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Pranuthi Kovuri


Pranuthi Kovuri, studying in IIT Kanpur as a BS student will do her summer internship in INTERN – DATA SCIENTIST profile at SCHLUMBERGER, PUNE

WHEN DID YOU START? I started preparing in the summer itself. I did competitive coding from Hackerrank in the starting. I used to spend almost 2 hours every day on coding in the summer. Then I used to work on puzzles, aptitude and other questions on probability from different sites like Brainstellar. But I realized that only this is not enough as the first phase progressed. I had been rejected in 2 interviews and many companies did not shortlist me because of my CPI. I had to improve my CPI and coding as well. Here I would like to say that IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO PUT IN AN EXTRA EFFORT AND PREPARE more. So I did the following: - I started doing Applied Machine learning course on Coursera. I found this to be very useful and it helped crack Schlumberger technical interview. - CPI plays a very important role. I would say 7.5 and above is necessary. Try to keep your CPI above it. Mine was not until the second phase started (it became above 7.5 after 5^(th) sem ended). After the second phase started, I was with more confidence since I overcame the above 2 problems. More companies were shortlisting me this time. In the Schlumberger case study round and the technical interview, the Applied ML course and my previous projects helped me a lot. WHAT PROFILES DID YOU PREPARE? I was interested and prepared for a business analyst/ data analyst/ data scientist interns. Programming skills, aptitude, probability and statistics and puzzle solving abilities are a must to crack these interns. RESUME Prepare your resume really well. It is important to defend each and every point of your resume when asked to. Your answer should be very confident and has to be aligned to the profile you are applying for. You should be able to say something about every word you write in your resume. My technical interview was mostly about my resume itself. The emphasis was on the projects I did in R and Python and its applications. The PORs came to use in my HR interview. I was asked my contributions in each of them and what exceptional I did in any one of them. I was able to answer that really well. Your answer should have the power to create the best impression about you.

- Doing competitive is not enough. Having application and ML knowledge is important (CSE students would have it, this is for the non-CSE students). Try to do courses on this part. - CPI is important. 7.5 And above is decent. - Like many people would say, be confident in the interviews. Try to tell them about your accomplishments and connect it to how those could be used in the profile you are applying for. - Be attentive in the interview. If they ask something, you should be able to recall the related stuff from your experience and win the interview. It is important to be confident and tell them that you don’t know something rather than blabbering. - Put everything you did in your resume – you never know which point they might find interesting. - Prepare and be confident about every point in the resume. (If you include that you participated in an xyz event, they would ask what your contribution is and your answer should have the power to create the best impression about you. In my case it was Prodigy, Antaragni.) HOW TO USE THE SUMMERS Summer gives you a lot of time for preparation, so planning it effectively is important. In summers, try to do competitive coding and some courses related to it. Hackerrank, InterviewBit are really good. Attend mock interviews/GD/exams conducted by SPO. Do aptitude, quant, puzzles, probability and stats from different online sites (brainstellar, Pariksha etc) and be prepared. It is important to not lose touch with coding, so keep doing it continuously. Take time to make your resumes and prepare the points as well for the interviews. This is not to be neglected!