3 CAT Attempts And A CAP Interview Process – Sneha More

Profile: 10th – 89%, 12th – 76%, B.Tech – CGPA 7.33, Work Ex – 40 months

It was my third and the final attempt at CAT. I had left my previous two failures behind me, but as I was travelling from Pune to Mumbai for the CAP interview, my failures conjured up in my mind and left me feeling scared. I was formidably anxious.
Reining in my nervousness, I recalled my journey of juggling the preparation for CAT and my little child who was just one and a half years old. This reinstalled confidence in me.

The process began with the written ability test (WAT). I am not able to recall the topic, but it was something about the impact of social media on youth. I articulated my thoughts well. Soon after the WAT, I was called for the interview. The panel was quick with the interviews. Everyone coming out of room seemed disappointed. I entered the interview room holding my nerves.

It was a panel of two, both men. P1 was graceful and welcoming while P2 seemed a bit uninterested.

P1: Sneha, Tell me about yourself.

Me: I hail from Nashik. I have done my engineering from College of Engineering, Pune and I did an internship for one year in Automotive Research Association India [ARAI] as a part of my academics. I presented a research paper in an international conference on statistics (Meanwhile P2 had no interest in what I was saying. He was going through my portfolio. I could see a positive reaction on his face as the portfolio was aligned very systematically). Post-engineering, I joined Mahindra Gears and Transmissions Pvt. Ltd. as a Graduate Engineer Trainee in business development and marketing department.  I am currently working with Dassault Systems. I got married in the year 2015. I have a son who is one and a half years old.

P1 (Really surprised): how did you study and who takes care of him when you are working?

Me: My mother takes care of (Before I could complete, P2 cut me short and asked a question).

P2: You have presented a research paper on Statistics, tell us what is Type 1 and Type 2 error?

Me: (Stumbled, thinking that I have written inter and intra-personal errors only) Sir I have mentioned about inter and intra-personal error and the results were..(told the results)

(P2, seemingly uninterested in listening to my answer, eating groundnuts kept in a bowl, threw another question at me).

P2:  You have presented a research paper in International conference, and no one will forget such work in entire life. You should know more (Really aggressive tone). Anyways, tell me what is ‘standard deviation’?

Me: (I used a paper to draw the diagram and explained the answer to him).

P2: What are the limits of the production process charts that are used for quality checks?

Me: (Drew upper control and lower control of the chart and explained to him the upper limit and lower limit).

P2: Explain with an example (seemed to be not convinced with the answers given)

Me (Calm and composed now): Upper control and lower control limits for shafts and holes are different. Take diameter for example(and explained basics).

P2 was asking for more industrial examples and seemed a little ok with answers now, but was cutting me short the moment I started answering confidently.

P1: Tell me more about your work experience.

Me: As already mentioned, I have worked as a quality engineer in Dassault Systems. Dassault Systems is a product company. 3D EXPERIENCE is our product. I work in CATIA as a quality engineer. My job responsibility is to ensure the correct working of a newly developed web application.

P1: Tell us about the current mishaps that have affected India?

Me: Sir, I am aware of Nirav Modi incident and told a few recent happenings (P1 was looking for something specific).

*End of interview*

Converts: IIM Trichy, IIM Ranchi, IIM Raipur, IIM Rohtak, IIM Udaipur, IIM Kashipur. Joined IIM Trichy.

In the entire interview, I held my nerves and was honest in my answers. Post interview I had no idea whether the interview went good or bad. I just knew I did my best and that I did not fumble under pressure. After all, Future leaders are meant to be impervious of the circumstances. They are expected to perform under pressure. An interview room is just a simulation of that. The ones who remain positive and confident get selected.

Sneha More

Mother of a two year old, Sneha derives pleasure from playing carrom and exploring new places. She is inclined to pursue her career in business analytics. In her spare time, she enjoys number crunching and developing algorithms. Currently pursuing the Post Graduate Programme (Class of 2020) at IIM Trichy. .