DTU Times interviewed Chhavi Singh, Computer Engineering who secured a placement as a Software Engineer at Paytm.
How have the placements for your branch been this year? Please share the highlights of the placements season so far.
The placement season has been amazing so far with highly reputed tech giants like Microsoft, Adobe and Flipkart visiting our campus in the very beginning.
Potential startups like Ixigo and Rivigo, along with Undostres (a Mexican Startup) also marked their presence.
Undoubtedly, Uber and CodeNation have been the highlight of the 2018-19 placement season so far!
What did you give more weightage to – The Profile Offered or the Company Reputation?
I gave an equal amount of weightage to both - the profile offered and the company reputation based on the reviews from seniors. Big companies are often accused of slow growth. So, choosing a profile with viable growth options is always better. Moreover, you could do complete justice to your work only if you enjoy it to the fullest.
On the other hand, company's work environment matters a lot, as in the end, the people around you are going to be part of your work life.
Why did you select the particular profile and what parameters did you consider before making your choice?
As Paytm has a fast-paced environment with constantly changing requirements, I knew that working with Paytm would be a great opportunity to learn as well as grow.
Though my profile, Software Engineer, is a pretty generic profile but factors like freedom to choose the project that you'd like to work on etc. helped me make my choice.
What were the type of Selection Tests (Rounds)?
The Cutoff for Paytm was 7 CGPA and the eligible branches were COE, IT, SE, MCE.
Other Requirements were that class 10th and 12th percentage must be >= 70%.
There were in total 4 rounds:
1. Online Coding Round: There were 3 questions to be solved in 75 minutes on
2. Technical Interview-I: Problems asked were a mixture of coding
3. Technical Interview-II: First, a brief discussion on projects and then a few
coding questions were asked.
4. HR Round: Evaluation of an individual on the basis of CV and normal
discussion about family background, profile offered etc.
P.S. Coding on CoCubes is equivalent to coding on Wordpad, so be prepared!
How did you prepare for the selection tests?
I started preparing right after we were done with our 6th semester exams.
Selection tests focus mainly on the following parts:
Data Structures and Algorithms, Operating Systems, Database Management System and Computer Networks.
Apart from this, some companies also judge candidates on Aptitude (Quantitative, Logical and Verbal) .
I learned algorithms from GeeksForGeeks and practiced questions on Interviewbit.
To prepare the core subjects, I revised important concepts from the prescribed books and practiced MCQ type questions from GeeksForGeeks subject section.
For brushing up Aptitude, Indiabix came through.
Could you offer some tips to ace the interview round?
1. 'Just say what you do, and do what you say'.
Hiring managers were not born yesterday. A single question is enough to catch you out on a lie. It causes an embarrassment and an awkward situation for everyone in the room. And once you’ve been caught, you’ve trashed your opportunity to get hired and damaged your reputation.
2. 'If you don't ask now, you'll be embarrassed to answer later'.
Even if you get stuck somewhere, don't be afraid to ask them for help. Mostly interviewers know what it is like to be on the other side of the table.
3. 'Something is not for you, until you prove it is really yours'.
Try to lead the interviewer into the field that you feel the most comfortable
Above them all, stay calm and confident. Sleep well and eat enough before the interview, because it's going to be a long day!
Any advice you would like to give to the junior students?
I was not able to secure internship in any reputed company. This was easier to understand but difficult to endure. This was also the time when I finally realized that failure isn't any opposite of success, rather failure is a part of it.
What kept me going was my will to never give up and consistent efforts and hard work, helped me to land this opportunity.
So, juniors, stick to the fight, when you're hardest hit because It's when things go wrong, that you must not quit. :D