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SDE - 1

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4 rounds | 5 Coding problems

Interview preparation journey

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Preparation
Duration: 6 months
Topics: Data Structures, Algorithms, Low Level Design (OOPS), Live Projects, High Level Design (Basic).
Tip
Tip

Tip 1 : Strong hold in DS and Algorithms
Tip 2 : Working knowledge of OOPS concept.
Tip 3 : Working projects worked on with live links should be mentioned in resume.

Application process
Where: Referral
Eligibility: 7+ CGPA
Resume Tip
Resume tip

Tip 1 : Ignore blocks like hobbies and try to add more in experience and projects and achievements sections.
Tip 2 : Make resume using overleaf.com with proper formats, keep it 1 pager.

Interview rounds

01
Round
Medium
Video Call
Duration60 minutes
Interview date1 Oct 2022
Coding problem1

1. Minimum Cost to Reach End

Moderate
25m average time
65% success
0/80
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Deutsche BankVisaArcesium

You are given an array “ARR” of 'N' integers and an integer ...

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Problem approach

I solved using greedy algorithm at each position checked the cost of visiting current index or hoping to other + fixed cost which ever is least.

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02
Round
Medium
Video Call
Duration60 minutes
Interview date1 Oct 2022
Coding problem1

1. System Design Question

TO design Data structure to carry two stack operations at once. (Input will be stack1 , push, 4) or (stack2, pop) or(stack1, showVaueOnTop())..

Problem approach

Tip 1 : Tried working on array solution to choose start as 1 stack and end as starting of other.
Tip 2 : Finally made a solution using linked list growing in both directions.
 

03
Round
Hard
Video Call
Duration60 minutes
Interview date1 Oct 2022
Coding problem2

1. Basic DSA

Design data structure to insert, delete, getRandom in O(1) time.

Problem approach

Created a vector, and map and worked.

2. Travelling Salesman Problem

Hard
50m average time
50% success
0/120
Asked in companies
MicrosoftGoogleOpera

Given a list of cities numbered from 0 to N-1 and a matrix 'DISTANCE' consisting of 'N' rows and 'N' columns ...

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Problem approach

Used graph concept.

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04
Round
Easy
HR Round
Duration45 minutes
Interview date1 Oct 2022
Coding problem1

General Managerial round with 1 basic question on design.

1. System Design Question

Design basic API to catch user mobile usage patterns.


 

Problem approach

Tip 1 : Told him arguments, database that will be used.
Tip 2 : Usage of API.
 

Here's your problem of the day

Solving this problem will increase your chance to get selected in this company

Minimum number of operands are required to use relational operators?

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