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Updated Jul 14, 2014

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Software Engineer Intern Interview

Software Engineer Intern
Tempe, AZ

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2011.

Interview Details – It consisted of 2 45 minutes back to back interviews. Both are skill questions.
The first interview consisted of a group of jobs in which some of them had dependencies, meaning that some had to be completed first before one could start. Think of this as a graph with pointing arrows. Create an algorithm that would spit out the most efficient/best job sequence. The result would be something along these lines: first job3, job4; second job1; third job5, job6, etc. What data structure would you use and how would you represent it? Explain it with pseudocode, then write it on code.
The second interview consisted of an expression tree. What structure would you use to represent this? Write code that would compute the result. Can you write it without using recursion? What's memory overhead?

Interview Questions

  • First Interview. What data structure to use, and how to solve the problem?   View Answer
  • Second Interview. Write code to compute result of expression binary tree? What's the time complexity?   View Answer


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Financial Analyst Intern Interview

Financial Analyst Intern
Seattle, WA

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Amazon.com in September 2011.

Interview Details – This interview consists of 4 - 30 minute one-on-one interviews with 4 different people. They ask a few personal questions but a lot of financial usage questions. They did not present me with any financial statements as past commenters described. Instead, it was big hypotheticals like "if you invent a brand new product that has no comparisons, describe how you would determine a price and quantity to produce." Or, "what are 3 numbers the CFO probably wants to see on a daily basis?" It is very easy to stall out into awkward silence even if you know the material deep down.

Interview Questions

  • What are 3 numbers the CFO would look at on a daily basis?   Answer Question
  • How do you price a brand new product?   Answer Question
  • How do you decide whether to include a 5 dollar free download voucher with each sale of a cd box set?   Answer Question


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Supply Chain Intern Interview

Supply Chain Intern

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in October 2011.

Interview Details – This interview process was definitely an interesting one. It was a very difficult interview when compared to what most Supply Chain companies ask. The first round was behavioral and tested my Supply Chain knowledge, while the second round was a lot of thinking problems. I was very impressed that Amazon called me 2-3 days after my second interview to let me know that I was not receiving an offer; it was much better than an email.

Interview Questions

  • How many phone books are in New York City?   Answer Question
  • You have a ping pong ball. It is the same diameter as a tube that it is in. It is buried 3 feet under concrete. How do you get it out?   View Answer
  • You have 3 warehouses. Warehouse A, Warehouse B, and Warehouse C. Place them anywhere and tell me why.   View Answer
  • You have 3 warehouses. Warehouse A's demand exceeds its maximum capacity. What would you do about this situation?   Answer Question


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Software Engineer Intern Interview

Software Engineer Intern

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

Interview Details – I applied for the software engineering internship. I had back to back interviews, and then a final interview a couple weeks later.

The interviews were technical interviews, and they were very challenging. I could not figure out some of the question.

Interview Question – There were some questions based on graph theory that were very simply stated, but required a very well-thought-out precise solution.   Answer Question


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Intern Interview

Intern

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Amazon.com.

Interview Details – Got an email saying they liked my resume and I scheduled for an interview on campus (this was at UCSD). The interview consisted of 2 45 minute interviews. They were very nice people and very helpful when I was stuck on some code. Interesting interview. Heard back the day after and did not get the offer.

Interview Question – What is your favorite day of the week?   Answer Question


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Software Development Engineering Intern Interview

Software Development Engineering Intern
Seattle, WA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Amazon.com in February 2012.

Interview Details – A friend of mine submitted my resume to a hiring manager and I got a phone call about a week later to set up a phone interview. The phone interview involved two different people, both of whom went straight into the technical questioning. There was none of the typical interview banter or "what's your greatest weakness" sort of vagueness. The second guy didn't even have inflection in his voice. He was just a cold, hard, questioning robot... creepy!

About halfway through the phone call I was asked to sit down at my computer and log on to a website where the interviewer watched me write some code to solve a problem he'd specified (printing a series of numbers to a console in a spiral pattern). It was a bit difficult since every time I stopped to think he'd ask me what I was thinking. After several minutes of thinking out loud and typing nervously I managed to complete the problem.

After the online portion of the interview, I was given homework (see "Most Difficult or Unexpected Question"), and told to submit it to them by the end of the day! I had a hot date with tickets to a show that evening, but as the hours went by it became clear that I was going to have to cancel to work on the interview problem. Frustrated and bitter, I resigned to submit what I had by midnight along with documentation on the missing aspects of my solution.

A few days went by and I heard nothing. I still had some questions about the internship that I didn't have a chance to ask over the phone, so I e-mailed my recruiter. She replied the next day with a form letter telling me that they'd decided to pursue other candidates.

Interview Question – Recreate the StringBuilder class in C++ from the ground up.   Answer Question


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Software Development Engineer Intern Interview

Software Development Engineer Intern

I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Amazon.com in January 2014.

Interview Details – My phone interview for Software Development Engineer Intern at Amazon.com was my first phone interview ever. It was a very interesting experience. There were two rounds of interviewing, each lasting 45 minutes each and all the questions asked were purely technical.

Interview Question – Connect 4 implementation.   Answer Question


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Software Development Engineer I Intern Interview

Software Development Engineer I Intern
Los Angeles, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2014.

Interview Details – Applied online through the college portal. A lot of people were called for an on campus interview. There were two 45 min rounds present one following the other. The first interviewer asked a lot of technical questions about operating systems and then some programming questions on binary trees. The second round was even harder with just one question which took almost the entire time to understand and comprehend. The interviewer also wasted a lot of time talking about unrelated stuff.

Interview Question – Zig Zag tree traversal, create something similar to your t9 dictionary.   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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Software Developer Intern Interview

Software Developer Intern
Seattle, WA

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Amazon.com in November 2013.

Interview Details – I applied through online and received an email from them after a month to schedule a phone interview. The interview was technical in nature, involving programming questions and hands-on programming on Collabedit

Interview Question – Nothing too difficult or unexpected.   Answer Question

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