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Updated Apr 19, 2014

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Software Development Engineer Intern Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
London, England

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2014.

Interview Details I applied on their website in November. Had no response until February, when a recruiter contacted me, sending me a link to a Codility test (which was quite difficult). A week after I submitted the test, the recruiter called me to let me know that I passed the test and that they are inviting me to an onsite interview. The interview was difficult, but straightforward. The interviewer was very nice, and gave me hints when I felt that I was stuck.

Interview Question – The technical problem wasn't something very difficult at first sight, but the trick was finding out the most efficient solution, which involved using tries. This solution was not implementable in 45 minutes, so the interviewer asked me to implement a specific part from the solution. There were very few behavioural questions, and nothing unexpected.   Answer Question

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Anonymous Interview Candidate
London, England

Interviewed at Amazon.com

Interview Details After completing a written exercise, I was invited for a telephone interview. The interview wasn't too difficult. There were few questions about my degree and my experience with teamwork.

Interview Question – Tell me when you improved a product, despite you were receiving a positive feedback from customers.   Answer Question

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Software Developer Intern Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
London, England

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Amazon.com in November 2013.

Interview Details Was sent a coding test with a question whereafter I was invited to come down to the London Development center for a on-site interview. The interview started directly with a whiteboard coding question involving a game (whose name I've forgotten sorry), after that there was a bit time for standard competency questions. It took one hour in total. Afterwards we were given a tour of the office. There was two interviewers who both had their nose down their laptop for the majority of the interview typing away notes (i presume) which was a bit of a distraction.

Interview Question – Writing code on a whiteboard is a bit of a challenge.   Answer Question

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Anonymous Interview Candidate
London, England

I interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2013.

Interview Details Applied for an internship at the Amazon Development Centre in London. Was sent an interesting technical test which I could complete in my own time - this was fairly simple but required some thought and I guess was also designed to test coding style etc.

After sending the code via email, they gave me an onsite interview in which we discussed the company briefly and then went straight into a whiteboarding problem involving the game Go, with a free choice of programming language (I chose Java).

I was quite nervous and this was my first experience of writing code on a whiteboard. I think they could see that I was not particularly confident in my solution (which I believe did work in the end), and that I took too long to progress.

Interview Question – Nothing particularly unexpected, the problem was around the right level, just lacked experience and confidence   Answer Question

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Anonymous Interview Candidate
London, England

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in April 2013.

Interview Details I applied on internet.
A few days after, they sent me a program to write.
The program was not very difficult. But what they wanted was a program which could be very fast with a huge amounts of data.
The program:
I had a file representing a binary tree. In the file, it was coded like that:
B,C
NULL,B
C,A
...
Null meant that B was the main uppest node.
Then, C was the son of B and A the son of C.
The program took a depth and the file in input and should give the node which were at this depth in alphabetical order.

After that, I received a notification to go in London.
I was in front of two ingeneers of Amazon and it was technical questions.
The question was not difficult but I misunderstood the question bacause of my english and so I lost a lot of time.

Interview Question – The question was to fin the number of time an array was schifted.
For example:
[1 2 3 4 5 ] is 0 because it is in order
[7 5 6] is 1 because it should be [5 6 7]
[7 8 9 2] is 1 too.
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Software Development Engineer I Intern Interview

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

Interview Details Talked to two interviewers, each asked me a basic question about object oriented programming and scripting. I spent about 45 minutes with each interviewer. They were both nice and polite.

Interview Question – No unexpected questions   Answer Question

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Senior Product Manager Intern Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Telephone, TX (US)

I applied online and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2014.

Interview Details Initial Rounds - 2
Type - Telephonic, Behavioral and Case Based Interviews (Analytical)

Interview Question – Case Based: Describe why the average revenue of the individual product is going down while the average revenue of the entire product line is going up.   Answer Question

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Software Engineer Intern Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

Interviewed at Amazon.com

Interview Details phone interview, including few questions about your work history, the rest are mostly technical questions. The first phone interview questions are kind easy. Second round questions are Data Structure, Algorithm related. Questions are not difficult, normally ask you how to optimize the algorithm. People are nice.

Interview Question – Find an alternative way to optimize the algorithm.   Answer Question

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Interview Details I managed to get an on-campus interview by emailing the university recruiting coordinator. Signed up for a time, interviewed with two people on the on-campus interview rooms.

Interview Question – None were rather difficult or unexpected.   Answer Question

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Software Engineer Intern Interview

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I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in January 2014.

Interview Details I submitted my resume in the college career fair. I got an interview call after 3 months.

Interview Question – I had 2 back to back technical interviews
Question1: Find two numbers in an unsorted array that equal to a given sum
Question2: Find the first unique character in a string
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