Gaurav Pahwa’s Zomato Interview Experience

Gaurav Pahwa who was placed at Zomato talks about his interview experience and some other tips to prepare for placement season. Check out what he says about the placement season.

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Ques. Introduce yourself to the readers

I\’m Gaurav, currently pursuing Computer Engineering at Thapar University. I currently maintain a CGPA of 9.26, which reflects a strong academic performance. I believe that a high CGPA is important because several companies this year have set CGPA cut-offs. Apart from my academics, I have been actively coding for the past 2.5 years, participating in coding contests on leetcode, and consistently achieving competitive rankings. I also have a little interest in finance.

Ques. What was the difficulty level of the interview? (1- very easy, 10-very difficult)

I think 8.5-9.

Ques. What was the procedure of the placement that took place? (Shortlisting criteria/ coding or aptitude test/ number of interviews)

The company mentioned a CGPA requirement of 7.5, but there was also an unofficial preference for those with CGPAs around 8.9. Students with CGPAs above 8.9 were all chosen,while those with CGPAs between 7.5 and 8.9 were assessed based on their prior experiences and projects, and only a few were selected.

Everything took place on the same day. Our test was scheduled for around 2 pm, followed by two rounds of interviews conducted at approximately 5 pm. Both interviews were technical in nature, with some HR questions asked at the end of each interview.

Ques. Tell us about the written/online test. (Aptitude, Coding, Test Platform, etc)

About 270 students were chosen to take an online test, which was conducted in the labs at TIET. The test comprised 13 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and 3 coding questions, with a time limit of 20 minutes for the MCQs and 60 minutes for the coding questions. The MCQs covered topics related to computer fundamentals, with a focus on DSA, OS, and DBMS. The difficulty level of the MCQs was moderate, and I could confidently answer approximately 10-11 of them.
As for the coding questions, I managed to complete one entirely and half of the second one. Unfortunately, I couldn’t finish the third coding question. One of the questions involved a priority queue, which was directly inspired by a problem I had encountered on LeetCode during one of my previous coding contests. The second question revolved around the sliding window approach, but the optimal approach didn’t strike me at that time, so I used a brute force method, resulting in only a few test cases passing. Unfortunately, I was unable to solve the third question, which revolved around backtracking and graph concepts.

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