Test Group Discussion Interview Case Study Interview HR Interview
- Section 1: Quantitative Aptitude
- Section 2: Verbal Reasoning
- Section 3: Logical Reasoning
- Section 4: Attention to details
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.
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.
We had a group of 10-12 people and were given some non-abstract topics.
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.
- 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?
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.
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.
Case Study Interview
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.
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.
- 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?
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
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.
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.
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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