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Updated 15 Dec 2014
Updated 15 Dec 2014
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  1.  

    InfoSec PM Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    The interview took 6 hours! By the end I had no actual personality left and had answered the same questions repeatedly, which I believe they probably compared later, it was interagatory and exhausting.

    Interview Questions
    • When I was put on the defensive regarding how I would protect people's bonuses.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Financial Analyst Co-Op Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    The process took a week. First round phone interview. Second round at their main office in Seatlle. Overall the interview was nothing unexpected and comfortable. 1 analyst who was supposed to ask about the case that I prepared messed up and I ended up with 2 rounds of interviews with the exact same set of behavioral questions.

    Interview Questions
    • If you have 2 projects due for 2 different analysts at the same date and you only have time to finish 1, what would you do?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Software Development Engineer (New Grad) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    Applied online. HR sent a mail with an online interview link. It consisted of two coding questions based on string manipulation (String rotation, Removing vowels from a String). There was also aptitude and behavioral questions. Was then called for onsite interview. It consists of 4 rounds. First round went good as it was project discussion and a simple coding question. Second round was about a question on bit manipulation and string manipulation. Third was on linked lists and final one was behavioral and a question about anagrams.

    Interview Questions
    • Remove comments from a code. Deep copy linked list. Pair anagrams together. Find most occurring integer from infinite stream of integers. Bit wise parity check.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Seller Support Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore (India)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore (India)
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    Took two two days. online test is a bit difficult. 4 rounds total. nice environment. good communication skills must. 2 ops round. 2 online 1 HR . Graduation mandatory. typing skills, sentence re construction.

    Interview Questions
    • are sellers customers to Amazon or not?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Cloud Support Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bucharest (Romania)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bucharest (Romania)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Amazon.com in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    Apparently this is the 1st stage of a supposed 3 stage process.
    The 1st stage is a technical interview, the second one is a HR based interview and the 3rd stage is (i think) a face to face interview.
    Below is a list of all questions (no answers included) of what i have been asked in the 1st stage interview.

    PS: The process is ongoing and will post updates, if any.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Systems Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    A few things to note...
    1. The interviewers will keep building on the questions. For example, the first question might be "If there is a this one line "xxx" in the log file, then you have to reboot the server. How would you write a script for that?" Second follow up question would be "What if you had 100+ servers?" Third follow up question would be "What if you only need to reboot if the host had not been rebooted in the last 24 hours?" Most of their questions are like this so don't feel stressed with the follow up questions. They just want to see how much you know and it doesn't mean you answered incorrectly the first time.
    2. The position in which they're hiring for is sometimes open ended. I applied for a Systems Engineer and I got an offer for a Systems Engineer position. Some of my coworkers who applied for a Systems Engineer position however got offered a position as Cloud Support Engineer. The reasoning behind this is that they qualified for a Cloud Support Engineer but not for a Systems Engineer. Different companies do things differently and this is just how Amazon hires. The position is determined based on how they feel you fit in the team. This might be frustrating at times since you will probably be clear on what position you are interested in.
    3. You will get asked coding questions. I told them I wasn't looking for a programming position. I told them I hadn't touched programmed for over a year but some of the interviewers were programmers and just went ahead and asked some programming questions.
    4. It's hard to tell in the interview which team you'll land on and what you'll be working with. I didn't know I was going to be working with EC2 until I got my offer.

    Interview Questions
    • For example, the first question might be "If there is a this one line "xxx" in the log file, then you have to reboot the server. How would you write a script for that?" Second follow up question would be "What if you had 100+ servers?" Third follow up question would be "What if you only need to reboot if the host had not been rebooted in the last 24 hours?"   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They offered the lower limit of my asking salary so I didn't negotiate. In retrospect, I should have.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Software Development Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    In my case, there was no phone interview before invited to the on-site interview. It was quite big interview event for New Grads. The event took a whole day from around 9am to 5pm. They made several groups with three members and each group receive a project to be solved in that day which is a kind of simplified version of problem that Amazon is currently facing in real world.

    Interview Questions
    • It took quite a bit of time to understand the problem exactly. One project is divided into three problems and each team member chooses one problem they want. Three problems are not that tightly related.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Outbound Order Picker Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Spartanburg, SC (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Spartanburg, SC (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    I was hired on through SMX Staffing. I began by simply filling out an online application then got a call about a week later inviting me into the interview.. During the interview The notable parts are one you have to have both ID and original Social security card or birth certificate otherwise you will be turned away. Then you interview which is the easiest part, the recruiter tells you about the job and what to expect so you know what your getting into to avoid any surprise. From there your told to sit down at a table where you will be immediate saliva tested for drugs. Following your test your told to go complete your on boarding paper work which is just some standard paper work pulled up on a computer for you to use and complete. After that you receive your orientation date where you come back to SMX to get a brief overview of the main policy's of Amazon, what to expect your first day, and receive a packed explaining things in a little bit more detail. Now so far everything up to this point has only been SMX they tell you that your basically in a pool on new hires at this point and that when your drug test comes back (one week from test date) that you'll be called as soon as they receive an order from Amazon for new associates, However it should be noted that after a week from the test you should begin calling asking if anything is available since they will place the people who seem to want the job the most in the position. Though when they receive an order that meets your criteria ( night shift, day shift, picking, packing, ext...), and be it via calling your self or being called, the recruiter will tell you your start date, your position that you were placed in, and to be 30 minutes early since they place extra people on the order to make sure amazon gets its people even if you have to get turned away or some decide to no show. However since everyone aims for 30 minuets early I advise aiming for 45 early just to make sure you don't get turned away since when i showed up 40 minuets early and got in they wound up turning about 15-20 people away at the door.

    Interview Questions
    • When I showed up for the interview the first time and was asked for my original Social Security card, High School Diploma, and Drivers Licence.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    absolutely no negotiation, it's "hears the salary, this is what you'll be doing, do you want the job, ok great your hired now go pass a drug test do your paper work and see ya back here for orientation"
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    I am very disappointed at amazon.
    1) They only told me there will the 4-7 of 45 mins interivew back to back, and they will provide lunch. No interview schedule was included, and according to one of the video they sent me, I should get the schedule in the morning from frontdesk or recruiter.
    When I got their office at 8:45AM (scheduled time), I ended up waited until 9AM to see my 1st recruiter. When I asked him about my schedule, he has to pull me to another recruiter and the 2nd guy pulled it up from his phone and told me there will be 5 interviews. Then they both left and asked me to wait in the lobby again for a different recruiter who set up this interview
    9:10AM, an engineer went down to pick me up. He said he is my first interviewer and he was sitting in the room and waiting for me since 9AM. Apparently the recruiter screwed up....

    2) The 4th interviewer has some allergy maybe, and kept on clearing his throat when I was writing code on the chrome book. I was distracted and annoyed, but don't want to be rude so I did not say anything. Still managed finished the code although it took longer because of the distraction.

    3) When the 5th interviewer is done. She asked me if I already had lunch or something. I said no. So she pinged someone on IM and told me she is sorry, but I have to go for lunch by myself...

    4) According to the recruiter I should get the result within 2 days, and I did not. So I pinged the recruiter on the 3rd day, and he told me they are still waiting for the last bit of feed back to be entered. Then 2 weeks later, I still did not even hear a word from him. Seriously? Don't I deserve an answer after spending 4+ hrs in the whole interview?

    Most of the interviewers are smart and nice. But the whole interview process is very poorly organized. Why on earth they want to drag a local candidate to downtown seattle at 8:45AM just to finish the whole interview at 12:30PM so they don't have to provide lunch?

    Look like there is no offer for me. That's ok, anyway I don't want to work for a company poorly managed like that.

    Interview Questions
    • Most questions are reasonable. The last question is harder, maybe that is the so called bar raising question   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Software Development Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hyderābād (India)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hyderābād (India)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    I applied online, got a call after 2 weeks . Asked to attempt 1 hour online Coding test. Got the online test result after 10 days and was invited for on site interviews.There were total 4 face to face interviews.

    Interview Questions
    • trees and data structure questions.random pointer in linked list   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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