Priyal Bhandari

Priyal Bhandari graduating from IIT Kanpur, BSBE department as a Graduate (B.Tech) in 2020 has been placed as MC Analytics in Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC).

a) Other companies that I was shortlisted for JPMC, Goldman Sachs, Blackrock, American Express, Alphonso, Indus Insights and Finmechanics b) Analysis of available options (based on profile, growth, compensation, Brand Name, etc) On Day 1 I had 4 interviews- JPMC, GS, PwC and Finmechanics. I was interested in quant and consulting roles and had JPMC as my first preference. Since I was offered a position in PwC, I could not interview for Blackrock, AmEx and Alphonso as they were scheduled for Day 1 Slot 2.

I would like to answer this step by step- 1. Profile Selection and Resume Building- To start with, I made up my mind that I wanted to aim for Quant, Consulting and Analyst roles mainly. Once I was clear with this, I made a list of all the companies that come for this role and contacted seniors to get an idea of what the different companies ask in their tests and interviews. Soon after my internship ended in summers, I focussed on building my resume for different profiles. I took help of many sample resumes that I could collect from my seniors and later got my resume reviewed from them. 2. Coding: Having a good grasp on C++ (at least till ESC101 level) becomes necessary to clear most of the tests. I started with solving Codeforces ladders and then eventually moved to interviewbit and GFG. Solving company wise questions in allotted time turned out to be very useful. 3. Quant: Being thorough with the puzzles and prob stat questions gives one an edge in the quant profile tests and interviews. To achieve this, I started by revising prob stats concepts through HSO notes and then moved on to solve puzzles from Brainstellar, 50 CP and GFG. Doing each and every puzzle from Brainstellar and 50CP really helped in the tests and interviews as many questions were either directly taken from these sources or were more or less similar to them. 4. Aptitude: The questions asked are really easy so it becomes a game of speed then. I solved CAT papers in set time and also tried out few topic wise questions from Pariksha. 5. Consulting- I started by watching Victor Cheng’s videos followed by understanding few sample cases from the book case interview cracked. After this, I used to practise different types of cases with my friends and tried to improve my communication and presentation skills.

PwC: The selection procedure started with resume shortlisting of around 30 students. The company then allotted us buddies to help us with the case preparation. I had two interview rounds, the first one started with some ice breaking question like introduce yourself and why consulting followed by a profitability case on a restaurant chain. In the end the interviewer asked me to do some quick calculations. In the second round, I was asked about my internshipexperience and a case study related to a telecom company. Interviewer also asked me to draw e sinx and e sin2x graphs JPMC: The test consisted of coding, quant and maths questions. In the first round of interview, I was asked to walk them through my resume, strategy puzzles and puzzles on probability. In the second round I was asked why quant and not BSBE core. This was followed by questions on calculating expectation, data structures and some theoretical questions on probability. Goldman Sachs: The test consisted of coding, quant, maths and HR questions. In the first round of interview, I was asked probability puzzles, 1 coding question and resume based questions. In the second round I was asked why I did not go for BSBE core followed by questions on projects and probability.

Do’s: I personally feel the earlier you start preparing for placements, the more confident you feel. Do not prepare alone but rather have a placement buddy to prepare with, this will keep you motivated. Do not shy out to talk to relevant seniors regarding tests and interviews. Lastly, practise as many coding and quant questions as you can, it increases your confidence and knowledge on different profile of questions. Dont’s: Do not try out your hand on all profiles but rather decide and filter the profiles you want to aim at and then focus on preparing for them. Stay away from unhealthy competition and do not hamper your mental well being when things don’t go the way you wanted them to. Good things take time.

Final Tips :
Try solving questions from past year placement interviews and tests, sometimes they are asked as it is. Enjoy the process of preparation without thinking much of the final results. Good luck!