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Table of contents
1.
Introduction 
2.
About Amazon 
3.
Why Amazon?
4.
Recruitment Process 
5.
Eligibility Criteria 
6.
Amazon Policies
7.
Documents Required
8.
Syllabus 
8.1.
Technical topics
9.
Resources to Prepare for Amazon 
10.
Amazon Interview Experiences 
11.
Frequently Asked Questions
11.1.
Is it easy to crack an Amazon interview?
11.2.
What is the most important skill one should have in order to crack any Interview? 
11.3.
Does a well-framed resume play a vital role in selection? 
11.4.
How long does it take to hear back after being shortlisted?
12.
Conclusion 
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2024

Amazon Preparation Guide

Author Alisha Chhabra
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Introduction 

Tired of seeing people's success stories on Linkedin about being placed at MAANG?  

Well, if you are here, we’ll make sure that you are going to post the same. 

In this article, we’ll be discussing the Amazon Preparation Guide to get you placed in your dream Company - AMAZON. 

So, let’s get started:

About Amazon 

Amazon is a well-known and renowned tech company, not just for its products and services, but also for offering various exceptional employment chances to tech enthusiasts. However, getting good employment chances at Amazon, such as Amazon SDE or Amazon SDET, is not easy, since you must go through and pass numerous interview rounds before being hired. To answer the technical questions in the Amazon interview, you must have a solid level of preparation. Oopsie, scared? Don’t worry Ninja. We’re here to help you to get placed.

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Why Amazon?

 

So, Amazon is guided by the following principles:

  1. Customer Obsession
  2. Ownership
  3. Invent and Simplify 
  4. Learn and Be Curious
  5. Hire and Develop the Best
  6. Insist on the High Standards
  7. Think Big.
  8. Bias for Action.
  9. Frugality
  10. Earn Trust
  11. Dive Deep
  12. Deliver Results

 

Amazon aspires to be the most customer-centric company on the planet, the best employer on the planet, and the safest place to work on the planet. Amazon pioneered many things, including customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalised recommendations, Prime, Fulfilment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Career Choice, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Just Walk Out technology, Amazon Studios, and The Climate Pledge. This is the reason why Amazon is the best to go with. 

 

Amazon is impacting the whole world through its innovation and inventions. You would love to know that Amazon is planning to create 1 million new jobs in India by 2025.
 

  • With continued investments in technology, infrastructure, and logistics, the company expects to create 1 million new direct and indirect jobs.
     
  • 1 million new jobs will be added to the 700,000 jobs created by Amazon since 2013, for a total of 1.7 million Amazon direct and indirect jobs by 2025.
    For detailed information, check out this link.
     
  • Amazon India was pegged as the most ‘attractive employer brand,’ by Randstad. That was credited to its financial health, keeping up with technological developments, and reputation.

 

Jokes aside. There is no doubt in saying that Amazon has become the dream company for many people in India and outside India as well. 

Amazon believes that: Everything we do revolves around the customer.

Amazon is a place where smart, passionate people obsess over their customers and innovate for them. Amazon has also invested in the success of its employees. Amazon spends more than $1.2 billion on free skill training for employees, allowing them to advance their careers in technology and in-demand roles such as cloud computing.

For more information, check out Amazon Workplace by Amazon.  You can start practicing questions asked in Amazon interviews by checking out the most asked Amazon Interview Questions in our Problem Lists section.

Let us now discuss the Selection Process for a fresher:  

Recruitment Process 

Amazon has 5-6 rounds of selection to select freshers as SDE (SDE-1) in their organization. The following rounds are held:

  • Written Round
  • Online Coding Round
  • Multiple Technical Rounds
  • Hiring Manager Round
  • HR Round
     

Written Round

The written round is divided into two sections: Aptitude/logical test and technical test. The technical exam consists primarily of questions from C, C++, Operating System, Data Structure, Inheritance, and Functions. Typically in MCQ format with a time span of about 30 minutes.
 

Online Coding Round

In this round, candidates are presented with 3-4 coding questions of intermediate difficulty, primarily from arrays, strings, and matrices.

To pass this round, you must have a solid understanding of data structures.

 

Telephonic Round

This round is entirely algorithmic, with 2-4 questions ranging from arrays, trees to dynamic programming problems. You must present the algorithm and, in some cases, the code as well. Appropriate candidates are chosen for further rounds.
 

Technical Round 1

Technical rounds are face-to-face algorithmic rounds in which candidates are asked 2-4 data structure-related questions. Matrix, binary tree, BST, and linked list are the most frequently asked DSs.
 

Technical Round 2

The difficulty is increased, and more questions from Trees, BST, and Tries are asked. A solid understanding of tree-based recursion is required, as are the standard questions based on it.
 

Hiring Manager Round

This is typically the most technical round, with questions ranging from projects you've completed to the technology used in them, design problems and DS/Algo problems, and tricky puzzle-like questions.
See this, Amazon Hirepro

HR Round:

HR round generally revolves around the Leadership Principles:

Below are some sample questions: 

1. What was the most critical criticism you got, and how did you respond?

2. What are your views on Women Empowerment? 

3. What is one life crisis that you have faced?

 

To apply you can follow this link: amazonjobs.

Don’t worry Ninja, we’re here for you! We’ve covered almost everything you need to prepare for your dream Job in this article. So, Keep on Reading.
 

For more information, please check out this video:

Now, let us discuss the Eligibility Criteria: 

Eligibility Criteria 

Graduation Criteria

In general, these are recent college graduates who are considered inexperienced but have been assigned a large number of coding tasks that appear to be and actually are simple.
 

  • B.E / B.Tech  in any discipline (CSE/ECE/IT/EEE/TELECOM/M.E/CIVIL etc).
  • Engineering candidates who have passed out are eligible to apply.
  • M.Sc graduates in Computer Science & Information technology are eligible to apply.
  • MCA graduates are also eligible to apply.
  • The graduation should be a Full-Time course recognized by the Central/State government of India.
     

Please keep in mind that a candidate must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as well as a strong command of technical subjects.

Academic Criteria

  • There are no percentage criteria for 10th, 12th, or graduation on Amazon.
  • A candidate should not have any pending backlogs at the time of appearing for the Amazon selection process.

Amazon Policies

Below are the mentioned Amazon Policies which are necessary to keep in mind:  

  • A candidate is ineligible to apply if he or she has attended an interview within the last 6 months from the date of the new application.
  • If a candidate is rejected by Amazon during an interview, the candidate is ineligible to apply for six months after the interview.
  • If Amazon has terminated the candidate's application for any reason, the candidate is no longer eligible to apply.
  • If a candidate misses the opportunity to give an interview after applying to Amazon, the candidate has the right to apply again and participate in the selection process.

Documents Required

Below are the mentioned necessary documents: 

  • At the time of the interview, all original mark sheets from 10th, 12th, and Graduation must be presented. Also, bring a copy of each set of documents to the interview.
  • A copy of the candidate's most recent resume is required. 
  • A passport size photograph.
  • An original identification proof issued by the government of India (Aadhar Card, Pan Card, Voter id, Passport, etc.)
     

Now, let us discuss the most important part, i.e., the Syllabus.

Syllabus 

In general, technical interviews will ask you to do some coding and system design. Keep in mind that Amazon's DNA is an invention, and technology is the primary tool they use to evolve and improve every aspect of the experience they provide to their customers.

Technical topics

By preparing the below-mentioned topics, one can easily crack the AMAZON Interview. 

Programming Languages

Proficiency in a major language is usually required for a smooth process. Languages such as C, C++, C++14, C#, Go, Java7, Java8, JavaScript, Kotlin, Objective-C, PyPy2, PyPy3, Python2, Python3, Ruby, Scala, and Swift should be familiar to you. You should also be familiar with some of the nuances of the languages, such as how memory management works or the most commonly used collections, libraries, and so on.


Data Structures 

The majority of Amazon work entails efficiently storing and accessing data. This necessitates a solid understanding of data structures. You must understand the inner workings of common data structures and be able to compare and contrast their applications. You should be familiar with the runtimes for common operations as well as how they use memory.

To get started with the Data Structures, watch the mentioned video:

Algorithms 

Your interview will not require you to memorise algorithms. However, understanding the most common algorithms will likely make answering some of the questions much easier. Consider going over common algorithms like traversals, divide and conquer, and breadth-first vs. depth-first search to understand the tradeoffs for each. It is more important to understand the runtimes, theoretical limitations, and basic implementation strategies of different classes of algorithms than it is to memorise the specific details of any given algorithm.

Coding 

Expect to write syntactically correct code, not pseudo-code. If you're feeling rusty coding without an IDE or in a specific language, it's a good idea to dust off the cobwebs and practise coding with a pen and paper. A Software Development Engineer's primary responsibility at Amazon is to write scalable, robust, and well-tested code. Check for edge cases and ensure that no bad input is allowed to pass through.


 

To get started with the Coding, watch the mentioned video:

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Object-Oriented Design 

Good design is essential for extensible, bug-free, long-lasting code. We all know that there are nearly infinite ways to solve any given software problem, but when software needs to be extensible and maintainable, good software design is critical to success. Using object-oriented design best practices is one way to create long-lasting software. You should be familiar with a few common and useful design patterns, as well as how to write object-oriented software. You won't be asked to describe the specifics of how specific design patterns work, but you should expect to defend your design choices.


 

Databases

Most of the software that they write is backed by a data store. Many of the difficulties that tech professionals face arise from determining the most efficient way to retrieve and store data for future use. Amazon has been at the vanguard of the non-relational database revolution. They've made Amazon Web Services like DynamoDB available to the developer community so they can easily reap the benefits of non-relational databases. While they don't expect you to be an expert in non-relational databases, you should be familiar with general database concepts and applications. The more you understand about the differences between relational and non-relational databases, the better prepared you will be.


 

Distributed Computing

At Amazon, systems must operate within very tight tolerances while under heavy load. While they have some internal tools to help them scale, it's important to understand a few fundamental distributed computing concepts. Understanding topics like service-oriented architectures, map-reduce, distributed caching, load balancing, and others will help you come up with answers to some of the more difficult distributed architecture questions you'll come across.

 

Operating Systems 

You won't need to know how to create your own operating system from the ground up, but you should be aware of some OS concepts that can affect code performance (e.g. memory management, processes, threads, synchronization, paging, and multithreading).


 

Internet Topics 

Candidates must understand the fundamentals of how the internet works. Learn how browsers work at a high level, including DNS lookups, TCP/IP, and socket connections. It is necessary to have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of how the internet works.


 

General Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Data-driven modelling, train/test protocols, error analysis, and statistical significance are likely to be expected. You should be able to formulate a problem as a machine learning problem and propose a solution, including data sources, annotation, modelling approaches, and potential pitfalls, given a problem definition.

Now, let us now discuss the resources to prepare for AMAZON. 

Resources to Prepare for Amazon 

Course Highlights

  1. Aptitude Preparation Course - Prepare for aptitude tests which most companies conduct even before the technical rounds.
     
  2. DS & ALGO - You can choose any one of them based on your preference. 
    Basics of C++ with Data Structures
    Basic of Python with Data Structures
    Basic of Java with Data Structures
    Note: These courses covered everything you need to know about programming with data structures to ace any tech giant interview.
     
  3. Competitive Programming - Optional but recommended. 
     
  4. Database Management System - This course will prepare you for the questions asked on DBMS in software engineering interviews.
     
  5. Operating System - This course will prepare you for the questions asked on Operating systems in software engineering interviews.
     
  6. System Design - This course will help you prepare for system design questions in software engineering interviews.
     
  7. Machine learning - Optional but recommended. This course will help you understand machine learning from scratch to advance.

 

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Free Resources( Guided Paths )
 

  1. Aptitude Preparation - This guided path has covered all the necessary domains in aptitude. Moreover, company-specific examples in notes and company-specific practice questions help in mastering all necessary concepts with a focus on accuracy and time, for cracking the aptitude rounds.
     
  2. Programming Languages: You can choose any of these to master in any programming language of your choice. 
    Basic of C++
    Basic of Java 
    Basic of Python 
     
  3. Data Structure and Algorithms - Enrol in this data structure and algorithms guided path to learn data structures like Hash Tables, Trees, Tries, Graphs, and various algorithms. 
     
  4. Competitive Programming - Enrol in this Competitive programming guided path to master your problem-solving skills and ace any tech giant Interview. 
     
  5. DBMS - This guided path is made to prepare you for acing any DBMS Interview.
     
  6. Operating System - Enrol in this Operating System guided path to learn the core concepts of OS. We’ve also covered the questions which are frequently being asked in Top-Tech companies. 
     

The list is not over yet, you can check more free paths through this link. So, what are you waiting for?

Now, you must be thinking about where to practice the Coding Problems?

Here you go!

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In the end, it's always you vs you! You’ll crack it. 
 

So far, we’ve discussed what should be done in order to crack Amazon, let us now discuss what should not be done which is equally imperative. 

Examine some of the applicants' interview experiences so that you may learn from their mistakes and avoid them.

Amazon Interview Experiences 

 

For more Interview Experiences, you can refer to the Amazon Interview Experiences.  

Before we say GoodBye, let us look at some frequently asked questions in order to clear your doubts:

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it easy to crack an Amazon interview?

The interview procedure in Amazon is kind of similar to other big tech companies. To succeed in an interview, you must prepare well. As a result, if you are adequately prepared, you will have no trouble cracking any interview.

What is the most important skill one should have in order to crack any Interview? 

During the job interview process, excellent communication skills along with a technical grasp are essential. Written, vocal, and nonverbal communication abilities are all included. 

Does a well-framed resume play a vital role in selection? 

Your Resume is the most crucial factor that potential employers consider before taking you to an interview. As a result, it is critical that you have a beautiful Resume even before you start looking for work.

How long does it take to hear back after being shortlisted?

After applying for a job, it usually takes one to two weeks to hear back.

Conclusion 

In this article, we’ve explored Amazon Preparation Guide. We’ve extensively discussed the Recruitment Process, Eligibility Criteria, Amazon Policies, Syllabus, Resources, and Interview Experiences. 

To know more about the Amazon Jobs, the way to get into Amazon, or different profiles, you can check out these articles:

 

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Happy Learning Ninja!   

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