**Interview Introduction**

**Interviewer:**

"Hi, I'm XXX. I've been with Amazon for almost five years now. I started as an intern right out of college and have been with the same team ever since, working on a variety of backend and frontend applications. The format of today's interview will be as follows: I'll start with a few behavioral questions for the first fifteen minutes or so, and then we'll spend the remaining time on a coding question. In the last five minutes, you'll have the opportunity to ask me any questions you might have about working at Amazon or anything else."

**Candidate:**

"Sure, sounds good."

**Behavioral Question 1**

**Interviewer:**

"Tell me about a time when you worked against tight deadlines and didn't have time to consider all the options before making a decision."

**Candidate:**

"In my second year as a graduate student, I had to prepare for both the GRE and TOEFL exams while managing a full course load and participating in extracurricular activities. I prioritized my tasks by focusing on the most important ones first, like studying for the exams and completing high-priority projects. For instance, I would allocate specific times for GRE and TOEFL preparation, then work on my coursework, and finally engage in extracurricular activities in the remaining time. This approach helped me manage my tight schedule effectively."

**Interviewer:**

"How did you balance the different priorities, especially with such a packed schedule?"

**Candidate:**

"I made a detailed schedule and stuck to it rigorously. I also found that combining similar tasks helped, like studying for both the GRE and TOEFL reading sections together since they required similar skills. Additionally, I communicated with my professors and peers to manage expectations and get support where needed."

**Behavioral Question 2**

**Interviewer:**

"Describe a time when you took on work outside of your comfort area."

**Candidate:**

"Transitioning from electrical engineering to software development was a significant shift for me. I had to learn programming languages like Java and frameworks such as Spring Boot, which were not part of my undergraduate curriculum. I tackled this by treating it like a math problem—breaking down the concepts into smaller parts and learning them step by step. I also enrolled in online courses and followed tutorials to build practical projects, which helped me gain confidence and proficiency in software development."

**Interviewer:**

"What motivated you to make this transition?"

**Candidate:**

"I realized that I enjoyed the problem-solving aspect of software development more than hardware engineering. I was also excited about the potential to create applications that could directly impact users and see my ideas come to life in the digital world."

**Coding Question**

**Interviewer:**

"Now, let's move on to the coding question. Implement the function `pow(x, n)`

, which calculates xnx^nxn. Note that you cannot use any existing functions that implement `pow`

, as that would trivialize the problem. Here are two examples for reference:

- Example 1:

Input: x=2, n=5

Output: 32 - Example 2:

Input: x=3.4, n=3

Output: 39.304

Take your time to think through the problem, and feel free to ask any clarifying questions."

**Candidate:**

"Got it. Just to clarify, should the solution handle negative powers as well?"

**Interviewer:**

"Yes, your function should be able to support negative powers."

**Candidate:**

"Okay, I'll start by thinking about the base cases. If nnn is zero, the result should be 1 because any number to the power of zero is 1. If n is negative, we can use the property that

. For positive n, I can use a divide-and-conquer approach. If n is even, I can recursively compute `pow(x, n/2)`

and square the result. If n is odd, I can do the same but multiply by x once more."

**Interviewer:**

"That sounds like a solid approach. Go ahead and write the code, and explain your thought process as you do."

**Candidate:**

"Sure. Here's the function definition:

**Candidate:**

"I'll walk through the example where x=2 and n=5.

- Initially, we call
`pow(2, 5)`

. - Since n is not zero, negative, or even, we proceed to the else clause. We call
`pow(2, 2)`

. - For
`pow(2, 2)`

, since n is even, we call`pow(2, 1)`

. - For
`pow(2, 1)`

, since n is odd, we call`pow(2, 0)`

. - For
`pow(2, 0)`

, we return 1. - Now, returning to
`pow(2, 1)`

, we have`half_pow = 1`

, so the result is 1∗1∗2=2. - Returning to
`pow(2, 2)`

, we have`half_pow = 2`

, so the result is 2∗2=4. - Finally, returning to
`pow(2, 5)`

, we have`half_pow = 4`

, so the result is 4∗4∗2=32.

This matches our expected output."

**Interviewer:**

"Great. What about an example where xxx is not an integer, say x=3.4 and n=3?"

**Candidate:**

"For `pow(3.4, 3)`

:

- We call
`pow(3.4, 3)`

. - Since nnn is odd, we call
`pow(3.4, 1)`

. - For
`pow(3.4, 1)`

, since nnn is odd, we call`pow(3.4, 0)`

. - For
`pow(3.4, 0)`

, we return 1. - Returning to
`pow(3.4, 1)`

, we have`half_pow = 1`

, so the result is 1∗1∗3.4=3.4. - Returning to
`pow(3.4, 3)`

, we have`half_pow = 3.4`

, so the result is 3.4∗3.4∗3.4=39.304.

This also matches our expected output."

**Interviewer:**

"Excellent. Now, let's analyze the time and space complexity of your solution."

**Candidate:**

"The time complexity is O(logn) because we divide nnn by 2 in each recursive step. The space complexity is also O(logn) due to the recursion call stack. If we were to implement this iteratively, the space complexity would be O(1)."

**Interviewer:**

"Good analysis. Are there any other methods you can think of for calculating the power function?"

**Candidate:**

"Yes, another method could be using dynamic programming to store intermediate results, but this would generally have the same time complexity. Additionally, we could use bit shifting for the power of 2 optimization, which could make the algorithm more efficient in practice."

**Interviewer:**

"Interesting. Let's move on to the final part of the interview. Do you have any questions for me about working at Amazon or anything else?"

**Candidate's Questions**

**Candidate:**

"Yes, I have a few questions. How do you find working at Amazon, and what do you enjoy most about your job here?"

**Interviewer:**

"Working at Amazon is great. One of the things I enjoy the most is the flexibility and ownership we have over our projects. As a software engineer, I'm involved in both the frontend and backend development, and I get to make significant decisions about the design and architecture of the applications. There's also a lot of variety in the projects we work on, which keeps things interesting."

**Candidate:**

"What kind of projects do you typically work on, and what was your experience like during your internship?"

**Interviewer:**

"My team works on internal applications that support various business functions, such as vendor and seller-facing applications. During my internship, I primarily worked on rebuilding a Java Spring application from scratch. It was a great learning experience, and I got to see firsthand how large-scale systems are designed and implemented."

**Candidate:**

"Thank you for the insights. One last question, how would you describe the company culture at Amazon?"

**Interviewer:**

"Amazon has a very dynamic and fast-paced culture. There's a strong emphasis on innovation and delivering results. The leadership principles are a big part of our day-to-day work, guiding how we approach problems and interact with each other. Overall, it's a very collaborative and supportive environment."

**Candidate:**

"Thank you so much for answering my questions. I appreciate it."

**Interviewer:**

"You're welcome. It was great speaking with you. You'll hear back from the recruiter within two to five business days regarding the next steps. Have a great day!"

**Candidate:**

"Thank you. You too!"

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