“Shreya Sandhu” who was placed at “BlackRock” 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: “Harshita”
Profile offered: AWT Client Delivery and Execution
Job Location: Not confirmed yet.
Branch and Graduation Year: ENC – 2022
Cgpa Cutoff: 7.5
Interview Difficulty Level: 8/10 (1-very easy, 10-very difficult)
Here are the questions we asked Shreya Sandhu to know about her interview experience.
Question 1: Introduce yourself to our readers.
Answer: Hello everyone, I’m Shreya Sandhu. You all might know me in two ways, the girl who plays a lot or the president of Girl UP Tiet. Both have always been proud moments for me. When I look back to my college life, it is full of memories and new experiences, and towards the end of my journey, I have achieved what I wanted to. Many people would call me dominating, arrogant or rude, but I’m just a girl trying to make my way. I have always aspired to inspire the people around me by leading the example, which I have done for the last four years.
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 were three rounds. 1st was the online test, then the interview and the last was the HR telephonic call. The online test had three sections. 1st was SQL MCQs, 2nd had coding MCQs, and the last had aptitude questions. The aptitude round had five sub-sections that had different time limits for each sub-section. The sections were:- logical, attention to detail, numerical reasoning, pseudo-code, etc.
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: I only had one technical interview, but a lot of people had 2 or 3 interviews. It was a long one which went on for 1hr 15mins. They asked SQL questions and some coding questions. They also asked 7 to 8 brain teasers/puzzles and then some basic resume questions.
Question 4: Describe your all HR interviews specifying the number of rounds and details of each round
Answer: It was a telephonic call. There were three to four questions, out of which only two could get you rejected, I think. 8 out of 10 times, people get rejected in an HR interview. Suppose the interviewer asks you about your MBA plans. You are not supposed to say that you will never go for an interview or that you will opt for it in the coming years. If you want the person to hire you and invest in you, you need to make sure that they feel that you would give them some returns. My answer was that learning is a growth curve, and I would want to master in my field, but right now, I plan to explore my domain as much as possible. You kind of have to dodge that question.
Question 5: What were the key factors for your selection?
Answer: When I look back at my interview, I am sure they were looking for an all-rounder and not just in the sense of extracurriculars. that is secondary. They were looking for someone who knew coding, who knew SQL, and who also had a logical aptitude brain. A lot of people aren’t able to answer because they are nervous. 2 things that helped me stand out were my confidence and my communication skills. Also, my experience in internships (as an intern with Snapchat) and leadership helped me make an impact on my interviewers.
Question 6: What are the things students should focus on in order of priority?
Answer: Focus on your coding, DBMS, and do focus on aptitude and general knowledge because a lot of time in an interview, they ask very general questions. I had a lot of sports achievements on my resume, so I was asked how many medals India won in the Olympics. Be aware of your general surroundings.
Question 7: According to you, what role do extracurricular activities as well as participation in societies play?
Answer: There are two ways to look at extracurriculars. one is that it will make my resume look good and the other is you actually learn from it. It is good to have them in your resume because it speaks about your personality. The average time someone gives an individual’s resume is 7sec, so you need to have something that stands out. It can be a fantastic internship, an amazing project, or an amazing extracurricular activity. Participating in all this made me sure that when I sat in my interviews, I was not going to hesitate to know what to speak and what part of my personality I had to show because I learned all of that in the past four years. I always had sports in my life, which built my confidence.
Question 8: Any Other Advice you would like to give to your juniors?
Answer: Suppose I talk in a general sense even if you are preparing for a particular profile. That’s great, but you should always have a backup. You never know what could happen. My dream companies were Bain, ZS, Deloitte, etc. I was targeting all these. I got rejected in ZS. In my first interview, I got left. Next was texas and instrument. Again I got rejected, and the third was BlackRock. Do not have a closed mind regarding placements. be prepared for everything. Try to find your interest or build it from ground zero.
Sometimes it seems you can do everything alone, but it’s important to have a buddy with you to prepare with.
Question 9: How can we contact you? (LinkedIn Profile Link/Contact No./etc.)
Your LinkedIn Profile URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shreya-sandhu-040993192/7042649337
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