EXL Services Interview Process – Business Analyst – Aman Garg
Aman Garg, Business Analyst (Healthcare), EXL Services shares his experience in this brief interview.
Stream, College and Batch: Biotechnology, NSIT, 2016
Please tell us about your Interview procedure at EXL Services. (Short listing procedure, GDs, Interviews).
Aptitude Test: An online test comprising of 3 sections(Quant + DI – 20, Verbal- 10 and LR-10), 40 questions to be done in 45 minutes. It was conducted by cocubes. The level of test was quite easy. I don’t know the reason, but JEE rank was also asked in this test.
Then out of 170 students, 47 were shortlisted for next round.
1st Interview(30 minutes): – It was a technical + HR interview round. First where they asked me to elaborate on my resume, then asked some questions based on teamwork and leadership experience. It was followed by some 5-6 puzzles(like how to measure 45 minutes using 2 burning candles, measuring height of building using a 5 foot scale, how many small cubes(1 inch) are required to cover the surface of bigger cube(10 inch) etc.).
22 students were shortlisted for next round.
2nd Interview (20 minutes): – It was mainly HR round. I was asked questions on my internships, projects and extra-curricular activities. He asked me questions related to my branch and also asked about my future plans (I genuinely told him about my plan for MS in biotech, which depends on the availability of scholarship). Then he asked a guess estimate (how many people pass through the single entry/exit gate at Udaipur railway station in one day).
I only had these 2 interviews while others had a third interview in which HR questions and case study was asked.
11 students were finally selected by the company.
What and how many internships and projects you did at college? How did you get them?
I did a 1 month technical internship at Ben Gurion University of the Negev(Israel). I also did a 2 months research internship at AIIMS in June 2014, for which I first directly talked to the professor and then applied. I also did 2 marketing internships and 4 technical projects(related to biotechnology), and published one research paper on one of them.
What helped you sail through the hurdles and crack one of the finest jobs?
Self-confidence, genuineness and positivity. And my preparation for the GRE also helped.
How did you prepare for the placement season? What advice would you give to your juniors regarding the placement season?
During the summer vacations just before placement season i did an internship in Ben Gurion University due to which I had very less time for any special. So I could not prepare for the placement season.
Adding fake things in the CV is not a bad optionbut you should be able to pull it off. If you are bluffing about something, you should know about every detail like the back of your hand. Interpret the interviewer and answer accordingly.
What’s the role of academics in getting a good placement?
Academics has very limited role in getting placements. It helps only in 2 stages:-
- To make you eligible to sit for the company (Generally 60% is cutoff).
- In the final interview .If you have lower percentage, you will have to compensate it by your performance. For ex- if someone with higher percentage performs similar to you in final interview, then definitely he will get an advantage. If you can justify the reason for your low percentage, then difference between you and high percentage student becomes negligible.
Otherwise percentage has no impact on other rounds like Aptitude test, GD, Tech Interview etc. It depends only on your performance in these rounds.
Anything above 60% means you are eligible to sit for 80% of the companies (non tech).
Are you planning to do higher studies in near future?
Yes, I will apply for MS in biotechnology. If I don’t get admission, then only I will go for EXL.
Would you like to give any general advice to your juniors?
Don’t worry about placements. Have patience and till the end everyone get placed. For non tech companies, there is no need to prepare hardly for it as companies procedure are designed to just test basic mathematics and communication skill. As we are NSITians, this is not a big task. So enjoy the placement season!!