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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
Software Developer Intern Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
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
Human Resources Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com.
Interview Details Vigorous; 4 phone interviews and a 5 hour in-person (no breaks)
Interview Question – Nothing; several situation/behavioural psych questions Answer Question
Marketing Specialist Interview (Negative Experience)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in June 2013.
Interview Details After I sent my CV on the company's website I was contacted by email to arrange a first call interview with a member of the team. The person i spoke with made lots of questions like "tell me a time when xxx happend. How you behaved?". It lasted about 30/40 minutes. Then I was contacted for a second call with the hiring manager. The interview was pretty similar. Lots of questions like "tell me about a time when..".
After that I was contacted by HR saying I got the job (gave me the starting date etc). They called me back in 2 hours saying there was a mistake, as I had to go to the office to meet the team first. "Meet the time" turned out to be 3 hours interview with 3 different people, 2 of them were the same I spoke on the phone with. I had to answer to the same questions again and again. After that I haven't heard back from them until I chased the HR after a week . They called me to say they decided to relocate the position to a different office in Europe (where the hiring manager was based) and asked if I was still interesting. This was my 4th interview experience with them and it was negative as usual. HR are not organised at all and need to be chased all the time.
Interview Question – Lots of questions like "tell me about a time you had an idea that was beneficial to the entire company". Just try to be as much specific as possible and be sure you acted according to Amazon's principles (find them on company's websiet) Answer Question
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