interviews (PI) and both were elimination rounds. These rounds consisted of both technical and HR questions. For the HR questions, I ploughed ITC's official website and gathered information related to the work that they do and determined how my interests and abilities best suited their purpose. I focused on giving clear answers and avoided inconsistencies and confusions. The HR questions were quite straightforward and the interviewers were very friendly. I was asked about my hobbies and the co-curricular and extra-curricular activities that I was involved in. They also sought to know if I had been involved in any leadership positions before and how I had managed my team. Lastly, they wanted to know my motivation behind applying for the company and asked me what role I wanted to take up if I was selected for the job.
Interview Tips
For the HR interview, try to have a clear idea as to why you are applying for the given company and avoid inconsistencies in your statements. Make a rough sketch about the person you are, including your strengths and weaknesses and be presentable. In fewer words, stay simple and know yourself.
Round 4

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
The third and fourth rounds were personal interviews (PI) and both were elimination rounds. These rounds consisted of both technical and HR questions. For countering the technical questions, I went through the major subjects and focused on the concepts that were most likely to be asked in an interview. I had done two summer research internships in my second year and third year (one in IIT Kharagpur and another in IIT-BHU). So, I went through the details of the work that I had done during those two internships and prepared myself for possible questions in that regard. I did a similar kind of preparation regarding the projects that I had been a part of within the institute. I was asked very detailed questions related to my internships and my other project works. They wanted to determine whether I was aware of the practical applications and the minute details of the projects that I had worked on. Apart from that, I was asked numerous technical questions related to 'Mass Transfer', 'Heat Transfer', 'Thermodynamics', 'Nanotechnology', etc. Overall, the technical interviews were quite extensive and rigorous.
Interview Tips
Emphasize on conceptual clarity and applications rather than memorizing definitions or formulae. Go through the topics you have worked on during your internships and institute-level projects and have a thorough idea about the theory behind them and their importance and applicability on an industrial scale. Also, try to identify the core subjects that you are strong in and prepare accordingly, because they may ask you to select a subject of your choice and you would be asked the majority of questions from that part.
Round 5

Behavioural Interview

Interview Experience
This was the fifth and the final round of the overall process and consisted of a 'Skype' interview with two Chief Technical Officers (CTOs) of ITC-PCPB. This was a 15-20 minutes long affair and was basically a 'fit interview'. However, this also turned out to be an elimination round and only two out of four candidates were eventually selected. I was asked a variety of questions related to my daily life and the points that I had mentioned in my CV. I was also asked what my expectations were if I was selected for the job and where I see myself 4-5 years down the line after I join the company. Their reactions didn't seem very assuring or pleasing and I was quite apprehensive; however, things eventually went my way!
Interview Tips
Be confident and know how to defend yourself without being aggressive or rude. You will be put under stress during the interview and the interviewers would try to get under your skin and seem to disagree with you on many points. Therefore, try to stay calm and stick to your point regardless of their disagreements. However, take care not to be rude or go overboard with your body language. Basically, your stress-handling capacity and your response under such situations are evaluated.
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Behavioural Skills
  • Clarity Of Concepts
  • Ability To Work In A Team
  • Leadership Skills
  • Knowledge Of Projects Undertaken
  • Internship Experience
  • Knowledge Gained Through Recent Research Project
  • Ability To Cope Up With Stress
  • Technical Understanding
  • Clarity In Arguments
  • Verbal Communication Skills
  • Group Discussion Skills
  • Verbal Ability
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Aptitude
Skill Tips
Think clearly and present your views confidently and efficiently. Improve your communication skills and your technical knowledge, because the latter matters a lot. Lastly, try to convince the interviewers about your leadership skills and your ability to manage a team, while being under stress. In a nutshell, have a very clear idea about what you are getting into and try to show your best side and highlight your strengths.
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • Mass Transfer - BK Dutta,
  • Smith And Van Ness Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics,
  • Unit Operations Of Chemical Engineering - McCabe And Smith,
  • Verbal And Non-Verbal Reasoning By R.S. Agarwal,
  • Quantitative Aptitude By R.S Agarwal,
General Tips
Assess yourself and determine which sector your abilities are best suited for and what kind of a job you would be interested in and satisfied with. Thereafter, try to gather as much information as possible about the sector that you would be opting for, including the job profiles and growth opportunities that are available. On the day of company visit, dress up crisply and look smart. Also, try to maintain a smiling face throughout and look energetic; no interviewer wants to see drooping shoulders and slacking expressions.
Motivation for applying
ITC is a pretty well-known brand and has been in existence for over a century now. Moreover, it's a core company and fits well with my interests. I am interested in doing research in an industrial environment and I am hopeful of getting a chance to work in the R&D division of the company in the future. To top it off, the compensation is pretty good too! Hence, ITC seemed to be the perfect option for me.
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ITC Aut - assistant under training interview

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Suraj GullapalliFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Aut - assistant under training role at ITC
Interview Process
Group Discussion Interview Interview
Round 1

Group Discussion

Interview Experience
"One really good thing about ITC is the new system of shortlisting students from GD for interviews. It is not just your performance in the GD that matters but also your resume. Each section in your resume/ITC form (namely Academics, Co-curricular activities, Cultural activities, Sports, Positions of Responsibilities, Projects and Internships are given points. So, fill your ITC form as if it were your final resume itself including all the activities you were involved in.Although the GD carries more weight than each of these sections, a decent performance in GD should take you through if you have been decently active in your Institute life. That said, it doesn't mean you can simply ignore the GDs. This is just like a back-up in case it isn't your best day in the GD.This makes sure that people who have been active throughout their years in the Institute are given a fair chance to get to the Interviews."
Round 2

Interview

Interview Experience
"There were 5 panels in all. Some panels tested people on basic Mechanical Engineering principles. Some of them include Fluid Mechanics, IC Engines, Heat Transfer, Strength of Materials and Thermodynamics.Some panels chose to test people on the projects they did. I was tested on my Internships and DDP. So, be absolutely clear about all the course projects, Internships and your BTP/DDP that you mention in your form. You'll be told to explain the theory and application of your projects and more importantly your impact on the project. For this, be ready with numbers like improvement in efficiency or reduction in errors etc.Every panel has a HR person also in it. So, you will be asked some HR questions in between technical questions. You can expect questions like ""Why ITC?"", ""What are your strengths/weaknesses?"", ""Are you fine working with a tobacco company?"", ""How can you as a person add value to ITC?"""
Round 3

Interview

Interview Experience
For me, this round was more like a chat. Some of the questions were ""Are you against smoking or manufacturing of cigarettes?"", ""Family background?"", ""Where do you see yourself in 5 years? How will ITC help you reach there?""
What I could make out of the 2 rounds is that they majorly want to ensure 3 things:
1) You are willing to work in a factory environment on the shop floor (and if required also in a tobacco plant)
2) You are willing to work in teams and will be comfortable in doing so without much hassle.
3) You are reasonably good in your core subjects. And that you are not having any major/obvious thoughts of going for higher studies.
Interview Tips
If you are genuinely interested in joining the company, a good knowledge about content in your resume, clarity in basic mechanical engineering topics and confidence should get you through.
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Air conditioning
  • Refrigeration
  • Strength of Materials
  • Thermal Power Plant Engineering
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery
  • IC Engines
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Materials & Design
  • Design of Machine Elements
  • Thermodynamics
Skill Tips
Revised basics of all core subjects over November.Prepared answers to important HR questions. (You can refer to 64 HR questions in LAN). Wrote a write up about each of the Projects/Internships and PoRs mentioned in the resume. Having a write-up which can last 5 minutes in speech about each of the points in resume helps a lot.<br /> In a way, I started core preparation in August itself. The method of revising each subject per week turned out to be very good. This way, the final revision in November became an easy task. It's better to start in August and do it slowly than rush it all in November. This way, if you have any other companies like Analytics, Finance or Consulting, you can take out time in November specifically for them. (without getting highly loaded with core subjects)<br /> Additionally I revised some of the courses that were a part of my 4th year dual degree curriculum. Some of them included Finite Element Analysis, Principles of Product Design/Design Synthesis.I followed Incropera for Heat Transfer. Used slides given by Dr.Amitava Ghosh and notes from juniors for revising ManTech.<br /> Used notes for IC engines, Thermal power plant engineering and slides given by Dr. Parag Ravindran for<br /> Materials & Design. For the others, I followed material provided by the placement team which was actually very helpful.
General Tips
"I think the following things helped me:

1) All my Interns were in core field. So, they were convinced that I wanted a job in Mechanical engineering field itself.

2) My PoRs, Extra- Curricular activities helped in convincing them that I'm an active person in life in general and that I'm experienced in working in different kinds of teams.

3) My specialization being Product Design, I spoke about the whole procedure involved in designing a product starting from the most basic of stages (like taking consumer survey, finalizing mission statement etc.) to final stages like launching and marketing it. As some of the divisions of ITC launch products on a regular basis, my profile seemed relevant to them.

4) I was told that I was almost through when my technical round went well. The HR round was just to ensure a few minor things. So, the first round is very crucial in getting one in."Being an FMCG company, they don't really look for any specific core electives. It is said that OR can help but you have to be really good at it if you want to project yourself as a person who can fit in for the Supply Chain Management profile.

"The first and one of the most important things was to make the resume. I must say that when my seniors tried to explain me the importance of resume, I could never completely appreciate the suggestion. But, it is during the resume submission that I realized that it is the only thing that represents you to the company HR before they physically come to campus for recruitment. They won't understand the efforts that you might have put in throughout your campus life unless you present all of it to them in a exhaustive yet concise manner. So, start making your resumes by July at least. Send them to seniors and take inputs. It will take a lot of iterations before your resume is ready for submission. Don't be complacent and feel at any point of time before October that your resume is ready. There is always a lot of scope for improvement and keep doing so till the date of submission.I spent the first 2 months (August&September) preparing for CAT (to be strong in Quant and Verbal) and had started revising some basic core subjects. This core part wasn't in a full fledged way. Probably revised a subject or two in each week to slowly enter into placement mode. Somewhere in the beginning of October, I also started looking into some HR questions. Answers to these questions don't come so easily. It takes some thinking (sometimes even days) before the final answer takes shape. So, just feed in some important HR questions in your mind and think about them whenever free and jot down anything that seems relevant.I spent November preparing for Core and Consulting companies. With answers ready to some of the HR questions, I guess 1 month of dedicated preparation was pretty good."

"I prepared for Consulting companies. Preparation mainly involves reading and getting used to the format of case studies. For case studies, you can refer to books like ""Ace your case"", ""Case in point"" or any of the casebooks of Business schools. (Like Kellogg, Columbia business school, Wharton etc.). You can find many of them in LAN. Once, you get used to the format, you can form groups of 3 and practice cases in the form of mock interviews. (where each person plays the role of interviewer, interviewee and an observer to give feedback to both and exchange roles)HR questions too are very important in Consult interviews. Follow the book 64 HR questions. It should cover almost all the standard interview questions."
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ITC Aut - assistant under training interview

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Suraj GullpalliFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Aut - assistant under training role at ITC
Interview Process
Group Discussion Group Activity HR Interview Technical Interview
Round 1

Group Discussion

Interview Experience
Yes.
Round 2

Group Activity

Interview Experience
"One really good thing about ITC is the new system of shortlisting students from GD for interviews. It is not just your performance in the GD that matters but also your resume. Each section in your resume/ITC form (namely Academics, Co-curricular activities, Cultural activities,
Sports, Positions of Responsibilities, Projects and Internships are given points. So, fill your ITC form as if it were your final resume itself including all the activities you were involved in. Although the GD carries more weight than each of these sections, a decent performance in GD should take you through if you have been decently active in your Institute life. That said, it doesn't mean you can simply ignore the GDs. This is just like a back-up in case it isn't your best day in the GD. This makes sure that people who have been active throughout their years in the Institute are given a fair chance to get to the Interviews."
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Experience
1. "For me, this round was more like a chat. Some of the questions were ""Are you against smoking or manufacturing of cigarettes?"", ""Family background?"", ""Where do you see yourself in 5 years? How will ITC help you reach there?""
2. What I could make out of the 2 rounds is that they majorly want to ensure 3 things:
3. 1) You are willing to work in a factory environment on the shop floor. (and if required also in a tobacco plant)
4. 2) You are willing to work in teams and will be comfortable in doing so without much hassle.
5. 3) You are reasonably good in your core subjects. And that you are not having any major/obvious thoughts of going for higher studies.
6. If you are genuinely interested in joining the company, a good knowledge about content in your resume, clarity in basic mechanical engineering topics and confidence should get you through."location preference
7. plan of higher studies
Interview Tips
1) Revised basics of all core subjects over November.
2) Prepared answers to important HR questions. (You can refer to 64 HR questions in LAN)
3) Wrote a write up about each of the Projects/Internships and PoRs mentioned in the resume.
Having a write-up which can last 5 minutes in speech about each of the points in resume helps a lot.
Round 4

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
"There were 5 panels in all.

Some panels tested people on basic Mechanical Engineering principles. Some of them include Fluid Mechanics, IC Engines, Heat Transfer, Strength of Materials and Thermodynamics. Some panels chose to test people on the projects they did. I was tested on my Internships and
DDP. So, be absolutely clear about all the course projects, Internships and your BTP/DDP that you mention in your form. You'll be told to explain the theory and application of your projects and more importantly your impact on the project. For this, be ready with numbers like
improvement in efficiency or reduction in errors etc. Every panel has a HR person also in it. So, you will be asked some HR questions in between technical questions. You can expect questions like ""Why ITC?"", ""What are your strengths/weaknesses?"", ""Are you fine working with a tobacco company?"", ""How can you as a person add value to ITC?"""
Skills

Skills Tested

    Skill Tips
    All the core subjects that were taught till 3rd year:<br /> Thermodynamics, Strength of Materials, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Materials & Design, Manufacturing Technology, Design of Machine Elements, IC Engines, Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Thermal Power Plant Engineering<br /> Additionally I revised some of the courses that were a part of my 4th year dual degree curriculum. Some of them included Finite Element Analysis, Principles of Product Design/Design Synthesis. I followed Incropera for Heat Transfer. Used slides given by Dr.Amitava Ghosh and notes from juniors for revising ManTech. Used notes for IC engines, Thermal power plant engineering and slides given by Dr. Parag Ravindran for Materials & Design. For the others, I followed material provided by the placement team which was actually very helpful."
    General Tips
    "The first and one of the most important things was to make the resume. I must say that when my seniors tried to explain me the importance of resume, I could never completely appreciate the suggestion. But, it is during the resume submission that I realized that it is the only thing that represents you to the company HR before they physically come to campus for recruitment.

    They won't understand the efforts that you might have put in throughout your campus life unless you present all of it to them in a exhaustive yet concise manner. So, start making your resumes by July at least. Send them to seniors and take inputs. It will take a lot of iterations before your resume is ready for submission. Don't be complacent and feel at any point of time before October that your resume is ready. There is always a lot of scope for improvement and so keep doing so till the date of submission. I spent the first 2 months (August&September) preparing for CAT (to be strong in Quant and Verbal) and had started revising some basic core subjects. This core part wasn't in a full fledged way. Probably revised a subject or two in each week to slowly enter into placement mode. Somewhere in the beginning of October, I also started looking into some HR questions. Answers to these questions don't come so easily. It takes some thinking (sometimes even days) before the final answer takes shape. So, just feed in some important HR questions in your mind and think about them whenever free and jot down anything that seems relevant. I spent November preparing for Core and Consulting companies. With answers ready to some of the HR questions, I guess 1 month of dedicated preparation was pretty good."



    In a way, I started core preparation in August itself. The method of revising each subject per week turned out to be very good. This way, the final revision in November became an easy task. It's better to start in August and do it slowly than rush it all in November. This way, if you have any other companies like Analytics, Finance or Consulting, you can take out time in November

    specifically for them. (without getting highly loaded with core subjects)



    I prepared for Consulting companies. Preparation mainly involves reading and getting used to the format of case studies. For case studies, you can refer to books like ""Ace your case"", ""Case in point"" or any of the casebooks of Business schools. (Like Kellogg, Columbia business school, Wharton etc.). You can find many of them in LAN. Once, you get used to the format, you

    can form groups of 3 and practise cases in the form of mock interviews. (where each person plays the role of interviewer, interviewee and an observer to give feedback to both and exchange roles). HR questions too are very important in Consult interviews. Follow the book 64 HR questions. It should cover almost all the standard interview questions.
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    ITC Aut - assistant under training interview

    13.7k views
    Aman JainFresherSelected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Aut - assistant under training role at ITC
    Interview Process
    Resume Shortlist Group Discussion Interview Interview
    Round 1

    Resume Shortlist

    Interview Experience
    The application procedure of ITC requires you to submit the resume and fill their form. The form contains various question on your projects, attitude, extra-curricular activities etc. Fill the form honestly because this form will be the base of your interview

    Making resume is very important step for placement preparation and hence take it very seriously. In summers I started building my resume. I used all the resources available on the student placement office IITK website along with help from seniors and my wing mates, to prepare a one page resume to fit for ITC profile. It took almost one month for me to get the final version of resume through which I can apply for the company.Form : It includes few question related to your grades, projects/internship, Position of responsibilities(POR), extracurricular activities and 2 or 3 HR based questions, Details are as follow:
    Few personal details specifically Semester wise SPI, GRE score etc.
    Details of internship/projects, extracurricular activities, PORs etc.
    Your short terms and long term objectives
    Why do u want to work with ITC
    What do you think is your most significant achievement
    Give an instance where you put Mind Over Matter
    Your social engagement
    Interview Tips
    Be honest and creative while making resume
    Round 2

    Group Discussion

    Group Discussion Topic
    Case study: Your plane has crashed in rain forest now you all want to come out of the rain forest. There are 5 person (Doctor, Pilot, Businessman, Scout, hunter) whom you will choose for the responsibility to lead the group
    Interview Experience
    ITC GD is based on a given case where you have to prioritize the given set of things. One GD group consist of 8 students and approximately 25 min time duration. There are 3 person to judge a single GD and hence its almost a fare GD.
    Interview Tips
    Please follow all the general rules of GD that is : Don’t shout, don’t be aggressive etc.
    Round 3

    Interview

    Interview Experience
    Before the interview I was very nervous and It was a sleepless night. And it was my first professional interview and it went very smooth. During internship I was failed to clear GD rounds for ITC and HUL and then I decided not to apply in any other companies .Hence this interview was very first interview for me.ITC interview was scheduled on 1st December from 6 am to 11 am . My interview started with a question “Tell me something about yourself” I started with my school life and then gradually moved towards IITK life and here I described about My most significant achievement of IITK i.e. “TEAM ABUS-DCS” with the help of designs I carried in my file and there after the rest of the interview was based on TEAM ABUS-DCS projects. No extra technical question were asked to me. Some of my friends who were selected for ITC interview told me that they were grilled over Technical question based on pumps, Thermodynamics cycles etc.

    Topics generally asked in the ITC interview: - Pumps, cooling towers, Thermodynamics(TD) cycles, TD laws, desert coolers, Refrigeration cycle, Valves, Mixers, Process control scheme, ,Distillation columns, VLE, Derivation of Navier stokes equation, Bernoulli equation etc.  I used my notes and Wikipedia to revise all these topics.
    Interview Tips
    Do’s and Don’ts:

    Do’s :

    Make your priority very clear
    Make a general time timeline for your placement preparation to keep track of your time
    Prepare for the placement with a positive hope but at the same time you have to be realistic
    Make a group in wing or outside wing, it will help you to make your placement preparation easy and interesting
    Take healthy food and keep yourself healthy

    Don’t’s :
    Don’t underestimate your self
    Don’t prepare alone otherwise soon you will be bored/tired of preparation
    Round 4

    Interview

    Interview Experience
    My HR interview too was started with a question “Tell me something about yourself” and there were few questions about my family, school life, hobbies, and major portion of interview was focused on TEAM ABUS-DCS  
    Here question were based on both types i.e. HR and technical. I answered few of the HR questions in Hindi and this is the point where I become friendly with the interviewer and then a general conversation started about my projects and family. I was lucky to have such a smooth experience , The day was not at all hectic for me.  The only time between my interview and declaration of final results was the most tensed time for me.
    Interview Tips
    Be honest and cool
    Round 5

    Skills

    Skills Tested

    • Technical skills
    • Communications skills
    • Management skills
    • Frankness
    Skill Tips
    These skills can not be developed in just a day, Be sincere throughout your academic duration and do your assignments regularly to improve technical skills. Try to get involved in some management activities as well. <br /> Follow the books which your professor recommends you while doing a course work, For final revision follow your class notes. Along with my notes I also used wikipedia for the revision.<br /> If any of your topic is too weak, Then follow the corresponding NPTEL lectures on youtube
    Resources

    Preparation materials

    Videos
    • https://www.youtube.com/user/nptelhrd,
    Motivation for applying
    ITC is one of the leading Indian company in FMCG sector which constantly endeavours to benchmark its products, services and processes to global standards and thus best suitable for the job

    ITC's Core Values are aimed at developing a customer-focused, high-performance organization, which creates value for all its stakeholders.

    Wide business insight. ITC being a conglomerate, gives an exposure of diverse functions like supply chain, marketing etc.
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    ITC Graduate trainee interview

    13.2k views
    Raaz DwivediFresherSelected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for Graduate trainee role at ITC
    Interview Process
    Resume Shortlist Group Discussion HR Interview
    Round 1

    Resume Shortlist

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

    Group Discussion

    Interview Experience
    I sat for only one GD that was for ITC. I did not prepare at all for it andrelied mostly on my speaking cum shouting skills that I developed over theyears, thanks to my fundae sessions and most importantly TAship sessions. Ienjoyed the GD which was a problem statement on a guy's death with a briefdescription of the circumstances, and was asked to discuss who was guilty forthe guy's death. I enjoyed the discussion, and found the problem pretty exciting, but only to find out later that it was a routine problem for GDs.
    Interview Tips
    My agenda was simple for the GD - I took it as yet another discussion session.Hearing others opinions and pointing out mine. Occasionally I also asked thequite ones to share their views. There are often several tricks that seniorstell the juniors - start early, take the lead, try to summarize, take everyonealong etc etc. I like to put it this way - Don't speak non-sense, do speak somesense, let others speak, try to distinguish the sense and the non-sense fromothers views, and encourage the quite ones to speak a bit in order to have asensible and wholesome group discussion. If you think you can lead, then lead.If you think you might want others opinions to kick start your thought process,then wait for some points from others. So basically do what seems sensible to you, but do something!
    Round 3

    HR Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Why ITC?
    • Question 2: What if I am sent to Nepal?
    • Question 3: Other shortlists vs ITC? Package and related questions.
    • Question 4: Did I gather info about ITC from seniors?
    • Question 5: AIR 10?
    • Question 6: My motivation to stay at ITC?
    • Question 7: Can I follow people?
    • Question 8: Can I lead people?
    • Question 9: Do I give up easily?
    • Question 10: Can I do mundane and routine and not so interesting work?
    • Question 11: Can I listen to foolish bosses?
    • Question 12: How will I fit into ITC?
    • Question 13: Why not PhD?
    • Question 14: Why not US?
    • Question 15: Experience at Stanford?
    • Question 16: Why not Professor?
    • Question 17: Civil Services?
    Interview Tips
    Before I forget, usually at the end of interviews, the interviewers ask you if you have some questions about them, be prepared with some questions which can be like - what do you usually look for in a good candidate, what is the work culture at the company, the career path of the individual in the company or otherwise etc etc. You can google things, or you can be innovative. Innovationmight pay off very well or it may just kill your chances. But that's life -more risk, more reward.Andanother point, some of your interviews might be telephonic - in such cases,many more factors come into picture which might spoil the mood of theinterview ( I would let you to think about the possible glitches that you mighthave because of this technological advancement). But as usual, I would advice you to keep calm and just give your best.
    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 - visitwebsites, read blogs, attend presentations and various related sessions, ask seniorswho have been placed, talk to anyone who you think can provide some help. Thesepractices 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, askaround and workhard.With that beingsaid, I would like to say that placement is not simply about merit -independent ofwhether you appreciate this fact or not. Various companies valuecompatibility over the merit of thestudent (which is quite logical thingto do!) and sometimes you may under-qualify and sometimesover-qualify on thosestandards - and rarely will you be just at an optimal level. Consequently,manyresults(in fact most, to be even more precise all except one) will not goin your favour - either accept them or challenge them (if you think you havebeendenied of something that you truly deserve) but never lose your heart- this is simply a welcomesong to the real world. In the long run, thisshort and (most likely a difficult and) tough experiencewill prove to beone of the most memorable and a great learning experience.In a nut shell"Keep Calm and Give your Best! - Karm karte raho, fal ki chinta mat karo."
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      ITC Aut - assistant under training interview

      12.9k views
      Vijay PrasadFresherSelected
      Application
      I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Aut - assistant under training role at ITC
      Interview Process
      Resume Shortlist Group Discussion Technical Interview HR Interview
      Round 1

      Resume Shortlist

      Interview Experience
      You are shortlisted based on your application & resume. I feel more importance is given to the application. You are asked to list out and briefly explain your internships, projects, extra/co-curricular activities and any Positions of responsibilities you have held. You also have to give in a couple of short essays highlighting your short and long term objectives, achievements and an instance where you applied your mind over matter.
      Interview Tips
      You are rated on five different aspects - CGPA, Internships, Projects, Extra/Co-curricular activities and PORs. Be sure to bring out your strengths in a clear and concise manner.
      Round 2

      Group Discussion

      Duration
      30 min Minutes
      Group Discussion Topic
      Case Study - Best source of energy for a hypothetical region
      Interview Experience
      The GD happened in groups of six and was for 30 minutes which included the five minutes of prep time. We were presented with five different energy sources available in a hypothetical region. The objective was to come up with a consensus the best alternative to solve the energy crisis in the region.
      We came up with a couple of key parameters and  rated each of the projects based on those. We weren't able to reach a conclusion.
      Interview Tips
      The moderator looks for a structure in your analysis and the manner in which you present it to the team. It'll be great if everyone agrees with your point which reflects your natural leadership skills. Your body language counts a lot. Stay attentive and look engaged and passionate about the discussion. You get points for starting a GD but do so only if you have a good point in mind. Never put any disagreement to a vote - try reaching a consensus.
      Round 3

      Technical Interview

      Interview Questions
      • Question 1: Tell us about yourself .
      • Question 2: This project (Internship) looks interesting! Tell us more about it.
      • Question 3: Explain the algo (From another project) you had used to solve this problem.
      • Question 4: Do you feel this product (Something I developed in my internship) has any practical application?
      • Question 5: How did you model the bubble dynamics in this project?
      • Question 6: Tell us about a conflict you have had and how did you manage it?
      • Question 7: What do you hate doing?
      Interview Experience
      The first round went on for about 45 minutes. The first few questions were a set of typical HR introductory questions. Next the questions were primarily about my interships and projects. I found this round pretty fast paced and rapid. They would randomly pick something from my resume (So be through with everything on your resume!) and would ask me to briefly explain it. Then there were tons of follow up questions, for example, why did you use this pump, why did you limit your model to these inputs etc. There were also a few HR questions which were behavioral in nature - wherein you would be asked to give an instance from your life that illustrated a competency like people skills conflict resolution etc.
      Interview Tips
      Make sure you are able to speak constructively about every line in your resume. Have a clear understanding of every project/internship. Revise all your courses from a practical standpoint. I would highly recommend going through the Lab experiments and their respective chapters in McCabe & Smith.
      Round 4

      HR Interview

      Interview Questions
      • Question 1: Walk us through your resume
      • Question 2: You have been brought up in Metros. How will you manage in rural areas?
      • Question 3: Whats your favorite subject?
      • Question 4: Why ITC?
      Interview Experience
      The second interview was reasonably laid back and chilled out. I was interviewed by the CEO and MDs of the ITC Printing and Packaging division. The interview went on for about 20 minutes and was HR based.
      Interview Tips
      Interviews are nothing but a story telling competition. Pick a unifying theme and prepare a story for yourself. This should come out in the first two/three minutes of the interview. Make sure you have a rationale behind having done everything you have put in your resume. The interviewers look at your resume in its totality and not as bunch of independent spikes.

      DO NOT mug up answers to standard HR questions. You'll sound unnatural and fake and won't strike a chord with the interviewer. Have a set of bullet points ready and go over them in a way you would, when you meet someone on a train.
      Skills

      Skills Tested

      • Technical Knowlegde
      • Communication
      • Confidence and ability to deal with stress
      • Leadership skills
      • Taking initiatives
      • Ability to deliver on a project
      • Team skills
      • innovating
      Resources

      Preparation materials

      Books
      • Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering - McCabe and Smith,
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      ITC Aut - assistant under training interview

      12.8k views
      Vivek MurarkaFresherSelected
      Application
      I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Roorkee for Aut - assistant under training role at ITC
      Interview Process
      Resume Shortlist Group Discussion Interview Interview
      Round 1

      Resume Shortlist

      Interview Experience
      Initial shortlisting was based on resume. Everyone above 8 was shortlisted.
      Round 2

      Group Discussion

      Duration
      25 mins Minutes
      Interview Experience
      Our GD was about an old man which died on a Christmas eve. Roles of various individuals/groups were given and they had to be arranged from the most responsible to the least responsible.Some of the roles were like:
      1) The old man didn't save enough for old age and didn't had insurance. 
      2) The doctor didn't attend a house call as he had a 70 h week. 
      3) The hospital administration didn't admit the old man in the morning because of lack of facilities. 
      4) The taxpayers didn't allow a bill on better health facilities because it would lead to an increase in taxes. Our GD turned out to be a cool one because almost everyone supported the same order. The total time for reading and discussion was 25 mins but we concluded by around 20 mins only. We spent most of the time discussing how the roles could have been to prevent the death.
      Interview Tips
      Try to develop a good vocab and fluency for GD. 
      The key to any GD is to put as many ideas and to discuss with the group. 
      Don't try to make it a monologue or just sit there supporting everyone. 
      Try to rationally think about the topic. 
      Starting the GD is advantageous only when you have really understood the topic. 
      Otherwise, try to listen to other speakers and understand the topic. 
      Even if you speak 2-3 times for reasonable length of time and put impressive points, you should make it through.
      Round 3

      Interview

      Interview Questions
      • Question 1: Which other companies have you appeared for ? What happened there ?
      • Question 2: tell us about yourself
      • Question 3: Why not family business ?
      • Question 4: You have an intern and your IDD Dissertation on optimization. Did you have choices in these?
      • Question 5: Explain any other project.
      Interview Experience
      It was a technical plus HR round. 
      This was how it went:1) Which other companies have you appeared for ?
      Rio Tinto.
      2) What happened there ?
      I screwed up in HR.
      3) Tell us something about yourself.
      Did so. Told a little about family and campus life. Try to talk about things which you wish to be interviewed upon.
      4) Why not family business ?
      Convinced them about my liking of corporate life :)
      5) You have an intern and your IDD Dissertation on optimization. Did you have choices in these?
      Said Yes and explained why i chose optimization and also explained the projects a little. One of the guys had worked on electrocoagulation and was impressed by my understanding :)
      6) Explain any other project.
      Told them about shale gas project.
      7) What's the distribution of shale gas in the world and what's its composition?
      Told them.
      8) Why do we have flaring of gas when we take out crude?
      It depends on the amount of gas in place. If the gas in place is low, building a pipeline to take gas would be costly, hence it is flared.
      9) Why do we flare it in petrochemical complexes?
      Greenhouse potential of methane is higher than that of carbon dioxide.
      10) How high?
      Err....90 times.?!! (actually it is 72 times)
      11) How would you calculate the efficiency of a boiler?Told them. Try to use bookish language in your answers.
      12) Laws of thermodynamics and their statements.
      Simplest Question :)
      13) How do you relate the Clausius Statement with the Kelvin Statement.
      Explained with a diagram.
      14) Tell me about your learnings while working as a team leader and as a team member.
      Told them about Cogni. Tried to explain my role but was asked to be specific on learnings.
      15) Why ITC ?
      ITC being an Indian company has gone upto the standards of global giants like P&G and HUL in terms of quality. You have the best people working for you and its easier to learn from people rather than to learn from books.
      16) You want to work for an indian company and just appeared for Rio Tinto ?!!
      Umm....Sir, it has just started working in India !!
      Round 4

      Interview

      Skills

      Skills Tested

        General Tips
        I started preparing for placements by the start of November. For ITC, the first step is writing your

        resume correctly. Don't write things just to make your resume attractive. Write about things in which you are really confident. For interns and projects, write in a manner to clearly indicate the aim of work, your personal contribution, your learnings and the final result. Read relevant coursework to your projects as it will help you in interview. Prepare 3-4 subjects really well as you might be asked an area of interest. You need to be good in your core courses as ITC pays attention to how well you can recall them. Try to go through as many subjects atleast once.

        Think about 3-4 companies that you have a good chance in. Know their procedures and past year questions and prepare accordingly. It helps.
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        ITC Aut - assistant under training interview

        12.4k views
        AnonymousFresherSelected
        Application
        I was interviewed on-campus for Aut - assistant under training role at ITC
        Interview Process
        Resume Shortlist Group Discussion Technical Interview HR Interview
        Round 1

        Resume Shortlist

        Interview Tips
        1 or 2 page Resume. Stress on your positions of responsibilities, internships and your academic projects. Try to highlight the mathematical values about your project (eg: 50 lakh investment, 20 lakh returns, 20% efficiency increase etc etc)
        Round 2

        Group Discussion

        Group Discussion Topic
        Work Ethics - Story was given
        Interview Experience
        Some story with different characters and their involvement in the situation was given. The story revolves around work ethics and maintenance of confidential information about the company. At the end we need to discuss and come to a conclusion as to who is main culprit or the person responsible for causing the problem in the company.
        Interview Tips
        Don't be too demanding or too easy going in the GD. If you don't know how to start just wait so that someone will catch up and u can definitely join in. It's good if you can start first but make sure you have enough content to be put up bcoz u started first. Don't try to cut other's while they speak but try to remain in the conversation as much as you can. Try to give a proper conclusion from your end as much as possible because I feel that the reviewers will be very attentive towards the end than in the middle. Even if your GD doesn't go well don't worry bcoz there are points both for your application and GD so if you have a strong application then you can easily be shortlisted.
        Round 3

        Technical Interview

        Interview Questions
        • Question 1: Stresses in a two end supported beam.
        • Question 2: Heat exchanger types (parallel and counter heat exchanger) and their temperature profiles.
        Interview Experience
        I had an internship in P&G. ITC being an FMCG too most of my interview revolved around the work I did in P&G. It was easy for me bcoz I just had to explain all the stuff which I already did. They asked a bit about my POR's and sports and I explained them briefly..that's it :)
        Interview Tips
        be thorough with ur resume. They will mostly be asking points from ur resume itself so if you are thorough with ur resume points you can easily get through this round. Prepare some basic core questions from your subjects like thermodynamics, strength of materials etc bcoz they are definitely going to ask you questions about them.
        Round 4

        HR Interview

        Interview Questions
        • Question 1: Why ITC?
        • Question 2: What else companies are you giving interviews today?
        • Question 3: Do you like factory work?
        • Question 4: Why not higher studies?
        Interview Experience
        This interview is mainly to understand whether u r a right fit to ITC or not. They will ask u questions as I stated above. Try to be honest as possible but make sure u don't say anything which is not in line with the company (For eg: When they say about factory work say them that u like it ..if u r honest and say u dont like factory work then there are high chances that u wont be selected bcoz they are mainly looking for people to work in factories in supply chain profile)
        Interview Tips
        When they questions about other interviews (and if u r actually attending other company interviews) be honest and say them the truth. Don't say that u r not attending others bcoz they will have the list of all companies u r shortlisted on Day-1..
        As you know ITC is an Indian FMCG so try not to focus on other things abroad. They might ask some trap questions like ..Do u like working in foreign countries etc..here u should not say no but yes either..try to put in a good way which favour them the most. (u can say that India is a developing country and there is a lot of potential which can be tapped here so focusing in India can definitely be good in the future..something like that..:P)
        Finally I want to say that its not about ITC or any other company whenever u attend any interview try to be yourself and use your words properly which will give a positive impact to the interviewer that you can actually profit the company a lot than anyone else.
        Hope it helps :)
        Round 5

        Skills

        Skills Tested

        • Internship work
        • Positions of responsibility
        • Leadership skills
        • team work
        Skill Tips
        GPA (good if u have 8.0+)
        Resources

        Preparation materials

        Courses
        • Basic Core subject courses,
        Motivation for applying
        Good FMCG..great growth (if u work straight for 15 yrs in ITC u can easily reach the top positions of the company)..nice pay :P

        good hours of work like may be max 10hrs per day...
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        ITC Get ( graduate engineer trainee ) interview

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        Anish GulatiFresherSelected
        Application
        I was interviewed on-campus at NIT Jalandhar for Get ( graduate engineer trainee ) role at ITC
        Interview Process
        Test Group Discussion Technical Interview HR Interview
        Round 1

        Test

        Duration
        45 Minutes
        No. of Questions
        40 questions
        Test Sections
        • Section 1: Quantitative Aptitute
        • Section 2: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
        • Section 3: Verbal Reasoning
        Interview Experience
        The test wasn't too difficult but needed presence of mind. No extraordinary formulae or tricks needed.
        Interview Tips
        Manage your time carefully. Many students failed to do well because they could not attempt all sections to their best.
        Trust your instincts.
        Round 2

        Group Discussion

        Duration
        20 Minutes
        Group Discussion Topic
        Will the Maggi fiasco lead to the vanishing of Nestle from the market?
        Interview Experience
        The discussion period seemed a bit too long and the whole group(8 people) was running out of ideas to keep the GD going. So everyone tried to iteratively speak on the same aspects of the topic. The people who explored different dimensions of the topic and were able to present it adequately made it through.
        Interview Tips
        Try being a leader and sway the GD on your whims.
        Keep exploring the current topics so that you are not left hapless on hearing the topic. This is just a preventive measure.
        Try exploring new dimensions of the given topic and prevent the discussion from becoming monotonous.
        Round 3

        Technical Interview

        Interview Questions
        • Question 1: Tell something about yourself.
        • Question 2: Your favourite subject.
        • Question 3: What is distillation? Draw and explain the working of a distilation column.
        • Question 4: Tell about the absorption mechanism.
        • Question 5: Something innovative that you have done during the college time (Tech or non tech)
        • Question 6: Summer internship related questions
        • Question 7: Would you be interested to join for the profile of Procurement?
        • Question 8: Being a single child, would you manage to be in a job that requires you to be around the country and leaving your parents alone?
        Interview Experience
        The interview was a little longer than expected. The interviewer was really polite and supportive and the questions were not meant to undermine you. They wanted to check the logical and practical knowledge.
        Interview Tips
        Stay confident.
        Do not try to beat around the bush. Be blunt if you do not know something.
        Round 4

        HR Interview

        Interview Questions
        • Question 1: Tell something(everything) about yourself.
        • Question 2: Your weaknesses and strengths.
        • Question 3: Why ITC?
        • Question 4: Where do you see yourself 5 years down the line.
        Interview Experience
        This interview basically extracted everything about me and being conducted through Skype, it was something of a new experience.
        Interview Tips
        Stay confident at all times (which I apparently lost a couple of times and was pointed out).
        Skills

        Skills Tested

        • Fluid Mechanics
        • Heat Transfer
        • Mass Transfer
        Skill Tips
        Have perfect preparation with at least two subjects of the core domain.
        Resources

        Preparation materials

        Books
        • Fluid Mechanics - R.K. Bansal,
        • Mass Transfer - BK Dutta,
        • Unit Operations Of Chemical Engineering - McCabe And Smith,
        Courses
        • MATLAB,
        Motivation for applying
        I always wanted to be a part of a core company due to my interest in technical field which mostly developed after I took up Chemical Engineering.
        Funny Moments
        After the second round(cross panelling) of technical interview (which I hadn't expected because I thought the interview didn't have a second round), I realized I had spoken way more than required in the interview and maybe sounded way too nervous in the interview. Thats when the interviewers talked amongst themselves and one of them went on to saying" Yaar ye ladka bhot bolta hai"( This guy speaks a lot). Thats when I became a little conscious that I had even interrupted the interviewer a couple of times. Not too funny but yeah one of the few lighter moments.
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        ITC Aut - assistant under training interview

        11.9k views
        Prabhanshu PavechaFresherSelected
        Application
        I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Aut - assistant under training role at ITC
        Interview Process
        Form Group Discussion Technical Interview Technical Interview
        Round 1

        Form

        Interview Experience
        It included questions regarding campus activities, and some HR questions, like- Semester SPI details, GRE/CAT/GMAT scores if applicable, projects, summer internships, short-term and long-term objectives, Why ITC?, Most significant achievement, Whether we have engaged with the community through developmental actives addressing social or environmental concern, 'give an instance where you out your mind over matter',
        Round 2

        Group Discussion

        Group Discussion Topic
        An old man, John Francis dies out of some illness and some events were given which listed the ways the man could have died. We had to prioritize the people involved in the case, in decreasing order from the most responsible to the least responsible. The people listed were Mr. Francis, Mrs. Francis, personal doctor, hospital services, lawmakers and voters of the country.
        Interview Experience
        We had 5 minute to study the case and 15 minutes to discuss it in a group of 8 people.
        Interview Tips
        It is a good idea to learn the possible GD questions beforehand . The cases repeat every year across different campuses.
        Do not engage in any kind of shouting in the GD.
        Round 3

        Technical Interview

        Interview Questions
        • Question 1: Tell us about yourself, family background and campus stay
        • Question 2: About internship
        • Question 3: Why ITC?
        • Question 4: What is a boundary layer flow, how is it different from main stream flow? How does it vary with Reynold's number?
        • Question 5: Difference between Bernoulli equation and Navier Stokes equation
        • Question 6: Calculation of tonnage rating of a room
        • Question 7: Kevin Planck and Clausius statement of second law of thermodynamics
        • Question 8: Vapour compression refrigeration, T-s diagram
        • Question 9: Which port is bigger in size for IC engines?
        • Question 10: You seem to be very soft spoken, would you be able to manage a group of 50-60 people?
        • Question 11: about my qualities that my friends associate me with
        • Question 12: Why not research?
        Interview Experience
        There were two interviews, a mix of technical and HR, but mostly on the technical side. Duration: 25-30 minutes
        Interview Tips
        You should be clear with your summer internships and the projects that you have done. You can expect technical cross-questioning on the same. The technical problems basically focus on applying the knowledge from the courses you study.
        Technical topics important for ITC branch wise are as follows:

        Chemical: Basic fluid mechanics, Pumps, Fans, Cmpressors and their characteristic curves, Heat engines and Refrigeration cycles, Working of coolers and ACs, Psychrometry, Heat and Mass transfer basics.

        Mechanical: Four bar linkages, Cams, Gears, Basic mechanics of solids, PID control mechanism, Energy systems, Plus above mentioned topics.

        Electrical: Motors, PID control mechanisms, 3 phase distribution systems, Characteristic curves of machines, transformer, Basic electronic circuits.
        Round 4

        Technical Interview

        Interview Questions
        • Question 1: Regarding internship
        • Question 2: Why did you join Entrepreneurship cell?
        • Question 3: What is a Nyquist plot, uses?
        • Question 4: PID Controller, uses, advantages and disadvantages
        • Question 5: PD and PI controllers
        • Question 6: Which controller should we use in a rotary tobacco drier?
        • Question 7: What other companies are you interviewing today?
        • Question 8: regarding interview with MHI
        Interview Experience
        The panel in the second round consisted of another factory manager/head and the Vice HR Head, ITC.
        Skills

        Skills Tested

          General Tips
          Try to attend as many sessions as possible which are organized by SPO.

          Do not waste time in placement politics or discussing about it. This will only derail you from your dream company.
          Motivation for applying
          ITC is one of the most admired and rapidly growing Indian company with a diversified presence in FMCG, paperboard and packaging, Agriculture and IT sector which offers great business exposure.

          It has a very good base and brand value if your want to do your MBA after a few years of work experience.
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