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ZS Associates interview

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SATYAJEET KUMARFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at NIT Warangal for ZS Associates
Interview Process
Test Group Discussion Technical Interview Behavioural Interview Case Study Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
60 Minutes
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Aptitude Test
Interview Experience
Quantitative: There were 2 questions. One was based on speed, distance & time and the other was on probability. Both of them needed a little bit of intuition and common sense. Analytical: 3 questions were analytical and required subjective answers and thus a good IQ and writing skills were essential.
Round 2

Group Discussion

Duration
15 Minutes
Group Discussion Topic
Nuclear Deal between India and USA.
Interview Experience
There were 16 of us for the GD round.First we were divided into two groups of 8 each and then each group was then taken to separate board rooms and were asked to sit in a circular fashion around the table. We were provided with notepads and pens, one per person. The topic was then announced by the panel members and we were given two minutes time to get prepared. Soon, we were asked to start the discussion. Over the span of 15-16 mins, I talked about a few valid points such as the importance of the deal in the development of India and how it can provide a solution to reduce the dependency on non-renewable sources of energy to produce electricity.I also discussed a few points regarding the national security and integrity. In the end, we were asked to summarize and conclude the discussion individually.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
Nothing technical was asked.
Round 4

Behavioural Interview

Interview Experience
First round was a behavioral interview and I was asked about my projects,club activities,hobbies etc. Finally I was asked to solve a guesstimate.
Round 5

Case Study Interview

Interview Experience
In the second round of case interview I was supposed to prepare a report for a fictitious company to predict the effectiveness of a sales force that they had hired.
Round 6

HR Interview

Interview Experience
The final interview as they called it Principal interview consisted of some questions based on basic mathematics as well as some HR questions like what do you expect from your first job and how ZS will help you to fulfill them.Basically it was an HR interview and nothing very technical was asked. It was completely a new kind of experience for me. During the Pre-Placement talk, I was enthralled by the credentials of the delegation from ZS Associates. The manner in which the process of PPT was conducted was very professional and all the aspects were covered in the one and a half hour presentation. The recruitment team was very helpful and supportive at each stage of the recruitment procedure. They were very dignified and despite of their huge achievements I found them to be very humble and down-to-earth. At the end of the day my feeling about the company was that this is the place where I long to belong.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
My suggestion to juniors would be: <br /> 1)Brush up your intermediate and engineering level mathematics. <br /> 2)Keep yourself<br /> updated of current affairs and general knowledge as they are of vital importance to sail through the GD and the Case Study rounds. <br /> 3)Make your Communication skills better so that you are able to express your solutions lucidly to impress the interviewer. <br /> 4)Have an idea about the 'Guesstimate' and learn what should be the right approach to provide a solution to the given problem.<br /> 5)A good statistical approach is essential to provide a convincing solution to the problems stated in the case interviews. <br /> 6)Be prepared for all kinds of HR questions. <br /> 7)Also, a high level of confidence and enthusiasm are sought after by the company.
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ZS Associates Business analyst interview

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Shreesha ChatraExperiencedSelected
Application
I Applied for job through Monster.com for Business analyst role at ZS Associates
Interview Process
Test Problem Statement Guesstimate Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Test Sections
  • Section 1: Aptitude
Interview Experience
1. Quantitative Ability
2. Data Interpretation
3. Verbal Ability

CAT similar questions
Interview Tips
Though they will not be as difficult as CAT questions, It is better to be prepared. Arun Sharma's books for CAT are of great use for this round
Round 2

Problem Statement

Interview Experience
You will be given a practical case and you are expected to solve it within 30 minutes. There will be both qualitative and quantitative questions. Once you have solved it, you are required to explain the interviewer your answer with appropriate logic.
Interview Tips
Practice is the key for CASE STUDY. you can find plenty of case studies online.
Round 3

Guesstimate Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: What are the number of cars in India?
  • Question 2: Number of chewing gums consumed in India per month
Interview Experience
And also this round will consist of resume probe. Be honest with your answers.
Interview Tips
For guesstimate, the approach is more appreciated than the answer. So think loud and ask appropriate questions whenever required. Donot jump into conclusion.
Round 4

HR Interview

Interview Experience
This was a telephonic interview with one of the partners at ZS. questions will vary from typical HR questions and guesstimates and Resume probe
General Tips
1. Practice Case studies

2. Keep a calm head
Motivation for applying
Good work life balance
Funny Moments
NA
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ZS Associates Business analytics associate interview

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RAHUL YADAVFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Business analytics associate role at ZS Associates
Interview Process
Test Group Discussion Case Study Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Test Sections
  • Section 1: Aptitude
Interview Experience
No negative marking, just go for simple aptitude preparation. If anyone wants to do good aptitude preparation then just go for CAT preparation. Once you have cleared the aptitude test, then everyone is at the same platform.
Round 2

Group Discussion

Group Discussion Topic
FDI in retail
Interview Experience
There was 1 partner and 1 senior.
Interview Tips
Panel changes with every round so never expect that if you have a good impression on one of the panelist then it can get you along with the whole process.
Round 3

Case Study Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Choose between 2 credit cards with different data.
Interview Experience
Duration was 1 hour.
Which one to choose?
Given: The type of people who’d be attracted to different type of credit cards (business class, middle class)
1. How to advertise these 2 credit cards?
Given: There are bonus options for employee. Bonus increases exponentially after 80 hours.
2. Which card will an employee promote more?
For each of these questions, you have to come up with an answer at the end. Half an hr was given to think about the case and then they call you in to explain for another half an hour.
Interview Tips
Case study was nothing but simply data interpretation.
Round 4

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Introduce yourself?
  • Question 2: Why ZS?
  • Question 3: Strengths and weakness?
  • Question 4: Give a situation in which you faced lot of adversities but eventually you came up with flying colors.
  • Question 5: He asked me about my hobby? And then, asked me to guess estimate on the same.
  • Question 6: How do you manage your extra-curricular's and your time?
Interview Experience
1. It was a bit stressed interview. They keep on asking you why you want to go for consulting or analytics or say why ZS. Long term goals, short term goals. I said Photography and he said: "We want to open a photography school in India, now estimate the no. of students who’d enroll in it."
2. In the whole process, he just wanted to know whether I fit in the group or not. He brought me in my comfort zone. 3. He asked me questions about my internship. One of my intern projects appealed to him because he had worked in that area as well. I was able to connect to him.
4. In the end he asked me if I had any questions for him. Now this last part is very crucial. It shows your interest in their company. Do take time and read everything about the company beforehand and show your interest. This is a very important for them to know you.
Interview Tips
My suggestion is that be cool and don’t be nervous throughout the process.
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ZS Associates Consultant interview

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Abhay Mehrotra ExperiencedSelected
Application
I Applied for job through Walk-in for Consultant role at ZS Associates
Interview Process
Case Study Interview
Round 1

Case Study Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: I was given some actual Sales data and corresponding incentive plan for 4 different geographies in US. The question was quite open-ended as I was asked to draw as many inferences from it as I could.
  • Question 2: The second question was on a new set of data. This was about an Air Mail company which has carried out some research to estimate various segment of customers that it can target.
Interview Experience
First Case: I said there are three sets of observations that can be made from the data – by looking at the Sales data in isolation, by looking at Incentive plan data alone and by combining the two.Sales Data Analysis - Highlighted a trend (High vs. Low) in sales data across different geographies and rank ordered them - certain geographies were underperforming against the other. He asked me what could be the reason? I said this could be because of varying level of demand (patient profiles) for the drug in different states (targets across states were the same). He then asked me for the solution? I said targets should be set after taking buy-in from sales manager (local knowledge) for particular state. He was not very convinced with this argument (he felt this happens in firms) and then I gave an example of how targets were set by the corporate office in my previous org. Another observation was that out of 15 odd data points, there were only 3 which exceeded the target. Incentive Plan – Bonus payout was split into 4 tiers of performance. Out of this, 2 tiers were giving same % bonus. I highlighted that Combining the two – Made couple of more observations. At the end he asked me what kind of Incentive plan will you suggest for this company. I said that sales data looks normally distributed to me and therefore I will probably recommend a IC plan that is normally distributed. He looked satisfied with this answer ☺Second Case: It took me 5 minutes to just understand what the graph stood for (though I was constantly chatting with the interviewer). But then with Interviewer’s help I made some sense out of it and made a recommendation which offcourse the interviewer didn’t like much ☺. Then he gave me some hints and based on that I changed my recommendation. I think I could have done better here
Interview Tips
ZS interviews are very atypical of what we understand of case interviews. We are use to practicing case interviews in a framework approach. However, in the first case interview, while the emphasis was clearly on testing analytic strength of an individual, the mode was a little different. But if one can apply some framework to it (but don’t force fit please), it’s definitely a plus.
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ZS Associates interview

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ABHINAV GUPTAFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at NIT Warangal for ZS Associates
Interview Process
Test Group Discussion Technical Interview Technical Interview Technical Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
60 Minutes
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Aptitude Test
Interview Experience
Quantitative: There were 2 questions. One was based on speed, distance & time and the other was on probability. Both of them needed a little bit of intuition and common sense. Analytical: 3 questions were analytical and required subjective answers and thus a good IQ and writing skills were essential.
Round 2

Group Discussion

Duration
15 Minutes
Group Discussion Topic
Nuclear Deal between India and USA.
Interview Experience
There were 16 of us for the GD round.First we were divided into two groups of 8 each and then each group was then taken to separate board rooms and were asked to sit in a circular fashion around the table. We were provided with notepads and pens, one per person. The topic was then announced by the panel members and we were given two minutes time to get prepared. Soon, we were asked to start the discussion. Over the span of 15-16 mins, I talked about the oil problem and how we could reduce our dependency on oil through the deal. In the end, we were asked to summarize and conclude the discussion individually.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Round 4

Technical Interview

Round 5

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
There were three rounds of interviews for me. First round was a behavioral interview and I was asked about my projects,club activities,hobbies etc.. Then, I was asked to solve a guesstimate. The second round was a case study round. The final interview as they called it Principal interview consisted of some questions based on basic mathematics as well as some HR questions like 'What do you expect from your first job?', 'Why should ZS hire you?', etc.. Basically it was an HR interview and nothing very technical was asked.
Round 6

HR Interview

Interview Experience
It was a one of a kind experience for me. The Pre-placement talk was held on a rainy evening and based on the conditions, the delegation from ZS effectively gauged the situation and started it late so that all students could attend it. The manner in which the process of PPT was conducted was very professional and all the aspects were covered in the one and a half hour presentation. The recruitment team was very helpful,supportive and courteous at each stage of the recruitment procedure. They were very dignified and despite of their huge achievements, I found them to be very humble and down-to-earth. In all, it was an experience which I'll never forget throughout my life.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
My suggestion to juniors would be: <br /> 1)Brush up your intermediate and engineering level mathematics.<br /> 2)Keep yourself updated of current affairs and general knowledge as they are of vital importance to sail through the GD and the Case Study rounds. <br /> 3)Make your Communication skills better so that you are able to express your solutions lucidly to impress the interviewer. <br /> 4)Have an idea about the 'Guesstimate' and learn what should be the right approach to provide a solution to the given problem. <br /> 5)A good statistical approach is essential to provide a convincing solution to the problems stated in the case interviews. <br /> 6)Be prepared for all kinds of HR questions. <br /> 7)Also, a high level of confidence and enthusiasm are sought after by the company
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ZS Associates interview

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FresherSelected
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

Duration
60 Minutes
No. of Questions
6 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: HR
  • Section 2: Strategy/Reasoning
  • Section 3: Observation
  • Section 4: Puzzles
Interview Experience
The topic is not case-study based, rather something that you would be more generic.The crucial thing in the test is to crack the math questions, since the first shortlist after the test, has 30 odd people among more than 300 who sit for the test.
Interview Tips
They are usually more logic based than the use of any convoluted math theory. Going through the company web-site would help to answer the HR part.
Round 2

Group Discussion

Interview Experience
The students shortlisted for the test are put divided into groups of 6-7 students and are given a topic to discuss on.Do not fight or try to be over-aggressive during the GD sessions, also do not hesitate to put forth any point you might fight relevant.
Interview Tips
Sometimes students stick to one point when they talk, try and listen to other students' ideas and feel free to agree or disagree in a subtle way. You are asked to summarize the discussion in the end so be sure you keep in mind most of the points.
Round 3

Case Study Interview

Interview Experience
The case-study is a little different as compared to other major companies that come to Campus.You are given a booklet with a case-study, that has the overview of the case and certain data that you might need to analyse. You are given 30 mins to go through the booklet and come up with answers to several quantitative and qualitative questions in the booklet. Here some amount of Data Interpretation and fast math is necessary. You are then led to discuss the case with one of the interviewers.
Interview Tips
Do not panic if you don't finish your going through the case in 30 mins. Be sure to put forth points during the discussion with the interviews and explain your strategy clearly so you earn marks for that.
Round 4

Behavioural Interview

Interview Experience
This a 20-25 minute interview where you are asked HR questions, and one puzzle or guesstimate. Guesstimates do not need heavy practice however try to look at few when you are preparing for the interview.
Interview Tips
Do not worry about a weird guesstimate. The interviewers test your approach, and cracking it use of more common-sense than any specific strategy. Keep your HR questions well rehearsed however learn to fake spontaneity.
Round 5

HR Interview

Interview Experience
Most students going to this round as usually hired by the Company, so you have a 90% chance of getting in.This is more of an informal discussion where your talk about your resume, your activities on campus and your interest in ZS. The partners are senior members at ZS and are very keen on understanding how you fit in the Company.
Interview Tips
Try to drive the conversation towards topics you are comfortable with, but very carefully. This interview will test how cool you are while talking to Senior members and what your drive for working with the Company is like.
General Tips
While ZS does not need rigorous case-interview preparation, since there are more and more Consultancies coming to campus, it would be an add on if you go through case-material available in abundance with seniors and batch-mates.
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ZS Associates Business operations associate interview

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

Test

Interview Experience
Online test with basic quantitative and verbal ability sections.
Interview Tips
CAT preparation is more than enough.
Round 2

Group Discussion

Interview Experience
Group size is 10 . Topic is mostly based on current affairs.
Interview Tips
Knowledge of what is happening in the world is important. In my case, the topic was whether Kingfisher Airlines should be bailed out or not.
Round 3

Case Study Interview

Interview Experience
30 minutes of quantitative case study to be solved individually. After the time elapses, the interviewer will ask about the solution and the approach behind it.
Interview Tips
Quick arithmetic and being logically sound is important. Prepare from any case book such as Kellogs etc.
Round 4

Behavorial Interview

Interview Experience
Simple HR questions about extra-acads, BTP (see above), personal habits etc are asked.
Interview Tips
Focus is on time management. May ask a specific situation where you faced a time crunch situation and managed it.
Round 5

HR Interview

Interview Experience
Almost all the candidates who go through this get selected. The senior partner asks some questions about the resume and basic HR questions.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
The company does look into CGPA much once you clear the cut-off. This year they recruited students with CGPA ranging from 7.5 to 9.2. Some amount of extra academic involvement is advisable. Inter-halls are fine. They ask in detail about the participation, time management, team work and leadership skills. Good participation in few events is also good and can be defended well in the above mentioned areas. No programming skills required. Ability to do mental calculations is important. They ask for a quantitative case study ( 3o minutes time), which involves some calculations. Quick arithmetic is fine.
General Tips
One can expect questions about the BTech Project. Apart from the technicalities, the overall usage and commercialization of the project is important, since ZS is more interested in those lines. They’ll also ask about how to commercialize the technology behind the BTech project. Good internships are of course handy to make an impression.
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ZS Associates interview

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

Test

Interview Experience
Though my CGPA wasn’t up to the mark, exemplary performance in the online test helped. But apart from a couple of guys, the rest of the ones who made it to the initial shortlist had a CG > 7.5
Online Test in Takshashila was conducted. GMAT/CAT model based. Quant, Verbal, and the likes. Ensure that you get the highest possible score. The students selected had more or less a full score in this test.
Round 2

Group Discussion

Group Discussion Topic
Aam Aadmi Party
Interview Experience
GD with a group of around 10 was conducted. General Knowledge and Current Affairs are the requisite skills.
Interview Tips
Ensure that you contribute valuable points in the GD. In a group of 10 people, there isn’t much time to speak for more than a couple of minutes overall. But the points you make must be relevant and attention grabbing. Every person is required to conclude the GD. So, there’s a redeeming chance as well.
Round 3

Case Study Interview

Interview Experience
There are three different cases based on the designation you’ve applied to: Analyst, Operations, Technology. The case may sound really weird in the beginning, esp. for Operations. They are mainly based on Performance Appraisals and Remuneration Design (for Operations). But, there’s an inherent simple trick based on math skills and data interpretation, and presence of mind. You are given around 40 minutes to solve the case and write down the reasonings and method of solving. Make the best use of them. After this, you will have around 30 minutes to make the interviewer understand the method and approach of solving the case.
Interview Tips
Basic Quant Skills and Data Interpretation skills should sail you through. Don’t freak out. Just don’t. Everything else is easy. PS: Legible handwriting helps.
Round 4

HR Interview

Interview Experience
Basic resume drilling. Might Include a guesstimate question. The guesstimate may sometimes be based on the resume itself (like, in my case). For the guesstimate, math skills will help. And, a good flow chart approach to the problem.
Interview Tips
Don’t falter on the resume drilling. Stand on your answers and don’t backtrack. About the guesstimate, use logical assumptions with a sound base. And, a neat and tidy solving method will appeal to the HR interviewer (and to the Principal later) Lastly, *Use a proper flowchart/mindtree.”
Round 5

Stress Interview

Interview Experience
HR interview again, but with the Principal of the company (a big shot guy) along with a HR assessment guy in a corner. It’s mainly done to test how you interact with people of high stature. There might be a basic math question, which is more of a Stress Interview than a check for your quant skills.
Interview Tips
The good news is that, if you make it to this round, you’re “almost” selected. All you need is presence of mind to crack this. To summarize, Don’t loss your cool. Don’t freak out. Appear confident. Basically, you are being screwed with. Keep this in your mind.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
Programming languages not required. The initial online test will be based on the lines of CAT/GMAT. HR interview and the Principal interview will have a guesstimate and a quant problem respectively.
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ZS Associates Business analyst interview

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VENKATESH RAMESHFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Business analyst role at ZS Associates
Interview Process
Test Interview Interview
Round 1

Test

Interview Experience
Test ( Quant, English, DI, Attention to detail) + Group discussion
Round 2

Interview

Interview Experience
I was given a booklet describing a case involving a shoe manufacturer and his supply chain system. In addition there were a few other glitches in his profit generation. A total of 30 mins was allocated to solve the case, followed by an interview to discuss the case and suggest changes. In the second round of the same section basic math puzzle involving the surface area and volume concepts of a cube was asked. In round 3 of the same section. A role play wherein I was meeting a potential customer in an elevator and had 60 secs to inform him about what ‘We at ZS’ do. I lacked proper knowledge of the firm and had to do with limited information I had. I ensured I don’t go wrong on the little information I knew.
Round 3

Interview

Interview Experience
The interview was by and large about my experiences in campus and how I had responded to different situations. Questions like “3 instances wherein you worked in a disordered environment and came out with flying colours“ , “ What is the most important quality in a team leader and why” etc . The round lasted for around 40 mins.

The interview was again primarily about my experiences in campus and how I had managed time etc. Questions like “ Why ZS” , “ 3 most valued principles of your life” etc were put forward. The round lasted for about 30 mins. At the end I was given time to ask questions and clarify my doubts about the kind of work, culture etc at the firm
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
My calculations were neat and I invested more time in understanding the problem which made the Q/A session with the interviewer a cake walk. I was relaxed during the entire conversation and was able to substantiate my answers with examples from my life experiences.
General Tips
Make sure you read the cases VERY carefully. I learnt that a couple of my fellow students messed up the understanding part. Make sure you relate each and every significant achievement of yours to a particular quality or trait that defines you. This would help you answering HR questions effectively. Be thorough with each and every line of your master resume. HR interviews are all about knowing yourself and what you have done so far in life.
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ZS Associates interview

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ADITYA MALATEESH KASHIKARFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at NIT Warangal for ZS Associates
Interview Process
Test Group Discussion Technical Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
60 Minutes
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Aptitude Test
  • Section 2: Analytical
Interview Experience
Quantitative: There were 2 questions. One was based on speed, distance & time and the other was on probability. Both of them needed a little bit of intuition and common sense. 
Analytical: 3 questions were analytical and required subjective answers and thus a good IQ and writing skills were essential.
Round 2

Group Discussion

Duration
15 Minutes
Group Discussion Topic
Nuclear Deal between India and USA.
Interview Experience
There were 8 of us for the GD round. We were then taken to the board room and were asked to sit in a circular fashion around the table. We were provided with notepads and pens, one per person. The topic was then announced by the panel members and we were given two minutes time to get prepared. Soon, we were asked to start the discussion. Over the span of 15-16 minutes, I brought to the table a few valid points such as the current national political scenario and the responses of many International bodies with regards to the deal. In the end, we were asked to summarize and conclude the discussion individually. Other than the GD, there was also a case study where I was given the task of analyzing a fictitious candy company's sales and set local goals for the salesmen. Also there was a round called 'Guesstimate' where I was asked to logically predict/guess the total number of cricket balls sold in India in one year.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
There was only one interview for me. It was a mixture of technical and HR. As far as the technical part goes, I was tested for my knowledge of engineering mathematics, probability distribution curves, etc.. I was quite prepared for these questions and answered them as I deemed fit.
Round 4

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Why did you choose to apply for ZS?
  • Question 2: Why did you choose to apply for ZS?
  • Question 3: Why do you think ZS should select you?
Interview Experience
It was a thoroughly enriching experience for me. Initially, at the Pre-Placement talk, I was dazzled by the credentials of the delegation from ZS Associates. The manner in which the process of PPT was conducted was very professional and all the aspects were covered in the one and a half hour presentation. Although it was a very serious occasion, the delegation made me feel comfortable and were very encouraging throughout the process. All in all, it was a day whose memories I will cherish throughout my lifetime.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
My suggestion to juniors would be: <br /> 1)Brush up your intermediate and engineering level mathematics. <br /> 2)Keep yourself abreast of current affairs as they are of vital importance to sail through the GD and the Case Study rounds. 3)Improve your Communicative skills. <br /> 4)Have an idea about the 'Guesstimate' and learn how to logically approach a given problem. <br /> 5)A good statistical approach is essential to provide a convincing solution to the problem stated in the case interviews. <br /> 6)Be prepared for all kinds of HR questions. <br /> 7)Also, a high level of confidence and enthusiasm are sought after by the company.
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