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SDE - Intern
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5 rounds | 9 Coding problems
Interview preparation journey
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Preparation
Duration: 2 months
Topics: Data Structures, Algorithms, Object Oriented Programming, Database management system, System design
Tip
Tip

Tip 1 : Keep the resources limited for your preparation 
Tip 2 : Practice coding on a regular basis 
Tip 3 : Focus on problem solving skills 
Tip 4 : Make your resume very clean and should have full confidence on everything mentioned in the resume

Application process
Where: Campus
Eligibility: 7.5 CGPA, with no active backlogs
Resume Tip
Resume tip

Tip 1 : Make your resume systematic and clean, preferably it should be of 1 page only 
Tip 2 : Never put false things on resume
Tip 3 : Having projects in your resume will be plus point

Interview rounds
01
Round
Medium
Online Coding Interview
Duration90 minutes
Interview date23 Jul 2019
Coding problem3

This round was of 90 minutes, consisting of 3 coding questions from easy to medium level. It was conducted in the morning hours. The invigilators were the staff of my college only. The platform was very smooth and almost all the programming languages were allowed.

1. Valid Parentheses
Easy
10m average time
80% success
0/40
Asked in companies
Morgan StanleyGartnerJP Morgan

You're given a string 'S' consisting of "{", "}", "(", ")", "[" and "]" .


Return true if the given string 'S' is balanced, else return false.

...

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2. Trapping Rain Water
Moderate
15m average time
80% success
0/80
Asked in companies
InfosysExpedia GroupTata Consultancy Services (TCS)

You have been given a long type array/list 'arr’ of size 'n’.


It represents an elevation map wherein 'arr[i]’ denotes the elevation ...

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3. Travelling Salesman Problem
Hard
50m average time
50% success
0/120
Asked in companies
MicrosoftGoogleOpera

Given a list of cities numbered from 0 to N-1 and a matrix 'DISTANCE' consisting of 'N' rows and 'N' columns ...

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02
Round
Easy
Coding Test - Pen and paper
Duration60 minutes
Interview date26 Jul 2019
Coding problem2

This round was a group fly round. Team from Microsoft came for invigilation and guidance. We were divided into small groups, and a mentor was allotted to us. There were 2 questions and time was 60 minutes. First question was based on system design and second one was coding question. We were asked to write on paper and discuss with mentors. We were marked on the basis of how we discussed our ideas with our mentor and how clearly we presented our idea.

1. System Design Question

Design a search engine for global retail application, write a) a) Assumptions b) System considerations c)Design Components

2. Decode String
Easy
0/40
Asked in companies
IntuitMicrosoftDisney + Hotstar

Ninja requests a PS5 from Santa on Christmas. Santa decides to give Ninja a brand new PS5, but he locks it in a safe and gives Ninja a ...

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03
Round
Medium
Face to Face
Duration30 minutes
Interview date27 Jul 2019
Coding problem2

The interview was early in the morning. The environment was very tensed, we all were very nervous for the first round of interview. The interviewers were very friendly, they were helping us a lot .

1. Insert Into A Binary Search Tree
Easy
20m average time
80% success
0/40
Asked in companies
AdobeSAP LabsPublicis Sapient

You have been given a root node of the binary search tree and a positive integer value. You need to perform an insertion oper...

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2. System Design Questions

He asked me some questions based on Google maps, how it works and how it can be further optimized. He asked some questions about the scalability of websites and my opinions on the System design questions asked in the group fly round

04
Round
Easy
Face to Face
Duration30 minutes
Interview date27 Jul 2019
Coding problem1

This round was conducted in the afternoon. The environment was friendly. Interviewer was very friendly and helping.

1. Sort Stack
Easy
20m average time
80% success
0/40
Asked in companies
MicrosoftGoldman SachsAmazon

You are given a stack ‘S’. Your task is to sort the sack recursively.


Note:
Looping through the stack is not allowed.
You need to return a stack that is sorted in descending order....
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05
Round
Medium
HR Round
Duration30 minutes
Interview date27 Jul 2019
Coding problem1

I was conducted in the evening. The interviewer was very friendly and asked me questions mostly about me and my future plans.

1. Basic HR Questions

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Why Microsoft?

Problem approach

Tip 1 : Always speak truth 
Tip 2 : Be very clear about your future plans, strengths and weaknesses 
Tip 3 : Have clear idea about the projects you did.

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