Tata Consultancy Services Interview Experience - Kolhapur, Maharashtra. March 31, 2016.
This is Pradip D. Kadam from Govt. College of Pharmacy, Karad. I have completed B.Pharm. from GCOP, Karad and currently pursuing M.Pharm. II from the same college. One of my friends told me about pool campus organized by Bharti Vidyapith College of Pharmacy, Kolhapur for Tata Consultancy services. I have studied for aptitude and pharmacovigilance for hardly 3 days. TCS took this interview for Pharmacovigilance management post with whooping 2.62 per annum starting package.
Interview pattern consists of 4 parts.
1. Face to face interview. (Any topic of your choice)
2. Aptitude Test. (43 Marks test)
3. Technical Round. (Pharmacovigilance, Clinical trials, Pharmacology)
4. HR Interview. (Telephonic Interview)
Reporting time at the venue was 9:00 to 9:30 AM on 31st March 2016. After registration and inauguration ceremony, HR head of TCS panel delivered PPT presentation regarding the company, products & services, BPS, Pharmacovigilance Management, salary info with instruction and what they are looking for in the candidates.
1. Face to Face Interview:
At the first HR panel told us that they will take Group Discussion but later on the spot switched to face to face interview. This made chaotic situation in students mind. They asked us to prepare on any one of the topic of one's own choice in depth. I went for "Make in India vs Made in India". I prepared meritorious and demeritorious point regarding each concept & delivered with full confidence. Meanwhile, abruptly HR asked me about my family background. And the final question was "Tell me any memorable incident or day that you will not forget lifelong".
I gave the answer to each and every question with confidence & positive body language. I clearly noticed that HR was not paying attention toward "What I said, instead he was more interested in" how I said. So confidence in voice, command of English and positive body language is the key.
2. Aptitude Test:
Aptitude test consists of 43 marks, one mark for each question & no negative marking was there. To clear the aptitude test "Indiabix.com" website was really helpful. Test was really simple as I got 36 marks. It consist of verbal ability, quantitative aptitude, logical reasoning and computer skill related questions.
They selected 31 candidates for TR & HR round.
3. Technical Round:
Technical round was very easy as they ask questions related to Pharmacovigilance, Clinical trials, and Pharmacology. The panel provides more preference for clinical trial related question.
My question was as follows,
i) What is a peptic ulcer?
ii) Explain pathology of peptic ulcer.
iii) Causative organism for peptic ulcer.
iv) In peptic ulcer patient, when the stomach pain will be high? Day, Night or Afternoon.
v) Give any drug to cure leprosy.
vi) What is the importance of Pharmacovigilance?
vii) Importance of phase 4 clinical trial.
I answered every question as I was well prepared. If you don't know the answer to any question then simply and politely say "I don't know, sir". Don't pretend and be honest with you and panel.
The questions I can't answer were as follows,
i) What is phase 0 clinical trial?
ii) What is phase 5 clinical trial?
Later interviewer himself answered these questions with clear-cut understanding. I also understood & thanked him. After completion of TR, they asked to wait outside. Within the 5 min. they called my name & told you are through to HR. Ones I cleared TR I was really ecstatic because I was weak in technical knowledge.
4. HR Round:
HR round was a telephonic interview. On the spot, I got to know about telephonic interview hence perplexed but regained my courage. I was well prepared for HR round from indiabix.com, jntufastupdates.com etc websites. So I was pretty much happy & confident about this round.
Following questions were asked by HR Madam,
i) What is your strength?
ii) Why should I hire you?
iii) Explain how you are quick learner?
iv) How do you feel about working nights and weekends?
v) If I ask your friends "How is Pradip or What is the nature of Pradip?", then what will be the friends answer?
vi) If anyone criticize you then what will you do?
vii) Are you a team player?
viii) If any task should be done by you all alone then what will you do?
After that HR madam asked me to hand over the phone to HR who was next to me. I was asked to wait outside. I was pretty sure and confident that they are going to hire me from the positive intended voice of HR manager. I was the first person who was selected by TCS in that pool campus. Among the 100 students, 12 candidates were selected for Pharmacovigilance Management post. I was really jubilant as it was my first interview experience and I conquered it easily.
In a nutshell, I would like to advise my friends and juniors to be confident, be sure about your answer and express yourself in a positive manner. Last but not least command on English makes the difference. They look for the candidates with good communication skills instead of knowledge because either way their rigorous training period going to mold us into skillful professionals. Hope this will be helpful.