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American Express Interview Questions

Updated Nov 20, 2014
Updated Nov 20, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at American Express.

    Interview Details

    Good and very well arranged interview process.

    Had 2 interviews: 1 phone interview and 1 onsite.

    Phone interview: It was pretty technical. The interviewer covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time. Core java, javascript, Spring, basic algorithms, agile, questions based on technologies mentioned in resume etc. The interview started out basic and started expanding into many directions. If you have good depth in the core java concepts the interview should be smooth sailing.

    Onsite interview: The interview had 2 rounds and it was majorly behavioral. One round was known as "cognitive interview". It was basically to know how someone approaches a solution by understanding the problem rather than what the solution is. The usually tell a problem scenario and want to see how you ask questions for that problem and when finding a solution what all did you consider before arriving to the solution. The other one was called "resume review" but it was more on basic experience, future focus, why Amex sort of questions.

    Overall easy interview and very fast results.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions known as "Guesstimates". There are usually asked for consultant type role. But they ask them to understand your problem solving skills. Read more about "Fermi problems" to understand what they mean.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineer In Technology Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at American Express.

    Interview Details

    Contacted American Express through a university career fair. I was contacted through the university's system for on campus interviews. I had two interviewers over the course of an hour and a half. Questions were a mix of behavioral and technical. A few of the questions involved writing code; the rest were designing architectures or providing general problem solving methods. A few weeks later I interviewed at their offices. Two more interviewers, and more of the same questions. The majority of the technical questions were really memorization questions, not requiring much in the way of critical thinking. About a week after that round of interviews, I was called and given an offer.

    Reasons for Declining

    Got the feeling that low level work was a drag - only the higher-ups I met seemed to enjoy working there.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Phoenix, AZ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Phoenix, AZ
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at American Express.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and was contacted a few weeks later to schedule a phone interview. I went through two rounds of phone interviews with two engineers each time. I don't know if it is planned this way or not, but for both rounds of interviews the initial interview was with a really encouraging and motivational engineer and then followed up by a distant more serious individual. It kind of threw me off my game going from the "yeah I got this" to "where did I mess up" mindset, but in the end I had a great experience Interviewing with American Express. The engineers had more enthusiasm than other places I had interviewed with, and did not come across as brand ambassadors. They also answered questions candidly. I found a lot to respect.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions ranged from simple to more difficult. They also included behavioral, technical, and brain teasers. Some examples, what is the difference between a process and a thread; The knapsack problem reduced; The traveling salesman problem reduced to a subset of cities; How would you design a food rating application?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I asked for more, but they wouldn't budge on the offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Travel Counselor Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at American Express in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    The initial interview was very informative, asking the normal questions and going over the job description. The next interview was done via the phone as this was a virtual job opening. The second interview was about forty five minutes in length and the questions ask were STAR based which consisted of 4 questions. However, to break the ice the hiring manager ask the typical tell me about yourself...please be prepared and research the company values etc. it helps with the flow of the questions. Overall the interview was a good one because it allows you to use your past experiences to answer the questions.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time where you had a deadline and you had to find a way to multi task to get the job done effectively and efficiently meeting all company policy and criteria.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation the job paid well above the minimum.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Phoenix, AZ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Phoenix, AZ
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at American Express.

    Interview Details

    Submitted my resume to a database for a conference I was attending. Contacted by a recruiter to feel out my interest. Was then contacted again before the conference and asked to set up an interview. Interview at conference lasted one hour. Interviewed by a software architect and a tech lead. Asked a few behavioral questions then went into a "technical" interview. Was given code to review and debug, asked a problem solving/logic question, asked to write a MySQL query, a few other questions that I cannot recall anymore. The last part of the interview was about past experience/projects.

    *Note: I was finishing my undergrad and interviewing for a entry level position

    Interview Questions
    • What design patterns are you familiar with, explain them.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No need to negotiate, was offered significantly more than I expected.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Account Protection Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at American Express.

    Interview Details

    This is purely STAR format. "Tell me about a time when you.." They don't deviate at all from the script. Keep a few good stories in mind and try not to name drop. From a meeting with the hiring managers for this department, they prefer "At my previous position," instead of "When I worked for Whatever, Incorporated," in your answering.

    Interview Questions
    • "Tell me about your least favorite job ever. What was it, and why?"   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation. I was offered more than what the original offer was and I accepted it. American Express isn't perfect, but they pay almost 30% more than what I was making doing this same exact job for another company.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at American Express.

    Interview Details

    The questions asked in the technical tests were very algorithm-focused and also covered a lot of tricky corners cases in the syntactical details of the Java programming language. I was surprised the interview process took so long - it was just over 2 months from start to finish before I finally got an offer. In between I had 5 phone interviews, 6 on-site technical interviews, a drug test, a full background screening from an independent company and a personality test conducted by 4 of the senior project managers. Towards the end I was getting tired of the process and was tempted to let go of the position but the position was very convenient for me because it was such a short commute - unfortunately I ended up moving later because of external circumstances, but that's beside the point - it was a really long process - they certainly left no stone unturned.

    Interview Questions
    • Plot a 10x10 matrix and, without using any additional Java library functions or built-in data structures, rotate the matrix by 90 degrees.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was next to no room for negotiation. I tried to get the salary increased but they said there was no room for movement.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Credit Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person – interviewed at American Express.

    Interview Details

    I went through three separate interviews all on separate days. It was difficult to wait because every day felt like an eternity.The final interview was the best because I did not know that the interviewer was the head of Credit Operations so I was just being myself and we had a few laughs. There was no pressure. Then she offered me the job and I thought that she was joking. It was dunny.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at American Express.

    Interview Details

    Met at career fair, had interview two 45 minute interviews on campus. Next round was on-site the following week, two interviews. The format of all the interviews were the same - a mix of behavioral/situational questions followed by some technical questions, most of which did not require writing code down. Interviewers were very friendly and supportive.

    Interview Questions
    • Name a time you creatively used your technology background to solve a problem.   Answer Question
    • You are making a food recommendation app - what would yours look like   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a dayinterviewed at American Express in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    I had an interview during a conference in October. I was given 2 hours notice from handing my resume over to having a 2:1 interview. I interviewed with a software engineer and an HR rep. The interview consisted of behavioral and technical questions and had a laid-back feel. The technical questions revolved around basic data structures and algorithms similar to what you would see in a Data Structures or Design and Analysis of Algorithms class. I also had to write a simple MySQL query on a given relation. Additionally, I looked at simple classes in Java and located/described bugs. I talked myself through each step out loud and asked questions as I had them. I was given scratch paper, which they kept for analysis. I wrote down as much as I could and did my best to explain all of my decisions. I also showcased my other talents outside of programming to show myself as a well-rounded candidate.

    Interview Questions
    • Locate the middle node in a single-linked list with one pass through the data.   Answer Question
    • Talk about a time you came up with a creative solution to an issue (computing on non-computing).   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I was offered much more than expected as an entry-level employee. Amex provides relocation packages and sign-on bonuses to sweeten the deal.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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