• Name: Prabhas
  • Branch: CSE
  • College: GITA College, Bhubaneswar
  • Type of Interview: Off-Campus (eLitmus)

Student Interview

When I was in the final year, the Training and Placement Officer informed me about eLitmus pH test, which is one of the important exams for getting a good job in the IT industry. He told me that numerous companies are associated with eLitmus and if I score good marks in the pH test I will be eligible to participate in the recruitment events of the all those companies. And it actually happened. Soon after my pH test score was released, I received an email informing that I have been shortlisted for the Mindtree recruitment event.

Round 1- Written Test (eLitmus)

eLitmus conducted the written aptitude test and by pH score, the candidates were shortlisted. The written test was pen and paper-based and contained the following sections:

S.No.

Section

No. of Questions

Time Duration

Quantitative Aptitude

20

2 Hours

Logical Reasoning

20

Verbal Ability

20

  • Quantitative Ability

The quantitative test had questions on number system, averages, percentage, profit and loss, time, work, and distance, geometry, logarithms, quadratic equations, arithmetic, permutation and combination, and probability.

  • Logical Ability

The logical ability test had data tabulation related questions, cryptarithmetic problems, arrangement based problems, and bar/pie charts.

  • English

This test had questions on grammar concepts, synonyms, antonyms, sentence correction, and completion, and comprehensions.

The eLimus test has standardized negative marking criteria. If a candidate does more than 25% of the questions wrong of the total attempt then for rest of the incorrect answers half mark gets deducted. Since I was aware of this marking criteria I attempted only those question for which I was 100% sure. Luckily, I was able to score well in the exam.

Round 2-Coding

Based on my pH score I got an interview call from Mindtree. At the Mindtree interview location, a coding round was conducted. Here I was given two questions for which I had to write a program either in C or JAVA.

  1. WAP for merge sort using dynamic memory allocation
  2. Pattern Printing

I was able to fulfill all the test cases for both the programs.

Round 3-Technical Interviews

Interviewer: Hello Prabhas. How are you today?

Me: Hello Sir. I am very well. Thank you.

Interviewer: So Venkata, tell me something about yourself.

Me: I gave a brief intro of my family background, educational qualifications, hobbies, and interests.

Interviewer: Why did you choose computer science stream.

Me: I told him that I had a keen interest in programming and so I wanted to pursue it as my career.

Interviewer: Okay. So can you write a program for string reversal?
Me: Sure sir. I wrote the program.

Interviewer: Can you give an estimated count of the number of signals in your city?
Me: I can try sir. I used elimination approach to explain the estimated count.

Interviewer: Good. This is all on my side. Do you have any questions?
Me: I asked him some questions.

Round 4-HR Interview

The HR round was very interactive. The HR asked me about my hobbies and interests. He asked me what my strengths and weaknesses are. He also asked me the following questions:

  1. Why should we hire you?
  2. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
  3. Are you planning for higher education?

I tried to give a positive response to all these questions which implied that if selected I won’t leave this company. Then the interviewer discussed the salary details, joining location, training, and timings. I agreed to all the conditions.

A week after the interview I received a call informing that I have been selected for the job and I have to join ASAP.