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    I worked at The Book Depository as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    A great group of people, working hard and making a real difference. A good product, with its share of technical challenges to get stuck into.

    Cons

    Being a subsidiary of Amazon, the politics and internal beurocracy sometimes meant added complexity in effecting change as the working practices in the subsidiary were still moving to align with the parent Amazon practices.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work guys!

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alexandria (Egypt)
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    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at The Book Depository (Alexandria (Egypt)) in May 2015.

    Interview

    the whole process took around 2-3 months.

    They contacted me, and we had a short call (10 - 15 mins), general question regrading my experiences and the position.

    few days later they sent me coding test on "codility", 3 easy questions.

    Then they contacted me 5 or 6 weeks later for an onsite interview. 4 technical and 1 HR.

    A lot (really LOT) of behavioral questions, and few of coding tests.

    They replied within 1 week.

    They key to pass is the behavioral questions, I've been asked around 15 questions, 10 of them where behavioral (Give me a situation blah blah blah, what you did?, what was your manager's response?, how did you handle this situation?) .... and so.

    Interview Questions

    • Codility questions:

      1- given and integer (as a binary string), you have two kinds of operations: if number is odd then subtract 1, else divide by 2. determine the number of operations to reach 0 in O(n) complexity and O(1) space. the tricky part here is you're not allowed to convert number to decimal format, not to violate the O(1) space constraint.

      2- calculate reverse polish notation.

      Onsite interview:
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      Technical questions:
      1- Given array of positive integers, design an algorithm to print the longest sequence in it (just the count, no need to print the sequence itself). (order is not important).
      i.e. [3,1, 4, 7, 2, 30, 9, 8] -> output: 4
      they are expecting O(n)

      2- Design cards deck (classes and relations .... etc).

      3- Design a parking system (very similar to the above question).   Answer Question
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The Book Depository Awards & Accolades

  • BDS Direct Bookseller of the Year, Bookseller Industry Awards, 2010
  • The Queen's Awards for Enterprise, The Queens Award for Enterprise Magazine, 2010
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