Amazon.com Software Developer Interview Questions

Updated Mar 24, 2015
Updated Mar 24, 2015
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Software Developer Interview

Anonymous Employee
Anonymous Employee
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I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in February 2011.

Interview Details

I was contacted by a recruiter and only had my phone interview 2 weeks later. I had to reschedule my interview, because they flaked on the first. The low life recruiters they hired there are very unresponsive and impossible to get a hold of.

First off, if you were contacted by the recruiter like I was, this is called fishing. These guys are fishing for the brightest minds in the country. Be prepared to answer some impossible questions. My uncle is a senior software engineer at Oracle, and even he laughed at some of the questions that were posted here on this website as interview questions. Basically, don't feel bad if don't pass the interview process. Amazon.com isn't what its cracked up to be. Besides, if you somehow squeak by the interviews and get hired, are you really going to be happy competing with Joe Blow, who codes for fun at home?

Get a life JOE!

Okay on to the questions:

These guys love the following topics: Binary Trees and Binary Search Trees, Searching Algorithms (Quick, Bubble, Merge, etc...), Hash Tables, Strings, and Algorithm Complexity. Know the differences between Java and C++. If you know the following topics inside and out, you should be golden. Just don't tell them your a crazy psychopath looking for your next victim and you should get that cube next to Joe. =)

Good luck.

If you haven't already looked for jobs at Intel, I suggest you do. Believe it or not, Intel does software too. I did an internship there over the summer. Awesome place to work. They don't put you through the ringer like these communists at Amazon.com do.

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at Amazon.com in October 2011.

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    I received mail from a recruiter that my resume has been shortlisted from Monster.com. I had 4 back to back interviews in Seattle

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    Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
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    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Amazon.com in May 2012.

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    This was an initial scrreening interview. Contacted by the recruiter and asked to code something, given 1 hour to complete.

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    • I was asked to code up a general regex match function which accepted "*" and "." are the matching filters.

      They provided a long list of test cases for you algorithm to pass, unfortunately they list a whole bunch that would pass a ad-hoc implementation. This leads you to a poor implementation if you fix the code as successive test cases break!

      Has I paid attention to the last few at the end of the list, I would not have run out of time to come up with an elegant solution.
       
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    Anonymous Employee
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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Amazon.com in May 2014.

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    I applied through a friend whose team was hiring in Seattle Area. They called me up and we had a brief chat about setting up the interview.

    Once the interview was setup I got a call from them on a Friday and the interview process lasted 30 minutes. Yes 30 minutes, it was that bad.

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    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at Amazon.com in January 2014.

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    Interviewed for a software developer position for Amazon Global Payments. The interview lasted about 90 minutes where I was asked questions on data structures, CS fundamentals, basic algorithm knowledge and asked to solve a coding problem using Collabedit (online whiteboard). Did some research before the interview and answered the questions easily. Had trouble with the coding problem but seemed to complete it okay.

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    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
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    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Amazon.com in April 2014.

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    Went quickly after submitting a resume. The phone interview was the toughest of those I've had, covered the broadest range of questions instead of one problem in detail. Shared document for part of that. It went well and an onsite interview was scheduled very quickly afterward. It was the one dog-friendly office I visited, which would've been nice :)

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    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
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    I applied online – interviewed at Amazon.com in February 2014.

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    Got an email from recruiter asking to setup interview dates and times. There were about 3 options. Had two 45 minute phone interviews. Asked mostly technical questions one asked to tell him a little bit about myself. But there really is not a lot of time for chit chat. They move on to the technical questions quickly. First interviewer was nice second acted like I was wasting his time through the whole interview. It made me even more nervous. He Seemed relieved when I couldn't answer his question.

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    2 Phone interviews, one and the other 45 minutes later, it was difficult and requires you to code on the spot. LInked lists. runtimes, sorting algorithims, know how to work with a list

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    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
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    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Amazon.com in January 2013.

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    I applied on their website as per usual. Nothing exceptional about my cover letter -- it wasn't personalized at all. I have quite a bit of work experience and was well qualified for the position.

    The interviewer himself seemed extremely shy and inexperienced. He was a nice guy, but he didn't do a good job of selling me on the position (even though I knew the position itself was a good one).

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    Anonymous Employee
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    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Amazon.com.

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    2 technical interviews . 1st round was tough with algorithms and time complexity questions. second was a better with brain teasers and simple questions ... you will be made to write code on the white board

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