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SDE - Intern
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3 rounds | 6 Coding problems
Interview preparation journey
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Journey
I was advised by my seniors to practice DSA from the very starting of B.Tech but I did not took that seriously. Honestly speaking, I regretted not taking their advice and in third year I started doing coding and I had to increase practice hours because I started late. But by the end of Third year, I was confident in both DSA and development but even then, I kept on revising the concepts.
Application story
Microsoft visited my campus for the placement process . We just had to upload resume and fill all details in the form. After the online test, around 97 candidates were selected for interviews out of the 800+ COE applicants .
Why selected/rejected for the role?
I was able to clear all the rounds. I think it was because I answered correctly to almost all the solutions, gave quick answers, had good projects listed on my resume and had a little knowledge about the company. I was able to impress the interviewer.
Preparation
Duration: 8 months
Topics: Data Structures and Algorithms problems with Trees, Graphs, stack etc. Basic System Designing. Database Management System and SQL queries. Operation System and Process Scheduling techniques.
Tip
Tip

Tip 1 : Make sure to solve the most recommended problems of LeetCode. Around 200 will do
Tip 2 : Be confident with your basics of chapters from Operating Systems and DBMS or SQL Queries.
Tip 3 : Have a slight knowledge of system designing concepts.

Application process
Where: Campus
Eligibility: No criteria
Resume Tip
Resume tip

Tip 1 : Make your Resume such that it is properly readable. Keep it of one page. If it exceeds try your best to include only the most important highlights.
Tip 2 : Put your most important achievements at the top and after than the not so important ones. You want the interviewer to see them first.

Interview rounds
01
Round
Easy
Online Coding Interview
Duration90 minutes
Interview date3 Feb 2021
Coding problem3

There were 3 coding questions. All of them were pretty easy and solvable in less than 30 minutes. Some string and pattern matching + some number theory problems were there.

1. Arithmetic Expression Evaluation
Moderate
30m average time
70% success
0/80
Asked in companies
SliceAccentureSquadstack
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2. Maximum Product Subarray
Moderate
25m average time
75% success
0/80
Asked in companies
InnovaccerDirectiFlipkart
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3. Angle between hour hand and minute hand
Easy
15m average time
85% success
0/40
Asked in companies
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02
Round
Medium
Face to Face
Duration45 minutes
Interview date10 Mar 2021
Coding problem2

This was a technical round. First after properly introducing ourselves(me and the interviewer), we started with the main interview. I was asked 2 questions, one DS and Algorithms and the other System Design question.

1. Sibling Nodes
Moderate
20m average time
80% success
0/80
Asked in companies
DirectiMicrosoftAmazon
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2. System Design
Problem approach
03
Round
Easy
HR Round
Duration30 minutes
Interview date15 Apr 2021
Coding problem1

Just a discussion about my candidature and what the team has to offer me. We discussed about my interviews and my skills for the role. All of my interviews were held between 11 am to 12 am. The interviewer was very friendly and made sure I am not getting anxious.

1. Basic HR Questions
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