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Tips to prepare for internship interviews

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TO THE CLASS OF '24!

Hello you all, I hope you are making a good use of summer break and drinking enough water. This is a post with reference to the post by Vamsi Krishna Gollapudi for important tips to prepare for the internship interviews.

Original Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/760104427344959...

This is how a typical 3rd year begins, for 'unprepared students':

  • Random run around for getting things done
  • Making last-minute unpolished resumes
  • Sitting blank in the interview hall
  • Waiting for companies to come and for you to try

I don't think there is a definite way of preparing, but here is a list of things you might wanna keep in mind during your holidays:

  • [AVG] Prepare your resume for on-campus interviews and polish it over time, here is a link for college format: https://admin.nitdgp.ac.in/.../08/14/CV_Format_for_UG.pdf
  • [IMP] Prepare well in Data structures and Algorithms
  • [IMP] Prepare another wonderful resume for off-campus applications. You can refer to https://www.overleaf.com/project for templates.
  • [IMP] Create an updated LinkedIn profile with proper details. Make connections and look for internship opportunities there. Since the situation is unpredictable, don’t leave any stone unturned.
  • [IMP] Since the interview may be conducted online, make sure you have a stable internet connection for a hassle-free interview
  • [V IMP] Decide on what you want to pursue later on since you have to work on it from the next sem itself!

PS: You will be asked coding questions in interviews and can be asked to write the code. Try to practice writing correct code in one go. Also try to avoid a text editor with autocomplete feature while practicing, you can also practice with pen-paper. This year interviews may be offline or online. So prepare yourself accordingly. Practicing mock interviews will help you for that and also help you to gain confidence in addressing problems.

Link: https://www.interviewbit.com/mock-interview/

For people who want jobs:

  • Buy a formal dress for on-campus interviews: Should be a white formal + black pant + formal shoes, its a dress code you have to abide by
  • Most companies right now are just interested in interns and give PPO to them, so don't think if you mess it up now, you will get yourself together in your final year since there might not be a chance. Also due to COVID-19, many companies are conducting PPI. So prepare yourself for it.
  • The typical structure of on-campus interviews: Coding round with Qs and problems to solve. For this, you need to practice CP quite a bit, not a lot, but a good amount.
  • GD, this is quite random I should say. (Generally tech-companies do not conduct GD.)
  • Interview: This is where your Resume matters, they screw you over your resume and ask each and everything you wrote in it. If not, they will ask from subjects you wrote the exam on. YES! What you studied in college does matter and they WILL ask Qs from your syllabus.

Few things on Resumes:

  • Enter your qualifications exact, don't try to overdo it or fake it
  • You might not have any internship, if you do, that's great. Else, please do some mini-projects over the next few weeks and put them up in your resume and GitHub.
  • ASK your seniors whom you trust to review it. They know what mistakes they made, and will always be ready to help so that you won't do the same.

For people opting for MS:

  • Ask your profs over next year if they have any projects and work on them
  • Try as much as you can for a foreign research intern or intern at IITs, they hold more weightage than you think.

You should also refer to the interview experiences at:

https://recursionnitd.in/experience/

This will give you a fair idea of the questions asked in interviews.

All of this may seem intimidating at first, but don’t worry. Just believe in yourself and give your best.

Best of Luck.

Posted by: code_OR on June 20, 2022, 10:21 a.m. Last updated on June 20, 2022, 10:21 a.m.


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