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It's always hard to know what to expect when going in for that interview -- and preparation can make all the difference. What is the interview process like at Amazon.com?

Any advice on striking the right note?

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jd in Seattle, Washington

96 months ago

Greg said: The first two rounds of phone interviews are very technical. You will be asked to write *complete* functions and the interview will scrutinize you answer in detail, though, they don't actually compile the source. They will also ask you to describe algorithms to solve problems involving computational complexity, but, at a higher level than coding. Also, there were some algebra questions to assess your level of mathematical skill and some detailed design on server questions.
I have not had the 3rd round of onsite interviews yet.

What position was this for?

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Walter in Huntington Beach, California

93 months ago

Have you worked overtime that was unpaid in past jobs?

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Walt in Huntington Beach, California

92 months ago

Does anyone work in California and perhaps was not paid overtime? We enforce the California overtime laws at www.paymeovertime.com

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pjlee in Kent, Washington

67 months ago

I came across a great guide on preparing for amazon interview. In particular, it offers insights into amazon culture, and what kind of characteristics they're looking for. Also, it has 150 practice interview questions. You can check out the guide at www.geekmba360.com/?p=795.

cheers,
PJ

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smileforever41@yahoo.com in Bangalore, India

42 months ago

Matthew, your explanation about the journey in amazon is stunning. I am excited to ask you few more questions. I am planning to attend an interview for a process named "TRMS". Can I get more details about the process, job profile, etc? I have tried to dig out some details on the web, but it was no luck.

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KVLNarayana Rao in Bangalore, India

38 months ago

Hi,

Please share the questionnaire to me.

I am appearing for interview for Project Manager software development.

Thanks
Rao

gadgetzmo in Columbia, South Carolina said: Retail Guy,

I had some questions for you. I recently started my interviews at Amazon for the AM position and had a few questions that I wanted to e-mail you regarding the location and team I will be interviewing with. If you can send me an e-mail at gadgetzmo@hotmail.com, I can follow up with you. Thanks.

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Matt in Oakdale, Pennsylvania

36 months ago

stephen strange in New York, New York said: Just blew an interview for a software position at IMDB. Asked to write a program over the phone, but in my haste made an error. Tried to correct it after-the-fact via email, but to no avail.

Anyone out there want to comment on how writing a program over the phone is a measure of technical expertise, communication skills, ability to think on the fly, etc? Would be great to hear opinions from both programmers and interviewers.

I think the key to writing a program over the phone is not if you get it right or wrong, but to see how you think and communicate. They will likely want to hear you articulate your thought process (i.e.: I'm going to use a hashtable since the time complexity is 1 and blah, blah). This shows that you are not only thinking, but can articulate what you are thinking to others - very useful in Pair Programming

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jammy in Raleigh, North Carolina

36 months ago

Hi Annie,
Thank you for input. I cleared my 1st round. I wanted to know how different are the nature of the questions in the first round as compared to the second. By the way, how was you second round? Thnx in advance!

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phillis in Austin, Texas

36 months ago

I also have a phone interview for Operations Research Scientist position with the Inventory Management group. I am guessing there won't be any coding or leadership questions since the position is very different. I googled about the position, but I would like to have some specifics to Amazon. Anyone had such experience and can give an advice?

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Annie in Ann Arbor, Michigan

36 months ago

jammy in Raleigh, North Carolina said: Hi Annie,
Thank you for input. I cleared my 1st round. I wanted to know how different are the nature of the questions in the first round as compared to the second. By the way, how was you second round? Thnx in advance!

Hi, Jammy. The 2nd and 1st interview is not much different in the nature. It is also a technical interview with focus on those knowledge I discussed above. May ask you about SQL or statistical analysis, or others. It depends. But as far as I know, they like someone with good computer science and statistical analysis knowledge. Also, communication is important. Try to understand their questions accurately, show your thinking and how you solve a problem.

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Annie in Ann Arbor, Michigan

36 months ago

phillis in Austin, Texas said: I also have a phone interview for Operations Research Scientist position with the Inventory Management group. I am guessing there won't be any coding or leadership questions since the position is very different. I googled about the position, but I would like to have some specifics to Amazon. Anyone had such experience and can give an advice?

I think this is a very technical position. Prepare for modeling and statistical analysis. I guess.

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Br in Columbus, Indiana

36 months ago

Hi guys,

I applied for a Operations Financial Analyst position that directly supports Amazon fulfillment center. I have a upcoming phone interview this week. This is a college recruiting program, which means it is an entry level position. Has anyone been in interviews for this particular position? If yes, could you please share your personal experience, expectation etc. about the interviews? How many rounds are there?

Thanks in advance.

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Mary Diaz in Chicago

36 months ago

hi,

I am in an interview process for Vendor manager at Amazon. Anyone has any experience with on-site interview for this position?

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LIONEL in Paris, France

36 months ago

I applied for a transportation manager Amazon, I have a upcoming phone this week, Has anyone been in inteviews with Amazon? what kind of questions? If yas, could please share your experience?

Thanks in advance.

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Ella in Gainesville, Florida

35 months ago

Annie in College Station, Texas said: Hi, Guys, I am going to have a 2nd phone interview for the Supply Chain Optimization Analyst Position. I haven't found anyone in the internet discussing about this position. I am wondering if there is anybody who has been interviewed for this position and share some experience or advice. Thank you.

Annie, great to see u here, I also get interview of this position, but I am stil in the very first phase.
Could you share your expirence with me? Thanks a lot!!!!

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Olivia in Redmond, Washington

35 months ago

jammy in Raleigh, North Carolina said: Hi Annie,
Thank you for input. I cleared my 1st round. I wanted to know how different are the nature of the questions in the first round as compared to the second. By the way, how was you second round? Thnx in advance!

Jammy, the conversation between you and Annie are very helpful. Would you please share a little bit more about your first round of supply chain position? What kind of questions they asked you for both behavior and technical? Thanks in advance!

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Arjun in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

35 months ago

Hi Annie

I just came across this thread. I cleared the first round for the supply chain optimization analyst position. What are the kind of questions you were asked in the second round?

Thanks

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Arjun in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

35 months ago

Jammy

What was your second round like?

Thanks

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Annie in College Station, Texas

35 months ago

They may ask you more about SQL, statistical things and some basic supply chain concepts, like lead time etc.

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Arjun in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

35 months ago

Thanks, what do you mean by statistical things? Can you give me an example?

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George 12 in Houston, Texas

35 months ago

Annie in College Station, Texas said: For Excel, they may ask you how to deal with data, like how to select the data which appear twice or more. For probability, very simple question, ask you to compute a probability, don't worry about that, you should tell them how you compute that probability. They may further ask you what this probability means, which is related to some concept in Supply Chain, like stock out. You can also prepare yourself with some SQL statements, they may ask you to select some specific customers from some tables. To sum up, those questions are very basic, not hard to solve. You just need to listen carefully and understand the interview's questions.

Good Luck!

Hi Annie,

Hope you had two good rounds of interviews. Did you get a chance to find out about the next step in their process? Were you given the opportunity to go onsite for any interview regarding this position at any point?

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Arjun in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

35 months ago

@Brijesh

I don't know about how they call for a second interview. I got the call the very next day via email. Were you invited for second round?

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Brijesh in Brooklyn, New York

35 months ago

Arjun in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania said: @Brijesh

I don't know about how they call for a second interview. I got the call the very next day via email. Were you invited for second round?

@arjun...

i gave my interview dis monday but still havnt heard anything from them.so dont know whats on their minds. arjun can u inbox me your phone number at brijesh.desai87@gmail.com?? How was your second interview?

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jxj in Vancouver, British Columbia

35 months ago

I just had an interview with a junior Research Scientist (the position I'm applying for) at Amazon. It was quite pleasant despite my lack of interview experience and occasional awkward moments of silence.

The questions are mostly technical. You can find my blog entry here: blog2grow.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/my-amazon-job-interview-experience/

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Arjun in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

35 months ago

Hello guys, I have been invited to Seattle for an onsite interview for the supply chain optimization analyst position. Has anyone done this yet? I had two rounds of technical interviews on the phone before this.

Annie, did you get invited after your second round?

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Aiur in New York, New York

35 months ago

Arjun in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania said: Hello guys, I have been invited to Seattle for an onsite interview for the supply chain optimization analyst position. Has anyone done this yet? I had two rounds of technical interviews on the phone before this.

Annie, did you get invited after your second round?

Hi, Arjun,

Could you also share with us your experiences in the 2nd round? What questions were asked? Thanks.

Wish you good luck for your on site.

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Arjun in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

35 months ago

Aiur

It was very similar in nature to the first round but a little bit more complex. Handling data and supply chain concepts are what the questions were on.

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Topanga in Barcelona, Spain

34 months ago

Annie in College Station, Texas said: For Excel, they may ask you how to deal with data , like how to select the data which appear twice or more. For probability, very simple question, ask you to compute a probability, don't worry about that, you should tell them how you compute that probability. They may further ask you what this probability means, which is related to some concept in Supply Chain, like stock out. You can also prepare yourself with some SQL statements, they may ask you to select some specific customers from some tables. To sum up, those questions are very basic, not hard to solve. You just need to listen carefully and understand the interview's questions.

Good Luck!

Hi Annie, thanks for ur comments.
I just passed the first phone interview for SC Analyst. They emailed me I should do an Excel Competency test. Is it what u did? Did they call u at the same time that you were completing the excel? SQL and SC concepts are tested at the same time that excel?
Thanks!

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Annie in College Station, Texas

34 months ago

Topanga in Barcelona, Spain said: Hi Annie, thanks for ur comments.
I just passed the first phone interview for SC Analyst. They emailed me I should do an Excel Competency test. Is it what u did? Did they call u at the same time that you were completing the excel? SQL and SC concepts are tested at the same time that excel?
Thanks!

Hi, I did not take the Excel Competency test. They just ask me some questions concerning using Excel. All of my interviews were by asking and answering questions.

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Eric in Cupertino, California

34 months ago

Annie in College Station, Texas said: Hi, I did not take the Excel Competency test. They just ask me some questions concerning using Excel. All of my interviews were by asking and answering questions.

Hi Annie,

So after the 2 phone interviews, what happened next? Did they bring you to their HQ for an in-person interview just like the others? If so, what kind of questions did they asked you? Is it more technical related or more on the company info(values, about amazon..etc)?

Thanks!

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Wang in State College, Pennsylvania

34 months ago

Arjun in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania said: Hello guys, I have been invited to Seattle for an onsite interview for the supply chain optimization analyst position. Has anyone done this yet? I had two rounds of technical interviews on the phone before this.

Annie, did you get invited after your second round?

Hi Arjun,

Have you finished your on-site interview? Could you share some experience with us? Thank you very much~

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All is Well Indeed in Boston, Massachusetts

33 months ago

It would be great is someone could share their onsite interview experiences..........

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Anu in Seattle, Washington

33 months ago

Hello Everyone!!

Can anyone share their interview experiences with Amazon. What is the process and what kind of questions they ask for HR associate role. I don't have much experience in this field ad little nervous with my upcoming interview.
Thank you in advance for your response.

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trixie2011 in BELLEVUE, Washington

32 months ago

Hi,
I have been contacted by a recruiter for a sales position in AWS. Does anyone have any idea how the interview's go for this position.

Thx!

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Christine in Anacortes, Washington

31 months ago

I have a phone interview scheduled for Payments Development Manager Position. Looking for insight to questions they might ask for this position. Thanks in advance for assistance!

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Halida in Burnaby, British Columbia

30 months ago

jammy in Raleigh, North Carolina said: Hi Annie,
Thank you for input. I cleared my 1st round. I wanted to know how different are the nature of the questions in the first round as compared to the second. By the way, how was you second round? Thnx in advance!

Hi, I will have first phone interview about Supply Chain, would you please tell me how was you first round? thank you

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Ankit in Jersey City, New Jersey

29 months ago

Arjun in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania said: Aiur

It was very similar in nature to the first round but a little bit more complex. Handling data and supply chain concepts are what the questions were on.

Hi Arjun

How as your onsite interview with them .... can you provide us with some details ....

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Ankit in Jersey City, New Jersey

29 months ago

Annie in College Station, Texas said: Hi, I did not take the Excel Competency test. They just ask me some questions concerning using Excel. All of my interviews were by asking and answering questions.

Hi Annie

Did you get a call for onsite interview ?

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Daniel in State College, Pennsylvania

27 months ago

Hi all,

I got a interview about Industrial & Operations Engineer in Amazon.

Anyone can help me about what question will they ask?

Thanks a lot

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RV in Valencia, Spain

27 months ago

hello Topanga, have you got the job?

how was the phone interview? and the other tests?

thanks

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Techie in Bellevue, Washington

27 months ago

btw- If you don't get a full-time job at Amazon, you can start with a contract job. The staffing companies that place contractors at Amazon Seattle www.oncontracting.com/client/show/amazon.html

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Vibs in Fremont, California

24 months ago

Hi Guys,
I had applies for Software developer position at Amazon. I have online assessment exam in 4 days . Any clue what kind of questions would be asked?

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Yue in Waterloo, Ontario

24 months ago

I had a full interview process with Amazon two weeks agao on campus. Amazon cares a lot about how to use data structure flexiblely, OOP design and programming details. The question is realistic and challenging. Be sure to practice often.

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Jhon in weehawken, New York

24 months ago

Dear Vibs,

How are you ? How was your assessment test ? I would really appreciate if you can give me a headstart on type of questions were asked in the test.

Thanks
Jhon

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Jhon in weehawken, New York

24 months ago

Vibs in Fremont, California said: Hi Guys,
I had applies for Software developer position at Amazon. I have online assessment exam in 4 days . Any clue what kind of questions would be asked?

Dear Vibs,

How are you ? How was your assessment test ? I would really appreciate if you can give me a headstart on type of questions were asked in the test.

Thanks
Jhon

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chandra in Bangalore, India

23 months ago

learn.hackerearth.com/blog/80/good-books-for-googleamazon-interviewonsite/

Apart from CLR and Skiena's algorithms book, I would recommend the folllowing books focussed on real coding interviews questions which contains great details(real questions with real answers as expected by the google/amazon interviewer):

Top 10 coding interview problems asked in Google with solutions: Algorithmic Approach By Dr Lin Quan
Elements of Programming Interviews: 300 Questions and Solutions By Adnan et al.
Programming Pearls By Dr Bentley
More Programming Pearls By Dr Bentley

These books helped me greatly in my Amazon's onsite interview recently.

Practicing topcoders questions can be an additional help if it suits individual interest.

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chandra in Bangalore, India

23 months ago

Jhon in weehawken, New York said: Dear Vibs,

How are you ? How was your assessment test ? I would really appreciate if you can give me a headstart on type of questions were asked in the test.

Thanks
Jhon

Top 10 coding interview problems asked in Google with solutions: Algorithmic Approach by Dr Lin Quan

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akshaymall in New Delhi, India

20 months ago

Hey!

Look you should be prepared and should answer all the questions with confidence. You should prepare yourself to some of the common questions asked in the interview like:

· Tell us about yourself.
· Why do you think you are fit for the job?
· Some technical questions related to the job profile.
· How much salary you expect?
· Do you have any questions for us? (It’s important you answer this question. Answering it would show your interest in the job)

For answers to the questions, check this : zuby.in/resources/career-resources/5-most-important-interview-questions-part-1.html

And all the best! :)

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laninfa1 in Turlock, California

20 months ago

pjlee in Kent, Washington said: I came across a great guide on preparing for amazon interview. In particular, it offers insights into amazon culture, and what kind of characteristics they're looking for. Also, it has 150 practice interview questions. You can check out the guide at www.geekmba360.com/?p=795 .

cheers,
PJ

THIS IS a person trying to sell this book!! Nice try. :)

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