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Amazon
Senior Software Development Manager was asked...May 4, 2010

What would you do if senior management demanded delivery of software in an impossible deadline?

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The feasibility which could lead to happen this type of situations is due to critical business needs. It means senior management would be actively involved and here agile framework will come into play. Delivering the workable product and then further developing the solution would be the best possible shot for win win situation. Less

It is possible to keep scope, resources & timeline (dates) unchanged, but compromise on quality. This will impact team retention, especially the stronger engineers on the team, over the longer run. The leadership team must understand the consequences. Less

Give them the choice of reduced scope, more resources, or changed dates. They can only pick 2. Less

Carnow, Conibear & Associates

What would you do to grow our business. How would someone know this if they were not from that industry.

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The COO or what ever he's calling himself was a joke. He knew very little of the business and wanted everyone out of the firm that realized he was an insecure buffoon. The owner needed a son more than a leader. Less

I would examine your 80/20 and profit margins and make determinations of where we were wasting our time and focus on the 80/20. The COO could not tell me event when I was hired what these were and he labeled himself as a numbers guy. What a joke. Less

Google

What would you say are the minimal requirements needed to successfully manage a software development project?

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What will make the user happier using this than another product.

clear requirements, functional specs, delivery estimates, daily scrums

Amazon

Tell me about a time you used analysis to make a business-critical decision. Walk me through the analysis and outcome.

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So is this a kind of Leadership Principle questions? Thank you for sharing your experience. Wondering have you tried Rooftop Slushie for your interview prep? I saw some posts similar with your experience - which are really useful for me so far. rooftopslushie.com Less

I analyzed the output of all the machines on our factory sales floor and determined what the bottleneck machines were. I put in a request to purchase more of the bottleneck machines. The new machines alleviated the bottleneck in production, drastically speeding up the total output of the factory in the process. Less

EchoStar

What are some of the things you might consider when designing a database?

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(Books have been written about this). "Normalization vs. denormalization, data model accurately reflects problem domain, adaptability / maintainability, performance, indexing, partitioning. Less

The key aspects to consider are normalization vs. denormalization, partitioning, data model accurately reflects problem domain, adaptability and maintainability, performance, and indexing Less

Cisco Systems

What markets do you think Cisco should get into and why?

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Cisco is already touching the SMB and consumer segment, esp. with its managed services. Public TelePresence at a low enough price would be extremely attractive to consumers in less developed areas. With Cisco's experience in using games to promote its products, offering game hosting as a managed service is not such a big leap. Less

American Red Cross

Why do you want to work for American Red Cross in this role?

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Because I have strong passion for making a positive difference in people's lives, through any way that I can help them out. Less

When I was in high school I was a volunteer for UCI Medical Center earned a lot of my high school credits that way I really thought I was going to be a nurse but then I pursue the career of being a cosmetologist and when my both my parents got sick my father he died from bone marrow cancer and I had to take him in to go get infusions three times a week and then my mother she passed away from a a blood disorder blood would get thick and was on medication and having to go and get treatments also so since then I've really wanted to be a phlebotomist so I took the course and my husband being in the Marine Corps moved back to California and now we've made home here in New York so it's time to pursue my dream I would really like to do this it's my passion to be a phlebotomist Less

I cited the ARC mission, the important community work that is needed and how the priorities of ARC align with my personal beliefs. Less

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Unilever

Given real job problems and you must explain in a presentation format (to a rather large panel) how you would handle them.

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Nice! Hope everything works out in your favor! Good Luck!!!

could you tell me what some of the questions they asked were during the initial phone sreening and panel interview? Less

Hi there, just wondering what the real world problem was that you needed to present to the panel? Any other questions that you can recall being asked? Less

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Miracle Software Systems

1. Do you have experience selling software? 2. Are you comfortable with travel? 3. How do you feel about training others and/or are you willing to train others? 4. Why are you leaving your current place of work? 5. Without given a contact name or contact number for a company what are your procedures to obtain the information of a decision maker?

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To be honestly i don't have an experience on selling software but i can do it as u are expecting on me Less

Yes I'm comfortable on traveling and i love it

Training to others is a good thing i feel proud about on it

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Amazon

Given two numbers n and m, divide n by m without using the division operator. Return both the integer answer as well as the remainder.

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I first assumed that both numbers were positive and then used repeated subtraction to come up with the answer. Upon further discussion I felt that this took too long and tried to come up with some kind of faster method to accomplish this but I could not design it in the time required. Thinking about it there are some other choices: 1) Treat the numbers as binary and then use shifting and subtraction to divide. I can't really solve this easily. 2) Calculate ..., 16m, 8m, 4m, 2m, 1m, etc. and the subtract each of those from n if possible. If you can subtract it shift the answer and add a 1. Finally, compare the signs of n and m to set the signs of the answer. Less

10 ^ (log10 m - log10 n)

The two answers don't give you the remainder; you will still have to write code to get that Less

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