About the Author: Keshvi Srivastava of Sardar Patel Institute of technology shares insightful details into her selection procedure at Credit Suisse.
Credit Suisse visited our college for intern recruitment for a technical profile. Students were selected to apply for it on the basis of merit. First up was an aptitude test which consisted of 20 questions related to quantitative analysis and physics. We were given 30 minutes to solve this test whose crux was problems related to permutation & combination, probability, velocity, distance, algebra, geometry, and age. I cleared the test and was informed about my interview at the Powai office of the enterprise. The interview was split into three elimination rounds, viz. technical, managerial, and HR.
I brushed up my concepts and appeared for the interview wherein I faced the following questions –
1. Which language are you most comfortable with?
2. What is OOPs?
3. Define encapsulation and abstraction
4. Elucidate your project emphasizing the database management and how you prepared for it.
5. Explain SQL and NoSQL.
6. Why do you want to build a career in software instead of electronics?
I answered these questions to the best of my knowledge and proceeded to the managerial round which intended to assess the logical thinking of an applicant.
Subsequent to a brief introduction, I was asked to solve these puzzles –
Puzzle 1 – Suppose you have two buckets with a capacity of 3 litres and 5 litres respectively. How will you measure 4 litres if you have no other bucket but as much water as you need?
Puzzle 2 – How will you design a system for the management of a parking lot with 12 spaces?
Finally, I was asked if I would be able to cope with a technical internship since I was almost a rookie in this field; I convinced the interviewer of my abilities. Having aced this round too, it was time for the HR round.
This was a simple interview which began with my introduction and family background followed by a strange question which was ‘Is any member of your family in Politics?’. I was asked about my future plans, my strengths and weaknesses, location preferences, and why I wanted to intern with Credit Suisse. With my decent answers and confidence, I was able to convince the interviewer that I was looking forward to interning there as well as receiving the pre-placement offer, and I was hired.
As a part of the exit formalities, I had an interview with one of the directors of the organisation. I was asked what prime services did and which technologies I was working on. He asked me if I was enjoying the job and if I had any feedback regarding the internship. I was also asked to rate my work on a scale of one to ten in terms of difficulty. After getting a view of my future plans, he asked me if I would be willing to take the PPO if offered.
At Credit Suisse, my lunch breaks were full of delicious food and interesting conversations, my late evening work was accompanied with coffee breaks, and I enjoyed the company of jovial and helpful people. I participated in a CSR activity of clean-up drive at Sanjay Gandhi national park which gave me an opportunity to interact with my colleagues from various departments. I also participated in a plantation awareness drive at the city park wherein we informed people about the quality of soil required for plantation, and we got to take a plant home. I also took opportunities to interact with the senior management. It was the efforts of my team that made for such an amazing experience. Rightly so, job isn’t constant but people are.
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