30 Amazon AWS Interview Questions & Answers

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Q1. Tell me about yourself and why you want to work in this Amazon AWS role?

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“I have always been someone who is technically-minded and over the years I have built up a wide array of skills, qualities, and experience that will enable me to excel within this Amazon AWS position. Just some of the skills and qualities I possess include, an understanding of AWS, its uses, and best practice procedures; proficiency in cloud-based applications using AWS; an understanding of Amazon S3, AMI, VPC, and INSTANCES, and also how all of these integrate with AWS. I also have comprehensive knowledge of Operating Systems and Networking. I am able to work well both on my own and as part of a team, and I can be relied upon to work quickly, to a high standard, and also within strict timescales. If you hire me within this Amazon AWS position, I will always work hard to help you achieve your commercial objectives, and I will follow the Amazon Leadership Principles in everything I do.”

Q2. What is AWS?

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“Amazon Web Services is a cloud services platform and is a subsidiary of Amazon. AWS allows individuals and businesses – both large and small – to scale through compute power, online storage, and content delivery on a pay-as-you-go basis. AWS provides services for online storage and delivers dynamic and static content globally using CDN (content delivery network). With AWS, you can create any online application you require. AWS is a leader amongst cloud providers, allowing its users to become more agile.”

Q3. Why do you want to work for Amazon?
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Q4. What are the main components/services of Amazon AWS?
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Q5. Tell me a time when you demonstrated one of Amazon’s Leadership Principles?
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Q6. What is Amazon S3 and how it is this connected to AWS?
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Q7. What is AMI and what is its purpose?
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Q8. What is an ‘instance’ in AMI?
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Q9. What are the different elements of AMI?
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Q10. What are the different types of EC2 instance types?
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Q11. How do you scale an Amazon instance?
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Q12. What is the correlation between an instance and AMI?
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Q13. What is a ‘buffer’ used for in Amazon Web Services (AWS)?
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Q14. How would you make a request in S3? What are the different “access keys”?
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Q15. When using IPv6 to access a bucket on S3, what background information about IPv6 access would you tell a colleague new to the process?
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Q16. What’s the maximum number of buckets that can be created in S3?
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Q17. Can you explain what key-pairs are in AWS?
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Q18. What is VPC and what’s its purpose?
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Q19. What’s the maximum number of subnets per VPC?
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Q20. What’s the role of Snowball?
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Q21. Are there any advantages of Amazon EC2 auto-scaling?
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Q22. Whilst working in this AWS role you will have numerous problems to solve on a daily basis. What steps do you follow when trying to resolve complex problems?
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Q23. What is a subnet?
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Q24. What’s the difference between a MAC address and an IP address?
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Q25. What’s the function of AWS CloudTrail?
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Q26. Where do you see yourself in 5 years' time?
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Q27. What’s your biggest weakness?
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Q28. Why do you want to leave your current job?
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Q29. What are your salary expectations in this Amazon AWS role?
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Q30. That’s the end of your Amazon AWS interview, do you have any questions for the panel?
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Amazon AWS Job Description, Skills and Qualities


There are numerous Amazon AWS job roles available, including but not limited to:

  • AWS DevOps;
  • Contracts Manager (AWS);
  • Solution Architect AWS;
  • Business Development AWS;
  • AWS Operations Engineer;
  • AWS Software Engineer;
  • AWS Distribution Program Manager.

Working in any Amazon AWS role requires you to set up, maintain, monitor and develop cloud-based web applications and infrastructure. To be effective in the role, you will need to have a thorough understanding of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and follow best proactive policies and procedures in all of your work. Amazon AWS is rapidly evolving and developing, and on that basis, you will need a wide array of skills, qualities and technical capabilities including competence in Amazon S3, Instances, Subnets, AMI, and also AWS CloudTrail amongst others. It is also important you are able to meet the demands of the 14 Amazon Leadership principles within your AWS role.

HOW TO PASS AN AMAZON AWS JOB INTERVIEW
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The following interview tips are applicable for all Amazon AWS job positions. Please make sure you study the tips carefully and then apply them during your preparation:

TIP #1 – There is a strong possibility you will be asked three different types of interview question during your Amazon AWS interview. These are as follows:

  • AWS technical-related interview questions;
  • Motivational and research-based interview questions;
  • Behavioural (Amazon Leadership Principles) interview questions.

To help you prepare effectively for your AWS job interview, we have compiled a list of 30 common types of questions asked at this type of Amazon interview. Please make sure you prepare answers to all of the questions on this page as part of your Amazon job interview preparation.

TIP #2 – We believe it is vital you have an understanding of the 14 Amazon Leadership Principles before you attend any AWS job interview. During your preparation, try to think of situations you have been in where you have demonstrated each of them previously. The success of Amazon has been built around these principles, so it’s important you prepare for them in advance of your interview.

TIP #3 – Before you go along to your Amazon interview, think of at least three great questions you can ask the panel. Towards the end of your AWS job interview, you will have the opportunity to ask the hiring manager some questions. This is your opportunity to show you genuinely want the job, and more importantly, you are interested in the future success of Amazon!

TIP #4 – One of the most important and useful interview tips we can give you, is to make sure you use the STAR method when answering any of the Amazon leadership principles and behavioural interview questions. By structuring your answers in the format of Situation, Task, Action and Result you will be greatly increasing your chances of success!

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