Rishav Mehrotra’s Sentio India Interview Experience

Rishav Mehrotra” who was placed at “Sentio India Pvt. Ltd.” 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 from DTU: “Srajan”

Profile offered: Software Developer

Branch and Graduation Year: Engineering Physics – 2019

Package Offered: 15 LPA

CGPA Cutoff : None

Interview Difficulty Level: 8/10 (1-very easy, 10-very difficult)

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

Question 1:Introduce yourself to our readers.

Answer: I am from Varanasi . I devoted my first 2 years in the UAS society of my college (Unmanned Aerial System flying objects related).

Question 2:Describe Your written test experience specifying number of rounds ,details of each round and type of test platform(online -amcat,hackerearth etc offline)

Answer: There was an Aptitude Test of 40min with approx 20-25 Question. Also there was a Coding Test on CodeChef Platform with a time of 1 hour amd total 2 Questions

Question 3:Describe your all technical interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round (if any)(please share coding questions if possible)

Answer: There were 2 Technical Interviews. 2 people used to take the interview randoming out of a panel of 10-15 people. In both the interviews question were asked related to Basic Knowledge , Data Structure and Algorithms. Also on my Projects listed on CV e.g Array and DP

Question 4: Key factors for your selection

Answer: My internships and Project Work. Also my strong technicnal knowledge.

Question 5: Describe your all HR interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round.

Answer: The HR round was with a mix of technical one. It was taken by 3 people. Basic questions but the HR was a bit difficult and they were pressurizing the candidates.

Question 6: Advice to juniors for technical skills they should develop

Answer: Website like interviewbit , studytonight help a lot. Also revise your concepts. Also explore fields in 1st and 2nd year. But in 3rd year start working on Internships and Projects.

Question 7: Advice to juniors for cracking HR round

Answer: Confidence and Dont write fake things. Can get you easily caught.

For any further Queries feel free to contact below:

  • eMail: rimehrotra19@gmail.com
  • M: 9599438268

“HANDLING THE STRESS” by Aastha Mahendru

Handling the stress during placement season becomes as important as placement preparation when you are going through tough placement procedures. I know this is a stressful phase for many of you. So, article is not about how you should be preparing for placements but rather how you should be dealing with the stress. Don’t let the stress engulf you. There’s a long way to go ahead.

I will divide the placement semester in three parts: –

  1. Before you get placed
  2. Immediately after you get placed
  3. After your placement (when the feeling of getting placed finally seeps in) till the end of the semester

There will be a lot of anxiety before you get placed. Many of you must be under stress at this moment also.

You must have seen many people getting placed. It’s good for them but don’t let that hamper your motivated self. That might start to weigh you down but that weight is not yours to carry. It’s an achievement for them but it must not be a formidable accomplishment for you. At these times, you may also feel mystified as to why you are not able to crack company papers or interviews. Either way you must try to ameliorate your skills. Talk to your seniors. They are the best guides. You can review all the interview experiences of your seniors for the company that you are preparing for from our website. Appear for every company with same enthusiasm that you had in the beginning of placement season. Trust your skills and your hard work. Have faith in God.



Not everyone gets placed in the first try. So, if you are one from that lot, don’t worry, take a deep breath. It’s just a difficult day. It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it. You don’t need to reach the zenith of perfection, just make all your arduous efforts. Don’t worry, your day is coming closer. Before appearing for any test or interview just remember you just need one perfect shot to be a champion. And that one perfect shot can take many tries before it happens. Learn from every failure and don’t let that mistake happen again. Analyze yourself after every test that you were not able to clear or interview you were rejected.

The day you get placed is the day you feel an inexplicable euphoria. It’s the most beautiful time of the semester. You will start feeling light headed. It will take a few days for the feeling of getting placed to finally sink in. But don’t let this feeling get to your head. Don’t let it overwhelm you. Be humble and benign. One year from now, you will realize that getting placed was just a beginning, there’s still a long way to go. Avoid that headstrong phase where you feel that you have conquered the world. Try to help and motivate your companions who are still on the other side of the fence.

As far as the remaining semester is concerned, enjoy it to the utmost. You will never get this time back. Roam around the campus. Eat your heart out. Spend time with your friends. Make some amazing college ending memories. Trust me, this time is never going to come back. Few months down the lane, you will crave for your college days. Emboss these memories in your heart.

All the best for this semester and all your future endeavors. Always remember one thing, you will get placed only on the day it is supposed to happen. No sooner or later. And on that day, the dots will join themselves.



For such helpful articles stay tuned to our website’s blog: http://unsaidtalks.com/blog/

For interview experiences of your seniors visit: http://unsaidtalks.com/interviews/

This was Aastha Mahendru- 2017 ECE Alumni. Feel free to contact me at “aasthamahendru94@gmail.com”. I thank you so much for reading. 🙂

FIRST STEP TOWARDS A DREAM PLACEMENT

Finally, the thing you have worked so hard and always dreamt of is approaching- YOUR DREAM PLACEMENT. But there are certain things you need to know before you get it. You will get to know about 100s of companies this placement season. Now the question is how you can choose from those companies which one is most suitable for you? A good placement is not only about bagging maximum package but it is getting placed in a company which goes with your skill sets. Work that suits your personality should be the focus not the package. So, know yourself better and the company you apply for. A coder can’t live his life happily in consultancy and an orator can’t make a good career making circuits in a core company. So, first thing you need to know is how to match yourself with company from pool of companies.

This article aims at providing you knowledge about types of companies that visit Thapar University and the skills they look for. These companies can be broadly categorized in 3 types namely software, consultancy and core (mechanical, electronics, electrical companies). Now let us discuss about these companies briefly.

  1. Software companies: – You can simply call them coding companies. All they require is good coding skills. Such companies are generally for computer science students and maximum of them allow students of ECE (not all) and rare are open for all branches. So, if you are a person who is interested in coding or has a past related to coding you should apply for them. These can further be categorized as: –
  • Companies that requires hardcore coding skills and vast knowledge of frameworks. Such companies expect complete knowledge of computer science subjects like operating systems, computer architecture, data structures, c, c++, java, oops, databases and few others. Also, they require you to have knowledge of some scripting language like java script or any framework using them like angular. Companies mention them in their requirement document that you will receive via mail from placement cell. Such type of companies are generally product companies means they make software for their own use.

 

  • Some companies can compromise on knowledge of frameworks. All they require is person with logical mind and good knowledge of basic computer science subjects. So, for such companies you just need to be a moderate to proficient level coder and rest they will teach you in training period. Such types of companies are generally software outsourcing companies which means they make software for other companies.

Hence before applying for a software company know your skill set well. If you are student of branch other than computer science companies generally lowers their expectations in terms of knowledge of frameworks and some computer science subjects like operating systems, databases. But then prepare yourself to be grilled in terms of basic c, oops, data structures and other logical coding problems.

2) Core companies: – Such companies seek candidates with good knowledge of core subjects. ECE, Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, Chemical students will get their core companies on campus which will allow only their branch to appear. These companies require candidates to have deep knowledge of core subjects. Also, they require candidates with good cgpa as a good cgpa is reflection of seriousness towards core subjects. So, if you are willing to apply for core company know your core subjects well and have a good cgpa. To know more about core companies, visit our interview section and find interviews of core companies and tips to prepare for them.

3) Consultancy companies: – The main purpose of Consulting firms is to provide professional advice to other companies. Those other companies can be from different sectors like Software, finance, Management, Airlines, Healthcare etc. If you have excellent communication skills and love to work with people, manage teams and have analytical mindset to tackle problems then this category of companies is for you. Mainly these companies focus on following qualities during recruitment:

  • Great Interpersonal Skills
  • Confident Personality
  • Analytical Mindset
  • Team Working ability

They will test these skills by analyzing you on following things:

  • How you tackle and solve Puzzles. This will help them know how you handle yourself in uncomfortable situations.
  • How much have you actively participated in your college events?
  • What has been your role in various projects? Make sure you have at-least 1 technical project in your CV. You are from engineering background is still expected to be little tech-savvy.
  • The way you proceed in solving guesstimate questions. This will help them know how whether you have a systematic approach in moving forward with problems.

 

To know about interview preparation tips for any of these company types visit our interview section: –  http://unsaidtalks.com/interviews/

To get guidance to prepare resume for any of these companies read this article: – http://unsaidtalks.com/art-resume-writing/

Tanishq’s D.E Shaw Interview Experience

“Tanishq Monga “ who was placed in “D.E Shaw India ” talks about his interview experience and some other tips to prepare for placement season. Check out what he says about placement season.

Tanishq is COE graduate from Thapar University Class of 2017. His Strong and disciplined work ethic is what he believe in.

Profile Offered: Member Technical Dev

Cgpa cutoff:  8

Interview difficulty level: 7/10 (1-very easy, 10-very Difficult)

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

Question 1: 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: Online tests– Coding round was taken on Platform Hackerrank. It has 2 coding questions. First question was of simple brute force with corner cases. Second question was of sets and Unions. Their was one more test taken on AMCAT platform. It had 15 Technical MCQs and 10 aptitude MCQs.

Question 2: Describe your all technical interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round (if any).

Answer: There were 2 technical rounds and in between those there was one HR round. In first round there were lot of complex data structure questions. They wanted you to write full code on paper so practice writing code on paper. In second round they asked me 1 puzzle and 1.5 hours of C++. Just re read every chapter of programming language you have written in resume once again and make your concepts clearer.

Question 3: Describe your all HR interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round.

Answer: There was 1 HR round in between 2 technical rounds. They asked 2 puzzles and lot of questions about family,hobbies and future vision.



Question 4: What do you think were key factors for your selection?

Answer: I would say there was only one key factor for my selection and that was my excellent Coding skills. You need to be consistent with coding practice.

Question 5: What would you like to advise juniors for technical skills they should develop for this company?

Answer: Solve questions from interviewbit.com as much as you can. Don’t try to accumulate points in interviewbit, Just read the answer if you find it hard, code it and move on. Don’t waste time trying to make more points. Practice regularly.

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

Answer: I would advice to read company’s website and wiki pages. Don’t miss the companies ppt.

For any further Queries feel free to contact me using following contact information.



Priyank Arora’s Schneider Electric Interview Experience

“Priyank Arora” who was placed at “Schneider Electric” talks about his interview experience and some other tips to prepare for placement season. Check out what he says about placement season.

Profile Offered: Marketing-supply chain

Cgpa cutoff:  6.5

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

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

Question 1: Introduce yourself to our readers.

Answer 1: Curiosity is not my interest,it’s my need” I am pursuing my electrical engineering from Thapar University.I belong from Alwar,Raiasthan and I like to be in different cultures and adapt to them. I am a carefree person who is calm and composed in most of the situation. I am a friendly person and love being with my friends.

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: Online test was an aptitude and verbal test nothing technical. But it wasn’t a rejection round,most of students qualified it.



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

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

Answer: Single HR interview. Little stress was there. Else questions were general about my role in company and one conditional question.

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

Answer: My frank and straightforward attitude. My presence of my mind and mainly will to get selected.

Question 6: What would you like to advise juniors for technical skills they should develop for this company?

Answer: Know basic concepts and terms of your subject. Think and study logically, no cramming or shortcuts in your projects and labs.

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

Answer: Stay calm. Say what you are, don’t bluff.If are fit will get selected. By bluffing if got selected than you won’t enjoy your work because you were not the fit.

For any further Queries feel free to contact me.



Email Id: priyankarora95@gmail.com

Aastha mahendru’s EXL Services Interview Experience

“Aastha Mahendru “ who was placed at “EXL Analytics” talks about her interview experience and some other tips to prepare for placement season. Check out what she says about placement season.

Profile Offered: Business Analyst

Cgpa cutoff:  No cgpa criteria

Interview difficulty level: 7/10 (1-very easy, 10-very Difficult)

Here are the questions we asked from Aastha to know about her interview experience.

Question 1: Introduce yourself to our readers like you introduced yourself to the panellist.

Answer 1: I am Aastha and I belong to the holy city of Amritsar. I am born to a doctor father and a teacher mother. The reason I chose Electronics 3 years ago is because that sounded like the best option on the basis of whatever we had studied till class XII. Thapar gave me many opportunities to showcase my skills. I was a part of the dancing society NOX. I have made a few projects here out of which one is currently in progress which is a weather station using Rpi and Arduino. I was also the year representative in the literary fest Elixir. Also, I was an intern under ‘Scholars for Change’ campaign at IIM Ahmedabad. I am a firm believer of hard work. I believe in always improvising myself. Whatever I am today, I’ll be a better person tomorrow.

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: 400-500 students had applied for EXL out of which around 200 students were shortlisted for appearing in the test. It was an online test (Duration: 60 minutes) conducted a day before the interviews. The test consisted of three sections: Quantitative(20), Logical Reasoning(10), Verbal(10). So there were 40 questions with negative marking involved along with sectional cutoff. So accuracy and time management were a must. One could not just desultorily click on options. I attempted 35 questions which I was 100% confident about. 50 students were shortlisted after the online test. Out of these, 11 from B.E. and 6 from MCA were finally selected. (Euphoria couldn’t be explained better.)

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

Answer: There wasn’t any technical round as such. It’s an analytics profile and all three rounds consisted of puzzles and guesstimates along with a general discussion.

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

Answer: ROUND 1: It started with the general introduction. He further asked me to throw some light on my internship with IIMA that I had mentioned in my introduction. Then it led to further discussion on the same. He asked me a few questions in the same context. He asked me about the discussion going on outside regarding the number of students they will take today and also my opinion on the difficulty level of the test held the day before. He asked me to explain any of the projects mentioned on my bio-data. After this, he asked me a technical question. I politely told him that I am unable to recall the answer right now. And he showed me an “it’s-completely-okay” look. Then he asked me a puzzle which I solved in a minute or two. Further, he asked me a guesstimate on the number of tabs which will be sold in the year 2017. I also cross-questioned him on this regarding some information. After I solved he was satisfied and I was good-to-go. He asked me if I had any queries. And I asked him 5-6 questions regarding the company because I wanted him to know that I am interested in the company. And that was it.

ROUND 2: In this round, I was asked only and only puzzles. He asked me around 5 mathematical puzzles(one by one). I took my time and solved all of them.

ROUND 3: With the atmosphere inside I could establish the fact that he will be asking me puzzles and guesstimates only and no general discussion (which I was hoping for now). But to my surprise, after seeing my bio-data, he asked me the dance form that I perform. I started off and I went on speaking for like 6-7 minutes regarding whatever experience I have had. I mentioned an incident in there which made us both laugh. I just wanted to delineate the fact that I am a convivial person who has already worked in a team of 15 people so I have that team spirit in me.

He then asked me a guesstimate about the washing powder used in Delhi in a month. After this, he asked me a mathematical puzzle which I tried solving using conventional mathematical techniques but couldn’t reach a solution. After this, he asked me to solve some other mathematical puzzle which I solved under a minute. So that was it.

After this started the longest three hours when I had to wait for the results being out. The feeling after the results can not be explained in words.



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

Answer:

Online test:

1. Hard work

2. Faith in myself

3. Patience

Interviews:

1. Hard work

2. Faith in myself

3. SMILE

4. Good Communication skills

5. Karma (Believe me, if it’s your day, it’s your day. If it is supposed to happen, the dots will join themselves.)

Question 6: What would you like to advise juniors for technical skills they should develop for this company?

Answer: Tips:
Regarding aptitude test: Prepare QA and LR wholeheartedly. The test consisted of 40 questions. There was negative marking and the test duration was 60 minutes. I attempted 35 questions. I only attempted questions that I was sure of. There was 10 questions in LR, 20 in QA and 10 in verbal.

I prepared my QA from RS Aggarwal and study material from Bulls Eye. I used to practice a lot of timed tests on the official Bulls Eye website.

As far as interviews are concerned, read a lot of puzzles, as many as you can. Refer the following links for puzzles:

  1. Placement Papers | Placement news | Jobs For Freshers & Experienced | Placement study | Technical Questions
  2. Brain Teasers, Puzzles and Riddles | The Daddy to fry puzzles

There are a lot of Android apps for preparing placement puzzles. I referred them too.

For guesstimates, you should be very well aware of demographics of India, Delhi, your hometown and the place where your college is (that’s what I believe). For guesstimates, I referred the following link: Guesstimation Interview Questions

Prepare puzzles from sources mentioned in the answer above and from some good quality Android apps.

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

Answer: BE REAL. Just don’t concoct stories. They can very well judge if you are being genuine or not. They are there in the chair opposite to you for a reason. If you don’t know something, politely refuse. Just don’t blabber around.

Speak enthusiastically and speak slowly. Sometimes, if you try to speak very fast, the processing speed of your brain becomes less than the speed at which you are talking. That’s when you stammer. Avoid it.

Have confidence in yourself. You can do it.

Do your SWOT analysis. Jot down the general outline of your introduction and general questions like strengths and weaknesses. DON’T CRAM anything. You should just know what you have to speak. Once you start speaking in an interview, you will just go with the flow.

For any further Queries feel free to contact me.

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Effective Utilization of 2 Months Holidays before The Placement Season

The end of 6th Semester Holidays are probably most crucial holidays of your life. If utilised properly, You may land into your dream Job. June-July 2016 was my time of holidays which was full of confusions about my preparation strategies. I remember calling my seniors and asking them their advice. There was so much to prepare for – interview, Electronics subjects, Coding, Data structures, puzzles, logical reasoning, quant, HR questions, guess estimates etc. I have experienced this amazing Campus Placement period and I will try my best to guide you on how to excel in this amazing time of thrill, excitement, confusions and tensions.
I got placed in EXL Services on 19th September,2016. I experienced failure in more than 6 written papers before qualifying an exam of EXL services. I will try my best to explain you  that how you should start your preparation and what mindset you need to keep during this crucial time. I was not sure where to focus and where not to. Today Me, as your senior will help remove your confusions as much as possible so that you utilise your 100% time effectively.



PS: Since i have been a student of ECE – Thapar University will majorly be able to help ECE students of Thapar University. But you may get general idea of how to proceed with your preparation strategies.
Before proceeding, I would like you to know the importance of your CGPA. Few points to remember about CGPA are:
  • If your CGPA is greater than 8 then you will be able to sit in 99% companies visiting the campus.
  • 90% ECE Core companies demand CGPA greater than 8. The core ECE companies visiting the campus are – NXP, Shortel, Intel, Sandisk, ST Microelectronics, Bombardier, Whirlpool, Juniper Networks and Texas Instrumentation.
  • Most of the coding companies demand CGPA greater than 7. But there are many which demand 6.5 and very less demand 6.
The most important part is selecting your Target Company Type as per your interest from among Software, Consultancy or Core. I hope that last 3 years of your journey at University would have given you some idea about what you love doing. In my case it was coding ! So, this post won’t be much helpful for people targeting the Core companies. Probably, I am not the best person to guide you for that.
I was confused between Coding and Consultancy firms because though I used to enjoy coding but I wasn’t a geek coder. I enjoyed Public speaking, interacting with people and managing tasks equally as much as coding.
First, Let’s talk about Consultancy Firms like Deloitte, ZS Associates etc. The Main thing these companies focus on is your Public speaking skills. If you have a good Position of Responsibility then that would add up to a great advantage. Keep in mind the following things during preparation of Consultancy firms.
  • Aptitude Exam – This is the most important part. This round is the rejection round. Keep in mind one of the most important thing for these 2 months – Solve Quant, LR and English questions EVERYDAY. More problems you solve, more tricks you will learn and more speed you will gain. Believe me guys, you will really get highly unexpected results after the exams where even most expected student’s name is sometimes not in the selection list. The mistake I committed during my preparation was that I didn’t focus on English. Most of the students are able to solve Quant and LR, what brings the difference is English. I noticed in my batch that those students who were preparing for GRE and CAT had an edge, mostly because they were practising vocab as well. So, I will suggest you to focus equally on English. This might act as deciding factor for you as well.
  • Case Study and Group Discussion – For this, I will suggest you to participate in Case studies and GDs organised by Placement Cell of Thapar University. If you have missed those or due to some reasons could not attend those, I will suggest you to read online about basics of GDs and Case Study. Keep yourself updated with current Issues and News.
  • Puzzles and Guess Estimates – In some interviews of Consultancy firms, you are asked Puzzles and Guess estimates. For puzzles, I will suggest you to try and solve from this LINK. Solve at-least 2-5 puzzles daily. Guess Estimates are generally easy and their strategy to solve can be learned in a matter of few hours. You may go through these links –> LINK
  • Resume Building – Your resume should be focused on your Team working skills and Leadership qualities. Having a good Position of responsibility in any society where you have worked in various events is a huge advantage. You should prepare in presenting your extra curricular work during interview and explain how and what you learned by organising those events. Keep in mind that you must not put more than 2 Technical projects in your resume. Such Firms don’t want technical people. I know one of my friend whose interview revolved around technical projects. He gave perfect answers to all the questions related to his all mentioned 3-4 technical projects. At the end, he was rejected by stating that He was more suited for Technical companies. Don’t commit such mistake.
Next, Lets talk about Software Companies :
  • Aptitude Test and Coding Round – For aptitude test, guidelines are same as stated above. But, that’s not enough. You have to prepare for coding test round as well. There are generally two different kinds of coding rounds depending upon the company. Some companies like Zomato will have coding round in which you will have to write codes for the problems given to you. For these, you need constant coding practice in any one language of your choice. Write codes everyday. You can select one website from among Hacker Earth, Hacker Rank or Interview Bit and *solve coding problems daily*. This is the only way to pass such tests. Few companies simply keep multiple choice or written tests. These tests are comparatively easy. For these you need to brush up your basic concepts of programming like Data Structures, Loops, Syntax Etc. For DS, You can refer to the book Data Structures and Algorithms Made Easy : Second Edition: Data Structure and Algorithmic Puzzles.
  • Projects – Coding projects are important aspect for cracking the interviews. Having coding projects in your resume allows you to take control of your interview and talk about something you have made yourself. Projects are the proof that you love coding and are passionate about it. If you have project its an added advantage. If not, then try building something but only if you are confident about the above point.
  • Interview – Depending upon the company, some interviews revolve around Data structure and oops programming questions and some interviews mostly revolve around your projects. Reaching till interview level is a proof that you have required skills and company is interested in hiring you. So, interview round is about being confident and being clear with your work and basic concepts.



So now you have basic idea about your preparation. Feel free to add/remove your own work and creativity to your preparation. I won’t suggest you to follow this blog blindly but I want you to take points which you think are really helpful and implement those.
At the end, one biggest tip I would like to give you is that you need to *KEEP PATIENCE*.You will be placed when your time will come. Don’t get affected in case you see people around you getting placed. Rather, take your every failure as an opportunity to learn and work on your weaknesses. Keep working hard and Smart !
ALL THE BEST!
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Raghav Chopra
“The only thing standing between you and your goals is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you cant’t achieve it.”

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