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« on: September 24, 2014, 10:46:38 pm »
TopTalent: Can you tell us about the interview process ?

Google conducted APAC test for 2015 graduating students in Asia pacific regions . I was 8th overall and 2nd in India after Divanshu. I was called for interviews at Google Bangalore office after that. I had 4 interviews in total and all of them were based on data structures and algorithms. A few basic questions were also asked from OS .

TopTalent: Can you give us a brief account of what you felt was the toughest interview?

According to me all the interviews were of similar difficulty level . They were testing different domains in Algorithms and Data structures . The last interview was relatively at a bit higher difficulty level .

TopTalent: What was your preparation strategy?

I revised all my computer science CDCs before the placement season started . Lecture slides were good enough for that. I prepared for the GATE exam in the beginning of the year and it saved a lot of time for me during placement season. In my last 4 years my goal was to learn as many new technologies as possible . I gained introductory knowledge in web designing, Machine learning , Network Science, Application development etc . Apart from that I regularly practiced on codechef and topcoder to improve my programming and problem solving skills . I also thoroughly revised my projects which were mentioned in my resume before the interviews.

TopTalent: What kind of skills do you think helped you getting this job?

Mainly programming skills. I like participating in various programming contest and it improved my knowledge in algorithms as well as my programming skills. For eg . I learned to spend more time in designing the solution than in coding. Special thanks to my friend N
Hari Prasad ( Google Hyd ) who guided me all the time .

TopTalent: What resources did you consult? Where did you practice problems from ?

For my computer science subjects I mainly used my textbooks and lecture slides. For Algorithms I used Cormen and various tutorials on internet.

TopTalent: How was Competitive Programming useful in the interview?

By participating in such competitions and practicing in topcoder, I improved in terms of speed , Accuracy , Efficiency , and problem solving approaches . All of them plays crucial role in interviews where we are asked to design and code the solution for an unseen problem

TopTalent: Were grades a factor in you getting selected ?

Google asked for my grade sheet after all the interviews were over . Hence it was part of their review process . Good grades always make a better impression .

TopTalent: What’ s your advice to students who are aiming for similar placement offers as yours?

1) Writing code after you solve a question or learn a new data structure or algorithm is equally important . Make a habit to write neat and readable code as that helps your entire team . Make sure you get your code reviewed. In case of programming puzzles , see the setter ’ s solution .
2) Attend your classes regularly .
3) Find your passion and never give up on it. Rest all follows.
4) Keep yourself updated with new technologies.

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