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Principal Global Services Interview Experience | Off-Campus 2021

  • Difficulty Level : Medium
  • Last Updated : 29 Jul, 2021

Principal Global Services is a part of Principal Global Financial Group, a Fortune 500 company, founded in 1879 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. PGS’s headquarter is located in Pune, India and they have one office in Hyderabad also.

Position – Trainee Analyst Software Engineer

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Platform – eLitmus

Drive Duration – 1 Week

Round 1(Duration – 125 minutes): It was a proctored test on eLitmus, consist of three sections :

  1. Quantitative Aptitude 
  2. Verbal 
  3. Problem Solving

Round 2 (TR): Duration – 1hr

  • I got an interview invite the next day.
  • The interview started with an introduction.
  • Then a detailed discussion on the project is mentioned in my Resume.
  • One basic program in Java. He asked me to write code to print the repeated letters in a string on paper.
  • Query to create a table in SQL.
  • Tell me something about your family.
  • What are your ambitions?
  • When did you give the eLitmus test?
  • Some questions about my hobbies and interests.
  • I asked him about the operations of PGS in India.
  • Overall he was a very friendly person and I was not at all nervous in front of him.

Round 3 (Puzzle Round): Next day I got invited for a puzzle round.

  • This round was proctored and conducted on the eLitmus platform.
  • Total 7 questions – 6 Mathematical Puzzles and 1 Scenario-based question.
  • Puzzles were simple (guess next number in series type).
  • Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? (Scenario based question)

Round 4: After 1 day I got invited to the fourth round.

  • It was a mixture of the technical and managerial rounds.
  • Duration – 1 hr Mentioned(Mine lasted for 0.5 hr)
  • Again interviewer was very friendly.
  • He started with his introduction and then asked me to introduce myself.
  • Again detailed discussion on the project mentioned in Resume.
  • Where do we use HTML, CSS, Java, JSP and Servlets? (I have mentioned these technologies in my Resume)
  • Tell me the lifecycle of a Servlet?
  • How can we count the number of visitors to any website? Do you have any idea about it?
  • I want to make an attendance system, in which I want to store attendance of students and in month-end, I want to show the student who attended maximum classes and also same for a student who attended minimum classes. Can you tell me how can you implement this? Tell me the simplest approach?
  • I gave the example of the SQL table and told that if the student is present then we add 1 in the attendance column otherwise 0. At month end we can use MAX(SUM(Attendance)) to get students who attended maximum classes and for minimum, we can use MIN(SUM(Attendance)).
  • Then he asked me a scenario-based question.
  • Suppose I give you an unlimited amount of funds then what problem you would solve with that?
  • I gave one example but I did not know the implementation of that solution so he told me that give me an example that you can solve by yourself.
  • Then I gave an example of my branch-related problem and also gave the solution with implementation. (I am from Electrical Engineering Background)
  • Then he asked Who else do you have in your family and what do they Do?
  • Then he said Ok I am done, if you have any query then you can ask. I asked about technologies they give to Trainee.
  • Tip: When I asked him this question, he asked me whether I have asked the same question in the first interview round? I told No, then he explained technologies. So never ask the same question in an interview.

Round 5 (HR Round): After 1hr or maybe less than 1 hr of fourth-round I got a call for the final round. HR round was scheduled for the next day.

  • This round was just like a formality.
  • Duration – 8 to 10 minutes
  • First, he asked me to introduce myself.
  • Tell me your two strengths and weaknesses.
  • Then he asked whether I was comfortable in relocation or not? ( Always say Yes )
  • Then he explained about training and other details related to the job.
  • After 3 hours I got a selection call.
  • Then after 2 days, I got an offer letter.


  • The duration of the whole process was around 1 week. (excluding round 1)
  • Prepare your Resume very well because they literally ask everything from your Resume.
  • Round 1 was very difficult, so prepare well for that round.

All the Best!

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