Syed Zaheer’s FICO Interview Experience

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Syed Zaheer Basha” who was placed at “FICO” talks about his interview experience and some other tips to prepare for placement season. Check out what he says about placement season.

Branch & Graduation Year: Mechanical – 2018

Profile Offered: Software Engineering – Engineer I

Cgpa cutoff:  None

Interview difficulty level: 6/10 (1-very easy, 10-very Difficult)

Here are the questions we asked from Syed to know about his interview experience.

Question 1: Introduce yourself to our readers.

Answer 1: I am a mechanical engineering graduate with my project on genetic algorithms. Apart from mechanical engineering, I have good PORs , few web-development, android projects on my resume that helped me gain a little extra points during interviews.

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: Following is the description of 1st round which was a written test:

  • It was an Offline – Aptitude test, probability plus java based coding questions- MCQ type. Two descriptive questions. My descriptive questions were :
    • a. Describe colour RED to a blind person.
    • b. Which programming language is dying.
  • MCQs were medium level but time management is crucial. Probablity questions were little time consuming. Java based MCQs revolved around output for a code, run time and compile time errors. Be careful whatever you write in the test.
  • Your paper will be with the panel during interviews and they may ask you what you answered for a particular question.

Question 3: Describe your all technical interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round (if any).


  • First round: As I was mechanical guy, he asked various mechanical questions clubbed with coding questions. It was like a stress interview where he asked questions fast without giving me time to answer.
    • Example : he asked me to explain polymorphism in OOPs in programming by writing code, before I could answer that he asked me to explain polymorphism in chemistry and to give examples of that. I managed to answer all the questions patiently without getting tensed. Question level was not that tough. OOPs, exceptions, Data Structures were asked. In mechanical he asked about springs, gears, iron heating curves, refrigeration etc.
  • Second Round: I was asked to write full code of the most efficient solution without making a single mistake whatsoever. Question was : Given two strings reverse each of them, join them, and remove all duplicate letters from them. It was not that tough question for anyone who has practised coding for placements but you had to write code on paper without any mistake or rewriting.

Question 4: Describe your all HR interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round.

Answer: One HR round. Just asked me about my CV, my childhood, etc. Asked about my PORs a little. Standard questions like strength, weakness, after 5 years what I want to, about the company and its products etc.

Question 5: What do you think were key factors for your selection?

Answer: Not getting tensed during first round and answering both mechanical as well as coding questions which gave a good impression. Thinking the entire solution properly before starting to write code in second round to avoid any mistake. (I was allowed to take as much time as I want but should not make a mistake ).

Question 6: What would you like to advise juniors for cracking Technical round of this company?

Answer: Develop good knowledge about OOPS, DS and Algo. Practice writing code on paper. Prepare well about the company beforehand. Every word in your resume will be grilled. So be prepared.

Coding practice:

  1. C++ along with STL.
  2. Geeks for Geeks and Interview bit websites are good enough.
  3. OOPs, exception handling basics are must.
  4. If opting for Software engineering profile, having SDE internships or coding projects will help you lead the direction of your interview towards them.

Question 7: What would you like to advise juniors for cracking HR round of this company?

Answer: Be calm and answer intelligently depending on the situation. Prepare few standard interview puzzles from Geeks for geeks. Prepare answers for most asked HR questions before hand and prepare them specific to job role and the company you are interviewing for.

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