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Target Corporation Software engineer interview

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Eklavya MahajanFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for Software engineer role at Target Corporation
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test Puzzle Interview Technical Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
Resume shortlist was CPI cutoff based mostly.
Interview Tips
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!
Round 2

Test

Test Sections
  • Section 1: Aptitude
  • Section 2: Coding
Interview Experience
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.
Interview Tips
Just try to improve your aptitude skills and freshen up some basic C++ concepts - very basic ones. You'll do great!
Round 3

Puzzle Interview

Interview Experience
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
Interview Tips
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!
Round 4

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • 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?
Interview Experience
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.
Interview Tips
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.
Round 5

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • 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?
Interview Experience
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!)
Interview Tips
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.
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Confidence
  • Communication skills
  • Logical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Brainstorming skills
  • Rational thinking
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • 64 HR Questions,
  • Case-in point,
General Tips
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.)
Funny Moments
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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Target Corporation Software engineer interview

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Saketh Ram Reddy MFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Software engineer role at Target Corporation
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test Interview Interview Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
I alotted around 3-4 days for Resume Preparation. This is very important step,especially for companies with Consultancy profile. I referred to some of my seniors resumes to get to know the format and the grammar used,especially framing of sentences.
Interview Tips
Once your resume is prepared, don't forget to collect feedback about it from your seniors and even from some of your wing mates. Also, get to know about difference between resumes for core and non-core profiles
Round 2

Test

Duration
60 Minutes
No. of Questions
31 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Aptitude
  • Section 2: Programming
  • Section 3: Coding
Interview Experience
First Section was simple aptitude(20 Question),were very simple.Second Section was Programming(10 questions), were bit questions related to theory. Don't remember properly but few questions related to Binary tree were asked I guessThird section was Coding(1 question),it was simple. Question-Code a program which gives output as '1' when the number given as input can be expressed as "p^q"(where p,q are integers) and as '0' if otherwise.
Interview Tips
Just,general CAT preparation is enough for aptitude.Regarding Coding, even knowing any 1 language is enough. Just practice few basic coding questions online and even sorting algorithms
Round 3

Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Why do you want to come to Software profile when you studied Chemical Engineering?
  • Question 2: Future Plans?
  • Question 3: Weaknesses?
  • Question 4: Name a situation where you planned something but due to some other problems you have to adjust in the end?
  • Question 5: Name a situation where you had to change your behaviour according to situation?
  • Question 6: Name a situation where you had to deal with 2-3 different groups?
  • Question 7: Name a situation where you were part of group and made difference?
  • Question 8: Name a situation where you took an initiative?
  • Question 9: Give an experience of working as part of a team?
  • Question 10: Name situation where you had to prepare for a speech for a special group of people?
Interview Experience
The HR interview was not easy, some of the questions were really unexpected. Such type of HR questions were not asked in any of previous HR interviews(of other companies) I attended to.
Interview Tips
For most of the questions asked above, you can find answers from your P.O.R's(Position of Responsibilities) which you have done.Take HR round seriously and prepare for it before placements start(avoid last minute preparation).
Round 4

Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Focussed more about my 3rd year intern where I developed an application using VBA for STP.
  • Question 2: Questions about Android and e-commerce
  • Question 3: Then asked about my football interests(I said to him I am football blogger), so asked me to explain few articles which I wrote
Interview Experience
This was very comfortable, I connected very well with interviewer,especially when we were discussing about footbal as he was also a football enthusiast. I also prepared few things related to e-commerce which helped
Interview Tips
Prepare and get to know about e-commerce field, general problems faced in it these days
Round 5

Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: All about my resume, my BTP.
Interview Experience
Was easy
Interview Tips
Just prepare properly about everything written in resume,mainly 3rd year intern and BTP or any other projects
Skills

Skills Tested

    General Tips
    Just follow all the tips mentioned earlier,avoid last minute preparation, prepare well in advance. Don't lose hope or get depressed during placement period if you fail in your initial few interviews
    Motivation for applying
    Wanted to work in a coding or analytics profile
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    Target Corporation Associate engineer interview

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    Sahil DevFresherSelected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Associate engineer role at Target Corporation
    Interview Process
    Test Technical Interview HR Interview
    Round 1

    Test

    Duration
    60 Minutes
    No. of Questions
    30+1 questions
    Test Sections
    • Section 1: Coding test
    Interview Experience
    Test was good. It required basic programming (not high level programming).

    There was 1 coding question and 30 MCQs. MCQs were based on DS and algorithms. While the coding problem could be done with simple programming and logic.
    Interview Tips
    Practice a lot of coding problems from geeksforgeeks.org and interviewbit.com
    Round 2

    Technical Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Sorting an array of strings
    • Question 2: Bumblebee puzzle
    • Question 3: Guess estimation
    Interview Experience
    It was a pretty easy question. They just wanted to see if I can think in a proper direction if given a task. The interviewer was a sensible person (not some frustrated one who just wants to get over with it). It was a good experience.
    Interview Tips
    Don't answer spontaneously. Take your time to think thoroughly, ask the interviewer relevant parameters, interact with the interviewer by telling him about your thinking process on paper (not just by talking) by writing on the paper.
    Round 3

    HR Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Mostly about life decisions
    Interview Experience
    The HR of Target is a very good person. She encouraged me through every question she asked.
    Interview Tips
    Just be calm. You may be asked about different experiences of your life, so take your time before answering the questions.
    Skills

    Skills Tested

    • Analytics And Coding
    Skill Tips
    Both requires a lot of practice and
    Resources

    Preparation materials

    Videos
    • Mycodeschool.com,
    Courses
    • Algorithms And Datastructures,
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    Target Corporation Associate software engineer interview

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    Raghava DeekshitulaFresherSelected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Associate software engineer role at Target Corporation
    Interview Process
    Test HR Interview Technical Interview Behavorial Interview
    Round 1

    Test

    Duration
    75 Minutes
    No. of Questions
    31 questions
    Test Sections
    • Section 1: 30 Aptitude questions, 1 coding question
    Interview Experience
    The aptitude questions are very basic level and doesn't take more than 20 min. Coding question is also very easy if you get the basics of C language right.
    Interview Tips
    Practice writing online coding tests as passing all the test cases is the main part where we'll have a problem. Although you get the code right, concentrate on the various test cases they may check and put your variables and output accordingly. For example, our test cases involved large values so I have to choose a double int data type instead to int. This came out of trail and error as we donot know the test case.
    Round 2

    HR Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: All standard HR questions will be asked
    Interview Experience
    Questions like Why into software from Mech? will be asked.
    Interview Tips
    Be talkative!! Answer all the questions confidently. Slight preparation will help, but donot reproduce exactly what you have prepared.
    Round 3

    Technical Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Write the code for printing a matrix in spiral order
    Interview Experience
    The interviewer will help if you are stuck. I could solve it but didn't write the complete code. Also some simple puzzles are asked.
    Interview Tips
    Get basics of C good, atleast upto pointers.
    Round 4

    Behavorial Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Situation based questions
    Interview Experience
    Questions like give me a situation where you did a job you didn't like. The interview went well. Interviewers were friendly.
    Interview Tips
    Don't give premeditated answers. Talk fluently and confidently. Make it a conversation rather than a Q/A
    Skills

    Skills Tested

    • Aptitude
    • Coding (C language basics)
    • Communication
    Resources

    Preparation materials

    Books
    • 400 Puzzles,
    General Tips
    Confidence is the key for any interview.You may reduce your chances if your approach for a puzzle is wrong. So think before you start solving.
    Motivation for applying
    Good pay, Good location, not much technical knowledge required
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    Target Corporation Software engineer interview

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    Supreet SinghFresherSelected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for Software engineer role at Target Corporation
    Interview Process
    Resume Shortlist Test
    Round 1

    Resume Shortlist

    Interview Experience
    Standard resume shortlisting. Almost everyone was shortlisted for the test. You were given an option to choose between software and analyst profile.
    Interview Tips
    Prepare your resume well on time. Give it a month at least. Send it over to a lot of seniors for reviews.
    Round 2

    Test

    Test Sections
      Interview Experience
      Test wa fairly easy. It had two sections. One was mental ability. I am hoping any IIT student can crack these questions. Second part was basic coding questions, 2 of them. If you know basic coding, you can solve it. Nothing fancy.
      Interview Tips
      Prepare well for tests immediately after resume. Brush up basic coding commands if you expect coding questions in the test. One can do preparation on the lines of cat for these tests.
      Skills

      Skills Tested

      • Analytical skills
      • Basic coding skills
      Skill Tips
      I prepared on a very general level for all companies. If you are fairly sure of what kind of company you want, do company specific prep.
      Resources

      Preparation materials

      Books
      • Quantitative Aptitude for cat by NK Sinha,
      • LR and DI for cat by NK Sinha,
      Videos
      • Chang videos on case studies from YouTube,
      • Data structures and algorithm from YouTube,
      General Tips
      I cannot say this enough times but you have to be patient, calm and confident. You will get a job. Everyone doesn't get a job on day 1. You may also get to hear thousands of methods to prepare for jobs. Don't listen to everyone. Just choose obe or two good sources and stick to them. Else you just waste time worrying about how much you need to prepare.
      Motivation for applying
      The profile offered had both analytics and coding. It was like the best of both worlds for me. Also, great company. Great money.
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      Target Corporation Associate software engineer. interview

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      Moningi Sai AshishFresherSelected
      Application
      I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Associate software engineer. role at Target Corporation
      Interview Process
      Test Technical Interview HR Interview
      Round 1

      Test

      Duration
      60 Minutes
      Test Sections
        Interview Experience
        Pattern: both MCQ’s and descriptive type. Cannot remember about the marking and cut-off’s as he had to write a lot of tests during that time. 18-19 students were shortlisted for interviews. MCQ questions were mostly the ones asked in CAT exam consisting of English and logical reasoning. Few of them were related to programming. Descriptive questions included writing a program in C language.
        Round 2

        Technical Interview

        Interview Experience
        There were 2 rounds of technical interview. 

        In first round, technical questions were asked in BTP. The project was Power aware compilers. A few HR related questions were also asked.In second round, technical questions were asked on C programming. Questions were related to Basic Data Structuring. Asked to choose a favourite course and conceptual questions were asked from it. Choose a minor course as favourite one.
        Round 3

        HR Interview

        Interview Questions
        • Question 1: How will you resolve a conflict arises between the members of the project you are currently working on?
        • Question 2: Give us instances where you adapted to situations quickly?
        • Question 3: How do you feel about corporate environment?
        Interview Experience
        Third round was HR round. All the students who reached to this round were selected.Overall 9 students were selected by the company.
        Skills

        Skills Tested

          Skill Tips
          Performance in the previous rounds is the main criteria.
          General Tips
          starting earlier would have definitely help.
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          Target Corporation Associate software engineer interview

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          ANANTHAKRISHNAN PFresherSelected
          Application
          I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for Associate software engineer role at Target Corporation
          Interview Process
          Test Technical Interview Behavioural Interview
          Round 1

          Test

          Test Sections
            Interview Experience
            Relatively easy for anyone with programming experience.
            Round 2

            Technical Interview

            Interview Experience
            Easy again. Anyone who has background in programming should be able to clear it.
            Round 3

            Behavioural Interview

            Interview Experience
            This is what the company is looking for the most. They want to select only candidates that match their company value.
            Interview Tips
            Soft skills play an important role.
            Skills

            Skills Tested

            • Programming
            • Soft skills
            Motivation for applying
            The company gave a presentation about them and their work culture. Seemed very good.
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            Target Corporation Software engineer interview

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            B . Vishnu BhargavFresherSelected
            Application
            I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Software engineer role at Target Corporation
            Interview Process
            Test
            Round 1

            Test

            Duration
            1 hr Minutes
            Test Sections
            • Section 1: Quant and Coding
            Interview Experience
            Quant was easy , you can do all of it . just go through the indiabix or some website before going to the exam.Coding section was also easy , just brush up your basics of C thats enough , none of the high fundae DSA was asked .
            Interview Tips
            - geeksforgeeks.com  contains almost everything about coding  you need for getting placed .- if you are done with it start coding in codechef .
            Skills

            Skills Tested

            • Technical Skills
            Skill Tips
            Focus on your Study.. Revise the subject that you have studied at the time of Interview
            Resources

            Preparation materials

            Books
            • R.S. Agrawal for APTITUDE.,
            Videos
            • N.P.T.E.L. Videos,
            Courses
            • Soft Skills Development by NCVT,
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