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Arista Networks Internship Interview – Software Development Engineer Intern – Yaman Kumar


Yaman Kumar, SDE Intern, Arista Networks shares his Interview Process in this brief interview

College: NSIT

Stream: Computer Engineering


Please tell us about your Interview procedure at Arista Networks (Short listing procedure, GDs, Interviews, Questions).

Yaman Kumar Arista Networks Internship Interview Software Development Engineer InternArista Networks came to our campus for the first time. Initially, all the branches were allowed and the percentage criterion was 60% initially. But in the subsequent round students from only COE, IT were shortlisted. For the next round we were asked to give our resumes and percentages. Students were then shortlisted based on these two. It was apparent that the percentage criterion was updated to 70-75% (as only the students having above 70-75% were selected).

The next round was online coding round on Hackerrank platform. 4 questions were asked ( 1 was very easy but the rest 3 were more of comprehension type and were relatively difficult ). Those who were able to do more than 2 were selected for the next round (Ps: Only 4 were selected)

The final round was interview round. We got interviewed for 1-1.5 hours each. The interviewer asked us questions about DS and Algorithms. We were asked to write code and check it.

Finally 3 were selected amongst us and I was lucky enough to be one of them.


What and how many internships and projects you did at college? How did you get them?

I made 2 projects in the previous 2 years. The first one was made as a part of winter training. The second one was a team project made by me and Shubham Yadav. We made an OCR application which recognised handwritten and printed text and converted it to document (machine parsable) format.

Apart from this, I did an internship at Aspiring Minds from Jan- Jul. It was basically more of a teaching assistant (TA) kind of job.


What makes this company different from other firms?

Arista Networks is a mid size company dealing with EOS and network switches (No it is not a hardware company!). The switches that Arista makes are faster than its biggest competitors (Cisco and Jupiter Networks) thanks to the software that drives them.


How did you prepare for the placement season? What advice would you give to your juniors regarding the placement season?

I did not prepare much for the internship season. I was more involved with my project and machine learning in summers. I am fairly active on online coding platforms which have really helped me a lot. But during the last week I went through my basics and revised them.


What’s the role of academics in getting a good placement?

Maintaining a good percentage ( read above 70%) is super important since MOST of the companies put that much as the criterion. Rest our course is archaic. Apart from 2-3 subjects our coursework is not much of use (although it has been updated as of now. Relief!!)


Elaborate on the type of work in this kind of role?

As told by my interviewer, we would be working on a real project in groups of two. The level of project will be same as a regular full time employee faces.


What growth opportunities does this company provide? Is there any global exposure?

(As told by the interviewer) Yes, Arista being a mid size company is fairly open in culture and growth is very high. Arista networks is an American Company with its head office in San Francisco.


Would you like to give any general advice to your juniors?

Just focus on basics (Even linked list has many uses :P). Practice writing code on white paper.