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SDE - 1
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4 rounds | 6 Coding problems
Interview preparation journey
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Preparation
Duration: 3 months
Topics: Dynamic Programming, OOPS, Computer Networks, Computer System Architecture, Operating System, Data Structures, Pointers
Tip
Tip

Tip 1 : Make sure that you are thorough with CS concepts beforehand.
Tip 2 : Even when you are explaining the approach to a question, try to parallelly think about how you would code it.
Tip 3 : Read the previous interview experiences. It would give a fair idea of the kind of questions one should expect.
Tip 4 : For position like Microsoft SDE-1, practicing medium difficulty level coding questions would be the way to go.
Tip 5 : Practice atleast 200 questions from coding platforms like CodeZen, LeetCode, Interviewbit as they contain common interview questions.

Application process
Where: Company Website
Eligibility: 4+ Years of Experience
Resume Tip
Resume tip

Tip 1 : Mention Projects and past work experience as it sets good impression.
Tip 2 : Keep your resume up to date for the role you are applying.
Tip 3 : Try to keep your resume of 1 Page.

Interview rounds
01
Round
Medium
Online Coding Interview
Duration90 minutes
Interview date9 Nov 2020
Coding problem2

This round was conducted in Hackerrank portal for a total duration of 95 minutes and was divided into 4 sections.

1st Section : Aptitude Section : 14 questions , 28 minutes
2nd Section : Technical Section : 12 questions , 17 minutes
3rd Section :1 coding Questions : 20 minutes+30 minutes

1. Water
Easy
15m average time
85% success
0/40
Asked in companies
MicrosoftAdobeAmazon
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2. Rat In A Maze
Easy
15m average time
85% success
0/40
Asked in companies
MicrosoftOlaIBM
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02
Round
Medium
Face to Face
Duration120 Minutes
Interview date11 Nov 2020
Coding problem2

This was an Online F2F Technical Round conducted on CodePair : Hackerrank. So, Basically You have to Run and Submit ( Pass All Test cases) in the Interview Round also (Like normal Coding Test) in Codepair : Hackerrank & along with that You should have to explain your Code and Approach to the Interviewers.
The Interviewers were helpful and didn't hesitate in giving hints.
Timing - 10:00 A.M to 12:00 P.M

1. Minimum Fountains
Easy
10m average time
80% success
0/40
Asked in companies
Samsung R&D InstituteOYOPaytm (One97 Communications Limited)
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2. Minimize Cash Flow
Easy
15m average time
85% success
0/40
Asked in companies
HCL TechnologiesPaytm (One97 Communications Limited)Microsoft
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03
Round
Hard
Face to Face
Duration120 Minutes
Interview date14 Nov 2020
Coding problem1

A lot of Variants based on Constraints were asked in this Round. They will ask you to write the final code for every question before Submitting it(run all test cases) so you won’t get any hints after running test cases in the IDE. ( So don’t Submit your code before dry running it on a lot of Test Cases on pen & paper , they allow to use pen & blank paper at the time of Interviews) .The Interviewers tried to trick in case of time complexities even if you gave the best one. So try to be confident.

1. Buy and Sell Stock
Hard
0/120
Asked in companies
DirectiAtlassianSamsung R&D Institute
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04
Round
Easy
HR Round
Duration30 minutes
Interview date15 Nov 2020
Coding problem1

This was HR Round. The HR was friendly and asked basic questions.
The timing was 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM.

1. Basic HR Questions
Problem approach
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