Career at Tech Mahindra

Interviewer: Tell me about yourself ?

Hello all, I am Anitha completed final year in 2016 from Electronics and Communication background. Currently I am working in Tech Mahindra in automotive domain. It’s been good old two months and I’m enjoying the work environment here.

Interviewer: why did you choose to apply to Tech Mahindra?

Initially, I was not interested to explore the career in TechMahindra but after going their profile, objectives, vision and the projects they were working on, I got curious and wanted to give it a try. That was how I landed up in TechM. To be more specific this company has many verticals which means it has got different projects apart from IT domain, like Aeronautics (company has signed a pact with Russia for BOEING manufacturing as part in Make in INDIA) , Mechanical domain( MAHINDRA & MAHINDRA) and various RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS .

Interviewer: What were the different rounds conducted ?

Apart from the initial interview process which is being conducted every year I would like to throw some more points on what are the process which are followed after getting into the company.

1) Inorder to get early date of joining the company will send you modules containing  basic C programming, DBMS, RDBMS, Software engineering, Software testing, UNIX and HTML. They will conduct contest at various locations you need to clear it inorder to have advantages which would be like allocation into project at early stage itself. For those who doesn’t clear the contest has to undergo initial training again which was specified in the modules along with extra algorithms.

2) They may even select students based on the engineering background and provide them an opportunity to work related to that field .Before that they will conduct an interview process either one to one or through telephone.

3) One should grab the opportunity to showcase ourselves at any given point of time, you never know when it might turn out be in your favour.

Interviewer: What is /are take away from the process?

At each stage I learnt so many things. Even during training period learnt how to utilise the time. If we wish to learn anything new we should go ahead and ask people working in office. Instead of sitting idle we could simply watch them work .

Interviewer: Any suggestions for future aspirants?

No job is big or small at the end all that matters is what we have learnt, where we are, what we will be years from now.


Service Selection Board

A short interview with Divesh, Dept of Mech

Interviewer: Tell us about yourself?

Divesh: Hi, my name is Divesh. I’m active person with bubbling energy, average at studies (smiles) and deeply interested in sports and extra curricular activities like club events. I love to gather information that would help to enhance general knowledge that includes current affairs. I do all these because they act as a motivational dose. I’m active in nature to help and motivate others. These add to my list of good characters (smiles again). I’m a goal orientated person who strives to achieve. Though at times lag in decision making hinders the process/action.

Interviewer: Among several careers, why did you choose to apply Naval Officer?

Divesh: According to me, defence is a structured organisation. Several other career often pushes the persons thinking on matters like income, promotion, popularity etc. Though it isn’t wrong to desire but it doesn’t seem to match my aspirations. It would be very hard for me to act to gain, but rather I believe in sacrifice life for the nation. Its hard to imagine a career that seem monotonous or just 9-5 shift job. I could say this,

“If you are excited of an idea that no one else, all that should matter to you is focus. Progressive thinkers are driven by their interests, not whether others are interested.”

Interviewer: How are you preparing for the naval officer position?

Divesh: The preparation is beyond the just table study. Preparation demands in an attitude shift to mould character through knowledge, current affairs, stories of warriors etc. I feel that application of learning will play an important role in developing the OLQ’s (Officer Like Qualities). Some of OLQ’s are – planning & organising; social adjustment; social effectiveness; dynamics etc.

Interviewer: What is the ideal time required for one to prepare?

Divesh: Time could be estimated based on several factors of individuals but for me its like a daily bread. However an ideal time of 6 months – 1 year preparation is desirable.

Interviewer: Could you brief on the selection process?

Divesh: In the selection process three things are looked for –

What you think?

What you speak?

What you do?

These are checked by three examiners that consists of a psychologist, G.T.O and I.O. Further details on the application and selection process is listed on their website ( & search for ‘afosop’ (youtube)

Interviewer: Why do you think several eligible candidates don’t apply for a career in defence?

Divesh: According to me, some might think that they don’t possess or cannot build qualities that are required to be an officer. Or they may be lazy (smiles). I see its a gradual phenomena for one becoming an officer. Their may be myth that officer need to sacrifice life to the nation.

Interviewer: What message do you like to give for aspirants?

Divesh: Create, follow and have a role model (martyr), mentor and successful officers to encourage you. Leaders always create others as leader. My hero and role model if Major. Mukund Varadharajan. A. C.
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Interviewer: Thank you Divesh for several interesting insights on SSB. I hope it will help the readers. Wishing to see you as an officer.

Divesh: Hope to see several others coming forward to join defence! Thank you too!

– Interviewer is the author of She: Ekla Cholo Re & BUGman

Fear is Fearful

This article is out of discussion on a topic ‘Fear’ with 2nd year MCA, 3rd year Civil engineering students of SNSCT and others in the past. As a trainer cum counselor I asked them if they are fearful about anything in life. Most of them replied ‘No’ with a big smile on their face. One way I was happy to see that they would like to lead a life without a fear. I pushed them with a question, how do you feel on seeing 100% score on your internal paper? Most of them said in unison, ‘Happy’. Then I raised another question, would they work hard to keep that expectation intact in the next internal examination? Most of them nodded their head. This seemed to have set a tone of knowing the fear. Then I asked them, what would happen incase some of don’t make it? I could see mixed facial reactions. Next I asked them, what are you trying to guard yourself on realising fear exists? The unison was broken into few reacting to it, for example, they were not afraid but worrying about the others reactions (parents, peers and teachers expectations) on their uneven performance. On hearing patiently I asked them, why do you worry incase there you aren’t afraid? There enthusiasms seemed to die off with probing. After a moment of silence, I asked them, if they are not sure on dealing with it? They nodded in unison.

I asked with if they could learn to love the problem same way they learnt to love their cent percent marks then its possible to understand, why? This was beginning to reflect for our future discussion.

Is fear a fearful?!

Experince with Success

Improving efficiency of people can be theoretically done in three ways: self-esteem, experience with success and behavior of seniors to juniors.

The experiments was conducted with 60 students of MBA I. Self-esteem session involved the reasoning behind their dreams and aspirations coupled with interesting questions such as ‘Why did you choose to do MBA?’, ‘Why do you think a specialisation does matter?’. These were further amplified with specific stories to get some insights to help them align themselves to objectives.

Large part of the session consisted of Experience with success session consisted of Simulation exercise ; team and group activities that were relatively easy that some would certainly succeed.

Conclusion had a story telling approach with sharing success points that helped to give a feeling of confidence in them.