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Updated Apr 11, 2014
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I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Amazon.com.

Interview Details – Basically , it is really a bad experience

Interview Question – It is not pleasant   Answer Question

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I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Amazon.com in February 2014.

Interview Details – The interviewers were very nice and helpful. Questions asked included:
- How to display a certain section of a list given the page number and # of items the user wants to display
- Data Structures and BST

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I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Amazon.com in December 2013.

Interview Details – Three questions, I was given 1.5 hours to complete the online assessment. It included the actual question (hash maps, linked lists), and why you think this method is the best way to answer the question. Also asks for a Big Oh analysis.

Interview Question – Why was the answer the most efficient   Answer Question

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Interviewed at Amazon.com

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

Interview Question – Nothing too hard   Answer Question

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Seattle, WA

Interviewed at Amazon.com

Interview Details – Amazon sent 3 programming assignments to candidate via interviewstreet. I had to solve 3 problems within 90 mins. After passing programming screen. Candidates would meet 4 interviewers who gave programming problems. They do not review your resume, but test your coding ability. If candidates passes this onsite interviews, they will be assigned team based on their interest.

Interview Question – you and an opponent take turns choosing numbers either the first or the last element in an unsorted array , and all numbers are exhausted, winner will be the one who gets larger cumulative total sum of picked numbers. Code up the algorithm that player 1 will be the winner. Player 2 also has same strategy as player 1   Answer Question

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I applied through college or university and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in January 2014.

Interview Details – Two back to back 45 min phone interview.

Interview Question – Array manipulation. Pretty easy.   Answer Question

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I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com.

Interview Details – Hiring process was relatively faster than other big companies.

Interview Question – Design Question   Answer Question

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Los Angeles, CA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in February 2014.

Interview Details – After some emails, they came to LA to hold four interviews in my school. After first round, they will turn half of people down. I go through all interviews, but unfortunately, I did not get the offer without any explaination.

Interview Question – A wired question about final for interface. Actually, there is no final interface. Some challenge questions like to write code in a limited paper space.   View Answer

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Software Engineer

I applied through college or university and interviewed at Amazon.com.

Interview Details – It is group interview, no phone interview before.

Interview Question – not normal data structure and algo problem   Answer Question

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Philadelphia, PA

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in February 2014.

Interview Details – 45 + 45 min back to back On campus recruiting interviews

Interview Questions

  • Given the root node, the values of any two nodes in a binary search tree, return the smallest subtree that contains the two nodes as a TreeNode.   Answer Question
  • Find and return the misspelled words in a newspaper. need to return both the misspelled words and their indices. Given a Dictionary, you can use the Dictionary.isValidWord method to solve the problem. Then ask a couple of follow up questions, for example, how to deal with the Name, Places words that are not in the dictionary but might also be correct words, etc.   Answer Question

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