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Updated Aug 18, 2014

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Software Development Engineer I Intern Interview

Software Development Engineer I Intern

Interviewed at Amazon.com

Interview Details – collected resume at career fair; technical interview by 2 people lasting 45 minutes each. Was asked both aero/astro questions and software design questions. People were very relaxed and understanding but not afraid to call out a wrong answer

Interview Question – How do airplanes stay up?   Answer Question


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Software Development Engineer I Intern Interview

Software Development Engineer I Intern

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in January 2014.

Interview Details – The interview process went by rather quickly. I submitted an application and I heard back within a week about setting up two 45-minute phone interviews that would be technical in nature. During the first interview, I was asked to write a few small programs. For example, one of the programs I was asked to write was a simple java program that would take in a base integer and an exponent and would calculate the exponentiation.The interviewer was greatly interested in how and where I could improve my initial write-up of the program to handle edge cases and non-standard inputs.

Interview Question – I was really taken off guard by the depth of which my last interviewer went into with questions related to algorithms. The questions seemed to be less about design and best practices and more about theory. Needless to say I wasn't prepared and this part didn't go so well.   Answer Question


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Software Development Engineer I Intern Interview

Software Development Engineer I Intern

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

Interview Details – The recruiters came to my campus, and everyone had to talk to two different person(they are in different groups). The first person asked two questions, the second one wanted to ask 3 questions but the time limited.

Interview Question – six layer of network structure   Answer Question


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Software Development Engineer I Intern Interview

Software Development Engineer I Intern
Seattle, WA

I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Amazon.com in December 2013.

Interview Details – Interviewed through university recruitment program. There were 2 back to back 45 min. phone interviews with 10 min gap between them. Got a call exactly at the scheduled time and ended it exactly after 45 min are over.

Interview Question – Question were not the difficult ones, but the sub-questions asked on them were tricky.
1st interview question: It was scenario based coding question. Asked to code it in whatever language you want. The question was; you are getting number of orders daily, code a program which will minimize the time right from processing to packing and till warehouse shipment. It was something related to Pythagoras theorem. I coded it with some time left and then was asked to optimize it considering time and space complexity.

2nd Interview: There was not a single question. It was regarding hash tables, sorting and searching, picklists and their time n space complexities. Tried to answer them.
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Software Development Engineer I Intern Interview

Software Development Engineer I Intern

Interviewed at Amazon.com

Interview Details – Got an email from a recruiter about 5 months after applying online asking to schedule two 45 minute phone interviews. They were right after each other and both of the interviewers were really nice. The recruiter was REALLY bad at getting back to me though so I couldn't reschedule my interviews in time.

Interview Question – Write a recursive in order search of a BST   Answer Question


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Software Development Engineer I Intern Interview

Software Development Engineer I Intern

Interviewed at Amazon.com

Interview Details – I talked to one of Amazon's hiring manager at the university career fair, and then submitted my resume on Amazon's website, then I received one email notifying me of the date of phone interview. There are in total two consecutive phone calls, after that they start evaluating you and will notify you their hiring decision in a few weeks.

Interview Question – How to validate binary search tree?   Answer Question


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Financial Analyst Intern Interview

Financial Analyst Intern

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

Interview Details – 45 minutes phone interview with 5-6 behavioral questions; 3-4 technical questions about finance and excel
2 45 minute in person interviews at HQ: Understand the case like your life depends on it. Every assumption will be questioned b/c management wants to hear your rationale

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Business Analyst Intern Interview

Business Analyst Intern
Seattle, WA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in May 2014.

Interview Details – Applied on Amazon.com/careers, recieved an invitation for a 45 minute phone interview 5 days later.

First Interview: Interviewed with an Amazon employee, walked through the resume and asked 1-2 behavioral question, 3-4 SQL questions then drilled into business case questions. The interview lasted ~25 minutes.

Final round interview consists of 2 back-back 45 minutes phone interviews and a writing exercise.

Interview Question – 1. If your results came out to be 100% contradictory to your hypothesis what would you do?
2. Do you think amazon should place a cap on the number of products a seller can sell? Why or why not?
3. If you have to think of a product that would be profitable to amazon, what would it be and how would you data mine the result?
4. If amazon places a cap on the sellers and sellers can only sell 100 products instead of 150, if you were the seller, how would you determine which products to keep? And how would you data mine it?
5. How good are you at Excel and SQL from a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the best?
6. What is your biggest accomplishment and how did you measure your success?

SQL questions:
1. What is the difference between HAVING and WHERE?
2. What are the SQL clauses, in the right order?
3. Questions about different types of JOIN
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Software Development Intern Interview

Software Development Intern

I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in February 2014.

Interview Details – I applied during my university career fair. After around two week I got email for n campus interview having two back to back round. Both rounds were technical (45 minutes each).

Interview Question – Nothing unexpected. All the question were from algorithms and data structures   Answer Question


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Finance Intern Interview

Finance Intern

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

Interview Details – 4- 30 minute back to back interviews. No breaks in between. Multiple questions asked where you will need to display answer on a whiteboard. Extremely stressful experience, knowledge of SQL is highly encouraged.

Interview Question – asked multiple financial questions ranging from creating P&L statements to calculating BE point   Answer Question

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