Amazon onsite - Alexa, SDE 2

Microsoft **nutella*
Nov 13, 2017 15 Comments

Will it be typical 4-5 round whiteboard interview with 2-3 DS and 1-2 system design and 1 software design? Or they started giving laptops to code? Also, will it be more DS/Algo heavy or tech design heavy or behavioral ? Any other tips?


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TOP 15 Comments
  • Microsoft / Eng Paxos19
    Algorithm is whiteboard - easy level.
    Too much focus on LP. Read them. No laptops allowed. It's whiteboard coding.

    No system design for SDE2 (you might get OOP question like design a chess board, parking lot etc. but not distributed system).

    - 3 or 4 technical / coding + 1 behavioral.
    - Every round has some behavioral question like "tell me about a time you gave blowjob to a customer" etc.
    Nov 13, 2017 6
    • Amazon / Eng pufferduck
      Mostly correct but SDE2 actually can have distributed system design questions
      LP is leadership principles
      Nov 13, 2017
    • Amazon xTzb12
      LMAOO blowjob im fucking dead
      Nov 13, 2017
    • Amazon / Eng c841b5
      I got two distributed system design questions in my loop, but I’m on a team that does infrastructure.
      Nov 13, 2017
    • Microsoft / Eng Paxos19
      I interviewed twice, once as SDE2 and later as SDE3. Got offers both times and declined. First time was AWS, second time was Alexa.

      SDE2 loop had no system design. It had an OOP design question, followed by making a web service wrapping it.

      SDE3 had a distributed system design question which required depth knowledge of Sharding, scaling, bloom filter, in-memory, range query etc.

      Also, my SDE3 loop had a PE and rest sde3s/SDE2s. My Sde2 loop had all SDE2s and I think 1 SDE3.
      Nov 13, 2017
    • Amazon / Eng
      sde2 candidates get sysyem design questions. If you didn't have one, it was just you. Do not generalize it. Sde2s cannot interview sde3 candidates.
      Nov 16, 2017
  • New / Eng

    New Eng

    VMware, Brocade Communications, Nokia
    Take your coding puzzles and shove it up your ***
    I thought, LP meant Linear programming. What is wrong with me? :(
    Nov 13, 2017 0
  • Two Sigma Hghr85
    When I interviewed for another group sde II it was half tech half behavioral. And there was a architecture round. Your hr person should give you the breakdown before hand.
    Nov 13, 2017 3
    • Microsoft / Eng Paxos19
      Amazon's HR is the worst that I have seen
      Nov 13, 2017
    • Microsoft **nutella*
      ^ in what sense? Didn't get any such information?
      Nov 13, 2017
    • Amazon / Eng A M Z
      amazon HR is the worst i have seen +1
      Nov 13, 2017
  • eBay JRJG56
    lol i thought lp was leetcode problems..
    Oct 21, 2018 0
  • Microsoft **nutella*
    How much interview questions' level( ds/algo level & system design) depends on specific team/division like AWS, Alexa, Marketplace?
    Nov 22, 2017 0
  • Amazon / Eng

    Amazon Eng

    Microsoft, eBay
    4 rounds of coding(whiteboarding), and one round of system design( proper large scale system design, not the oop class design thing)
    And for each person you meet, they will spend 15-20 mins grilling you on LPs, so make sure you prepare for these well and dont have to spend time thinking/creating stories in the interview, otherwise you wouldn’t have enough time for coding
    Nov 15, 2017 0