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Updated Apr 10, 2014
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Seattle, WA (US)

I applied through college or university and the process took 6 days - interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2014.

Interview Details Two rounds phone interview. Every round takes 45 minutes.

Interview Question – Nothing difficult.   Answer Question

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I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2014.

Interview Details Applied through the university career services. Got a call from Amazon for a phone interview in the next week. There were 2 45-minutes back to back coding interviews. The interviewers were helpful and asked questions on the coding logic. One of the interviewer asked about the past projects.

Interview Question – There were 2 coding questions. First was to extend a class that contained the names and ratings of movies so as to get a list of similar movies and the movie name with the highest rating. Second question was pretty simple, given an array of integers, print first two numbers that sum upto 10.   Answer Question

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Anonymous Interview Candidate
Seattle, WA (US)

I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Amazon.com in February 2014.

Interview Details Applied through their website in late November. Received an email from a recruiter in early February to set up two 45 minute back to back interviews. Was only given two time options on the same day (four days from receipt of the email). The interviews were almost entirely technical, consisting of questions about data structures and the Big O of their inserts, removes, indexing etc. Then a coding question where they give you a prompt and you solve it through CollabEdit. They watch everything you type, and you're supposed to talk through your logic as well. Then they ask the Big O of your solution, then they ask if you can think of any ways you can make your solution get a better Big O.

One of my interviewers was somewhat rude when he asked me questions about things I hadn't learned in school yet. The other interviewer was VERY nice and friendly, but he seemed unprepared.

I emailed my recruiter two weeks later thanking him and asking for an update. Received an email less than an hour later that seemed very positive, saying they were hoping to get back to me soon and asking if I could extend any other offer deadlines. Received the 'thanks-but-no-thanks' email two weeks after that (4 total weeks after my interview). I had already received and accepted a generous offer from another company by that time. The slow hiring process is ridiculous and irritating for students who are interviewing with multiple companies. I interviewed with two companies after my interview with Amazon and received offers from both before Amazon got back to me.

Interview Question – The questions were pretty simple and straightforward.
- Make a function to test whether a number is a binary palindrome.
- Make a hotdog ordering system.
- another that I can't remember.
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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.

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  • 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.

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I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Amazon.com in February 2014.

Interview Details Interviewed at Campus for SDE Intern position.
2 back to back in-person interviews.

Basic concepts of ArrayList, LinkedList. Brief discussion on projects.
One thing that I want to change in Amazon's website (any of them).
Asked to code all factors of a number, check if a given word is valid in a given dictionary. If not, try jumbling and see if it can be rearranged to a valid word.

Basic concepts of heaps, BT, BST etc.
Asked to code k-merge algorithm for linked lists, check if BT is a BST.

Overall pretty standard questions.

Interview Question – Nothing unexpected.   Answer Question

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I applied through college or university and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Amazon.com in February 2013.

Interview Details Applied through campus career fair in university and got called for 1:1 on campus interview which lasted for about 30 minutes. Questions asked were mostly design questions, and a few technical questions from projects on your resume. Scalability is most commonly tested during interviews. Interviewer provided helpful hints wherever needed

Interview Question – Design an online book reader system   Answer Question

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Interviewed at Amazon.com

Interview Details 2 45 min back-to-back phone interviews

Interview Question – Nothing unexpected actually   Answer Question

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Interviewed at Amazon.com

Interview Details Its on campus interview for intern. Applied on campus recruit market.

Interview Question – two algorithm questions, one of them is given a string, substitute special chars. give all possible results.
 like substitute 'a' and 'o' from amazon, then the possible answer should be:
AmAzon, amazOn, AmAzOn
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State College, PA (US)

I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Amazon.com.

Interview Details Applied through the university website and received an email after a week for an interview.
I interviewed two days after they gave a call giving me an offer.

Interview Question – 4 Basic questions

What would you do if your employees are not following a standardise procedure?
Why do you want to work for amazon?
Math problem?ask the recruiter to explain well the problems in order they see how you interact with them

Understand the leadership principles
Be yourself and relax
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Negotiation Details – very easy they email me the offer and I signed the contract and set it bacn

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Anonymous Employee

I applied through college or university and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Amazon.com.

Interview Details They attended a local career fair at my university - I handed them my resume and was asked to apply online with a certain code for SDE Interns. I applied and received a call scheduled for the next following day to interview. Interviewed, and got the email offer within 4 days.

Interview Question – Very typical codeable question for an undergrad - something you would get from cracking the coding interview. Only one question was asked - I then chatted with both interviewers for 45 minutes each separately for two back-to-back interviews.   Answer Question

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