I still have nightmares about campus placements. This post comes a little late because of that. It has been 3 days now, since I got placed at Microsoft, but it still hasn’t completely sunk in. Just yesterday, I was travelling in a bus when I remembered I have a job now and started creepily smiling to myself. I’m sure the other passengers wrote me off as a deranged lunatic.
Microsoft. All of a sudden, I’m a part of the largest software company in the world. How am I supposed to digest that in 3 days?
All right. Let me start at the beginning.
You can read the technical details of my interview at Coding Trysts.
August 4 was the day we had our online MCQs and coding tests. To be very honest, I wasn’t expecting I’ll get through them. But somehow mysteriously (I swear I’m not a witch. I wish I were, though. Ah, Hogwarts. Hoggy Warty Hogwarts), I did. So I was all set for a group discussion on August 7. Turns out the group coding, or group fly as it was called, was an individual round for us and a group round for the Microsoft team. Yeah. They called it a group fly because one member of the panel had to look at the codes of 6 candidates. We had no discussion about the questions at all. But I wasn’t going to slim my chances by arguing with their logic. So I went on to code individually in the group fly round. After waiting outside from 2 p.m to 7 p.m, people who hadn’t had their interviews for MSIDC yet (I was unfortunately a part of that group) were told to go back. I still don’t know how the slots were closed or people whose interviews had to be taken were selected. After waiting for 5 hours, this was a hard slap on the face. But I have learnt to let bygones be bygones. My name was also in the list for MSIT, and so I went and took another group fly round for this division. Again, miraculously I had cleared this round. It was already 9.20 p.m. and we were extremely hungry, thanks to skipping all our meals waiting to be called for the interview, only to be sent back. So we were given a dinner break and went back for technical interviews at 10. My interview went very well. That was the only period in the entire day when I forgot all about my feverish body. Some adrenaline rush cured my sore throat for those 20 minutes or so, and I soared through. Another hurdle crossed (Woohoo!). At 11 p.m, the panel came up with the brilliant idea of continuing the interviews the next day. I was so tired! I thought I would just drop dead on my bed. But to quote a song by Backstreet Boys, dedicated to my interviewer (yes, I like that band. *NOSTALGIA*) –
I tried to sleep
But the clock was stuck on thoughts of you and me
So I just couldn’t. I decided to make the best out this, hoping sleep, my BFF, wouldn’t come meet me during my interview the next day. I prepared myself for an ordeal. And it came as a seemingly unimpressed interviewer during my final round. CGPA – *poker face*
Projects – *poker face*
I thought I was done. I packed my bags and left for class. You can confirm with my classmates. I told myself that there is no chance I’m going to land that job. So I didn’t even bother checking my phone. Somewhere during the second class, my classmates who did check their phones told me I was being called to the placement department. After being shouted at by my teacher (Placement season! Sorry, ma’am), I ran to the placement office. And I found out I had been selected. That is how I landed the unexpected offer.
Do I really deserve to be there?
I don’t know. I know there are lots of people around me who are smarter, score better and know much more than I do. I certainly am neither the biggest nerd, nor the biggest geek around. But I did land that job, so I must be doing something right. Or, it was just my day.
As I said in the beginning, it still hasn’t completely sunk in. I don’t know when it will. But I don’t know how I’m going to wait a whole year! Ah, well, let’s see what patience brings.