amazon rejection

Chevron kuulcoder
Aug 26 26 Comments

just got rejected from Amazon onsite, and i felt like i got the coding questions but one of them i had seen before and they said the reason for rejection was technical abilities and to try again in a couple of years. is it that bad if i knew one of the questions? sucks because got rejected on my birthday

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  • Google burnItDown
    I strongly doubt that this is because of the ‘seen’ question. Practically, almost every interview question is either a “seen question” or a “seen idea”.

    I think the other rounds didn’t go as well as you thought they did.

    Don’t worry though. I failed Amazon too when I first gave their interviews. Over time you learn more, interview more and get better and land an offer with whatever company you consider your ultimate place to work.
    Aug 26 6
    • Chevron kuulcoder
      OP
      Thanks burnItDown this helps!!
      Aug 26
    • Google burnItDown
      I failed Amazon onsites in 2011 and 2012.
      I worked at a startup then with paltry pay. I tried to genuinely learn about algorithms by reading books (Algorithm Design by Kleinberg and Tardos; Algorithm Design Manual by Skiena)

      I did Crack the coding interview and basic leetcode (like 25 questions) and got into Microsoft and Amazon in 2014.

      In 2017 I got through Google, Apple, Uber, LinkedIn, Facebook and Amazon. Picked Google although Fb was paying slightly higher. This time around I’d done 150 leetcode questions but I tried to get comfortable with the topics rather than solve 400 questions and expect to encounter one of those in the interview.

      Fun fact - every question I got in Fb interview was leetcode Fb tagged!

      Microsoft and Amazon are not very hard to clear. You’ll just need some practice is all!
      Aug 26
    • I got Amazon offer. Cleared FB, Apple coding questions, failed systems design/OOD. Failed google coding questions + OOD.

      Out of 4 hard to easy
      Google > FB > Amazon > apple

      As you said, they all ask from leetcode except google.
      Aug 26
    • Google burnItDown
      I agree. The biggest mistake people make (IMO) when preparing for Google is trying to solve whatever 300+ Google tagged problems.

      Google bans leaked questions, firstly.
      And then, if you have a deep understanding of every standard data structure and essential algorithms, it’s a much more fun process because of the kind of questions asked - and easier to crack.

      I remember having lots of fun in my interview because I didn’t expect to clear it, and just approached it as solving problems for fun. And Google does ask good problems!
      Aug 26
    • Chevron kuulcoder
      OP
      Thanks for this! Hope it inspires others on the grind as well
      Aug 26
  • Amazon / Eng AMZNBucks
    Try again in a couple of years? Not 6 months? Woah that's intense
    Aug 26 7
    • Microsoft / Eng cholical
      Once you do several hundred leetcode problems it's more rare to get a problem you've never seen befote
      Aug 26
    • Chevron kuulcoder
      OP
      I walked through it perfectly and went through two test cases. I wonder if it was the sys design question that fucked me. But for two years?
      Aug 26
    • Microsoft / Eng cholical
      Yeah sorry could also be something else but they can't say because they don't want to get sued. I've heard there's 3 cooloff periods: zero, 6 months, and 2 years. Unfortunately you got the longest
      Aug 26
    • New / Eng bytec
      You probably know better than me, Microsoft, but I was given a 1 year cool-off period with my AWS interview. I was told that I nailed the behavioral portion but lacked technical maturity. They told me to keep practicing and reapply in one year.
      Aug 26
    • Microsoft / Eng cholical
      Maybe there's a one year option as well or just a recommendation from interviewers
      Aug 26
  • How did you act when u saw the question? Did you act like u never seen it before?
    Aug 26 6
    • You should’ve. At least think about it for mins then give brute force then think about it again then give optimal solutions.
      Aug 26
    • Yelp / Eng sJJv80
      Eh, number of islands is just DFS/BFS. Not sure why you’d do a dumb brute force search.
      Aug 26
    • Chevron kuulcoder
      OP
      Used DFS.. then she asked num of unique islands and wasn’t able to solve that one. Maybe that’s why but didn’t think Amazon would ask 2 in one interview
      Aug 26
    • Yelp; I was saying in general. Not just a specific question.
      In case of number of islands: you could just tell them multiple methods to solve it. Then code the one that they agree with.
      Aug 26
    • Honeywell / Eng HwpE00
      I was asked the similar question. Number of islands. Follow up with number of unique islands & number of unique rotated islands. I had already solved first 2 on leetcode. Which team did you interview for?
      Aug 26
  • Bloomberg / Eng F.U. money
    Happy Birthday. Why do you think you having seen one of the questions had anything to do with it?

    I think Amazon does 1 question per round after LP questions, so if you couldn’t have missed questions. One of your interviewers likely didn’t believe your solution and/or their solution was different. I’ve had interviewers like that (unacceptable). It’s possible that you didn’t prove very well that your solution was correct or maybe had a hard time coding up your idea.

    Another possibility is small errors or them noticing errors before you do and correcting you. For example off by one errors.

    I hate it when things break down like that. Sometimes you know you solved the problems but apparently the interviewers disagree. I’m not surprised any more... One of my problems was about generating all sequence of valid parentheses and I was going for one or free 4 or 5 LC solutions and my interviewer was pushing me towards another and didn’t get mine. Nothing I could do. If I don’t take direction well I get rejected. If I take direction but can’t figure out his was, I get rejected... 🤷🏻‍♂️ Just don’t worry about it man.
    Aug 26 1
    • Chevron kuulcoder
      OP
      Thank you!! This helped a lot. I will keep my head up and leetcode and keep believing!!
      Aug 26
  • Microsoft whatchado
    I think it is more of unseen problems. The other candidates probably saw the most of the problems before and did better than you did. If you have seen it before but didn’t say it or said it doesn’t matter. Basically if you haven’t seen it, most likely you fail todays interview standard.
    Aug 26 0
  • Expedia Group / Eng
    TigerDen29

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    The same happened with me. I got rejected yesterday after an on-site on Monday. They said there were challenges with the technical side of things. In my opinion I got the logic right in all the interviews. Slight corrections from them in the code and edge cases might be it. And my birthday is also coming up in a few days. Damn. I feel ya bro. It doesn’t feel good at all. The google post is inspiring though.
    Sep 20 0

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