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Full Stack Engineer
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4 rounds | 4 Coding problems
Interview preparation journey
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Preparation
Duration: 6 months
Topics: Data Structures, Oops, Machine Learning, Python, RDBMS, Flask, Django, OS, Computer Networking
Tip
Tip

Tip 1 : Emphasizing on the importance of proficiency in data structures and algorithms for acing the interviews, which is true in any case.
Tip 2 : Do some good projects. (3 projects are more than sufficient)
Tip 3 : Create your resume of only one page.

Application process
Where: Campus
Eligibility: Above 7 CGPA
Resume Tip
Resume tip

Tip 1 : Participate in open source projects and hackathons.
Tip 2 : Research based project is a plus point.

Interview rounds
01
Round
Medium
Online Coding Interview
Duration60 minutes
Interview date15 Jul 2020
Coding problem0

The test comprised two sections, Quantitative Aptitude, and English. There were 40 questions to be solved in 60 minutes.

02
Round
Hard
Online Coding Interview
Duration60 minutes
Interview date10 Aug 2020
Coding problem2

It consisted of three coding questions in a medium to a hard range of difficulty along with 25 Technical MCQ(s) to be answered in an hour.

1. Maximum Size Rectangle Sub-matrix With All 1's
Hard
10m average time
80% success
0/120
Asked in companies
Samsung R&D InstituteAmerican ExpressZS Associates

You are given an 'N' * 'M' sized binary-valued matrix 'MAT, where 'N' is the number of row...

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2. Count Number Of Ones
Hard
45m average time
55% success
0/120
Asked in companies
AppleNovartis

Ninja has an integer ‘N’. Ninja is fond of digit ‘1’ so Ninja wants to know the number of 1s in each number from 0 to N.

Your task is to help the Ninja in finding out the number of one...

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03
Round
Medium
Video Call
Duration60 minutes
Interview date25 Aug 2020
Coding problem1

My interview lasted an hour. It was all virtual and a “Microsoft teams” link was sent to the shortlisted candidates for this round. Two interviewers were interviewing one student at a time. I introduced myself and then the interviewers directly asked me to talk about my projects. The questions asked were mostly from the projects, research papers (if any) from the resume. In-depth knowledge of the projects done as needed. My research paper particularly took their attention which was based on Deep Learning and I had to explain my project in detail for about 20–25 minutes. They asked various typical questions on Deep Learning Algorithms (Why, How, etc). The interviewers tried to pressure me into changing my answers being confident was the key. Then they asked some questions from Java, OOPs, and DBMS. One of the interviewers asked me to rate my proficiency in Java on a scale from 1 to 10. Lastly, to check my problem-solving skills they gave me a mathematical formula and asked me to prove it by drawing a geometrical shape on a graph. I thought for a minute and came up with the answer and they were impressed.

1. Technical Questions

How is Java different from other programming languages?
Explain the properties of OOPs.
What is Polymorphism in Java explain with some real-life example?
What do you mean by joins in SQL?
Explain left join and right join with some real-life example.
What are the technical problems that you faced and how did you manage the overall project?

04
Round
Easy
HR Round
Duration20 minutes
Interview date25 Aug 2020
Coding problem1

It lasted 20 mins. The HR interviewer was very friendly.

1. Basic HR Questions

Tell me something about yourself.
What is the meaning of your name?
Apart from your academics and technical background tell me something about which you are most proud of?
What is that one thing that makes you different from others?
Why did you choose KIIT University for your undergraduate?
Why did you choose to be an engineer?
What are your three best qualities and strengths?...

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