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Housing Software engineer interview

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Som BoseFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kharagpur for Software engineer role at Housing
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Technical Interview Technical Interview Technical Interview Technical Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
I dont really know what special I did. I just put some start up internship ahead of interns in two well established companies and mentioned my web based projects.
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Given a BST and two positions in a bst exchanged to give a violation in bst rule. Find the two elements and exchange them. Corner case to be considered is that root can also be a node which id exchanged.
  • Question 2: Design a system for Bookmyshow.com. When we book seats we the seats must be locked till the time payment gateway is reached. Also consider no payment done and payment failures. This is a question on state machines and transaction management acc to me. Still verify not sure
  • Question 3: Given a set of n steps. A person can climb one or two steps at a time. Find the number of ways in which one can reach the nth step. (Easy stuff.. I probably wasn't doing good by this time)
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Given an array a1, a2...an. Find all pairs such that ai>aj having i<j. (nlogn solution)
  • Question 2: Given many pairs intervals with their start and end. Find the maximum interval which intersects the maximum number of intervals. Look for corner cases again!
  • Question 3: There was one easy string question.. Dont remember.something on trie data structure
  • Question 4: Given a string (say alpha) and a dictionary database from where I can find if a word is present in the dictionary by a O(1) time look up. Find if there exists a path from the root word(aplha) to leaf node having a single letter such that a child is formed by removing one letter at a time such that each word intermediately formed is also in the dictionery. Eg. If there is a path aplha->plha->pha->pa->a. And all the nodes are in dictionery. Dynamic programming solution exists.
  • Question 5: Implement an auto suggest in search engine. Like for google when u type max say maximum must be suggested in drop down. This is a problem on Information Retrieval.
Round 4

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Easy one. How to make a linked list with for a number like 12345 must be stored in linked list as 1->2->3->4->5.
  • Question 2: I dont remember again a question. Was on strings again :P. But easy
  • Question 3: Implement a ctlr+f (find) functionality in a file. Make a data structure for this implementation.
  • Question 4: Given two sorted arrays find of size n and m. The n sized array has m spaces empty at the end. Code to merge these to arrays in single pass O(n+m).
Round 5

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Given a binary tree. Code to have each node point to the next node in the same level. Last element in the level must point to NULL.
  • Question 2: Make a set of all nodes that can occur in any path from a source to a destination in both directed as well as undirected graph. Note that a node can be visited any number of times not necessarily only once.
  • Question 3: Given two sides of a river having the same cities labeled in characters. Bridges are to be drawn from one side to another that can connect the same labels but the bridges shudnt cross each other. Find the max no of bridges that can be connected. Eg Side 1: A B C D Side 2: D C A B So bridges connecting A to A etc need to be made. But when A to A is connected above D to D is not possible. Dynamic programming solution exists.
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Algorithms
  • Systems
Skill Tips
Be clear with your basics
General Tips
Make a cv which is appealing, and highlight some key things regarding web development or algorithms or system development
Motivation for applying
Interest in Software Engineering
Funny Moments
They started speaking in Hindi after a while. It was very friendly.
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Housing Devops interview

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SWAPNIL RASTOGIExperiencedSelected
Application
I Applied for job through Referral for Devops role at Housing
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Technical Interview Technical Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
I was referred by a friend already working at Housing.com.
Interview Tips
I find it best to keep yourself updated with what other people with same job profile are doing. That way you can learn new things and make it shine on your resume even if you have no work ex on the same.
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: How will you kill all java process in one command ?
  • Question 2: How will you monitor file change in linux ?
  • Question 3: What is a process in linux ?
  • Question 4: How does a linux boot ?
  • Question 5: Given a file with random content, could you find out all the phone numbers ?
Interview Experience
First round was skype based technical interview.
You are connected through screen on the terminal and basic to advanced shell scripting is asked.
They will ask basic to advanced shell commands, some shell scripting tasks and about linux kernel.
Interview Tips
You have to be really sure in a skype interview that you know the question being asked, as you can't take much time.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Usecase for chef and why do you need it ?
  • Question 2: Ruby program to find out if a directory exists and you write permissions to it ?
  • Question 3: How would you optimise a given sql query ?
Interview Experience
This round was also on skype.
This round was more DevOps tools oriented and language programming.
They asked me about Chef, Ansible and some other tools used for configuration management and deployment.
They ask if your familiar with AWS and other cloud services.
Also you will get to show that you can code in any scripting languages like ruby or python.
Also some database related things.
Interview Tips
Only mention the tools you really know inside out in the resume.
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Confidence
  • Database
  • Programming
  • Linux
General Tips
You should be updated with whats going on with latest devops developments.

Motivation for applying
My motivation was to learn scalability on things as its a big platform with millions of users for mobile and web app.
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Housing Assistant manager operations interview

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Pulijala LavanyaFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Assistant manager operations role at Housing
Interview Process
Test Case Study Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
45 Minutes
Test Sections
    Interview Experience
    35 questions were asked most of which were based on data interpretation and analytics which did not require speedy math skill. On the whole the test was comparatively tough.
    Round 2

    Case Study Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Tell me about yourself?
    • Question 2: Why did you apply for a consult company?
    Interview Experience
    A scenario/case was given where the company had to expand to different countries(USA/Dubai/Africa) I had to choose thecountry and justify as to why I chose the country and also answer as to how I would go about doing it. It was not a stress interview.
    Round 3

    HR Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Tell me about yourself?
    • Question 2: What is what?
    • Question 3: What is is?
    • Question 4: Estimate the money spent in rental housing in Bombay for 1BHK and 2 BHK apartments?
    • Question 5: Theory behind the movie interstellar?
    Interview Experience
    Interview began with basic question also other basic science questions were asked, then theyasked me about my internships. Further guess estimate questions were asked, In all the questions there was no right answer they simply wanted to test as to how I tackled a problem.
    Skills

    Skills Tested

    • Analytical
    • Creativity
    • Spontaneity
    • Calculation Skills
    • Mathematics
    Skill Tips
    How much do you know about the company and how you can relate a question to the company. Being inquisitive in the interview helped. Preparations involved preparing for HR questions in advance,solving standard puzzles,being updated about daily affairs watching Victor Cheng videos(for consulting). Also it is advisable to be thorough of all the points on one's resume.
    Resources

    Preparation materials

    Books
    • Case and Point,
    • Heard on the street,
    • 64 HR questions,
    • Harvard Business Cases,
    • Comprehensive Approach for Chemical Engineering,
    • CAT materials,
    • TIME materials,
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    Housing Sde (software development engineer) interview

    3.7k views
    Devvarat MeenaFresherSelected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Sde (software development engineer) role at Housing
    Interview Process
    technical interview Technical Interview
    Round 1

    technical interview

    Interview Experience
    My first interview was held at 9 PM. First round : It was first interview after oral test in school, so you can understand the situation. But the interviewers were people of age between 25-27, as I entered the room he started talking like an IITK-senior. He started with friendly chit-chat and then shifted to asking about my resume and other questions.

    Questions :
    1. Algorithm to retain median of an integer stream.
    2. There is a river and there are stations with same station no. on both side of the river. A bridge can be build between the stations with same station no. and two bridges shouldn't cross each-other. Given a configuration of the river and stations give and algorithm to print maximum no bridges that can be build.
    Round 2

    Technical Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Given names of some places( in a locality) with longitude, latitude mark the boundary of the locality.
    • Question 2: Given a square area of 1024x1024 on a map with some flats (housing mentality :P) with their location (x,y) and visibility index (~price or value). You have to show every flat with a square of 32x32 in the map.
    Skills

    Skills Tested

      General Tips
      Do’s :

      1. Set you priorities for core and non-core first and prepare accordingly.

      2. If you preparing for core companies than start coding as soon as possible. Almost every company shortlist through online coding tests. Only getting better at coding is enough to get a good job.

      3. Good CPI in important if you are aiming to get a job in 1st day 1st slot companies.

      4. Go through your course projects that you mentioned in resume.

      5. You are expected to have basic knowledge of OS, Networks, C, Databases.





      Final Tips :

      1. Start preparing ASAP ( summers at-lest )

      2. Coding is must.

      3. Interviewers are nice people, they are there to help you so don’t get nervous, and keep clam.

      4. Always clarify the problem with interviewers until you understand the complete problem. While solving always speak loudly let your interviewer know what you are thinking, if you are going in wrong direction he will certainly help you and will give you hints.

      5. Don’t lose hope if your CPI is low, just work hard and you will overcome the disadvantage of lower CPI.
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      Housing Software developer interview

      3.3k views
      Ankit SilaichFresherSelected
      Application
      I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Software developer role at Housing
      Interview Process
      Resume Shortlist
      Round 1

      Resume Shortlist

      Interview Experience
      My resume included 12 websites which I have produced during my four years and also reflected some back-end skills.

      I was shortlisted in last 55 students for the software developer profile.
      Interview Tips
      If you are targeting the front-end or back-end profile, then include your projects in the resume.For the front end profile you should have knowledge of intermediate javascript and MVC frameworks.
      Skills

      Skills Tested

      • javascript
      • angular.js
      • backbone.js
      • jquery
      • html
      • css
      • php
      General Tips
      Revise all your material and basic concept of front-end skills to crack the interview round. You should be able to deliver on basic concepts. Questions at interview are a bit tricky, as they don't ask the simpler ones.
      Motivation for applying
      Housing is a fast growing startup and for someone like me, it's a dream come true.
      Funny Moments
      They don't consider the CPI during the shortlisting if you have done significant work in that profile. I was selected in housing at 5.2 CPI and I have also answered  many questions incorrectly. The interview process is very classy and you will enjoy it :)
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      Housing Regional operations manager interview

      3.3k views
      NikhilExperiencedSelected
      Application
      I Applied for job through Referral for Regional operations manager role at Housing
      Interview Process
      Behavioural Interview Guesstimate Interview
      Round 1

      Behavioural Interview

      Interview Questions
      • Question 1: What did you do since passing out from college?
      • Question 2: Why do you think, you would fit in the role?
      • Question 3: What exactly were your responsibilities in your previous job?
      Interview Experience
      1.It was cool, friendly and to the point. He was trying to understand, where I was coming from and if there is a fit both culturally and skill wise.
      2.Was given two case studies and was asked to present solutions in the next round.
      Interview Tips
      1. Keep it straight
      2.Be confident and encourage the interviewer to barge in between if he wants to
      3.Get to know the role in and out by asking questions.
      Round 2

      Guesstimate Interview

      Interview Questions
      • Question 1: What are the revenue sources of Airtel and arrive at an approximate figure for it?
      • Question 2: Calculate revenue of the government electricity board of Maharastra.
      Interview Experience
      1. Allowed me to take my time to figure out the right path.
      2. Bring your thoughts aloud, this might help you get in right direction, in case you are going wrong.
      Interview Tips
      Try to choose a way in which you are confident.
      Better, if you do not quote random stuff
      Skills

      Skills Tested

      • Business Analysis
      • Operations
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      Housing Associate product manager interview

      3.2k views
      E Sai Tejo Kiran FresherSelected
      Application
      I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Associate product manager role at Housing
      Interview Process
      Resume Shortlist Technical Interview Other Interview
      Round 1

      Resume Shortlist

      Interview Experience
      For Product management, I highlighted points in my resume. Sponsorship and PR core worked in my favour.
      Round 2

      Technical Interview

      Interview Questions
      • Question 1: What was my favorite product?
      • Question 2: Give examples of good products and bad products.
      • Question 3: if good, why is it good? And if bad, what can be done to make it better?
      Interview Experience
      It lasted for about 45 minutes. He basically tested my knowledge on product management. He asked my questions on marketing, growth, demographic penetration.
      Round 3

      Other Interview

      Interview Experience
      Second interview was basically a follow up, lasted for almost an hour. He tested me on my consistency and some guesstimates. Like estimate the number of mobile internet users of Quora (which was my favorite product/service)
      Interview Tips
      Knowledge wasn’t tested as such in any field. Important skill was estimation/prediction.

      In the second interview, he followed up on questions from the first interview, so he tested me on my consistency. Consistency is very important!!
      Skills

      Skills Tested

        General Tips
        Do's: If you have a project of your own that would work in your favor. Do many side projects.



        Don't's: don't put gen start-ups. You will have to justify those







        Practice Quant much earlier. It sets the base for the placement scene. Practice up. Other than that, keep doing the stuff your BC sends. I think that's sufficient. I think reading Economic Times might also help.







        First year guys would be free. They should explore a lot of things. The second year, select the option you would want to pursue. Third year, start prioritizing.
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        Housing Business engagement & strategy associate interview

        3.3k views
        Yashneeil SinghFresherSelected
        Application
        I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kharagpur for Business engagement & strategy associate role at Housing
        Interview Process
        Resume Shortlist Case Study Interview Case Study Interview
        Round 1

        Resume Shortlist

        Interview Experience
        Well rounded CV is required and an experience in consulting is a plus point
        Round 2

        Case Study Interview

        Interview Questions
        • Question 1: Pricing of a product
        • Question 2: Guesstimate
        Interview Experience
        The interviewer was quite friendly and it was more like a conversation rather than an interview. Focus was more on the approach and the structure.
        Interview Tips
        Practice India specific cases and guesstimates
        Round 3

        Case Study Interview

        Interview Questions
        • Question 1: Sales force optimization
        Interview Experience
        Good experience, again focus was on the structure and in this round the numbers were also important. The case given was a long one and had a guesstimation within it. A few questions about certain CV points were also discussed.
        Interview Tips
        practice long cases and also math which goes with it
        Skills

        Skills Tested

        • case study
        Skill Tips
        practice cases with a friend rather than just reading them
        Resources

        Preparation materials

        Books
        • victor cheng,
        General Tips
        Practice a lot of cases with a friend, be calm and think out loud and also focus on the structure and the underlying logic more than the numbers
        Motivation for applying
        high growth firm with lot of responsibilities given even to new employees
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        Housing Ux/ui designer interview

        2.9k views
        Shweta NairFresherSelected
        Application
        I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Ux/ui designer role at Housing
        Interview Process
        Resume Shortlist TASK COMPLETION INTERVIEW
        Round 1

        Resume Shortlist

        Round 2

        TASK COMPLETION

        Round 3

        INTERVIEW

        Interview Experience
        My interview went on for about 1.2 hours.
        It was the first interview I was giving in my life, and it couldn’t have been better. Before entering I had made up my mind that no matter what, I wouldn’t get nervous because I didn’t need to.
        Skills

        Skills Tested

          General Tips
          Do’s and Don’ts :

          - Do not try to be someone else during the interview. Because the person sitting on the other side

          has the ability to figure it out in a jiffy.

          - In your portfolio, please put only those things that you are proud of. You don’t have to show

          everything under the sun that you have done. Your master resume is there for that. Your portfolio is

          just to show your best work to them.

          - Be confident about whatever you say inside the interview room.

          - Try working on your portfolio by mid-august so that by the time the SPO asks for your portfolio, you would’ve had the time to make 3-4 iterations on your final one.
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          Housing Software engineer interview

          3.6k views
          Ritesh KumarFresherSelected
          Application
          I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Roorkee for Software engineer role at Housing
          Interview Process
          Resume Shortlist Interview Interview
          Round 1

          Resume Shortlist

          Interview Experience
          The shortlist was based on resume (mainly on projects and knowledge/not much focus on CGPA).
          Round 2

          Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: Use of position relative,absolute,fixed and static
          • Question 2: AngularJS related questions(basic)
          • Question 3: SASS,Susy,Jade,npm,grunt,gulp,yeoman,LibSASS (just basic knowledge about them)
          • Question 4: Sockets vs Ajax
          • Question 5: Why use node?
          • Question 6: Javascript(Closures,Prototypes,Function/variable hoisting,Function expression vs function declaration,prototypal inheritance,modular pattern,JSONP,this)
          Round 3

          Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: How the server works?
          • Question 2: 2 puzzles(josephus and 10 bags with 10 coins each).
          • Question 3: NodeJS
          Skills

          Skills Tested

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