By the time IVY visited our campus, I've been rejected by so many companies with so many reasons.
And I was doing my internship @OpenText, I took a leave and attended the interview.
Round 1: Aptitude and 2 java programs.
I was the 1st one to finish the test and came out around 20 mins before the test end.
But I got to know that I've been shortlisted for the 2nd round.
Next round was a Group Discussion and it was my 1st GD ever. topic given was "privatization of public companies lead to less corruption" Everyone else is writing so many points and I didn't find much to write so my paper had only 2 points "Employee and responsibility, people and psychology" for the 1st 2 minutes I didn't speak anything, Everyone was talking bad about govt and they said govt = corruption.
My point was completely opposite, I said to them it's not always that, I have a few examples where some private shops are also demanding corruptions where they sell more than MRP. The only point I said was Employee and responsibility matters. I also said that as long as there are people who give corruption, there will be people who accept corruption.
Called for Technical F2F interview (TR1):
He asked me multithreading, I said I know basics only, he asked me to write a program to create 2 threads and run them.
Next, he asked a puzzle 3 hats and stairs. (click to view more)and discussion went on for 30 minutes, he gave me some hints wherever I got stuck and he tried to confuse me when I was with the answer. Finally explained the answer
Next, he asked to explain Quick Sort, and to write the algorithm and explain. I explained it to his step by step. He said "your logic and code are doing exactly opposite" I explained him again step by step.
Then few more programs to find the height of a Binary tree, search an element in BST and few basic concepts.
He asked me to tell about myself, In every interview, I say some well-prepared script but this day I didn't say much but highlighted "from a point where my school rejected me in a competition to a point where I'm shortlisted for the onsite round of ACM ICPC is all my journey about"
He asked conditions for deadlock and explain it with an example, missed one condition (he said you missed this)
Write a syntactically correct Java program to reverse a string without using string functions. I don't know what I thought but I did it using Stack.
He said I'm done with the interview.
I thought I screwed up, I said I can do it using recursion also, He said: "No problem, I'm done with the interview".
After coming out, I realized that I could have done it in a normal way, everyone else who came to that interview laughed by listening to this.
(I thought it was already 9:00 PM, they are just calling for formality)
He asked about me, my family, I said.
HR asked me what do I do in my free time, I said so many things like movies, music, coding, writing answers on Quora...
He said what else. (I said That's it)
He also asked "Why IVY Comptech"
Me: Read reviews, I saw the term "Work-Life balance" so.
He: you should have read negatives also.
Me: Most of the negatives were about senior management, these reviews were there for OpenText also so not an issue.
He: Are you okay to join the internship next week.
Me: Is it possible to join in 2 weeks.
Time for results:
HR came out and said "Most of you have done an amazing part, but we have only 4 offers with us" and started reading names,
1st name wasn't mine. (I thouht I've been rejected here also) 2nd name was mine