Amazon Lab126 Interview Questions

Updated Apr 18, 2015
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    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Interview

    They were hiring at our university. The interviewers were on campus for three days. You could schedule the interview through the school's portal. On the interview day, you would have two back to back, 1:1 interviews. Each lasted about 45 minutes. You were expected to write code on paper or white board. The questions were algorithmic in nature. They were not too difficult but you need to be able to finish a couple of them in each interview.

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    Hardware Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Amazon Lab126.

    Interview

    Called in for interview for intern position. It was pretty simple, just asked questions about my experiences and projects. Two interviews back to back was a bit stressful, but not the worst thing in the world. Got the offer a couple weeks later, given a couple days to accept.

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    Negotiation

    No negotiation.

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    Senior QA Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cupertino, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Amazon Lab126 (Cupertino, CA).

    Interview

    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
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    Hardware Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    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.

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    Hardware Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Amazon Lab126 (Los Angeles, CA).

    Interview

    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

    I'm pretty sure it's non-negotiable for interns

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    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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
       
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    Negotiation

    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.

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    Senior QA Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Easy Interview
    Declined Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Amazon Lab126.

    Interview

    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

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    • 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

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    Software Development Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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
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    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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.

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    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.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Application

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

    Interview

    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.

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