How was your first job interview?

Updated on : December 3, 2021 by Soren Pennington



How was your first job interview?

Well, my first face-to-face job interview was with Amazon for the SDE-1 position in the campus recruiting drive.

I had prepared much earlier, but still, I was very nervous and anxious because for our university, Amazon is a dream company and everyone wants to be there. I was confident in my ability to solve problems, but was a little doubtful about my knowledge of computer fundamentals.

The first round was an online test, it was at Mettl. It consists of two encoding problems and 28 MCQs. They were randomized and completed in 90 minutes. The problems assigned to me were: 1. Mean, median and mode

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Well, my first face-to-face job interview was with Amazon for the SDE-1 position in the campus recruiting drive.

I had prepared much earlier, but still, I was very nervous and anxious because for our university, Amazon is a dream company and everyone wants to be there. I was confident in my ability to solve problems, but was a little doubtful about my knowledge of computer fundamentals.

The first round was an online test, it was at Mettl. It consists of two encoding problems and 28 MCQs. They were randomized and completed in 90 minutes. The problems assigned to me were: 1. Mean, median and mode 2. Evaluation of the expression. I was able to solve both problems, but my code got stuck in the corner cases of the second problem. In the MCQ, I performed quite well.

After this, there was another test for the 6M intern. It was at AMCAT. It had four phases of evaluation and includes questions of aptitude, coding, behavior and debugging. It was a bit easy for me and I solved all the questions quickly.

Based on the performance of these tests, Amazon shortlisted 18 students for the F2F interviews.

There were 4 rounds of interviews. The first 2 focused on problem solving and knowledge of data structure and algorithms. The third round was to test your knowledge of computer fundamentals. The fourth round was the round to raise the bar, which mainly includes the discussion on your resume.

First round:

The interview begins with a short introduction and then the interviewer leads me directly to the questions. The first problem he asked was the optimal strategy for a game | DP-31 - GeeksforGeeks. I solved this problem in a minute and explained it well to the interviewer. The next question you asked was Find the square root of the number to the given precision using the binary search: GeeksforGeeks. After that, he asked me to steer clear of time complexity and it was a very difficult time for me. Finally, after a few clues, I come to the complexity of the right moment. He then asked me to write code and this is the golden moment when the interviewer asks you to write code because at this point he is satisfied with your approach to solving the problem.

Second round:

After the first round, all my nervousness was gone. There was nothing negative on my mind.

Again, my second interview began with a short introduction. Then we move on to the questions. The first question was Frequent elements of Top K 1. I tried this question with different approaches and finally used the priority queue which was probably the best approach for this. The interviewer was satisfied and asked me to write a code for that. After that I run the code in some test cases. The second question you asked me was Right Print View of a Binary Tree - GeeksforGeeks. I told him the first approach with a tail, but he was bored with this approach, so he told me to think of something else. Later I told you about an approach with the same time complexity and making recursive calls. I was quite satisfied this time and then I coded that approach. We had a fair discussion on the temporal complexities of the STL map, priority_queue. So make sure that whatever you are using in your code, you know it very well. According to me, I also performed exceptionally well in this round.

I had an intuition that round three would be my worst round, but I was happy because the opposite of what I assumed happened.

Third round:

This was the most exciting round for me. As usual, my interview began with a short introduction, but this time the interviewer showed some interest in my resume. This gave me a sigh of relief because I had a lot to tell about what was mentioned on my resume. After this he asked me a question about data structures and algorithms. The question was Path in a rectangle with circles - GeeksforGeeks I have not solved this question before. I told the interviewer a naive approach, he asked me to optimize it. I optimized it to cut down on some extra calls. seems satisfied with this.

After that, he started a discussion on the fundamentals of the computer. I was digging into the topic to check my understanding on that. He asked me a few questions about OS, UNRWA, and computer networks, and I answered those questions well.

When the interviewer said "Thank you." This made a moment for me. At the time, I couldn't believe that I was performing so well in subjects. Anyway, the last round was yet to come.

Last round:

It was a round of collecting bars. The interviewer was discussing all the projects and internships that I mentioned on my resume. He asked me many questions related to my projects, the difficulties I faced, the problem I solved, the team coordination during the internship, etc. So, make sure you've prepared a lot of content on what you've mentioned on your resume. He asked me two coding questions, one was the K'th largest item in BST when modification to BST is not allowed: GeeksforGeeks. The second was LRU Cache - InterviewBit. I solved both problems without taking time. This round ends here.

HR told me to go. Everyone eagerly awaited the results.

Result: I received an FTE offer from Amazon.

PS: All the interviewers are very supportive and don't let you down, even if you're not performing well.

Important points:

  1. No matter how brilliant you are, if your approach doesn't satisfy the interviewer, your chances will definitely be lowered. So, explain your approach very well.
  2. Try to write neat and clean code. If you have already entered incorrect code, feel free to apply for another job and retype it. It means a lot.
  3. Always try to approach the problem, from a naive approach if you do not know the exact solution. From this, the interviewer can assess your thought process.
  4. Don't let negative thoughts come to mind. Sit back and relax.
  5. Prepare to tell me a lot about yourself. With this you can steer the interview in your direction.
  6. Communication skills are important, but they are not everything. If you are a guy with average communication skills but good technical skills, you can still perform well.

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I would like to answer this. In 2006, I was desperately looking for a job so I could support my family. So this was my first interview. After reviewing my bio data form and asking a few questions to check the weather, I was able to speak and understand English, here came the final question.
Him: So you come from a great distance?
Me: yes sir.
Him: how much distance have you traveled?
Me: sir, 447 km.
Him: are you sure?
Me: yes sir.
The how?
Me: sir, it was written on the bill.
Him: Okay, how can I see that you have two younger brothers, so what is your responsibility towards them?
Me: Lord, my answer

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I would like to answer this. In 2006, I was desperately looking for a job so I could support my family. So this was my first interview. After reviewing my bio data form and asking a few questions to check the weather, I was able to speak and understand English, here came the final question.
Him: So you come from a great distance?
Me: yes sir.
Him: how much distance have you traveled?
Me: sir, 447 km.
Him: are you sure?
Me: yes sir.
The how?
Me: sir, it was written on the bill.
Him: Okay, how can I see that you have two younger brothers, so what is your responsibility towards them?
Me: Sir, my responsibility is to make you smart and efficient so that you can be successful in whatever you do.
He seemed impressed. (Spreading hands)
Him: All the best son, Good Luck.
I got the job

Well the key to success in any interview is being REAL and TRUE about yourself along with confident face and a bright face ("EVEN THOUGH YOU KNOW YOU WON'T DO IT ANYWAY"). They aren't really very interested in our family background, but they may ask tough questions just to test your confidence.

Apart from this, we also see their posture for sitting, talking, walking, dressing, the way we represent ourselves in just a couple of minutes. They even ask questions like "Number of buttons on your shirt" (where spontaneous responses are required). Dress well, take a deep breath and confidently go to any

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Well the key to success in any interview is being REAL and TRUE about yourself along with confident face and a bright face ("EVEN THOUGH YOU KNOW YOU WON'T DO IT ANYWAY"). They aren't really very interested in our family background, but they may ask tough questions just to test your confidence.

Apart from this, we also see their posture for sitting, talking, walking, dressing, the way we represent ourselves in just a couple of minutes. They even ask questions like "Number of buttons on your shirt" (where spontaneous responses are required). Dress well, take a deep breath and confidently go to any interview as it helps us reduce our mistakes and do the interview well.

From my first work experience I feel that this experience is necessary since we get to know where we are in the world and there is much to learn. Having an experience in the interview shows many problems that we commit in that period of time that we never intend to do, so things must be resolved later and most importantly "NEVER GO UN PREPARED IN ANY INTERVIEW". Going with good preparation increases your chances to a greater extent. Hope that's enough for you to understand ...

I honestly don't remember my first job interview. I worked in a sewing and fabric store when I was 15 years old and I think I filled out an application and they hired me on the spot because I knew how to sew.

But it is natural to be anxious and nervous for a job interview. Set aside ten to 15 minutes just before your interview time to do something that relaxes and soothes you. Yoga, meditation, reading, a brisk walk, a relaxing drink (nothing with caffeine, alcohol, or energy drink), a quick snack. Go to the interview as relaxed as possible.

Good luck.

Not the best I can say. But I would like to share the experience.

After the introductory part, the round of technical interviews lasted around 45 minutes. At that moment, the interviewer received a call from abroad. Actually, it was a conference call. They told me to sit outside when my technical round was over. I assumed the interview was almost over. The teleconference lasted between 35 and 40 minutes. Now I had another friend of mine who had also come to give the interview. I was totally relaxed and cheering for my friend even though my interview had gone very well (not very well).

So now when I speak

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Not the best I can say. But I would like to share the experience.

After the introductory part, the round of technical interviews lasted around 45 minutes. At that moment, the interviewer received a call from abroad. Actually, it was a conference call. They told me to sit outside when my technical round was over. I assumed the interview was almost over. The teleconference lasted between 35 and 40 minutes. Now I had another friend of mine who had also come to give the interview. I was totally relaxed and cheering for my friend even though my interview had gone very well (not very well).

So now that I am talking to my friend about the internal history of the interview and all that, the interviewer comes out of his cabin, calls one of us pointing fingers and saying, "Aap aa jaao (You come in)."

At that moment, my friend stood up and began to move towards the cabin. But, my gosh… wait !!! The interview was again pointed by his fingers saying: "Aap nahi, aap (not you, but you)".

So they called me again to come in. Now what he hated the most were technical things. Somehow I had managed to get through it a while ago. He was afraid the technical round would resume. It scared me more.

Now, as I sat down, the interviewer said in no time: "5-6 Faaltu sawaal puchunga (I'll ask you 5-6 garbage questions)". At first, I had no idea about that. He took out his cell phone. He searched for some riddles, which he might have saved from earlier, and started. When it all started, I was a bit anxious, but the nerves began to calm down over time and now everything was fun.

Some of the questions that were asked were:

"What happened when the wheel was invented?

Now, I didn't say a word. How I was afraid to say funny things that would make my impression look bad.

"What does the half apple look like?"

Reflecting and clueless again, I asked the following question.

Now to my amazement I answered all the other questions correctly except the first two described here. I was relieved and regretted that I should have figured out some fun things in the first two questions as well.

In the end, I asked the interviewer about the answers to the questions that he had asked and that he had not answered.

So what happened when the wheel was invented?

Answer: it was used.

And what does the half apple look like?

Answer: the other half.

I was kind of dumbfounded and considered myself so foolish for not having thought through the questions in a simple and logical way. And then the interviewer encouraged me by saying, “Sometimes you try too hard, you put a lot of pressure on your mind to search for the answers without realizing that some answers are so simple and we don't have to worry every time. occasionally. And since not all questions are difficult, don't choose the hard way and unnecessary trouble. "

The lesson was learned.

The happy ending?

I still work under the same cool boss with the same company.

I sat down for placements on the CISCO campus.

Round 1:

Online test (70 minutes)

This was an online test conducted on the Hacker-Rank platform.

15 MCQ-Electronics, computer networks, aptitude and data structure (no negative marks)

2 Coding Questions:

1) Longest non-repeating substring.

2) the expression is paranthesized in such a way that it gives the maximum value for the expression. The expression has +, -, *

this is the variation of the matrix string multiplication.

There were around 330 candidates who sat for this exam and of them 170 students were selected for the second round.

Round 2:

Technical interview

There were 4 roles (BU) that CI

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I sat down for placements on the CISCO campus.

Round 1:

Online test (70 minutes)

This was an online test conducted on the Hacker-Rank platform.

15 MCQ-Electronics, computer networks, aptitude and data structure (no negative marks)

2 Coding Questions:

1) Longest non-repeating substring.

2) the expression is paranthesized in such a way that it gives the maximum value for the expression. The expression has +, -, *

this is the variation of the matrix string multiplication.

There were around 330 candidates who sat for this exam and of them 170 students were selected for the second round.

Round 2:

Technical interview

There were 4 roles (BU) that CISCO was offering this time namely: CX-Platform, CX-PSS, IT, Engineer and SCO.
I was selected under the role of IT.

Now we were asked to meet in the auditorium around 8:30 in the morning. They marked our presence at 8:30 and then asked us to wait for our interview process. I waited until 2:30 in the afternoon when my name was called and I went to the technical interview.

It was a panel interview, there were 3 panelists, I walked in and the panelist greeted me with a smile.

I am appointing panelist P1, P2, P3 for readers.

One of the panelists just took a brief look at my resume for about 15 seconds. P1 has just started, tell me about yourself. P1 asked for an explanation about my project, I clearly told him about my project. P2 asked me to tell the difference between binary tree and trie data structures as I mentioned trie in my project.

P3 gave me a logical question.

Say you have the digit 8 which looks like 88888888, you need to use just the + operator so that the sum equals 1000.

then P1 asked me how much do you know about data structures, I replied that I would rate on Data Structures around 8/10. Because at that time I was not so fluent in Graphs.

then he asked me to write code for

1) Find the middle node of the linked list.

2) Given a matrix of size 1 ...... 1000, 2 numbers are missing, find them?

P2 asked if I know the database and do some simple queries.

That was it for my Technical Round. It lasted about 25 minutes. All three tested my basic DS problem-solving skills, logical thinking, and whether he knew the projects thoroughly. All he had to do was remain patient and calm. If you don't know an answer, then you shouldn't panic. Just admit you don't know. There is literally nothing wrong with that. They asked me to wait outside.

Round 3:

Managerial interview

I walked in and the interviewer greeted me with a smile. He introduced himself as manager of the Supply Chain department.

The interviewer begins with Tell me about yourself. She said I got feedback from technical interviewers that you have good programming skills, logical thinking, and you ask me to report on my projects.

He asked me about my hobbies, the university campus.

Then he asked why Cisco.

Where do you see 5 years later?

finally she says do you have any questions, so i asked her

1) What exactly is the IT profile at Cisco?

2) What is the culture like at Cisco?

3) What are the IT trends going forward?

for each question you explained with good and satisfactory points.

This takes about 40 minutes.

ROUND 4 HOURS

this was just a formality purpose.

they asked some questions

1) are you available for internships from January?

2) Are you comfortable working 5 days a week for an internship?

3) Are you planning higher studies?

4) Do you agree with the location of the company in Bangalore?

HR had a sheet, only marked yes or no in all questions.

About an hour later, our Head of Placement announced the results together with the Director of CISCO and HR and

I was PLACED in CISCO.

How I prepared for placement:

I started learning C ++ in 5th SEM, later I learned basic algorithms from geeks for geeks.

I solved hackerrank, leetcode, and geek problems for geeks.

Over the summer break, all I did was troubleshoot linked lists, trees, and watch Tushar Roy videos, which helped me a lot.

So if I can get ready and break, you definitely can too.

Always do your job, don't expect results.

Round 1: Codevita Season VIII (TCS Global Coding Contest)

All those who solved at least one question in round 1 were summoned for the direct interview. Be careful that they take plagiarism very seriously.

Round 2: Interview

Venue - TCS Gitanjali Park, Kolkata

Date - August 1, 2019

The process began with the verification of documents. After that, the applicants were called for the interview.

There were 3 panelists (Technician + MR + HR) and it lasted about 50 minutes.

Question 1: Tell me about yourself?

Answer: I responded while they were reviewing my resume.

Question 2: What is your favorite programming language?

Answer: I a

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Round 1: Codevita Season VIII (TCS Global Coding Contest)

All those who solved at least one question in round 1 were summoned for the direct interview. Be careful that they take plagiarism very seriously.

Round 2: Interview

Venue - TCS Gitanjali Park, Kolkata

Date - August 1, 2019

The process began with the verification of documents. After that, the applicants were called for the interview.

There were 3 panelists (Technician + MR + HR) and it lasted about 50 minutes.

Question 1: Tell me about yourself?

Answer: I responded while they were reviewing my resume.

Question 2: What is your favorite programming language?

Answer: I answered Java with a basic introduction.

Question 3: Does OOP explain?

Answer: I answered.

Question 4: Do you explain encapsulation and abstraction?

Answer: I gave them a formal definition and then explained the above terms using real life examples.

Question 5: Does Java support multiple inheritance?

Answer: I answered that multiple inheritance is not supported by java. But we can achieve it using the interface.

Question 6: Do you write sample code for the above?

Answer: I wrote.

Question 7: Write a code to print the pascal triangle?

Answer: I wrote.

Question 8: Tell me about joins in DBMS?

Answer: I explained the inner and outer joins.

Question 9: You have done many projects on Android development. Explain your latest project?

Answer: I explained my latest project.

Question 10: Do you have an application published on the Play Store?

Answer: I answered that 3 of them are active in Google Playstore.

Question 11: Explain your end-of-year project?

Answer: I asked if I can explain my application's use of wireframes. They said yes, go ahead. I took my time and explained it correctly.

Question 12: What language did you use for application development?

Answer: I replied that I have used Flutter for this, which uses the Dart programming language.

Question 13: Did you have this in your study program?

Answer: I answered no. I've learned this on my own from the Udemy and Medium blogs.

Question 14: What about the backend?

Answer: I replied that I am using Firebase for that.

Question 15: What is an API? Are you using any API here?

Answer: I defined it and said yes, we will use 2 APIs. Google Places API and Google Distance Matrix API.

Question 16: You have mentioned many trainings on your resume. Have you brought the certificates?

Respuesta: Dije que sí y les pasé mi archivo. Pocas consultas sobre mis prácticas y entrenamientos.

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We shook our hands and I was asked to leave.

I received a mail on 10th August saying I have been shortlisted for the differential offer and they will mail the offer letter soon.

I love my first job. But I quit.

Why?

8th April 2013! The day has been etched in my memory forever. And rightfully so as it was my first day in my first job. And as anyone can be, even I was having cold feet.

Invariably, at a time like this you tend to proceed with more caution, instead taking over a sense of disbelief and thinking about the uncertainties that may occur.

In those nervous moments, I would call all my friends, talk to them, and comfort myself. Finally, I took a deep breath and walked into the office complex. There was no body except a lone employee (my former colleague now, so to speak

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I love my first job. But I quit.

Why?

April 8, 2013! The day has been etched in my memory forever. And rightly so, since it was my first day at my first job. And as anyone can be, even I was having cold feet.

Invariably, at a time like this you tend to proceed with more caution, instead taking over a sense of disbelief and thinking about the uncertainties that may occur.

In those nervous moments, I was calling all my friends, speaking to them and comforting myself. Finally, I took a deep breath and entered the office complex. There was no body except for one lone employee( my ex- colleague now, so to say) sitting at a corner minding his own sweet business. I greeted him and told him,"Today is my first day. Where do I sit?" He smiled and said "Wherever you want to. It is your office now !" "Please welcome," he said.

As the sun traveled its due course, so did people from different corners of Mumbai to this home-sweet-home-feel-office complex situated in a old building with beautiful creepers protruding out from the walls and 24*7 running water supply (leaking roofs).

I did get my permanent place and voila ! Right next to my boss and my team mates. Since I had just graduated, fresh out of college, I was new to the system and the organization and all that jazz and so my team mates started training me and gradually things started moving.

That very same day, I was joined by another lady who started office along with me. Who would know that she would become my best buddy at office. We were inseparable for the three years that we spent together and even so now.

In all of this I could still remember the day when I had told my parents about the company and how happy there were !

I knew why I was there and what was expected of me, nonetheless I was not enjoying my work and the environment I was in so I wanted to quit. But they, the 'company' held on to me for some particular reason making me believe in my own abilities. I did stay, getting confirmed in 6 months and things changed from there-on. In terms of experience and age, I was the youngest so everyone pampered me loads.:)

Days passed, years passed, things changed a lot. People started recognizing me through my work. What better than being appreciated by the company's CEO ! Yes, that happened with me. On occasions more than once.

So, in all of this I didn't realize how I had become an integral part of the company. And that everyone, had started to like my company too. It all started with hanging out with colleagues to planning our very first trip to Lonavala. I was a non-alcoholic (still very much am ;)) and avoided being inebriated or being in the company of such people. However I tried once, of course with my colleagues and to this day I do drink but only the one I had with them on that momentous day.

Whenever we would go out they would order the same drink for me without even asking me for the same:) . And not to forget, all our parties and trips without exception would end up with a 'dance of drunkards' :)

2nd Jan 2015, one of my most incredible days of my life. I was in National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) with my colleague to present a demonstration of our product. Professors from all over India along with the Director of NIFT were among the audience and I was the one who made the presentation. It was indeed a proud moment for me to see the who and who of the Indian intelligentsia listening to me with such attention and curiosity. My colleague was with me all this while to share this moment of joy and pride.

I started travelling with my colleagues to different locations of our offices all across India especially to Bangalore and Pune. Bangalore trips were often the more fulfilling ones. Work coupled with lot of fun. Amidst all of this were incidents that were of a not so rosy nature.The ups and downs come in everyone's life and the same thing happened with me also. But with times, things get sorted. As we know time heals everything.

When I joined the company, it was a 32-employee strong team which has increased to a huge 350 now as I write this. The best part is that all employees know me. Heck, I even got to do a technology induction for new joinees !

The best part, I was the youngest in my group of 6-7 and hence was most cared for ! We even had a slogan (which I will always remember): "WE ARE FAMILY !!"

It was company where everyone worked as a family. This continued for 3.5 years and one fine day I resign. There was no specific reasons for my resignation but yes I thought to move ahead in my career. It was a very tough call for me to leave the company. The place where I had grown up, taken my first baby steps and learnt to walk and then fly. So yes, leaving the place was really difficult. :(

The journey came to an end on 9th Sept 2016. But who knew I would meet them again. Yes! I met them in Thailand.:-) . The company planned a trip to Thailand, completely borne by them for all their employees.

So the shocker was that they had invited 6 of their ex- employees. And yeah, I was one among those 6. I joined the new company, was there for a week and then took 2 days off for my Thailand trip.

I have joined a new company but am still in touch with my old colleagues because you all know, after all 'WE ARE FAMILY' ".

It's 15:39 hours, and I'm sitting at my new workstation in my new office and writing this amazing journey of 3.5 yrs.

Ah ! There is so much more to tell but I will have to take your leave now as I'm meeting my old colleagues and don't want to get late...:-)

Till then. Keep reading !

My first day at office was on 1st June 2018.

I was nervous and excited a day before and I slept quite early – around 11 pm. I woke up at 7 am the next day. This was something unusual but more importantly, it brought positivity in me. In college, there have been days when I slept at 7 am after having breakfast and now it was before.

A good rest and breakfast is in itself an excellent start to the day. This is what I felt on my first day of work.

Welcome to the professional world.

I arrived at my office at 9:30 am. The company I work for is quite small (offshore consulting startup) and there is only 1

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My first day in the office was June 1, 2018.

I was nervous and excited the day before and slept quite early, around 11pm. I woke up at 7 in the morning the next day. This was unusual, but more importantly, it brought me positivity. In college, there have been days where I slept at 7 in the morning after eating breakfast and now it was earlier.

A good rest and breakfast is in itself an excellent start to the day. This is what I felt on my first day of work.

Welcome to the professional world.

I reached my office at 9:30 am. The company in which I work is quite small (offshore consulting startup) and there are only 10 employees in total. So there wasn’t any formal introduction between me and the employees. My company is founded by my seniors of IIT Kharagpur and all employees are from the same college only. So there isn’t anything formal between any of us. In fact, my head (senior from my college) started explaining me the work they are currently doing within the first 5 minutes of my entrance to the office. Post that, I was allotted a desktop and was asked to start learning a software.

We all had our lunch at 1 and since it was my first day (and also with the fact that I am the junior most employee) my seniors were making light jokes on me (Well..). Power went off after some time and we all came in the balcony. The view from my office’s balcony (Mumbai)–

I left the office at 7 pm in the evening.

All in all, it was a satisfactory experience, something which I had previously thought (and I guess, longed) of.

12 it is, time for sleep.

Cheers to the routine life.

Hi

My first job interview was with a financial services company. I was told that there will be three rounds in total and it would take the whole day as there were other candidates too. Those rounds were elimination rounds too i. e. Candidates who did not clear the criteria would be sent back after each round.

The first round was the HR round. A lady who was a Human Resources Manager asked a generic question from my resume about my education, family background, hobbies, short-term and long-term goals, to which I answered well.

The next round was with VP-HR, a pretty experienced person. He asked me about the projects I had done.

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My first job interview was with a financial services company. They told me there will be three rounds in total and that it would take all day as there were other candidates as well. Those rounds were also knockout rounds, meaning candidates who did not clarify the criteria would be returned after each round.

The first round was the HR round. A lady who was a Human Resources Manager asked a generic question from my resume about my education, family background, hobbies, short-term and long-term goals, to which I answered well.

La siguiente ronda fue con VP-HR, una persona bastante experimentada. Me preguntó sobre los proyectos que había hecho en la universidad y qué herramientas estadísticas había utilizado. ¿Cómo puedo aplicar esas herramientas estadísticas en la industria?

Then he gave me a role and asked to write down what kind of competencies were required for that role. I wrote them on white board. Further, I was asked how long I intend to stick with the company and how did this job align with my goals.

Fir third round, I met GM-HR. I was not expecting to meet GM after VP. But I guess she was busy with something and hers was the last call in terms of final selection as the candidate will be working with her directly. As I sat in front of her waiting for her telephone call to be over, I saw Spencer and Spencer, Competency Mapping book in a shelf behind her. It is a very useful book for any organisational development student.

The GM then asked me about what is competency mapping, behavioural event interviewing and their applications in the industry.

Candidates were waiting in the lobby for final results. It was 4 in the evening. Yes, the company had provided us with a nice lunch. Their office space was very good. Only thing I didn't like was punching the card even if you have to got o washroom or from one section to another or to the cafeteria.

The HR manager came and announced the results then.

It was the realization of how the real world is different from the academic world.

Cut to 1972.

I had finished my civil engineering course in BITS Pilani and had applied to University of Roorkee (now called IIT Roorkee) for admission to its Master's degree program in Structural engineering. Getting admission was tough. Only 10 people would be selected from applicants all over India, and I gave myself just a 50 percent chance, even though I had passed BE with distinction.

While awaiting admission, I applied for jobs at various companies and also attended some interviews, but had decided not to

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It was the understanding of how the real world is different from the academic world.

Cut to 1972.

Había terminado mi curso de ingeniería civil en BITS Pilani y había solicitado la admisión a la Universidad de Roorkee (ahora llamada IIT Roorkee) a su programa de maestría en ingeniería estructural. Conseguir la admisión fue difícil. Solo se seleccionarían 10 personas entre los solicitantes de toda la India, y me di solo un 50 por ciento de posibilidades, a pesar de que había aprobado BE con distinción.

A la espera de la admisión, solicité puestos de trabajo en varias empresas y también asistí a algunas entrevistas, pero había decidido que no decidiría aceptar ninguna oferta que pudiera recibir a menos que la Universidad de Roorkee rechazara mi solicitud.

During this waiting period, I attended an interview in a private road construction company that had done thousands of kilometers of highway jobs all over the country. They needed engineers to supervise, coordinate, and monitor and manage their road construction projects all over the country, in out-of-the-way places, travel a lot on dusty and bad roads in Jeeps, live in tents or sheds improvised at site, enjoy no holidays, work 12 hours from dawn to dusk braving sun and rain and bad weather, dust, and other difficult site conditions.

The pay and other perks were good (almost twice the market rates for other civil engineering jobs) as otherwise no one would apply. Enough leave was offered between projects but not during the duration of the project.

I had applied and was invited to attend the interview. It started with a group discussion. I aced it as I was good at English. Most others could not express themselves properly. Most of us were fresh graduates but there were a few senior people with 3 to 5 years of experience already and they were the main competitors for me.

After the group discussion I was shortlisted for the final interview with a senior executive of the company. He noticed my innocent, scholarly and studious face, smiled at my smooth talk in good English, pretended to be impressed with my mark lists, and several commendation certificates given by my professors, and my certificates about extra curricular activities, but was sure I would not fit in for a job like this. They needed some tough guys, to manage subcontractors and laborers, and not bookish scholars good in Bending Moment and Shear forces and talking great English at those difficult project sites.

This senior executive rather liked me and made it clear in the friendly way he was speaking to me and wished me well but he was sure I was the wrong person for the job. He decided to have some fun with me. After a lot of mild ragging, during which time he indirectly tried to tell me that I was better off elsewhere, he finally came up with this question after describing the following scenario.

You are in charge of the project. You have just completed a stretch of road work. You check the survey readings and find out that the level of the top of the road is 6 inches less than it should be as per the drawings and specifications. You are told this at the last minute, just before the Government’s inspection team of engineers is visiting the site to check and certify the work following which they would release payment which is badly needed by the company to pay the subcontractors who have to pay their laborers. Those laborers would desert the site if not paid in time and we could not afford to let that happen.

How do you ensure that the Government’s inspection team members don’t find out about our goof up? Your surveyor suggests cooking up survey readings and adjusting benchmark level records. Do you agree, and what adjustments to which readings and levels would you make?

I was found wanting! And how! I told them I would myself tell them about the error and promise to rectify it as soon as possible on an emergency basis.

You can all guess if I got the job or not!

Two weeks later I was on the train to Roorkee to join the Structures section of the Civil engineering department.

“ Sell me your shirt “ said the HR

(All thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio )

Date : 09–09–19

I got notification from the Placement cell regarding a startup company (estd.2012)

The company had decent vacancies and various job profiles .

I applied for the job profile "Business Development Executive" (personal interest)

* ROUND ONE *: Written test and data analysis.

After the test company HR assistants

(2 people) were conducting a personal interview.

* SECOND ROUND *: personal informational interview

They called out my name.

I was just as nervous as in the first interview.

HR: Tell me about yourself

* Answered *

HR: Why

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"Sell me your shirt," said HR

(All thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio)

Date: 09–09–19

I received a notification from the Location cell regarding a start-up business (est. 2012)

The company had decent openings and various job profiles.

I applied for the job profile "Business Development Executive" (personal interest)

* ROUND ONE *: Written test and data analysis.

After the test company HR assistants

(2 people) were conducting a personal interview.

* SECOND ROUND *: personal informational interview

They called out my name.

I was just as nervous as in the first interview.

HR: Tell me about yourself

* Answered *

HR: Why do you want to get this job?

* Answered *

HR: Being a mechanical engineer, why did you apply for the commercial executive position?

* Answered *

HR: ¿En qué se diferencia de otros estudiantes de MBA que solicitaron el mismo perfil laboral?

*Contestado*

HR: ¡Véndeme tu camisa!

I was totally blacked out then I remembered a scene from THE WOLF OF WALL STREET where he asks to sell the pen

Answered in LEONARDO DI CAPRIO'S WAY

(Created Urgency)

HR : Okay …You can wait outside.

Those 10mins were the hardest of my life.

I heard my Placement officer saying only 21 people has got selected .

Placement officer started calling out names .

I was not in first 10

I was not under 20

PO called out 20th person's name.

PO : The only one who got selected for BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE profile is SOURABH JOSHI.

PO : You people have 2 more rounds tomorrow ( salary discussion and company commitment)

Result : SELECTED

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