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Testing Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Monsanto Company in January 2012.
Interview Details applied through a recruiter and the process took about 2+ weeks. I began with applying through one of the recruiting agencies and then someone got in touch with me. I was then told that I had made it through to the final interview which was a 3-4 hours interview at their Paddington office with 3 people. One of them being HR, another one was a senior manager and some other person who asked me behavioural questions. The interview began with the first person asking me about myself; about how I found out Cerner and what do I know about them. I had over researched the company and the person was really impressed with my knowledge. I had also done my final year project on healthcare industry which is what they do, hence that made a good impression on the interviewers as well. It lasted for 45 minutes and then I was given a short break before I could go to the next person.
The second person was HR who was interested in my background, my interests alongside competency based questions etc. This interview lasted for about 30 minutes, where I had to provide my details such as nationality, right to work etc.
Interview Question – used STAR techniques for most of the answers, make sure you use it as it gives them the impression that you analyse each situation you have been through in your career/life and that you understand how you would go about solving it if you faced it again. Another thing is don't panic if you don't know something, just say you don't know. We are graduates with no experience or may be one year if you do placement, so they don't expect us to know everything.What they do expect is that you should be capable of and eager to learn new skills Answer Question
Business Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Monsanto Company in April 2013.
Interview Details 1. CV shortlist
2. Telephonic Interview (30 mins) (questions related to your past work ex and practical questions related to the role for which you are being interviewed)
3. Telephonic Round - (Commercial IT head) - (15 mins) - basic questions related to past work experience and assessing fit for the role and company.
4. FTF - at the company HQ at andheri mumbai (30 to 45 mins) - Detailed role expectations discussed (more of an discussion than an interview)
Office & Work Culture - Flat Hierarchy, Open Desk policy
Interview Question – How would you convince the area sales manager or the field managers about the implementation plans initiated by the top sales manager who is not working on the field ? View Answer
Reason for Declining – Was not comfortable with travel to villages if need be. Also did not want to pursue agro domain. got another domain of better liking.
Senior Scientist Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through another source and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Monsanto Company.
Interview Details Behavior based interview. Interviewers insisted that I DO NOT disclose any confidential information from my previous and then current employer. Allowed and encouraged me to be myself and express the kind of roles I was interested in. Apparently the role they interviewed me for was not the right match. They called me again for an interview for a different role that fit much better with my aspiration. Another 2-3 rounds of discussions and presentations including with senior people in US headquarters. Made initial offer, they sweetenend it wherever possible and offered a good compensation within the feasible band mentioning that they would like to be fair to their current employees and would respect their internal benchmarks. Subsequently revised compensation based on performance and expertise.
Interview Question – If you are doing so well in your current job why this role? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Yes. I compiled my CTC very well and approached the expected compensation discussion with sound rationale. It went back and forth 2-3 times till I had the gut feeling that there may not be a further headroom. Checked with industry peers on benchmarks and accepted the offer. They sweetened it with a quick revision with cycle that followed a few months later.
IT Team Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Monsanto Company in February 2011.
Interview Details Ergonomics and the work culture impressed me at this place. Interview was detail oriented.
Interview Question – Tell me an incident you failed horribly View Answer
Negotiation Details – I could have negotiated better. One should ask for the best before finalising the offer.
IT Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Monsanto Company in January 2011.
Interview Details Pretty long interving round with usually 4 to 7 rounds
- Talk about a time when you had a disagrement with your manager and how did you go about telling him in a group setting Answer Question
- Talk about your top failure that you had in recent past Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I did not negociate
Technical Lead Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Monsanto Company in May 2011.
Interview Details round 1. technical discussion on java and j2ee .
round 2. they will give one problem to design . i got to design checkers game .
you need to do a presentation of design to the panel .
folllowed by technical discussion
discussion on the design presented.
online coding on editor shared on microsoft live meeting . u get 30 min for coding . problem was to implement an object oriented solution for below report :
bulb watts unit total energy
energysaver bulb 40 10 xxx
energysaver bulb 80 10 www
glolight bulb 60 45 rrr
glolight bulb 100 45 aaa
fluroscent bulb 80 24 ttt
fluroscent bulb 30 24 yyy
discussion on the code u did .
they took three days to give my over all result , i chased the hr which was negative.
Technical Lead Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at Monsanto Company in April 2011.
Interview Details Just had a phone for about 15 minutes. The interviewer's English was very bad and I could barely understand his thick India accent. He was rude, didn't even introduce himself and had absolutely no knowledge on any subject matter. Kept saying HELLO, HELLO every time I paused for one second.
This was kinda fun for me, I would stop for a second in mid-sentence, just to hear: HELLO, HELLO :-)
He seemed more interested in why I am leaving my current company that anything else.
They are looking for a someone who can refactor (comment) legacy (ugly) code and manage a few (unhappy) laborers: One person to do the work of two or more people. Lovely.
- Why are you leaving your company? Answer Question
- ...but, really, why are you *really* leaving your company? Answer Question
- So, if ___ happens you will leave? Answer Question
- Tell me more about why you are leaving you company? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I never really received an offer but judging by the quality and education of the person who spoke to me on the phone, I knew I wasn't going to work there; I told the staffing agency not to go forward.
Business Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Monsanto Company in December 2010.
Interview Details I did apply on their careers homepage in Sept 2010 and got a call from the HR (Rachana Saxena) after a month. Once I cleared the first round of interviewing by Mr. Srinivas Gunturu on 2nd Dec 2010, the HR team told please wait for next step of communication from me. Till now (18th Jan 2011), I have not heard anything from them. I even 7 to 8 mail to both the interviewer and to the HR but no response at all. This is such annoying thing that being such a very big MNC, the cannot even communicate back to me!! :(
Maintenance Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Monsanto Company in March 2008.
Interview Details Interview taken by the immediate manager & then by HR & Panel of people
Negotiation Details – really good
Seed Process Engineering Co-op Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through college or university and interviewed at Monsanto Company.
Interview Details I talked to an engineering leader in my college's career fair and submitted my resume. A month later, I was notified that the engineering group is interviewing me. I was asked to visit their main campus in Saint Louis. I was interviewed by three people on site in Saint Louis along with other candidates. The interview was rather casual I feel. The interviewer are really friendly and approachable. The questions they asked are very typical behavioral questions and they requested me to go through my experience and resume.
Interview Question – Typical Behavioral Interview Questions Answer Question
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