Amazon.com Intern Interview Questions

Updated Aug 27, 2015
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    Software Development Engineer I Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in March 2014.

    Interview

    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!

    Interview Questions

    • Classic interview question about matrixes sorted row and column wise.   Answer Question
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    Operations Leadership Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2014.

    Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

    • Ethical behavior questions. Be very strict with your response.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    The sent an offer letter stating how much I would be paid and benefits.

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    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2014.

    Interview

    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.

    Interview 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
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    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience

    Interview

    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.

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  6. Helpful (9)  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at Amazon.com in February 2014.

    Interview

    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.

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    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    2 phone interviews back to back. Really smooth process and got a response back quickly!

    Interview Questions

    • Sometimes the interviewer would not talk, but it is to let you do all the talking.   Answer Question
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    Operations Manager Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in February 2014.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • "What's the biggest or craziest idea you've proposed to a manager"   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No negotiations for an internship.

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    Declined Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. I interviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview

    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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    Software Engineer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in February 2014.

    Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

    • 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
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    Software Engineer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

    • 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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