September 17, 2011

My Interview Experience!

Hi Guys,

It has been long since I wrote my last post. The days were hectic and wearisome. But, all the pain and hard work didn’t go in vain. Yesterday was a big day for me and some of my friends and a disappointing day for some of my friends. I got placed in one of India’s leading companies. I received many requests to share my interview experience and hence I decided to write it down.

Day before yesterday, we wrote aptitude test. It was not very difficult to me. But, many of my friends felt it difficult. Aptitude round was a big elimination as two third of the students got eliminated. The remaining students were shortlisted for interview and the first half was scheduled to have interview that day and the remaining half the next day. Initially I was in the first slot, but then later by 8pm my interview was postponed to the next day. Some of my friends had interview that day and the interview extended till 2 am.

I went to college by 8 am yesterday and the Technical interview started at 9 am. I was the second person to attend the interview and I was the first person in the panel I went in. The interviewer was very warm and friendly. I welcomed him to my college and he requested me to sit. He asked me to introduce myself. I just started and he asked me to stop. He asked me, ‘Why mechanical Engineer in IT?’ Before answering he again asked, ‘What you know about our company?’ I inter related both the questions. By the answer he knew I visited the website and he was impressed. He asked me some modern computer jargon and asked what that was. I had never heard that word before and said I didn’t know.

He then asked me whether I have studied turbines and boilers. I said yes and then he asked me the types of turbines and asked where they are used. I explained about that and he asked me about the factory visits we had made during our college life. He also asked about my participation in various events. He was again impressed with my performances. He asked about the Leadership qualities that I had mentioned as my strength in resume. He again said that my profile was completely related to Mechanical Engineering and how will I be able to survive in IT? Somehow I managed the question. Finally he asked me what the latest trend in IT was and I answered it with Cloud Computing. He asked me what it was and I explained.

He asked me to wait for 2 minutes and he filled up some form. After 2 minutes, he gave me a form and asked me to fill and wait for the HR Interview. I came out, filled the form (it consumed some 20 minutes as it was a big form) and I was again the second person for the HR interview.

Again the interviewer was friendlier and it was just a 2 minute interview for all. I welcomed him to my college. He said it was his duty and I replied that it was our pleasure that they were there. He replied that my college deserved that. All this consumed 30 seconds of the 3 minutes. He introduced himself and coincidentally our names were same. He asked about my strengths. I explained them with some real life experiences.

He then asked about my family. I didn’t say anything about my brother. He asked me about my brother and I said about him and incidentally I did not get through that company’s interview (which was the previous one). He asked me whether I attended that interview and asked what happened there. I came out with a neutral answer saying the interviewer might not have had enough time to analyze me and up to my knowledge I didn’t make any mistake. That was the end of the interview!

I came out, filled the feedback form and left the place.

The results came by 3 pm and my name was there. It was celebrations for most of the people as there was very little elimination in the Technical and HR interviews.

A memorable day in my life!!!

Happy Reading!!!


  1. Congrats Karthick !
    Its a big feat.
    Bring back memories of my Interview it was more of same, I also faced the same question that I am from Electronics branch why I wanted to join IT field, also cleared it but never joined the company.
    I know how you must have been feeling at this instant.
    Congrats Again.

  2. Congrats Karthick:)
    Nicely described the interview experience.
    All the Best:)
    Have a fabulous Sunday:)


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