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Software Development Engineer Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com.
Interview Details Recruiter reached out at the end of November asking to schedule 2 back to back interviews which we set up for the next week. Exactly 2 weeks later (almost to the minute) the recruiter replied with an offer. We set up a phone call to discuss the details of the offer a week later and after that I accepted.
- Interview 1: Started with basic cv chit-chat and discussing projects. Was asked general information (complexity and high level implementation) about data structures you'd expect to find in standard libraries. Continued on to a super simple coding question that was something like reversing a string in place. Then had a longer coding question that was a variant on the subtree sum problem and could be made to run in O(n) time with some preprocessing. Overall not particularly difficult. Answer Question
- Interview 2: Like the first interview this one started with basic cv questions and a simple coding question. Then moved onto a longer question that was basically weighted graph search but the edge weights were dynamic. Harder than the first interview but still not too difficult compared to other companies. I'd say about similar in difficulty to google but easier than palantir. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I don't think internship offers are negotiable but in any case the offer was much higher than I'd expected.
Operations Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in January 2013.
Interview Details focus in the company and its values, be prepared to link your experience to amazon leadership principles, search for amazon FCs on youtube, and contacto people on current positions from linkedin
Interview Question – be prepared to work in a fast pace environment....it is amazing! Answer Question
Negotiation Details – little room for negotiation.....get pieces of advice before heading to it
Account Manager (Amazon Associate) Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in January 2014.
Interview Details 2 phone interviews
I had the first interview with the hiring manager: it was very structured and I was prepared for most of the questions. I really appreciated that the interviewer gave me time at the end for questions (and I had loads), which means that we spent more time than expected. The second interview was with the EU business development manager and the questions were naturally focused on business development. Though it is tough to judge from a person over the phone, I found the interviewer tired (the interview was after 6pm UK time so 7pm EU time) and this reflected in his voice, but what was even more surprising was that he clearly yawned while I was answering to one of his questions. Ok I have not been convincing enough as I did not pass this stage, but I find it truly unrespectful to yawn over the phone while someone is talking to you - he could have at least put the phone away or something.
On the positive note, I think it was a great experience to have a concrete preview of the company's culture, people, interview style etc...
Interview Question – What is the most important thing to recruit a new publisher/client? View Answer
Sales Representative Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Amazon.com.
Interview Details A competency based interview lasting 5 hours. 5 x 45 minute interviews including a "bar raiser" Told to prepare a number of examples to map against AWS philosophies of previous deep dive work experiences you think might be relevant. Amazon recruitment guidance says keep responses short and timely which in the end seemed to be the last thing they wanted. Deep dive responses required.....details details details was what was required. To be frank this is a very tedious interview process giving the candidate very little back in return in terms of what the job would actually be like if you got it. How you make a calculated decision to work for them is beyond me based on what you might read from their website...very little back in terms of company culture. Interviews need to be a two way street not one way....Whilst this is competency based interview it really does feel like luck if you managed to give relevant examples that might just meet the AWS philosophy of doing things.
Interview Question – Described a time when you challenged your boss Answer Question
Partner Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Amazon.com in September 2013.
Interview Details Interview 1 - telephone interview with manager. No more than 30 minutes.
Interview 2 - morning of face-to-face interviews at their offices. It consisted of 4 separate one-on-one 30 minute interviews. The questions were highly competency based from various managers in associated departments.
The interviews were very structured and clearly interviewers had a number of boxes to tick. I didn't feel like they got to know my personality very well, and I found the company quite cold as a result.
Interview Question – Give an example where you need to use you disagreed with your manager's decision and hat you did to deal with the situation. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Better counter-offer from current employer
Very Difficult Interview
Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Amazon.com.
Interview Details Invited to Zurich for Recruitment Event. I was contacted over linkedIn. Over there I was interviewed by 5 person from the team I would have joined
Interview Question – How would you design a system to distribute compressed data to mobile devices. View Answer
Software Development Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in December 2013.
Interview Details I submitted my resume online, and was contacted two weeks later for an online challenge on codility. There were three questions, which were not difficult. However, it started with the most difficult questions, and I spent over thirty minutes on that and I started to panic cause I only had 90 minutes in total. I solved the first question perfectly, but with the second one, though being easier, I missed some edge cases. The third question was too simple (think of fizz-buzz), but due to my rush, I was so exhausted and I decided to submit the answer anyway (didn't realize my mistake in the second question until late).
Anyway, I thought I failed and wasn't expecting to hear from them anytime soon, but it turned out I did well enough and they moved me to the phone screening round. The first round was very simple - the engineer asked only basic questions and did some small coding. I was told then that they would do another round of phone interview - the questions weren't too difficult, and I stumbled a bit but I think I did very well.
Finally, they moved me forward to the onsite interview. As I'm based in Asia and the team in Edinburgh, they sent me to the Tokyo office and I did the interview with the virtual conferencing room there. The interview questions were standard - I also stumbled a bit but basically I managed fine. I was told of that they decided to extend an offer a week later
Interview Question – One question involve removing a node in a linked list with recursion - I was given a buggy piece of code and was asked to fix it. I was distracted when I mentioned this would not work on a long linked list so I couldn't answer it but the engineer let it go anyway since we were short on time Answer Question
Reason for Declining – The offer was really good compared to UK standard. However, I also have other offers from the US with much higher compensation (yes, the number you see on Glassdoor for UK salary is correctly - it's around 40% lower than the US site). Finally, I got a job from a big tech company in Silicon Valley (not the big four though), and the offer was too attractive to turn down. Plus the team their fits my interests better.
Very Difficult Interview
Software Development Engineer I/II/II Interview (Negative Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Amazon.com in January 2014.
Interview Details Two telephone interviews (coding and behavioural questions) and then on site interview with 5 different people (coding, behavioural, leadership, architecture, OO design questions)
Interview Question – Convert a number to a currency string: 1234,45 -> one thousand two hundred thirty four dollars and forty five cents Answer Question
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