Cognizant Technology Solutions Interview Questions in Chicago, IL

Updated Jul 15, 2015
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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ weeks. I interviewed at Cognizant Technology Solutions (Chicago, IL) in April 2010.

    Interview

    Recruiter contacted me and scheduled technical interview. Interview for a position in Charlotte was good but at the end of interview, interviewer told me that I don't fit in their technical requirement. Recruiter arranged second interview for me. This was again phone, and I successfully answered all technical and functional questions

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    I was aware of the structure of organisation so I did not negotiate on the position of my joining. That impacted my salary as they have strict position to salary mapping

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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Cognizant Technology Solutions (Deerfield, IL) in June 2011.

    Interview

    First the HR called up and spoke to me about which company he is recruiting for, the Job Description and then we negotiated the salary package. Later he said the technical team would call me up to set a date for the tech interview. A couple of days later the Tech team called up and set up a date for the tech interview. On the day of interview, they did tech interview for about 1 hour after which they said they would notify the HR. 2 days later the HR notified that I was selected and then sent the offer letter.

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Cognizant Technology Solutions (Chicago, IL) in May 2011.

    Interview

    Interview was detailed asking for experiences on technology front and understanding the ability for problem solving.

    Interview Questions

    • What is the technical challenge that you had to overcome with stiff dead line?   Answer Question
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    Software Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Cognizant Technology Solutions (Chicago, IL) in March 2012.

    Interview

    Came across recruiter at a job fair at my University. Got a first round interview a few weeks later on campus with a recruiter. Got a second round notice to Chicago for on-site interview(all transportation, hotel included, in addition to a $30 allowance for dinner). Went to their office on a Thursday morning for 3 rounds of one on one interview. First was technical. Second Behavioral. Third with the original recruiter. Nothing unexpected.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you had to comply with a rule you didn't agree with   Answer Question
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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Cognizant Technology Solutions (North Chicago, IL) in March 2012.

    Interview

    I applied online on the company site, I got a call from an HR and asked my expectation.. at that time tolds my range expected. I went through 2 interview rounds one with the Cognizant Architect other with the client.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing mostly general question on the tech i work on.. same with client. Exp .. prev project details and usual stuff.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    This was the bad part .. the HR suddenly calls me after few days of interview and tells me that your package is X which was min from the range i told her. I was not even allowed to say anything andshe said other details.. benefits and bla blha.. Itook he offer as i was in a very low pay scale .. but i was taken adv now i see thy tricked me to a low sal easily.. Plz dnt be desperate to work here.. health benefits are good but .. sal offer for chicago was below market.. plus this project had no garntee for going long term.. thy bluffed mw saying it was a longg term project.. now i am stuck in a expensive place with a not so good sal.. Wil switch soon. :(

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    Senior QA Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Cognizant Technology Solutions (Buffalo Grove, IL) in January 2013.

    Interview

    Phone interview arranged by agency with Cognizant, followed by a phone interview with the end client

    Interview Questions

    • Questions about production support for ACI's Base24 product (a payment switch).   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Cognizant did not allow any negotiation.

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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Cognizant Technology Solutions (Chicago, IL) in January 2009.

    Interview

    First round of questions by recruiter who will always try to force you accept a lower level then you should be at. Questions are more the line of client management and PMP processes. Resource management is good amount of work.

    Interview Questions

    • How will you help an associate who is always late to office and never meets the deadlines. How will you protect your resources from Clients. How will you make sure offshore flaws are not visible to client?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    They have good negotiators who convinced me to accept a lower designation. Which I found later was a complete lie. You have to be tough in negotiations to get a good pay and designation else you will loose. Do not believe any promise made by recruiters.

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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at Cognizant Technology Solutions (Chicago, IL) in September 2012.

    Interview

    Interviewers were hands-on and practical. Not much BS. All through video conference. Mainly behavioral questions, they also shared what they are working on and asked what I would do about it.

    Interview Questions

    • How much did you make in the past 3 years?   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    Didn't get a good feeling after ruthless negotiations over pennies.

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    Senior Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Cognizant Technology Solutions (Chicago, IL) in September 2012.

    Interview

    HR interview, competency and skills test, case study with senior managers/directors

    Interview Questions

    • How would you contribute to the company to improve its position here onwards   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Had other offer

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    Senior Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5+ weeks. I interviewed at Cognizant Technology Solutions (Chicago, IL) in November 2012.

    Interview

    The hiring process started with on-campus recruiting and an initial on-campus round of interviews. The first interview was 45 minutes, behavioral. The interviewer was very friendly and engaging and we ended up talking a lot about non-consulting related things. Next was a 45 minute case interview on a project that Cognizant recently deployed. The interviewer for this was okay and the overall experience was pleasant. About two weeks later, I got an invitation to interview in Chicago. Cognizant flew me out to Chicago, paid for the flight and board, and I had two more interviews similar to first round. The logistics of setting up the second round interviews were a little bit odd, the company sent all of the interviewees the actual invoice for all of the flight and accommodations which were difficult to understand. In addition, for my actual interviews, the second interview was a second behavioral instead of a case interview. The interviewers did not seem prepared and the second one did not have very many new questions to ask me.

    Interview Questions

    • Imagine you are at a company that wants to use social media to improve its business processes, explain how you could use social media to do this.   Answer Question
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