TCS Interview Questions- A Practical Guide

10/12/2015 07:34:00 am 1 Comments

Dear aspirants

Cracking Interview is not like cracking the code of the Human genome.

 It is much simpler...
Don’t know how many of us shall agree with the above statement. But, I am sure; it is possible to do so with a clearer understanding of the process, expectations and obviously with a lot of common sense. The purpose of any Personal Interview is to gauge the self management abilities, including the important ability to present ideas clearly and persuasively to others.
My simple suggestion to all is not to look at the process of Interviewing from the prism of a Question-answer session.
In this post, we shall focus on Personal Interviews. The idea behind this exercise is to provide you practical tips that might give you a sense of purpose, direction and clarity while developing effective responses/answers to some expected questions/situations. Remember, the focus is on using these ideas as inputs, not as out puts or ready-to-use answers. We shall learn how to be our natural self, rather than being looked as a Programmed Robot.

Hence, use the following ideas/techniques/suggestions as just inputs .And there is nothing like a model answer or Best answer...You have to simply manage yourself...your skills/Attitude...and the expectations of the Interviewer well.
Always remember that one size does not fit all. And more importantly, we need to showcase that little’ Extra thing’ that makes us different from others, which can other wisely be called as ‘Unique representation ‘.Your responses must reflect  of your uniqueness, personal beliefs, values and hence, lets  avoid giving stereotyped answers.
Go thru the following Questions along with the Tips:
Plz. go thru the following few expected questions along with the practical Steps-n-Tips for bringing focus to your preparation

1. Tell me about yourself


  •  Always begin stating who and what you are (begin with your your name and present status/designation) In your case it should be your name and present year and place of your study
  • If the Interviewer already has addressed by your name, then skip your name.
  • Then, talk about your academic credentials, including your achievements(Your marks/grades/courses/certification)
  • Moving on, mention your co-curricular and extra- curricular accomplishments (Projects/paper presentations or publications/Internship etc.)
  • Then, talk about your strengths, followed by hobbies/interests
  • Clearly say your vision/ambition(Keep it restricted to Software sector, preferably with TCS)
  • And, finally close by saying that with these above skillset and accomplishments you think you are suitable for the Job

Points to remember:

  • Don’t mention about your weakness unless you are specifically asked.
  • Minimize references to personal details(family,siblings etc.)
  • You must always try to be different from the others

2.   Your favourite subject     (Expected in TR if there is a separate one)

  • Always answer spontaneously, without any delay..
  •  Name a subject of your interest and say why it is relevant or its’ place in your Engineering discipline or in general.
  • Be analytical while answering this one.
  • You could refer to its interesting nature or scope for further studies/ research/application or any other reason that may demonstrate your ability to analyze, see future opportunities and your research interest/aptitude etc.

3. Why IT/software Industry?
Mention reasons such as huge opportunities, challenging jobs, fast growing sector

  • Say that, It is the largest employer in service sector
  • Say that, It offers a wide spectrum of technology platforms to work on,
  • Focus on a new , exciting sector/platform of your choice that has growth potential
  • That, it does not make any distinction between an IT graduate and a non-IT graduate
  • That you have the required skillsets to match the requirements, including Programming
  • For Non IT/CSE students, add that your specialisation in your respective engineering disciplines could add value, specifically to related projects/areas/services.

4. Are u ready to work anywhere or any specific place you would love to work?

  • Give a categorically positive answer that you have no specific place in mind, any place will do...
  •  Rather say that right now, your focus is on getting an opportunity to work in reputed company like TCS.
  • If the Interviewer insists that you name any place of work, do so by choosing a place away from your present place or your state. Choose a place outside your state. By doing so, you may be able showcase your risk-taking ability, that you love facing challenges, that you would like to work with people from unfamiliar cultures, languages and habits.

5. Your plans for Higher studies?

  • Say that you are open to higher studies to be able to do better as a software professional, but quickly add that only if TCS permits to do so while still working.
  • This will demonstrate your willingness to learn
  • Say that you would like to go for higher study to gain knowledge about newer technologies, any challenging course, related to software field...
  • Don’t say that you would like to a course in fashion design or Law or music.

6. Tell me about your project?

  • You could start with the title of the project; mention the broad area and most importantly why you made it your project.
  • Then, mention the platform /technology used
  • Mention the objective/purpose
  • You could then talk about the results/findings or intended applications (preferably in realtime)
  • May also include your experiences including challenges,hurdles, or learning opportunities

7. What are your future plans?

  • Always say that you want to be software professional, strictly not any other job.
  • Mention any specific area of interest/ technology platform on which you want to work (choose an area that might be relevant/available @ TCS)
  • Say that you would like to go for positions within the organization with independent responsibilities or, Leadership roles.
  • Anything that sounds achievable and credible (Don’t announce grandiose plans)
  • Be tactful, not truthful
  • You may have your real plans for the future, But it is not the right time to discuss about that.
  • Even if the Interviewer insists that you are good and suggests you to look beyond software, say a polite thanks for complimenting you, but say firmly that it’s only TCS that you are looking at.

 8.      Why do you want to join TCS?


  • Say that it’s the biggest employer, huge portfolio of service areas, exciting projects, world-wide presence,
  • That it provides opportunities for aspirants from all places, urban or rural
  • That it has presence in many sectors, multiple technology areas, mention one or two new technology platforms like Cloud, Digital space, Mobile computing or, Big Data etc...
  • That it rewards meritocracy and allows employees equal opportunities for growth.
  • Most importantly , mention any project /Technology /sector in TCS  that you  are  interested to work in and why ?

9.      What is the most challenging thing you achieved till today?


  • Sound credible, believable.
  • Mention a real life incident that is related to your professional area, that is in fact a learning experience.
  • Say why it was challenging and how did you face it.(Here you need to analyze and find out skills/qualities that you might have used in tackling the situation)

     10. Where can we see you in 5 years?


  • Say that you would preferably be in a more professionally challenging assignment, such as as a Team lead or a Project leader or on an abroad assignment within TCS
  • Say one that is achievable, measurable and credible.
  • Never exaggerate or  mention unrealistic goals

11.      Are u aware of the bond?


  • Say yes, and that you have no objection to it.
  • If they ask you why you sign this, say that an opportunity to be a part of a reputed company like TCS is good enough a reason for signing up the bond.
  • And that you believe that TCS is going to provide you the best possible professional growth opportunities.                                                                                                                      

 12.      What about salary?            


  • Say that you have knowledge of the fact that you are entitled to a fixed, pre-determined pay and one that you find acceptable and attractive.
  • Quote the exact figure as is indicated in the notification from Placement cell.
  • In addition, say that right now your focus is on the job and to get an opportunity to be a part of TCS family.

13. Would you like to be manager or  a Leader

  • May say that you would like to be both. Because, as a manager you will get opportunity to control a group or a set of entities to accomplish a goal while as a Leader you can influence, motivate, and enable others to contribute towards organizational success.
  •  Say that managers can display leadership qualities. Conversely, leaders can be good managers.

Below find some qualities of leaders and managers
Attributes of a Leader:

1.     Studies, and develops ideas and principles
2.     Innovates
3.     Resourceful and looks for solutions to problems
4.     Empathetic with a focus on people
5.     Inspires trust among stakeholders
6.     Understands the big picture
7.     Superior listening skills
8.     Courageously challenges the state of affairs, and asks why and what can be improved
9.     Looks for opportunities to develop strengths
10.  Develops a following

Attributes of a Manager:

1.     Administrates
2.     Accepts the status quo
3.     Pragmatic in accepting trends and events, but goes no further
4.     Focus is on control, structure and systems
5.     Has a linear perspective – only follows what’s at the end of her/his nose
6.     Asks a limited set of questions – just how or when?
7.     Acts like a chameleon or imitator of other managers
8.     Perceives threats
9.     Minimizes weaknesses
10.   Manages subordinates but has few, if any, devotee

14. Would you prefer to be a Team player or a Team Lead

  • Always say both. But one after the other.
  • Means, say that you want to be a team player first, learn to know the team and the expectations of others, know the required interpersonal skills and then readily accept leadership position as and when offered.

  •  Tell that you believe that a good team player would make a better leader.

15. Qualities you like or dislike in others


  • Always focus on qualities of traits, do not Individuals.
  • You may mention general dislikes such as lethargy, cunningness, being untrustworthy, betrayal,, lack of mannerisms, lack of team play etc. in others,
  • In case of likes, mention qualities that reflect your honest expectation in others like, simplicity, helping nature, friendliness, time management, sincerity, empathy etc.

16. The best compliment and the worst criticism

  • Regarding compliment say anything from a real life situation,preferably about a quality you demonstrated. 
  • Be modest while saying your compliment, don't sound pompous(don't brag/boast) 
  • Don't sound cynical.always say how you handled the criticism.

17. Tell me about the biggest mistake you have made in your life?

  • Admit a mistake , say that you have made one

  • Admit something as a mistake from a real life incident, mostly from a professional point of view(may be related to a skill/ certification/ activity)
  • never say that the mistake relates to your choice of course(In your case, Engineering or your Branch)Take some specific situation and analyze and bring out the mistakes.
  • The Interviewer is trying to find out if you have learnt from your past mistakes or not and if so , how have you corrected them .so give out steps you have taken to rectify the mistake as well as not repeating those.

  • Simply, they want to assess your ability /willingness to learn

18. The biggest challenge you have ever faced so far?

  • This question is intended to test your ability face situations with confidence and strength of character and conviction (belief)
  • Describe a specific technical/interpersonal  challenge you faced and how did you overcame it
  • Don't make generalized statements, but choose specific activity/area/issue.
  • Don't make direct reference to anybody and don't sound negative.just raise an issue that was challenging and not easy handling.say nevertheless you tried and handled it positively ,without any ill feeelings.
  • Always use practical and believable steps while justifying how you handled the challenge

19About your weakness?

  • Always admit that you have one. But try to put a positive spin onto the weakness by picking up ones that are actually somewhat positive qualities.

  • I am so particular about details that during an activity/function that I organize along with my friends, I end up demanding a lot from them, that puts lots of pressure on my friends.
  • That I am too straight forward ,that puts me in awkward situations during group interactions. I must learn to diplomatic.
  • While organizing functions /any event, I get so much involved that I neglect other activities including food ,rest and family .
  • That I am so much involved in my work that I neglect my friends and family.

However, the above examples are indicative of positive things being branded and projected skillfully as weaknesses, allowing the candidate the chance of not revealing too much about his weak areas.

20. What is your dream job?

  •  Stick to the area for which you have applied (in your case Software or IT, if TCS)
  • Say with some degree of passion that  so and so is your dream job. That you want to be part of a reputed company such as the company we are being I interviewed for(TCS).
  • But do not go overboard or sound flattering. Simply say that you are honest. Then be little analytical and find out reasons to support your preference.
  • You may say growth opportunities- to be in leadership positions where a you can make a lot of change to others lives,
  • You may want to work in a challenging work environment with more responsibilities
  • Be very clear about your long term thinking before answering this question

21. Do you want to ask the Interviewer a question?
        Sample questions could be like the following:

  • Sir, what about opportunities for higher education while in TCS.
  • What does TCS actually expect from its newly-joining freshers??
  • What actually happens during the training?and after the training??
  • How about overseas assignments?
  • About career progress and growth

Whatever be your question, it must reflect a genuine interest that you are showing about the company and your sincerity and eagerness to be a part of it.
Also, It must demonstrate your willingness to learn and know new things.

 22. You are from Mechanical/ECE/EEE/EIE. Why should we take you in our company that is an IT one?

  •  Always say that you deserve to be there as You have fulfil the desired requirements in terms of skills-both technical and Interpersonal.
  • say that you have basic programming skills, logical thinking, analytical skills, problem solving skills etc. to prove your point.
  • Then, say that because of your core background, you will bring added value to your work as TCS is involved in offering IT consulting services to many sectors/areas like manufacturing,electronics,telecom,power etc.
  • Again, if you know that TCS is involved in any project or area or platform (from your core branch) you may mention so and justify.

Important :All the above ideas are just for helping you prepare better and not be directly . Try to be as natural as possible in your responses in the Interviews

Best of LUCK

1 comment:

  1. ok thanks for this post it's quite informative and I have learned new things.