To start off with we had the General aptitude test (Every online test for internship/placement ever!!) It consisted of 4 sections namely: Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability and most importantly Data interpretation(being a analytics and a AI company this plays a pivotal element for getting shortlisted) All the sections except for DI were anywhere between easy-moderate ,if not they were at least doable and can be solved easily with a little practice from websites like Indiabix.com and faceprep.com. Personally, I only used Indiabix.com because of the time crunch which I faced cause I only started practicing after my classes resumed for the 3rd year. Coming to the DI part this was relatively tough and to be frank can't be solved without proper practice, which can be only achieved with time.(There were 19 questions in total, I was able to solve less than 80% of them ) Overall, it was a very interesting experience and the key to successfully solving questions in this round would be to keep your calm because it can get a bit frustrating and most essentially try to finish off the other sections depending on whichever you're confident in and only then coming to the DI part.
This was the coding round for this company, so this round is generally not considered as the basis of shortlisting candidates as the recruiters just want to know that if you've any knowledge of programming languages at all. It consisted of 8 questions in total and 4 questions were basic coding questions related to arrays and strings and the other 4 on SQL which was kind of obvious again considering it is primarily a analytics company which offers services. So we were supposed to only code in Python/R , as I didn't have much idea about the syntax and the nature of these languages, I changed the Compiler to C++ as we were given an option to. (Although it's recommended not to) I had started learning SQL approximately 15 days before this test and completed a 4 hour long course from YouTube (https://youtu.be/zADj0k0waFY) the SQL questions were focused mostly on JOINS and this course should be enough to give you a good idea about SQL, also I had done the basics of DSA from a YouTube channel called Code with Harry approximately 20-25 days before this test, but basic knowledge of the languages C/C++ will be sufficient to solve these questions, I highly recommend checking out this YouTube channel at least once. To sum it up it was a trivial round in terms of the questions asked but again there was a time crunch. To get shortlisted, solving 3-4 out of 8 questions should suffice, based on the survey of the number of questions answered by my peers who were also shortlisted.
So this was the Technical Interview round after the online test. From a mass of approximately 300 eligible students 16 were shortlisted for this round. The interviewer was apparently from a Hiring panel from the U.S. This round started off with the clichéd interview question asked in I suppose every interview "Tell me about yourself?" which is a question not to be taken lightly as your entire interview thereafter is based on how you answer this question. In my case, I had prepared a brief introduction prior to my interview which played a major role in creating the first impression, further on, she moved on to asking me questions related to a core Mechanical internship which I had done in my second year (In my opinion she was just asking me this to get affirmation on my communication skills and how well I was able to explain things with ease) in addition to a few other general HR questions. Moving on to the climax of the technical interview and probably to the most important bit, the Business Understanding questions, now these questions cannot be given out of the blue, one needs have at least a basic idea about how to go about this part of the interview. The type of questions typically asked consists of three types Guesstimates, Market Profitability cases and Market entry cases which I had been preparing for quite some time from yet again another YouTube channel called "Case Interviews Cracked". The question asked to me was --> "A shampoo manufacturer company has seen a recent decline in the profits of the company by 20%, Find out the reason for the same". I used something called the MECE structure(Mutually Exclusive, Collectively Exhaustive) to go about this which I also learned from the same YouTube channel. Overall practicing a good amount of these questions and preparing a roadmap for the same will help anyone ace this round. This round ended with me asking questions related to the company such as "what inspired the name Fractal?" another one was on the Capstone project which I learned about from the Pre-placement talk video which was shared with us and lastly a classic question on my role and work culture of the company which I sandwiched into one.
This round was probably the most easiest of them all , I would even go to extent of saying that it did not take place at all, at least in my case . I was just asked to introduce myself after which the interviewer told me that she'd be looking forward to seeing me in the company right after that she ended the meet. Little did I know the results were already out when my interview had started :p. Nevertheless, Be prepared for general HR questions that are commonly asked in HR interviews. Out of 16 people 6 people were selected for the internship and that's the end of the tale of my experience for getting selected as an intern in a pioneering company such as Fractal Analytics.....