CTS Candidate Real Time Experience - Placement Paper
Cognizant conducted campus pool drive at Vagdevi College of Engineering on 21-
Feb-2014 in Warangal. I got the opportunity to participate in the pooldrive through
the JKC(Jawahar Knowledge Centere ) from our campus (RGUKT-Basar). Written
test Results were announced on 25-Feb-2014. Then we called for the interview on 7th
-March-2014 Final result was announced on 19-March-2014. I found my name in the
list and I felt very happy because it's a fruit of my hard work and determination with
blessings of my parents and teachers.
Interview reporting time was at 9 am . Interviews for the shortlisted members in
written test (169 members) are going on one by one. There were around 15 panels,
calling 15 members a batch, Remaining candidates waiting in seminar hall. I got my
turn at 6:30 pm, almost I lost my patiance.
I was asked to enter the room.......
While giving shake hand I wished him with smile...................Interviewer was cool
and wished me back and asked me to take the seat. He already had my resume and
profile which was submitted on the day of the written test.
Interviewer:Desribe your self.
Me:Thank you for giving such a wonderful opportunity to introduce myself in front
of you Sir. When I was a child, I regarded this world as the most difficult and
challenging, but now as a young and dynamic I found the solution to overcome that
difficulty and the way to face challenges. My solution to that is, hard work and
determination which brought me up here to give my interview to you.(He was
impressed a lot and said WOW!!!.....and asked me to continue........) Then I started
saying I am from RGUKT - Basar studying B-tech final year.....bla bla bla.....as usual
you know............( briefly eplained about my acadamic bacground) ....................
Interviewer:Said khaja I am very much impressed with your introduction.........now
can you tell me about your major project?
Me:Yes sir.My project is on communications which is Simulation of Orthogonal
Frequency Division Multiplexing..Sir can you please give me the paper ? It would be
better if I explain it on the paper...(Given) ...I explained him briefly about my
project.....(you should give your brief description projetc Idea,advantages etc....)
Interviewer:what is your role in the project?
Me:Sir I am doing the project alone.
Interviewer:Why alone why not with team? Give me some points which you learn
by doing alone?Tell me what you will learn if you do it with team?
Me:(big question right!!!!!......I expected this question and prepared the answer while
he was asking the question.........You should be spontaneous).
Started saying....... It's our choice to go with team or to do it individually. But our
University Vice Chancellor sir is very particular about the project and he wants
everyone to do the project individually(real fact) . (it was my answer for why
I said, if I go with team I can learn team managment skills but I believe that I have
enough skills to manage with .......(He asked what are that skills( ........I explained
all management skills like planning,coordinating,time managment and leadership
etc......I am some what good at management skills as I am doing minor in
Interviewer:.Tell me about your Science-Fair project. Explaine me how it is useful?
Me:Explained with block diagram.
Interviewer:Ok khaja do u have any constraints for the working place ?
Me:I don't have any contraints sir .I can work any where it shows my
adaptability...........(They expect yes from us ...)
Interviewer:Do you know any programming languages........like C,C++
Me:I immediatly interupted him saying yes sir I know C(other wise he may ask
DBMS ,I know it but not up to the mark.I thought of avoiding this)
Interviewer:write a code to swap the variable values without using temp in C as
well as Microcontroller Assembly language.......
Me:I wrote Assembly language in my resume(You shoud be perfect whatever you
wrote in the Resume).......I wrote the code in C and explained him. But in Assembly
language I don't know the code.....I explained him saying sir I know the logic but I
don't know the code but I will learn sir( with smiling) .......then he smiled at me and
said ok khaja leave it.......(you should not lie .If you don't know anything say that sir I
don't know but I will learn with a smile)
Interviewer:Define a network?
Me:(I thought that question is from graph theory ,networks) I told the definition ..by
using the terms node,branches and connected in closed loop.Interviewer raised
different question .I anwered all but he was serious with my answers.......
Interviewer:Khaja you are from ECE right.I asked you to define electrical network
but you are saying some bla bla bla............He was little bit serious and scolded
Me:I said oh! Sorry sir ,I thought that question is from graph theory.Then I have
given good definition...he get impressed ....said good...(First listen the question
properly ,If you don't have a clarity ask him to repeat.But don't give irrelevent
Interviewer:What are the features of C?
Interviewer:Write a code for fibanacci series.
Me:Wrote and explained in good manner.
Interwiewer:Write a code for Palindrome.
Me:wrote and explained the logic(First give the definition like what is palindrome
after that write the logic and explaine him for one iteration, then he may get
Interviewer:Do you know anything about pointer?
Me:Told the proper definition and explained the advantages with examples.
Interviewer:what is Database Management System?
Me:It's a shock for me. If I give the definition then he may ask other question from
DBMS but I am not that perfect. I said sir, I read DBMS in PUC but I am not perfect
in it. Again I said, I will learn (with smile ......Friends it's my mistake .In the above
question while explaining the advantages of pointers I used the term DBMS. So be
careful your answer should be straight to the point. Remember next question depends
on your present answer....but I have given the definition.....)
Interviewer: You wrote HTML in your skills. So tell me what do you know about
HTML..write all the tags which you know in HTML.........
Me:I said, sir I am not that perfect but I used to create web pages whenever I get free
time.I know just basic tags.
Interviewer:(Seriously)........Don't say anything just write the tags...
Me:I wrote and Explained him........he asked the questions from the tags, but I did't
answer......but said I will learn sir.
Interviewer:If you are not good at HTML why you wrote it in the technical
skills.Then you should have written in the hobbies.whenever I ask something you are
saying that I will learn.........everybody will learn then what is the difference between
you and others........then why should I give you the job.............
Me:Me smiled and said.......Ok sir It's my mistake that I have written it in the
technical skills but I will learn it sir........(He looked at me seriously .......but finally he
smiled.So friends if you are good at something then only write it in
resume.....otherwise it creates problems)
Interviewer:Do you have any questions to ask?
Me:Yes sir.If I get selected for Cognizant .Which topics I should concentrate before I
join in the company.
Interviewer:I cannot give guaranty for the job.(to check my facial expression).But
you are interested to work for the company where you required knowledge on
........some programming languages....like C,C++,DBMS...so concentrate on
this.........Your communication skills are good.you are giving good answers but it
should be straight to the point(I have given some extra information while
explaining)...but if you don't know anything say it directly........(I got a clue that He is
going to select me in the technical round).......
Me:Thank you sir. I will improve in all aspects.
Interviewer:While giving shake hand he told ok khaja you can wait outside for the
Me:OK sir. I have a nice time with you(with smile)....
My technical Interview was around 3o minutes.I waited ouside with a lot of hope
and with tense ....Volunteer informed me that you are selected for HR round....I felt
very happy.....Got lot of confidence....Felt like I can do anything........
It was around 7 : 45 pm, volunteer called my name for the HR. More than 20
candidates who crleared the technical round were waiting at outside. So HRs were in
a hurry to complete the process with in time.
I was asked to enter the room.......
While giving shake hand HR wished me with smile then I replied the same with lot of
confidence ...................HR was cool,asked me to sit. He had my resume and profile
with him which he got from the technical round.(HRs get our feedback from
technical round. So be careful and don't change your answers. As he has less time he
asked only one question for me.)
HR:(looking at my resume)........Ok khaja you did Internship at BSNL (I said yes sir).
Tell me what is the difference between 2G and 3G?
Me:First I defined 2G and 3G,then I have given broad description about it like why
we go for 2G to 3G. Explained the difference between 2G and 3G and advantages of
them....he raised some questions and I answered all of them ....(I explained it broadly
to show my communication skills but not technical skills. I know that he is going to
ask only one question so I should prove that I am a good communicator. Use proper
body language and gestures while explaining)
HR: That is good . Do u have any question to ask?
Me:Yes sir,I read and heard that Cognizant has good culture (he said yes). I would
like to listen two words about that from you. He explained .(He felt very happy after
listening to this question....friends you can ask questions like organisation
hierarchy,opportunities. Remember you should not ask questions like ,Is there any
opportunity to go for higher studies and salary releated questions. So be careful)
HR: Given shake hand (while giving shake hand he told you can leave now).
Me:Thank you sir. I have a nice time with you. Bye sir.
Work hard ,believe in your self, success is yours.
P KHAJA MIYA
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