“Ananya Garg” who was interned at “American Express” talks about her interview experience and some other tips to prepare for placement season. Check out what she says about the placement season.
Her Interview was taken by UnsaidTalks Interviewer: “Nandini”
Profile offered: Analytics and Capabilities
Job Location: Depending on the situation they will tell us by the end of December whether it’ll be online or offline. Location preferences are Gurgaon and Bangalore
Branch and Graduation Year: ECE – 2022
Cgpa Cutoff: 6
Interview Difficulty Level: 8 (1-very easy, 10-very difficult)
Here are the questions we asked Ananya Garg to know about her interview experience.
Question 1: Introduce yourself to our readers.
Answer: Hi, I am Ananya garg. I am a fourth-year electronics and communication engineering student from Thapar University. I am from Haridwar, Uttarakhand. During my time in Thapar, I have been part of some amazing societies like virsa, spades and I love to sing and play cricket.
Question 2: Describe Your written test experience specifying the number of rounds, details of each round, and type of test platform (online – amcat, hackerearth, etc / offline)
Answer: There was one written test that consists of two rounds. Approx 900 students sat for this round. The total time given was one hour thirty minutes. The interview was on WebEx. The MCQ round was of 45 minutes and 60 questions were given. The questions were normal level but there was negative marking. The questions were based on aptitude and some technical questions were based on DBMS, data structures, OOPS, and computer fundamentals. You can practice aptitude questions from indiabix. I have practiced that from there. The DBMS, OOPS, and OS you can do from gate smashers YouTube channel. Then in 30 minutes, we had to do 2 coding questions. They were medium-level. One was based on priority queue and the other was on array implementation.
Question 3: Describe your all technical interviews specifying the number of rounds and details of each round (if any) (please share coding questions if possible)
Answer: 35 students got selected for the interviews. There were two interview rounds, both were a mixture of technical and HR. So in the first round of my interview, I was asked about my project and internships and technical questions were asked based on pointers, data structures, SQL, puzzles, guesstimates, and a code was given to be done. I would also like to say that prepare a 10-minute speech like something for your project explanation so they can get whatever you are saying and then they can ask questions. The project discussion was for about 15-20 minutes. Then after that, some HR questions were asked like why do you want to join our company and what do you know about AMX. AMX is a credit card company, so they asked what is the difference between a credit card and a charged card and all the basic HR questions. Then the first round got concluded.
Question 4: Describe your all HR interviews specifying the number of rounds and details of each round
Answer: In the second round, I was asked a puzzle estimate and some HR questions and they also asked what I know about the row. They asked me some tricky questions like I am doing my internship at Samsung (it’s a prism project) so they asked me if I got selected in Samsung and get a PPO why would I like to go to AMEX. Six students got selected. In the interviews they don’t ask very high-level questions, basic sorting, array implementation, or trees are asked. I was asked about the sorting question and there were some constraints that I had to apply in the code.
Question 5: What were the key factors for your selection?
Answer: I would say good time management in the MCQ as there was negative marking. Only mark the answers that you are sure about and being confident.
Question 6: What are the things students should focus on in order of priority?
Answer: Firstly you should mention only the things that you are sure about in your resume because they give the resume a lot of priority. So, mention only those things which you know very well. Then you should revise and practice DSA thoroughly because it is the main for every coding test and interview process. You should revise your basic theory concepts like pointers and they can even ask very simple questions like why do you use C++, why did you prefer c++ over java or any other language. Practice HR questions as they hold a very important role in your interviews.
Question 7: According to you, what role do extracurricular activities as well as participation in societies play?
Answer: So I have taken part in a lot of extracurricular activities. I play table tennis, cricket, badminton, and I have been part of societies. So basically it gives you confidence and somewhere it helps you in your interview process and for the life ahead. so, I would say there is a certain confidence that builds up over time with the societies and it’s an opportunity to open up and expand your network. College is all about networking. So expand your network as much as you can and society is a great opportunity for that.
Question 8: Any Other Advice you would like to give to your juniors?
Answer: Firstly, I would say that maintain your cgpa from the start because many companies apply CG cut and why miss any opportunity because of that. You can easily maintain an 8.5 or 9 above cgpa. Study a little bit from the start so at the end you will not be under any pressure. Also, enjoy college life wholeheartedly and have fun. Basically, improve yourself every day in college. Develop many skills.
Question 9: How should one deal with the rejections?
Answer: Don’t mind the rejections. Your other friends who don’t even know a lot can be placed before you but never get intimidated by them. Practice your own. Every person has their own journey and be yourself.
Question 10: There are so many online sites available that it gets confusing where to start studying data structures. So what’s your advice?
Answer: I started from hackerrank because there are levels mentioned like easy, medium, difficult. But with time you have to increase your level. So, then you can jump to Leetcode. Leetcode is a good platform for practice. There are more test cases than other platforms. When the placements were coming close, I did the love babbars 450 question dsa sheet.
Question 11: Is competitive coding necessary to clear interviews?
Answer: No, competitive coding is mostly for off-campus placements.
Question 12: How can we contact you? (LinkedIn Profile Link/Contact No./etc.)
Your LinkedIn Profile URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ananya-garg-828306171/
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