Thorogood Associates Recruitment Process – Business Intelligence and Analysis Consultant – Kaustubh Sharma
Kaustubh Sharma, Business Intelligence and Analysis Consultant, Thorogood Associates shares his Recruitment Process in this brief interview
College: NSIT, Batch: 2017
The hiring process was spread over 2 days. The first stage involved a percentage based shortlist (100 people). These 100 people had to write an online test which involved an essay (min 300 words) and 25 aptitude based questions to be solved in 45 minutes. About 10 people were shortlisted after this round.
The next round was an interview round where the panel questioned us on everything from our CV to basic HR questions. Coding questions were also asked. 5 people were shortlisted after this round. These 5 people were flown to Bangalore for day 2, where the rest of the rounds were held at the Thorogood offices. First was a 2 hour long case study to be done individually. The case was moderately tough and required exploring multiple options.
While we prepared for our case, we were also called for a 40 minute case interview process (the time for the case was accordingly adjusted to give a full 2 hours). The case interview was relatively easy. 5 minutes were given to analyze the situation, 15 minutes to ask questions and get an answer. The next 10 minutes involved explaining your answer and another 10 minutes for answering questions.
This was followed by the case study presentation and questions. The third activity was a group activity where the group had to build an airport for the given situation with blocks, taking into account the various factors. Last was another interview. The content of the interview varied by panel and it lasted 30-45 minutes.
What and how many internships and projects you did at college? How did you get them?
I had done 3 internships (Greymeter, IndustryBuying, CarPM) in college and 1 technical project. 2 of my internships had been off campus whereas the last one was an on campus internship.
What makes this company different from other firms?
The company is not a generalist consultancy and works in a specialized capacity with Business Intelligence. The growth curve with the company is steep and although the profile is of a consultant, the job requires a fair bit of coding.
How did you prepare for the placement season? What advice would you give to your juniors regarding the placement season?
Aptitude tests for companies are the tough part really. Anyone preparing for CAT can get through them easily. Even if you have not prepared for CAT (I hadn’t), it helps to look up questions related to DI and LR so that you aren’t caught off guard. Run your CV by a few seniors before you finalize the format and content. Start doing this in late June or early July so you have plenty of time.
I found that all seniors were incredibly helpful with this. Last, always try and understand the logic of interviews and what the interviewer wants to know with their questions. Google general HR questions and know your CV inside out. Practice a few cases and guesstimates with friends to get an idea about them. Case interviews and guesstimates are best done in groups only.
What’s the role of academics in getting a good placement?
Academics play a major role in placements. Not only do they play a role in preliminary shortlisting, interviewers often refer to your academic record, especially in non-technical interviews.
Elaborate on the type of work in this kind of role?
The work involves data warehousing and working with large amounts of data. As you move ahead, you get more responsibilities in projects, from client facing to strategy and delivery. The role requires one to be good with code (at least at a level where you can design algorithms and think logically).
What growth opportunities does this company provide? Is there any global exposure?
Yes, global exposure is part of the job. The company offices located in UK and US frequently have programs and projects where analysts from the India office are called. The company provides massive insight into big data handling and business intelligence while working with some of the biggest names in Banking, Pharma, CPG, Insurance, etc.
Would you like to give any general advice to your juniors?
Use your 3 years in college well. Learn as much as you can, forget the CV. Try and figure out what you want to do, what options are available to you and how to approach these options. The underlying point is that the more initiative you take, the more you’ll learn and the stronger your profile will be.