What's the reason or motive for having a relatively easy interview process for a SDE internship at Amazon, compared to the more difficult processes at MS, Yahoo, or Google?

What’s the reason or motive for having a relatively easy interview process for a SDE internship at Amazon, compared to the more difficult processes at MS, Yahoo, or Google?

Discussing the relative differences between their interview processes will open up a whole different debate - so with the sake of the question (when taken at face value) in mind let’s consider this:

  • Amazon is an internet retailer
  • Microsoft, Yahoo, Google are primarily software and search companies

Given this it also has implications upon the need for understanding customer journey’s, making sales and a more advanced form of customer service. It is not as technology orientated as the other companies listed are.

What could this practically mean:

  • Amazon look at interns more holistically - so what is considered as being easier could rather be a broader consideration of skillsets
  • They probably don’t need as robust technical skills as say Google

However we can also consider:

Interviews can be gamed - just google any interview process at a top company and there’ll be a blow by blow breakdown of what to expect on the first page of Google let alone some small corner of the internet.

Internships are much HARDER to game - in 6 weeks/6 months you WILL get found out if you don’t quite cut the mustard. So perhaps this is where they ruthlessly cut away the chaff.

With all of this in mind - there are many benefits for Amazon to the supposedly ‘easier’ way of hiring they use.

transcribed from SDE internship interview