Fractal Analytics Job Process – Analyst – Tushar Gandhi
Tushar Gandhi, Analyst , Fractal Analytics shares his experience in this brief interview.
Please tell us about your placement procedure at Fractal Analytics(Short listing procedure, GDs, Interviews).
Fractal Analytics visited our campus on 26th August’14. More than 100 students applied on the portal and 84 students got shortlisted after resume shortlisting (% basis). Then they had an online aptitude test comprising 60 questions divided into 4 sections (Quantitative Ability, Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability and DI). After the test, 32 students were shortlisted for the interviews. Finally after 3 rounds of interviews, 4 people were hired including me.
The first interview was eliminative. In the first interview I was questioned on my resume, then I was given a guesstimate and finally a Client Behavioural question where I was given a client facing situation. The second interview was taken by the Director of the company. I was asked to introduce myself followed by some questions based on my CV and then they tried to grill me on my low college percentage. I had my explanation prepared beforehand and they were satisfied with my justification.
Then I was given a unique kind of puzzle which was more of a real-life situation & one won’t find that in any book and I was lucky enough that I was able to solve it to an extent. Following that was again a surprise as they asked me to elaborate the steps of making an omelette. The third was the HR round, in that they mainly tried to grill me on my choice of choosing the field of ‘Analytics’ and what do I infer from it.
What helped you sail through the hurdles and crack one of the finest jobs?
I believe in preparation and hardwork because it’s in our hands but not luck. After exploring for around two and a half years I couldn’t find anything which interested me but I knew the things which I disliked. I started narrowing down my interest and the field in which I would like to see myself working in. I took up a slew of online courses which helped me in exploring different topics.
I didn’t lose hope after getting rejected in some companies prior to Fractal, in fact I learnt from the mistakes which I made and tried to overcome them and it finally helped me in cracking the job. I stayed focus on one thing and didn’t change my field just for the sake of a job. So basically, confidence and patience is the key.
How did you prepare for the placement season? What advice would you give to your juniors regarding the placement season?
My placement preparation started by narrowing down the field and in my case was broadly the non-technical firms. Followed by concentrating on the companies I was targeting and did some research on what is expected from the candidate. It was well known that every company conducts an online test which is usually on the lines of the CAT pattern. So I spent my two months in practicing questions from the CAT coaching material.
I read case studies from ‘Case in Point’ to get an idea and along with it I practiced guesstimates with my peers. I did some puzzles from few famous puzzle books. The most important thing is to prepare for the HR questions. One should be well versed with his/her CV, be ready to answer any question based on your resume. Prepare the HR questions and take help of your seniors or any experienced person. Another important thing which many of us ignore is the soft skills. I have seen people struggling to get a job because they lack the basic communication skills. If you thing you lack it then kindly practice well before the placement season starts.
What’s the role of academics in getting a good placement at NSIT?
In my case, academics didn’t play much role. Getting a good percentage doesn’t ensure you anything and it doesn’t even mean that one is good at academics. I had a meager percentage of 65, for which I was never motivated but I tried to get it just to get shortlisted for the companies I was targeting. If you wish to appear for technical companies then academics play a vital role. If you want to sit for the non-tech firms then 65% and above is good and for the technical companies, sky is the limit.
What all internships and projects you did while in NSIT? How did you get them?
I did two internships which were more of training. The first one was at NTPC after my 2nd year and the second one was at L&T after the 3rd year. I knew someone which helped me in getting these internships. I have just done few minor projects based on Robotics in my 2nd year.
Are you planning to do higher studies in near future?
I haven’t planned to do Post-Grad as of now. I won’t like to rush to anything so soon. I wish to gain some work experience which would help me in acquiring knowledge about other fields. It will make things much clearer and then in future I might choose to go for higher studies.
Would you like to give any general advice to your juniors at NSIT?
I would just like to request my juniors that being a part of an engineering institute, it’s advisable to get some technical experience before jumping to non-technical field. 1st and 2nd year students should get their hands dirty by getting involved in some project work. It would definitely help one in understanding which field they like and which they don’t. Kindly don’t concentrate only on getting a job. Try to be engaged in some societies and do some quality work while enjoying your college life. One still have got time , do something productive and try to narrow down your field before placement session starts.