Cognizant Technology Solutions Interview Questions in Los Angeles, CA

Updated Jun 20, 2015
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Cognizant Technology Solutions (Los Angeles, CA).

    Interview

    Gets call from HR for salary and location. HR are not good to handle your case and all the time your request calls goes to their voice mails. sometimes voice mails are full so there is no option to record and store your message. two-three rounds based on opening interview was related to technology

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    negotiation is difficult . if they don't like they don't contact again. If they don't find any resource for that opening one might get a call after a month or two

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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6 days. I interviewed at Cognizant Technology Solutions (Los Angeles, CA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    I received an email from Cognizant hiring manager and showed an interest on my background. The first interview is through call with HR manager, and the second interview is with department director after HR manager sends my resume to relevant department.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you have any experience of working with customer data?   1 Answer
    • Can you please introduce yourself?   1 Answer
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    Associate - Projects Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Ana, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Cognizant Technology Solutions (Santa Ana, CA).

    Interview

    Got a call from one of the senior associate and gave the interview. After a day had the client interview.

    Negotiation

    Got a call from HR.

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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Cognizant Technology Solutions (Los Angeles, CA) in October 2011.

    Interview

    The whole process took 3 weeks, two rounds of interview and got the offer.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    no negotiation, they give as per cognizant standards

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    Principal Architect Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Cognizant Technology Solutions (Los Angeles, CA) in July 2011.

    Interview

    30 Minute Interview with the HR Recruiter, referred to an Administration person to coordinate further interviews. 1st scheduled interview rescheduled. Next interview was set up with a different person, and finally I was provided with a further person for the interview. This last interview was postponed at the last minute twice and finally I was called without prearrangement by a practice lead who I can only describe as being extremely hostile. It was clear two minutes into the call that he had some definite ideas on who he was looking for and I was not it. I asked a question and was told "just answer my questions". We spent the next 15 minutes in difficult discussion - him asking for deep details of my current employers methodologies, current projects and other details that I was not comfortable sharing with a potential competitor. He also started asking for deep technology details, which ended up with us discussing disk subsystems (at cache schema level), while he continually mentioned that I was not answering with a deep enough level of detail.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe your methodology for deciding on either a build or a customized solution.   Answer Question
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Cognizant Technology Solutions (Los Angeles, CA) in May 2011.

    Interview

    First the recruiter vets you, then you speak with Directors and Senior Managers. The questions are mainly around experience and background. You should know how your skills will fit into the group and position you are interviewing with and for. You need to ask detailed questions about the role and their current sales pipeline to really get a sense of the projects you will be working on. Also ask questions around process and what it is like to work for a IT consulting from as this is not a strategy firm. Interviewee should be prepared to work on very small teams and work long hours. Ask questions around how projects are scoped and make sure you are interested in a role that is PMO centric. I advise speaking to consultants that have left the company. Also keep in mind that this a truly virtual company.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Salaries are set and movement is limited. Reasonable ask for a PM is 130k to 140k.

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    Management Consulting Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Cognizant Technology Solutions (Los Angeles, CA) in March 2011.

    Interview

    Straightforward. Consisted of a initial screening phone interview and then a series of one on one interviews with Consultants, Project Managers, Senior Project Managers, and Principals

    Interview Questions

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brea, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Cognizant Technology Solutions (Brea, CA) in October 2010.

    Interview

    It was a client interview. 45 minutes of technical stuff. Java / J2EE related questions

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Had a turnaround time of 2 days. They were pretty hard.

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    Onsite Portfolio Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Cognizant Technology Solutions (Los Angeles, CA) in August 2010.

    Interview

    There were couple rounds of phone interviews scheduled via email. First interviewer quit before I on-boarded There was on-site in person interview paid my CTS There was a client interview as also meeting with client

    Interview Questions

    • Simple questioning Expect to the point answer Slow to schedule interviews (HR not involved)   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Very little room to negotiate HR got involved to help negotiate CTS Management not willing to negotiate

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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Cognizant Technology Solutions (Los Angeles, CA) in October 2009.

    Interview

    Primarily done by phone, with one in person interview in century city. This was followed by another phone discussion with HR. The recruiter primarily worked from home and her children and dogs were frequently in the background. The onsite interview was ok, but they don't actually have any space other than a 20x20 office that two people share. Looking back, it was rather low class.

    Interview Questions

    • There were no real difficult technical question. In fact, i provided a presentation on baseline technical knowledge they should use to screen candidates. Only questions on working with off shore and how to treat this group with regard to being explicit and seeking confirmation at least 3 times due to a belief that culturally offshore is inclined to say 'yes'.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    The negotiation phase is non-existent. The following statement was applied, "Cognizant performs market analysis for your region and the offered amount is the maximum salary for your role."

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