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ZS Associates Business operations associate interview

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Aakash JaiswalFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at NIT Surathkal for Business operations associate role at ZS Associates
Interview Process
Test Problem Statement Guesstimate Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Interview Experience
Online Aptitude test-AMCAT (verbal, quantitative, qualitative, logical) -Time is a crucial factor here than difficulty, the test is quite average.
Round 2

Problem Statement

Interview Experience
Day-2- Case study of Real life problem statement.(Math Skills & ideas needed to qualify here)Most important Round according to me. Majority was eliminated here. Those remaining usually make it through final interview. First a Case study is given to solve in around 30-35 mins.(4 questions with subparts also). Next, a "Case study discussion" takes place,1 to 1 discussion where you have to explain your approach/ideas/answers. This round takes up 40-50 mins at least.
Round 3

Guesstimate Interview

Interview Experience
Tech./Guesstimation Round- Internships/Projects (asked to explain the project and what your role was in it). Guesstimation questions are always asked here and are quite important to the process. Practice a few questions online beforehand to get a grasp of it. Approach here is more imp than the actual answer.(Elimination round)
Round 4

HR Interview

Interview Experience
HR interview/Behavioral interview- Casual round of HR questions( Hobbies, interests etc are discussed). Qualities are asked to justify with real life examples. A quant questions (average difficulty) were also asked to solve.Almost everyone made through this round.(Final round)
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
Online materials are enough. Practice Apti. questions in summer for at least a week to build up the speed. Materials from seniors also helped. Trick questions/Puzzles are integral part for some companies, so knowing it beforehand helps. Almost all puzzles are available online.(just Google INTERVIEW puzzles). Andtry and read about the company you are planning to apply for, might come handy in HR rounds.
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • R.S. Agrawal- for Apti ,
General Tips
Stay CALM and confident. Keep the basics right and be very sure with the companies you want to sit for. Dress smartly and always answer to the point. If confident about yourself, can skip companies for your dream offer.
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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 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.
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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

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.
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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 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.
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 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

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 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

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 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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AnonymousFresherNot Selected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for BUSINESS ANALYST role at ZS Associates
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test Case Study Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
I mentioned about all my credentials in my resume in a very compact and precise manner, so that more information could be conveyed in as few words as possible. This I hoped would also impress the evaluators.
I had previously prepared a resume for my internship; I prepared my job resume with the help of this resume. I applied for only 2 companies and while applying in these companies I used the same resume but only ameliorated my areas of interest.
Round 2

Test

Interview Experience
The first round was the interview round. The test was divided into three parts: aptitude, verbal ability and mathematics. All the three sections were very simple. The aptitude questions were very similar to those found in CAT preparation books. The only section that some found difficult to negotiate with was the verbal ability section.
Interview Tips
Preparation for CAT or any other MBA entrance exam will help you ace the written test.
Round 3

Case Study Interview

Interview Experience
The second round was conducted in 4 phases. The first phase was the case study and the second phase was an interview based on the case study. The case study was about a shoe company that wanted to optimize their output and we had to suggest measures that can be implemented to do the same. Since I had no experience in the case study I was eliminated after the second phase itself.
Interview Tips
Prepare for Case Study before appearing for ZS Associate for interview.
Motivation for applying
ZS Associates is a consultancy firm which uses quantitative skills to solve business problems for their clients(cases). It deals with various industries but has majority of clients from pharmaceutical sector. Learn more about the company by visiting its site.
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