Hardest Technical Challenge With AWS Interview Question

Capital One / Eng @@@@@-?
Feb 22, 2018 7 Comments

Interviewers keep asking me what was the hardest technical challenge with AWS and I don’t have anything memorable I can think of. I’ve never built anything or know of applications that require scale greater than AWS can handle. Netflix and Instagram run perfectly fine on AWS. I also don’t find any problems that can’t be solved by stackoverflow and aws docs.

Any suggestions on how I answer this question?


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  • Microsoft hskf81
    I had one recently which got pretty interesting while white boarding:

    Using AWS based services, please diagram a ‘YouTube’ like service. Keep in mind front end authentication, backend and video ingestion should all use ‘serverless’ components.

    I got the offer - was fun. Interesting to get this question, as I applied for ProServ about 5 or so years ago and had a similar question, albeit pre-serverless movement.
    Feb 22, 2018 2
    • Amazon / Eng obWd68
      Man I would love to see questions like these with answers to study from. Not just leetcode questions but architecture / design qs. I'd love to know what your answer was but I'm sure it's too much to type
      Feb 22, 2018
    • Disney tralala
      There’s some great videos from YouTube on designing for scalability. I think Pinterest too. I can go find bookmarks - PM me if you want my to go look.
      Feb 22, 2018
  • Oracle / Eng Madmaxf
    Read netflix tech blog , they have good stories about nightmares with aws .
    Feb 22, 2018 1
    • Capital One / Eng @@@@@-?
      Thank you! I forgot about that.
      Feb 22, 2018
  • Microsoft richardhea
    Instagram runs on AWS??
    Feb 22, 2018 1


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