D E Shaw Interview Experience | Set 13 (On-Campus)

  • 1st Round (On Paper)
    (+ 4 mark for each correct and – 1 for wrong ans)

    Section 1 – Logical Aptitude 20 questions for 20 minutes
    Section 2 – Technical 20 questions for 20 minutes ( C, C++, Java O/P questions, OS, Networking etc.)
    Section 3 – One Coding Question for 20 minutes

    It was a Dyanamic Programming problem. We were given a 2-D matrix of size [n*m] having time to cross each block and some blocks were containing ‘X’ denoting a bomb. We had to find minimum time of reaching to [n-1 , m-1] from [0 , 0] without passing through any bomb.



    16 students were selected for interview rounds.

  • 2nd Round (HR interview) [20-25 mins]
    1. Tell me something about yourself.
    2. Feedback about written round paper.
    3. Your ambition in life.
    4. He asked me to solve 2 aptitude questions from written round and matched the answers from my
      answer sheet.

    5. Why you want to join DE Shaw?
  • 3rd Round (Technical interview-1) [35-40 mins]
    1. My written round code was not 100% correct So, he asked me to find the error in my code and
      then asked to write the correct code.

    2. Given a 2-D matrix of 0,1 in such a way that each row has 1’s in beginning and then all 0’s.
              1 1 1 1 0 0 0
              1 1 0 0 0 0 0
              1 1 1 1 1 0 0
              1 1 1 0 0 0 0

      He asked me to write a code to find the row with maximum number of 1’s.

    3. Difference b/w TCP and UDP. Where is UDP used?
    4. Which is Layer-2 in OSI Model and it’s functionality.
    5. What is the functioning of Switch.
    6. Difference b/w port and socket.
    7. Basics of Socket Programming.
    8. Difference b/w process and thread. He gave a scenario and asked what to use process or thread in
      that scenario.

    9. Congestion Control in TCP.
    10. Puzzle – 2 player game, each one can choose any value between 1-10. Value of each turn of both players will be summed. When sum reaches 50 that player wins. He asked me to make a strategy for player A to win.
    11. Difference between const int *p and int const *p.

    8 students were selected for final round of interview.

  • 4th Round (Technical interview – 2) [1 hour]
      It was 3 AM in night, he asked how tiring was your 15 hrs long interview process.

    1. Given a table having [EmployeeId, EmpName, ManagerId], he asked to write a SQL query to print name of each employee with his manager’s name.
    2. What is a trigger? Why is it used?
    3. Can a trigger be written for select query?
    4. What is a cursor?
    5. Difference b/w SQL and PL/SQL.
    6. What is a view? Insertion and deletion in a view.
    7. Why is indexing done in DBMS? Types of indexing.
    8. There is an infinite stream of blocks. A random block in b/w is a ditch. A kangaroo is sitting in any block. Kangaroo will jump N times in total, ith jump will be of either I blocks or 0 blocks.
      What will be the maximum distance kangaroo can cover from starting point.

    9. Program to reverse a singly linked list by recursion.
    10. A 2-D matrix of 0,1 is given. 0’s denote water and 1’s denote land.
              0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
              0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
              0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
              0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
              0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

      Write a code to count Number of islands. Islands can be of any random shape. Any two adjacent 1’s (in any of 8 directions) are part of same island.

    11. He asked my ranks on Codechef , Codeforces , Spoj etc.

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