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SDE - Intern
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4 rounds | 6 Coding problems
Interview preparation journey
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Preparation
Duration: 3 months
Topics: Data Structures, Algorithms, Operating Systems, OOPS
Tip
Tip

Tip 1 : Focus on basic concepts while studying algorithms and data structures. On the other hand, there is some amount of mugging required in other topics like operating systems and OOPS.
Tip 2 : Your resume should be catchy and impressive. The recruiters will not be looking at your resume for more than 30-40 seconds, so try to mention some numbers (ranks in some coding events, GPA) which can impress the recruiters.
Tip 3 : For the last few days before your interviews, it is advised to read some previous interview experiences of the company for which you are about the give the interview.

Application process
Where: Campus
Eligibility: 8.00 GPA
Resume Tip
Resume tip

Tip 1 : Try to mention some numbers on your resume like ranks in various coding events, or engineering entrance exams because this makes it somewhat catchy. 
Tip 2 : Try to know everything you've written on your resume. So, don't try to put false things as it can go against you in the interview.

Interview rounds
01
Round
Medium
Online Coding Interview
Duration90 minutes
Interview date8 Aug 2020
Coding problem3

It started in the evening from around 6 pm and the total duration was 90 minutes. There were 3 coding questions of medium difficulty level. I think from a set of 10-12 questions, each student was given 3 questions randomly from that set. So it was somewhat luck dependent too if you get easy or difficult questions. Tab switching was not allowed during the test, also it was proctored through webcam.

1. Longest Palindromic Subsequence
Hard
45m average time
50% success
0/120
Asked in companies
LinkedInMakeMyTripPublicis Sapient
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2. Find K’th Character of Decrypted String
Moderate
33m average time
0/80
Asked in companies
SiemensSwiggyAtlassian
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3. Maximum Subarray Sum
Moderate
35m average time
81% success
0/80
Asked in companies
Thought WorksPaytm (One97 Communications Limited)HCL Technologies
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02
Round
Medium
Video Call
Duration50 minutes
Interview date14 Aug 2020
Coding problem2

It was held on the Microsoft teams platform. It started at 5 pm in the evening and lasted till around 5:50 pm. It started with me giving a general introduction about what I had done till now in my college. After that, he started with the coding problems.

1. Total area of overlapping rectangles
Easy
10m average time
90% success
0/40
Asked in companies
QualcommAmazonPaypal
Problem approach
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2. OS Questions
Problem approach
03
Round
Easy
Video Call
Duration50 minutes
Interview date14 Aug 2020
Coding problem1

The pattern was similar to the previous round. I started with my general introduction after which he proceeded to problem-solving. Also, there was some discussion about the projects I had done previously and also about my previous internship experience.

1. Find all triplets with zero sum
Moderate
30m average time
50% success
0/80
Asked in companies
MicrosoftFacebookGoogle
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04
Round
Medium
Video Call
Duration70 minutes
Interview date14 Nov 2020
Coding problem0

All three interview rounds were conducted on the same day so by the time this round started, it was already around 11:30 pm. And it lasted a bit longer than previous rounds about 70 minutes or so. It started with a basic introduction and the interview also asked about my interests and how I spend my time at college. There was a discussion about my previous intern experience as well. At this point, I thought it was just a formality round and it would not involve and problem-solving but then he asked me to code for a problem.

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