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I applied online. The process took 3+ months – interviewed at Amazon.com (London, England) in February 2014.
I applied online for the London Development Centre. They sent me an e-mail some months after that with a link to a Codility test. After the test I got another e-mail saying the result was successful and we scheduled a phone call for the following week. The phone call was to set up a face to face interview and talk about the company and position I was applying for. Some details about the time I would be working were settled, as well. The interview was the next week in the Development Centre with a very friendly software engineer. He dedicated about 45 minutes to ask me questions about my resume, past experience and relevant challenges during my experience and the last 30-45 minutes were a technical interview where I was asked to solve a problem using any language I was comfortable with.
It was an enjoyable experience, everyone was very friendly even if I failed the technical interview. It ended with a brief tour of the building.
They called about a week later saying they couldn't make an offer, but specified that I had done well with the "non-coachable" skills and encouraged me to re-apply as soon as possible with my recruiter.
- The only problem was: design the "fill with paint" function, for an mspaint-like program. Answer Question
I applied online. The process took 6+ weeks – interviewed at Amazon.com (London, England).
Vigorous; 4 phone interviews and a 5 hour in-person (no breaks)
- Nothing; several situation/behavioural psych questions Answer Question
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I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Amazon.com (Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England) in January 2014.
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...
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I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Amazon.com (London, England) in January 2014.
Two telephone interviews (coding and behavioural questions) and then on site interview with 5 different people (coding, behavioural, leadership, architecture, OO design questions)
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I applied online. The process took 5 weeks – interviewed at Amazon.com (Edinburgh, Scotland) in December 2013.
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
- 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.
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week – interviewed at Amazon.com (London, England) in November 2013.
Was invited for a telephone interview after being referred by an employee. The 45-min interview was largely competency based and it seemed the interviewer was given a long form to fill out within the time rather than conduct a conversation. The interviewer fired a torrid of questions without caring to dwell on the responses.
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Lots of short interviews with structured questions based on when you have demonstrated behaviours outlined in their management principles
- All pretty reasonable if you check up on the principles first Answer Question
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I applied online. The process took a day – interviewed at Amazon.com (London, England) in November 2013.
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.
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I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Amazon.com (London, England) in November 2013.
The process took about two month and was done in 3 stages.
1. A preliminary phone interview which took about 10-15 minutes. The recruiter talkes a little bit about the job and asked if I am still interested in it. During this interview a second interview was scheduled with one of the department heads.
2. Again a phone interview which lasted a little bit longer maybe about 30 minutes. He mainly wanted me to tell him about a time when I had to do this or that or when I was faced with a difficult situation etc.
3. The final interview took place in London and it took a few hours. First a presentation on the company and the department in particular was given which was followed by a small test. One part of it was to write an Email in German and in English to a fake customer whose account was being deleted. The test took about 45 minutes. After this I was interviewed by three different people from the department. Questions were again mainly focused on situations I was in and how I handled them.
- They give you a preliminary idea of what kind of questions will be asked. So I did not had any surprising questions. Like I mentioned before a lot of them asked me to tell them about a time when I ,e.g. had a difficult situation with a customer and how I solved it. Another one was if there was ever a time where I had started a project and someonelse came by and told me to do it differently and how I handled this particular situation. Answer Question
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