Yes!! I got a call for the 2nd round at Uber for DA Role.
The entire interview details you need before sitting for any DA role interview
If you don’t know what happened in the first round then do give a read to my article, I gave an interview at Uber for the Data Analyst Fresher role! | by Ritikajaiswal | Apr, 2022 | Medium
So, the situation goes like this, I gave my 1st interview on Thursday and HR contacted me during 9 pm IST to tell me whether I got selected or not (But, obviously, I got selected otherwise HR don’t call people to let them know that they are rejected). So, she scheduled my 2nd round on Monday 25th April at 5:30pm and she told me to prepare guesstimate kind of questions for this interview. And if you’re a new reader then let me tell you that I suck at guesstimates. If you don’t know then do give it a read!
So, I binged watched every video that I can to be good at guesstimate kind of questions and you will be surprised to know what happens next. On Monday around 3:50pm the hiring manager who was going to take my interview called me and told me that he had something important coming at 5:30pm. Can I prepone the meeting to 4:30pm? I said yes because what else can I do? I thought let’s just face it. So, just prepare for such kind of scenes.
So, the interview started at 4:34pm, yes, he was late. I started this conversation with a question.
Would you mind telling me the reason for preponement, because the way you called it seems like you’re in hurry?
Actually, I had an important meeting at 5:30pm which I had to attend sorry if I created any trouble and really sorry that I made you wait for 5 mins (Little did he know that my anxiety level before the interview was at its peak and that’ s why I joined the link around 4:15pm).
The whole interview was supposed to take 45 mins (why I said supposed to you will know in the end). So, the entire process was divided into 4 parts
1st Part — Hiring manager introducing his team, himself
2nd Part — Allowing me to introduce myself
3rd Part — Health and hygiene related question for formalities and stuff
4th Part — Guesstimates
I’m not going to give the entire conversation directly but I will give you the gist of it so that you know what’s coming for you. He wanted an informal introduction so he started with his likes/dislikes, his background, years of experience etc. Since he wanted an informal conversation, I know how to impress him. So, he mentioned 2 things which aroused my curiosity. He mentioned that he travelled to different cities for education so I asked him which one is his favorite? He told me that he loves chess and in return I replied that I would like to play chess once we become colleagues. Then this whole process took 20 mins. After that I gave my introduction which took another 10 mins. The next 15 mins he took to evaluate my personal projects which I have mentioned in my cv that too because he was interested into shark tank India show and I made an EDA on shark tank India. If you wanted to know about the project then read my article
He was very rigorous with the kind of work I did in my past (Like internship and freelancing projects that I mentioned in my CV). He asked me about different real-life projects I have done for my clients (I was unprepared for this, that’s why I screwed up my interview).
Here comes the guesstimate part
- What factors determine the price of Uber fare?
My answer — Demand & Supply, Purchasing power, Weather, peak hours, area. (I have given logical reason for every point which you need to explain to the interviewer)
Points I forgot — Distance (This is an important one)
- What factors will you take to check the quality of the driver?
My answer — Rating, No. of rejected rides after accepting it, If the driver hasn't left me in the final destination.
Important Points I forgot — Uber help Centre, SOS.
Questions you want to ask?
- What are you expecting from me?
- How do you decide which kind of project the candidate is capable of handling?
- Since I’m a fresher, this is going to be my first job if things go well then what is your advice what things I should ignore which doesn't matter in the long run? (It’s not that I was confident that I would get the job but I want him to see me ambitious)
So, the entire interview took 1 hour 10 mins.
- I have to keep working on my listening skills. I was very talkative. I remember interrupting him multiple times. I know for sure that he will reject me for this unprofessional behavior (But, a lot of points were racing in my head, I wanted to tell those points so that I don’t forget it in the end)
- I have to brush up on guesstimate questions because I know I screwed up there.
Lessons you should learn from this:
- The initial informal conversation is the deciding factor for the entire conversation. The hiring manager sees you as a colleague and if he is not on good terms with you then he will make sure that you won’t be able to answer the questions properly. And if he wants to work with you then he will lead you to the correct answer.
- Be a good listener, listen to him carefully. Do not repeat the mistake I made to screw my last chance of getting into Uber.
So, what is the motive of this round? The hiring manager will try to check your problem-solving skills. Now, what are problem-solving skills? In any company, they want someone who can think on their own whenever any problem is thrown at them. So, if in the interview, you could able to show that you can figure out few KPI’s without any help then with guidance you can be a lot better. If you have some past experience then brush on the domain you have worked in and be thorough with the KPI’s you have used and if you don’t have any experience then you might be checked on guesstimates.
My application is now kept on hold for 7–8 days to compare with the other candidates.
I’m going to release all my interview experiences on different companies so follow me for updates.
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