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Old 09-12-2013, 11:15 AM
 
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I will have my first phone interview very soon. I googled a lot and most questions for technical positions have nothing to do with the position itself. Mostly they ask database structure, algorithms, math problems, OOP which pretty much have nothing to do with css, html and javascript.

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Basic Qualifications
Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related field, or 5+ years relevant work experience
Strong problem solving skills and deep understanding of computer science fundamentals (data structures, algorithm design, complexity analysis)
Proficient in Javascript, HTML, CSS
Preferred Qualifications
Real world responsive web application development experience
Kungfu cross browser testing - you ensure the customer experience is consistent and fluid across all browsers and platforms
Obsessed with building web apps that behave like native apps
My question is, for a first phone interview, which topics I should prepare myself and what kind of questions to expect for such position.

let me know what do you think guys!
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Old 09-12-2013, 11:44 AM
 
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There's a master thread stickied to this forum.
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Old 09-12-2013, 11:56 AM
 
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its general, not specific. i will appreciate anyone to share his experience who conducted an interview for similar position
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Old 09-12-2013, 12:05 PM
 
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I will have my first phone interview very soon. I googled a lot and most questions for technical positions have nothing to do with the position itself. Mostly they ask database structure, algorithms, math problems, OOP which pretty much have nothing to do with css, html and javascript.

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My question is, for a first phone interview, which topics I should prepare myself and what kind of questions to expect for such position.

let me know what do you think guys!
I have had two phone interviews with Amazon, but not for this position. Amazon does ask harder than average questions, and be prepared to use collabedit as well. The questions aren't so much to get your knowledge of things, but your approach. Basically, I enjoy Amazon interviews the most, because they are good at showing how good of a critical thinker you are. You have to really think on the fly, and they like to see how you great down a problem or a situation.

My first interview I had a year ago, I bombed at it pretty bad. The second interview went much better. As a matter of fact, they want to interview me in person, and I'm scheduled to interview in person next month. At first I didn't want to go, because I just landed a job here in California, but they treat their candidates really well. I think I will go just because they've been so accomodating.


I would say just think about how you solve issues. That's what they're looking for. They're looking for a problem solver, who knows how to think his way through situations and scenarios. And they want someone who can think fast.

I actually enjoyed my two amazon phone interviews.
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Old 09-13-2013, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Phone interviews for IT/developer jobs aren't too bad, they just ask really easy, basic questions. It's sort of a pre-screening to weed out the people who are absolutely lying on their resume. The harder interview is the in-person interview, where they really test your knowledge. At least that was my experience.
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Old 09-13-2013, 11:08 PM
 
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First congratulations. The WDE position at Amazon is certainly one of the more difficult WDE interviews around.

You will need to make sure your Javascript and CSS are in order. You'll likely need to be well versed in native and/or server-side Javascript (like Node), not just JQuery or Mootools. And the CSS questions aren't easy either because at Amazon and other cutting edge tech companies, CSS is used not just for decoration but for control and rendering.
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Old 09-14-2013, 12:18 AM
 
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I don't get the kung fu reference...I mean it explains what they mean but that's the first time I've seen that reference and a Google search didn't provide any answers at all. Did they just make up the meaning in this context and hoped it would catch on? I do cross browser testing all the time and, like I said, this is the first time I've heard that.
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