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Akshay Kohli

Please tell us about your Interview procedure at Zimply (Short listing procedure, GDs, Interviews).

The selection process had three rounds.

Firstly all the candidates who had applied for the management trainee were asked to write a subjective paper which primarily focused on how well we are aware of the product, what all is needed to make a successful product etc. Some of the questions that were asked were:

Q1: Take your favourite messaging app and re-imagine it as one common portal to access other services such as groceries, cabs, commerce etc. Draw wireframes showing the functionalities and features of the app

Q2: Take your favourite app that you use every day. Mention two features you’d like to strip down and two features you’d love to add. Draw final detailed wire frames of how the app will look like.

Q3: You have to design a smart TV operating system. How will the on boarding process, tutorial and home dashboard of the same will look like. Do not use more than 10 wireframes.

Q4: How will you do a detailed product critique of Youtube’s Android app?

After this round 4 students were shortlisted for the next round.

The 2nd round was an HR interview where I was asked of what all prior experience you have in the management side, product development and other resume based questions were asked.

After the 2nd round two students were shortlisted and we were called for final interview at their office.

In the final interview I was asked to do a product critique of Zimply, luckily I had done my homework and was able to do it in a flash which lead to my selection as well.

What and how many internships and projects you did at college? How did you get them?

Before this I had done an internship at DRDO and side by side I also worked in Reach.There was a proper selection procedure for the internship at DRDO however the other one was through contact.

What makes this company different from other firms?

The company is in its starting days and will give the required exposure. Since it is a budding startup one gets a chance to work in various departments and gives us a chance to discover our area of strength.

How did you prepare for the placement season? What advice would you give to your juniors regarding the placement season?

Honestly, I did not prepare for the internship season. But I will suggest all the juniors to figure out which profile suits them or they want to explore a particular field. Use the summer break efficiently and side by side do some aptitude as well because many companies have aptitude based screening test.

What’s the role of academics in getting a good placement at NSIT?

As far as I have seen academics only help you to clear the cutoff, Startups usually don’t look for high scores but yes if one is targeting a core company or big firms like Goldman Sach etc then percentage can be a make or break factor.

Elaborate on the type of work in this kind of role?

I had applied for the product management profile, so basically it will include the new features that must be launched, how to make the app more user friendly.

What growth opportunities does this company provide?Is there any global exposure?

Since the company is its initial stage so I don’t feel there will be any global exposure and being in its early days provides all the opportunities to grow.

Would you like to give any general advice to your juniors?

I will advice them to figure out there are area of interest as early as possible. Just don’t go by the notion that we will be going for non tech jobs as they are really good. Try to explore as much as you can in the first 2 years and try to build on that area in the next 2 years.

All the best!

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