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DE Shaw interview

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Application
I was interviewed on-campus for DE Shaw
Interview Process
Test Technical Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Test Sections
  • Section 1: Aptitude Test
  • Section 2: Technical
  • Section 3: Programming
  • Section 4: Essay Writing
Interview Experience
The written test has 4 sections. Each section is as follows. 
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.
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
It was a three member panel and they interviewed me for some 40 minutes Interview started with my project at IBM. I was asked about open and closed hashing . A program for in place merging of bsts and hashing.About arraylists,vectors,hashmaps etc in java stl and the advantages with each of them over the other.The basic diff between unix and windows. How windows improved versions are better than the previous ones. Questions on the no of unclustered indeces possible, what actually happens when u program for an index,and a few queries.Then about zombies,proc structures,calloc implementation details.Later they discussed whether to ask me further questions on programming languages but later decided against it. The way they looked at each other and started ticking at the subjects on my resume i decided i almost made it and was more confident after they asked the question "why do u want to leave ibm?". I told them that instead of working in such a big company with lakhs of employees i would prefer making my mark among a few people .And the results were out in the afternoon after they were done with the interviews of the rest.
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Experience
There wasn't a separate hr round but still the lady had ample time to get to know us before the interview as she had been chit chatting with us .
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
After the aptitude test i was almost confident that i would get through and it's then that i started preparing for the interview because till then i hadn't even opened my books .I just surfed over internet to know a few things like why c++ is safer than c,what are smart pointers and how to use that in a program etc. Then results were out and i went out and came back at 7.I opened last year feedback's again and saw the questions asked in os and decided that i have time only for DBMS. I am basically poor at DBMS and don't remember a bit of it so i had to start with the queries, then cursors,then triggers, then different indices(clustered and unclustered),then a few things on how stuff is stored on drives and how its retrieved .As i was confident enough on OS and networks i thought i would rather sleep. My interview was at 9 the next morning. So i got up at 7.30 and saw some c++ concepts like vtables etc.
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DE Shaw Software developer interview

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Application
I was interviewed on-campus for Software developer role at DE Shaw
Interview Process
Test Technical Interview Technical Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Test Sections
  • Section 1: General aptitude and technical aptitude questions.
  • Section 2: Coding questions
Interview Experience
The first round had two sections. First section consisted of general aptitude and technical aptitude questions. In the second section we were given one coding question, for which we had to write the code in a language of our preference (C,C++,Java). Around 20 students were selected in the first round.
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
The second round was a technical interview. Two interviewers were present and the interview duration was 1-1.5 hours. Questions on Computer Networks, Databases, Operating Systems, Algorithms were asked. But they were more concerned about coding fundamentals especially C++ and Java. 6 students were selected in the second round.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
Third round was again a technical interview. The interview process was same as previous second round.
Round 4

HR Interview

Interview Experience
All the 6 students who were selected for the third round had a HR interview.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
Prepare a decent resume and have at least 3-4 hard copies of it available with you all the times.Also do carry passport size photos with you. While going for interviews wear proper formals,carry 2-3 copies of resume and a pen.
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • CAT book by Arun Sharma,
  • Let us C by Yeshwant Kanetkar,
  • Data Structures and Algorithm made easy by Narasimha Karumanchi.,
General Tips
The technical interview process was exhausting as the interview duration was 1-1.5 hours and challenging as they asked questions from all major fields of computer science.
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DE Shaw Software engineer interview

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Application
I was interviewed on-campus for Software engineer role at DE Shaw
Interview Process
Test Technical Interview
Round 1

Test

Interview Experience
Though technical questions were not that difficult but the quant section was way too hard and almost impossible to solve completely in given time limit.
Interview Tips
It’s better if you attempt less questions (in quant) but do them right (I attempted less than 40% quant and still got through).
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
Next they would have 2-3 technical rounds where they cover most of the areas of CS. Some of the areas where they concentrated more would be Algorithms, OOPS Concepts and Logical Puzzles.
Interview Tips
Brush up important concepts from various areas such as Operating System, OOPS, Software Engineering. Be ready for some really challenging questions in Algorithms. Also they do ask quite a few logical puzzles so it’s important you practice a lot of them online before the interview.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
D E Shaw focuses more on your ability to solve logical problems, so make sure you are in best state of your mind and speak while solving any problem because what they are looking for is not the right answer (well of course they are) but also how are you approaching the problem.
General Tips
D E Shaw selects very few candidates + comes in starting weeks of placement season, so competition is immense. Multiple companies come on same day, so it becomes a little tedious. Surely I wasn't the better candidate that day.
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DE Shaw RESEARCH ANALYST interview

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AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for RESEARCH ANALYST role at DE Shaw
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test Group Discussion HR Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
They had asked for the resume at the time of interviews. So resume was surely looked into while selecting the right candidate.
Round 2

Test

Interview Experience
They had a written test which was based on quantitative questions. The test wasn't tough and had an average level of difficulty. There was negative marking for wrong answers.
Round 3

Group Discussion

Group Discussion Topic
FDI in Multi Retail market
Interview Experience
The topic for the GD was FDI in Multi Retail market. They were looking for people who were confident, had good communication skills as well as can support their facts with actual and valid theoretical knowledge.
Round 4

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Which newspaper you read? What was the today's headline?
  • Question 2: Why do you want to work in the finance sector?
  • Question 3: What are your long term goals? Why is this job important for your long term career goals?
Interview Experience
After the group discussion there was the personal interview. There was a ‘why’ and a ‘how’ with every question asked by them .Questions were there on my internship. What did I like about my experience there? Did I enjoy working there? Besides this a few questions based on core finance topics were also asked.
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DE Shaw interview

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AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for DE Shaw
Interview Process
Test Technical Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
40 Minutes
No. of Questions
40 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Quantitative
  • Section 2: Technical
  • Section 3: Essay
Interview Experience
It contains Four parts.
1. Quantative contains 20 questions. These questions are easy to me. If u practice quant u can easily solve it.
2. Technical contains 20 questions. Some questions are on C , c++ , java outputs. Remaining are on ds. If u Know all the time complexities of algorithms then it is easy . In technical they gave one problem, and then asked to write a program or algorithm. problem is finding the first 3 persons that are nearest to a person in a city( all the persons).( Modification of finding shortest distance in Graphs ).
3. Essay They have given one picture and then asked to write an essay by seeing the picture.
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
It has only one round . Both technical and HR at a time. 3 persons are there in panel. They are asking questions on basic concepts in subjects and some advanced concepts. 1) daemon process 2) advantage of listen system call 3) advantage of select system call 4) questions on data base concepts 5) questions on union in c Some questions are advanced concepts in subjects.
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Experience
NO separate HR round.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
Please read each and everything in core subjects of our curriculum and please be good on projects which you will be put in resume and database you are using. If you studied hard u will definitely crack any company. ALL THE BEST.
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DE Shaw interview

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ExperiencedSelected
Application
I Applied for job through Personal Contacts for DE Shaw
Interview Process
Technical Interview
Round 1

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Give the full form of BIOS.
  • Question 2: Mention any five operating systems which have been derived from UNIX.
  • Question 3: Differentiate between HTTP and HTTPS.
  • Question 4: Mention any five file compression extensions.
  • Question 5: Explain indexing mechanism in DBMS.
  • Question 6: Give a real world application of linked lists.
  • Question 7: What is a torrent? What are seeders and leechers?
  • Question 8: What is P2P network?
  • Question 9: How would I defend myself if I were to get caught for having downloaded torrents?
  • Question 10: Throw some light on what is happening inside Large Hadron Collider in CERN.
  • Question 11: What do I know about Higgs boson?
  • Question 12: Differentiate between LED, LCD, and Plasma TV.
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DE Shaw D. E. Shaw India Talent Acquisition profile interview questions

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  • Question 1: Full form of USSR? - asked on Jan, 2017 in Hyderabad
  • Question 2: If you had no vendors/portals at your disposal how would hire? - asked on Jan, 2017 in Hyderabad
  • Question 3: Countries in the UK - asked on Jan, 2017 in Hyderabad

DE Shaw D. E. Shaw India Talent Acquisition Specialist profile interview questions

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  • Question 1: What is the difference between talent acquisition and recruitment? In fact this was the only relevant question asked through the interview. - asked in Hyderabad
  • Question 1: what sort of hiring u have done, how many colleges u visited - asked in Hyderabad

DE Shaw D. E. Shaw India Intern - Monthly profile interview questions

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  • Question 1: Q. Printing elements of tree in zigzag manner ? sol. Two stacks - asked on Aug, 2015 in Roorkee

DE Shaw D. E. Shaw India Associate profile interview questions

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  • Question 1: What do you know about the company - asked in

DE Shaw D. E. Shaw India Member Technical profile interview questions

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  • Question 1: Puzzles - asked in Pilani

DE Shaw D. E. Shaw India Senior Technology Associate profile interview questions

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  • Question 1: Q. You have to design one software for parking lot, in which user can book slots for up to next three months. (similar to bookmyshow kind of thing. - asked on Sep, 2016 in Hyderabad

DE Shaw D. E. Shaw India Analyst/Senior Analyst - Data Analytics profile interview questions

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  • Question 1: NA - asked on Feb, 2016 in Hyderabad

DE Shaw D. E. Shaw India Software Developer profile interview questions

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  • Question 1: Project Discussion (thorough), Basic questions from Trees (level order and variation) - asked on Aug, 2016 in Patiala
  • Question 2: , Discussion on Graph Theory and questions on that, Deep dive in OOPs concepts - asked on Aug, 2016 in Patiala

DE Shaw D. E. Shaw India Quality Analyst profile interview questions

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  • Question 1: Sorting 0's and 1's in an array. - asked on Jul, 2016 in Coimbatore

DE Shaw D. E. Shaw India Member Engineer profile interview questions

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  • Question 1: Find the number of occurances of string 1 in string 2 - asked on Jul, 2016 in Chennai
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