Garima Gupta, from the class of COE ’11 writes to NSITOnline telling us about her job in Towers Watson and her experiences with the placement procedure of Infibeam.com and the “Teach for India” program.
I got placed very early during our placement process. Infibeam.com, a leading online shopping website for Books, Electronics, Gifts and Automobiles, was the third company that came to our campus. The company is basically a scaled down Indian version of Amazon.com. The profile offered was that of a software developer with the exposure of working alongside managerial positions, as the company is still in its initial stages of expansion with not many employees.
The selection was a single day process starting with an objective written test (with one subjective coding question) followed by 4 rounds of technical interviews. The written test mainly covered questions on finding errors and outputs after which around 10 students were selected for interviews. The interviews were to examine how good and efficient a code I can make along with puzzles that tested my aptitude. The final job offer was made to 4 students.
Having completed my engineering in Computers, the job offered very good prospects in view of the growing e-commerce industry in India. But coding was not my cup of tea. Hence I kept on exploring other opportunities.
I came across this wonderful opportunity of actually making an impact on society-“Teach for India”, which is a nationwide movement of college graduates and young professionals who are required to commit two-years to teach full-time in under resourced schools to achieve the aim of equity in education. The application procedure was quite comprehensive. Along with my detailed profile, I was required to submit 5-6 essays on issues concerning the Indian education system and about my personal life. There was a short-listing based on these applications after which I was called for a one day long assessment.
During the assessment, they tested my teaching skills through a sample teaching lesson, my analytical skills with a multiple choice questionnaire and case studies followed by a group discussion and a 1 hour long interview. The process judged me on how aware I am about issues concerning India and the approach I have in my mind to tackle them. Getting through this tough process was a real achievement for me.
Finally I sat for Towers Watson, the company I am currently working with, in their graduate recruitment process. Towers Watson is an actuarial consulting firm that helps organizations improve performance through effective people, risk and financial management. It was entirely an off-campus process which entailed clearing a précis writing round, a written test based on the pattern of CAT and 2 rounds of interviews- technical and HR. Since I had no prior knowledge of the actuarial science profession, the interviewers mainly tested me in terms of aptitude and communication skills.
For people who don’t know, an actuary is a business professional who deals with the financial impact of risk and uncertainty. We use data to measure risk for organizations such as insurance companies and other financial services businesses. Evaluating a company’s assets and liabilities to determine its solvency position is also a part of our job. It is a blend of finance, economics and working with numbers with mathematics at its core.
COE, Class of 2011, NSIT
Actuarial Analyst, Towers Watson