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Dear Readers, Today we have Kool Karthikeyan, a campus recruited candidate. He is here to share his experience on Tech Mahindra campus drive, how he succeeded.
Interviewer: Good evening Mr. Karthikeyan! Tell me about yourself ?
Karthikeyan: Good evening. I’m from Sengunther and did my Higher Sr from home town. My father is a businessman and mother is a homemaker. I’m presently pursing final semester EIE. Along with academics, I participate in several co-curriclar activities. I have won third prize in a National Level project event. My hobby is listening to music and fond of Karthik (singer). My strength is self-confidence, self-motivation and quick learner.
Interviewer: Good to know about your interests. Why did you choose to apply to Tech Mahindra?
Karthikeyan: During pre-placement talk, the campus relation officer from TechM mentioned of possibility of transition from TechM to other division of Mahindra seem possible. This seemed a good opportunity to apply!
Interviewer: This is like “paying attention to details”. What were the different rounds conducted? Could you also share your experience on training phase?
Karthikeyan: Round one was aptitude test of 60 mark to be completed in 80 minutes. Time Management is a tricky option. Round two consisted of a picture that appears on screen for few moments. Then the story boarding begins in a stipulated time. The emphasis would be to write a positive story. A good hand on typing would be added advantage. Round three was Technical HR, that lasted for an hour. The question tested me on programming skills and technical questions from the favourite subjects I claimed in the resume and few from the interviewer interest. The final round was General HR, questions were mostly on general awareness like current affairs. There were hypothetical questions to seek solutions for the problems.
Interviewer: It should have been a long day. What is /are take away from the process?
Karthikeyan: Knowing in what I know is good to crack an interview. Focusing on the problem to solve is more important than arguing to prove I’m right! Time Management for aptitude test and story boarding, speed typing were important and regular ready up (current affairs) did help me!
Interviewer: Any suggestions for future aspirants?
Karthikeyan: Understanding the test pattern is vital to get the objective of clearing is important. Little effort towards typing passage would make a lot of difference during real time scenario. Knowing the things mentioned in the resume and current affairs would benefit.
Interviewer: Thank you very much for the valuable time and information. Wishing you a great career ahead with TechM.
Karthikeyan: Thank you too!
Dear Readers, Today we have Ever Smiling Dharagesh Dhamodharan, a campus recruited candidate. He is here to share his experience on Tech Mahindra campus drive, how he succeeded Tech Mahindra.
Interviewer: Good afternoon Mr. Dharagesh! Tell me about yourself ?
Dharagesh: Good afternoon. I would like to begin with family first, dad is working as an Account Manager in TATA Groups and mother is an examination coordinator at Bharathiyar University. I have a sister, presently residing at Bengaluru with her family. My family is one thing that has been very supportive on the decisions I take. I wanted to be an Instrumentation Engineer hence I choose EIE because of passion that drew towards Robotics. Since EIE is a multidisciplinary, I found last nearly four years as roller coaster ride. I assume many would agree with this (smiles).
Interviewer: It’s good to hear that you don’t just listen to your heart but follow it as well. Why did you choose to apply to Tech Mahindra?
Dharagesh: (Smiles and thinks) The first thing I wanted to do is find a job before graduating. Otherwise it would be frustrating, buckling pressure from the society and peer would have been difficult to handle. I think humans crave for social identity (smiles). I just wanted to show to others ‘I’m capable’. Cracking the first company proved several right for me! (grins)
Interviewer: That’s straight from your heart. What were the different rounds conducted? Could you also share your experience on training phase?
Dharagesh: Well, Tech Mahindra Interview process was no less than roller coaster too! The first round was aptitude with mere luck as mathematics is something challenging but I enjoy verbal section of assessment. The second round was to look at an image and type a story. This round was a piece of cake walk, as I feel there is some journalism in me (laughs). The third and fourth round were Technical HR and General HR. I did struggle with coding question but it ended well. General HR was my cup of tea not coffee (smiles). I happen to challenge the HR that I would clear CAT and sit right beside him to interview someday. I see that dream is not far off! (smiles)
Interviewer: Thats a good to hear. What is /are take away from the process?
Dharagesh: Well, I happened to take up rather to know the value of patience since the recruitment process involved a day long waiting. I knew my weakness and strengthen, specifically to mathematics and coding (smiles). It was indeed memorable day but fell short to celebrate because two other friends didn’t make it through.
Interviewer: Any suggestions for future aspirants?
Dharagesh: (Thinks) I believe that one need to show/present their abilities rather to sell oneself as a product. You should be able to tell people that you capable and could fit very well in their business requirements. Right words during interview could foster a healthy discussion. There is no escape of regular practice of aptitude. Attending regular aptitude could help in understanding the basics.
Interviewer: Appreciate your open answers that could help several readers. Thank you very much for the valuable time and information. Wishing you a great career ahead with Tech Mahindra.
Dharagesh: Thank you too!
Dear Readers, Today we have silent & smiling Savitha Babu, a campus recruited candidate. She is here to share her experience on Kaar Technologies campus drive.
Interviewer: Good evening Ms. Savitha, tell us about yourself!
Savitha: I’m from Ooty studying final year Information Technology. My strengths are – I’m a self-motivated person, adaptable, and friendly in nature. My short-term goal was to get placed in a reputed organisation where I have an opportunity to perform and improve skills sets. The long term goal is to set a benchmark to excel in the chosen area. I believe in , ‘never neglect any right opportunity that would hone the skills for a better tomorrow.’
Interviewer: Some interesting beliefs and goals. Let’s move to our next question, why did you choose to apply for Kaar Technologies?
Savitha: Kaar Technologies is a one of global consulting firm which is purely a SAP solution provider. SAP helps several businesses to manage and its promising scope has lead me to apply for the position.
Interviewer: Seems a good roadmap. What were the different rounds conducted?
Savitha: The process was spread over several weeks-
Round 1 was an online test that consisted of Logical reasoning and Business English aptitude questions.
Round 2 was a group discussion on a general topic
Round 3 was technical/ HR round. It was a stress interview round similar like rapid fire round. (smiles)
Round 4 was a discussion with delivery head. Though the round seemed general but I think they were projecting the candidates prospectus for future.
Some of the questions are asked were –
Why should I hire you? ; What do you know about SAP? ; Write a program to swap two numbers without using temporary variable. ; If your posting is in Iraq, how do you planning to cope up with the environment conditions? ; We don’t provide cab facilities, how would you manage to commute? ; How long will you work for the company? ; Do you have any plan for higher education? ; Which is favourite subject? ; What are routing algorithms? ; What is routing? ; What are your hobbies?
Interviewer: What is/are your take away from the process?
Savitha: It was a good experience. Regular aptitude practice actually helped me as the questions were lengthy that would require at least two minutes to read/understand throughly. Assessor for GD were in opinion to provide a topic that everyone agrees to see a discussion taking forward. There were two topics given one after the other. The topics were, ‘Whether social network is a boon or bane.’ and ‘Clean India is individual aspect or a government aspect.’ Both the times I initiated the discussion and I think its seen positive while marking.
Stress interview seemed to stress because one of the interviewee tried to bring the moral low by axing the views/answers.
Interviewer: What are your suggestions for future aspirants?
Savitha: Stay clam and composed in each round. Treat each person as potential interviewer.
Interviewer: Thank you Savitha for sharing your insights. I hope it will help the readers and aspirants. Wishing you a great life and career with Kaar Technologies.
Savitha: (smiles) Thank you and it was pleasure answering the questions.
Dear Readers, Today we have pleasant Priscilla Florence Persis. S, campus hired & employee at CTS. She is here to share her experience on CTS campus drive and career ahead.
Interviewer: Good morning Priscilla. Tell us about yourself.
Priscilla: Good morning ! I hold a graduate degree with IT as a specialisation. I’m presently working at Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS), Chennai from 28 June 2016. I have two elder sisters and one elder brother. Being the youngest, I was pampered and motivation to be self-reliant came because of my sisters. One of them is HR and another one is a Project Manager. While pursuing Bachelors degree my sisters persuaded me to take up Java certification courses. After being on board at CTS I realised the importance of little push my sisters gave to complete Java courses. It’s easy to give up! (smiles)
Interviewer: Yes, I agree with you on that ‘little push’. Let’s move to our next question, why did you choose to apply for CTS?
Priscilla: Initially, I didn’t choose but rather it choose it (laughs). Just kidding! I had over 25 rejections with three offers from start-ups in between these rejections. I was never to settle for anything less hence the hunt continued. CTS was my 26th drive. I saw several rejections because of two reasons – firstly I perceived aptitude doesn’t need training but rejections from first few companies for inability to clear aptitude test was a good indicator to rework. And, secondly I took training to equip from training staff and faculty of department.
Interviewer: Yes, I also believe that training wouldn’t make you a bad person. Your persistence effort has paid off. What were the different rounds conducted?
Priscilla: (smiles) Yes, I agree. There were four rounds.
- Group Discussion
- Technical Interview
I was fairly good at technical courses but aptitude need that ‘little push’. Department of training and IT were very helpful.
Interviewer: That ‘little push’ seem to have worked. What is/are your take away from the process?
Priscilla: I realised that training and self-mode preparation could actually make difference to one’s success. I wish never to neglect any sort of learning in near future.
Interviewer: What are your suggestions for future aspirants?
Priscilla: ‘Making Mandatory brings discipline and makes life easier.’ Training and continuous learning is the way to career development. Because companies are focused on their requirements. People with good programming, logical and analytical skills will always have opportunities. Lately companies are looking for self-mode preparation people during training period. There might not be trainers for every component of technologies. One would need to study new framework by themselves. It’s going to be very competitive and challenging! (smiles)
Interviewer: Thank you Priscilla for sharing some interesting insights on changing paradigm. I hope it will help the readers and aspirants. Wishing you a great life and career with CTS.
Priscilla: (smiles) Thank you too!
Dear Readers, Today we have spirited & smiling SriManikandan Bala Krishnan (SMBK), a campus hiree. He is here to share his experience on Tech Mahindra campus drive and how he nailed it.
Interviewer: Hi SriManikandan. Tell us about yourself.
SMBK: Hello everyone! I’m pursuing final year, Computer Science Engineering. I’m active member in external and internal bodies like NSS, MUN, Rotract unity, Illaya Karangal and Act on Dreams. I love to organise events, conference and symposiums.
Interviewer: That’s lot of activities. That makes you spirited person. On a lighter note, what do you drink/eat to have such energy? Let’s move to next question, why did you choose to apply for Tech Mahindra?
SMBK: Thanks for the compliment (smiles). Coming to your question, my career objective is to associate with a social development sector which could enhance skills, set a higher standards/expectations. This would make the life pleasant and beautiful. I believe Tech Mahindra could be one of those place to contribute for the societal benefits.
Interviewer: Thats a unique perspective of career choice. What were the different rounds conducted?
SMBK: (smiles) After the pre-placement talk was the aptitude which compromised of verbal, quantitative and reasoning with medium to difficult level of questions given. Clearing the first round was a great relief (gives a broad smiles). Second round was to type a passage based on the perception based on a picture. The image I received was ‘speaker struggling to start his speech before a gathering’. I could nail this round because of active participation in MUN and others. The third round was Technical HR, the questions were pertaining to courses studied. The final round was mostly checking the Communication skills. The questions came from resume related to workshops, conference, mini project and special achievements. It was a great moment of getting placed along with other seven students of my class (smiles).
During technical round I was asked questions pertaining to syntax, programming, difference between internet/intranet, object oriented concepts like polymorphism & inheritance. Being strong at data structure, it was very handy to answer questions on SQL.
While in HR round I was asked questions on mini project, special achievement such as “Mr. Arista” title winner, about a workshop at NIT, paper presentation, world record workshop that was for a social development and others.
Interviewer: Your active participation seem to have paid off. What is/are your take away from the process?
SMBK: Yes, active participations played a vital role. Patience and confidence played an important role too. There were large number of students attending the campus drive. Strong foundation of basic were also important to clear the technical round. One need to answer the questions boldly otherwise it will go with a saying, ‘being speechless even though you know the stuff, then it will be useless’.
Interviewer: That’s an interesting quote! What are your suggestions for future aspirants?
SMBK: Constant learning and daily practice (aptitude) are strong indicators to the improvement. This is a key to success! “It is never late to start anything new.” So start today, success is awaited.
Interviewer: Thank you SMBK for sharing on Tech Mahindra recruitment process with all enthusiasm. I hope it will help the readers and aspirants. Wishing you a great life and career with Tech Mahindra.
SMBK: (grins) Pleasure is mine! I’m happy if this could inspire or make a difference to others. Thank you too!
Dear Readers, Today we have smart Selena, a campus placed student. She is here to share her experience on Tech Mahindra drive.
Interviewer: Hello Selena. Tell me about your studies.
Selena: Hi! I am Selena, pursuing 4th year BE, ECE.
Interviewer: Why did you choose to apply for TechMahindra
Selena: I chose to apply for Tech Mahindra basically because of the structured
learning and the creative freedom it provides to pursue other interests. I am in
contact with a few of the seniors who tell me about how they are doing so
much, apart from working. Most of them are studying part-time, or they are
actively engaged in other organizations. So, I like being busy and that’s
something that Tech Mahindra offers to their employees. Also, this being a day one company,
I see that I will have 57 familiar faces by the time I start my career.
Interviewer: Thanks looks promising career for a fresher. What were the different rounds conducted?
Selena: Rounds conducted were : the first round was the aptitude round. Once we cleared
that, we had the creative writing round, we had to write a 1200 character
passage on an image on the screen. Everyone gets a unique image. The
picture that I was given was a red dot. The next round was the Technical HR
round. It was fairly simple. We only had to answer confidently, and answer
right. For streams other than CSE and IT, they had asked mostly from
questions that can be found online. So it helps in preparation to Google
technical interview questions. And the final round was the HR round where I
was asked about my contributions to my projects and my communication skill
Interviewer: Some interesting rounds! Huh? What is/are your take away from the process?
Selena: Takeaway- the first take away that I had was my first interview experience
where I did not know the interviewer. I also learned the kind of questions
that we could probably ask regarding the interview. And I understood that
when you attend an interview, you tell the company what they want to hear.
Interviewer: Interesting! What are your suggestions for future aspirants?
Selena: For my juniors, I would say work super hard. Because, there is nothing that
equates to that. And do ‘smart work’ more than ‘hard work’. And for the
technical HR, it is expected that we know what we study, for Tech Mahindra.
That is as an ECE student, I was asked questions on ECE, not on CSE.
Interviewer: Thank you Selena for the some smart insights on the recruitment process. I hope it will help the readers. Wishing you a great career with Tech Mahindra.
Selena: Pleasure is mine! Thank you too!
Career isn’t about making money as everyone makes something. Rather it’s a way of living that would create memorable memories to look back and smile