“Ritik Kansal” who was placed at “Oracle” talks about his interview experience and some other tips to prepare for placement season. Check out what he says about the placement season.
His Interview was taken by UnsaidTalks Interviewer: “Sidhant”
Profile offered: Associate Software Engineer/Associate Application Developer
Branch and Graduation Year: ECE – 2022
Cgpa Cutoff: 7.0
Interview Difficulty Level: The interviews were moderately complex. On a scale of 1-10, according to many companies, its level was 6-7, but since I had prepared well, I found them to be between 4-5. (1-very easy, 10-very difficult)
Here are the questions we asked Ritik Kansal to know about his interview experience.
Question 1: Introduce yourself to our readers.
Answer: I am Ritik Kansal, a fourth ECE student from Bathinda, Punjab. I joined Thapar after clearing my JEE MAINS. Initially, I wasn’t allotted the Computers branch even though I had a keen interest in computers. So I started to study the C/C++ language in the meantime before my first year in college. In the first year, I was not part of any society which made me have limited to no interaction with seniors, which also made me have no guidance or mentoring from them. In my second year, I mostly worked on Web Development and did freelance work. In my third year, I had applied for an internship with Goldman Sachs but unfortunately, I did not get any position since I did not have a fair idea of the level of questions that had to be prepared. At this very point, I realized that my DSA skills need to be worked upon and from there, I worked hard and got here.
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: Oracle had its own platform. There were two written test rounds.
Round 1: It was based on MCQs and had four sections that checked your knowledge on aptitude, DSA, English, and computer fundamentals like DBMS, OOPs, OS.
Round 2: It was a coding round with two questions that were based on Graphs.
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: There were three technical interviews, each one being harder than the last.
Round 1: I was asked basic questions about DSA and programming concepts. Questions related to the Fibonacci series, Linked lists, and swapping elements in an array were also asked.
Round 2: I was asked theory-based questions on DSA, HTML, DBMS, OOPs, basics of C/C++, some Linux commands, and differences between an array and linked list with real-life examples.
Round 3: This was too based on technical skills. I was asked questions on DSA, Linked list(finding mid, finding the nth node from last, etc.). The question on DSA was to print the word in a paragraph according to the frequency in which they occurred in a paragraph, and complex DBMS theory was also asked.
Question 4: Describe your all HR interviews specifying the number of rounds and details of each round
Answer: There were no HR rounds as such. They just ask a few basic questions in the 3rd round of your tech interviews.
Question 5: What were the key factors for your selection?
Answer: My experience in the field was a key factor in my selection. I have worked with startups and corporates which enhanced my skills to different levels. My interviewers were impressed by my projects which also played an essential part in my selection. I worked on two projects; one was a stock recommendation software, which predicted the best stock for you by observing the pre-recorded data set and the other one was a DSA tracker. Even though many have made something already like this but I polished and improved upon the design according to my preference which can be helpful to others.
Another key factor that was in my favor was my wide tech stack. I have worked on various technologies and continuously aimed at improving my tech stack throughout these 4 years.
Question 6: What are the things students should focus on in order of priority?
Answer: In my opinion, your priority should be DSA. Once you’ve mastered it, you should work on DBMS, OOPs, OS, Computer Networks, and System Design respectively. You should try to work on projects in any field of your interest and I would suggest doing a minimum of two projects before your interviews.
Question 7: According to you, what role do extracurricular activities as well as participation in societies play?
Answer: Extracurricular activities do play an important role to a certain extent. They are quite helpful to boost your confidence and build up your communication skills. It is definitely helpful for placements if you are part of tech society. They even help you learn teamwork skills which are quite important for all companies.
Question 8: Any Other Advice you would like to give to your juniors?
Answer: My main advice would be that the earlier you start, the easier things will be for you. There will be less stress in your final year and you will benefit more if you are consistent throughout.
For those who are applying for internships or jobs, I recommend keeping an excel sheet to record all your interviews with the date and time with each company name. This will be really helpful since many companies will come in every day and it will help to reduce chaos close to your interviews.
Question 9: How can we contact you? (LinkedIn Profile Link/Contact No./etc.)
Your LinkedIn Profile URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ritik-kansal/
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