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Goldman Sachs Analyst interview

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Raaz DwivediFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for Analyst role at Goldman Sachs
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test Group Discussion HR Interview Summary Puzzle Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
A Good Resume is the one with a clear message in one glance. One usually doesn't have much time go through the specifics. Also, most of the resumes look more or less the same if you start reading thoroughly. So what distinguishes you is how much you can convey to a third person in one glance. However a crucial point that one needs to keep in mind is - The third person may be an IITian or may be not. So your resume needs to be optimally elaborate and detailed. Good at glance and not boring with details.
Round 2

Test

Test Sections
    Interview Experience
    Various tests aim at identifying different skill sets. And each skill set testing needs different approach and different preparation material and style. Also, not all tests are actually looking for excellent performers. So sometimes you might be surprised to see not so good performers being preferred over the best ones.
    Interview Tips
    Keep calm during all tests. No need to panic after seeing unfavourable results. It's just the beginning of an entirely new world. For preparation, begin well in advance. Take as light load as possible in your placement semester. Talk to seniors and the placed ones about the preparation style for various skill sets. There are several great books on most of the skill set, and just like JEE if you spend quality time on a book on a particular skill set you are likely to do well. 



    For your core jobs preparation, you need to revise your basic concepts and prepare specifically for various areas that you are mostly interested in. For example, in EE, you can have a look at various job roles - system designing, power systems, device and circuits, communication, computer vision and image processing etc, which companies have come in the past for what kind of roles. And what were there expectations from the candidates.
    Round 3

    Group Discussion

    Interview Experience
    I sat for only one GD that was for ITC. I did not prepare at all for it and relied mostly on my speaking cum shouting skills that I developed over the years, thanks to my fundae sessions and most importantly TAship sessions. I enjoyed the GD which was a problem statement on a guy's death with a brief description of the circumstances, and was asked to discuss who was guilty for the guy's death. I enjoyed the discussion, and found the problem pretty exciting, but only to find out later that it was a routine problem for GDs.
    Interview Tips
    My agenda was simple for the GD - I took it as yet another discussion session. Hearing others opinions and pointing out mine. Occasionally I also asked the quite ones to share their views. There are often several tricks that seniors tell the juniors - start early, take the lead, try to summarize, take everyone along etc etc. I like to put it this way - Don't speak non-sense, do speak some sense, let others speak, try to distinguish the sense and the non-sense from others views, and encourage the quite ones to speak a bit in order to have a sensible and wholesome group discussion. If you think you can lead, then lead. If you think you might want others opinions to kick start your thought process, then wait for some points from others. So basically do what seems sensible to you, but do something!
    Round 4

    HR Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Walk me through your resume
    • Question 2: Did you prepare for financial job?
    • Question 3: Did you develop some understanding by reading up about finance?
    • Question 4: Tell me about your interests (beyond resume) and skills.
    • Question 5: Why Worldquant?
    • Question 6: Clarification about what CPI stands(Is it the same as Grade Point Average?)
    • Question 7: Interest in further studies
    Interview Experience
    All the questions that I was asked, I have already put up at my blog raazdwivedi.blogspot.in 



    And I am in no mood to repeat them here by classifying. I would summarize some key points in the tips section.
    Interview Tips
    Before I forget, usually at the end of interviews, the interviewers ask you if you have some questions about them, be prepared with some questions which can be like - what do you usually look for in a good candidate, what is the work culture at the company, the career path of the individual in the company or otherwise etc etc. You can google things, or you can be innovative. Innovation might pay off very well or it may just kill your chances. But that's life - more risk, more reward.



    And another point, some of your interviews might be telephonic - in such cases, many more factors come into picture  which might spoil the mood of the interview ( I would let you to think about the possible glitches that you might have because of this technological advancement). But as usual, I would advice you to keep calm and just give your best. 



    Puzzles Interview: Prepare from the standard blogs and books, like cseblog and heard on the wall street. Ask seniors about the trending books. For the interview, do what is asked of you. Try to solve the problem. If you have already soled the proble, try to outline the steps and the solution, but don't be over or under excited any time. Sometimes the interviewer might be curious about the steps, and about your thought process. He might be looking for how many different ways you can think of attacking the same problem (At times they give a wrong problem just to check that!). However at times, you might not be that lucky and the person in front of you might value only accuracy and speed - that makes the task tougher - you have to be quick and you have to be correct, I would suggest you to trying being accurate, even if the guy in front of you is checking your patience by bugging you about your speed. In all cases, keep your calm.



    HR Interview:Technically, I didn't give an HR interview (at least I don't think I gave one!) but standard preparation includes questions of the sort - walk me through your resume, tell me about yourself, tell me about yourself BEYOND the resume (meaning what is not covered in the resume), strengths and weaknesses, your learning experience, capabilities as an individual, team player and team leader, some illustrations of them, why the XYZ role in ABC company probably over DEF company, why not higher education, why a job of this pay scale, your expectations of the firm etc







    Case Studies and Guesstimate:The only thing that I can think about such interviews (I had only one and I didn't do very well) - during some stage of preparation preferably 60-70% of it, prepare and discuss in groups, work many problems, and learn from your mistakes. As usual try to value the thought process than the answers only!
    Round 5

    Summary

    Interview Tips
    There are many things that I would like to convey to the students regarding the placement process.On the preparation side, one must give his best - visit websites, read blogs, attend presentations and various related sessions, ask seniors who have been placed, talk to anyone who you think can provide some help. These practices will give you enormous data - and your job is to filter and use it wisely, at your own discretion. Read relevant material from books and internet, practice problems and tests, do mock interviews and GDs with your friends, prepare your resume well - in short - do what is to be done. Depending on job pro files that you target, the preparation keeps varying, ask around and work hard.



    With that being said, I would like to say that placement is not simply about merit - independent of whether you appreciate this fact or not. Various companies value compatibility over the merit of the student (which is quite logical thing to do!) and sometimes you may under-qualify and sometimes over-qualify on those standards - and rarely will you be just at an optimal level. Consequently, many results(in fact most, to be even more precise all except one) will not go in your favour - either accept them or challenge them (if you think you have been denied of something that you truly deserve) but never lose your heart - this is simply a welcome song to the real world. In the long run, this short and (most likely a difficult and) tough experience will prove to be one of the most memorable and a great learning experience.



    In a nut shell "Keep Calm and Give your Best! - Karm karte raho, fal ki chinta mat karo."
    Round 6

    Puzzle Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: A question on game theory with no nash equilibrium (the game was not presented in such a manner; I formulated it as 2 by 2 matrix game with 2 players).
    • Question 2: A question on a calculator with 10 functions exp, square, sin, cos, tan and their inverses. Convert 0 to 1 to 2 to 3 to -3.
    Interview Tips
    Prepare from the standard blogs and books, like cseblog and heard on the wall street. Ask seniors about the trending books. For the interview, do what is asked of you. Try to solve the problem. If you have already solved the problem, try to outline the steps and the solution, but don't be over or under excited any time. Sometimes the interviewer might be curious about the steps, and about your thought process. He might be looking for how many different ways you can think of attacking the same problem (At times they give a wrong problem just to check that!). However at times, you might not be that lucky and the person in front of you might value only accuracy and speed - that makes the task tougher - you have to be quick and you have to be correct, I would suggest you to trying being accurate, even if the guy in front of you is checking your patience by bugging you about your speed. In all cases, keep your calm.
    Skills

    Skills Tested

      General Tips
      There are many things that I would like to convey to the students regarding the placement process.On the preparation side, one must give his best - visit websites, read blogs, attend presentations and various related sessions, ask seniors who have been placed, talk to anyone who you think can provide some help. These practices will give you enormous data - and your job is to filter and use it wisely, at your own discretion. Read relevant material from books and internet, practice problems and tests, do mock interviews and GDs with your friends, prepare your resume well - in short - do what is to be done. Depending on job pro files that you target, the preparation keeps varying, ask around and work hard.



      With that being said, I would like to say that placement is not simply about merit - independent of whether you appreciate this fact or not. Various companies value compatibility over the merit of the student (which is quite logical thing to do!) and sometimes you may under-qualify and sometimes over-qualify on those standards - and rarely will you be just at an optimal level. Consequently, many results(in fact most, to be even more precise all except one) will not go in your favour - either accept them or challenge them (if you think you have been denied of something that you truly deserve) but never lose your heart - this is simply a welcome song to the real world. In the long run, this short and (most likely a difficult and) tough experience will prove to be one of the most memorable and a great learning experience.



      In a nut shell "Keep Calm and Give your Best! - Karm karte raho, fal ki chinta mat karo."
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      Goldman Sachs Analyst interview

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      Srijith RajagopalanFresherSelected
      Application
      I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Analyst role at Goldman Sachs
      Interview Process
      Resume Shortlist Test Technical Interview Technical Interview Technical Interview Technical Interview
      Round 1

      Resume Shortlist

      Interview Experience
      The resume shortlist, I feel, was slightly unfair. They had put a cut-off of 9 for branches outside EE/CS.
      Interview Tips
      Don't worry, they might not follow this next year. Your resume should have a mix of probability, finance (courses on these are enough, though internships will really help)

      They don't care about your PoRs in the interview, but this may matter for the resume shortlist (Assuming it's done fairly) So be sure to include them.
      Round 2

      Test

      No. of Questions
      30 questions
      Test Sections
      • Section 1: Coding
      • Section 2: Quant
      • Section 3: Machine Learning
      Interview Experience
      There were 30 MCQ questions, 10 each on the above mentioned sections. There is no dearth of time, so you can think clearly and solve the question. I found that quant was the hardest of the lot, followed by coding followed by ML.

      ML questions will be on SVMs, ANNs, Ensemble learning methods, Hypothesis testing, Feature selection, Model selection etc. the standard topics you can find in "Elements of Statistical Learning" by Hastie, Tibshirani and Friedman.

      The coding section was mostly on arrays, data structures (binary tree, mostly), recursion, and one subjective question.

      For quant, you need to be really well versed in probability, definite integrals (Not kidding), and other JEE math.
      Interview Tips
      You'll need to do really well in atleast one of the sections to be shortlisted. Even if you are non CS/EE, (assuming you don't have experience in coding) you can do really well in ML section. Aim for that and prepare in advance. Once you are through to the interview, you just need to give them a reason to hire you. :)
      Round 3

      Technical Interview

      Interview Questions
      • Question 1: Tell me about yourself?
      • Question 2: Given a biased coin, how do you create an unbiased toss?
      • Question 3: Once you have done that, what is the expected number of turns you need to wait for getting the first unbiased toss.
      • Question 4: Suppose a man starts at 0, and has to go to 20 on the number line. He can either move in steps of 1 or 2. How many number of ways can he do this? Extending this, if we know the number of ways for going from 0 to n, how do we get the number of ways for going from 0 to n+1? Derive a recursive formula for the same.
      Interview Experience
      The lady who interviewed me was a chemE graduate from IIT Bombay. She was friendly and willing to help when asked about a problem. Overall, very good interview experience.
      Interview Tips
      For all interviews, I'll say this. Ask a lot of questions. They are very interested in explaining what they do, and feel free to interrupt them if you don't understand something. Always try to relate what they say to your interest. That way you'll bring new perspective into the interview. And that's very useful, believe me. If they have shortlisted you, they want to hire you. You just have to give them a reason to. Always relate your experiences and your interests with what they do. if you do that, they will find a role for you, somewhere. Do not worry. I was interested in machine learning and I got a finance profile. (They have a team in that profile that does ML)

      For quant questions, I would suggest thinking out loud and interacting each step of the way. They care more about your thinking than about the answer. They will point out the errors and you can correct them. Don't worry about silences, as long as you think out loud, it will not be a problem.
      Round 4

      Technical Interview

      Interview Questions
      • Question 1: Have you applied to any PhD programs?
      • Question 2: Given a number line, and we have a rod of length L. We drop the rod on the line, what is the probability that it covers an integer?
      • Question 3: Suppose there are N chocolates, and I pick a random one, and eat that chocolate and also everything to the right of it. I then continue this process with the remaining. How many ways are there to do this?
      • Question 4: Supposed there is a party, with 9 people, each person wants to give gifts to 3 people and also wants a gift from them. Is this scenario possible? If not, when is this possible? Give me a general case.
      • Question 5: Given a tank with liquid, and there are flows in and out, inflow is U and outflow is Kx, where x is current height of liquid in tank, all needed quantities given, what are the conditions for overflow and steady state? (Asked me because I was a chemE and felt that my knowledge shouldn't be wasted. Funny.)
      • Question 6: What are your interests? (Be careful, align the interests to their profile)
      Interview Experience
      Again, very friendly interview. The interviewer will lead you on, and assist you if you're facing any difficulty. :) Just be sure to be jovial and interactive.
      Interview Tips
      Same as above.
      Round 5

      Technical Interview

      Interview Questions
      • Question 1: Given there are 2 kinds of coins spread all over the world, and we start picking coins, what is the expected number of coins to pick, to have both kinds of coins in hand?
      • Question 2: Given a window of 1 hour, and two friends want to meet, given that the arrival time follows a uniform distribution, what is the probability that they will arrive within ten minutes of one another.
      • Question 3: Grilled me about my internship, (time series modeling) went in depth about why I did this, that, etc. If you have a time series or ML project, they will grill you on it.
      • Question 4: Given we have a (un)biased die, with given probabilities, and we toss it till we get a sum of 100 or more (basically if the sum crosses 100), and we stop. What is the most probable number you will get on the last toss? (The answer is not the highest biased die probability)
      Interview Experience
      Very technical, serious interview. I think he was the senior guy. He still helped out a lot.
      Interview Tips
      Be to the point, he was more interested in the technical knowledge.
      Round 6

      Technical Interview

      Interview Questions
      • Question 1: What do you think our team does. (I gathered this information by asking a lot of questions from other interviewers. It helps a lot)
      • Question 2: What do you know about options?
      • Question 3: What is a call option? Why are call options bought?
      • Question 4: If I have to buy fuel from you, what option would I buy?
      • Question 5: If we increase the volatility of the stock, how does the price of a call option change?
      • Question 6: How do you calculate the price of a call option?
      • Question 7: Is the price of a barrier option more or less than a normal option?
      • Question 8: Do you have any questions?
      Interview Experience
      The final interview I had. He was very helpful, and was very eager to talk about the company and what they do. He had an extensive knowledge of finance, options (obviously). The course on Mathematical Finance by the maths department was very useful. You need to have a good knowledge of options for getting through this.
      Interview Tips
      Same as the first interview.
      Skills

      Skills Tested

      • Quant+Math
      • Problem Solving Abilties
      • Probabiity
      • Internship Experience
      • Finance
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      Goldman Sachs Quant analyst interview

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      AnonymousFresherSelected
      Application
      I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for Quant analyst role at Goldman Sachs
      Interview Process
      Test Technical Interview Technical Interview Technical Interview
      Round 1

      Test

      Duration
      90 + 90 Minutes
      No. of Questions
      30objective+9ubjective questions
      Test Sections
      • Section 1: MCQ Objective - Math + Probability (10 ques), Computer Algorithms and Data Structure based (10 ques), Data Science Section(10 ques)
      • Section 2: Subjective Questions, 3 per section based on the above three divisions only
      Interview Experience
      The questions in the objective section for Maths + Probability were comparatively easy. If you have prepared well for quant related topics, you can do well in this section.
      As far as Data Structure section is concerned, it is necessary for you to score good in that part also, so do give equal importance to related study too. The third section, based on Data Science is generally very difficult, if seen from a non-CSE point of view. So, try scoring average in the algorithms, and really good in quant, to get through. One important point - all subjective papers are not considered. Consider objective as the first level of shortlisting, and then only people scoring well in objectives, are considered for subjective correction. So, performing well in objective is also necessary.
      The subjective section is comparatively tough. Three questions were asked, each in the above mentioned three sections. Again, third section seemed very vague to me ( as I was unable to solve any question in it :P ). I did descent in the first section, and pretty well in the quant section to get shortlisted.
      Interview Tips
      Rigorous study of quant stuff like Probability, and Combinatorics is very helpful. Questions are many a times Maths Olympiad level problems. So, practicing similar problems can be of great help. Do read concepts like Linear Algebra, Differential Equation, and other similar topics that are taught to us in our initial engineering years. It' necessary that you brush up these concepts, as questions might directly come based on finding the rank, solving some differential equation or conceptual application of eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
      Round 2

      Technical Interview

      Interview Questions
      • Question 1: Multiple questions - Questions are mostly interviewer specific
      Interview Experience
      I don't exactly remembered the question, but I had my first three interviews, immediately, one after the other, although lasting for a total of 45-50 minutes together. The questions tested concepts related to Probability (distributions and normal random variables in specific), a few basic concepts based on stationary distribution, and basic Algorithms and coding, so that they can make sure that I have some basic knowledge of coding, not thorough though. I had answered almost all, though I had faultered a bit in the coding part, and the interviewer helped me to figure out, where I was going wrong.
      Interview Tips
      Its good again, to be thorough with your quant section, as there will be nothing that will come out of the box. Although the questions will require you to think from the basics and use relevant concepts. Topics in Probability, such as conditional expectation are generally left out in basic probability courses and then not touched upon, so go through them in detail.
      Round 3

      Technical Interview

      Interview Questions
        Interview Experience
        An hour after the first three interviews, I had my fourth interview. I was asked a question based on probability, and a question based on Euclid's subtraction algorithm in this interview. I answered both, one with a bit of help though.
        Round 4

        Technical Interview

        Interview Questions
          Interview Experience
          I was again tested on my conceptual understanding of probability and conditional expectations, and fluency in coding and algorithm related problems. I was able to answer all the questions I faced in this interview.
          Interview Tips
          Same as before. Be sure to brush up your algorithms, and coding skills before the interview. (I was unable to solve the coding question in the first interview, only because I had forgotten, what traversals are :P). Go through the materials provided below, and stay confident in the interview. The people who sit on the other side of the table, are just like us, previous year IIT graduates, and they will never make you feel uncomfortable. As a result, I'd suggest not to feel uncomfortable at all, and be confident over whatever you have studied. They emphasize majorly on concepts and tech-related part. One last thing - Be thorough with your resume, almost every interviewer asked me questions related to my resume, and I answered them with ease, as I had prepared really well for the resume.
          Skills

          Skills Tested

          • Probability Concepts
          • Algorithms And Data Structures
          • Quant+Math
          Skill Tips
          Its good if you start going through the materials for the above topics, well in advance.
          Resources

          Preparation materials

          Books
          • 40 Puzzles In Mathematical Probability And Statistics,
          • Peter Winkler Puzzles Connoisseur Collection,
          • 50 Challenging Puzzles In Probability,
          • Heard On The Street,
          General Tips
          I would just say, that this is one of the companies, where it is not necessary for you to be a very high pointer to get in. Study well and perform well in the test, your resume does not matter much after that. You just have to go in the interview and stay consistent. The interviewers too, are very friendly and helpful, they are just IIT Alums only, and help you out really well with problems, if you get stuck in the interviews. So, just be strong with your concepts and problem solving skills. Do see questions like those mentioned on the cseblog, specially the ones under the head, probability. They were really helpful in developing a few concepts.



          Just be confident with your preparation, and trust yourself to the core. Self-belief and perseverance, were I guess, my key points to success.

          Motivation for applying
          Goldman Sachs is one of the best in the business, in its field. Since I always wanted to do something related to Maths in my life, except research, I decided to choose finance as the further career option. The best in the business seemed firms like Goldman Sachs, and WorldQuant, but CPI cutoff for WorldQuant was way above my CPI. So, Goldman Sachs seemed the last and the most suited option. (This was not my HR answer, please. A genuine 8-pointer answer it is :P )
          Funny Moments
          There were many:

          (a) I was very depressed late in the evening, and I was almost certain that I haven't been selected. I was so frustrated after this, that I had told my mom dad that I have not made it through, and I was all set to leave the interview venue. I had almost entered the lift, when I found that my name was being called out there by the company officials. I was selected! :)



          (b) I was so happy, listening to the news of my selection, that I did not listen for the next 2 minutes, what the person in front of me was telling me. He then asked me something in reply, and I was like, can you please repeat ? :P
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          Goldman Sachs Analyst interview

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          Hussain BharmalFresherSelected
          Application
          I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for Analyst role at Goldman Sachs
          Interview Process
          Test Technical Interview
          Round 1

          Test

          Duration
          180 Minutes
          Test Sections
          • Section 1: MCQ Objective: Probability+General Math (10Q), Algorithms and Data Structures(10Q), Core CS (5Q)-Optional for non CSE students.
          • Section 2: Subjective: Probability+General Math (4-5 Q), Algorithms and Data Structures(4-5 Q), Core CS (2-3 Q)-Optional for non CSE students.
          Interview Experience
          The first half is objective. I believe the candidates need to clear a bare minimum in each section in order for their subjective papers to be checked. After 75-90 minutes, the objectives are collected and the subjective papers are distributed (again 75-90 minutes long). Everyone is allowed to finish both papers. You're allowed to leave in the middle of the duration if you don't want to attempt any further. Disclaimer: This has been the format more or less in the last 2 placement rounds ('13 and '14). It may/may not change.
          Interview Tips
          The test is the most important part of getting an interview. People with very good CPI's and stellar resumes might not even get an interview if they don't do well in the test. The test is extremely conceptual and will grill one on the basics. Some resources which will help you to figure out the type of questions that can be asked: http://www.cseblog.com/



          http://ai.stanford.edu/~hdwang/puzzle.html



          http://gurmeet.net/puzzles/



          It would be advisable to take an algorithms and a probability class if you haven't studied them and want to do good in the test. MOOCs are also an option if you can't get a classroom course.
          Round 2

          Technical Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: 1. What is the probability that a person starting at 1 and who takes single steps ahead/back with equal probabilities reach 0 before 100?
          • Question 2: Variants of using random number generators/Monte Carlo Simulations to generate value of Pi and other quantities.
          Interview Experience
          All interviews had a highly technical component again based on my quanti skills. Whatever quanti based technical skills I'd mentioned on my resume were thoroughly grilled upon along with the questions/puzzles asked.



          HR was limited to tell me about yourself and why do you want to join the firm.
          Interview Tips
          1. Again a huge focus is on your tech skills (similar questions to the test), and:



          2. From what I've gathered so far, the firm is an extremely team oriented  place. So if they feel you lack the adequate communication and team skills, that translates to a no-go. I wasn't asked specifically about experiences I've had in teams and other PORs I've held, but you can be sure that they will have a look at it in your resume and will also judge you during the interview based on the way you explain your solution/thought process to them. There are always examples of people who are technically proficient but don't pass the (coarse IMO) filter of soft skills. So do work on them.
          Skills

          Skills Tested

          • Quant+Math
          General Tips
          Placement process is important if you want to get out in the business/non-academia world. Clean your slates of all extraneous rubbish before the semester begins as each and every day of the semester is important. Starting from resume, going to PPTs, figuring out your companies, practicing apti tests, sharpening tech skills, acquiring case prep skills, GDs, giving tests, preparing for interviews/HR and finally going for it in December. It's a jam packed roller coaster ride and you don't want to miss out on the fun by engaging with something not driving you towards your goal. The learning curve in this semester can be exponential if you commit to it and it is indeed a lot of fun. There might be a bit of physical stress due to the number of hours you will possibly be putting into the process, but make sure you stay out of pressures of any kind: self imposed or peers.
          Motivation for applying
          I love my math and want to work in a place where I get to use analytical/quanti skills everyday. Finance is a good place to do this as I was told by my seniors (Disclaimer: I have practically zero finance knowledge as of now). Also I want to work with the smartest and the most analytical people. GS ranked the highest on both the fronts according to me among the companies that hire from mechanical. I knew people working there before the placements who told me about their positive experiences over there. Plus, it is an elite institution with a lot of perks and good compensation.







          TL;DR: No-brainer.
          Funny Moments
          1. String of night outs for 7-10 days for putting up a good resume: Close friends sitting a room with microsoft word in front of them and getting existential crisis about what they've done in their life. Finally a week of polishing the resumes and reading them: Man, I think I've done a decent job in IIT.







          2. Last line of resume: avid fan of Led Zeppelin.







          3. Day 0, T minus 12 hours: Majorly flunked a mock interview with a friend as I realized that I'd spent the previous week on non conentional HR like 'which animal best represents you and why' and was struggling with my tell me about yourself basics. Sat for the next 5 hours cooking up and mugging the answers to the standard HR questions. These is how I fared:







          3. Towards the end of my very first interview (with a consulting firm):







          Int: Is there anything else you'd like to add?







          Me: My favorite band is Led Zeppelin. I really, really love their songs.







          Int: You got me there. (smiles).







          Got the next interview right after that with the same firm.







          4. In the next interview:







          Int: So what do you think a consultant does?







          Me:(I had decided the previous night to go ahead with this answer) A consultant is like Batman, and the clients are like commissioner Gordon. They flash the light when they're in trouble, and the consultant is always there when help is needed. They'll do they their job as quickly and efficiently as possible just like Batman. (I followed it up with the reasonable standard answer.)







          5. When the HR head of GS told me in the last interview that they were planning to put my name in the final hiring list and I said I'd be glad to accept that and wouldn't plan to go for any other firm if they're planning to do so:







          Me: So, should I stick around here now or am I free to go get my beer?







          Int: Go ahead and get your beer :)
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          Goldman Sachs Analyst interview

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          AnonymousFresherSelected
          Application
          I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Roorkee for Analyst role at Goldman Sachs
          Interview Process
          Test Technical Interview Technical Interview Technical Interview
          Round 1

          Test

          Test Sections
          • Section 1: Written Test: Mathematics, Algorithms and Data Structures, Programming were the major areas and few more subjects.
          Interview Experience
          If you are good at problem solving it's easy to crack the written test.
          Interview Tips
          Subjects better if you prefer to study from standard books and have a clear understanding of concepts.
          Round 2

          Technical Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: Questions were from Algorithms and Probability(probability distribution and expectations etc.), mathematical aptitude.
          Interview Experience
          If an interviewer is cool and very much interested to listen to you, then it's all about how easily you make him feel that you are the perfect candidate for them. Goldman Sachs interviewer are very cool and have a very good behavioral attitude. They are very interested to listen to you and at every moment they give you chance to prove yourself. It's up to you how you impress them.
          Interview Tips
          Feel interview like a techie discussion with your friend. Whatever you are thinking about say it loudly so that interviewer can listen what you are thinking. Better if you make it a discussion.
          Round 3

          Technical Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: Data Structures and Algorithms, Programming (language C/C++/JAVA, doesn't matter what language u know only they want to know how can u apply your concepts very well)
          Interview Experience
          Interviewer was very cool and very nice person.
          Round 4

          Technical Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: Question were related to projects mentioned in my resume. I felt in this round like previous rounds were too impressive that in this round they are likely to hire me.
          Interview Experience
          Interviewer was very cool and very nice person.
          Skills

          Skills Tested

          • Problem solving
          • Confidence
          • Truthfulness
          Skill Tips
          Before interview try to get cool. Get yourself away from the crowd, there shouldn't be any worries in your mind related to interview. More important believe on yourself that boosts your confidence.<br /> At the time of interview let the interview know your strength and the area in which you have mastery. Once interviewer gets into your domain then the day is yours.<br /> Note: Have strong faith on your skills. Because if you show your skills, it doesn't matter how worse is your CGPA, they will hire you. A guy with CGPA less than 5.5 can make it possible then why can't you!!<br /> For preparation always try to follow concepts from standard books. Never try to study from local authors.<br /> <br /> Confidence is also a major factor,Strongly Committed to face any kind of challenging problems and able to find some solution out of it. They test your approach of solving a particular question. Generally questions are tough.<br /> Truthfulness: Be honest if you already know the answer for question, do tell them. If you don't know much about some topic let them know because they never want to judge you on what you are not good. They will assess you only in the area you are comfortable with.
          Resources

          Preparation materials

          Books
          • Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen,
          • The Art of Computer Programming by Knuth (Only if you want in depth knowledge else don't try),
          General Tips
          Do what you love and Love what you do. That leaves no regrets and doubles your performance. Always be hopeful, never give up. Even if you have less CGPA (even 5.3 has also worked that were mine), be confident to give your best.
          Motivation for applying
          On one side Motivation comes from the Package offered by this company: Highest paying company along with Worldquant, Tower Research. I heard being a strats at Goldman Sachs is really tough task since they focus more on mathematical aptitude; probability, P&C etc. That motivates you to give your best efforts to see where do you stand in the world.

          Designing algorithms for solving challenging business problems is the job of strats, that's what attracted me more towards this company.
          Funny Moments
          (Round1)Interviewer: Why do you have consistent poor performance; 77%(10th), 67%(12th), 65%(B.E.), 5.3CGPA(M.Tech.)?

          Me: I don't study for marks, I study to learn the concepts and have feel of it. If I would have been wrong I wouldn't be here.

          (Round3)

          Interviewer: Introduce yourself !

          (I never tried to prepare for such interview questions but at that instant what came out from my mouth was surprising for me)

          Me: Sir, I am Praveen Jharbade, pursuing MTech in CSE from IIT Roorkee and I love numbers. I am a big fan of Srinivasa Ramanujan. If you will give me a series I can tell you the hidden patterns inside that series.

          (In the end Interviewer was in doubt if I was inclined towards research or working in Industry)

          Interviewer: Where do you want to see yourself in future; going for higher studies or in Industry?(Not exact question. I felt he meant to ask this)

          Me: Sir, if I would have told you that I love Cricket you wouldn't ask this question. Sir, I love numbers and in my spare time I used to play with numbers and series.

          Finally I would say 3 rounds taken by 3 different interviewer and I can say they are the awesome people and of course genius. I would say it would be my great pleasure to work under their supervision.
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          Goldman Sachs Analyst interview

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          AnonymousFresherSelected
          Application
          I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Analyst role at Goldman Sachs
          Interview Process
          Test Interview Interview Interview
          Round 1

          Test

          Duration
          180 Minutes
          No. of Questions
          60+60+60 questions
          Test Sections
          • Section 1: Mathematics
          • Section 2: Algorithms
          • Section 3: Computer Networks
          Interview Experience
          1. It was 3 hours test with three 'subjective' sections of one hour each.
          2. The first section was mathematics, comprising of Probability Statistics and Linear Algebra. Apparently, one of the sum was from one of the previous IMO papers. All the sums were more or less pretty theoretical and high level.
          3. The second section was algorithms, which is where I performed best, since I was taking the Data Structures and Algorithms course that semester.
          4. The third section was on computer networks which was mainly targeted at the CSE junta and not meant for us.
          Round 2

          Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: Resume-based questions
          • Question 2: Intern-based questions
          • Question 3: General questions on courses and my interest in finance
          • Question 4: Why are gold prices increasing and why are US treasury bonds still valuable?
          • Question 5: Discussion about Euro crisis
          Interview Experience
          1. It lasted for 20-30 minutes.
          2. This was my first interview of the day. It started off with a discussion of my resume, especially of my work at DB, and the interviewer even told me about how they do something quite similar in their team.
          3. He asked me about my courses and my interest in finance.
          4. The discussion then moved towards finance and we discussed questions like why are gold prices increasing and why are US treasury bonds still valuable and also about the Euro crisis.
          5. I call it a discussion because although it would start off with a question the interviewer would pose for me, very soon it would end up being an interesting discussion with each of us putting in our opinion and views and new facts. It was a very jovial interview.
          Round 3

          Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: Advanced level questions on C++
          • Question 2: If you are asked to play a game where you toss a fair coin again and again until you get consecutive heads and win Re. 1 or you get consecutive tails and lose and quit, how much will you be willing to pay to play this game?
          Interview Experience
          1. This was supposed to be a more technical interview to test my coding and mathematical skills.
          2. The interviewer asked me if I knew C++. I told him that I had done it back in my high school days, so might be a little rusty but will definitely try.
          3. He started off with an easy question on derived classes and their objects. Soon the code became more and more complicated, involving abstract classes, virtual functions, copy constructors etc.
          4. However, thankfully I was able to answer at every step, sometimes of course with a little nudge from him.
          5. Later in second question, he modified the question by making it an unfair coin. He taught me how to draw a state diagram, and using that I was easily able to reach the answer.
          6. After this I had left for the BCG ordeal so had been unable to come back for my third interview that they kept calling me for. I finally came back to meet them after giving my 1st round interview at Credit Suisse. I was asked about my job preferences and if I was really interested in joining GS.
          7. After I assured them that GS is indeed my dream company they let me know that all of them were pretty impressed with me and in other ways subtly hinted at the good news. When I came out of that room, my prior two interviewers came over to chat with me. We moved into another room and had a long chat about their plans for the India office of GS, the new teams they were planning to build etc. One of them gave me his business card, asking me to give him a call if I had any more questions.
          Round 4

          Interview

          Interview Questions
            Skills

            Skills Tested

              General Tips
              1. I really wanted to get into Goldman Sachs so I started reading the Financial Express on the side, and practicing probability problems from “50 challenging problems in probability”, a book suggested by one of the alums in investment banking.

              2. The preparation for CAT had taken care of my aptitude test preparation so I did not have to worry much about that any longer.

              3. I didn't have to worry about Group Discussions because not too many companies open for BSBE conducted GD’s.

              4. I had left the last week after my endsems ended and before placements began for the main preparation for HR although I did make a list of questions and jotted down some points for the answers of each of them beforehand.

              5. Initially, I would practice around 3 case studies a week, with my batchmates in GH, in a group of 4. We would meet at night whenever possible and each one would solve one case study each while another person posed as the interviewer, usually from the book “Case in Point” but sometimes also from other sources like the IIMA Case Book, the Wharton Business School Case book and the cases that had come in previous years’ problems which we found in SPO’s Case book.

              6. In later days, especially during endsems, we took to meeting in mixed random groups among the BCG shortlisted people for similar case practice sessions, and I ended up having done around 20 case studies before placements started.

              7. Once the shortlist for Goldman Sachs came out, which was 2 days before the placements, I also read up a little on dynamic programming which I knew nothing about.

              8. In the last week before placements I structured my HR answers and learnt by heart the main points so that I don’t miss any when answering, but not the language because I believed spontaneity is a must to excel in HR interviews.
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              Goldman Sachs Analyst interview

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              Raaz DwivediFresherSelected
              Application
              I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for Analyst role at Goldman Sachs
              Interview Process
              Resume Shortlist Test HR Interview Technical Interview
              Round 1

              Resume Shortlist

              Interview Tips
              A Good Resume is the one with a clear message in one glance. One usually doesn't have much time go through the specifics. Also, most of the resumes look more or less the same if you start reading thoroughly. So what distinguishes you is how much you can convey to a third person in one glance. However a crucial point that one needs to keep in mind is - The third person may be an IITian or may be not. So your resume needs to be optimally elaborate and detailed. Good at glance and not boring with details.
              Round 2

              Test

              Test Sections
                Interview Experience
                I screwed up GS's test but I guess my CPI and resume lured them to shortlist me for interview.Various tests aim at identifying different skill sets. And each skill set testing needs different approach and different preparation material and style. Also, not all tests are actually looking for excellent performers. So sometimes you might be surprised to see not so good performers being preferred over the best ones
                Round 3

                HR Interview

                Interview Questions
                • Question 1: Walk me through your resume
                • Question 2: discussion on my CPI, future plans and about work and culture at GS.
                Round 4

                Technical Interview

                Interview Questions
                • Question 1: Discussion about a course Project related to guaranteed funds.
                • Question 2: How good am I at programming?
                • Question 3: Questions on Fourier Transform and Fixed points.
                • Question 4: Efficient algorithms on calculating Fibonacci’s Sequence.
                • Question 5: Different efficient ways to implement product and summation of n numbers. And limitations
                • Question 6: Find integer solutions of x^y=y^x.
                Interview Tips
                Keep calm during all tests. No need to panic after seeing unfavourable results. It's just the beginning of an entirely new world. For preparation, begin well in advance. Take as light load as possible in your placement semester. Talk to seniors and the placed ones about the preparation style for various skill sets. There are several great books on most of the skill set, and just like JEE if you spend quality time on a book on a particular skill set you are likely to do well.For your core jobs preparation, you need to revise your basic concepts and prepare specifically for various areas that you are mostly interested in. For example, in EE, you can have a look at various job roles - system designing, power systems, device and circuits, communication, computer vision and image processing etc, which companies have come in the past for what kind of roles. And what were there expectations from the candidates.
                Skills

                Skills Tested

                  General Tips
                  There are many things that I would like to convey to the students regarding the placement process.On the preparation side, one must give his best - visit websites, read blogs, attend presentations and various related sessions, ask seniors who have been placed, talk to anyone who you think can provide some help. These practices will give you enormous data - and your job is to filter and use it wisely,at your own discretion. Read relevant material from books and internet,practice problems and tests, do mock interviews and GDs with your friends,prepare your resume well - in short – do what is to be done. Depending on jobprofiles that you target, the preparation keeps varying, ask around and workhard.With that being said, I would like to say that placement is not simply aboutmerit - independent of whether you appreciate this fact or not. Variouscompanies value compatibility over the merit of the student (which isquite logical thing to do!) and sometimes you may under-qualify and sometimes over-qualifyon those standards - and rarely will you be just at an optimal level.Consequently, many results(in fact most, to be even more precise all except one)will not go in your favour - either accept them or challenge them (if you thinkyou have been denied of something that you truly deserve) but never loseyour heart - this is simply a welcome song to the real world. In the longrun, this short and (most likely a difficult and) tough experience willprove to be one of the most memorable and a great learning experience.In a nut shell "Keep Calm and Give your Best! - Karm karte raho, fal kichinta mat karo."
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                  Goldman Sachs Software engineer interview

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                  Sachin AglaveFresherSelected
                  Application
                  I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Guwahati for Software engineer role at Goldman Sachs
                  Interview Process
                  Resume Shortlist Test Problem Statement Interview
                  Round 1

                  Resume Shortlist

                  Interview Experience
                  No CPI cut off and It was open for all departments.
                  Round 2

                  Test

                  Duration
                  180 Minutes
                  Test Sections
                  • Section 1: Multiple choice questions
                  • Section 2: Subjective
                  Interview Experience
                  In muliple choice question Mostly questions were base on maths, probability, c programs, algorithms, Systems. If you are prepared then Questions were not that much tough. Keep strong concepts of Operating systems. For subjective part, Some problems were from maths proofs, some were from probability, some were from algo. We had to write algorithms. etc
                  Round 3

                  Problem Statement

                  Interview Experience
                  Questions were doable.
                  Round 4

                  Interview

                  Interview Questions
                  • Question 1: Tell me about your internship, B.Tech project(BTP), CV
                  • Question 2: Implement LRU cache.
                  • Question 3: what is virtual memory? Will we need virtual memory even if we have infinite amount of RAM?
                  • Question 4: Given an array, Find out maximum length of subarray where max of subarray <= 2*min of subarray
                  Interview Experience
                  Everyone was cool, They made me feel comfortable and then started asking questions.
                  Interview Tips
                  If you have good rank in online coding competition, do mention it in CV.Most of the students think that GS asks only probability-puzzles. They did not asked me any question on probability or puzzle. Everything they asked was based on Algorithms problems and Operating system. I think it depends on team for which they are hiring. Most important point is don’t lose hope because you have low CPI or you are not good at something. Keep Operating systems fundamental concepts strong.
                  Skills

                  Skills Tested

                  • Coding Skills
                  • Operating Systems
                  • Problem solving skills
                  Skill Tips
                  Keep your OS fundamentals strong. To improve codgin skills practice as many problems as you can. Regularly participate in online coding competitions it really helps to solve or approach any new problem. Many time instead of correct answer the approach to solve the problems is very important. How you think, How you approach the problem is checked in interview.
                  Resources

                  Preparation materials

                  Books
                  • Operating systems Concepts. ,
                  • Introduction to Algorithms,
                  • Coding Interview questions by Karumanchi,
                  Videos
                  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaA0vFKt-ew&list=PLLDC70psjvq5hIT0kfr1sirNuees0NIbG,
                  General Tips
                  We should balance in Placement and Compititive online coding. Keep in mind Placements and Compititive online coding are some what different things. Keep on improving our mistakes on daily basis. I would strongly suggest you to do introspection daily it will help you to find out your weaknesses and strong points, where we are going wrong etc. There are two thing on which we shoud focus.1. Preparation (I have told everything requered for preparation).2. Get output of all hard work. How to keep our mind on 100% output while the actual exam(placement).For this, I used to go for physical exercise daily in the morning and medidate for 20-30 minutes. Along with exercise i used to do Sudarshan Kriya(Art of Living). Meditation has lot of power :).
                  Motivation for applying
                  The name GS itself enogh for motivation.
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                  Goldman Sachs interview

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                  AnonymousFresherSelected
                  Application
                  I was interviewed on-campus at NIT Warangal for Goldman Sachs
                  Interview Process
                  Test Group Discussion Technical Interview HR Interview
                  Round 1

                  Test

                  Test Sections
                    Interview Experience
                    The aptitude test consisted of mostly quant and reasoning questions and a couple of programming questions. There was a a writing question after this on: "Why do I want to work for GS"? One must be prepared with an answer for this question in some form or the other because this came up in an interview later as well.
                    The level of the apti was pretty easy, but a decent solving speed is recommended.
                    Interview Tips
                    A basic knowledge of C was enough to tackle the programming questions. Try to keep the codes shorter and more efficient, that works in your favour. Don't write rubbish codes as we were asked in the interviews to explain our apti codes.
                    Round 2

                    Group Discussion

                    Group Discussion Topic
                    Determine captain/vice-captain from 6 profiles
                    Interview Experience
                    There were profiles of 6 individuals given, and the scenario was that a ship has sunk and these 6 get into a lifeboat.
                    We as a group had to determine who was the most suitable to be the captain and the vice-captain. The profiles were quite different: corporate executive, sailor, teacher, etc. In the end we decided upon the executive as the
                    captain and the sailor as vice captain. The decision wasn't unanimous though, and some people still had different views.
                    This GD was really tough because we had around 11-12 people of which around 6-7 people were all very active participants. Everyone wanted to speak all the time throughout the half hour, rather chaotic stuff. Honestly, I don't quite know what approach to follow in such a GD. But opportunities to speak come few and far between and these must be grabbed as much as possible without appearing too dominant. It is very easy to become a spectator in such a GD and this must be avoided.
                    Interview Tips
                    It helps (i think, although you might want to confirm this elsewhere) if you give helpful suggestions like going one-by-one through the group and taking everyone's views.
                    Grab chances to speak in the GD. Don't start fighting with another person/don't slam another person's arguments forcefully. Use tact and avoid antagonizing people.
                    Round 3

                    Technical Interview

                    Interview Questions
                      Interview Experience
                      The technical interviews were a mixture of puzzles and programming problems. Firstly the programming questions from the aptitude test were repeated and I was asked to explain the logic again and shorten it.
                      Some puzzles I encountered were: i) there's a gold bar with 6 markings dividing it into 7 equal parts. You are allowed to make 2 cuts anywhere on those markings (dividing bar into 3 parts) and you have to pay a servant an
                      equal amount of gold for 7 days. Solution: You cut at the 1st and 3rd markings, diving it into 3 parts of size-1, size-2 and size-4 (totally 7). First day you give him 1 part, next day give him the size-2 part and take back the 1st part (binary scheme: 001 010 011 etc).
                      ii) A creeper is wrapped around a cylindrical tree spirally from the bottom to the top. Given dimensions of cylinder, find the length of creeper. Soln: unroll the cylinder to a rectangle with sides as height and circumference of cylinder. creeper is diagonal.
                      Programming questions were pretty straightforward like code to find the no. of instances of a word in a file etc.
                      I was also asked a question in microprocessors (since I'm in ece). I was asked to describe the 8086 memory system and the ram's electronic structure down to the logic gate level.
                      Round 4

                      HR Interview

                      Interview Questions
                        Interview Experience
                        In the HR interview they were basically looking to see whether you can be a team player and whether you'll fit in over there. Questions were about why I thought I was suitable for the job, did I have experience of working in a
                        team before, why did want this particular job, my interests and hobbies, where did i see myself in the future etc. Working for club/fest activities etc can be highlighted as can be any other non-technical skills that may be useful like knowledge of foreign languages(i used this one) etc.
                        In another interview I was given a scenario in the workplace wherein some software develops a bug and I was expected to answer what I would do in the situation. I didn't really understand what answer was expected from this
                        so I said I'd send the software back to the development team (this wasn't the answer, this would take too long).
                        There was an emphasis on teamwork right throughout the selection process
                        Interview Tips
                        Be comfortable in your own skin and confident and cheerful in your HR interview
                        Skills

                        Skills Tested

                        • C
                        • DS
                        Resources

                        Preparation materials

                        Books
                        • Kanetkar's books (for C),
                        General Tips
                        - Brush up your C from Kanetkar's books, they're pretty useful. DS too, but nothing fancy, just the basic stuff.

                        - Familiarise yourself with the puzzles that're asked in interviews generally. They're often repeated.
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                        Goldman Sachs Anaylst interview

                        11.4k views
                        Aviral JainFresherSelected
                        Application
                        I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Varanasi for Anaylst role at Goldman Sachs
                        Interview Process
                        Resume Shortlist Test Technical Interview Puzzle Interview Other Interview HR Interview
                        Round 1

                        Resume Shortlist

                        Interview Experience
                        You need to have a cgpa above 8.00 to be eligible for the written rounds of GS
                        Interview Tips
                        For every college there is a cgpa cutoff
                        Study well you can clear it with ease.
                        Round 2

                        Test

                        Duration
                        1+1 hr Minutes
                        No. of Questions
                        objective+subjective questions
                        Test Sections
                        • Section 1: obective(4 sections ,15 questions each)
                        • Section 2: subjective(about 5-10 sections)
                        Interview Experience
                        For objective we had 4 sections maths,coding,aptitute,probability each had 15 questions which had majorly tough questions

                        For subjective round they have 5-10 sections but tine was lwss so you could attempt only 2-4 sections, sections were based on networking , coding ,maths , probability and so on
                        Interview Tips
                        For objective section study well and attempt as much as you can because most of the questions will go above your head

                        For subjective choose you sections wisely and attempt accordingly
                        Round 3

                        Technical Interview

                        Interview Questions
                          Interview Experience
                          Questions asked were of average toughness, some that i remember are
                          Stock buy and sell and its variation
                          Some questions of array,trees
                          Some normal agorithms and data structure questions
                          Interview Tips
                          Be calm think wisely the level of questions would be moderate you just have to give the approach
                          Round 4

                          Puzzle Interview

                          Interview Questions
                            Interview Experience
                            Some puzzles such as weighing puzzles and so were asked that can be easily found on internet toughness was moderate
                            Interview Tips
                            Think and answer and if you are unable try to get hints asking some queations
                            Round 5

                            Other Interview

                            Interview Questions
                              Interview Experience
                              Maths questions based on probability distribution, graphs , eigen values and vectors, expectation value and such things were asked
                              Interview Tips
                              Be confident and prepare some topics of maths, toughness level was good and i have to derive some formulas there
                              Round 6

                              HR Interview

                              Interview Questions
                                Interview Experience
                                Asked about my previous projects and asked me.to explain them in details
                                Gave stress on points in my resumes and asked about it
                                And launguages that i have worked on and told the work that is done in their team
                                Interview Tips
                                Prepare the points in your resume well
                                Skills

                                Skills Tested

                                • maths
                                • aptitude
                                • coding
                                • projects done
                                • networking
                                • algorithms
                                Skill Tips
                                Prepare before hand for GS as it has a tough selection process
                                Resources

                                Preparation materials

                                Books
                                • obejtive c/cpp,
                                • cormen for algorithms,
                                General Tips
                                Shortlisting on the basis of CGPA, tough objective round , tough interviews

                                Overall tough selection process
                                Motivation for applying
                                Package ofcourse and the opportunities they offer
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