Microsoft Interview experience | Set 102 (On Campus for IDC)

Around 150 students appeared for the test.

Round 1 (75 minutes):

Online coding round hosted on HackerRank . Three coding questions were asked.

  1. Given a Linked List of integers, write a function to modify the linked list in-place such that all odd numbers appear before all the even numbers in the modified linked list. The relative order of even and odd numbers should remain the same. – https://www.geeksforgeeks.org/segregate-even-and-odd-elements-in-a-linked-list/
  2. Given a floating point number, calculate its square root without using in-built sqrt() function.
  3. Given a pattern string and a test string, implement RegEx substring matching. If the pattern is preceded by a ^, it will match with the starting position. Similarly, if it is preceded by a $, it will match the ending position. If no such markers are present, it will check whether pattern is a substring of test.
    Ex : ^coal
    coaltar
    Result : True
    tar$
    coaltar
    Result : True
    abcd
    efgh
    Result : False
    

25 students were selected for the next round.
Round 2(paper coding round):

  1. Print boundary traversal of Binary tree in clockwise direction.(Note: check for leaf nodes in left and right traversal for a given tree). – https://www.geeksforgeeks.org/boundary-traversal-of-binary-tree/
  2. Rotate a square image 90 degree clockwise. Optimize as much as u can. Similar Question: https://www.geeksforgeeks.org/inplace-rotate-square-matrix-by-90-degrees/

8 students were selected for further rounds.

Round 3 – Personal Interview 1

  1. Discussed about the 1st question asked in paper coding round, i.e., Boundary traversal of Binary tree.
  2. How to merge two BSTs . Asked me all the approaches that I was able to implement . Then asked me to do in O(logn), where n is total no. of nodes .
  3. Asked me to write code to find a no. occurring greater than n/2 times in an array . Then asked me to prove the written algorithm , basically , he was asking how I was able to write that code and why is it working .
    7 students were selected for further rounds.

Round 4- Personal Interview 2

  1. Asked me to implement seat booking process in BOOKMYSHOW.com . How to handle the cases where two persons are trying to access the same seat at almost same time . He told me to write class based solution asking about different functions that should be used to solve all the cases for booking procedure .
  2. What is singleton class?
  3.  How to find the point of intersection of two line segments . Two end points of line segments were given.
  4. How to find no. of 2’s between nos. 1 to n . He gave me few hints and finally , he was satisfied with my approach
  5. Implement fibonacci series considering every possible solution .

And few more questions were asked , but I don’t remember them. 6 students were selected for further rounds.

Round 5- Personal Interview 3

  1.  Write function for inorder traversal of Binary tree without recursion. That was easy !!
  2. Asked me a puzzle question. An n*n board is given and one of the given cells is black .Also , L shaped pieces are given (equivalent to 3 cells of given matrix) , considering all possible rotations. I had to fill the entire grid using those pieces . Pieces can’t be placed on the black cell and no two pieces should overlap , not even partially . I gave an answer where I tried to increase the size of unaccesiblecells( black cells and already placed pieces on board) to the size of the given board , but he asked me few cases where my answer failed. Then I said him we can do the exhaustive search of combinations using backtracking but it will take too much time . Then he gave me clue that instead of growing the size of unaccesible cells, try to decrease it. Finally , I concluded that it divide-n-conquer based solution considering base case as 2*2 board with 1 black cell.

4 students were selected for further rounds.

Round 6- Personal Interview 4

He told me to implement LRU Cache . I gave him all the solutions that can be possible . He was very helpful . He found flaws and told me to optimize it. I gave him 3 solutions and the final one is the one which you can find anywhere on the internet. But before that , he asked me to swap two nodes of a DLL using hashmap . I didn’t know what Lru Cache is initially .haha

Round 7- Personal Interview 5

  1.  What’s your passion ? What you want to do in your life ? Hr-type question .
  2. He designed a new language with the words of English and stored them in an array of strings . Then he gave me two strings and told me to design strcmpfunction . I told him the best method in one go , but he tried to confuse me and he was successful . He gave me 5 mins to come up with another solution and tried new one .Lastly , I implemented the first approach I had in mind and he was satisfied with it.
  3. How to serialize and deserialize an n-ary tree . I told him the function for serializing and deserializing a binary tree but couldn’t come up with solution for the given problem.

3 students were finally selected for MS-IDC. I was one of them. :p
P.S : I was not comfortable with OS and DBMS , so I told them clearly but they tried to ask indirectly all the basic questions of OS and DBMS , and told me to implement them using C/C++.

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