Amazon SDE2 onsite interview tips please?

Epic nasre
Sep 12, 2017 27 Comments

How many rounds are going to be design rounds?

Any clue towards the end of interviews that can suggest that they would likely consider giving an offer?

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  • Amazon 1024x768
    The fact you are asking this leads me to believe you'll be a no-hire, interviewees at amazon are assessed mainly on their confidence and past experience having an impact, coding and OOP should be second nature (ie no new thinking, go the whiteboard and just regurgitate leetcode solution)
    Sep 13, 2017 5
    • Bank of America BIXh16
      That's debatable. People usually learn on the job. Not everyone is lucky to get exposed to right way of coding in the current job. Going by your opinion, people who are already good at coding should get into amazon ?
      Sep 13, 2017
    • Amazon 1024x768
      It's a mix, coding an easy or medium leetcode problem should be second nature, same goes for systems design, and LPs should be rock solid, were you the go to person on your current team and can you come up with stories that price it? If not you won't be hired.
      Sep 13, 2017
    • Bank of America BIXh16
      I agree that it should be second nature. What if it is not second nature and the person is willing to make it a second nature by working for amazon
      Sep 13, 2017
    • Amazon 1024x768
      It will be a no-hire then, to work at amazon you already have to be working at that level (above the bar)
      Sep 13, 2017
    • Amazon UJVs78
      Or could it be possible that the OP is simply nervous about the interview and wanted to how he could've performed better?

      One shouldn't be belittled for asking a question.
      Sep 13, 2017
  • Amazon UJVs78
    Just know what you are talking when solving any of the programming challenges

    . Prepare a lot of you are not naturally knowledgeable in algorithms.
    Sep 12, 2017 7
    • Epic nasre
      OP
      Can you give a few examples?
      Sep 13, 2017
    • Amazon UJVs78
      Sorting techniques, their complexities, pros and cons and which spring technique is more applicable for the given dataset, etc.

      Read the graph theory. Try to address the common problems like traveling sales man, dead lock problem etc.
      Tree parsing, Binary search tree, balanced binary search tree etc.
      Sep 13, 2017
    • Epic nasre
      OP
      Cool. Thank you.
      Sep 13, 2017
    • Amazon TW3146
      Those are honestly terrible questions that demonstrates nothing about how someone will perform as an SDE2.
      Sep 15, 2017
    • Amazon UJVs78
      Tw3146.... what was your experience in an interview?
      Sep 15, 2017
    • Amazon TW3146
      Awful every time, because everyone in the industry mindlessly repeats these pointless puzzles which prove nothing but how good someone is at studying interview questions and memorizing the answers. When was the last time you had to choose a sorting technique, or manually balance a search tree?

      Prepare an interesting problem that you've actually ran into which demonstrates ability to understand the requirements and think through the solution instead, then you know you're hiring someone who can work independently and get things done rather than crunch brain teasers all day. As a plus, since you've worked on the problem yourself you fully understand the challenges involved, and maybe you'll be surprised with a fresh perspective on a familiar problem.
      Sep 15, 2017
    • Amazon UJVs78
      Exactly. I am pretty sure nobody in the interview will ask to write code for bubble sort. The problems would be based on the concepts you learn while reading the graph theory etc.

      Concepts my friend, not the literal algorithms.
      Sep 15, 2017
  • Bank of America BIXh16
    LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES and Easy to medium leetcode
    Sep 13, 2017 0
  • Apple xiaomi
    Just practice the Leadership principles well. They don’t really have high standard on technical questions, as long as you can kinda come up with some solution.
    Sep 12, 2017 0
  • MongoDB Tug
    Also keep doing leetcode
    Know about how to start with high level design and then dive deep. Design rounds are more about communications and asking right questions
    Sep 12, 2017 0
  • Amazon / Eng fjdyur6eyx
    1 to 2. Nope.
    Sep 12, 2017 0
  • Amazon mJDM80
    Think out loud, listen carefully for hints from the interviewer - they will try to guide your solution if you go down a wrong path. Ask questions. State assumptions.
    Sep 13, 2017 1
    • Epic nasre
      OP
      So far in all the interviews that I have given, only Amazon interviewers seem to give zero feedback while solving! This makes it harder too confirm that the approach I am using is good.
      Sep 13, 2017
  • Amazon •••
    Bring airhorns for the Clown Round. That's where most candidates freeze up and die.
    Sep 12, 2017 0
  • Amazon wholefoods
    1-2 design rounds, probably 1. You'll probably know if you passed
    Sep 12, 2017 0
  • Microsoft **nutella*
    @OP you meant system design or OOP design or both?
    Sep 12, 2017 1
    • Epic nasre
      OP
      System Design
      Sep 12, 2017
  • Symantec sWyA06
    They only care leadership principals
    Sep 13, 2017 0
  • Amazon RQFf11
    Depending on the panel on ur interview loop, but at least 1.
    Sep 12, 2017 0
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