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Organization : SPARC
Position : Software Developer
I had applied 3 weeks back and the finally, I was called by the HR at SPARC for the interview. The interview consisted of the following rounds:

Round 1: Telephonic Interview
This was a casual thing I guess. The HR asked me about myself in general, about my studies and the experience. It was perfectly fine.

Round 2: Written Test
There were 50 questions that had to be completed within the given time frame of an hour. Well given the time frame, I don't think it was an easy job. The Basic English questions were fine and took the least time. Then there were some Logical Puzzles and Reasoning Question which were average on difficulty in general. But it was the technical questions that took the major time and I was not able to complete all of them.

Round 3: Face to face Interview
It was this round that was a major disappointment for me. Most of the questions that were asked were not suitable for the position I had applied and they sort of came up randomly from any niche. Again some reasoning questions were asked but they were a relief from whatever else was being asked from me. I was just waiting for that round to be over.

Round 4: Second Interview Round
I was asked a couple of technical questions in this round which were based on c++. Then a sql based question was asked. I knew all of them and so I was feeling confident about it. But then the person started asking awkward questions as well. One of the question was, 'What are you naturally good at?' Another question was, 'How will you bring fun to SPARC?' I could not find any relevance in those questions. Next the negotiations were there and some other questions regarding my previous experience.

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Step4. Factor each side y(x-y) = (x+y)(x-y)
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