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Amazon.com Interview Questions in Herndon, VA

Updated Nov 14, 2014
Updated Nov 14, 2014
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  1.  

    Systems Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    A few things to note...
    1. The interviewers will keep building on the questions. For example, the first question might be "If there is a this one line "xxx" in the log file, then you have to reboot the server. How would you write a script for that?" Second follow up question would be "What if you had 100+ servers?" Third follow up question would be "What if you only need to reboot if the host had not been rebooted in the last 24 hours?" Most of their questions are like this so don't feel stressed with the follow up questions. They just want to see how much you know and it doesn't mean you answered incorrectly the first time.
    2. The position in which they're hiring for is sometimes open ended. I applied for a Systems Engineer and I got an offer for a Systems Engineer position. Some of my coworkers who applied for a Systems Engineer position however got offered a position as Cloud Support Engineer. The reasoning behind this is that they qualified for a Cloud Support Engineer but not for a Systems Engineer. Different companies do things differently and this is just how Amazon hires. The position is determined based on how they feel you fit in the team. This might be frustrating at times since you will probably be clear on what position you are interested in.
    3. You will get asked coding questions. I told them I wasn't looking for a programming position. I told them I hadn't touched programmed for over a year but some of the interviewers were programmers and just went ahead and asked some programming questions.
    4. It's hard to tell in the interview which team you'll land on and what you'll be working with. I didn't know I was going to be working with EC2 until I got my offer.

    Interview Questions
    • For example, the first question might be "If there is a this one line "xxx" in the log file, then you have to reboot the server. How would you write a script for that?" Second follow up question would be "What if you had 100+ servers?" Third follow up question would be "What if you only need to reboot if the host had not been rebooted in the last 24 hours?"   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They offered the lower limit of my asking salary so I didn't negotiate. In retrospect, I should have.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Contacted by recruiter via email after applying online. A few days later I had a phone interview with a Systems Engineer that was mostly technical in nature. This phone interview was followed by another phone interview that was mostly behavioral based. A week later they flew me out to seattle for on site interviews which consisted of 5 separate interviews. Next week recruiter contacted me and told me they were passing me but recommended my for another position in the company which im currently pursuing.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe what happens when you type amazon.com into a browser.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Software Engineer, Amazon EC2 Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Amazon.com in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    The screening was much easier than I expected. The interviewer didn't ask too many difficult questions-just a bunch of general questions on data structures and big O.

    He asked me to write some code to reverse the characters in a string and then some code to reverse words in a string. After that, it was just verbal conversation on how I'd go about solving various problems and some resume questions.

    I got radio silence after that. Other jobs are still under consideration but I'm doubtful based on the lack of response.

    Talked about what they do at their office and the various software they develop to monitor their servers and routers. He mentioned it is interesting if you like to learn about networking or you already know a lot about it. He didn't sound too excited.

    Interview Questions
    • Given a set of billion or more stars, explain how you will find the closest k stars.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Cloud Support Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Amazon.com in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    3/4 interviews. 2 phone screens and possibly an on-site. 1st phone screen basic networking questions. Second one into Linux/Windows. Interview process is very slow. Keep on applying and don't rely on Amazon only. They are hiring all the time so the interview process is tidious. They will reschedule the interview and take their own time.

    Interview Questions
    • Interview was fairly ok. You must prepare well in basics even terms like TCP/IP window size and packet header. Must know Linux scripting, Active directory, LDAP, 'grep' command.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Cloud Support Engineer - Amazon Web Services Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    Arranged for technical phone interview of 60-90min with in-depth technical skills. The interviewer was in another location, not at the actual work location. He asked more like verbal exams, quite formal. It had 3 parts: CS, tech, and Amazon culture as previous reviews mentioned. Yes, he did asked me nosql and ports numbers. If you get the job, you'd have 3 weeks training in Seattle.

    Interview Questions
    • How to set up networks for several locations, such as in VA, WA, and UT. Several questions of port numbers.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Operations Engineering Technician Position (II Years Exp Required) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    Short 30 minute interview. 2 Interviewing individuals. One with 2 years of experience and the other with over 10. Asked 10 technical questions right off the bat. They typed everything I said into amazons rating system, which was a little distracting. they were half listening. Interview was 10 minutes of them asking questions and 20 minutes of me asking questions.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Solution Architect Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Still in process. Applied online. Contacted within a couple weeks of applying and interview scheduled within a week of that. Still in-process.
    Questions followed the general line of those posted on glassdoor (TCP vs UDP, explain how DNS works, horizontal vs verticle scaling, relational vs NoSQL DB pros/cons, CDN, how to make an application redundant, etc

    Interview Questions
    • Did not really have any difficult questions. Was asked about developing large scale solutions (in this case, large scale was greater than a few thousand users which doesn't really seem large scale). Discussed a past project experience.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Software Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    I found the hiring process to be very efficient. I had applied online on their job portal. I was contacted with in couple days by one of the recruiting team members to setup phone interview. The result of phone interview was out in couple days, and it was arranged for me to visit on site for in person interviews. In person interviews lasted for many hours, where I met many team members. The conversations were very engaging, and in depth exploration of my background experience and skill set. I was given the opportunity to ask questions. Lead recruiter contacted me with the results with in 3 days. Offer was made and I accepted it.

    Overall the hiring process was a very positive experience, and it gave me confidence to choose Amazon Web Services, over one another offer that I had received about the same time.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    AWS Team Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Amazon.com in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    recruiter contact me and schedule a phone interview.

    Interview Questions
    • how to find closest stars from earth. with a billion stars on the sky. how to implement min heap, and what the heap tree looks like after a insert of new item.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Facilities Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Was very detailed and to the point. Be brief and answer quickly and confident. Have your resume speak for you.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Very good and is all about your level of expertise. You have to have some kind of tech background to even get in or you are not even looked at.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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