“Aarushi Chauhan” who is interned at “LinkedIn” talks about her interview experience and some other tips to prepare for placement season. Check out what she says about the placement season.
His Interview was taken by Unsaid Talks Interviewer: “Hardik Garg”
Profile offered: SRE (Site Reliability Engineer)
Job Location: Bangalore
Branch and Graduation Year: COE- 2024
Interview Difficulty Level: It is again a subjective concept. I faced a very lengthy online test lasting for around three and a half hour. Moreover the questions asked were of a good level. Variety as well as depth of topics was really of high standards. Although I was favored by my luck so many of the things were there as my cup of tea but I will give it 8 on 10.
Here are the questions we asked Aarushi Chauhan’ to know about her interview experience.
Question 1: Introduce yourself to our readers.
Answer: Myself Aarushi Chauhan, studying at Thapar University, Patiala. I am in 3rd year of Computer Science & Engineering. I enjoy coding, whenever get some time I like to read books, listen to music, explore new things etc.
Question 2: Was there any internal CGPA cutoff? If yes, then how much?
Answer: Directly it wasn’t there. Even if it’s there then not so high. If you want to know my opinion, it should not be the only criteria to judge any candidate; but it’s a subjective matter. while I am in favor of a decent cut like 8 to 8.5.
Question 3: What was the procedure of the placement that took place? (Shortlisting criteria/ coding or aptitude test/ number of interviews)
Answer: The whole process had 1 online test, 2 tech rounds of interview and 1 HR based round. The online test was very lengthy. After getting shortlisted for next round, there were 2 rounds of tech based interview and then 1 HR round. Both tech rounds were on the same day and result was given in a consolidated way via email. Interviews were also of a good level.
Question 4: Tell us about the written/online test. (Aptitude, Coding, Test Platform, etc)
Answer: The online test was of 3.5 hours and was conducted on HackerEarth. Two coding questions were asked which were to be answered in 2 different languages. One question was easy for me as I already have attended that on leetcode but 2nd was difficult. Other questions included OS, CS, DBMS etc. OOPS concepts of C++, OOPS concepts of Java & OOPS concepts of Python; Out of these three languages we had to choose any two, rest other sections were compulsory. All of this made the test very lengthy. But evaluation was for(I suppose), out of 2 language questions, one must be 100% correct where as 50% marks were to be attained in the other sections.
Question 5: Tell us about Interview Round 1 including the questions that were asked.
Answer: The first round was a technical round in which I was given three OS topics; Process Management, Memory Management & one more. Along with these, CS fundamentals & DBMS individually. They gave me these five things & out of those five, I was asked to choose any three. They asked me the questions accordingly. But they were very much in depth about the three topics I chose.
Question 6: Tell us about Interview Round 2 including the questions that were asked.
Answer: The second round was conducted on the same day but difference was, 2nd was purely as per my job profile i.e. SRE. If you are an architect of a site on a large scale like FB, LinkedIn etc. it involves lot of moving components in the architect. Working of those components individually & the overall connection between them has to be planned before hand which is the role of the SRE’s. We make the Site Reliable, highly available so that the inconsistency like network failure between some components can be resolved at the earliest. So this round was about all this. During this internship, I would be doing all these for which I also have to study about System Engineering in depth.
Question 7: Tell us about Interview Round 3.(if any)
Answer: This was an HR round. After few days of 2 tech base rounds on a single day, I received a mail for getting selected and they called for the HR round.
Question 8: What were the key factors of your selection?
Answer: I will mark it as consistency in efforts for coding. You must do 2 questions daily. You must also keep on working on DSA. Then, you must be comfortable with it. Also, other topics like OS, DBMS etc. should be kept in touch.
Question 9: What are the things students should focus on, in order of priority?
Answer: They should focus on DSA and strong coding skills in any one language. Also, maintain your CGPA. A decent CGPA is very necessary to be eligible for many companies. Keep your core subjects strong. Be confident enough. And, of course, good communication skill is very important.
Question 10: According to you, what role do extracurricular activities as well as participation in societies play?
Answer: Yes, these such activities play a vital role in your selection process. I was in many of the societies in my 1st year which inculcated inner strength in me. It adds so many new but positive changes to your personality which definitely help us in a way or other. Even it gives a new horizon to our thought process which is even helpful in our professional career.
Question 11: Were there any companies you got rejected from after appearing for their interview? If yes, then tell us about your rejection story and what do you think were the reasons for your rejection?
Answer: We all have to face rejection at some or other times. I must say that the rejection by any one or two companies is not a full stop to your career. When I was in 2nd year, I applied for an internship, I was not selected, it was a real heart break for me. It was a very obvious reaction but somehow I settled down my self and thinking about the lacking or the mistakes I committed in the interview. We all walk in our learning process throughout the path way to success. Rejection is there to teach us tough lessons so take it in that way only. Keep on preparing for best. Take guidance from your seniors.
Question 12: Any other advice you would like to give to your juniors?
Answer: Do what you want to do. But, keep one thing in mind that in college we always run short of time; Always rushing for course curriculum, co curricular activities, projects, extra studies, to make a strong CV and lot more. So, always keep the time management alarm on. Be in touch with coding via leetcode and make it your consistent habit. Other topics also must be in touch and don’t ever give up in any situation.
Question 13: How can we contact you? (LinkedIn Profile Link/Contact No./etc.)