Amazon.com intern Interview Questions

Updated Sep 1, 2014
Updated Sep 1, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Developer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  College Park, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in College Park, MD
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Amazon.com in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    I had a friend hook me up with an interview from my university. I am a junior this year, and I don't believe that my resume would have gotten noticed otherwise. They came to my campus and conducted a 90 minute interview where two interviewers had me do 2 fairly difficult coding problems each (full out in my language of preference). I thought they weren't interested in me but heard back after one night that my interviewers were very impressed with me.

    Interview Questions
    • I had to implement a data structure for a last Least Recent Delete Cache and write relevant functions (it was a class for me since I used Java). Some functions included puts(Key key, Value value) and get(Key key). When I was stuck they helped me out.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    haven't spoken with them yet about prices.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Development Engineer Intern Interview Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Amazon.com in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    2 hour back to back technical interview. You will get a third technical interview if they think you were on the fence.

    Hashing, data structures, and design questions. They also asked me if i took the algorithms class, then they proceeded to ask me about NP-Complete problems etc. They were very nice overall. I recommend getting a good cell phone reception and internet access before the interview, because my call kept dropping on me during the interview. It dropped at least 6 times during my first technical interview, and I think they weren't happy about it, therefore I was sent to a third technical interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Hashing, data structures, and design questions. They also asked me if i took the algorithms class, then they proceeded to ask me about NP-Complete problems etc. They were very nice overall. I recommend getting a good cell phone reception and internet access before the interview, because my call kept dropping on me during the interview. It dropped at least 6 times during my first technical interview, and I think they weren't happy about it, therefore I was sent to a third technical interview.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Two days to get offer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 11 people found this helpful  

    Senior Product Manager MBA Intern Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 days - interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    Communicating with HR:
    Recruitment Team was extremely helpful and accommodating to my schedule. I had an expiring offer to deal with when Amazon first contacted me and they were able to squeeze the entire process into one week and conduct final rounds via Skype rather than a traditional office visit. I don't want to say that future applicants should expect the Recruitment Team to bend over backwards like this but it reflected very positively that they were so helpful.

    1st Round:
    2 half-hour interviews back-to-back. There was absolutely no small talk, interviewers asked rapid fire questions, flipping back and forth between "tell me about a time when..." and strategic/scenario questions. I was asked something like "if you were going to launch Amazon Streaming, how would you go about it" and then I walked through it methodically like a consulting interview.

    2nd Round:
    4 45-minute interviews back-to-back. Same style as the 1st Round, just longer and more intense. Each person asked a mix of behavioral and strategic case questions. For behavioral, they are definitely looking for specific examples of working across departments, taking initiative, making decisions with very little or ambiguous data, and working with numbers/databases. The case questions were pretty interesting and relevant for the position:
    - You've been charged with getting a Sports Uniforms and Equipment retail product off the ground. How would you do it?
    - Jeff Bezos gives you $10M to start a business unit; what would you do?
    - Amazon is considering leveraging its video library in a free, ad-supported format like Hulu; will it work?

    Dress neatly but casually and don't hide your personality!

    Interview Questions
    • Jeff Bezos gives you $10M to start a business unit; what would you do?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Did not negotiate, not sure you can (the default terms were very attractive anyway)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Development Engineer I Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Iaşi (Romania)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Iaşi (Romania)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was called by an HR person to come and take a technical test. After a week or so, they told me they were interested and they wanted me to go through some in-house interviews, two technical and one with the HR. The HR interview was you're regular interview with lots of question about situations you may find yourself at work. Regarding the technical ones, I had one were the subject was centered around POO concepts (design a game or so with various design patterns) and another one based on algorithmics. This last one was the most difficult and entertaining one(Example question: How do you model a dice with each face having a different chance of pointing up after one roll? )

    Interview Questions
    • I didn't find any question very difficult. When they asked me something that wasn't in my area of expertise I just told them this.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Developer Engineering Intern Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at Amazon.com in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    Got the interview after meeting with Amazon's representatives at a career fair at my university. The representative at the booth asked me some technical questions about what I would do to scale a large system. Next, I was emailed an offer for an interview for a summer internship. I met with two interviewers about one week later. The first interview asked questions about some of my side projects, and I was asked to solve a few problems on a piece of paper: convert a relative path to an absolute path in linear time. I then met with another interviewer who was an alum of my university, and she asked me how I liked a few classes I was taking that she also took as a student. She asked a question about finding all of the non-concentric palindromes in a string. I came up with a bad n^3 solution, and she mentioned that it was possible in linear time. Our interview came to a close, and about an hour later, I realized the solution and emailed it to her. Got an offer about one week later! Really fun summer internship.

    Interview Questions
    • Find all of the non-concentric palindromes in a string. Do so in linear time.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    User Experience Research Intern Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 days - interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    Had a phone interview first. Obviously they only have less than 20 researchers at Amazon, so they are despretely looking for interns to help. The phone interview was supposed to be 30 minutes, but after 15 minutes my interviewer told me: we will definitely have you here for a on-site interview and that's the end of the interview. After 3 days I had the onsite interview, which consisted of a one hour portfolio review and two 30 minutes 1:1 interviews. The portfolio review is quite standard, and the 1:1 interview is based on the portfolio review.

    Interview Questions
    • What is your favorite research method? What is a website/app that you like or hate and why?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Operations Finance Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    There were 3 phone interviews that lasted about 30-45 minutes each. Mostly STAR format with one or two mini case questions.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    MBA Operations Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    Amazon.com has four core schools from the top 10 MBA programs and about a half-dozen "also-ran" schools where they do on-campus recruiting. I'm attending one of the latter. Amazon scheduled two back-to-back phone interviews through my career center and one seemed very positive while the other was rather hostile.

    The first interview focused on a few of the core leadership values (know them if you're interviewing) using nothing but behavioral questions. The second interview had a case question as well as challenges to my resume. On my resume, I stated that I was able to write SQL, so my ability was tested verbally. I was asked to explain how left joins work and a few other relatively simple SQL commands. My (perceived) weakest bullet points on the resume were also questioned. The case question is below.

    Operations interns are flown out to a Fulfillment Center (FC) for second round interviews if they make it that far. The interview process is the same: two 45 minute back-to-back interviews with Sr. Operations Managers. Most all of the questions were behavioral in nature and the interviewers will again focus on four of the core leadership values each. They will dive deep into your behavioral responses, so expect followup questions to everything you say. Don't get flustered or confused. One of the most important values to demonstrate is "have a backbone."

    My interviews were on Friday, and the following Monday morning, I had an offer in hand. Rejections went out at the same time. Amazon is also very generous with their hotel accommodations and per-diems on flybacks, so I had a great time in a small town. Once you have the offer, you'll get to stack rank a few FCs that are taking interns, so you do have some flexibility on where you go.

    Interview Questions
    • You are in charge of inbound at a warehouse (everything from the time a truck gets to your lot to when inventory is stowed). You need to increase productivity by 30%. Walk me through how you'll do it.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No reason to negotiate. Amazon pays interns very well and the package is standardized for Seattle. Operations interns don't go to Seattle, they go to areas with much lower cost of living. Full-time offers are on the same flat scale normalized to Seattle.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    RLD Intern Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    Interview is mostly behavioral with a couple cases thrown in as well. They consistently asked why amazon? They let me know the next business day after my interview that I got it.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you market a new line of products that would be shipped in a box once a month every month?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Offer was excellent. Did not negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Development Engineer Intern Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 days - interviewed at Amazon.com in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    Asked some algorithm questions and questions related to object oriented design. Asked to write code to serialize a binary tree and send the code in.

    Interview Questions
    • Write a function to serialize a binary tree.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

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