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Ayush Ostwal

Ayush Ostwal graduating from IIT Kanpur, Branch- Mechanical Engineering department as a Graduate (B.Tech) in 2020 has been placed as Data Scientist in HiLabs Inc..

a) Other companies that I was shortlisted for b) Analysis of available options (based on profile, growth, compensation, Brand Name, etc) I had given interview for JLR (Engineer trainee), Zomato (Data Science), VMock(Data Science), HiLabs(Data Science) ,ThoughtSpot and Blackrock. I was selected in Hilabs and Vmock for Data Scientist post. Both are IIT startups. HiLabs was offering more compensation and a better location (which I wanted). Profile wise both were same. Growth wise, HiLabs was growing at a much faster rate. Vmock is much more established and HiLabs have just launched their product in recent years.

I have done a lot of courses. I am sure every one does. But to revise all the courses that you mention in your resume is must. I have revised all my courses. I have revised all my projects and written all important points in a single sheet of paper. Same for internships. This was the main preparation of technical part. For HR section, I have prepared all my answers in advance and written them, modified them with each interview. I have also prepared all major puzzles and coding question from geek for geeks. Addition to this, I have solved a lots of problems in interview bit (42 days streak with 200 points daily). Before every interview, I have also prepared some about company. What it does? What was its growth. Etc

The complete process is very exhausting. On Day 1 I had interview in JLR and Zomato (of course both rejected me). I was totally lost. I had nor interview in day2 . But gathered some strength and started preparing for next interviews. Then suddenly I was called that I have shortlisted in extended list for 3 companies- HiLabs, VMock and ThoughtSpot. On the day I was placed I have given around 7 rounds of interview. Because each company has 3 interview (I missed 2 interviews for ThoughtSpot). At last I was selected in VMock and HiLabs.

Do’s: Prepare well your resume. Revise all your course, projects, internships. Solve puzzles and guesstimates prior to interview Talk to your seniors. Prepare HR well. Do company research Be confident. (you were in 10,000 out of 10,00,000 students who cleared JEE. Almost 1%) Don’ts First of all don’t panic. All students with you are having placement season for the first time. Do not take any interview lightly.



Final Tips :
Do not PANIC at all. There are a lot of companies that will come. Be in contact with your friends. Prepare with them. Discuss with them, with your parents.


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