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I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2014.

Interview Details Two phone calls covering the following:
Phone call 1-
a. Write a function to remove the nth last element from a singly linked list
b. Edge cases
c. Tests for that function
d. Input and output validation using status codes
e. API design considerations and error handling for the function

Phone call 2-
a. Functions to reverse a linked list recursively and then iteratively
b. Determine if two strings are anagrams, various approaches, space and time complexity
c. Given two singly linked list heads, determine if they are merged
d. Find the merge point of the two lists
e. Test the merge/intersect function, consider edge cases
f. Space and time complexity for all algorithms and data structures questions

Interview Question – Most unexpected- Recruiter was difficult to reach and had about <12hrs warning before scheduling interview. The actual interviews went well- the engineers were easy to talk to and walked through the problem solving.   Answer Question

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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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I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Amazon.com in February 2014.

Interview Details 2 45 minutes back-to-back interviews

Interview Question – Tell me a specific problem you've met doing your project, and how you handled it.   Answer Question

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Madison, WI (US)

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

Interview Details Applied online in January and after 2 month when Amazon hosted a career fair on our campus, got selected for back to back 90 mins interview. 45 mins with each interviewer. Questions are standard questions. If you do problems on UVA online judge, Topcoder or Hackerrank regularly, these type of interview questions should be fairly straightforward to answer.

Also, as many other big tech companies, just solving the problem is not enough. It's also important that you make sure your thought can be understood by others. Explaining how you come up with a solution with clarity is much more important that just solving all of the problems without saying how you did it.

There are four questions. 1 focus on math, 1 on building trees, 1 on linkedlist and 1 on string manipulation
As always, make sure you also understand the complexity and performance of you solution.

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. But I think the final offer (final salary) also depends on your performance during the interview.

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User Experience Design Intern Interview

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Interview Details 2 rounds. 1st is an UX designer asking me about the projects in my portfolio. 2nd round is 2 interviews from 2 different UX designers. They will ask me about my team work experience and opinion.

Interview Question – One of the UX designer asked me to do a design challenge.   Answer Question

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

Interview Details Emailed the recruiter my resume personally and got an email two weeks later saying that I have to set up two one hour phone interviews in the following week. Phone interviews were pretty much all technical with very little behavioral.

Phone interviews started off simple, "Let me tell you a little bit about myself", then "tell me a little bit about yourself." My first interviewer went straight from that to coding. You'll use an online program so he sees what you're typing. Other interviewer went through a bunch of short questions that were challenging, then to the coding.

After the two interviews, I got an offer a week later. All in all a simple hiring/interview process.

Interview Question – How do you create a routing table?   Answer Question

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Sunnyvale, CA (US)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in February 2014.

Interview Details Got referred at the beginning of Feb, then reached by recruiter at 2/24 and assigned 2 technical phone interview at 2/27

1. Sent you a Collabedit link before the interview.
    Introduce yourself really quickly.
    Given a binary tree with different values on each node, find those values N which N%7 == 0.
    Why C++ has destruction.
    Given an int number, return the number of 1s in base 2. For example, 6 = 0000110 return 2.
    What's the difference between the stack and heap when they are initialized.
    What's multi-inheritance and why it's bad.

2. Sent you a Collabedit link befor the interview.
    pow
    Binary tree level traversal.

Interview Question – What's the difference between the stack and heap when they are initialized.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I missed the call from HR and then received an official offer letter from him. The team is not in Seattle but in Amazon Lab 126 Kindle team. I thought it's OK and accepted it.

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West Lafayette, IN (US)

I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in February 2014.

Interview Details Applied in university career fair, a week later got an email to schedule on campus interview. Had the interview a couple weeks later, 45 minute interviews back to back with two software engineers.
Although the email indicates you should study databases, operating systems etc., the majority of the questions are on data structures and algorithms. Lots of linked lists, hash maps, binary trees etc.
Got acceptence email a week later.

Interview Question – There are a lot of questions that can be solved by arrays, sorting can be done in O(nlogn)... but they are looking for more than just correct answers, having an answer with a high time / space complexity won't help you.
There was a tough question about linked lists with next and arbitrary pointers.
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Negotiation Details – No negotiation, standard intern payment

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Seattle, WA (US)

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2014.

Interview Details I got the interview from a college career fair here at Cornell in March. I was approached by a recruiter a week later and then scheduled my interviews. They were two phone interviews 45 mins each with two engineers. First one went smooth, mostly about object-oriented design. I used Java for this one. The second one was more algorithmic. I didn't solve it with the optimal complexity but he said it was good enough. For this one I used C++. Two weeks later I got a reply with an offer!

Interview Question – Classic interview question about matrixes sorted row and column wise.   Answer Question

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Software Development Engineer Intern Interview

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I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Amazon.com in December 2013.

Interview Details I applied twice, once in early October and once in late October, and I talked to them at a career fair in between those two dates. I did not get an email until the night of December 3rd, which invited me to interview on December 5th. Usually companies will invite you to choose a specific date that fit your schedule so I found it a little rude for them to schedule an interview less than 48 hours away. Luckily I was free at that time, but I did not have a positive image of the process. The two interviews were going to be back to back 45 min phone interviews that started on the hour, so 15 min break in between.

The first interviewer was very friendly and easy to talk to. There was a small chat about my resume and the technical question (through collabedit) was to write a function that takes in an int and returns a string that would be how one would say that number (ex: 123 -> one hundred twenty three; 50019 -> five thousand nineteen). At the end I asked her a couple questions about her work and then prepared myself for the next interview.

The second interviewer was even friendlier and nicer and asked more conceptual questions, but they were much easier than I expected. First question was tell me what you know about recursion. Then he asked me to code a function that returned the max integer in an array (no joke). Then a couple questions on sorting algorithms and how I would keep track of duplicates in an array, and how I would keep track of the indeces of duplicates in an array (hashset, hashmap).

Side note: the interviewers will take screenshots of your code as you type to track your progress.

After the interviews, I heard back 2.5 weeks later saying I had gotten the offer. I believe the your interviewers are from the teams that you are interviewing for. Overall, I was happy with my interviews, but very displeased with the recruiters. My recruiter still takes forever to respond to my emails.

Interview Question – write a function that takes in an int and returns a string that would be how one would say that number (ex: 123 -> one hundred twenty three; 50019 -> five thousand nineteen).   Answer Question

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