Amazon SDE II interview expectations

New / Eng HaHS26
Jul 27, 2017 17 Comments

I've got on site interview at Amazon coming up and was would like to know what to expect. I've not had an interview in a while. the last few jobs I've gotten have all been friends asking if I want to work with them. The Amazon recruiter sent me a crazy long email and basically told me to have a story for each Leadership Principles and to read the book "cracking to coding interview". Does this sound about right?

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    • FastSpring / Eng
      RickS_C137

      FastSpring Eng

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      Amazon, garmin
      RickS_C137more
      Deal with ambiguity between multiple mostly ambiguous "principles"
      Jul 27, 2017
  • BlackBerry c3por2d2
    It's a good name on a resume however working for them can be grueling. Leadership Principles are Bezos propaganda and you'll have to follow them if you are to survive at Amazon as they rate you not only on your performance but on your leadership (even if you aren't a leader)
    Jul 27, 2017 0
  • Amazon OTdS88
    I never read that email from the recruiter. I figure if my natural mode of operation doesn't fit the culture then I don't want to work there anyway. I think the best thing you can do for behavioral questions is just be authentic. For the tech questions, practice leetcode.
    Jul 27, 2017 4
    • New / Eng HaHS26
      OP
      awesome that's what I've been doing.
      Jul 27, 2017
    • Amazon / Eng
      zexs80

      Amazon Eng

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      Amazon
      zexs80more
      This
      Jul 28, 2017
    • Amazon gedshadow
      Natural behaviors can be adapted to get better results. Without willingness to learn and adapt you'll never grow.
      Jul 29, 2017
    • Amazon OTdS88
      Depends on what your goal is. If you only care about working at Amazon, then by all means adapt. If your goal is to work somewhere that fits your current style, then adapting is working against your own interests.
      Jul 29, 2017
  • Google / Eng hagcja
    You need to show them that given a chance you will lick bezos ass nice and clean.
    Jul 27, 2017 3
    • Intel R@jP@tel
      lol. Bezos is above that. Starting today he only wipes with $100 bills 😁
      Jul 27, 2017
    • Google / Eng hagcja
      Haha. I guess you are right. He hands over those bills to his employees who then lick them because they are addicted to his ass. Lol.
      Jul 27, 2017
    • Microsoft KimJong
      😂
      Jul 27, 2017
  • New / Sales SellsYou07
    Here is the advice I received from a friend in a high level position at AWS: Hi BestSalesGuy

    I won't have time for a call but the best advice I can give:

    1. Watch the 2016 Re-Invent Keynotes (3)
    2. Learn the leadership principles
    3. Over-prepare by really digging into the AWS services

    Best of luck on it.

    M
    Jul 27, 2017 1
    • New / Eng HaHS26
      OP
      Thanks
      Jul 27, 2017
  • Intel R@jP@tel
    Leadership principles. Have at least 2 believable stories for each principle.
    Jul 27, 2017 0
  • Amazon / Eng android333
    Wow that's actually a really good tip. I tell that to candidates I care about
    Jul 27, 2017 0
  • New / Sales SellsYou07
    😳
    Jul 27, 2017 0

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