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Interview Experience: Amazon Virtual Tech Interview Journey

Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in a virtual interview process for Amazon. The experience was unique and quite enlightening, comprising two distinct rounds. I aim to detail my experience here to provide insights and guidance for those preparing for similar opportunities.

First Round: The Introductory Phase

The interview began with a brief introduction where the interviewer shared his role and briefly discussed the company's objectives, setting a formal yet relaxed tone.

Technical Segment

We quickly transitioned into a technical test where I was presented with a relatively easy coding problem, which I completed in about five minutes. The problem was a variation of the classic algorithmic challenge, making me feel initially confident. Given the quick resolution of the task, we spent the remaining time engaging in casual conversation, likely because the format required the coding segment to fill a specific time frame.

Behavioral Questions

The bulk of this round was dedicated to behavioral questions, spanning approximately 40 minutes. The interviewer asked me to describe past experiences related to specific scenarios:

  • "Tell me about a time when you faced a significant challenge."
  • "Describe a situation where you had a disagreement with your manager."
  • "Give an example of a time when you achieved something beyond your expected scope."

For each main question, there were follow-up questions that probed deeper into the situations I described, making it crucial to be prepared with detailed stories and outcomes.

Q&A Segment

We concluded with a five-minute session where I could ask questions about the company and the role, providing a deeper insight into the organizational culture and expectations.

Second Round: Focused on Behavior

The second interviewer skipped personal introductions and dove directly into a rigorous 40-minute behavioral interview. This round focused on different aspects of professional experiences:

  • "Tell me about a time when you were working against a tight deadline."
  • "Describe an instance when you received negative feedback."
  • "Explain a situation where you had to convince someone of your point of view."
  • "Recall a time when you had a disagreement with a colleague."

Like the first round, each question included several sub-questions that required me to expand on my initial responses, testing my ability to remain consistent and detailed under pressure.

Technical Puzzle

Interestingly, this round also included a technical problem towards the end—a twist on the common "two sum" algorithmic challenge. This was unexpected but a refreshing change from the intense behavioral drilling.

Final Interaction

The round concluded with another five-minute Q&A session. This part was abruptly ended as the interviewer seemed quite strict and unresponsive to my inquiries, promptly ending the call at the designated time.

General Observations

Both interviewers appeared extremely fatigued, which added an unexpected layer of complexity to the interaction. They seemed drained and occasionally yawned, which could have been due to the back-to-back scheduling of interviews or other external pressures.


This interview process was enlightening, highlighting the importance of being well-prepared for both technical and behavioral segments. It's crucial to have a wide array of detailed, structured experiences ready to discuss, as the depth of the behavioral questions can be quite demanding. Additionally, staying adaptable and ready for technical surprises is key to handling curveballs thrown your way during such interviews.

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