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Archit Awasthi

Archit Awasthi graduating from IIT Kanpur, Electrical Engineering department as a Graduate (B.Tech) in 2020 has been placed as Applications Engineer in Oracle India.

a) Other companies that I was shortlisted for: Day 1 Slot 1: FinMechanics Day 1 Slot 2: SAP Labs Wells Fargo Oracle India Other companies that I cleared shortlist but did not appear for: Jaguar, Deloitte, Postman, Hilabs, Citrix b) Analysis of available options (based on profile, growth, compensation, Brand Name, etc) FinMechanics: Position: Associate Consultant CTC ~ 15 - 18L Location: Mumbai Company Analysis: Previously used to hire from IITB, IITM, and IITD. Co-founded by IITK an alum. Small team, so high learning curve and fast growth opportunities. As per an ex-employee, the work is 90% coding and 10% finance with client facing roles, hence great fit for someone with a tech background interested in consulting. Most of the work is done in Node.js and Python. SAP Labs: Position: Associate Developer CTC ~ 37L Location: Bangalore Company Analysis: Positive reviews by alumni. Great place to work, with many employee perks. Prefers to hire MTechs. As with every big company, lot of things depend on project allocated. Wells Fargo: Position: Program Associate A CTC ~ 30L Location: Bangalore/Hyderabad Company Analysis: Most of the work is in tech domain. Workload is quite heavy but interesting. Oracle: ` Position: Application Engineer CTC: 27.5L Location: Bangalore/Hyderabad Company Analysis: Most of the work is on Java and SQL and other proprietary software. Offer has a 2-year clawback on joining bonus

I started my placement preparations from June, after the completion of my internship. I was targeting for tech domain, so I started the preparation by revisiting Data Structures. I had also taken a big break from solving coding questions after the internship season, so I was very much in need of brushing my coding skills. I did my problem-solving practice majorly on leetcode and tried to solve at least one problem a day. I started with the easy problems; it helped me regain lost confidence, and slowly moved on to more advanced problems. I used geeksforgeeks for revisiting concepts. Just going through different solutions of the same problem on gfg was a great learning experience. The next phase was the resume preparation. I partnered with a couple of my friends and we used to review each other’s resumes. I was able to refine my resume a lot, in terms of vocabulary used and points presented, after consulting with my friends. I received many valuable advice from a lot of seniors who had appeared for the placements a year before. This was followed by interview preparation. The interview preparation started in November. I participated in mock interviews with my friends, where we prepared every aspect of our resume and tried to cover all possible questions that the interviewer could asked based on our resume. This involved revising terms and projects mentioned in the resume. We also prepared our answers to st

My first interview was FinMechanics, scheduled to begin at 3 a.m. but was preponed and started at 1:30 a.m. The interview was focused on the answers that I had previously filled during the test. The company focuses a lot on employee fit with company culture and hence its rounds were mostly HR question based. I suffered a bit in this round as I had not prepared my introduction well. My next interview was with SAP Labs scheduled to start at 12 p.m. But the interview started at 12:25 as the interviewer was late. The interviewer asked some basic questions and started with the coding round. This was followed by a rapid-fire round consisting of DSnA questions as well as brain teasers. The interview ended at 1:15. My third interview for the day was with Wells Fargo, scheduled to begin at 12:55. As my previous interview ended late, I was 20 minutes late to join the meeting. This was met with a cold reception from the interview panel and as expected the interview was very short. The interview started without any introduction and consisted of a single coding problem. (Note: I had already informed the concerned coordinators at SPO about the possible clash but somehow it was not conveyed to the company) My fourth and last interview was with Oracle which started at 3 p.m. I was already shaking from my previous interview experience. The interview consisted of 3 rounds. The first round had some coding questions followed by a system design question and a discussion about work at internship. The second round was resume discussion where the interviewer went through the resume and discussed the projects mentioned. This was immediately followed by the third round with the HR which lasted about 5 minutes. It was the first time that placements were held virtually, so naturally it was a challenging experience for all the parties involved and there were some loose ends, but overall things were managed fantastically by everyone.

Do’s: • Reach out to seniors and alumni. Their experience can help a lot. • Form a group of 1-2 friends, who are targeting similar profile, to discuss the preparation progress. • Prepare answers for standard interview questions. Not just write but practise delivery of these answers. • Go through the previous year questions or questions asked in other IITs. Most companies have a limited question set and questions repeat a lot. • Decide the profile you want to appear for and prepare accordingly. Take your batchmate’s and senior’s help in deciding the profile you want to take up. Don’ts: • Do not give up the preparation at any point of time. Many people tend to get depressed and disheartened when they are unable to perform in a few tests. • Do not stop applying for an opening just because you feel underprepared. • Do not panic at any point of time; the whole process is a test of your patience and composure.



Final Tips :
Hope for the best and prepare for the worst. At the end of the day, the result is dependant on many different factors including, but not limited to, your preparation and interviewer’s state of mind at the moment.


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