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Updated Dec 21, 2014
Updated Dec 21, 2014
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  1. 253 people found this helpful  

    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Amazon.com in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    Called out of the blue, asked if I'd be interested in interviewing. Still not entirely sure how they got my name. Had first phone interview the next week, asked no personal questions, all technical in nature. Total of 3 phone interviews and an in-person trip out to Seattle.

    Took about 4 months start to finish. The people in the in person interview were wonderful. Very smart, laid back, and understanding. Got lunch, small tour of campus, and learned what I'd be doing. Got the offer 2 business days after the in person interview.

    Sadly, I signed a NDA and I respect the terms of that. As such, I can't give you any specific questions, but I'll gladly give you the best advice I have.

    Phone Interviews :

    Phone interviews are sucky by nature. Coordinating a call from west to east coast alone is painful, add the fact that phones just take away the benefits of body language, and just make it harder to hear, and you've got a recipe for disaster. But fear not! Here are some helpful hints, some of which are obvious, some of which are not.

    1. Get ready ahead of time. I just mean, get to the area you'll be doing the interview beforehand. I'd recommend an hour or more, just to get your nerves ready. Breathe, get used to the surroundings, and get everything laid out ahead of time. Which brings me to...

    2. I know it's a "programming" interview, but for the love of all things good, have a pen and paper ready and at your disposal. Bring a backup pen. Much like a printer, the pen will fail at the worst possible time. You may also need a laptop, as I was asked to do "on the fly" programming. But close anything and everything distracting. Speaking of...

    3. Pick a spot where there are no distractions. You'll want your undivided attention on this interview. Don't have BookTweet or FaceSpace or MyGram or that crap open if you have a laptop. And I personally wouldn't pick a public space, you never know when an annoying parent will put their screaming child right beside you.

    4. Breathe. Just breathe. Take a moment, stretch, and remember you got this. If you have trouble hearing, don't be afraid to ask again. Don't be afraid to say you don't know. Do as for clarifications, and state assumptions up front. Always re-state the problem as you understand it.

    As for the content : For the love of God, know what a time complexity is, and how to determine it for any and all code you write. Know the time complexities of all sorts. Know all data structures, how to use them, and properties of each. (Insertion time, deletion, etc) Generally know what heck you're talking about. But don't talk too much. You don't want silence at any point really, but you certainly don't want to let the interviewer not get a word in. Know graph theory, tree theory, and all the fun stuff associated with more "complex" structures. Understand what your language does behind the scenes, as far as GC and compiling go. Know how your language use internal structures to manage the code/objects you write.

    **Continued below**

    Negotiation Details
    As a recent grad, there wasn't much room for negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 139 people found this helpful  

    Area Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    A compilation of all the behavioral questions on this website.

    1. Tell me about yourself
    2. Strengths
    3. Weaknesses
    4. Why Amazon?
    5. How can you translate your skills towards Amazon?
    6. What experiences do you have that separate you from the rest?

    Groups/ Leadership
    1. Tell me about a time when you were leading a group, were assigned a goal, and did not reach it
    2. Tell me about a time when you had a group conflict and how did you overcome this conflict?
    3. How did your actions in a leadership role increase productivity?
    4. Tell me about a time when you dealt with an employee with poor performance
    5. What is your take on leadership?
    6. Tell me about a time when you had a group conflict and how you overcame this conflict?
    7. What kind of roles have you done that were leadership roles?

    Behavioral Leadership & Safety & Customer Service
    1. Tell me about a time when you dealt with ambiguity?
    2. How important is safety to you? Rank Customer Service, Quality, Safety
    3. Do you go against a supervisor who made a decision that goes against corporate policy and is a potential safety issue for one of your employees
    4. How would you handle an employee who showed up to work drunk? (not very relevant)
    5. Name a time you had to convince someone to do something they did not want to do
    6. Tell me about a situation where you directly impacted customer satisfaction
    7. What type of leader are you? Explain your leadership style. What does it mean to be a leader?
    8. How do you motivate people?
    9. What did you admire most about one of your previous supervisors

    Negativity
    1. Tell me about a time you failed and how you handled it?
    2. Tell me about an ethical conflict with your boss and how you’ve handled it
    3. How do you deal with stress?
    4. Have you ever proposed an idea to a superior and were ignored despite knowing that it would produce a positive result? How did you handle it?
    5. Explain a time when you had to deal with poor job performance
    6. Name a time you screwed up
    7. What frustrates you

    Continuous Improvement/ Problem Fixing
    1. Tell me about a time when you leaned out a process
    2. Tell me about a time you had a difficult job to solve
    3. Walk me through a different scenario of a process you invented or improved
    4. Tell me about a time you attempted to refine a process and failed
    5. Give an example of a time when you found a simple solution to a seemingly difficult problem
    6. How has your past experiences included lean management, six sigma, kaizen

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Senior Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Hired through campus recruiting. It is very straightforward. They gave the offer in 1 week after second round interview, and gave around 2 round for me to make the decision. no negotiation on the offer. all processes are efficient and effective.

    Interview Questions
    • All questions are fair. Most were focused on behavior questions.   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    This was my 3rd interview for a position in amazon within 6 months. Really long process, so did a total of about 14 interviews with Amazon. The questions were behavioral with lot SQL questions asked which were very straight forward. Anyone with basic SQL knowledge can answer them. For the role I was offered, I had 2 rounds of phone interview and 6 rounds of interview on-site. Most of the questions were about my background and resume.

    Interview Questions
    • I interviewed for a business analyst position. The interviewer saw that I had a computer science background and asked me couple of coding questions. Both were simple codes to write   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No, I was not able to negotiate and Amazon does pay low for this role. But I really hated by current job so figured atleast try a change.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Customer Enablement Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    I applied for job on linkedin and to my surprise I got response almost right away for phone screening. Had a phone interview first then was called in for in person interview almost right away.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions were pretty straightforward: Why Amazon? Tell us about yourself. Why Amazon Web services?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Human Resources Business Partner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    Several phone calls with recruiters leading up to a call with a hiring manager. Then in person interview - 7 hours with 6 different people from various areas. Asked for a writing sample but they give this to all interviewers so don't answer interview questions with similar story/example. Recruiter was nice during the day, providing lunch, water and bathroom breaks. One person called in to interview even though they were just down the street, thought that was odd.

    Interview Questions
    • Someone asked for a whiteboard demonstration on how a process was handled. Full presentation/demonstration requested on topic that had not been discussed previously. Other questions typical behavioral interview questions and by 5th person and unexpected white board presentation, was burned out going over these details again.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Culture, people I interviewed with were extremely arrogant. Full day interview too much, was ready to leave half way through. Learn how to make a decision please. Recruiters however were great and very professional.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Warehouse Worker Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Hiring for Amazon temp employees is done through SMX staffing. Everyone is hired that can show their high school transcript showing you graduated, social security card and drivers lic.and pass a saliva drug test on the same day as your interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Don't remember the questions but there were only 3 .   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    None
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    IT Support Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    I had posted my resume on a few career websites and a recruiter with Amazon contacted me after they found out and asked me a few quick questions. I replied and answered them. I then got reply and was told I would have an over the phone interview. This interview lasted about 30 minutes, in which I talked with someone in the IT department. It was primarily a technical interview. After about a week, they contacted me again and said that They wanted me to come in for an onsite interview. While onsite, I met with the IT Manager for the building in which I would be working. Again, this was primarily a technical interview. The biggest thing they want to know is, how do you prioritize your work? Anything that affects production comes first. Keep that in mind. After the onsite interview, I had another interview over the phone with someone from HR. They basically wanted to know that I am willing to go above and beyond and also, again, that I can prioritize. After about 3 weeks, I received an offer. After accepting the offer, they had to do a background check. The background check did take a little while to come back, just be patient. From the time I was first contacted by Amazon, to my first day, was about 3 months.

    Interview Questions
    • Explain a time when you went above and beyond for somebody.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    At least at this level, they don't take counter offer's too well, so don't try. When you move up, you will probably have a little room to counter offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    User Experience Designer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at Amazon.com in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    Great one on one. Equal focus from technical, design and company related questions. Easy conversation. Quick transitions. An absolute blast.he was from a design background and understood my process and appreciated my work. Opportunity to ask several questions.

    Interview Questions
    • You come from a product background, why UX?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Will find out
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    Initial phone interview, followed by two back-to-back phone follow-ups. All were around 45 minutes. The first round included a mix of behavioral and technical questions; the second was all behavioral; the final was a technical interview pertaining to a case study that was completed the day before.

    Interview Questions
    • Think of the case study as an iceberg, and plan accordingly.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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