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Updated Jul 2, 2014
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Software Developer Intern Interview

Software Developer Intern
College Park, MD

I applied through an employee referral and 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 Question – 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.


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Software Development Engineer Intern Interview Interview

Software Development Engineer Intern Interview

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 Question – 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


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Software Development Engineer Intern Interview

Software Development Engineer Intern
Seattle, WA

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

Interview Details – Applied online in September and got an email to schedule a phone call in December. Had 2 back to back 45 minute phone interviews with engineers.

Each interview had asked about projects you've worked on (personal projects preferably) and 2 data structure/algorithm questions like the ones found on career cup and they were coded on collabedit (they also had 5-10 minutes for questions at the end). They weren't insanely difficult, manageable in the time frame given. My first interview I only completed the first question (a little hard) as I got stuck and had we spent a good deal of time talking about my projects. Second interview spent less time discussing projects and more time coding and I finished the 2 questions quiet fast and we had a lot of time left so I got asked detailed questions on the language I choose (Python) and some light OS questions related to the runtime.

2 weeks later (accounting for the Christmas/Holiday break) I got an email from a recruiter saying I've received an offer. Spoke with the recruiter for 15 minutes on the phone discussing the offer and she made sure I was happy with it and answered any questions for me. I also didn't get to choose my team, but I got placed in the one I wanted anyways.

Interview Question – Describe how recursion isn't always efficient.   View Answers (3)

Negotiation Details – Didn't negotiate, offer was beyond expectations. Very satisfied with salary, housing, and team. Start/end dates were flexible.


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Software Development Engineer Intern Interview

Software Development Engineer Intern
Seattle, WA

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

Interview Details – Amazon interviews its interns by having two, 45-minute conversations. If both you're interviewers say yes, then you're in. Otherwise, you get a third shot. You need two out of three interviewers to agree in order to hire you.

Interview Question – They asked standard data structure questions. For example, search times and design decisions.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There isn't much negotiating as an incoming intern. But the offer is very reasonable so I didn't feel the need to negotiate.


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Operations Manager Intern Interview

Operations Manager Intern
Seattle, WA

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

Interview Details – First round was relatively easy with two 30 min interviews. Basic questions such as "give me an example of a time." Went very quickly and interviewers were very conversational. Heard back the same day for second round interviews.

Second round was stressful with two 45 min interviews. First interview seemed designed to make me uncomfortable. Interviewer really dug into my answers to each question. First he was looking for high level insights like big or crazy ideas that I proposed in the past. Next he wanted to evaluate my leadership style. Overall he was looking for honest, straightforward, "no-BS" responses.

Second interview was two small case questions related to fulfillment center locations and general network frameworks (hub & spoke, distributed, hybrid). I was caught a bit off guard by these questions since they were very different from typical case questions I had practiced. I was expecting something about internal fulfillment center operations or evaluating an existing process. Be ready to explain Amazon's current fulfillment center network and what it could be in the future with predictive customer order models and new modes of delivery (e.g. drones).

Interview Question – "What's the biggest or craziest idea you've proposed to a manager"   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiations for an internship.


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Software Development Engineer Intern Interview

Software Development Engineer Intern
Seattle, WA

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

Interview Details – 2 rounds of phone interview. Decision in 2.5 weeks.

Interview Question – Implement a stack that supports push, pop and mode(the one from statistics) operation. Gave an O(log n ) push and pop and O(1) mode operation.Another good question was implement atoi function. I assumed it as base 10 but was asked to support from binary to any base numbers(even base 50).   View Answer


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RLD Intern Interview

RLD Intern
Seattle, WA

I applied through college or university and 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 Question – 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.


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Software Development Engineer Intern Interview

Software Development Engineer Intern
Seattle, WA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in December 2013.

Interview Details – Two back-to-back phone interviews with current software developers. Both were almost completely technical questions (there were a few "ice-breakers" at the beginning). The technical questions gauged competency in object-oriented design of a real-life example, ascertaining efficient solutions to programming problem (by using the best data structure for the problem). After the two phone interviews, I heard back via email about 2 weeks later.

Interview Question – Asking about Unix commands (I had no prior experience with Unix-based machines).   Answer Question


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Software Development Engineer Intern Interview

Software Development Engineer Intern
West Lafayette, IN

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

Interview Details – Applied in university career fair, a week later got an email to schedule on campus interview. Had the interview a couple weeks later, 45 minute interviews back to back with two software engineers.
Although the email indicates you should study databases, operating systems etc., the majority of the questions are on data structures and algorithms. Lots of linked lists, hash maps, binary trees etc.
Got acceptence email a week later.

Interview Question – There are a lot of questions that can be solved by arrays, sorting can be done in O(nlogn)... but they are looking for more than just correct answers, having an answer with a high time / space complexity won't help you.
There was a tough question about linked lists with next and arbitrary pointers.
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Negotiation Details – No negotiation, standard intern payment


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Software Development Engineer I Intern Interview

Software Development Engineer I Intern
Iaşi (Romania)

I applied through college or university and 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 Question – 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

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