Amazon Lab126 Interview Questions

Updated Dec 12, 2014
Updated Dec 12, 2014
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    Senior QA Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cupertino, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cupertino, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Amazon Lab126.

    Interview Details

    Attend the interview almost 3 years ago and was called for an in-house interview after an initial phone screen. Interviewed by 6 people and asked around general questions, how much I know about Amazon Lab126 kindle products. Once the interview is over, I was asked to come back for one more in-house interview for which another 6 people participated in it. Overall, interview is not that hard, but a bit exhaustive.

    Interview Questions
    • what are 3 things that you are working on, currently to improve youself   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Hardware Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I got an on-campus interview for 90 mins. I was interviewed by two people. One was an engineer, and the other was a director. The process went smoothly and the questions are not hard.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  3.  

    Hardware Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Amazon Lab126.

    Interview Details

    Handed my resume at a career fair; didn't think much about it as I barely talked to a rep for the software side of things and just asked him to forward my resume to the hardware guys. I'm guessing they filter by GPA or something, since I have a decently high GPA (>3.5/4.0) and I got an email soon after asking to set up an interview. It was a 1.5 hour interview at my school's career center - two 45 minute interviews with different people. The first interviewer asked me some pretty simple technical questions regarding circuit components - e.g. how does a capacitor work, how does a diode work. I think I even answered incorrectly at first, but when he pointed out the correct answer, I had just gotten it opposite, so we agreed I must just be having an opposite day! The second interviewer went over my resume with me and asked me some more personal questions - this interview was more relaxed (not that the first technical interview was too serious either). A little over a week later, I received an offer by email.

    Negotiation Details
    I'm pretty sure it's non-negotiable for interns
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 7 weeksinterviewed at Amazon Lab126 in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    I directly contacted a manager via a friend. I talked with her and she said there were no current positions open, but she liked my resume/experience so she talked with her supervisor. I think she reorganized her team a bit, since Lab126 was expanding in the coming months. She and an HR person came back to me in a week and started up the interview process. I went through 3 phone call interviews and proceeded to the on-site interview which was 5-6 1on1 interviews. I was given an initial offer about 1 week after the on-site interview.

    Interview Questions
    • I had a coding question which was given to me with about 5-minutes remaining. The problem was to determine how to get from an initial word to an end word in the least amount of steps. Each step consists of changing only 1 letter and transforming the word into another valid word.
      Example: CARD -> CORD -> CORE -> MORE
       
      Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    My negotiation was a relatively long phase. The initial offer came on Wednesday and my final acceptance was on Monday. I was in the midst of an interview phase with another company (Apple) and every talk I had with Lab126 to delay/get more time, they increased the offer by a little bit. The offer was incremented by small amounts 4 times. It's worth negotiating.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior QA Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Amazon Lab126.

    Interview Details

    There were 2 phone screens before invitation on campus.
    It was very well articulated and organized
    There were people assigned to ask technical questions and some others to focus on the soft skills

    Interview Questions
    • There wasn't any difficult question however, they pay more attention to candidate being a team player than the technical abilities   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    There was a lot of inflexibility about working from home for the project and few days in the week, there was an expectation to stay till late in the evening

    Declined Offer
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Software Development Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency – interviewed at Amazon Lab126.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview followed by on site. It's a combination of technical + behavioral questions. Tested on algorithm, basic java, sql, and a brain storm session on system design and analyze pros and cons and possible risks involved .

    Interview Questions
    • mostly behavioral questions to see how you resolve conflicts or manage tight schedule.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Senior Solution Architect Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Amazon Lab126.

    Interview Details

    I interviewed for a software solution architect position Summer, 2014.

    I started out with 3 phone interviews before being invited to Sunnyvale for the interview. Amazon prepaid for the flight and hotel, I had to pay for taxies and dinner, which was reimbursed.

    The phone interview questions were very high level – mostly just going over my work history and the type of companies I have worked with in the past. Zero questions about my education, interests outside of work, long term goals, etc.

    The in person interview took place over the course of an afternoon. Before the interviews start, you must sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). You are placed in a small conference room and various people are brought in to chat. Each person brought in their laptop and read off questions from a list. Because of the NDA I won’t list specific questions, but each person asked the same basic questions, just worded differently.
    Overall, the people I met with were nice, but left me feeling like Lab 126 is a cold place to work. There wasn’t one offer for a drink or snack, and since the interview was almost 6 hours long, that would have been nice! Just like my phone interview, they didn’t ask one question about me personally – just about work history and specific use cases in my past.

    I think what Lab 126 misses is that the interview process isn’t just Lab 126 interview you, It’s also about you interviewing them too. One my questions to them was about the average years experience of their developers. I was lead to believe it’s a very young team, with “turnover typical of silicon valley.” That answer and the lack of a competitive salary lead me to decline their offer.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    I got the impression Lab 126 is a stepping stone job for people. When a senior manager makes a comment about staying at Amazon for several years would be a bad move for your career, if makes you wonder.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Amazon Lab126.

    Interview Details

    contacted through linkedin, 1 phone interview with hiring manager, 1 on site (7 hours with 45min interview each hour), then offer sent within 3 days. The whole process is pretty fast. Then goes salary negotiation.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Amazon Lab126 in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by Amazon headhunters. They suggested to consider a position on their team working in the field related to my current course of work. I had one introductory phone conversation, one phone interview/skills test and one full-day in-person interview.

    The interviews were interesting, but on the easy side of the scale. The interviewers were not trying to dig too deep into my answers and the follow-up questions were missing a lot of potentially difficult avenues. I had plenty of opportunities to ask them questions and I felt that the answers were mostly honest and overall positive. At the end of the day the team left a very positive impression. They seem to be an easy-going bunch of nice people and very professional at the same time. I'm sure it would be fun to work with them. Additionally, the field is very promising and the team convinced me that Amazon is taking the right approach there.

    About 2 days after the in-person-interview I received the offer.

    Unfortunately, the internal recruiters made it completely impossible for me to fully understand the details of the offer and accept it. First, before the interviews they kept using the wrong e-mail address, which added at least a month to the pre-interview steps. Then, the offer was presented over the phone only. The recruiters wouldn't confirm the details via e-mail or paper mail. Regardless of that, I pointed out that the compensation package needs to be improved to make it worth my while. Several phone conversations followed. Instead of providing direct answers to my questions, the recruiters were reciting the standard company mantra and trying to convince me that the offer is better than what I'm looking for. It wasn't, in one very specific and important parameter which I shared with the recruiters. During the last call I was told that they will work on matching my expectations and will get back shortly. Instead, I received an automated e-mail inviting me to fill a feedback form and the calls have ended.

    Interview Questions
    • Standard technical, leadership and problem resolution questions. Few of them were field-specific. Respecting the NDA here.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Offer being not good enough.
    However, very positive impression of the hiring team makes me sorry to let go of the opportunity.

    Declined Offer
    Easy Interview
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Software Development Test Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Amazon Lab126 in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    I started off by talking with the hiring manager at a recruiting event. He's quite a nice guy, and we hit it off very well. The first interview was easy, we only spent a few minutes actually discussing technical problems, the remainder of the time I spent asking him questions.

    Next was the hiring manager's supervisor. Again, a few technical questions, and then it was all discussions thereafter. No problem. Recruiter calls, and we schedule the on-site.

    The on-site interview had me talking to five different people over about four hours. Each interview lasted roughly 45 minutes and really everyone was quite on time. What really got me, though, was the number of times that people mentioned the secret nature of the work that Lab 126 does. I've worked at facilities requiring SCI clearance before, and even though they are fairly tight-lipped around outsiders, they tend to be very open with one another--that's absolutely not the impression I got here.

    In any case, each of the interviews consisted of a technical portion followed by a personality portion. Whiteboard coding was done--I think the interviewers actually transcribe your code into a computer and try to run it to see if it's correct, which is quite an interesting solution.

    Lunchtime was scheduled at about halfway through the process. They actually do make employees pay for their own lunch, here; the corporate nature of this place is clearest in the cafeteria. Gives it a penny-pinching vibe that's tough to shake.

    The HR person, though, was something else. All of the positive feelings I had towards the company to this point really just evaporated as soon as I started talking to her. She started off by telling me that Amazon wouldn't be able to offer me as much as I'm currently making, and then attempted to justify this by pointing out the fact that I hadn't held this specific position at some point in the past. When I pointed out that I had management experience, and intended to seek a promotion to a management role, she made it very clear that this was not going to happen, and that I should accept reduced compensation in exchange for the opportunity to work for Lab 126. Maybe that would have held water when I was fresh out of college, but I've got ten years experience now. I don't need an exciting opportunity to work with cutting edge technology; silicon valley is awash with such things.

    I don't know what this place's problem is, but I know this: Amazon Lab 126 is looking for bargain basement prices on their talent. It'll work great for you if you're an intern, but if you've got real talent, go work for Google.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked a question about finding the longest palendrome in a string. I discovered a naive algorithm relatively quickly, and then was asked to handle all corner cases. Took about 10 minutes.   View Answers (2)
    Reasons for Declining

    Even though the HR person told me that I hit it out of the park, they failed to offer me competitive salary. The HR person was also very weird, and when I told her my current compensation figure, the whole tone of the conversation shifted--somewhere between jealousy and incredulity.

    When I got the offer, not only was it not competitive with my current position, but it's also not competitive to another offer that I had outstanding, and neither is it competitive even to current industry norms. It's not like I'm getting kicked out of my job, either; it's comfortable, I could continue on, I'm just exploring other opportunities.

    I mean, I'm not sure whether to be insulted or just baffled. I was completely up-front with the existence of another offer before the interview started, I even told them the dollar figure, and the first thing that the HR person says to me is that Amazon won't be able to match. Then she says that Amazon requires innovative people, and I lack the specific experience on my resume for the position I was applying--which is absolutely false, as I have senior level positions that involve everything from firmware to websites design.

    This strikes me as a mediocre, weird place to work.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

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