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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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    ZS Associates interview

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    Hitesh ChelawatFresherSelected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for ZS Associates
    Interview Process
    Resume Shortlist Test Case Study Interview HR Interview
    Round 1

    Resume Shortlist

    Interview Experience
    I attended the workshop organized by Mckinsey & Co. on resume writing. It was of great help for me when I started writing my resume. I first made my resume on my own and then I looked at some of the resumes of my passed out friends. If you have any friend in Mckinsey or BCG, have a look at his resume it will help you a lot. Then I got my resume corrected and checked by my friends of my batch and some passed out seniors. It is always good to get opinion of 2-3 people on your resume. It really helps to improve.
    Interview Tips
    I tried to attend PPTs as many as possible. First thing is u get free pizza and second u get to know about the company, their recruiting procedure, the job they are offering and the pay package. Try to attend as much ppt as possible. People who come to give ppt are very smart and they also tell you how to prepare for interviews. If someone wants to appear for this company, what all should he/she ideally prepare? Prepare your HR well. Do some case studies. Familiarize yourself with some commonly used business jargon's and be confident.
    Round 2

    Test

    Test Sections
      Interview Experience
      First there was a written test in which about 50 people got short listed. Then it was followed by a GD after which about 30 people got short listed and then a case study round after which 18 got short listed and finally one HR. They made 8 offers finally Walk us through the GDs/Interviews of this company. In the written test, there were about 8 questions comprising of 4 HR questions and 4 puzzles. Puzzles were mostly logical and were easy to solve. HR questions included questions like why you want to join ZS, what are your 3 most important strengths, how will you help ZS in growing etc. It was followed by a GD where the topic was &ldquo;Privatization of Government sectors- Good or Bad
      Interview Tips
      There are lots of books on case studies available in IIT on various servers. There are few websites also for puzzles, but I think a community on Orkut with the name Puzzles is the best place to practice puzzles.
      Round 3

      Case Study Interview

      Interview Experience
      Then case study was not a typical business case study, it was more data analyzing kind of thing. Some charts and data tables were given and we were asked to come up with a model to decide how much incentive should be given to sales force
      Interview Tips
      .For interviews and case studies, I believe preparing in groups is the best policy. Don&rsquo;t make very big group for case studies. A group of 2, max 3 is enough. Try to do case studies with different persons, you will get different perspectives. Don&rsquo;t mug up your HR answers, but thinking about and telling it to your friend will be of immense help
      Round 4

      HR Interview

      Interview Experience
      In final HR round they asked me about myself, my internship, my strengths, my weaknesses and one simple supply demand problem.
      Skills

      Skills Tested

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        ZS Associates Business operations associate interview

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        Priyanshi JainFresherSelected
        Application
        I was interviewed on-campus at NIT Bhopal for Business operations associate role at ZS Associates
        Interview Process
        Test Group Discussion Behavioural interview Case study Case interview HR Interview
        Round 1

        Test

        No. of Questions
        30 min questions
        Test Sections
        • Section 1: General Aptitude
        Interview Experience
        Easy questions
        Interview Tips
        Basic level questions.
        Practice grammar.
        Round 2

        Group Discussion

        Group Discussion Topic
        Role of censorship
        Interview Experience
        GD turned into a fish market. It requires enormous amount of effort to remain calm and composed.
        Interview Tips
        Jot down your points and channel the gd in the right direction. Be polite and clear. Jot down other people's points in order to summarise at the end.
        Round 3

        Behavioural interview

        Interview Experience
        Good
        Interview Tips
        Practice guesstimates.
        Round 4

        Case study

        Interview Experience
        Lot of questions and data in a booklet.
        8 questions in 30 minutes
        Interview Tips
        Practice case studies 
        Make logical assumptions so that you can explain your answers in the interview.
        Round 5

        Case interview

        Interview Experience
        Stressful
        Interview Tips
        Be confident and explain your answers.
        Round 6

        HR Interview

        Interview Tips
        Be confident. Brainteasers can be dropped.
        Skills

        Skills Tested

        • confidence
        • logical presence
        • case solving abilities
        • aptitude
        Resources

        Preparation materials

        Books
        • Case in point,
        Funny Moments
        I lost my cool when asked 600*15 by the HR. 

        I told him that the entire process of 6 rounds has been very hectic. And does he think I do not know how to calculate?

        He just smiled and asked me to answer the same.
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        ZS Associates interview

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

        Test

        Duration
        60 Minutes
        Test Sections
        • Section 1: Aptitude Test
        Interview Experience
        There were a total of 5 questions- 
        1) Referring to like What u want in your first job, how ZS will help you in achieving this and how did u come to know about ZS.
        2) Real time problem like if u have to urgently go somewhere and deadline is tomorrow, what will you do. 
        3) Tables of data are given and you are asked a question based on it. 
        4) Problem which requires ability to make equations. 
        5) Again a problem requiring Maths.
        Round 2

        Group Discussion

        Duration
        30 Minutes
        Group Discussion Topic
        Nuclear Deal of India
        Interview Experience
        In GD, quantity of your talk doesnt matter so much. Even if there are very few points from your side, you will get selected. The main thing that we need to remember is that we should be a part of the group. Never say NO to someone else's point. If u say NO, then it shows that you cannot work very well in a group. You have to speak for around 2 minutes in conclusion. So here it will be nice to appreciate others points and how u have learnt new points from others. Process is that there will be group discussion for around 15 minutes and then each person has to conclude for around 2 minutes.
        Round 3

        Behavioural Interview

        Interview Experience
        It is partly HR, they know about you. Then they gradually ask one question where you need to guess intelligently like - What are the number of street lights in Warangal. The question I got was that a peron writes a book which transparently shows differences in Christianity and Hinduism and he may even give the book for free. How many will read this book in India in its first year. You need to give proper reasons for your guess and not just a blind guess. (This interview is for around 30-35 minutes).
        Round 4

        Case Study Interview

        Interview Experience
        A real time business problem with many tables of information with many questions in relation to interpretation of the data in these tables, eg: crearing a formula for some parameter. Duration- you will be left alone with papers for 30 minutes and then the interviewer will come and ask questions based on what u did. (total of 50 minutes).
        Round 5

        HR Interview

        Interview Experience
        Partly HR like (why ZS) and some problems which require 11th and 12th standard Maths. (30 minutes).
        Skills

        Skills Tested

          Skill Tips
          1) Be very alert and attentive to all the questions that are asked. <br /> 2) Be confident with whatever you say but beware as they will surely again question why that answer. <br /> 3) There is not much preparation that you can do for ZS as it is more with your natural abilities. <br /> 4) Only preparation that u can do is that find and know about ZS properly. <br /> 5) It is helpful if you are good with 11th and 12th standard Maths and also CGPA helps to certain extent.
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          ZS Associates Operations associate interview

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          PUNIT SHUKLAFresherSelected
          Application
          I was interviewed on-campus at BIT Mesra for Operations associate role at ZS Associates
          Interview Process
          Test Case Study Interview HR Interview PRINCIPAL INTERVIEW
          Round 1

          Test

          Test Sections
          • Section 1: Selection Process: Written + Interview (3-4 Rounds) (*As in 2010, but probably the process has changed now. Get in touch with your immediate seniors.)
          Interview Experience
          Written test: 3-4 aptitude questions (CAT type) + 2 subjective HR questions
          Round 2

          Case Study Interview

          Interview Experience
          Case Study
          You will be given a case and supporting data about the case. There are no standard cases and hence there is no point discussing the case which I faced. There are 3-4 questions based on the case mainly to gauge your logical thinking and common sense. Try to write whatever you think and do that in a structured manner. Prep case solving using internet (lot of material is available).
          Round 3

          HR Interview

          Interview Experience
          HR Interview
          Generic questions on leadership, initiative taking, team playing etc. Just prep well before the interview. Follow a systematic approach in all the answers: Describe the context/situation, describe what you did, what you learnt, impact of your actions and finally generalize the learning lesson by demonstrating how you can utilize that lesson in your workplace
          Round 4

          PRINCIPAL INTERVIEW

          Interview Experience
          Round 3: Principal RoundIts mainly an extension of HR round but you should be ready to face some weird apti questions and puzzles. I was asked a very interesting question which fortunately I was able to solve (do not remember the details now, but remember using calculus for that puzzle :-|). Rest of the interaction is about the job role and your fit. Keep asking smart and engaging questions. The interviewer will be the head of the office who is a partner. So, this round counts a lot. Anyways your chances are good if you have reached this round because generally it is the last round. Yes, FYI, all rounds are elimination rounds.
          Skills

          Skills Tested

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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 HR Interview Case Study Interview Case Study Interview HR Interview
            Round 1

            Test

            Test Sections
              Interview Experience
              CAT like aptitude test. Easy questions, but a lot of them. Hence, speed would be of essence. Verbal, quantitative, DI and “attention to detail”-these are the skills that matter. Do not linger on any question. CAT-centric preparation may come in handy.
              Round 2

              Group Discussion

              Interview Experience
              Shortlisting done on the basis of test cum profile. Not many people were eliminated during this round. Communication skills will help you. They give current topics usually. We were asked to discuss Kejriwal’s methods.
              Interview Tips
              Speak clearly and make coherent points. Be polite and composed.
              Round 3

              HR Interview

              Interview Experience
              The interview lasted for 20-25 minutes. I was asked in detail about internships and projects. I had to solve a guesstimate as well.
              Interview Tips
              Go through casebooks. Be thoroughly prepared with the details in your CV.
              Round 4

              Case Study Interview

              Interview Experience
              One hour to solve a case booklet followed by a discussion. Question was about devising an incentive framework for the sales force of a company.
              Interview Tips
              Basic logic and DI skills should suffice. Pace yourself to go through the entire booklet.
              Round 5

              Case Study Interview

              Interview Experience
              Basic logic and DI skills should suffice.
              Interview Tips
              Pace yourself to go through the entire booklet.
              Round 6

              HR Interview

              Interview Experience
              This is the final round if you manage to get past the previous rounds. Fifteen minute interview with the principal with another guy looking on. I was also asked to solve a math problem/puzzle involving some calculation; it’s difficulty slightly enhanced by the principal’s efforts to unsettle me.
              Interview Tips
              The good news is that, if you make it to this round, you’re “almost” selected. Mostly an HR interview with pointed follow-up questions and cross questioning. So, think before you speak and be prepared backup your answers.
              Skills

              Skills Tested

                Skill Tips
                For my profile, Business Operations Associate, good aptitude would be required to clear the written test and communication skills, elementary case solving abilities to ace the interviews.
                General Tips
                A high CG is preferrable, although I was a lower 7. Extraordinary achievements are not required. However, an involvement in something beyond academics should be demonstrated. Core industry, core academic and consulting internships/ projects help. Prior experience in consulting probably helped my case. They do look for a good technical background and a well rounded personality. Parting Advice: Case books. CAT preparation. CV revision. That’s the mantra, more or less.
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                ZS Associates Business operations associate interview

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                Lavanya TatikondaFresherSelected
                Application
                I was interviewed on-campus at NIT Surathkal for Business operations associate role at ZS Associates
                Interview Process
                Test Case Study Interview Technical Interview HR Interview
                Round 1

                Test

                Test Sections
                  Interview Experience
                  Around 110 students were shortlisted for the online test (CGPA>=7) from all branches of B.Tech. Online test had 4 sections namely Simple Quantitative, Logical Reasoning, Verbal and attention to detail. 30 students were shortlisted for interviews based on the online test and interviews were taken according to the profile opted.
                  Round 2

                  Case Study Interview

                  Interview Experience
                  In case interview, a case study would be given and one is supposed to analyze it within the time limit.
                  Round 3

                  Technical Interview

                  Interview Experience
                  Technical interview varies for each profile, for BOA and BAA it would be mostly puzzles, case analysis and a brief on one's projects and internships.
                  Round 4

                  HR Interview

                  Interview Experience
                  HR would be a bit tough, try to be confident. 11 students were offered placement. The whole interview process goes for a day long.
                  Skills

                  Skills Tested

                    Skill Tips
                    Use your summer effectively, though you are busy with internships and projects, a little beforehand preparation for placements would be really helpful. Do know about the company and job profile before going to an interview and pay attention to the company pre-placement talk. Knowing about the placement process helps too. If, you are applying for a core company, know your basic concepts thoroughly, be clear about your academic projects and internships.
                    General Tips
                    It's challenging to crack the tests, interviews and get placed but at the same time don't get exhausted or dejected ever. From all that we have experienced, patience and wait always rewards you. Don't just sit for a company unless you the profile suits you. Once you are placed in a dream company you cannot sit for others. So choose wisely before you act.
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                    ZS Associates Business analyst interview

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                    Keshav Kant SharmaFresherSelected
                    Application
                    I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Roorkee for Business analyst role at ZS Associates
                    Interview Process
                    Test Group Discussion Problem Statement Interview Interview
                    Round 1

                    Test

                    Test Sections
                    • Section 1: Verbal
                    • Section 2: Quant
                    Interview Experience
                    Written test was on the CAT pattern. Verbal section and Quant section, level was also
                    comparable to CAT.
                    Round 2

                    Group Discussion

                    Interview Experience
                    A well organised GD, everyone was given time to start and conclude. The topic
                    was "should films like dirty picture be allowed in India". Marks were given for points given in the discussion.
                    Round 3

                    Problem Statement

                    Interview Experience
                    first, a case study. It was mainly calculationbased, doable problem. had to understand some graphs for the calculations. It was more like a DataInterpretation problem in CAT.
                    Round 4

                    Interview

                    Interview Experience
                    Second interview had parts of HR, was asked questions like 'strengths, weaknesses, way of doing work,how do you ensure your work is correct, any difficult situation faced, how do you cope with them, extracurricular activities' etc..I was also asked a guestimate, had to estimate the demand for a professionalmusic school all over india. This was asked because my extra activity was music. I guessed first the no. ofschools in india and then on that basis calculated no. of students that may be interested in music as aprofession.
                    Round 5

                    Interview

                    Interview Experience
                    Third one was again mostly HR related.
                    Skills

                    Skills Tested

                      Skill Tips
                      For the interviews, prepared basic HR<br /> questions like 'tell me about yourself, strengths and weaknesses' etc.. Prepared for guesstimations from<br /> random sources, available easily on the net. Prepared for case studies from vault guide for case interviews,<br /> available on the net.
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                      ZS Associates Business analyst interview

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                      P.Sakthi Viswanathan FresherNot Selected
                      Application
                      I was interviewed on-campus at NIT Trichy for Business analyst role at ZS Associates
                      Interview Process
                      Test
                      Round 1

                      Test

                      Duration
                      50 Minutes
                      Test Sections
                        Interview Experience
                        It was good , needed a bit of thinking in the logical reasoning part .Fifty minutes of tough experience
                        Interview Tips
                        I suggest the students to work really smart and hard on logical reasoning part
                        Because the cut off for the written round shortlisting is very high .
                        Skills

                        Skills Tested

                        • Management skills
                        • communication skills
                        • Team coordination
                        • case study solving
                        • puzzle solving
                        Skill Tips
                        Students are strictly advised to improve their skills in management areas .Doing a management project would be highly useful .Participate yourself in many club activities like entrepreneurship development , etc.
                        Resources

                        Preparation materials

                        Books
                        • Arun sharma ,
                        • RS Aggarwal for verbal and non verbal ,
                        General Tips
                        As the old saying goes , talent is natural , skill is developed by hours and hours of practice .Believe in yourself that you can make it.yes of course , luck does play a key part , but as long as u fight to the finish , you're guaranteed to be the winner
                        Motivation for applying
                        I was basically into management /software and zs associates are a reputed firm who have been operating more than a decade across pune , gorgaon. There are many perks being an employee in the company
                        Funny Moments
                        The interviewer asked me which profile I was more into : management or software .without a doubt I said software .Then he said which company would you choose if zs rejected you .I said Oracle ! .We both laughed
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                        ZS Associates interview

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                        Neha GuptaFresherSelected
                        Application
                        I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for ZS Associates
                        Interview Process
                        Resume Shortlist Group Discussion Case Study Interview HR Interview
                        Round 1

                        Resume Shortlist

                        Interview Experience
                        Resume preparation was not a difficult task since I knew why I did things that were in my resume. To cover everything in detail I took help of HLPQ- a set of some 218 questions. There is no need to mug up answers to these questions. It should be read just once to get an idea of questions that can come up during an interview. I attended almost all pre-placement talks. These sessions definitely give a good idea about the company, the profile they are offering and the people therein. I consulted few seniors to make a choice between companies.
                        Round 2

                        Group Discussion

                        Interview Experience
                        GD Topic: Should the government lay more stress on building infrastructure facilities before inviting/giving permissions to MNCs
                        Interview Tips
                        I prepared in groups of 2/3. I think preparation should be done in groups, but with few members (max 4/5), so that everybody gains from it. Prepare with different groups &its because after some time , all group members start thinking in the same way and no new ideas come up. It also helps in knowing different perspectives about the same issue.
                        Round 3

                        Case Study Interview

                        Interview Experience
                        Case Interview: A candy company wants to increase its sales, what should it do to enhance sales in three given segments and how much compensation should it offer to its sales people? Also what should be the criteria to decide compensation? Lot of data was given- questions regarding best ways to analyze various kinds of data manually and using excel were also asked.
                        Round 4

                        HR Interview

                        Interview Experience
                        HR Interview: Why ZS? How can you contribute to the firm? Some mathematical puzzles and graphical questions. If someone wants to appear for this company, what all should he/she ideally prepare? Nothing much&hellip;general case study preparation will be of help. Prepare questions like - Why ZS and What skills do you have to add value to the company. Rest all was general awareness&hellip;a little knowledge about what all excel can do.
                        Skills

                        Skills Tested

                          General Tips
                          For case interviews, I gave fewer options for a particular problem & told them only what I thought could be the problem. After getting the feedback, I guess they were looking for a person who could suggest all possible options, prioritize them and then tell them reasons for choosing/ rejecting a particular option. Any key tips for interview-day, viz. dressing, etiquette. Dress properly and smartly .Be very confident Don't think too much about not being able to get through the company .Take your own pen and paper; keep spare copies of resume in a folder . Be energetic and enthusiastic.
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