My Interview Experience at Accenture for Software Developer role


Are you looking for some tips and tricks for the interview process for the role of Software Developer? Want to know the type of interview questions asked at Accenture? This article provides the details of a personal interview experience, with the interview rounds and interview questions that were asked, including software development puzzles and problems which were posed for the job of a software developer.

I have appeared at around 500 interviews in my career span of 13 years, and in this article, I am sharing my interview experience for the position of Software Developer at Accenture, Gurgaon.

About the Company

Accenture is a billion dollar organization, headquartered at Dublin, Ireland and established in the year 1989. It is known to be active in the fields of Software Development for various clients, ranging from big giants like various wealth management US-based banks, airlines, Fund houses in India, Steel plants machinery programming divisions etc. Accenture is also having its branch offices in India at a various location like Gurgaon, Pune, Bangalore etc. and actively looks for candidates to work for them in the field of Consulting, Application development, Enterprise Resource Management software developments, Client Management, Research and advisory etc.

Job Profile, Role and expectations:

The profile of a software developer is mainly responsible for creating the applications, software products or to provide software development services to the clients all around the world. It expects the person responsible to have his or her education in the software related field, eg. Bachelors in Technology, specific domain Computer Science, Information Technology etc or its related fields is sometimes mandatory criteria. However, exceptions can be made, if the candidates prove his or her worth in his resume and grab the attention of the person responsible for the hiring.
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How did I found the job opening?

I was looking for the job openings in the Job section of the indiastrudychannel.com and came across various profiles suitable for my work experiences. If you wish to find more, please go through the Job Section link, check openings and come back to read further.

Pre-Interview process:

  • I checked the profile and made sure my experience and work profile is exactly what company was looking for. I also made sure I had the preferred location for this job profile.
  • I made my resume, and added my details of Educational Background, Work Experience, Skills, and my career expectations as per the standard resume format. (This is very important).
  • I made sure, there were no typing error, invalid links, I had formatting correct, I did analyze my resume using various resume checker tools and saved in Adobe Reader format.
  • I had applied on the Career section of the Accenture, and filled the necessary details, like my contact details, my photographs, my previous work experiences and submitted the profile on their career Taleo section.


Interview Process and Rounds:

After a week, I received a call from the recruiter based out at Bangalore, who was hiring for the Gurgaon location, confirming my details and verifying details which I had mentioned in my job application. She asked me my preferred timings and dates for the initial telephonic round. She also made sure, I know about the profile and my expected roles and responsibilities.

Initial Telephonic Round:The interviewer called me at a specified time, and I had booked some time for myself to prepare well and places separate from noise so that I can be audible. Interviewer introduced himself and told me about the work he has been doing, what he is looking for etc.

I was appearing for the WCF domain for Software developer role, so questions were asked in the following order:
  • Tell me about yourself, and your past experiences, roles and work you have done
  • How did you come to know about the opening?
  • Technical questions:
  • What is WCF?
  • What is meany by Contracts in WCF?
  • How many types of Bindings are there?
  • Why we use WCF?
  • What is the difference between Web services and WCF?
  • Which scenario will utilize two-way bindings?


I did well in all the above questions, and I was confirmed by the interviewer that they would like to continue with the second round for me. I was asked to wait for sometime so that he can provide the feedback to the HR and she will take her own time to schedule further rounds.

Second Round:I was called upon at the Gurgaon office of Accenture and was asked to wait for a couple of minutes before they arranged the interviewer who was scheduled. Interviewer met me at reception and took me to the meeting room with a whiteboard.

Questions asked were in the order:
  • Draw a complete diagram of WCF Architecture
  • Coding problems for Recursions, Factorial problem (by choosing the preferred language)
  • C# Questions related to LINQ, C# keywords, Object Oriented Programming
  • Various types of Design patterns
  • Difference between an interface and Abstract class
  • Unit Testing and Integration testing questions.


The interview lasted for 45 minutes, and I was sure, I gave correct answers as per my abilities. From the body language of the interviewer, I could sense he was happy. He asked me to wait in the room, in the meantime, I was offered coffee and some snacks.

HR Round:: I had to wait for 30-45 minutes, as Human Resource professional was a bit busy with another candidate and that interview stretched longer than expected. The HR came to the room and confirmed me the role, asked me to fill a few forms, and documents which needed to be scanned and photocopied. She asked me to wait for another manager, who will be discussing my compensation and details of joining with her.

I had a long discussion over the compensation, my expectations, their expectations etc for another half an hour after waiting for 10 minutes after the previous formalities.

Post-Interview process:

I received the confirmation email from the HR and post mail (forms and documents which needed to be mailed to the Bangalore office). They sent the documents via email, as they wanted the signature instead of a scanned signature (some sort of mandatory rule they told me they were following that time).

I received the joining date and compensation letter separately after my postal documents reached in 2-3 days as I had couriered them for fast processing.

Conclusion and further details:

Overall the interview process was timed, smooth and well managed by the Accenture. I had prepared well in advance for the role and that helped. I always share tips for preparing well and most of the tricks and efforts always helped me to make a strong impression.


Comments

Author: Sheo Shankar Jha16 Nov 2018 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 2

The Accenture being a giant company having its diversified activities in the area of software development for steel plant machinery, Banks, Airlines etc, to be a part of this multi giant itself speaks of the exceptional talent of the employees.

The author has outlined numerous tips which should serve as a guideline to the aspirants. A familiarity with the different aspects of the selection process would lessen the anxiety of the candidates during the interview process.



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