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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 Questions
    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 Operations associate interview

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    AnonymousFresherSelected
    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 Questions
      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 Questions
        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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          AnonymousFresherSelected
          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 “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 Questions
              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’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’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 Questions
                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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                  AnonymousFresherSelected
                  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 Questions
                      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 Questions
                        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 Questions
                          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 interview

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

                                    HR Interview

                                    Interview Questions
                                      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 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 Business analyst interview

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                                          AnonymousFresherSelected
                                          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 Questions
                                            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 Questions
                                              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 interview

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                                                AnonymousFresherSelected
                                                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 Questions
                                                  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 Questions
                                                    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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                                                      ZS Associates Business operations associate interview

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                                                      Alok UmarjeetFresherSelected
                                                      Application
                                                      I was interviewed on-campus at NIT Surathkal for Business operations associate role at ZS Associates
                                                      Interview Process
                                                      Resume Shortlist Test Case Study Interview Behavioural Interview HR Interview
                                                      Round 1

                                                      Resume Shortlist

                                                      Interview Experience
                                                      Based on CGPA
                                                      Round 2

                                                      Test

                                                      Duration
                                                      60 Minutes
                                                      No. of Questions
                                                      60 questions
                                                      Test Sections
                                                        Interview Experience
                                                        Basic Aptitude test, CAT exam practice enough to clear it
                                                        Round 3

                                                        Case Study Interview

                                                        Interview Questions
                                                          Interview Experience
                                                          Questions based on the case study questions given to us to solve
                                                          Round 4

                                                          Behavioural Interview

                                                          Interview Questions
                                                            Interview Experience
                                                            General questions, Internships, Projects to check who well u fit in company culture
                                                            Round 5

                                                            HR Interview

                                                            Interview Questions
                                                              Interview Experience
                                                              Final round with top management personnel again hr interview with basic info about you
                                                              Skills

                                                              Skills Tested

                                                              • Attention to detail
                                                              • Data Analysis
                                                              • Intelligence
                                                              General Tips
                                                              Be cool confident and think logically
                                                              Motivation for applying
                                                              Great culture and great growth for a fresher, good perks and compensation
                                                              Funny Moments
                                                              Interviewer asking whether the things on my CV are real or fake
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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
                                                              Round 1

                                                              Case Study Interview

                                                              Interview Questions
                                                              • Question 1: PI Questions: Your past background
                                                              • Question 2: How consulting fit in with your career goals.
                                                              Interview Experience
                                                              Case Details:
                                                              Round one in the process consisted of a mini caselet, mixed with some preliminary motivational questions. The caselet was easy and tested mainly the candidate’s ability to
                                                              interpret graphical and numerical data by identifying trends and possible causes. There was some reference to market entry strategies and risks, but this was not delved into in detail. Nothing unusual. Standard 3C, 4P approach to solve the issue at hand. More driven by approach and strategy than numbers and frameworks. Bound by a confidentiality clause. But suffice to say that it was in line with the case books available on the consulting club portal. The first round was strictly OK. I got the data crunching right but felt I could have done better on suggesting the causes behind the data trends in the caselets. Could have been more prepared for pharma/healthcare practices.
                                                              Interview Tips
                                                              Would suggest preparation of specific examples from professional/personal experiences to support your answers. Be sure to cover or think of all flaws and angles. It’s all about presentation skills and how you can handle large chunks of data. In that manner, it is slightly different from the other case interviews.
                                                              Round 2

                                                              Case Study Interview

                                                              Interview Questions
                                                              • Question 1: Identify the issue and make recommendations.
                                                              Interview Experience
                                                              Case Details:
                                                              There were around 40 pages of information including background, industry research, newspaper articles, annual reports and miscellaneous data. The candidate was expected to identify the issue and make recommendations. Calculations were minimal. The main challenge was to finish the reading and evolve a cohesive and comprehensive strategy to solve the problem at hand. The
                                                              findings were then to be transferred to chart paper and presented to the panel. One can expect a fair bit of cross-questioning if the coverage of the case has not been complete. Innovative insights and the ability to fend off questions help. The second round was much much better. The key was to read quickly without getting bogged down by the sheer volume of the data and material. I had minimal cross-questioning and felt that I hit most of the salient points of the case. Problem assessment is the key. The final interview was just to gauge the candidate’s fit with a small econ 101 question on MR/MC.
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