“Prateek Gupta” who was placed at “Amazon ” talks about his interview experience and some other tips to prepare for placement season. Check out what he says about placement season.
Profile Offered: Software Development Engineer
Cgpa cutoff: 7.5 (It was set by our placement Incharge, Mr.Bawa. Officially there was no cutoff)
Interview difficulty level: 8/10 (1-very easy, 10-very Difficult)
Here are the questions we asked from Prateek to know about his interview experience.
Question 1: Introduce yourself to our readers.
Answer 1: I would describe myself as Gamer by heart and a lover of technology.
Question 2: Describe Your written test experience specifying the number of rounds, details of each round and type of test platform ( If online mention the type of test platform eg. Hackereart, CoCubes, Amcat etc).
Answer: 20 mcq questions and 2 coding questions were asked on hackerearth. Mcq were for 2 marks each and coding for 5 or 10 don’t exactly remember. Many people who had done both coding didn’t get shortlisted so focus on mcq equally. Don’t try to improve complexity in this round since it doesn’t matter what matters is passing the test cases set by the company. If you use c++ for coding do learn STL it will help tremendously.
Question 3: Describe your all technical interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round.
Answer: There were 4 technical round of interview, each tougher than the previous one. You are supposed to think loud. Speak and discuss with the interviewer every approach you try and why it is failing in details. Be honest if you don’t know just say and if you know a question they asked just tell them already because they will realise it later and that is a big negative. Depending upon the interviewer he may ask you to write either pseudo code or a working program on paper and if he is bored or anything he will try to compile what you have written so practise writing without any error. Even if you can’t solve a question but the interviewer likes your approach and way of approaching the question you will get in. The last interview will be with a bar raiser he is someone who is specially appointed by Amazon to grind you and ask very challenging questions be it theory or coding and will try to confuse you by saying that you are wrong and not listening to you at all and playing mind games with you to see if you break or are adamant to what you are said. Solving questions is not as important as discussing your approach. I could not solve any questions the BR gave me.
Question 4: What do you think were key factors for your selection?
Answer: Good knowledge about DS, honesty, firm to my beliefs, good coding obviously, good discussions with interviewer about which ds to use and why.
Question 5: What would you like to advise juniors for technical skills they should develop for this company?
Answer: Know why a ds is made and how all can it be used. Mugging up will not help at all because even if you can write the code but not satisfactorily explain to them why you chose the particular ds you are out. Logical thinking.
Question 6: What would you like to advise juniors for cracking HR round of this company?
Answer: No HR Round
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