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Updated Jan 22, 2015
Updated Jan 22, 2015
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    Software Development Engineer I Interview

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

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

    Interview Details

    One round online test and another onsite interview. Base on the really tech they are using on their website. And some algorithm with data structures. OODesign is very important. String and array, queue and stack, linked list and array list. Some self define data structures.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Systems Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    2-3 phone screens, one grueling all day rotation designed to push you into areas you know nothing about. Interviewers, when asked whether or not they liked their jobs, they could not honestly say yes. Asked fermi questions, jogged to lunch (YES, REALLY). Ignored most of what I told them about myself.

      The engineers who interviewed me were not trained in how to interview - they repeated questions, were dismissive, abusive, and generally irritated that they had to interview me. They were not comfortable hearing "I don't know" and insisted on pressing issues until I was frustrated. I don't know if this is an effective interview technique, but it was certainly an effective way for me to screen a prospective employer!

    Interview Questions
    • How many golf balls fit in a schoolbus?   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    Sub-par salary, and the interviewers seemed to hate their jobs.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    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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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Executive Assistant Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Recruiter contacted via email for a phone screen. After the initial phone screen I was scheduled for 2 phone interviews with other departmental EA's.
    Last step was an in person loop at the Amazon offices to meet with 6 team member. I met 1 recruiter, 4 EA's and 2 Directors. It was a 5 hour loop.

    Interview Questions
    • Be prepared to answer situational questions. Be specific about experiences with other positions and be thoughtful about your answers. Try to think of best and worst case experiences and how you dealt with those in your past and what you learned from each. Don't try to be a perfect specimen. Be human, be honest and be accountable for your experiences.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Still in the offer phase. Great experience so far. Getting to the in person interview took some patience, but it has moved very quickly to the offer stage.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Recruiter Interview

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

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

    Interview Details

    I felt that the interview was a waste of my time. The entire process was pretty negative. They made it very clear what I didn't have and my lack of qualifications to try to prepare me for a low offer. I left the interview feeling like I had been hit by a car. It is not an interview. It is an interrogation to beat you down so low you accept a low ball offer. There are so many other companies that treat their employees better and pay at market rate.

    Interview Questions
    • Give me another example (they wanted multiple examples)   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    super low offer

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Software Development Engineer Interview

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

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

    Interview Details

    Submitted my resume on the amazon jobs website for the entry level position as SDE or SDET. Got a response in two days inviting me for an onsite interview in Seattle. The onsite interview was in a form of a hackathon, was placed in a team of 3 and was asked to implement a piece of software together with other members of the team. Had one-on-one short interview sessions with the mentors regarding my approach to solving the given problem. Can't say specifically what the problem was about due to the NDA, in general was about data structures and object oriented design.

    Interview Questions
    • Coming up with a basic solution is not too hard, writing all the code in time is difficult, since the given problem is quite broad, very little time left for optimization and improvements.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Software Development Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    I was approached by a recruiter, and talked to a hiring manager over the phone. In my experience, phone interviews are notoriously tricky to give but this man had supreme confidence in its effectiveness.

    With no shared whiteboard, no facial cues, no real feedback, it was hard to understand not only the details of the question but also what he was driving at.

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Solutions Architect 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 in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Contacted by HR after submitting my resume through my university career center. Asked if I would like to do a video interview which is a 1 way interview that is recorded using your video cam. Takes about 15 minutes and there were 8 questions. They asked: (1) Tell me about yourself and Why Amazon? (2) Why a Solutions Architect? (3) TCP/UDP, NAT, etc? (4) What scripting experience do you have? (5) What database experience do you have? (6) What AWS experience do you have? (7) What customer facing experience do you have? (8) What public speaking experience do you have?

    Interview Questions
    • I listed all 8 questions above, but the most difficult will be which languages can you program in and what experience do you have with AWS?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 13 people found this helpful  

    Technical Program Manager Interview

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

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

    Interview Details

    Very professional and organized process. Recruiting people are great. First a phone call from the recruiter. Second a 30 min interview with a director, pretty high level, and then another interview with a TPM which is more detailed.
    I was then invited to travel to the HQ in Seattle for a marathon of 5 interviews, with TPMs and Directors, four of them 1:1 and one 2:1.
    You can tell they interview a lot of people, some interviewers tried to show some interest others were in auto-pilot mode, asking the same questions and getting the same answers for the hundredth time can sure be boring.
    In the end, all folks very professional, doing their job, but I did miss some small talk, non-scripted talk, maybe 5 minutes after each interview, where you get to know the people better. I left with the impression that I talked to 6 machines that were programmed to ask questions and drilling them down to the core.
    From the Glassdoor reviews I learned that only one in four candidates who come to this stage get an offer letter, so I already knew my chances were slim. Anyways I flew over to gain experience and improve my interview game. Also I got to know the company and it's people, on which I don't think I would fit in.

    Interview Questions
    • Can not specify a question due to NDA, but there are many questions about past projects and request to solution some problem. Nothing too exotic, however on interview #4 or #5 I confess I got sick and tired of talking the same things over and over. Incidentally the more important interviews are the last ones, maybe on purpose :) But at that point I already knew I did not want to be an Amazonian.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Marketplace Sales Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    Very intense half day interview. Nine different interviewers all assigned a different leadership principal to review. The worst part of the process was that it took them almost 5 months after I applied before I heard anything back from them. Once I got the phone screen the process took about 35 days.

    Interview Questions
    • None that I can remember, it was more that every question was a series of questions that got very detailed.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    there wasn't one, I said yes.
    Accepted Offer

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