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Helpful (3)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in March 2014.
I got the interview from a college career fair here at Cornell in March. I was approached by a recruiter a week later and then scheduled my interviews. They were two phone interviews 45 mins each with two engineers. First one went smooth, mostly about object-oriented design. I used Java for this one. The second one was more algorithmic. I didn't solve it with the optimal complexity but he said it was good enough. For this one I used C++. Two weeks later I got a reply with an offer!
- Classic interview question about matrixes sorted row and column wise. Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2014.
Applied online and visited at a career fair. Got an email a few months later inviting me to take an online interview where I would be recorded. The interview was 7 questions that are pretty basic and an easy math flow problem, a calculator helps. I was then invited to a second round of phone interviews with two different managers asking me pretty standard interview questions again. The second one involved explaining the reasoning behind the math flow question and some ethical questions.
- Ethical behavior questions. Be very strict with your response. Answer Question
The sent an offer letter stating how much I would be paid and benefits.
- Accepted OfferAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2014.
Did on-campus recruiting, and had two 45-minute interviews in the career center (most people have two 45-minute phone interviews from what I understand). It was very standard; they asked me some expected behavioral questions, like what was your biggest challenge in a group project - followed by some technical questions.
- The first interviewer asked me two questions: store each level of a binary tree in its own list. The other was a simple dynamic programming problem that requires some context The second interviewer was content with asking me one question about the shortest distance between two words in a document (word index). Answer Question
Helpful (1)Declined OfferNegative Experience
Interviewed on campus. First guy was very unprofessional. Was laughing half the time I was answering his questions. He at one time made a snide remark directly at me, I almost just walked out the room. I first asked him if he was comfortable with the language I chose, but I had to constantly stop and explain to him the simplest syntax and functions. Second guy was very professional. Straight and direct, seemed very robotic. Very disappointed with the interview process. Do not see myself working in this type of environment.
- Just algorithmic and data structure questions. Answer Question
Helpful (9)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at Amazon.com in February 2014.
Interviewed at Campus for SDE Intern position. 2 back to back in-person interviews. Basic concepts of ArrayList, LinkedList. Brief discussion on projects. One thing that I want to change in Amazon's website (any of them). Asked to code all factors of a number, check if a given word is valid in a given dictionary. If not, try jumbling and see if it can be rearranged to a valid word. Basic concepts of heaps, BT, BST etc. Asked to code k-merge algorithm for linked lists, check if BT is a BST. Overall pretty standard questions.
- Nothing unexpected. Answer Question
- Accepted Offer
2 phone interviews back to back. Really smooth process and got a response back quickly!
- Sometimes the interviewer would not talk, but it is to let you do all the talking. Answer Question
Helpful (6)Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in February 2014.
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).
- "What's the biggest or craziest idea you've proposed to a manager" 1 Answer
No negotiations for an internship.
- Declined OfferAverage Interview
I applied through other source. I interviewed at Amazon.com.
Two phone interviews. Relatively easy questions related to data structures, algorithms, OOP concepts as mentioned in the recruiter's email. Nothing too surprisingly or out of the ordinary.
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I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in February 2014.
Contact by hr through email, set up the interview date(which is the next day...), which I asked for a reschedule, put off for an week. Two back to back phone interview, each 45 minutes. 15m break between the two round interview. Each round: basic data structure, then 2-3 coding problem, then chat Get the decision in one week.
- 1. Two different interviewer asked the same coding question(two sum problem), change for another after I point out. 2. Implement a generic get sum of array class for certain class (e.g <T extends XXX>), which I almost forget. Answer Question
Helpful (3)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon.com in February 2014.
The interviewer will ask you the basic data structure such as hash table. Therefore, you should master hash table. The first coding question is get out of the maze. You could simply use DFS to solve it. The second coding question is compress string which is the same question in Cracking the coding interview.
- One of the interviewer ask me tell me about your favorite project. He required that this project should be simply for yourself rather than research or courses. It is a really hard question, because most of my project are course projects. Answer Question
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