Kamalpreet Singh who was placed at Ion talks about his interview experience and some other tips to prepare for placement season. Check out what he says about the placement season
Kamalpreet Singh’s Ion Interview Experience
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Ques. Introduce yourself to the readers
I\’m Kamalpreet Singh, and I\’m currently in my fourth year of college. I\’m excited to share that I\’ve been successfully placed at ION. Along my academic journey, I\’ve actively participated in various hackathons, and most notably, I had the privilege of winning the Smart India Hackathon (SIH) organized by the Government of India in 2022. Additionally, I\’ve achieved success in numerous college-level hackathons.
I\’m a well-rounded individual, actively engaging in both technical and non-technical activities. I\’ve been a part of several societies such as MLSC, OWASP, and ACM . Within the OWASP society, I served as the secretary. This diverse involvement in technical and non-technical domains has been extremely beneficial for my personal and professional growth.
Ques. What was the difficulty level of the interview? (1- very easy, 10-very difficult)
7 out of 10
Ques. What was the procedure of the placement that took place? (Shortlisting criteria/ coding or aptitude test/ number of interviews)
The placement process at ION was a multi-step journey that began with an initial Google form-based shortlisting phase, resulting in approximately 820 candidates making it to the next stage. The Online Assessment (OA) test featured 14 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) covering computer science fundamentals and aptitude, along with two medium-level coding questions. One of these coding questions focused on Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) to develop a ticket management system. Following the OA, only 150 students were shortlisted in SDE role, with ION offering positions in both Technical Analyst and Software Development roles. For the Technical Analyst role, 100 MCQs were administered and 100 students were shortlisted in that role, resulting in a total of 250 students shortlisted. I was shortlisted in SDE role.
Post-OA, there were five interview rounds, with the first being a comprehensive technical interview lasting approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, covering topics such as Data Structures and Algorithms (DSA), OOP, and puzzles. In the OOP segment, candidates were asked to explain the four pillars of OOP and design a payment gateway using them. The DSA portion involved digitizing token system in hospitals and displaying them in a patient appointment order system, with discussions on the use of various data types like queues, linked lists, hash maps, and priority queues for emergency systems.
The second round was a case study-based non-technical interview, followed by a stakeholder interview in the third round where company stakeholders delved into candidates\’ projects and resumes, along with HR-related questions. The fourth round involved a visit to ION\’s headquarters in Noida, which was named as \”ION day,\” with around 25 students making it to this stage. Each round served as an elimination round.
During the visit to ION headquarters, a meeting with the country head included a group discussion (GD) round with 9-10 students in each batch. The country head observed and evaluated candidates, resulting in the elimination of 4 students. Finally, the fifth round of interviews was conducted by another country head, in this case, an Italian individual. This round primarily assessed candidates\’ communication skills, evaluating their ability to communicate effectively with international colleagues in a real-world setting. The entire process was a rigorous and thorough evaluation to select the best-suited candidates for ION\’s various roles.
And at last about 18 students were selected of which 9 were for Software developer roles.
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