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ZS Associates Business operations associate interview

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AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kharagpur for Business operations associate role at ZS Associates
Interview Process
Test Group Discussion Interview Case Study Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
60 Minutes
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Quantitative Aptitude
  • Section 2: Verbal Reasoning
  • Section 3: Logical Reasoning
  • Section 4: Attention to details
Interview Experience
All the sections are extremely simple and no special skill is needed to sail through all of them. The skills looked for in this round are leadership, communication, team contribution and rational thinking.
Interview Tips
It is extremely important not to get stuck on a particular question. The system is such that the next question can only be seen if you answer this. So, keep moving through the questions at a uniform pace and in the unusual case of encountering a question taking more time than expected, move on to the next one by filling in some random answer.
Round 2

Group Discussion

Interview Experience
We had a group of 10-12 people and were given some non-abstract topics.
Interview Tips
Try to be voluble, but don’t make senseless arguments. Be prepared to listen, but interject if you feel that the discussion is going off track. Try to be polite. And remember that it is a group discussion and not a group argument, so blindly opposing every point being put forth is not going to help as you will be asked to summarize the discussion at the end. It is not necessary to start the discussion but try not to put off speaking till the very end because it will be very difficult and awkward trying to get a chance to speak halfway through the stipulated time and the only way to get through is to make some contribution. Towards the end when summarizing, don’t just mention your points or your views. Mention all the points discussed briefly and present the consensus of the group even though it might not be your view.
Round 3

Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Tell me about yourself - A few questions on my resume (regarding my projects)
  • Question 2: Why non-core when you have a very good GPA and projects?
  • Question 3: Mention an instance where you have worked in a team
  • Question 4: Tell me an instance where you had to meet a deadline
  • Question 5: Give me an instance where you had to achieve something but found your- self among people lacking motivation and how did you handle it.
  • Question 6: Was asked to estimate the surface area of an Airplane (Boeing 747 to be precise!!)
  • Question 7: Why ZS?
  • Question 8: Do you have any questions?
Interview Experience
An HR interview by one of the ZS executives. Will usually be a one on one round consisting of questions on the resume and the usual HR questions, a guesstimate/puzzle.
Interview Tips
Maintain a level head. Be conversant about everything in one’s CV. Prepare for the usual HR questions. Be consistent in your answers. The worst thing that can happen to you during a PR is to let the interviewer find you contradicting or rather not corroborating something which you said a couple of minutes ago. When the interviewer tries to contradict something you said or convince you otherwise, like in my case, don’t interject him. Listen to what he has to say and at the end politely present your point. Be sure not to change your stand about that, or you’ll be marked as easily persuadable. Apart from all this, try not to be nervous and do maintain a calm composure as the interviewers will usually be very friendly.
Round 4

Case Study Interview

Interview Questions
    Interview Experience
    ou will be given a booklet containing information about a case and some questions and given 30 minutes to solve it. At the end of the 30 minutes, you will have a one on one case interview with one of the executives where you’ll present the results of your analysis and the reasons for those. In our case, we had a shoe company which supplies to warehouses, which in turn supplies to retailers. The company has some fixed sales force and the sales representatives visit both the warehouses and the retailers. Now the owner is considering splitting the sales force as reps who visit warehouses and reps visiting retailers. So, you are given the task of deciding the optimum sales force distribution based on some given data. The second problem was that the owner decided to give awards to managers having outstanding sales figures. Some data is given and you are to decide what is the best parameter for the prize and to how many people the prize is to be given and why. The third problem consisted of some more data which had an inconsistency and we were supposed to single it out analytically. Basic data interpretation and logical thinking. Although the case might sound complicated when presented without the data, rest assured that it is a fairly simple one with the kind of data provided and no special practice or training is required to solve it.
    Interview Tips
    Don’t get psyched on reading the case, there are a lot of trappings and other outward decorations designed to keep you entangled. Browse through them and get to the actual data. You will find that the case is a fairly simple one. Don’t start doubting yourself and go looking for a hidden nuance or some invisible clue. To crack this round remember, as they so often say, that the simplest explanation is usually the right one.You don’t actually need to write lengthy explanations at how you arrived at the answer because the interviewer is not going read them anyway. At the end of the 30 minutes, the answer sheets will be taken from you, but they will be given back to you during the one-on-one session, where you will have to explain to the interviewer how you arrived at those conclusions. So, write only important numbers and calculations. Avoid writing anything which you can’t explain later. Also, if you can’t finish one of the three questions in time, dont fret. Try and remember what was asked and think of an approach to solve it. You’ll have some time before you are called for the one on one, so if you have an approach ready you can take another look at the data and answer that question.
    Round 5

    HR Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: About yourself
    • Question 2: Some questions on CV
    • Question 3: Why ZS?
    • Question 4: Tell me two of your strengths
    • Question 5: Two things you’d like to change about yourself (weaknesses)
    • Question 6: Tell us an instance where you put in a hard effort for a prolonged period of time
    • Question 7: Give us an instance where you got into something which you thought was simple, but found out later needed much more effort than initially anticipated.
    • Question 8: Where do you see yourself a couple of years down the line?
    • Question 9: Do you have any questions for me?
    Interview Experience
    Only the candidates who have cleared both Personal Interview and Case Interview will be called for this round. It will be a one-on-one HR interview with one of the partners at ZS. The principal (that is what they call the interviewer) will try and intimidate you with his attitude. It will almost be a repeat of the personal interview, but only this time the person at the other end of the table will not be so friendly. He received a couple of phone calls during the interview, on his blackberry (both of which were wrong numbers! :P) and on both those occasions there was an impatient attitude which can easily give an impression that this impatience is pretty much a direct result of the interview :P
    Interview Tips
    The ability of the candidate to interact with people of higher status than himself is evaluated in this round and also how he responds under pressure. Don’t lose your cool, keep a level head and don’t get intimidated. At the same time, try not to give an arrogant impression. It will be a rapid fire session, so it will be of great help if you practice a few HR questions beforehand. Don’t get psyched by this impatient attitude routine. It is just another intimidation routine, so brace yourself and appear confident.
    Skills

    Skills Tested

      Skill Tips
      A decent CGPA - 7.5 to 8.0. Although it is not necessary to have an in-depth knowledge of all the core subjects since it will consist of HR interviews only. A fundamental idea of the concepts will always give a good impression in the rare chance of the interviewer being from the same stream. Expect a question on one of your projects or internships, which will be asked mainly to test if you were committed to your task in that particular instant. So, one should be conversant about all the projects in his resume. Any extraordinary extra-curricular achievement is always an added bonus, but by Day 5, this might be seen as an over qualification. Involvement in different spheres of extra-academic activities will show the interviewer that you are an outgoing person. ZS does not look for any outstanding achievements like many Day 1 companies, but rather a good balance in the resume. So, the extra academic involvement need not just be an Inter IIT Gold or speaking in a global conference. It might as well be captain of a hall team, G.Sec of the Department society, as in my case. No such skills were required in BAA profile but good quantitative and analytic ability gives one an upper hand in the Case Interview round. As mentioned before, there is no need to have an extraordinary project or internship; it’s enough if you know what you did. A good resume is one regarding which you can converse freely with the examiner and keep him occupied for at least 10 minutes. This is extremely important as there will be two rounds of HR interviews usually.
      General Tips
      The best preparation would be to talk to the seniors or friends working at the company. That is the best source of funda. Apart from that, no special skills are required to clear all the rounds.
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      ZS Associates interview

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      AnonymousFresherSelected
      Application
      I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kharagpur for ZS Associates
      Interview Process
      Test Group Discussion Case Study Interview Behavioural Interview HR Interview
      Round 1

      Test

      Test Sections
        Interview Experience
        The company does not look much into CGPA once you clear the test. The recruited students had CGPA’s ranging from 7.22 (mine) to 9.An online test which consists of quantitative, verbal, logical reasoning and attention to detail sections. It is a simple test for about an hour. CAT preparation is sufficient. As the test is easy, one should be able to solve almost all the questions correctly. The recruiters receive a detailed analysis of your test performance(like the time allocated to different questions etc. I got a glimpse of my performance sheet during one of the interview rounds) and it will be used until the last minute of their recruitment process.
        Interview Tips
        Don’t waste much time on any single question. The questions are easy and you cannot move onto the next question until a question is answered. The time is also less and the individual sections are also timed. So act wisely
        Round 2

        Group Discussion

        Group Discussion Topic
        Arvind Kejriwal
        Interview Experience
        Each group consisted of 10 members. The topic was same to all the groups. ‘Arvind Kejriwal’ was the topic of discussion.
        Interview Tips
        Discuss sensibly. Don’t dominate others. Listening is as important as talking. Listen to what others have to say and make your point when you have something to say.
        Round 3

        Case Study Interview

        Interview Questions
          Interview Experience
          During this phase a booklet consisting of a case is given to every one and you are expected to solve the questions in the case booklet in 30 minutes. We were given a case on market entry of a credit card company. There were questions on choosing a customer segment out of given set of segments, allocating different policies for different customer segments, advertising and marketing strategies etc.The case was pretty long and it took around 10 -15 mins just to understand the case. 8 -10 questions are present in the case booklet at certain intervals under different topics. It’s better to go through the entire case before solving any questions for some questions require knowledge from the topics in the earlier pages. Most of the questions require you to interpret various data and working with numbers to choose between different alternatives.The case usually looks complex but as you proceed with patience it will all start making sense. After the case solving is over and the booklets are collected, an interviewer takes the case interview on the same case after some time. She will, in all probability, ask you to explain everything that was done in the case booklet and also some more questions that are not present in the case booklet. I willingly left one-liners as answers for questions like advertising and marketing strategy because I wanted her to ask me the question again so that I could explain my answers in detail.
          Interview Tips
          You have to be quick with numbers in the data interpretation questions. Questions might be a bit tougher than the usual CAT level. Apart from data interpretation and numbers, some questions on marketing and advertising strategies are also present. Don’t get psyched out by looking at the case. It is not so difficult but the ten page booklet with numbers and graphs might spin your head out of balance.

          In case you could n’t solve any question in time, don’t worry, you will have ample amount of time to think and come up with an answer before the case interview. While solving the case don’t strain yourself by writing clear and detailed explanations, your won’t have enough time. Work the figures and present the answers. But while you are presenting the case to the interviewer explain everything in detail.

          These non-numeric questions generally test your creativity and use this opportunity to impress the interviewer with some good answers. Trust me this will go a long way during the entire recruitment process. Practice cases from ‘case in point’ to get a hang of some good cases related to advertising and marketing strategies.
          Round 4

          Behavioural Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: Tell me about yourself
          • Question 2: Give me an instance when your team was in a crisis and how did your solution to the crisis helped your team to get out of it?
          • Question 3: Tell me about an initiative that you have taken and what was its result?
          • Question 4: Mention an instance which explains your team skills.
          • Question 5: What is your exact contribution to this event you organised?
          • Question 6: Mention an instance when you had to deal with a lot of complex senseless data and what was your reaction to it?
          • Question 7: Explain your BTP in layman terms and give me some examples where this could be used.
          • Question 8: Explain your internship.
          • Question 9: Guesstimate: Estimate the number of dams in India.
          Interview Experience
          A 40 minute one on one HR round with some senior ZS official. In my case, it was an american working in the Indian office who pretty much asked every possible HR question followed by guesstimate.
          Interview Tips
          Be thorough with your CV. You should able to discuss ,for 2 minutes at-least, anything that is mentioned in your CV. Have some answers ready for the general HR questions. When asked, don’t just spit them out. Speak as if you are having a conversation with the interviewer. Do not panic during the interview. If you’re unable to understand a question, feel free to ask the question again, interviewers appreciate this. Take a few seconds before answering an unexpected question, this will help you in framing your answer well. In the CV, make sure you mention your exact role during an event/ sport and the result of your work as well. Be prompt and expect the unexpected. While solving the guesstimate make sure you have the right approach to solve the problem. When i was solving the guesstimate, I got stuck after a few minutes. So I told him that I wanted to solve the guesstimate using a different approach. I did but ended up with the wrong answer as i assumed some wrong statistics. It didn’t matter as my approach was right. So don’t worry about the answer, focus on the approach.
          Round 5

          HR Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: What do you expect from your first job and how do you think working as BAA at ZS would fulfill your requirements of a first job?
          Interview Experience
          This round of interview was with the partner of one of the ZS offices. 9 out of 10 people who made it to this round were hired. This round is to make sure that you’re a perfect fit for the organisation. Again a 20-30 minute HR interview ,mostly based on your CV and your interest in a particular job profile, was held.

          I was asked to describe a situation when people looked down upon me and what I did to come out of it and how I got everyone to appreciate me after that. As to the answer for this question, I described my school journey from an average student to the state topper of RMO.
          Interview Tips
          Have a solid answer for why you want this particular job. This round is a little bit intimidating but don’t give in. Feel free to ask questions. Asking questions is very important for several reasons during this round. One, you can change the tune of the interview by preventing the interviewer from cross questioning based on flawed answers. Two, it shows how much you have researched and thought about this job. The interviewer answered my questions for more than 10 mins and he actually seemed interested to answer my questions rather than rebuking me for asking too many. To ask some good questions, you must study the company in and out.
          If there is anything special about you, this is your best chance to prove it and the impression you make on somebody like a partner will help a lot.
          Skills

          Skills Tested

          • Quantitative skills
          • Case solving
          • logical reasoning skills
          Skill Tips
          CAT preparation helps a lot.
          General Tips
          Involvement in some kind of extracurricular activity is helpful in acing the behavioral rounds of the interview. This is particularly important because ZS generally employs rigorous behavioral rounds. Most of the recruits have had decent extra-academics. You can expect a good number of questions on various aspects of leadership qualities, team skills etc., from the extra academics mentioned. Involvement in hall activities, societies,sports - anything will do as long as you present them well.



          Projects do matter. Recruiters are interested in knowing the practical applications of the projects like BTP. You must prepared to explain your projects in layman terms. Same With the internships, it doesn’t matter even if you have big names under your internship column.The work that was done during the period is all important.



          Don’t worry too much about anything, be it CG or extra acads or whatever during the placements period. There isn’t much you can do now. Just prepare well. That’s all you can do. On top of everything, have that brash confidence that you are just as qualified as everyone else out there. After all we all have cleared same JEE. Good luck and happy hunting.
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          ZS Associates Business operations associate interview

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          Mvas ChaitanyaFresherSelected
          Application
          I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kharagpur for Business operations associate role at ZS Associates
          Interview Process
          Test Problem Statement Interview Interview Interview
          Round 1

          Test

          Test Sections
          • Section 1: Quantitative ability
          • Section 2: English
          • Section 3: Logical reasoning
          Interview Experience
          I could'nt recall the exact number of questions and the duration but, they were pretty easy and basic. Anyone with little practice would be able to ace them easily. There was adequate time and overall it was a childsplay.
          Interview Tips
          Prepare yourself thoroughly with the basic elementary maths. Having a habit of reading would help in answering reading comprehension quickly. Grammar was very easy.

          Don't panic while solving logical ability questions. It's ok to leave some, if they don't "strike" at that point of time. Make sure you go through all questions once, whether or not you've answered them.
          Round 2

          Problem Statement

          Interview Experience
          There were just 30 min to solve 3 questions which had sub-parts in them (9 in all). I was able to complete them just on time. it was a race with time and I enjoyed it.
          Interview Tips
          Since time is a severe constraint, the key is to get a grasp of what data is given in the question quickly. There were many tables of data and the only deciding factor would be one's ability to understand the question quickly. Once you understand the question, getting the solution is EASY. So read the question quickly and carefully. Understand it and you would be able to do it. It was just a simple problem of arithmetic. HOLD YOUR NERVE. DON'T PANIC.
          Round 3

          Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: same as described in the previous sction
          Interview Experience
          I was asked to explain the solution to the problem that I solved in 30 minutes. It was cool. The interviewer was interested in my approach. I just explained what I did from the solution sheet.
          Interview Tips
          Don't try to explain anything that you did'nt solve there during the stipulated time. especially if it invlves soem calculations. Be honest. Don't give answers that you picked up from people outside the room. They'll easily spot it. Some of my friends who did'nt answer all questions of the case were also got selected. BE HONEST. It's good to have a smile on your face. Be honest and keep smiling. "People like those who like themselves" :)
          Round 4

          Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: Tell be about yourself
          Interview Experience
          It started with the standard question "tell me about yourself", later a guestimate was asked/a puzzle to some others. Again, I can't disclose it because of the non-disclosure agreement. there were follow up questions based on introduction and questions related to resume. the interviewer was very friendly and it was really cool. went on for about 20-25 minutes.
          Interview Tips
          I repeat the quote "People like those who like themselves". You should feel good about yourself and that confidence should radiate from your face. keep smiling (a genuine smile, not a made up one. It's very easy to differentiate between one that comes from heart and lips :P ) . Prepare for this question well in advance. USE THE RIGHT WORDS ("I get tensed on having to manage several thing at once" and "I feel a bit uneasy when I have too many things on my plate, I'm trying to overcome this by maintaining a to-do list", both the statements mean the same but the latter can make a lot of difference . Have a clear idea of your strengths and weaknesses. Back them with examples. write your life story like an inspiring movie script. It does'nt matter even if there were no big spikes. You should be able to communicate to the interviewer that "I know myself. I believe in myself. I mean business". Be honest. liars are easily spotted. Just be yourself. DON'T FAKE anything.
          Round 5

          Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: tell me about yourself
          Interview Experience
          The interviewer was poker faced with absolutely no emotion on his face. To my astonishment, he later asked me questions from my engineering (metallurgy), which I did'nt expect in the wildest of my dreams (I was interviewing for a consultancy :P). it went on for about 20 minutes.
          Interview Tips
          Don't panic. Stick to an answer, once you have given one. Don't change it, even if asked to. CONFIDENCE is the key. have a smile on your face and tell yourself that the interviewer is having a tough time trying to hide his emotions (he bursted out into laughter after my interview), which will give you some comfort. They want to see how you react under pressure. Just have a smile on your face and answer the questions, not his emotions. REMEMBER, Integrity has no substitute.
          Skills

          Skills Tested

          • Working under pressure
          • Your awareness about yourself
          • Confidence
          Skill Tips
          Prepare for the question "tell me about yourself" well in advance. your strengths and weaknesses backed with examples of real life instances and how you are trying to overcome your weaknesses. KEEP SMILING.<br /> <br /> Be well prepared for the aptitude test. It was very basic, so i'm not mentioning any books here.
          General Tips
          "People like those who like themselves", have a review of your life, write your story the way it inspires you. Confidence radiates only if you feel good about yourself. prepare well and that will add to your confidence. Be honest. Be yourself. Keep smiling.
          Motivation for applying
          The profile was Business Operations Associate. I wanted to get into a job that would give insights into the way business is carried out, the problems and functioning. ZS being a reputed firm and given the profile, i applied for it.
          Funny Moments
          I was waiting for the result after giving the stress interview. The company people were coming out once every 10 minutes, calling some name and informing them whether or not they were selected. One of my friend who had 3 lengthy HR interviews (I had 2 very short ones :P) was informed of his selection, even before I gave my case interview. I had a feeling that the interviews went well, but just then a guy who was with me for quite some time was informed of his rejection. I was confused, when a guy came out and called my name, pulse was on the rise. He came towards me with a poker face, stood in front of me for a while and said "Congratulations, we are making the offer. Thank you for bearing with us through out the day" :D (earlier in the interview, i had mentioned that i had'nt eaten anything since morning, the later part was a reply to that). Those words gave a lot of satisfaction, a parker and a tray of ferro rocher chocolates :P :D
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          ZS Associates business analytics associate interview

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          AnonymousFresherSelected
          Application
          I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Roorkee for business analytics associate role at ZS Associates
          Interview Process
          Test Group Discussion Problem Statement Interview
          Round 1

          Test

          Duration
          90 Minutes
          Test Sections
          • Section 1: Aptitude Test
          Interview Experience
          The company screens the large number of initial applicants through a written test which is of around 90 minutes duration and consists of Aptitude, Verbal Ability, Logical Reasoning, Attention to Detail. The paper was on the easier side that's why it was essential to try to answer each and every question. There was a time crunch though and therefore if you get stuck on a question, it is important to move forward and skip that question.
          Interview Tips
          To get through this round, practice of the quant section of CAT should be more than enough. And try not to get stuck at one question, attempt all the questions to the best of your ability.
          Round 2

          Group Discussion

          Group Discussion Topic
          Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)
          Interview Experience
          The written test was followed by a Group Discussion in which every year students are asked to discuss something from the current affairs. We had to discuss on Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) during our gd. Students were evaluated in this round based on their fluency, quality of their ideas and their ability to control the group and put their views forth in a group. Try to make sure that your ideas are heard but don't get too aggressive at the same time. This is more of an eliminative round than a selective round i.e. most of the people (around 4-5 out of 8) progress to the next round.
          Round 3

          Problem Statement

          Interview Experience
          The next round is Case Interview which probably is the most critical round of all. In this, the interviewer explains a Case Study superficially to you and gives you 30 minutes in which you are supposed to answer 4 questions. (all of which have two parts). After 30 minutes, you are supposed to present the answers tothose four questions to the interviewer. The case study of each of the three profiles differs from the other according to the requirements of the profile you are applying for (Ex- BTA profiles are asked to write SQL commands) While appearing for this round, you'll face shortage of time. So make sure you are able to at least get an idea of how to approach those four problems. If you can, try to complete all the questions along with the calculations in the allotted time but if you can't do so, at least have a basic approach ready on how to go about each of the questions. The interviewer will allow you to perform the calculation in front of him (after the allotted 30 minutes) too. You don't want to end up in a situation where you've solved two or three questions perfectly and have no clue with the fourth one. Also, try to have a discussion with your interviewer. Don't be afraid to put forward your hypothesis or alternative answers even if their is a chance that they might be incorrect. The questions will be quite logical, so if you back yourselves and don't get nervous, you'll be able to solve them.
          Round 4

          Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: Tell me about yourself
          • Question 2: What are your major strengths and weaknesses
          • Question 3: If I ask a friend about you, how do you think he'll describe you?
          • Question 4: Give me an instance when your attention to detail mattered
          • Question 5: Tell me an instance when things didn't go as planned in a team and how you handled that situation.
          • Question 6: Estimate the number of pizzas sold in IIT Roorkee campus in a month
          • Question 7: Estimate the number of streetlights in Roorkee
          Interview Experience
          Through the previous three stages, the company tested your skills for this job. The purpose of the next two is to find out whether you'll be a good fit for the company and whether you are interested in this job. The interview starts with basic HR questions like "Tell me about yourself"and "What are your major strengths and weaknesses" and proceeded to few others such as "If I ask a friend about you, how do you think he'll describe you?"After this the candidate is asked situational questions such as "Give me an instance when your attention to detail mattered" or "Tell me an instance when things didn't go as planned in a team and how you handled that situation." Be prepared to answer these kind of questions with instances which are mentioned in your resume. (This is where your Thomso or Cognizance, BAJA or FSAE or any other group work comes in) After this, some puzzles/guesstimates are asked from the candidate. ("Estimate the number of pizzas sold in IIT Roorkee campus in a month", "Estimate the number of streetlights in Roorkee) This is followed by the HR Round which is taken by some high level employee ("Principal") of ZS who makes the final call regarding the selection of candidate. It is more or less an extension of the Behavioral Round.
          Skills

          Skills Tested

          • Aptitude
          • Case studies
          • Group discussion
          • Guesstimates
          Resources

          Preparation materials

          Books
          • Vault Study Guide,
          • Ace your Case,
          • Wharton Case study guides,
          General Tips
          Make sure you prepare for aptitude even if you're not appearing for CAT. Almost all companies (even the technical ones) take quantitative ability based tests and mere inherent ability won't be enough to get you to the next round.Try to read up on few case studies (Vault Study Guide, Ace your Case, Wharton Case study guides) to help you with qualitative case studies asked in flipkart etc. Prepare for GD by forming groups amongst your own and practice talking on current affairs as well as abstract topics (for companies like Schlum). You must prepare for the standard HR questions like Tell me about yourself, Your strength and weakness,A few Instances by writing your answers and trying to improve them. Give Interviews to your friends and ask for their feedback. Being well versed with your Resume is a must! You should also prepare Guesstimates from the net. Some Indian guesstimates can be found onPagalguy.com. Last but not the least, be confident and don't lose faith in yourself and your abilities even if you screw up a few interviews (believe me, most of you will). You don't want to be in a situation when you had an opportunity and you lost it because you'd lost confidence. Also, try to be as honest and frank in the interview as you can. Make sure you give evidence of each and every answer from your past (if possible from your Resume) about your strength, weakness and other questions and to show how these qualities can be an asset for the company. Best of luck!
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          ZS Associates Operations associate interview

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          Shishir GuptaFresherSelected
          Application
          I was interviewed on-campus at Kirorimal College,Delhi University for Operations associate role at ZS Associates
          Interview Process
          Test Case Study Interview Case Study Interview Behavioural Interview
          Round 1

          Test

          Duration
          60 Minutes
          No. of Questions
          50 questions
          Test Sections
          • Section 1: ONLINE TEST
          Interview Experience
          All the sections were simple and didn't require any Superpower to crack. The questions were from Quantitative,Verbal,Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation. CAT Preparation was sufficient for this test.As the test is easy, one should be able to solve almost all the questions correctly. The recruiters receive a detailed analysis of your test performance(like the time allocated to different questions etc. I got a glimpse of my performance sheet during one of the interview rounds) and it will be used until the last minute of their recruitment process.
          Interview Tips
          Don't waste time on a single question, as there is no negative marking in test so one should attempt all questions, as it will increases the chances of selection.
          Round 2

          Case Study Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: Question related to Market Entry of a Domestic Handicraft Company
          Interview Experience
          During this round a booklet consisting of a case is given to every one and you are expected to solve the questions in the case booklet in 30 minutes. We were given a case on market entry of a Domestic Handicraft Company.We were need to understand whole case and then expected to fill a table in the back side of Booklet.
          Questions were on Finding Wrong Data in table, What will happen if we combine data from two tables given above,What Checklists should we need to perform before transferring accounts to Accountant.
          In this prior knowledge of MS Excel will surely benefit as at the time of Interview, my Interviewer asked me to give a shortcut key for Duplicate Function.
          After the case solving is over and the booklets are collected, an interviewer takes the case interview on the same case after some time. She will, in all probability, ask you to explain everything that was done in the case booklet and also some more questions that are not present in the case booklet. She gave me an easy question of Mixtures of Alcohol and Water.(Level was of Class 8th)
          Interview Tips
          You have to be quick with numbers in the data interpretation questions. Questions might be a bit tougher than the usual CAT level.In case you could n’t solve any question in time, don’t worry, you will have ample amount of time to think and come up with an answer before the case interview. While solving the case don’t strain yourself by writing clear and detailed explanations, your won’t have enough time. Work the figures and present the answers. But while you are presenting the case to the interviewer explain everything in detail.
          Round 3

          Case Study Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: Real Life Problem of a Restaurant
          Interview Experience
          In this round we were given again a booklet consisting of 5 pages (Thank God :p ). Initially we thought this only but after having a look in case, We were not in mood to thank God, because the case was so tricky.
          First two questions were simple calculation based but last last two questions were purely logic in which we need to minimize waiters in a restaurant (Some data were given , we need to analyse the data first and then come up with best possible number).
          These non-numeric questions generally test your creativity and use this opportunity to impress the interviewer with some good answers.
          Interview Tips
          Practice cases from ‘case in point’ to get a hang of some good cases related to advertising and marketing strategies.
          Round 4

          Behavioural Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: Tell me about yourself
          • Question 2: Why ZS ?
          • Question 3: Tell me about an initiative that you have taken and what was its result?
          • Question 4: Questions related to my CV (my internships with UBER, IIM Ahemdabad, my role in BloodConnect)
          • Question 5: Do you had any conflicts with anyone while working in a team ? If yes how did you tackle it ?
          • Question 6: Logical Question.
          • Question 7: Where do you see yourself in next five years ?
          Interview Experience
          The one on one interview lasted for 1 hour 30 minutes with ZS Operations Head. However the ZS Official was really cool and asked me questions by keeping smile on his face, this made me comfortable and I answered all questions nicely with Confidence (which is the key here).
          Interview Tips
          Be thorough with your CV. You should able to discuss ,for 2 minutes at-least, anything that is mentioned in your CV. Have some answers ready for the general HR questions. When asked, don’t just spit them out. Speak as if you are having a conversation with the interviewer. Do not panic during the interview.
          In the CV, make sure you mention your exact role during an event/ sport and the result of your work as well. Be prompt and expect the unexpected. While solving the guesstimate make sure you have the right approach to solve the problem. When i was solving the guesstimate, I got stuck after a few minutes. So I told him that I wanted to solve the guesstimate using a different approach. I did but ended up with the wrong answer. It didn’t matter as my approach was right. So don’t worry about the answer, focus on the approach.
          Do ask some question if Interviewer asked "Do you have some questions for me".
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          ZS Associates internship interview

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          AnonymousFresherSelected
          Application
          I was interviewed on-campus at Indian School of Business (ISB) for ZS Associates
          Interview Process
          Case Study Interview Case Study Interview Personal Interview
          Round 1

          Case Study Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: Multiple
          • Question 2: PI question: Experiences where you led a team or motivated a team
          • Question 3: What issues you faced. How did you resolve them?
          Interview Experience
          Personal Interview Experience:
          Personal Interview was mostly conversational. Asked about experiences from work. For instance, examples of experiences where you led a team or motivated a team. What issues you faced. How did you resolve them. Personally, coming from an Infosys background, my discussion went into the Onsite-Offshore model and the motivational/leadership challenges that come with it.

          Case Details:
          Basically the interviewer had a (printed out) slide deck about a pharma company. Each slide had some graphs and charts and you are supposed to draw inferences from them. For example, spot increasing/decreasing trends or abnormal behavior and then the interviewer would dig deeper and ask for possible reasons for such trends/behaviors. Once he was satisfied that you have spotted the right trends and the possible explanations he would move on to the next slide. Towards the end there were some calculations involved as well. For example, market sizing estimate figures were to be calculated based on market segment estimates. Calculations were fairly straightforward and logical (no real mba fundae were needed). Overall, I got the impression that they were basically trying to test if you are comfortable with numbers and are analytically inclined, that’s all.
          I think my PI part of the interview went pretty well. I kind of connected with the interviewer on my motivational leadership example because it was based on the onsite offshore model (somewhat similar to what ZS has now) and spoke about issues that the interviewer himself had faced at ZS.
          Not much went wrong. Except that the case/analytical part of the interview could have gone smoother. I was a little slow initially and so towards the end didn’t have enough time to complete the calculations for the last
          question. Although, the interviewer seemed satisfied with me just showing him the working (and not actually calculating the exact figure)
          Interview Tips
          There is not too much that can be done in terms of preparation for the Case. I’d just suggest that you go in with a fresh mind. The questions are pretty straightforward you just need to be confident and also need to show your thinking (perhaps thinking out loud could be a good idea to do this).
          As for the PI. The usual PI questions should be prepared. For example, leadership/motivation/team work/innovation examples from work etc. Nothing out of the expected here.
          Round 2

          Case Study Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: Multiple
          Interview Experience
          Case Details:
          It was more of a “Case Study” than a typical case interview where we were given about 30-40 pages of information and were supposed to read through it and present on it in 40 mins time.
          Case involved an ice cream retailing company that was feeling the heat financially. The case was about what options/alternatives the company had going forward…should it expand/cut down on its outlets, acquire new retailers etc. The case itself is not so important as the format. We were given a total of 40 mins where we had to read through LOTS of information and prepare a 10-15 minute presentation of the case (on flip charts). The information was in various formats and was jumbled. For example, there was a complete annual report of the company, there was a newspaper article about real estate rents going down (hence the possibility of renting out new retail shops and thus the connection with the case), letters from the bank to the company about not meeting their financial obligations, stock trends for the company, information about competitors and possible acquisition options etc. etc. I think I was fairly confident with my presentation…that helped a lot.
          Although I didn’t read through the entire material word for word (that was not humanly possible given the time frame) I managed to get a feel of what was happening overall and put it all together in a story.
          Not much went wrong. I was asked one question on my presentation that I could not answer because I had missed out that piece of information. But I don’t think it mattered too much overall.
          Interview Tips
          It’s very important to understand that it’s not humanly possible to read through the entire material in the given time frame. What is expected is for you to capture the main essence of each article/piece of information provided. A good idea maybe to start off with the heading of the article and read just the first and last sentences of the paragraphs (basically, “speed reading” whichever way it works for you). Secondly, it’s critical to split up the 40 mins between reading the material and making the presentation. I think what I did was I kept 25 mins for the
          reading part, and 15mins for drawing out the presentation (on the flip charts). Once again, when making the presentation, it is a good idea to probably draw out four/six (whichever works) slides on the chart (coz typically you wouldn’t have enough meat to fill up the entire chart with just one slide). And then start off with giving headings to each slide so you can build your story overall mentally and then start filling in the details (so even if you run short of time at least you have the overall story intact in terms of headings and you can still present).
          Once again, no hardcore mba concepts tested as such. Just some sensible business understanding/thinking, good time management and smart presentation skills is what they’re looking for.
          Round 3

          Personal Interview

          Interview Experience
          Personal Interview was mostly conversational and very similar to the first round PI. Asked about experiences from work as in the first round, strengths, weaknesses, why ZS etc.
          There was no case as such but they did ask a couple of analytical questions once again similar to the first round. Basically the questions were more like logical thinking puzzles rather than business case questions. Once again, PI part went pretty well and I could connect with the interviewer. I could’ve answered some of the puzzle questions better but I did well enough I guess.
          Interview Tips
          Once again, very little that can be done in terms of preparation. Work on your PI well (the usual PI questions) and come with a fresh mind for the puzzles.
          They’re not tough at all and all they want to test is if you can think logically. So show them your thinking even if you can’t solve the entire problem
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          ZS Associates Consultant interview

          9.1k views
          AnonymousExperiencedSelected
          Interview Process
          Case Study Interview Case Study Interview Other Interview
          Round 1

          Case Study Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: First was the structured case round (Time : 30 mins) : it was a pharma related case where a company was launching a new drug in the market; The problem had various facets of sales and marketing and basically was a New Product Launch/ Market Entry case. All the information was not revealed at once; more data/charts/numbers were shared at every step with a different task to be done each time. So the case had many parts to it – like to start off with one had to define what all had to be done in order to launch the product/marketing campaign, then in the next step I was asked to compute the market size of the product, its price, which segment to target and the amount of salesforce required (salesforce sizing; this was general data interpretation kind of question). All this was done in a phased manner, where at each step more information was given for the specific question. Involved doing some calculations, interpreting graphs and charts. It wasn’t very hard, all that it required was a logical approach and listing out the possibilities/options to be considered
          Interview Experience
          The focus is more on structured approach and your analytical skills (i.e. the way you interpret the given data).
          Interview Tips
          Be hands on. Do the calculations as for market sizing they are looking for a number. For other questions also, listing down your ideas would be a good idea. The questions are not very hard. They want you to think clearly and logically, with some data analysis. Practicing a few market sizing/new product launch/market entry/ pricing cases was helpful. Knowing those frameworks comes a little handy. I went wrong with my calculation a bit, but then corrected myself, so it was okay
          Round 2

          Case Study Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: Second round was an unstructured case round followed by a presentation: The case was related to a chain of movie theatres (cineplexes) that wanted to expand or increase its revenue. You are asked to think of yourself to be a consultant who needs to come up with a solution and present to the board of a company. We were given 45 minutes to read all the information and make a presentation (on A4 sheets). There was a lot of information thrown like the financial report of a company, mail from one employee to another, market survey data and so on. It is a little hard to read all the information in the given time so one needs to be really quick. Divide your time in two parts: reading the material and creating the presentation. You are then asked to present your work to a panel. They will ask you several questions related to the case, questioning your recommendations and so on. I missed few important numbers that were provided due to the information overload. They then pointed out that there was related information provided, which I then looked through quickly and did some on the spot analysis. So, basically even if you miss out on some data, but manage to figure out the underlying point (or do the right analysis) after being redirected by them, then that would be okay. You need to provide logical explanation for the points you are making, preferably backed by numbers and data (facts and figures) given in the case.
          Interview Experience
          During the presentation, defend your point with good logic. I made an incorrect recommendation as I had missed some piece of information, but then corrected myself there. So, I feel its better to course correct rather than sticking to the wrong point
          Interview Tips
          Allocate some time to read all the material and the remaining to make the presentation. (It was not like the usual cases we get in class. But a real world scenario with the different reports, survey results and so on.) Create a clear structure for your presentation.
          Round 3

          Other Interview

          Interview Questions
            Interview Experience
            Personal Interview was the last round and taken by the Principal/senior person. It is an equally important round and aims to check whether you are the right fit for the role or not. So, questions will be asked to check your situation handling skills and leadership capabilities.
            Interview Tips
            The interviewer had a checklist and was asking regular PI questions, mostly based on prior professional experiences. Was trying to know about my past experience of working in a team – Team player, team leader, any project management experience.
            Skills

            Skills Tested

            • Analytical Skills
            • Logical And Structured Thinking
            • team leader
            • Team Player
            • Leadership Skills
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            ZS Associates Consultant interview

            9.1k views
            AnonymousExperiencedSelected
            Application
            I Applied for job through Personal Contacts for Consultant role at ZS Associates
            Interview Process
            Case Study Interview Case Study Interview HR Interview
            Round 1

            Case Study Interview

            Interview Questions
              Interview Experience
              There were 2 case rounds:
              1) First was the structured case round (Time : 30 mins) : it was a pharma related case where a company was launching a new drug in the market; The problem had various facets of sales and marketing and basically was a New Product Launch/ Market Entry case. All the information was not revealed at once; more data/charts/numbers were shared at every step with a different task to be done each time. So the case had many parts to it – like to start off with one had to define what all had to be done in order to launch the product/marketing campaign, then in the next step I was asked to compute the market size of the product, its price, which segment to target and the amount of salesforce required (salesforce sizing; this was general data interpretation kind of question). All this was done in a phased manner, where at each step more information was given for the specific question. Involved doing some calculations, interpreting graphs and charts. It wasn’t very hard, all that it required was a logical approach and listing out the possibilities/options to be considered
              Interview Tips
              Recommended Approach
              Round 1: Be hands on. Do the calculations as for market sizing they are looking for a number. For other questions also, listing down your ideas would be a good idea. The questions are not very hard. They want you to think clearly and logically, with some data analysis. Practicing a few market sizing/new product launch/market entry/ pricing cases was helpful. Knowing those frameworks comes a little handy. I went wrong with my calculation a bit, but then corrected myself, so it was okay
              Round 2

              Case Study Interview

              Interview Questions
                Interview Experience
                2) Second round was an unstructured case round followed by a presentation:
                The case was related to a chain of movie theatres (cineplexes) that wanted to expand or increase its revenue. You are asked to think of yourself to be a consultant who needs to come up with a solution and present to the board of a company. We were given 45 minutes to read all the information and make a presentation (on A4 sheets). There was a lot of information thrown like the financial report of a company, mail from one employee to another, market survey data and so on. It is a little hard to read all the information in the given time so one needs to be really quick. Divide your time in two parts: reading the material and creating the presentation. You are then asked to present your work to a panel. They will ask you several questions related to the case, questioning your recommendations and so on. I missed few important numbers that were provided due to the information overload. They then pointed out that there was related information provided, which I then looked through quickly and did some on the spot analysis. So, basically even if you miss out on some data, but manage to figure out the underlying point (or do the right analysis) after being redirected by them, then that would be okay. You need to provide logical explanation for the points you are making, preferably backed by numbers and data (facts and figures) given in the case.
                Interview Tips
                Allocate some time to read all the material and the remaining to make the presentation. (It was not like the usual cases we get in class. But a real world scenario with the different reports, survey results and so on.) Create a clear structure for your presentation. During the presentation, defend your point with good logic. I made an incorrect recommendation as I had missed some piece of information, but then corrected myself there. So, I feel its better to course correct rather than sticking to the wrong point
                Round 3

                HR Interview

                Interview Questions
                  Interview Experience
                  The interviewer had a checklist and was asking regular PI questions, mostly based on prior professional experiences. Was trying to know about my past experience of working in a team – Team player, team leader, any project management experience. Something situation where you did not succeed?

                  2 rounds of case interviews : Structured approach while solving the cases (if not the exact solution) ; Will make you do the cases then and there ; Also had a case presentation round Final round will be PI and focus on mainly checking your leadership skills
                  Skills

                  Skills Tested

                  • Leadership Skills
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                  ZS Associates Business analyst interview

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                  Pranay VijayvargiyaFresherSelected
                  Application
                  I was interviewed on-campus at NIT Bhopal for Business analyst role at ZS Associates
                  Interview Process
                  Resume Shortlist Test Group Discussion Problem Statement Behavioural Interview HR Interview
                  Round 1

                  Resume Shortlist

                  Interview Experience
                  They kept a minimum CGPA criterion of 6.5, which is not hefty at all.
                  Round 2

                  Test

                  No. of Questions
                  60 questions
                  Test Sections
                  • Section 1: Maths
                  • Section 2: Logical Reasoning
                  • Section 3: Data Interpretation
                  • Section 4: Verbal
                  Interview Experience
                  The written is taken by AMCAT and is really easy, so it is important that you perform exceptionally well to make it into the next shortlist. Also, although the company people don't admit it, I'm sure that there is an upper cut-off, so keep that in mind too.
                  Interview Tips
                  Don't worry! It's not that difficult to perform well in the test. Brush up your aptitude a little. Data Interpretation is usually easy. Take help of your MBA aspirant buddies to help you with the preparation.
                  Round 3

                  Group Discussion

                  Duration
                  15 Minutes
                  Group Discussion Topic
                  Should India curb black money from the outside, or inside first?
                  Interview Experience
                  GD is a fish market! Everyone would want to speak, no matter if they really have the points or not. Show some leadership, and keep a calm head, speak when you're absolutely sure of what you're saying.
                  Interview Tips
                  GD is supposed to be a very dilute filter. You will definitely make it through unless you perform exceptionally bad.
                  Round 4

                  Problem Statement

                  Interview Experience
                  The case study is pretty straightforward, and mostly simple math is involved. It would help a great deal if you practice a few case studies prior to this round.
                  Interview Tips
                  During the interview, the main focus is not on how correctly you solved the case study, but rather on your approach. So make sure that you take the interviewer through a detailed path of how you approached the case study and reached conclusions.
                  Round 5

                  Behavioural Interview

                  Interview Questions
                  • Question 1: What is the total power requirement of India?
                  • Question 2: Related to research paper.
                  Interview Experience
                  In this interview, your entire resume would be scanned and questions and guesstimates would be asked based on that. So make sure that you write only what you know in your resume.
                  Round 6

                  HR Interview

                  Interview Questions
                  • Question 1: Why ZS?
                  • Question 2: Where do you see yourself after 5 years?
                  Interview Experience
                  This interview is taken by one of the principals of the company. Now these are people with mounds of experience so don't even try to bluff them! It is a pretty straightforward and cool interview where they'll ask you about your family, hobbies, and other general things.
                  Interview Tips
                  It is a myth that the interviewer decides the course of the interview. In fact, that is always in your hands. Focus the interview on your skills and golden areas, and try to avoid speaking about your shortcomings. The interview will automatically flow into that direction.
                  Skills

                  Skills Tested

                  • Logical Reasoning
                  • Analytical Skills
                  Motivation for applying
                  One of the best companies visiting campus.
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                  ZS Associates Consultant interview

                  9.1k views
                  AnonymousExperiencedSelected
                  Application
                  I Applied for job through Personal Contacts for Consultant role at ZS Associates
                  Interview Process
                  Case Study Interview
                  Round 1

                  Case Study Interview

                  Interview Questions
                  • Question 1: First was the structured case round which was a pharma related case where a company was launching a new drug in the market; The problem had various facets of sales and marketing and basically was a New Product Launch/ Market Entry case. All the information was not revealed at once; more data/charts/numbers were shared at every step with a different task to be done each time. So the case had many parts to it – like to start off with one had to define what all had to be done in order to launch the product/marketing campaign, then in the next step I was asked to compute the market size of the product, its price, which segment to target and the amount of salesforce required (salesforce sizing; this was general data interpretation kind of question). All this was done in a phased manner, where at each step more information was given for the specific question. Involved doing some calculations, interpreting graphs and charts. It wasn’t very hard, all that it required was a logical approach and listing out the possibilities/options to be considered.
                  • Question 2: Second round was an unstructured case round followed by a presentation: The case was related to a chain of movie theatres (cineplexes) that wanted to expand or increase its revenue. You are asked to think of yourself to be a consultant who needs to come up with a solution and present to the board of a company. We were given 45 minutes to read all the information and make a presentation (on A4 sheets). There was a lot of information thrown like the financial report of a company, mail from one employee to another, market survey data and so on. It is a little hard to read all the information in the given time so one needs to be really quick. Divide your time in two parts: reading the material and creating the presentation. You are then asked to present your work to a panel. They will ask you several questions related to the case, questioning your recommendations and so on. I missed few important numbers that were provided due to the information overload. They then pointed out that there was related information provided, which I then looked through quickly and did some on the spot analysis. So, basically even if you miss out on some data, but manage to figure out the underlying point (or do the right analysis) after being redirected by them, then that would be okay. You need to provide logical explanation for the points you are making, preferably backed by numbers and data (facts and figures) given in the case.
                  Interview Experience
                  The focus is more on structured approach and your analytical skills (i.e. the way you interpret the given data). PI was the last round and taken by the Principal/senior person. It is an equally important round and aims to check whether you are the right fit for the role or not. So, questions will be asked to check your situation handling skills and leadership capabilities. .

                  Interview Tips
                  Round 1: Be hands on. Do the calculations as for market sizing they are looking for a number. For other questions also, listing down your ideas would be a good idea. The questions are not very hard. They want you to think clearly and logically, with some data analysis.
                  Practicing a few market sizing/new product launch/market entry/ pricing cases was helpful. Knowing those frameworks comes a little handy.

                  Round 2: Allocate some time to read all the material and the remaining to make the presentation. (It was not like the usual cases we get in class. But a real world scenario with the different reports, survey results and so on.) Create a clear structure for your presentation. During the presentation, defend your point with good logic. I made an incorrect recommendation as I had missed some piece of information, but then corrected myself there. So, I feel its better to course correct rather than sticking to the wrong point.
                  Skills

                  Skills Tested

                  • Ability To Handle Situations
                  • Analytical Skills
                  • LOGICAL THINKING ABILITIES
                  • team leader
                  • Team Player
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