DE Shaw interview
- Section 1: Aptitude Test
- Section 2: Technical
- Section 3: Programming
- Section 4: Essay Writing
1st section is general aptitude.
2nd section is technical aptitude.
3rd section has a programming question .
4th section is essay writing
NOTE:each objective section has negative marking(25%) 1st section :(20 min). This section has general aptitude questions which are not really tough except that its just for a short 20 minutes. There were all together 20 questions in this section which includes not just general maths but even a DI questions where in we were given a few pie charts and asked to solve a few questions(3) on that. In maths compositions, partnership,percentages,probability were touched and i am quite sure this is not all, but I don't remember exact details. In this section i just attempted 11 questions . After giving the test ,i processed a few questions and i realized one of them was wrong . That would make my count to app 9 correct answers. 2nd section:(20 min). This is also a 20 question sectional where we had questions on c,c++,java . Most of the oop concepts were tested . Questions on strings were present using pointer manipulations where in we had to find the output after processing the pointer further in the program. Most of the questions were on finding out the o/p of a program and most of the questions were approximately a page.We should be able to say if the question might give a compile error or a run time error.. I attempted 18 questions in this section . 3rd section:(20 min). We had a lengthy question given in which even the way we need to take the i/p and then the way we need to display o/p was clearly specified. Just reading the question alone and thinking of a solution that has an order less than square(n) itself took around 15 min to me and the worst part is that i didn't even realize this until they have announced that we had only 5 more minutes. I was able to complete the code because i took a minute out from the other section.. :) The question was like this : There are many friends each present in a particular location in space specified by their x and y coordinates(assuming a 2 dimensional space) and when we are given the input (name of one in the group) we should output the names of the nearest 3 friends where the distance can be calculated in the same way we do in coordinate geometry.This should be done in the most efficient way possible. 4th section (10 min). This is the ultimate time pass round. I was quite satisfied with my essay as i was enjoying myself writing it. The picture showed the liberation of a person from his shackles which can be interpreted in your own way. Ex: You might say that people should be able enough to get out of their own problems (or) you might say that parents should liberate their child early enough and allow them to take their own decisions and only then they will be able to see the true colors of world through their own eyes.