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Amazon.com Software Engineer Interview Questions

Updated Nov 4, 2014
Updated Nov 4, 2014
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Software Engineer 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 weekinterviewed at Amazon.com.

Interview Details

Attended a hiring event on site. Was interning at another tech company and responded to an email mass mailed to my university regarding the event. Was flown out on their dime within a week. There were 4 separate interviews with one conducted by two engineers and another by an engineer and a manager. The interview was very simple and easy and left me expecting another round of interviews, but I received an offer within a week. I shared a cab with 3 other interviewees and they too were shocked by the basic interview questions. One was even very upset about the thought of another round of interviews given that he had a pending offer deadline. Everyone was very friendly though and it seems like a great place to work.

Interview Questions
  • Very simple and common interview questions. They should not have been able to differentiate candidates with at least basic competency. This is probably due to the hiring event. They were interviewing dozens of candidates onsite every week.   Answer Question
Reasons for Declining

Salary compared to other offers.

Declined Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Amazon.com in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    It was recruting event. So there were a lot of people there. I had 4 interviews: 2 coding, 1 for object oriented design, 1 for system design (more or less). After that we had a lunch with 3 more candidates and 2 HRs. Questions on interviews were very common and not very diffucult.

    Interview Questions
    • They were asking unexpected questions about working experience. For example, tell me the case where you were above expectations. All interviewers had this type of questions   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I have a better offer from FB. But the team in Amazon is great too.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I took the onsite interview on campus. The interview had two parts and each part was 45 minutes. At the first part, I was asked about my background, experience and interest. At the end of the first part, the engineer gave me an algorithm question. I was given two algorithm problems in the second part.

    Interview Questions
    • Given a maze, find the way from top-left corner to bottom-right corner.   View Answers (2)
    Accepted Offer
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    A lot of random questions about coding, and at one point I was asked to write coding down by hand. Know your stuff, because they are very meticulous. It was a long interview -- around five hours. Even though you'll know the majority of the material off the top of your head, it's important that you show them what you're truly capable of. They are looking for the best potential worker.

    Interview Questions
    • Walk me through how Amazon Kindle books would be priced.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I got a better offer from another unrelated company. Had I not, though, I would've accepted. Amazon is a great company.

    Declined Offer
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Two back to back interview questions. They were on linked lists and string manipulations.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    Contacted by HR for two back to back phone interviews - both talked about resume for 10 minutes and then moved on to technical questions. Be prepared to tell them about a project that you are proud of! I was asked to write code online by following a link. Coding questions were fairly straightforward. Results about the interview are released in about two weeks.

    Interview Questions
    • Many questions about software design in the second phone interview.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Two back-to-back interview, each has 45 minutes.

    Interview Questions
    • (1) two sums : given a list of numbers, return the indexes of two values whose sum is a given value. (2) Revers a string list   View Answers (4)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Basic Data structures Questions. Analysis of code written. No pseudo code allowed.

    Interview Questions
    • Combinations of nodes in BST based on the sum. Like display all the nodes whose key values sum to 10   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I had another opportunity

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    Was approached via email from university recruiting. Did an online problem set for an hour then got an in-person interview.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Software Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Internal referral. Contacted by a recruiter within a few weeks. Was sent a three question coding test, and a week later was asked to fly out for an interview (expenses paid).

    Onsite interview consisted of the standard questions, with four 45 minute interviews. Interviewers were all software engineers and asked the standard breadth of questions (OO Design, Data Structures, DFS/BFS).

    Interview Questions
    • NDA signed covering questions. They're not unusual though.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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