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Organization : Advisory Board
Position : Software Engineer

Advisory Board Interview Process

I applied for the position of Software Engineer at Advisory Board in person. At a certain point of time I felt that they were not having interviews but then I was reverted back after three weeks and informed about the interview. The interview had five rounds in total - four technical rounds and one HR round.

Round 1 - Face to Face Interview
The very first round was pretty tiring. By tiring am referring to the fact that so many questions were asked. But before beginning with the technical questions, some of the basic things were asked from me. They inquired about my technical background and the reasons why I was switching the company. They tested my communication skills and adaptability to the work environment and team work through several questions.

After all such questions was the time for some technical questions. The questions were overall basic in nature. I don't remember all of them but I am giving away some which were asked from me:
Q1. Difference between ASP.Net Web Forms and MVC.
Q2. Difference between structural programming and object oriented programming.
Q3. Explain the Big-O-notation.

Round 2 - Telephonic Interview
This was a telephonic discussion round and I was called from the Chennai Office. The level of questions asked was intermediate. The interviewer asked me about my strong area and the questions followed surrounding that area only. Questions were asked over the object oriented programming concepts. A couple of questions on the practical application of the abstract class and interfaces were asked as well. Some questions were based on SQL server DML.

The round was as I said moderately difficult. I you know your basics, you can do well.

Round 3 - Second Telephonic Interview
This time, I was called straight from Washington DC. The level of questions asked was advance in this round. Some questions were quite difficult and most of them were situation based technical questions. They also asked questions to test my analytical and reasoning skills. You can expect questions related with language integrated query and the technologies that Microsoft is working on i.e. Windows 9 and mobile OS.
Q1. Write a function that accepts an integer and returns the number 1's after converting it to its corresponding binary format.
Q2. How can you improvise over the code you have just written?

Round 4 - Third Telephonic Interview
This was another telephonic discussion via Washington DC. You will find that this round is pretty much similar to the one you had given already. The questions are advanced and difficult just the same way. Although in this round, they will be measuring your thinking skill more than your technical skills. Some of the questions asked:
Q1. Write a function that returns a Boolean and accepts:
a)An array of integer
b) An integer, say 'x'

Q2. Consider that an SQL table contains two fields - Product and Category. The table is populated with some sample data i.e.
Product Category
Mango Fruit
Strawberry Fruit
Milk Diary
Banana Fruit
Cabbage Vegetable
Then, write an SQL query that will return the Category which has the maximum existence. (It should return fruit in this case as they have maximum occurrence).

Round 5 - HR Interview
After I was passed over the telephonic rounds, I was called for the HR interview. It was a usual round with all sorts of Human Relations type questions some of which I had already answered in the previous technical rounds. After all that, they asked me for my expected CTC. There was no negotiation required as what they offered was higher than my expected CTC. I was glad that I was finally selected.

How to crack (get into) Advisory Board Interview

Cracking Advisory Board interview is not at all an easy task. I have tried my best to explain all the rounds in details above only and thus I would like to keep this section as brief as possible.

If you ask me, I will say that you have to read each and everything in detail and practice over the coding as much as you can. You can't really guess from where they will ask you the questions. It is relatively easy to crack the first two rounds. But for the Washington calls, you better be prepared with your best. These are professional people who want only professional people. If they get a hint that you are an amateur by any chance, you are likely to be rejected.

So the key to crack Advisory Board Interview is to prepare for the worst and then give your best during the interviews. There is no alternative.

My best wishes are with the candidates preparing or appearing in the interviews in coming future.

Thanks Anmol for sharing the details of your interview.
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The world is facing a serious viral infection. The government of various countries have issued every citizen two bottles. You as well have been given the same. Now one pill from each bottle is to be taken every day for a month to become immune to the virus. The problem is that if you take just one, or if you take two from the same bottle, you will die a painful death.

While using it, you hurriedly open the bottles and pour the tablets in your hand. Three tablets come down in your hand and you realize they look exactly the same and have same characteristics. You can’t throw away the pill as they are limited and you can’t put them back or you may put it wrong and may die someday.

How will you ensure that you are taking the right pill?

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Now what do you think? - The glass with coke has more quantity of lemonade or the glass with lemonade have more quantity of coke mixed with it?

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A claustrophobic person boards a train that is just about to enter a tunnel.

Which place will be the best for him to sit?

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I got two jugs of
A) 11 liter
B) 6 liter

How can I measure exactly 9 liters ?

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Husband has prepared for a candle light dinner on the honeymoon for his wife. While they were having the dinner, a strong breeze flew through the open window and four candles out of ten were extinguished. After that, the husband closed the window.

How many candles were left in the end?

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There are a hundred statements.
1st person says: At least one of the statements is incorrect.
2nd person says: At least two of the statements is incorrect.
3rd person says: At least three of the statements are incorrect.
4th person says: At least four of the statements are incorrect.
100th person says: At least a hundred of the statements are incorrect.

Now analyze all the statements and find out how many of them are incorrect and how many are true?

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A wicked sorcerer felt enmity towards elf and thus he chooses four among the rest of the elf's and concealed them. The elves are concealed in the ground in a manner that apart from their head the rest of their body was underneath the ground. The elf's are unable to move their body and can only see in that direction that they are facing. All the elf's are concealed underground in such a way that they form a straight line and among those four elf's that are concealed underground one of the elf is detached form the other three elf's via wall. The entire elf's are in the same direction. The elf that is the furthest can only see the heads of its friends in front and a wall. The elf that is second last can only see one head of his friend and a wall. The second elf can only view the wall. The elf can see nothing.
The sorcerer understands the situation and tells the elf's that he has placed hats over their heads. Among the hats places two hat are blue and the other two are red. Among all the four elfs one of the elf has to guess that which colour hat is he wearing. If the elf answers correctly then he shall be set free or else he will have to dig beneath the ground till the very last.

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As shown in picture, there are four gears with the following specification
* Gear A has 60 teeth
* Gear B has 40 teeth
* Gear C has 20 teeth
* Gear D has 60 teeth
* Every minute, Gear B makes 15 complete turns.

What is the relative speed of Gear A and Gear B?

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In a jar, there are some orange candies and some strawberry candies. You pick up two candies at a time randomly. If the two candies are of same flavor, you throw them away and put a strawberry candy inside. If they are of opposite flavors, you throw them away and put an orange candy inside.

In such manner, you will be reducing the candies in the jar one at a time and will eventually be left with only one candy in the jar.

If you are told about the respective number of orange and strawberry candies at the outset, will it be feasible for you to predict the flavor of the final remaining candy ?

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There are three bags.The first bag has two blue rocks. The second bag has two red rocks. The third bag has a blue and a red rock. All bags are labeled but all labels are wrong.You are allowed to open one bag, pick one rock at random, see its color and put it back into the bag, without seeing the color of the other rock.

How many such operations are necessary to correctly label the bags ?

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