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Baan Test Pattern by BAAN

Details of Baan Test Pattern by BAAN conducted by BAAN for job interview.
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Short Listing of Resume

Q. Does company have its own form or uses standard placement form?
A. The company use it,s own form

Q. Does company apply the shortlist to the resumes submitted?
A. yes, they shortlist the resumes first

Q. Is the shortlist qualifying in nature or eliminatory (merit based)?
A. Shortlist is based on a weighted scale arrived at based on rating on various factors such as, qualification, experience, specific skill set .. etc

Q. What is normally the ratio of shortlist. (i.e. howmany people are shortlisted vs. applied)?
A. generally X(20) candidates sit for written and then X(5) are called for interviews

Q. Is there advantage for work ex guys?
A. Yes there is advantage, but since Baan is a product based company and it,s development platform is proprietory, hence Baan gives good training to selected candidates, so work ex- is not that important in Baan jobs. But when there is recruitment for C++/Java stuff, work ex- becomes important.

Q. Is there a leaning towards particular background of students in the shortlist? (
A. Graduates with good IT skills and good communication skills are definitely preferred

Q. Does grad matter in the shortlist?
A. Yes

Q. What role does extra-curricular activities plays in the shortlist process?
A. Not much, mainly the IT skills are seen

Q. What qualities should the candidate highlight in his/her resume?
A. Educational Background, IT skill set, Work experience (Projects worked on), special achievements.

Q. What is the biggest mistake a candidate can make in his/her resume?
A. The resume should be tailored to the job requirements. A major mistake is not being able to balance the information according to the job description. The skill set should be as required and whatever one mentions in the resume should be defendable in the interview.

Written Test

Q. Does company conduct any written test?
A. yes, aptitude test + RDBMS test + C++ basics

Q. Is this step qualifying or eliminatory? If eliminatory then normally what is the ratio of shortlist?
A. it,s eliminatory. 5:1 is the ratio generally. But there is a minimum qualification limit as well.

Q. What are the various type of test, the company conducts?
A. written test I mentioned above. It,s about 100 questions in 120 minutes.
Then there is GD on any current topic in groups of 4-5
Also there is one psychological test, 20 questions in 5 min

Q. What is company trying to measure in written test?
A. Basic mathematical aptitude and IT knowledge

Q. What type of preparation would help the potential candidates?
A. Aptitude test practice and clear on basics of RDBMS, OOP + general computer knowledge. And concepts of ERP, basic business knowledge is of advantage.

Q. In psychological tests what type of profile is company trying to look for (team player /individual /aggressive /systems man /creative /leaders /thinkers /others)? (tick mark)
A. team player, NOT-aggressive, willing to adapt and open to change

Q. Does company repeat its written test?
A. No idea

Q. What is the biggest mistake a candidate can make in the written test?
A. Generally candidates fail in RDBMS and C++ sections

Group Discussions

Q. Does company conduct GDs?
A. Yes

Q. Is this step qualifying or eliminatory? If eliminatory then normally what is the ratio of shortlist?
A. Eliminatory, score is clubbed with preliminary interview score. Ratio is 50% elimination

Q. The duration of GD, size of the group, number of panelists etc.
A. 4-5 candidates , 2 panelists and 20 min GD

Q. What are normally the topics of GD (general /economic /political /abstract /curriculum related /recent issues /case studies /others, pl specify)?
A. Any current topic related to IT: viz : Y2k - Is it hype or real ?

Q. What do you think is company trying to test in GDs (communication skills / group behavior /composure /leadership skills /initiative /aggression /team spirit /creativeness /subject knowledge/ others, pl specify)?(tick mark)
A. Mainly the communication skills and group behaviour

Q. Does the company emphasize a formal dress code for the GD?
A. no

Q. How can a candidate prepare for the GDs?
A. GD for Baan is not very elaborate or Key activity, just be cool and make sense to whatever you speak. And Talk less, also listen !

Q. What is the biggest mistake a candidate can make during the GD?
A. be aggressive and take too much initiative

Case Studies

Not used in recruitment process.

Group situation

Not used.

Preliminary Interview

Q. Does company conducts preliminary interviews?
A. Yes

Q. Is this step qualifying or eliminatory? If eliminatory then normally what is the ratio of shortlist?
A. Eliminatory

Q. What is the duration of interview /number of panelists?
A. 2 panelists, duration 1-2 hours

Q. How does the interview start?
A. No specific way

Q. What types of questions are asked in the interview?
A. Mainly IT skill related as mentioned in the resume + areas of interest to the person

Q. . Does company create situations akin to ,stress interview,? Describe some?
A. No, it,s very cool, technology oriented

Q.. Is company trying to test the candidate,s integrity( give a sample question if possible)?
A. In IT jobs, integrity is purchased by remuneration, so companies don,t test that too much. But yes, the background tells a lot about possibility of a person being loyal.

Q. What do you think the company trying to assess in the candidate during the interview?
A. Ability and interest in job requirements. Mainly the authenticity of skill set and ability to work in teams.

Q. What type of environment is there during the interview (tense /relaxed /formal /non-formal)?
A. Very relaxed, informal

Q. What type of dress code is suitable for the company? (formal /semi formal /informal)?
A. Semi-formal

Q. How does the interview end?
A. No particular way. After the panelists feel that they have asked al their questions, it ends

Q. How can a candidate better prepare himself for the interview?
A. Be good at Skill set concepts and don,t do guess work in answers. Be cool and confident, always show willingness to learn and apply.

Q. Does company make spot offer during the interview?
A. They reserve the results declaration for a later date

Q. What is the biggest mistake a candidate can make during the interview?
A. Be over confident and argue on wrong side

Final Interview

Q. What is the duration of interview /number of panelists?
A. Is with General Manager 30 min

Q. How does the interview start?
A. With warm welcome from GM and personal talks

Q. What types of questions are asked in the interview?
A. The GM assesses personality of the individual who as been through all the tests.
Generally they are a mix of psychology /personal and subject related questions

Q. Does company create situations akin to ,stress interview,? Describe some?
A. No

Q. Is company trying to test the candidate,s integrity?
A. Yes, at this stage, GM tests that through his judgement

Q. What do you think the company trying to assess in the candidate during the interview?
A. The overall personality of the person

Q. What type of environment is there during the interview (tense /relaxed /formal /non-formal)?
A. Very Relaxed

Q. What type of dress code is suitable for the company? (formal /semi formal /informal)?
A. Semi-formal

Q. How does the interview end?
A. The GM reserves the result declaration for a later date. Ends with a warm thanks

Q. Are interview questions repeated by the company?
A. No idea

Q. How can a candidate better prepare himself for the interview?
A. Be confident and show loyalty. Be cool and listen. DO NOT be aggressive

Q. Does company make spot offer during the interview?
A. No

Q. What is the biggest mistake a candidate can make during the interview?
A. Be Aggressive and noisy

Higher entry
Q. Does company consider higher entry for the candidates with work ex?
A. Yes

Q. Does company apply any cut off for the work ex or age (if yes what are these?)
A. Yes, depends on jod requirements

Q. What is the difference between entry level of people with and without work ex?
A. There is diff in compensation and designation

Q. In giving the weightage does company look for relevant work ex?
A. yes

Compensation
Q. What is the total compensation offered by the company at entry level? and after confirmation?
A. It,s confidential, for s/w engineer it,s 2-3 lacs per annum at entry level

Q. Is salary negotiable?
A. Yes

Q. Does company provide accommodation?
A. No

Q. What are the other benefits offered by the company?
A. Insurance, loans, foreign travel allowance, limited stock options .. etc

Q. What are the job locations? initially / after confirmation?
A. Mumbai/Hyderabad