“Sakshi Joshi” who was placed at “NatWest” 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 Unsaid Talks Interviewer: “Sai Nikhil”
Profile offered: SDE
Job Location: Not decided yet(Gurgaon/Bangalore/Chennai)
Branch and Graduation Year: ENC- 2023
CGPA cutoff: 6
Interview Difficulty Level: Around 7
Here are the questions we asked Sakshi Joshi to know about her interview experience.
Question 1: Introduce yourself to our readers.
Answer: I am Sakshi Joshi from Jalandhar, Punjab. I am a 4th-year student at Thapar University, and my branch is Electronics and Computer Engineering. I have been offered an internship at YHills as Business Development Executive and received an FTE offer from Natwest as Software Engineer. I will be starting my training with YHills in January.
Question 2: Was there any internal CGPA cutoff? If yes, then how much?
Answer: It was around 6.
Question 3: What was the procedure of the placement that took place? (Shortlisting criteria/ coding or aptitude test/ number of interviews)
Answer: Shortlisting criteria based on CGPA. Then, there was an online test and, in the end, one Competency-based Interview.
Question 4: Tell us about the written/online test. (Aptitude, Coding, Test Platform, etc)
Answer: It was a 2-hour test consisting of 50 questions: 3 coding questions from DSA : 1 easy, 1 medium and 1 difficult and MCQs were based on DSA, OS, DBMS, aptitude and logical reasoning.
Question 5: Tell us about Interview Round 1 including the questions that were asked.
Answer: The interview was scheduled for 20 mins, but it got extended to 30-35 mins. The panel was of 2 members. The interview was all about what I mentioned in my resume. Also, it was about logical thinking and problem-solving. I was asked to explain my projects. Most of the questions were based on the projects on my resume and skills; some questions were on ML, Cloud, IoT, and APIs, as they were mentioned on my resume. After that, they asked a simple linked list question, behavioral questions, and HR questions.
Question 6: What were the key factors of your selection?
- How well you communicate.
- Be yourself
Question 7: What are the things students should focus on, in order of priority?
- For technical companies – good projects, DSA, OOPS, and Students should focus on main subjects like OS, DBMS, and CN. Be thorough with your resume.
- For non-tech – Work on your communication skills, Aptitude, and Know the company and your role.
Question 8: According to you, what role do extracurricular activities as well as participation in societies play?
Answer: Societies do not play any role in placement if you already have confidence. But it can help you on a personal level help to explore how the team works and in networking as well. It is up to you.
Question 9: 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: Yes. Although I cleared the online assessment of ION, a major factor in the rejection was not knowing my resume well and lacking confidence in the interview.
Question 10: What message would you like to give to your juniors regarding the stress they go through during placement season?
Answer: Get your concepts really sorted out. Everybody goes through some pressure; it is very natural, but Trust yourself, trust the process, and have faith in yourself. Have patience and Just keep doing the work for the right skills for the type of job you want. Have fun as well.
Question 11: Any other advice you would like to give to your juniors?
Answer: Be calm and confident. Work on your skills, DSA, and networking. Work on your personality and keep improving. Enjoy College life.
Question 12: How can we contact you? (LinkedIn Profile Link/Contact No./etc.)
Answer: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sakshij0shi/