Target Corporation Software engineer interview
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for Software engineer role at Target Corporation
Resume Shortlist Test Puzzle Interview Technical Interview HR Interview
Resume shortlist was CPI cutoff based mostly.
Highlight all your strong points in the resume and don't forget to make different resumes for different profiles you are targeting. Other than that, your resume is what you make of it in your 4 or 5 years of your stay here!
- Section 1: Aptitude
- Section 2: Coding
The test was common for software analyst as well as business analyst profile. So that was sort of a drawback for the people targeting business analyst profile. But most of the coding questions were easily solvable and required little knowledge of coding.
Just try to improve your aptitude skills and freshen up some basic C++ concepts - very basic ones. You'll do great!
Though I am not able to recall the puzzles asked, but they were moderate in difficulty level, plus the interviewers were helping a lot and were very friendly
Practice some basic puzzles, mostly the ones asked for coding interviews (you can search them online). Keep your calm and think thoroughly. Also, don't hesitate to ask for help whenever required. They would love to offer help more than you would like to get!
- Question 1: What factors can you think of which will determine the pricing of product on our e-retail website?
- Question 2: We add a lot of products and their descriptions on a laptop webpage, it will get too cluttered if we try the same for a mobile app. What things can be done differently for a webpage on mobile app?
- Question 3: Which scrolling option is the best for e-retail websites? Vertical scrolling or horizontal product scrolling or each product on a different page or something else?
Since my background in coding was not that great, and I had already told them so, thus they mostly asked me strategic questions like the ones mentioned above.
Think logically and just spit out whatever comes to your mind would be the best option/strategy. They are looking for innovative answers and also a wide variety of alternatives, and then choose the best ones. Again, they will help you in case of any confusion or in case you need some example strategies.
- Question 1: What was your happiest moment in life?
- Question 2: Tell me about your internships in short.
- Question 3: Strengths and weaknesses?
- Question 4: What are your interests beyond academics?
- Question 5: You seem to have a good CPI. Why are you not going for MS or MBA? Do you intend to go for any such thing some years later?
This round initially focused primarily on my internships. The interviewer seemed interested to know about the work done in internships, the accomplishments, the moments worth remembering from the foreign internships. Later she moved on to the hobbies, strengths, weaknesses and was quite involved with my life stories! She had a pad to note down my answers and judge abilities like communication skills, fluency, confidence in answers etc. At the end, I got the remark "This was by far the best interview I conducted" (and I was the last candidate to get interviewed!)
Answer the questions with total honesty and keep them involved with intriguing stories that depict your strengths or weaknesses. Interest them with your hobbies and be ready to answer questions on any hobby! Keep your stories prepared for the happiest moment, failures, things you would change in life etc. Read the book "64 HR interviews" and prepare answers for most of them. This round is mainly to see your confidence, your passion, your liveliness and your enthusiasm for the position.
- 64 HR Questions,
- Case-in point,
Most of the tips were discussed in respective questions. In general, I would like to say that never lose hope no matter how hard you struggle through the first few days. The moment you lose hope, things start going the wrong way. Also, give the interviews with relaxed and calm mind, after proper sleep. Take the interviews to the direction you want them to go - it can be easily done and I can tell you that from my own experiences. Be honest, otherwise you will take the interview to the direction you don't want it to go!
Motivation for applying
It is a well reputed firm, a Fortune 50 company and the experience would be a good launchpad for ahead. I wanted a work-life balance slightly tilted towards "life" and Target is the company to go for that (which I came to know from my seniors, glassdoor.com etc.)
There were no specific funny moments as such but overall, the interviews were relaxed and the interviewers were very friendly and cheerful. So I had some great moments while sharing my hobbies (eg. I told them I like to read poems so they asked me to recite one!) etc.
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