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Updated Jul 10, 2014

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Software Development Engineer Interview

Software Development Engineer

Interviewed at Amazon.com

Interview Details – Same experience as everyone else on glassdoor. Two online coding tests. Five in person 45 min interviews in one day. Lots of whiteboard coding and design. Lots of behavioral questions. They try to get you to badmouth previous managers and badmouth yourself with uniquely worded questions. Recognise these for what they are and respond appropriately.

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Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
Miami, FL

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Amazon.com in April 2014.

Interview Details – I was contacted to do an initial interview. The interview process was all done online, on a 3rd party website where I had to solve three problems. They asked three questions in regards to manipulating data structures. I was required to solve the problems in the most optimal manner, as well as provide a reasoning on why I solved it the way I did, as well as explain in detail the time complexity.

Interview Question – Explain in derail the time complexity of all solutions.   Answer Question

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Quality Assurance Engineer I Interview

Quality Assurance Engineer I
Seattle, WA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com.

Interview Details – I applied through the employee referral program. The recruiter contacted me to schedule an interview with a hiring manager. The interview consisted of basic technical interview. I was asked to write a method that checks for a palindrome.

Interview Question – How would you test the login page of Amazon website?   Answer Question

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Applications Development Support Engineer Interview

Applications Development Support Engineer

I applied through other source and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com.

Interview Details – Passed the coding challenge and got an offer for onsite interview. Due to Non Disclosure Agreement I cannot say much about the onsite interview but the interview is pretty hard because after I am done with the interview I felt questions were easy which is usually not a good sign. The interview would need to be hard to get the job. My guess is the evaluation procedure is not straight forward and might have complications. I am disappointed that I had to put in solid 3 week of preparation for the interview now which is only an interview experience and not an actual offer.

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Financial Analyst Interview

Financial Analyst
Amazon, MT

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2013.

Interview Details – The interview took about half day, involved five recruiters (most of them are just employees at Amazon). Each of them has his/her own focus. Pretty much all types of questions were involved, such as personal introduction, motivation, strength/weakness, future plan, scenario questions, finance specific questions (corporation evaluation, stock, fomular..etc)

Interview Question – There wasn't any difficult or unexpected questions, its just whether your answer satisfies them   Answer Question

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Instock Manager Interview

Instock Manager
New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Amazon.com in June 2014.

Interview Details – Three interviews, 1 with HR, 1 with someone on the team and then an in person interview. Everyone was nice and the process, which could be intimating, was easy and not stressful (again thanks to the people in the company).

Interview Question – Tell me a time you took a risk and it paid off?   Answer Question

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Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
Seattle, WA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in April 2014.

Interview Details – Group Interview. Three guys in a team. We have to solve a problem, there three parts in the problem. Everyone of us choose one part and solve it by ourselves. So it's not really a group interview. During this process, we have to talk to the engineer two time. The in person interview is about the algorithm and how to improve it.

Interview Question – Nothing unexpected   Answer Question

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Review Writer Interview

Review Writer
Seattle, WA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in May 2010.

Interview Details – The interview was for a technical reviewer for the DP review site, and was strung out and impersonal. I felt like I was interviewed by robots. I met with far more people that was probably necessary and after what seemed like a shoe-in interview. I never heard back from them. I had to push and push as other interviews were coming with other potential employers and I had to know the status. To me, anyone that you get to that level of interview, and you have to corner them to get a follow up says something about the culture. No thanks.

Interview Question – I was asked to mentally break down and analyze a digital camera. I am a user, not an engineer! I can tell you every function and how it performs, but I can't design and build one!   Answer Question

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Research Scientist Interview

Research Scientist
Seattle, WA

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in December 2013.

Interview Details – One phone call from HR in 3 days after applying for the position. One phone interview from the group asked some statistics questions which were good and made sense. The second phone interview also asked statistics questions by whom like a computer science student only want to know answers ...

Interview Question – A little rude to statisticians.   Answer Question

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Software Development Engineer Interview

Software Development Engineer
Seattle, WA

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Amazon.com in April 2014.

Interview Details – I didn't hear back from them for over month after I applied. So I contacted them by email to ask about the status of my application, and they replied by inviting me for an on-site interview at their Seattle campus. They didn't ask for a phone interview or talk to me before that. I thought that was weird, but cool nonetheless.

As it turned out, there was a catch. The reason they don't do phone interviews is because the on-site interviews are group interviews with about 50 other candidates. And damn they are difficult. They don't have time to do phone interviews, because they are doing it mass production style. Amazon is growing at a very fast pace, and adding a lot of employees constantly, as well as replacing those who leave because of their high turn-over rate. I guess they figured this is the only way that they can hire a lot of people, yet still ensure they are only getting top quality. I would have preferred if it was one-on-one interviews. Even if I hadn't gotten an offer that way, I would have felt more respected.

The interview day is comprised of one big programming project. We were given old low-end bulky laptops with small screens (14 inch?) to work on. We worked in groups of three. They constantly stressed that we were not competing with either our teammates or other groups, and that if we were all good, they would hire us all. Given the fast rate at which Amazon is growing, I believe that.

I believe the programming project was too big and too time consuming for only about 5-6 hours. I think it favors people with a lot of programming experience rather than problem solving ability. Someone who can crank out a lot of simple code quickly will outperform someone who can write a small amount of really difficult code. I don't think they are necessarily getting the best quality of candidates this way. This is an entry level position, and they shouldn't have interviews more suitable for seasoned software engineers.

Amazon admitted that they have a very frugal cost-conscious company culture and this is a good thing. However, I don't like that they downplayed the frequency with which employees are on-call: where they could be called in the middle of the night and have to wake up and fix a site reliability problem, albeit from their home. According to them, it was a few days every six months, but according to someone I know who worked at Amazon, it is a few days every couple of weeks.

Interview Question – The programming project was too big and time-consuming for completing in under 6 hours. It takes a lot of time to read and fully comprehend the long project writeup and the framework code we are supposed to build on, let alone code it, test it, and comment it.   Answer Question

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