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What is the dress code for GD/PI? → Wear plain coloured formals. Avoid designer wear. What is the importance of body language in a GD/PI? → Extremely important. Your overall personality gets reflected in your posture and body language. What were the topics of the GD? → The topic given to us was more like a group activity rather than a discussion. It was something like a boat had capsized and you could salvage a limited number of items from the wreckage. You had to justify your choice, and the group had to reach a conclusion at the end. What are the basic dos and don’ts in a GD? → Be a team person. If you are marginalized in the group, try to go with the flow of the group, rather than restricting yourself to a narrow perspective. . How much time were you given to think? → 4-5 minutes. Do you think speaking first matters in a GD? → If you are confident about the topic, speaking first does help, since it indicates that you have good leadership qualities.

7. In a GD which is given more importance – content or fluency and presentation? → In general, content is very important. Fluency is important to some extent, but it is vital in case you are not sure about the topic. As for presentation, it is better to adhere to the general theme of the discussion, since the aim is to reach an agreeable conclusion at the end. 8. Is it advisable to interrupt someone in a GD? → If the discussion takes the form of an argument, it is advisable to interrupt someone. In general it should be avoided. 9. If the topic of the GD is against your personal beliefs should you stick to the topic or voice your opinion? → Try to go with the theme of the discussion, even if its against your personal belief. If everyone refuses to change their respective stand on the topic, no conclusion can be reached. 10. How do you respond if someone contradicts you convincingly during the GD? → Accept your mistake diplomatically, but always put your point forward at the same time. 11. You think one must be completely honest in a PI?


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→ In an interview, the questions are based on the answers that you give. If you lie on one occasion, you’ll have to lie repeatedly and the chances of getting caught are high. What are the basic dos and don’ts in a PI? → Think before you speak. Be fluent and confident in your answer. Maintain eye contact. Try to take the interview in a direction that is conducive to your needs. When entering the room, greet everyone present at a time. However, if a lady is present, greet her individually. How important in a PI is maintaining eye contact? → Very important. Everyone should feel involved in the process. What should be done if one realises that the interviewer has misunderstood his statement? → There is no use in trying to cover up. Try to clarify the misunderstanding immediately. How do you convince the interviewer that you are fit for the job if he speaks of another interviewee with better credentials? → It depends on the company profile. Schlumberger requires employees who are hard working and can work in trying environments. So mention about your qualities like dedication, diligence and exemplify them. Does taking time to answer a question go against you even if the answer is a good one? → It is better to think for a while and give a good answer rather than speak incoherently without a well framed answer. Should one admit his mistake if pointed out or justify what he has said? → Accept the mistake. Were you asked any technical questions (related to academics) in your interview? What were those questions (Please provide their answers too)? → Questions were department specific. For industrial engineering, I was asked to explain what Industrial Engineering dealt with. I exemplified it with a typical problem related to the optimisation of a process.

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19. Is there any advantage of applying early? → No advantage. 20. Clothing to be worn, body language for specific interviews. → Formal clothing. Do not sit cross legged. Do not fidget your hands. 21. What to do if you are caught in a trap:1)accept fault and give a clean chit or 2)try to make up excuses. → Answered before. It is better to be honest and accept the mistake. Cover ups are generally not successful. 22. How to approach the matter of intern compensation.


→ Mentioned in the form itself. 23. What was the Selection Procedure like? How many rounds of interviews and what was each round about? → First there is a GD followed by a PI. Both HR and technical aspects are attended to in the same PI. 24. What do you think the company was looking for in each of its candidates? → A company like Schlumberger invests a lot in the internship program. They were looking for candidates who were sincere, diligent and capable of working under stress. The candidates were prospective employees and team spirit was also necessary. 25. What courses did you have to revise, what books/ online material did you consult while preparing for the interview? → Department specific. Be thorough with the basics and revise any older project you may have done.

26. What do you know about our organization? → Mention about the company profile, its range of services etc. From the website. 27. Why do you want to work for us? → Mention how the various opportunities and challenges provided by the company that would assist your professional and personal development. 28. What can you do for us that someone else can't? → Highlight your achievements and qualities. Mention the software skills that you have had. Knowledge is never useless. The knowledge of special software will give you an edge. 29. What is the toughest decision you have ever had to make? → Quote an example from your life. Think of something beforehand. 30. How sensitive are you to criticism? → I appreciate constructive criticism, and try to find avenues to improve myself.

Debotosh Poddar 1. What is the dress code for GD/PI? → Formals 2. What were the topics of the GD? → We had a group activity..we are travelling in a plane and it crashed in a desert,we are given 10 items that we can use like knife,water etc… and we are given our coordinates in the desert. We have to discuss which item to use and which way to take there.


3. What are the basic dos and don’ts in a GD? → Should be speaking but should not be speaking all the time. You should ask for others opinion should be confident and should not be aggressive 4. How much time were you given to think? → About 1 minute 5. Do you think speaking first matters in a GD? → Speaking first matters and even concluding matters 6. In a GD which is given more importance – content or fluency and presentation? → Fluency and presentation followed by content 7. Is it advisable to interrupt someone in a GD? → No…but if a person is continuously speaking if he takes a micro-second pause then you should start immediately 8. If the topic of the GD is against your personal beliefs should you stick to the topic or voice your opinion? → Voice your opinion 9. How do you respond if someone contradicts you convincingly during the GD? → Should accept if given stronger point than yours but should be able to support your argument 10. Do you think one must be completely honest in a PI? → Not necessary but you can always gloss up things 2.

What are the basic dos and don’ts in a PI? → Don’t be nervous, here to interviewer carefully and give a small pause after he finishes his question

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How must one respond if the interviewer hints that your performance is not satisfactory? → You should find where he is unsatisfied and explain him so that he gets satisfied if u give a little pause after he finishes u will understand what he expects from you..

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What should be done if one realizes that the interviewer has misunderstood his statement? → Try to be as clear as possible.If he misunderstands clarify him.

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Does taking time to answer a question go against you even if the answer is a good one?

→ Can take a little pause but don’t take long pause 11. Should one admit his mistake if pointed out or justify what he has said? → Try to gloss over it and try to make it appear less severe. 12. What should we focus more on pi/gd? → GD should be focus. PI even prepared well


13. Is there any advantage of applying early? → In some companies like Barclay capitals its advantage but not in Schlumberger 14. What to do if you are caught in a trap:1)accept fault and give a clean chit or 2)try to make up excuses. → Try to gloss over it 15. What was the Selection Procedure like? How many rounds of interviews and what was each round about? → CV round, GD,PI(HR+TECH) 16. What do you think the company was looking for in each of its candidates? → Good extra-academic background and should be passionate about fieldwork 17. What do you know about our organization? → See the website and wiki page of company before interview and make stuff from there. 18. Why do you want to work for us? → Speak about your profile and relevant skills you have and thing they want 19. What can you do for us that someone else can't? → Speak about profile, relevant topic company needs 20. What is the toughest decision you have ever had to make? → Personal situation and try to be as truthful as possible 21. How sensitive are you to criticism? → I am sensitive to criticism but sensible to it. I encourage good criticism and look at it as a chance of growth

AMALESHWAR SINHA 1. What is the importance of body language in GD/PI? → It matters a lot and one must stay calm. Don’t do anything silly like holding your head when in trouble. Body language is more important in a GD than in a PI. 2. What were the topics of your GD? → My topic in the Sclumburger GD was ‘Prioritisation based on necessity ‘and in Barclays it was ‘Time Prioritisation’. 3. What are the basic dos and don’ts in a GD? → Dos: Be firm but not adamant. Be yourself. Don’ts: Don’t raise your voice too much. 4. How much time were you given to think? → 20 minutes.


5. Do you think speaking first matters in a GD? → No. I spoke in the middle of the discussion. 5. In a GD what is given more importance the content or the fluency and presentation? → Fluency and presentation matters more but the content should not be utter crap. 6.

Is it advisable to interrupt someone in a GD? → It is not advisable but people always do that.

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If the topic of the gd is against your beliefs do you stick to it or voice your opinion?

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→ The important thing is that a consensus must be reached in the end and so you must make sure that the team believes in you. You may have to kill your thoughts sometimes. How do you respond if someone contradicts you convincingly in a GD? → If your are sure that you have a stronger point put it forward or if you think he is right then agree with him and add a point to what he said. Do you think one must be completely honest in an interview? → No way! Just pretend to be honest if the situation demands. What are the dos and don’ts of a PI? → Dos: Be prompt. When you mention your qualities always site an example to prove your point. Don’ts: Don’t sit silent with a blank face. Don’t refuse to answer any questions don’t fake your CV. answering. What should be done when the interviewer misunderstands your statement? → Tell him that there has been a misunderstanding and explain again.

12. Does taking time to answer a question go against you even if the answer is a good one? → Generally it doesn’t and many a times the interviewer himself tells you to take your time.


13. Should one admit a mistake if pointed out? → Yes you must admit it but mistakes are rarely pointed out directly. 14. What do you tell if they ask you whether you have applied for other internships? → The T&P section has a rule that you can apply for only one internship at a time and unless it is rejected you can’t apply for another. 15. What was the selection procedure like? → First there was a CV short listing. Then one GD (12 people) of about 20 minutes and a PI of about 50 minutes. 16. What was the company looking for in the candidates? → Engineering skills. However this depends from company to company. 17. Why do you want to work for us? → Just say you like whatever the company does. For example , for Barcap just say you like finance, for Philips say you like research etc. Try to impress them with a simple answer. 18. What can you do for us that someone else cannot? → Just mention your qualities and give examples to prove that you have them.


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