These are the last few days @ NITK. Most people are feeling sad for leaving the college or the college days getting over. But i am feeling different. Firstly Feeling happy that I would be going from this place and secondly looking forward to a whole new career in Software Development and I would be starting with Oracle for which am feeling excited as it was my dream to work on Java technologies and I feel I got into the right company. The thrill of earning has overshadowed the grief of leaving friends and the time spent together and those sweet bitter memories. A long post is in the pipeline- may be it wil be a series of posts. A series of LASTS are coming to the end, and with it will start a series of BYEs, KEEP IN TOUCH. Looking forward to the new life- The life of a professional 😉
I didn’t find much time to complete my Placement Saga. Finally its time I finish it off. Cisco was the next company which I appeared for. I wasnt interested in this as my interests didn’t align with their work. But then just to give it a chance I wrote the apti. I hardly knew anything in the apti- i used common sense to answer the questions and Alas!! I got to the next round. Now this was the funniest part- I hardly knew much about the company rather I would put it this way- I wasn’t concerned to know about it either. In the Interview I dont know what irked the Interviewer- He was kind of confused as soon as I entered the room. He asked me few random questions for which I had absolutely no clue. He asked me about my projects which I took some pain to explain. The other interviewer directly asked me- “Why do u want to join Cisco?” This was the toughest question to answer- I could hav said- Sir, I need a job so no other option 😀 but then I didn’t. I tried to bluff something crap but then he asked me another question “What do u know about Cisco?”- All I knew was its a networking company making their own n/w h/w. But he told its much more than that. The interview lasted for some 10 minutes before they told “We have got to interview other candidates, you can leave now”. I came out laughing. But I wasn’t regretting that I missed the chance- But It was for good.
Then after a few days came Oracle- Application Development group and Server Tech group. They had GPA+Resume based shortlisting for Server Tech. After that there were 2 technical rounds and one HR round of interviews. All the interview rounds went on well and finally got placed in Oracle Server Tech. I was so excited that night. But then I couldn’t celebrate it properly as my end sem exams were to start in another 2 days. But getting placed came as a great relief for me 🙂
The next company for which i got qualified to the interview round was Goldman Sachs. There was a long between DirectI and GoldmanSachs during which I appeared for few companies which i couldn’t clear the apti- I was not very good in C as I had stopped using it in the 3rd semester, cause of which I used to do real bad in C-Aptis.Goldman Sachs recruitment procedure included- Apti, Group Activity, Technical Interview. Goldman Sachs(GS) increased their cut-off from 7.5 to 8 which gave me a real good chance to clear the apti. And their apti was not that difficult either. There were few simple C based questions and few quant questions and few question on Data Interpretation (which i did not attempt). This time I started off with the Technical Section as it takes less time to complete Technical than the Quant. I had lot of time to attempt the Quant section. GS also had coding test followed by an essay writing 😛 We were asked to write efficient code/algo for 2 questions they had given. One was- Deleting the characters from the source string based on the input for the characters to be deleted and the other was some crazy game which i did not even attempt. Then in the essay we were asked to write our 3 qualities and support them with certain examples. Actually we were given 7 minutes to write the essay but I wrote the essay when we were asked to write the code 😉 I had lots of time left during the coding session so instead of wasting it I wrote the essay as well 😀
I have finally decided to document my Placement journey. May be for the use of aspirants but atleast for my record 😉 I will also try to list out the questions asked and the type of apti paper. I will be writing about those companies for which I qualified to the interview round.
The first company in the list is DirectI. Very few in the college knew that such a company existed I knew about the company as it had sponsored GIDS-2008. They were coming to the campus for the first time and had uploaded huge information on the site regarding their selection procedure and interviews. Their recruitment site looked really resourceful and they were looking for people with really good coding and technical skills. I still remember their PPT which went on for more than an hour and half and i had to listen to the whole presentation standing and moreover is was terribly sick that day- running nose, fever :(. Their selection process was a bit different- No apti, 🙂 instead an online programming test 😦 on their coding platform- CodeChef which they were badly promoting ;), then 2 rounds at the campus and some 9-10 rounds in their Mumbai Head office :P. Luckily they had to postpone the Coding test because by the time they completed their presentation it was 7PM and the Computer Center would be open only till 8PM. So they decided to come some other time for the coding test. I was happy that atleast i got sometime to recover and get well before the test. Continue reading
Started off late for the last day of an exciting program- Thanks for the time i spent waiting for my friend to get ready- Guess he must have planned for a date!! ;). On reaching the venue we realised that we had not missed much. Today Mr V M Bhat, the other Program instructor, was to tell about preapration of Project Report- Not a ordinary one- But a report which can impress and convince the readers that “Yes! This project is promising”. To add to being late, there was some problem with the pen i had got- so couldn’t write anything 😦
We started off Day-4 by discussing some of the important aspects to be considered for starting an industry. I would like to list down some of the points here: Capital, Man-Skill, Management, Product- Choice of prodcut. Later on there was a discussion on “Opportunity”. Mr Bannerjee gave examples of different opportunities which were missed by very well known companies/entrepreneures. One has to break out of fixed ways and think of New and better routes. The entrepreneur should have more of Lateral thinking. What exactly is Opportunity? Opportunity is a course of action which at first sight may not appear possible but with focussed thinking possiblity should increase. Opportunity is as real as raw materials, labour, finance. It exists only when u see it.
Day 3 started off with a group activity. Pradeep Banerjee, who was the facilitator for the program asked the participants to divide themselves into groups of 5 and each group was asked to discuss and list out as many characteristics as possible which can be seen in an entrepreneur. Each group was given 10 minutes to do so and our group listed 26 characteristics. Later each group was asked to read out the characteristics. Everyone more or less baring a few points had listed the same characteristics. This was a direct activity- A mild exercise to start off the day’s proceedings 😉
After this each one was provided with a 3 page handout which consisted of qualities which represent Regenerating Cycle, Degenerating Cycle and the characteristics of an entrepreneur. We were asked to read through the handout and clear ambiguous points. Many doubts were raised and were clarified by Mr. Banerjee.