Name: Ishaan Mudgal
Branch: Computer Engineering
Company Name: Samsung R&D
Profile: Software Developer
DT : How have the placements/internships for your branch been this year? Please share the highlights of the placements/internship season so far.
The placements for my branch have been great. Nearly 65% of the batch is placed. There are a lot of software companies lined up in the coming days and we hope Computer Engineering is the first branch to cross the 80% mark, hopefully at the end of mass recruiter week.
There have been a lot of highlights this placement season. Most notably, 12 students were offered an opportunity to work with Works Application, Shanghai Office with a package of 40 LPA.
Also, many dream companies like Amazon, Samsung, Qualcomm have done mass hiring from DTU, which is a reflection of the great talent pool we have in our college.
DT : Have you witnessed a certain trend in the 4th (3rd) year students this year? Are there a larger percentage of students pursuing graduate studies or placements (non technical internships, technical ones or research internships)?
In my experience, there is an increase in the number of students aiming for non technical jobs/internships from last year.
There are a lot of students who want to move away from the technical sector and pursue a career in fields like business analysis, supply chain management etc.
As far as post-graduation is concerned, not many people from my branch are aiming for further studies.
DT : What did you give more weightage to – The Profile Offered or the Company Reputation?
In my experience, the profile offered carries as much weightage as the reputation of the company. A dream profile in an average company and an unsuitable profile in a dream company are both not suitable for a stable career in any sector.
I believe a balance between the profile offered and the company reputation is a must while applying for any company in any sector.
DT : Why did you select your particular profile and what parameters did you consider before making your choice?
To be honest I did not give much thought about the profile for which I was applying up until my final HR interview. I was so focused on securing a job with a well-paying package that I did not pay any heed to the profile I was applying for.
In my final HR interview, I was given a choice between two profiles. My interviewer wanted to know if I would be comfortable in both the profiles and that is when I realized how much job profile actually matters. If I would have said yes to both the profiles I may have been stuck in an unfavorable profile which may have affected my career growth.
I told my interviewer that I only wanted to apply for the software profile and luckily I was selected for that profile.
DT : What was the cutoff for your profile?
Cutoff was 70% for my branch and 75% for others.
DT : Was CV Shortlisting an eligibility criterion for the Test? What kind of Selection Test was it?
There was no CV shortlisting in Samsung, Bangalore.
The process for recruitment was as follows
- Samsung Software Competency Test – It is necessary to clear this test in order to be eligible for interviews.
- 2 Technical Interviews
- HR Interview
DT : How did you prepare for the selection test?
I went through the interview experiences for Samsung which are available on GeeksforGeeks. It gave me a rough idea about the kind of procedure followed by Samsung for recruitment and the difficulty level of the questions asked in the online test and technical interviews.
Apart from that I practiced coding questions daily for 2 hours for 3 months from GeeksforGeeks to strengthen my programming skills.
DT : Could you offer some tips to ace the interview round?
You should try and steer the interview towards your strengths as much as you can. For me, the first basic question in interviews “Tell me about yourself?” is the key to ace any interview.
That question provides one of the best opportunities for any candidate to demonstrate his strengths and why he is suitable for a job at the company.
So always have a suitable answer ready for that question.
DT : If you could go back in time and alter a decision(s) that you made regarding your placement, what would that be?
I would not like to reverse any decision.
I would rather learn from my mistakes than to alter a decision completely.
DT : How fierce was the competition this season? Any tips on how to get an edge?
The competition this year was very intense. There were many candidates who were better prepared than me this year. I’m lucky to have secured a job in the first week itself.
Try to stay positive as much as you can. Rejections can be very hard to get over in life but the key is to stay positive. It is not about how hard you can hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.
DT : Any advice you would like to give to the students?
Don’t take the placement season lightly or you’ll end up regretting it later.
Prepare well for placements and always believe yourself. No one will believe in you if you won’t.