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Software Development Engineer I Intern

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Amazon.com in December 2013.

Interview Details – There were two 45-minute over the phone interview. Both were done with 2 people. In other words, you had the chance to talk to 4 people. The process took about 3 months. I actually didn't apply online, I submitted a resume at the Grace Hopper conference in October and got an email in December with interview details. Heard back 2 weeks after the interview. Make sure you know basic data structures and be prepared to answer runtime analysis along the way as well.

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  • First interview: Given a node in a binary search tree, find its successor (the next highest number). Assume that each node has a parent pointer.   View Answer
  • Second Interview: Write a function that takes an integer and returns true if the integer is a palindrome and false otherwise   View Answer
  • Second Interview: Write a function that takes a binary search tree and returns an array with the in-order permutation of the tree.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Internship position wasn't in a spot to negotiate.

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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 Engineer Intern Interview

Software Development Engineer Intern

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in December 2013.

Interview Details – Got the interview through a college career fair. Two back-to-back phone interviews with different people, each one 45 minutes.Both interviews were technical and required coding online. About 2 weeks after the phone interviews, I got an email from the recruiter extending an offer. They gave me about 2 weeks to respond to the official offer.

Interview Question – -Write a method to convert an integer into a roman numeral string
-Design a class for a deck of cards
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Software Development Engineer Intern
Los Angeles, CA

I applied through college or university - interviewed at Amazon.com in February 2013.

Interview Details – Applied through my University Career portal and was interviewed on campus. Two interviewers both were nice and were from software engineering background. Basic interview questions on resume and projects. Then onto some programming.

Interview Questions

  • Given nxn grid with some squares that are impassable discuss an algorithm to find a path from start to goal.   Answer Question
  • Given an array of unsorted integer values define a method that determines repeats within the array. Can you optimize your algorithm for space /time.   Answer Question

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Software Development Engineer I Intern Interview

Software Development Engineer I Intern

Interviewed at Amazon.com

Interview Details – 2 45mins phone interviews. First write the codes, and then read the code to the person. The questions are regular algorithms and coding skills. There are also some basic knowledges, such as data structure. Then I waited for about 2 weeks to get their response.

Interview Question – Questions are quite regular.   Answer Question

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Software Development Engineer I Intern
Seattle, WA

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

Interview Details – I applied using their electronic system and few weeks later I was contacted by a recruiter. We set a phone interview couple of weeks later. First was a technical interview and it was quite difficult to understand the accent of the Engineer. The second, with a different engineer, was an interview more focused in theory questions.

Interview Question – I'm still waiting feedback.   Answer Question

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SDE-intern

I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2014.

Interview Details – The first round had basic linked list questions that were easy.The second round had questions pertaining to files,hash maps and trees.The interviews were 1:1 and an option to use paper or use whiteboard to write programs.

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Operations Leadership Intern Interview

Operations Leadership Intern

Interviewed at Amazon.com

Interview Details – Very fast-paced, the process all together took about a week or two. Since I lived far from any of the offices, the whole process was conducted on the phone and online. I had a total of 3 interviews over the phone, first with a member of HR, then 2 with area managers. Everyone was very nice, and it was an extremely enjoyable experience where I learned a lot. I am beyond excited to start my internship.

Interview Question – There was an online math problem about placing employees in various jobs based on hourly rates of picking, packing, and shipping. Very difficult at first, but made me really apply myself and I learned a lot.   Answer Question

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Financial Analyst Intern Interview

Financial Analyst Intern

I applied online and interviewed at Amazon.com.

Interview Details – Ask basic question first. For example, intro your self and what's your strength and weakness. The most important question is about do you have any experience about financial analysis. Which database did you use before.

Interview Question – It is about database problem.   Answer Question

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Software Development Engineer Intern Interview

Software Development Engineer Intern

Interviewed at Amazon.com

Interview Details – I had two or three phone interviews and went to the local office that was hiring to do a four hour in-person interview. Phone interviews consisted of technical questions and in-person interview consisted of technical and personal questions.

Interview Question – technical questions were pretty easy   Answer Question

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