Continuing with our series NSIT’s Hall of Fame, we have before you all, an excerpt of an interview session with another great mind of NSIT – Sumit Vohra who has interned at Google India. Hope you’ll be appropriately guided with his answers 🙂
1.Please specify your profile and the company you had interned in.
Software Engineering Intern at Google India
2.How did you apply for this company and what was the selection procedure?
They Conduct an online coding contest for Asia-Pacific region formerly called “APAC” now “Kickstart”. I got a rank of 145 in first round so i was shortlisted for interviews, 3 telephonic-coding interviews each spanning 45 mins were conducted till i got an acceptance from them 🙂
3.Please provide details about questions asked in written tests and interviews?
Written : APAC -> I completely solved 3 out 4 questions asked out of which one was based on dijkstra, one binary-search and one adhoc. Interviews : 1) First Interview I had a dsu-based question 2) Second Interview it was a design question 3) Third Interview one simple dp on tree, one adhoc ques on tree and one adhoc on string.
4.How did last 2-3 years plan out for you academically? We would like to know projects, internships and extra-curriculars done by you.
Academically i had above 80 aggregate so never had to plan out anything special for that, ( 7 days before midsems ; 10 days before endsems ; good handwriting , long answers and faith in random-marking function works most of the time) . As far as projects and internships are concerned you can look up here : https://www.linkedin.com/in/sumit-vohra-224484a0. Extra-curriculars! LOL last i remember was spending 50 rs for winter-sports in first sem 😛 .
5.How did you prepare for the internship season?
I did interviewbit one month before the start of internship season and also some basic revision of concepts of OS,networks and DBMS. Since i was doing competitive programming for past 2 consecutive years so didn’t have to put in much effort in that regard .
6.What does this company look for in an ideal candidate?
Well they look for both – your soft skills as well as your coding skills. Your variable names, your code-cleanliness, your ability to explain your code are as important as your logic so try to be good overall.
7.This season is full of ups and downs. Would you like to share some experience or provide advice to juniors?
Though I don’t consider my self an ideal person to answer this question as i have thankfully had a smooth season but still if you ask me, one line “Don’t loose hope, be a good human being, be willing to learn u will ultimately get what you deserve” should suffice it all 🙂
8.Tell us about any great thing or mistake you did in the last 2-3 years that gave you advantage/disadvantage over others?
One great thing is that I had great seniors who guided me in the right direction whenever I was confused. Mind you, i had never studied programming before coming to college. So even the first topic which i read was marked by a senior sitting for placements in auditorium 😛 There are thousand of things which i could have stated here but my willingness to ask and learn from some of the best people i know helped me a lot :). Coming to the mistake part, in academic section i think there isn’t much to feel disadvantaged about. Coming to the non-academic part, definitely yes missed a lot of fun stuff and other things for which “Collegespace internship-placement experience ” wont be a suitable platform to express 😛 (Ouch)
9.What is that one thing you would suggest juniors NOT to do?
Don’t get irritated too early, there may be times when you can be too confused about what to do, just be patient and don’t hurry if you are not getting something ( like good ratings in contests, placements , development related stuff , internships, project-partners, life – partners 😛 ) . I have seen people succumb to this and getting irritated, joining some useless coding-institutes or totally leave this field. If you are working for something too hard, you will definitely achieve it at the end of the day and best way to learn something is to learn it yourself from scratch. Second try to explore stuff/societies but at the same time don’t waste your time. People generally end up screwing both their first and second year doing absolutely nothing and then getting heavily burdened in their last two years so try to avoid that.
COLLEGESPACE would like to thank Sumit Vohra for sharing his valuable experiences & wishes him all the best for his future.
That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more such interviews 🙂