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3 rounds | 5 Coding problems
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Duration: 1 month
Topics: DS/ALGO, Competitive Programming, OS, DBMS, SQL Queries, Computer Networks Basics
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Tip 1 : Interview is more like a two-way discussion rather than a question-answer session, feel free to ask for help/hints if you're stuck. 
Tip 2 : Even if you don't know the solution to the problem just try to work out a naive solution. You can optimize it later. 
Tip 3 : Make sure to read out the interview experiences of other people who have applied for the same role/company in the past

Application process
Where: Campus
Eligibility: Above 6.5 GPA, CS and Allied Streams
Resume Tip
Resume tip

Tip 1: Keep it concise and to the point.
Tip 2: Don't forget to show your best achievements

Interview rounds
01
Round
Medium
Online Coding Interview
Duration90 minutes
Interview date28 Sep 2020
Coding problem2

Test was active from 28th September 8 PM till 2 AM (29th September’20). We could attempt at any time. 
1.5 Hr Duration
Two coding questions.

1. Cycle Detection In Undirected Graph
Moderate
0/80
Asked in companies
Publicis SapientPaytm (One97 Communications Limited)Optum

You have been given an undirected graph with 'N' vertices and 'M' edges. The vertices are labelled from 1 to 'N'.

Your task is to find if the graph contains a cycle or not.

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2. Find Number of Islands
Moderate
34m average time
60% success
0/80
Asked in companies
MakeMyTripSprinklrThales

You are given a 2-dimensional array/list having N rows and M columns, which is filled with ones(1) and zeroes(0). 1 signifies land, and 0 signifies water.

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02
Round
Medium
Video Call
Duration60 minutes
Interview date10 Oct 2020
Coding problem1

Online video call round on Microsoft Teams
Interviewer was very friendly.
This round is often called Domain Discussion Round.

1. Longest Repeating Substring
Moderate
10m average time
90% success
0/80
Asked in companies
MakeMyTripAdobeDunzo

You are given a string 'str' of length 'N'. You can perform at most 'k' op...

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03
Round
Medium
HR Round
Duration60 minutes
Interview date10 Oct 2020
Coding problem2

One hour HR round.
Also called Core Values Interview.
The Interviewer was a senior level employee and was very friendly.

1. Resume based questions
Problem approach

You should know everything you have mentioned in your resume. I you are not confident about a topic, don't mention it on your resume.

2. Behavioural Questions
Problem approach

I would advise you to look up the most commonly asked behavioral questions in the interview and the STAR method to approach these types of questions.

Do not mug up answers to these questions, but instead come up with your own situations that you dealt with while doing internships/projects etc.

For questions like "Tell me about your weakness or Tell me about a time you messed up" d...

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