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  • "Small company driven by big company rules"

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    Pros

    You're able to work directly with every part of the business, so get that small company feel while working for a large company

    Cons

    Those big company processes can feel a bit heavyweight for a small company, limiting the ability to move quickly and try new ideas

    Advice to Management

    Run this as a small company rather than an Amazon department

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alexandria (Egypt)
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    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at The Book Depository (Alexandria (Egypt)) in May 2015.

    Interview

    the whole process took around 2-3 months.

    They contacted me, and we had a short call (10 - 15 mins), general question regrading my experiences and the position.

    few days later they sent me coding test on "codility", 3 easy questions.

    Then they contacted me 5 or 6 weeks later for an onsite interview. 4 technical and 1 HR.

    A lot (really LOT) of behavioral questions, and few of coding tests.

    They replied within 1 week.

    They key to pass is the behavioral questions, I've been asked around 15 questions, 10 of them where behavioral (Give me a situation blah blah blah, what you did?, what was your manager's response?, how did you handle this situation?) .... and so.

    Interview Questions

    • Codility questions:

      1- given and integer (as a binary string), you have two kinds of operations: if number is odd then subtract 1, else divide by 2. determine the number of operations to reach 0 in O(n) complexity and O(1) space. the tricky part here is you're not allowed to convert number to decimal format, not to violate the O(1) space constraint.

      2- calculate reverse polish notation.

      Onsite interview:
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      Technical questions:
      1- Given array of positive integers, design an algorithm to print the longest sequence in it (just the count, no need to print the sequence itself). (order is not important).
      i.e. [3,1, 4, 7, 2, 30, 9, 8] -> output: 4
      they are expecting O(n)

      2- Design cards deck (classes and relations .... etc).

      3- Design a parking system (very similar to the above question).   Answer Question
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The Book Depository Awards & Accolades

  • BDS Direct Bookseller of the Year, Bookseller Industry Awards, 2010
  • The Queen's Awards for Enterprise, The Queens Award for Enterprise Magazine, 2010
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