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  1. Helpful (3)  

    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cal Poly SLO, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at a2z Development Center (Cal Poly SLO, CA) in May 2016.

    Interview

    3 telephone interviews spaced across 3 weeks.
    Three different managers asked me various questions, mainly getting at temperament, experience, skills. There were also questions aimed at general problem-solving approach, and engineering values.

    I was asked to "prep" on Amazon's core values, and given some URL's that contained documents that went into detail. But there was nothing in the interview that really dealt with those.

    The skills questions were not necessarily "difficult" but were more to test rote recall than anything else. The basic mismatch was that the position was billed as a "Systems Engineer" which is usually more of a generalist, skills-wise, and they asked very narrowly focussed sets of questions regarding specific solutions to specific problems that were outside of my area of expertise. In my view, a Systems Engineer doesn't have specific things memorized, but has a good enough understanding of technology that they can take on a broad variety of tasks, and drill-down where necessary to accomplish the goal. This was not what A2Z was looking for for that position.

    Ultimately, the position was not a good fit, and we mutually agreed to terminate the interview process. It was a great experience, and it was good for me to do it. I'm not sure that I feel that it exposed any particular skills deficiency, but it gave me a better idea of the direction in which I need to focus my improvement objectives. Maybe I wasted some of their time; but when you're interviewing multiple candidates, it's good to get a range so you can compare, so they benefitted in that way.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your ultimate career goal (or: what do you want to be when you grow up?)   1 Answer

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    Senior QA Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at a2z Development Center.

    Interview

    Well planned one, They analyze the candidate well before coming to a decision
    Have to prepare well from our end at least on areas mentioned in our resume as they question each and every point mentioned in the resume

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    Summer Software Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at a2z Development Center in October 2014.

    Interview

    I applied online and answered some basic screening questions through email and then waited for a response. Generally what I have heard, engineering interns pop up on the radar of recruiters after their junior year because they have serious advanced course work under their belt. Really try and do projects on your own to stand out and demonstrate proof of concept.

    Interview Questions

    • The email interview I went through had basic screen questions, nothing unexpected.   Answer Question

  4. Helpful (4)  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Irvine, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at a2z Development Center (Irvine, CA).

    Interview

    Initial call with headhunter who was from outside the company. Then phone interview with hiring manager. From the start, the headhunter stated that this position had interviewed countless candidates and the Amazon hiring manager was a bit difficult to deal with so be prepared for that.

    Interview Questions

    • Specific scenario of how to advertise an app on Amazon even though other items produced higher profits. How to prove it out.   1 Answer

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    Senior User Experience Designer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Irvine, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at a2z Development Center (Irvine, CA) in April 2014.

    Interview

    Started with a resume submission via the website. A recruiter followed up a few days later asking me to submit a portfolio. Approximately a week later I was asked to set up a phone interview and finally a week or so after that I was invited for an in-person interview. The in-person interview was five 45 minute long sessions along with a 50 minute portfolio presentation and a lunch non-interview.

    Interview Questions

    • There wasn't a "most difficult" question in particular   1 Answer

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    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Irvine, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at a2z Development Center (Irvine, CA) in March 2014.

    Interview

    5 interviews, lasting all day. Ridiculous academic-type algorithm questions... nothing that would be useful in the real world as a software engineer. It seemed more geared toward a new college graduate than someone with real world experience. Complete waste of time, for me at least. This position was supposed to be for a level 2 or 3 software engineer but there wasn't a single question related to anything I've worked on in 8 years as a SWE.

    Interview Questions

    • Algorithms, algorithms, algorithms... all functional type stuff, no OO stuff that people use everyday in the software engineering world. Seemed like all academic type questions and not real-world uses.   Answer Question

  7. Helpful (2)  

    Software Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at a2z Development Center (San Francisco, CA) in February 2014.

    Interview

    I had 6 individual 45 minute interviews, with very little break due to the recruitment team not being organised.
    When I arrived there was no one to meet me or tell me where I should be, so everything ran late.

  8. Helpful (3)  

    Software Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at a2z Development Center (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    I do not recommend that you waste your time here. Long all day interview, no breaks, not even lunch. Very unprofessional, HR was terrible, bragging about how good they were a hacking things together. Yes we know, your system is down a lot. They want coders, not managers or architects. Positive, I did get a free trip to SF for the weekend.

    Interview Questions

    • Write a binary search. Are you kidding, you the interviewer did just get out of college.   Answer Question

  9. Helpful (1)  

    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Irvine, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at a2z Development Center (Irvine, CA) in February 2013.

    Interview

    1 phone interview followed by on site call. Phone call question was a basic coding problem on arrays and some knowledge based questions. The onsite was with 5 interviewers- 3 of them asked coding, object oriented questions followed by a behavioral/lunch interview and finally, a resume-based/behavioral interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Print a 2d-character matrix in spiral order, design a chess game, Identify patterns in a 2d-boolean matrix.   2 Answers

  10. Helpful (2)  

    Software Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at a2z Development Center (San Francisco, CA) in July 2012.

    Interview

    I got contacted by their in house recruiter. After discussing my background, they arranged a phone interview with a software manger. Pretty nice guy, was excited about the project and his team. They called me to arrange a phone interview with HR, I guess for cultural fit. She asked a bunch of expected experience and situational questions. You can read about amazon culture to get prepared for this sort of interview. Then I heard nothing for more than a week and had to reach out to them. At that point they said they're not interested to continue the process. They did not provide any reason saying it's their policy not to! As a manager that has conducted hundreds of interviews, I felt they're acting amateurish, maybe it's part of their culture not to respect people once deemed not useful for them. I don't know if the rest of Amazon companies are the same, or this is the case for a2z Development.

    Suggestions for a2z:
    Get back to candidate in a timely manner regardless of the outcome.
    If you decided not to offer, provide some honest and helpful feedback. The candidate has invested time in preparing and talking to you, so this is what you can do in return.
    You might have some overworked, less experienced hiring managers, but it's HR's job to cover cases like this.

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