Brother Industries Job Process – Software Engineer – Aman Chhabra
Aman Chhabra, Software Engineer at Brother Industries, shares his experience in this brief interview.
Please tell us about your placement procedure at Brother Industries (Short listing procedure, GDs, Interviews).
Brother Industries was one of the very few companies that offered technical profile, but had a completely non-technical recruitment process (Others bring RBS, Unicommerce). The fun part was that the final interview was in Singapore (3 days company sponsored trip :P). The job posting is in Nagoya, Japan.
There were a total of 6 rounds.
First Round: A simple 2 hour objective aptitude test was conducted. There were 30 aptitude questions (Quant) and around 200 behavioral questions (Takes 5-10 seconds to answer each question). Behavioral questions are given to judge your general behavior in different situations and are non-evaluative (However, sometimes, they become a point of discussion in HR interviews). 60 odd people sat for it.
26 students were shortlisted after Round 1.
Second Round: This round was a 10-15 minutes telephonic interview. Any technical project undertaken in college was asked to explain in simple terms. Questions like “Why Japan?”, “Why Brother Industries?”, “How can you contribute?” were also asked, apart from basic HR questions.
9 students were shortlisted after Round 2.
After this, a special session was organized by the recruiting agency for giving tips to crack the next interview.
Third Round: It was a 25 minutes (Fixed time for each student) Skype Interview with the Japanese interviewers from Brother Headquarters. Typical and expected questions were asked (Again, “Why work in Japan?”, Career Vision?, 10 years down the line? etc). The key was to show enthusiasm and logic in every answer. Body language and confidence were closely monitored. Wearing a smile on your face throughout the interview was important. If you are late even by a single minute for the interview, your chances diminish (Japanese are highly punctual).
After this round, 3 students from NSIT were shortlisted for Singapore interview. Special sessions and mock interviews were conducted by the recruiting agency in Delhi. 6 people (3 from NSIT, 2 from IIIT and 1 from DTU) went to Singapore.
Fourth Round: This was a 1 hour long round. First 20 minutes, the Japanese HR gave a brief orientation and asked some basic personality questions. The next 40 minutes, the most important interview was conducted. There were 2 interviewers and 1 translator. It was a mixed interview. Apart from basic HR questions, technical projects undertaken in college were asked to explain in detail. Few SDLC related questions were also asked. Again, the key was to keep cool, show confidence and state very strong points in every answer. Giving crisp and short answers in simple terms was very important (Japanese hate unnecessary exaggeration).
Utmost importance was given to 3 questions- “Why Japan?”, “Why Brother Industries?” and “Career vision?” These questions were asked in every interview again and again as they wanted to be dead sure that the selected candidate was serious enough to come and work in Japan. Even a slight hesitation in answering these questions can lead to a doubt.
Fifth Round: It was a pretty straightforward 15 minutes HR round.
Sixth Round: This was the most interesting round of the process. We 6 Indians were divided into 2 groups of 3 students each. Each group was given the task to build a building using Lego blocks. Goal was to build a large and a strong building. A sheet was provided to write all the strong points of the structure. A camera was given to click 3 photographs of the finished building. All of this was to be done in 40 minutes. The key was to devise a good approach and implement it efficiently. Teamwork and Time Management were very important.
2 students got the offer.
What helped you sail through the hurdles and crack one of the finest jobs?
One word. Experience. I was rejected in several companies. After every rejection, I made an Error Log writing my weaknesses and the mistakes committed, by critically reviewing my interview. I worked upon on them and tried not to repeat the same mistake twice.
A strong point should be attached with every activity that you undertook in your career, answering the questions- why did you do it and how did it help? An activity undertaken without any objective in mind is disliked by the Japanese. Each objective should align with your career goal somehow.
How did you prepare for the placement season? What advice would you give to your juniors regarding the placement season?
Again, I made a mistake. I prepared for both technical and non-technical opportunities. I was sitting for almost all companies. And hence, I didn’t get much time for improvement. I urge the juniors not to make this mistake. One should decide beforehand which profiles and companies to target. There are a lot of jobs in both the domains. Pick one field and try to be the best in it.
For non-technical companies, work on your aptitude skills (TIME or CL), guesstimates (Case in Point, Ace the Case), HR questions, Case studies (Victor Cheng), Basic CS concepts, Resume Based Questions, and GD skills.
For technical companies, participate in coding competitions, go through geeksforgeeks and thoroughly study CS concepts.
Apart from this, I gave Mock Interviews, which helped a lot.
Placement season can be a roller coaster ride for anyone. Even the brightest people at time have to struggle a lot to get a decent job. But eventually, hard work and dedication pays off!
What’s the role of academics in getting a good placement from NSIT?
Good percentage helps in clearing the cutoffs. 70 above percentage should be maintained to be on the safe side.
Apart from this, core subjects like OS, DBMS, Data Structures, Linux, Computer Networks etc should be given importance.
Academic projects should be taken very seriously. A project can be the main talking point of any interview!
Are you planning to do higher studies in near future?
Would you like to give any general advice to your juniors in NSIT?
Try to create a balance between academic life and social life. Maintain a decent academic record, undertake technical projects, join college societies and socialize with as much people as you can. Networking always helps.
Remember, every experience counts