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Straight from Press - Interview Experience from one of our Geek!

I got recruited at CISCO Systems, India through my campus placements. The selection process inlcuded a written test followed by multiple rounds of interviews. The Written test consisted 50 multiple choice questions. 20 questions were based on quantitative and verbal ability & the remaining 30 questions were a combination of various subjects areas such as C language, algorithms, Operating Systems, Electronics (semi-conductors, flip-flops etc.), Computer Networks & Computer architecture. After the written tests,  the students were shortlisted for the rounds of interviews. Round 1: The interviewer asked me questions on programming as well on Computer Networks. In the end he mentioned that many of these questions were  asked to him during his selection at CISCO and he wasn’t able to answer them. However, I did. I could see the smile on his face! Also he asked me about various projects I have done during the course work. I described in details about my research project on Cryptography which he was impressed and appreciated me. Round 2: This round consisted questions on data structures such as trees. They were followed by questions on Operating systems. And finally, the interviewer gave me some common puzzles which were easy enough to crack. HR round: This round was with the HR and questions were mainly on family background and whether I will be comfortable in moving to Banagalore for Job.

Soon after, the results were announced & I got recruited at Cisco Systems, India through my campus placements.

 

The slection process requires alot more skills and from my experience the following MUST be explored prior to the day with the interview panel:

  1. Find our what kind of interview will you face - Usually there are Telelephone and/or Panel Interviews testing your competencies, such as I was asked questions on various subject areas as mentioned above. So be prepared to answer many of them. The interviewer will judge your abilities even if you have answered some questions incorrectly.
  2. Find out about the employer - Do a reasearch and find out if this is the company you are interested. Tap into the news are see what are the CEO strategies and what are there products. Getting a job does not mean you will like it or even perform well.
  3. Think about yourself - Recruiters want to know what unique skills you can bring to the role. Think through your project experience and the skills and interests you’ve developed at university and how these relate to the job and area of work.
    List your achievements and activities (such as work for university societies, interests and hobbies, internships or work placements, voluntary work or casual work) and make notes on the skills you learned and how you used them, and also what you contributed to different situations
  4. Prepare Yourself - Graduate interviewers will expect you to show a keen interest in their organisation, so use the research you’ve already done to think up at least three questions to ask about the employer and three questions about the job itself. You can write these down to take into the interview as a reminder. i-Pupil can assist you in interview prepartion. Call us to book a mock interview or practice any tests that might be part of the interview day.
  5. Plan your day - Good first impressions count for a lot. Plan for your interview day in fine detail - it will help you relax and shows employers that you are organised and committed. Make sure you know how you should dress, plan how to get to your interview and book your travel tickets in advance. Charge your mobile phone and leave yourself time to read through your application again carefully. Print out a fresh copy of your CV or make a new copy of your application form to take with you, and organise any supporting information you'll be taking with you.
  6. Be in control of yourself in the interview - It’s natural to be nervous in an interview, but if you know that you are prone to particular fear-induced reactions that could jeopardise your chances, think about these before the day so that you have chance to find a way to overcome them the best you can. When you are in the interview, remember that it’s fine to pause before responding to questions to gather your thoughts, and if you’re unsure about a question it’s also fine to ask for clarification.
  7. Stay professional to the end - Although it can be tempting to run screaming from a bad interview or skip joyously from a good one, recruiters will expect to you to be professional throughout the time you're meeting with them, including after you’ve left the interview room itself. If you’re shown around the office or have the chance to chat with trainees or other members of staff, remember that their feedback may count towards the organisation’s overall evaluation of you, so don’t say or do anything that you wouldn’t in a formal interview situation.
  8. Learn form experience - Spend some time after your interview thinking through the experience. Make some notes for yourself before moving on. This will help you prepare for the next stage of the process and get ready for interviews with other graduate employers. Getting feedback from interviews where you have been unsuccessful can be invaluable and most recruiters are happy to provide it. However, don't be too disappointed if it is very general.

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