My experience with interviews

Alright, let’s get started!

When I was in the final years in my college, companies come into our college, looking for new talent to be working in the company as soon as they graduate.

Me, without any clue but with pen & paper to make it seem like I know what I’m doing.
  1. Resume shortlisting
  2. Written / online aptitude exam
  3. Coding round
  4. Technical interview
  5. HR interview
  6. Done
  • I went back to my room, re-did the math…, yup, the answers came out correct. 🤨
  • Was my English fluency bad? No, I think I can keep with interviewers. 🤨
  • Is there something wrong with my resume? Hmm, nope, all feedbacks were good… 🤨
  • Is there something on my teeth, that made them think I’m an idiot? No…, my toothbrush is working fine 🤨
Me, tired, but willing to jump off a train 🤣
Vatsal trying to pose like me, ✌ nice attempt bro. 👍
Me, in a bridge-building exercise, with no clue on what I had made 🤣
  1. Don’t quit, the questions are intentionally hard, and likely impossible to solve. Don’t solve the problem in one go, build the solution instead, in steps.
  2. Appreciate and reflect the feedback in your results, this is super important, it makes the other person feel like you actually listened to them. If you doubt their feedback, ask them about it!
  3. Don’t panic! They are pressuring you. It’s just an interview, the worst that can happen is you’ll be rejected, you’ll get another shot. Look at me, 15 failed attempts before I made it!
Me after getting the job 😁 Cameraman: Vatsal Sodha

Problem-solving in a tense moment

Often, you would are in a make-it or break-it moment, like an exam or an interview; here are some tips, and follow them in this same order :

  1. By the book: if you know it’s a fact, just recall it and use it, no need to re-invent the wheel.
  2. Role model: for a brief moment, forget everything, and go through the list of people you know in your life, and who would be the best person to get out of this situation.., and do what they would have done!
  3. Optimist — Critic Analysis: When you have no clue how to solve a problem, become an optimist, and ignore all the reasons why you think a solution wouldn’t work, and just solve the problem however you can.
    Then become the critic and try to find flaws in the solution you just created.
    Then become the optimist, and try to find the answer to the flaws.
    Become the critics, then the optimist, and keep going back and forth, until you get the answer.

Ending Notes

I have no clue how we shoved everyone in the same staircase and managed to take this picture.

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Samridh Tuladhar

Samridh Tuladhar

A computer engineer, with a passion for cheap, affordable & environmentally friendly automation and utter disdain for paperwork and waiting.