Kritika Gupta, studying in IIT Kanpur as a B.Tech student will do his summer internship in HARDWARE profile at GOOGLE
- I started preparation specifically for intern season around 2-3 weeks before tests started. - Profiles prepared – core EE - How - Core EE preparation: Revised ESC201 thoroughly (RC circuits, bode plots etc.), revised EE210 (Analog electronics, MOSFETs, BJTs, etc.) and read some fundamentals of digital electronics, such as logic gates, latches, flip-flops, registers, some basic Verilog etc. (EE370 only the basics). I also looked at some standard interview problems and brushed up on basic coding. If they ask you some coding - HR: For HR, looked at some standard questions on the internet - Resume prep tips: A good CPI, projects in core EE, and I had around 3-4 positions of responsibility described (coordinator, secretary for two clubs, and SG). It’s important that your resume doesn’t look empty, even if you have done non-core things you should write those down. Also, writing down relevant courses you’ve done (department courses in EE or online courses, for which you will have to provide a certificate to SPO) is important as it highlights your knowledge base. Writing down your skills such as relevant software you have knowledge of, coding languages you are proficient in is also important. A database of resumes I believe is available if you ask your seniors, to get an idea as to how they generally look. Ask seniors to review your resume before submitting it to the portal, they’ll provide you with required formatting/editing tips.
- Interview experience: My interview experience with Google was quite friendly, mostly very basic questions were asked related to core as well as HR. It’s important to be calm during the interview, and ask the interviewer questions if any doubts arise. Engaging with the process is important I would say. Also, remember while solving the questions to be explaining your thought process as you are solving the question, as to why you are doing what you are and how you are doing it, as opposed to simply giving the final answer. More than whether you are able to solve the question, I believe interviewers want to know the way you process questions and how good your problem solving abilities are. - I would say the major factor leading to my selection would probably be my CPI, in the resume shortlisting phase. I managed to maintain it at a decent 9+ level till before the intern season. Other than that, I had done a Verilog course online during the summers which was helpful during the interview. I was also able to do a project as well as several PoRs which helped my resume be somewhat multi-dimensional. - Prep tips – Solving questions is important I would say. Also, as I wasn’t interesting in or skilled at coding, I hadn’t prepared very well, but even in core a very basic level of coding is required. Solving simple questions (string printing, random number generating, EE related such as printing the ones complement of a binary number, or converting a decimal to binary) are important. Also, don’t be afraid to approach seniors for specific help with regards to how you should prepare, how interviews generally are, and so on, for any profile. - During the summer, if you are planning on going for core, then having one or two projects becomes very helpful for filling up your resume, and the experience itself is quite enriching. Approach professors within the department (email IDs available on the department website, faculty section) in your area of interest (for me it was microelectronics), and write a detailed email to them explaining why you want the project, why you’re interested in that area of research, your previous experience and existing skill set (MATLAB, Arduino, etc.). Besides that, staying in touch with core EE (revising ESC201) is helpful, as it would lead to less stress right before intern season starts (especially if you’re preparing multiple profiles)