EXL Services Job Process – Business Analyst – Adhishwar Mittal
Please tell us about your placement procedure at EXL Services(Short listing procedure, GDs, Interviews).
1st stage was an online test. It had standard Aptitude questions, Quant- Verbal-Logical Reasoning.
2nd stage was an interview, where they asked about me to elaborate on my resume, and I wanted to join EXL (to which I replied because it was in Delhi and in concurrence with my career). Next they asked me a guestimate that how many LCD televisions are sold each year in India. Then they gave me puzzle, 3 jugs of 3, 5 and 7 liters and I had to accurately measure 4 liters using them. The important thing about this interview was that the entire thing happened in just 8 – 10 minutes. Before I could finish my answer to the last puzzle/question, I was already given the next puzzle with the interviewer asking me to hurry up continuously.
3rd stage was also an interview with 6-8 puzzles and a case study. It took around 1-1.5 hrs. The puzzles were mainly from the book “Acing the brain teaser interview”.
The case study was about a cyber café loosing profits.
I only had these 2 interviews while some people also had a third interview which was mainly HR.
How did you prepare for the placement season? What advice would you give to your juniors regarding the placement season?
For non-technical job interviews of this sort, one may start preparing with elemental CAT preparation. Next come standard books on puzzles such as “Acing the brain teaser interview” and “George. J Summers”. Last but not the least Case studies for which I found Vault Guide to case studies the most useful book. Also 1 thing about case studies is that you need practice or else books rarely help you. After all this, its just your personality and luck that you get selected or not.
What’s the role of academics in getting a good placement at NSIT?
Academics is an important part of your profile. Higher the scores, better is the chance of selection. So it must be taken seriously. But also that’s not the only thing that counts. One can make up for his/her average scores by projects and internships that are in support of the profile they are interviewing for.
Are you planning to do higher studies in near future?
Yes, I plan to go for Masters in business studies or a professional course in management from a premier management institute in India.
Would you like to give any general advice to your juniors in NSIT?
Placement season rarely turns out to be the way we expect it to be. Not that it’s a bad thing, but you must remember that patience is very important. One must be selective in his choice of companies he interviews for and should be able to justify why he wants to join a particular firm or for that matter join under a particular role that firm is offering.