System design example question for Amazon onsite

New p97u2e
Jun 1, 2018 12 Comments

I only have two years experience. What’s an example system design question that I can expect?

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  • New / Eng ExjI22
    How would you implement a distributed data store
    Jun 1, 2018 3
    • Amazon Safeway
      This kind of question will lead you nowhere. If the candidate is not able to answer this, will you reject him?
      Jun 1, 2018
    • Dell PQIC21
      I got a similar question on a phone screen with Amazon. I was surprised that someone would ask system design over the phone
      Jun 1, 2018
    • New / Eng ExjI22
      I got a pretty general sys design question and was asked to dive into the specifics of a part of implementing a distributed data store when I mentioned that I would need one. this was for SDE II. Got asked on my phone screen and the onsite, both by the same person (hiring manager)
      Jun 1, 2018
  • Amazon Safeway
    I have been asked questions like "Design Microsoft Word", but the interviewer clarified beforehand that he doesn't expect me to reach a solution. He just wants to see my approach.
    Jun 1, 2018 1
    • Intel UGeJ58
      Had a good friend that really described his Amazon interview process. He did say that a LOT of it was how you thought and the approach to problems (even problems that were non-technical in his SDE interview)
      Jun 1, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng piora
    System Design sessions are often team specific, and probably specific to the current team's projects. Do your research on what team builds/does before the interview, it might help. There are different teams at Amazon that range from building databases to building simple MVC applications - they will have different engineering needs to fill.
    Jun 1, 2018 1
    • Amazon cnnm16
      This is true but it's unlikely you will need any domain knowledge to solve the problem. Most important this is make no assumptions about anything and ask a clarifying questions about anything. If you are good about teasing out the requirements the design itself is usually straightforward
      Jun 1, 2018
  • Amazon cnnm16
    Implement an automated parking garage system
    Jun 1, 2018 0
  • Yelp / Eng cKqU55
    I was asked design tinyurl
    Jun 1, 2018 0
  • Amazon uhsvtyv
    Design YouTube
    Jun 1, 2018 0
  • New OFYf45
    Following
    Jun 1, 2018 0

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