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Samsung Summer Internship Process – Interview Questions – Software Trainee – Karan Tirthani

 

Karan Tirthani, Software Trainee at Samsung R & D ,Bangalore Shares his Selection process in this brief interview

College: NSIT

Branch: ECE

 

Please tell us about your Interview/Selection procedure (Short listing procedure, GDs, Interviews).

Karan Tirthani Samsung Software traineeThe interview process spanned in three rounds.

Round 1: Logical aptitude test

It was a one hour test including logical questions along with some English questions.

More than 50% students were selected in this round. Time is crucial in logical aptitude test so you can’t afford to spend too much time on one question.

Round 2: Coding round

Coding round consisted of three questions of different weightage. We were given 1 hour to solve them.

Two questions were 8 points each whereas one question was of 5 points.

I solved both the 8 points questions.

Q.1 8 points

Maximum subarray problem

This problem is asked quite often and can be found easily on popular sites.

Q.2 8 points

Complete a function to check if two given trees are equal or not (every element).

Q.3 5 points

Link: https://www.codechef.com/problems/SUMSLOPE

Round 3: group discussion

The third and final round was GD.  Groups of 11-12 people were made.

This round didn’t test technical skills. The topic for the GD was : is technology affecting human relations ?

31 students were selected.

28 from software, 3 from hardware.

 

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

I worked as a content writer at letscounsel.com, it is a website made by our seniors

I didn’t do any projects.

 

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

I learnt basic coding in 11th and 12th and practiced on various online platforms.

I spent the summer vacations after the second year learning data structures and algorithms.

There are many online blogs and websites like Stanford lectures, that I referred that immensely helped me.

https://see.stanford.edu/Course/CS106B/

My advice to juniors would be to focus on every concept thoroughly and not to move forward without understanding it completely. Practice a lot of questions and don’t just read code, implement it yourself even if you know the algorithm! It will help you to know about corner cases that are important in interviews.

 

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

Some of the companies only allow COE and IT, hence a decent percentage helps in being eligible for most of the companies. Being in ECE, pursuing the software field, we need to make every opportunity count.

Percentage above 70 will make you eligible for most of the companies.

Moreover, some of the companies use percentage as a decisive criterion when choosing equally capable candidates.

 

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

Software trainee. We will be assigned a mentor and we will work on live projects.

 

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

The age old advice: your first two years should be about exploring your interests. Get involved in events and societies in college. Don’t get disheartened if you are not selected you will eventually land in the right place. I didn’t get into any society but I tried for every single one of them: P.

You will meet so many new people. Take inspiration from them.

Don’t miss the opportunity to make some of the most amazing friends you will ever have.

And don’t forget to have fun.

College is about the process of finding yourself, and it doesn’t have to end here. Its okay if you don’t know where your interest lies.

And as coldplay says : Lights will guide you home 😛