30th Oct, 2013. A long wait ended. A goal achieved and a goal added to life. Goal to approach the next step of the ladder. To be a better human being. A better IBMer!
Lets start with the things this post is not. Its not a success story. Its not a success guide. This is a chain of events put together. Fragments of my life, how I got depressed after TCS, how I realized that it was actually a lesson, and how I accepted the fact that I have got control over many things, but I keep cribbing about things on which I have no control, which is a waste of time and energy. Perseverance is a sword. And putting my time to shine it was and is a better use of the time.
After TCS, Wipro was the next big ‘failure’ ( read – lesson). I cleared the aptitude round but couldn’t clear the interview. The technical interview was of 50 minutes. I missed out on some Basic Electronics questions, the lady interviewer concluded, ‘You will get into a better company, but you need to work on your basics’. Next came Capgemini, which was nothing different. An unprepared me got a prepared treatment. And I went home thinking, ‘Enough is enough. What are the things I need to change?’
That question gave me the elevation I needed, with some other events happening here and there, my preparation started. To all my fellow aspirants I want to share one thing here, this preparation means studying properly for 3-4 hours a day, and rest of the day was like normal chit-chat and fun. This fun helped me to tackle the pressure. Thus passed 2 years and 7 days after TCS, and came 28th Oct 2013, the day I sat for IBM GBS off-campus drive.
If I am talking about that day then the first mention will be Soumee Di, without any doubt, she helped me from the beginning. Her two important points, ‘Avoid being with a friend on the day of Aptitude Test’ and ‘Avoid talking much’ worked as magic. First round was online aptitude test. It ended by evening and the moment I walked out of the hall an IBM-coordinator asked ‘What’s your IOK number?’ [Thats your identification number for the whole process] And before I realized he said, ‘You have cleared the test’. My mind said, ‘Whoa! That was easy and fast.’ The next moment I realized, I came in the first 700 in almost 8000 people. I savored the moment and called home to inform and Dad’s statement was, ‘Delhi abhi dur hain’. I calmed myself and had a word with Soumee Di regarding the english round, where she showered me with confidence. And later, to my surprise, those 20 questions of English Round seemed really easy. [This part is all about basic grammar and official letter formats.] That day ended with a smile and I was in the top 330, almost.
Then came 30th Oct, 2013. A day, I can’t ever forget. I was tensed, agitated, happy and hopeful. My interview timing was 11 am, which took place at 3 pm, almost. This four hours were inexplicable! I wish I was a better writer and explained these four hours in a rhetoric way, but I can’t.
Talking about interview, IBM interviewers look for a proper conversation. They are friendly enough. So my strategy was ‘Put a smile and stick a while’. Turned out the interviewer was also from Siliguri, and then after some basic questions, politics became the main topic of discussion. Where Congress was shot-gunned and BJP praised. All of a sudden his eyes went to the stones in my fingers, and he asked, ‘Do you believe in astrology?’ I answered, ‘No Sir, but I believe in my mother’.
30 mins passed. And then came a moment of sheer happiness… ‘this part is beyond explanation’. I wish you all juniors well, and sincerely hope you all feel this line and not just read it. Some day. One day.
1. Listening to songs helps alot before interview.
2. Stopwatch is a must for practice.
3. IBM series questions are a bit different. Please go through the sample questions.
4. It eases pressure if you have a mentor to help you continuously throughout the process. I had Parents and Soumee Di.
5. IBM coordinators and interviewers are friendly. So the first thing to do is relax.
Today, I want to thank few people. First, Anirban Saha, he has been a constant guide, a friend, a critic. Two words for you dada, ‘Thank you’. And yes, I don’t see entering ‘Bengal College Of Engineering & Technology’ as a failure. Now you know why.
Second, Soumee Das, who calls herself Charlotte Payne in Facebook. She was the secret of my confidence. Thank you di.
Third, Anjani Mishra (you may not expect this), but yes, this guy has taught me having a positive attitude can help you achieve everything. The guy who was not eligible to sit for TCS recruitment drive, but helped many to crack it, is now at SAP Labs India Pvt Ltd.
And yes, Maa, Baba, last but no way the least, this achievement was more for you than me. Thank you.
[PS: Almost 200 people joined BIg Blue that day.]