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ZS Associates interview

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AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus 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 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
    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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    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.
    Skills

    Skills Tested

    • Case study
    • Puzzle solving
    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 interview

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    AnonymousFresherSelected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus 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 operations associate interview

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      AnonymousFresherSelected
      Application
      I was interviewed on-campus 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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        AnonymousFresherSelected
        Application
        I was interviewed on-campus 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 Business analyst interview

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          AnonymousFresherSelected
          Application
          I was interviewed on-campus 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 Scientist interview

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            Aruwin GanesanExperiencedSelected
            Application
            I Applied for job through Personal Contacts for Scientist role at ZS Associates
            Interview Process
            Case Study Interview
            Round 1

            Case Study Interview

            Interview Questions
            • Question 1: A Pharma company is introducing a new drug aimed at certain patients. It needs to work out its sales sand marketing strategy based on the information given. There were 6-7 slides printout with specific questions on each slide. I was required to answer the mentioned questions using whatever data was provided. It was not a conventional case interview.
            Interview Experience
            Keep calm. Do not make the interviewer think that you are tensed.
            Heavy importance was given on numbers and interpretation on numbers.
            Interview Tips
            1.Candidate should start with understanding the case completely as a lot of information was given and explained. Any relevant Pharmaceutical words used in the case have to be clarified and no assumptions are to be made.
            2.As the case had lot of information, it was necessary to isolate useful information from the irrelevant information.
            3.Since the case included numbers and calculations, the calculations should be done correctly at the first time itself (time can be taken to compute the numbers).
            4.Interpretation of the graphs is extremely important (and there were only few graphs). Pay close attention to X and Y axes and their units.
            Skills

            Skills Tested

            • Data Interpretation
            • Computation Skills
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            ZS Associates Operations associate interview

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            AnonymousFresherSelected
            Application
            I was interviewed on-campus 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 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. <br />
              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?<br />
              He just smiled and asked me to answer the same.
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