Amazon.com Interview Questions

Updated Sep 16, 2014
Updated Sep 16, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Two phone interviews - second all competency based.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  2.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. 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 Questions
    • How would you design a system to distribute compressed data to mobile devices.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Edinburgh, Scotland
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Application Details

    I applied online. 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 Questions
    • 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
    Reasons 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.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Development Engineer I/II/II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. 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 Questions
    • Convert a number to a currency string: 1234,45 -> one thousand two hundred thirty four dollars and forty five cents   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Developer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied online. 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 Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    Vigorous; 4 phone interviews and a 5 hour in-person (no breaks)

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing; several situation/behavioural psych questions   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Marketing Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Slough, Buckinghamshire, South East England, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Slough, Buckinghamshire, South East England, England
    Application Details

    I applied online. 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 Questions
    • 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
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
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    Sales Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Amazon.com in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    The interview process started with a fairly easy phone interview. After that, I was called for an interview on site where I had 5 rounds of interviews with 5 different people. They were mainly asking about past work experiences and doing simulation of situations you'd have to face at work.

    Interview Questions
    • No particular difficult nor unexpected questions   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Operations Pathways Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Amazon.com in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    2 rounds of 2 interviews. It was done on campus and it goes quickly.
    Most of the questions are behavioral such as : Tell a time when you showed leadership? When were you innovative? It is a string of questions for which your responses have to be aligned with the 10 leadership principles

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me a time when you developed an analytic tool to resolve a problem   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Not much room for negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Strategic Partnerships Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Amazon.com in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was approached by a recruitment consultant initially had a phone interview with her, followed by math and logic tests, a phone interview with head of department and another phone interview with the European lead. I was then told that there will be another 5-7 face-to-face interviews. I waited for over two months for the next interview date and finally withdraw my application.

    The two interviews I had were quite uninspiring and unenthusiastic. Both gentlemen talked about Amazon's growth and the huge opportunities but sighed whilst talking about big publishers and their challenges.

    I also asked if they could clarify their interview process as I was close to receiving offers from a couple of other companies. My interviewers response was that they didn't really had a fix process and they were not going to rush or speed up the process for my sake. As preferred to take their time and have choices for the position rather than going with the first good person they come across.

    Interview Questions
    • What do I see as the main challenges of the role? Have I ever dealt with difficult clients? Not really difficult.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

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