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Senior Software Architect was asked...February 14, 2019

Most questions are built around Amazon's 14 principles.

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No!! Who’s said leaders are right always at Amazon?? I was there for a couple years and months leadership is never right at Amazon don’t blowing out people mind here at Amazon they always need one things and only one things how you can helping us to makes more money if you got an idea bringing in it but that idea supposed to an idea where they can using it to makes money not spending money Less

At Amazon they always said customers first I would like to asked those people who came here and said leadership bla,bla,bla what’s leadership for those people? Leadership means responsibility and respect and also determination at Amazon as I said they only got one things in head makes money in any condition that money suppose to get in period! I would love to asking those people who’s came here and talking about leadership inside amazon building if they never and ever took theirs time to read customers reviews on the kind of products than amazon selling on their website!! Please watching news ok and we gonna heard about amazon Less

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I was asked to defend why I didn't believe in drag & drop development. Seriously?!

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It is good to see a comment from one of the interviewers. The drag and drop has its limitations but it is an easy of use tool to help none technical people such as business user to create their business process and get it deployed in a timely fashion. Developers should be happy to see these tools since it is easier for business users to test their business processes. Less

Mr. Mark Richman: I happened to whiteness your interview that day. An interview with the CIO is not about your technical skills, but rather about your style of engagement with team members and your ability to add discussion value versus desperately trying to make a stand on your opinions. In my view, bad move on your part not understanding the actual purpose of the drag and drop question. It was not a technical question, and your ego might have gotten the better of a well crafted interview designed to find the brightest talent in the marketplace. Less


Behavioral based on Leadership Principles - STAR format

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I thought of 10-15 experiences from my background that I could talk about.

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Since I was interviewing with AWS, I was asked if I understood "Cloud Computing."

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I am actively working as a Cloud Enterprise Architect across AWS, Azure, Oracle, and Google. Amazon defines their own style of "Cloud Computing." They are attempting to overcome both cost of software such as database engines and mitigate the impact of a loosely coupled environment. Less

I explained about the current customer with aggressive timelines and multiple priorities and thus making changes every time. Less


How does a garbage collection system work? How will you prevent an object from being garbage collected? Write N-ary tree traversal code to search a node given a String key. How many JVM instances does a tomcat server have? How would it handle multiple applications with different versions of same api (for instance log4j)? Explain wait and notify. Explain Generics. What is the difference between a static class and a singleton class? Why do you want to work for Netflix?

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Answer to static vs singleton class question: First of all static classes don't exist in Java, only NESTED classes can be static (see Basically when an element of a class is declared static in Java, it can be accessed without having to instantiate the class itself. So the key concept is that no instantiation is needed. In the singleton the class needs to be instantiated but the key here is that the class can be instantiated only ONCE. It means that if you instantiate A then the next time you need to instantiate A again, your class will basically return the A you created first instead of creating a new A object. You use the Singleton pattern basically to avoid having duplicate objects existing at the same time (hence the word SINGLE in singleton. see Less

Fairfax County Virginia

Practical exercise was to demonstrate basic HTML skills

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HTML skills test for senior web architect?!

Haha, yes! Unfortunately some people at FFX County don't hire pregnant women despite how well-trained they are anyways. Less

Sun Technologies

Have you ever used a computer?

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Well, that wasn't a real question, but by the impression I got of their staff, it might have been. Less

I have just heard about the computer, I want to see and work on that, that's why I applied for the job here. Less

Renown Health

Do I think moving to the cloud is worth it?

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This is obviously relative to many variables that could affect the cost and is not a quick yes or no type of question. Less

What a bizarre question. It definitely depends on the circumstances and business requirements for a given company/department. How they think an interview candidate could know enough about their company to answer this is mind boggling. Less

Mode Media

how to handle the corrupted record scenario?

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the answer is export & import the particular table

Collect Corrupted records, do the special API to handle it. ie. Regain from Database, Retry and Finally Analyse why it corrupted. Less


You have three boxes that are all mislabeled. One labeled "apples and oranges", one labeled "apples", and one labeled "oranges". Pulling one fruit from one box, how can you properly label all the boxes

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Remember: ALL boxes are mislabeled! step 1: pull from the Apples&Oranges box, called Box1. Let's say we draw an Apple. 1st conclusion: Box1 can't be the Apples&Oranges since we know it was mislabeled. So Box1 is the Apple box. so if Box1 is Apples, then Box2, named Oranges can be either oranges or Apples&Oranges. But since it was mislabeled, it can only be Apples&Oranges. 2nd conclusion: Box2 is Apples&Oranges. 3rd conclusion: we got 1 box left, the one labeled Apples which is the oranges box. Less

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