Name: Rohan Rathi
Company Name: Uber
Profile: Software Engineer
How have the placements for your branch been this year? Please share the highlights of the placements season so far.
The placement session has been great so far. Several reputed companies including Flipkart, Microsoft, and Adobe have visited our campus. Majority of the students who interned this summer have received pre-placement offers as well.
The highlight of the placement season would be Code Nation coming to our college for the first time to hire both interns and FTE, and also the international offers made by a Mexican startup.
What did you give more weightage to – The Profile Offered or the Company Reputation?
According to me, the profile offered is more important, but the candidate should also pay heed to the company’s work environment to see if he/she is a cultural fit, that said, a good company does not always guarantee growth.
So, choosing a profile with viable growth options is considered better. It finally boils down to the kind of work you are assigned.
Why did you select the particular profile and what parameters did you consider before making your choice?
I love software development and have a passion for contributing to open source projects. Engineering is all about solving problems, and I knew that working with Uber would provide me the opportunity to work with the best minds in the industry.
There are several parameters one should consider including the pace of the work environment. As Uber is still transitioning from a startup to an MNC, it has a fast-paced environment with constantly changing requirements. There are other factors like the freedom to choose the projects you want to work on, the impact you would make and the scope for growth within the company.
What were the type of Selection Tests (Rounds)?
Uber had a cutoff of 5 CGPA. All the software and electronics branches were eligible. They had demanded that only strong competitive coders apply for the position offered.
1) Online Round
3 coding questions were given to be solved on Hackerrank. Out of 400 students, only 11 were shortlisted for the next round.
2) 3 Technical Interviews
All the problems asked were a mixture of coding/designing questions.
3) HR Interview
To test the soft skills and judge whether the candidate was culturally fit for the company.
How did you prepare for the selection tests?
I started my preparation at the beginning of my last semester. The fact that I had interned at Samsung and taken part in GSoC this summer helped me greatly in the process.
There are several good competitive programming and interview preparation websites online. I practiced on Interviewbit sincerely and also took part in the weekly coding challenges.
Other than that, I revised both OS and DBMS concepts from the prescribed books.
Could you offer some tips to ace the interview round?
1. Be honest with your interviewer.
Tread in the territory you feel most comfortable in. If you happen to be in a situation where you don’t know the answer, it’s always better to tell the truth rather than beat around the bush.
2. Try to learn the concepts instead of cramming them up.
I have seen many students trying to cram stuff up. If you see a problem that you can’t understand, try to solve it by writing it down.
3. Keep calm and be confident.
I’ve screwed quite a few interviews because I wasn’t prepared. A few mock interviews will help boost your confidence. Most interviewers understand the candidate’s situation and will do their best to make them comfortable.
Any advice you would like to give to the junior students?
Having faith in yourself is as important as your preparation. Remember that there are few who get their pick, and it is best not to worry unnecessarily but always strive to put your best foot forward.
I strongly feel that it is very important to get practical experience in the field of computer science. I’ve seen people get demoralized because they have a low CGPA. I have always prioritised actual development work over getting top grades. Try to maintain an average CGPA and concentrate on the real-world applications of your field, as the interviewers are more interested in the work you’ve done in the past four years.