Deloitte Interview Preparation – Analyst Intern – Shivam Singla
Shivam Singla, Business Technology Analyst Intern, Deloitte US-India shares his experience in this brief interview.
Please tell us about your Interview procedure at Deloitte (Short listing procedure, GDs, Interviews).
The eligibility criteria to apply for the internship was 65% minimum aggregate and no backlogs. Branches allowed: COE, IT, ECE.
The selection process was further divided into three steps.
First step being an ‘Adaptive Aptitude Test’, comprising of 25(English), 25(Quantitative Aptitude) and 24 (Logical Reasoning) questions, to be done within 95 minutes (25, 35 and 35 minutes respectively).
Personal Experience: The exam was much hyped about to be honest. It was fairly easy, with the quant section being a bit lengthy. However the ‘adaptive nature’ of the exam does make it tougher.
Tips: Be updated with the basic mathematics formulas and don’t stay stuck on any particular question. Skip it and move on.
Result: Out of 150+ students, 22 were shortlisted for the next round.
The second step of the process was a ‘Group Discussion-Case Study’, wherein the 22 shortlisted students were divided into groups of 5 to 6 people. The case in discussion was related to FEMA, USA, the disaster management department of US and how it wants to gather data/in-house analytics for faster relief efforts. Total 20 minutes were given to discuss and chalk out the solution for the same. The next 20 minutes were given to present the solution to a new panel.
Personal Experience: I was lucky to have a good team which was willing to discuss and not cut out each other’s points. The GD part was okay but nailed it in the presentation round. The solution offered was practical and technology driven.
Tips: It is not compulsory to be the initiator of things in this type of a GD, even two to three meaningful points are enough for selection. Remember it’s a GROUP task and try to bring everyone into the debate.
Result: Out of the 22, only 9 remained for the next round.
The third and final step was the ‘Personal Interview’ round. The 9 shortlisted candidates were allotted various panels and on an average this resume grilling session lasted 25-30 minutes for each candidate.
Personal Experience: I was personally looking forward to this experience of getting my resume scrutinized by one of the most experienced HR’s. Basic HR questions were asked along with a few tricky ones. Almost every point in the resume was touched and debated upon. Your confidence is tested to the limits.
Tips: Self-confidence is the key, along with a tincture of good communication skills. Always be who you really are in front of the panelists, because they would know if you are faking it or not.
Result: 5 students, including me, were offered the internship by Deloitte Team.
What and how many internships and projects you did at college? How did you get them?
Prior to the internship season I had completed 3 internships.
- Business Development Consultant at Sarwagya, Chandigarh – Got it through internshala.com
- Marketing Specialist at Uber, Chandigarh – Got it with a referral from a college senior
- Volunteer at Feeding India – Got it through internshala.com
Unfortunately, haven’t been able to pursue any academic project so far.
What makes this company different from other firms?
A company with the motto of ‘Always One Step Ahead’, it is the biggest of the ‘Big 4’ companies.
How did you prepare for the internship season? What advice would you give to your juniors regarding the internship season?
To be honest, there is nothing that you can prepare for in the non-tech domain. It’s all about getting to explore various domains and gaining knowledge via action. However, try your hand at a few aptitude questions, to get your brain cells working again.
The only advice I can give, would be to decide early if you are truly aiming for this domain and then whole-heartedly give it a shot. All opportunities need to be grabbed in the college and a good network with your seniors does wonders.
What’s the role of academics in getting a good placement at NSIT?
You might have by now read this traditional answer a lot of time, but YES, 70% is the mark to achieve and anything above OR below is a crime!
Elaborate on the type of work in this kind of role?
The profile of a Business Technical Analyst provides you with a blend of both technical and business-avenue (as the name suggests). However, we would go through a month- long training for a particular software and will eventually be a part of the back-end department for an ongoing Deloitte Project.
Would you like to give any general advice to your juniors?
Always be aware of the things happening around you in the college and stay connected with your seniors. Trust me, they are the ones who are going to help you out more than the teachers. Also, explore everything but do reach to a final decision regarding your career path by the end of second year in college.