Amazon Solutions Architect Mock Interview

To help you prepare for a Solutions Architect interview at Amazon, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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Can you define the acronym SOLID and discuss its key principles?

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List of Amazon Solutions Architect Interview Questions & Answers

  1. 1.

    Can you define the acronym SOLID and discuss its key principles?

  2. 2.

    Please talk about a time when you analyzed a difficult problem and came up with an innovative solution.

  3. 3.

    How is the term deadlock used in your role as a solutions architect?

  4. 4.

    Can you explain CAP Theorem?

  5. 5.

    Do you subscribe to the theory of 'Fail Early and Fail Forward?'

  6. 6.

    What does the acronym ACID stand for?

  7. 7.

    What are the differences between a binary and mutex semaphore?

  8. 8.

    Are there any issues with employing sticky sessions in your systems architecture?

  9. 9.

    Please discuss the concept of elasticity as used in your role as a solutions architect and how it contrasts with scalability.

  10. 10.

    When would you use a NoSQL database, and when would using a relational database be better?

  11. 11.

    Can you describe a creative solution to a challenging problem you developed in your role as a solutions architect?

  12. 12.

    How would you describe Amazon Web Services (AWS) to someone outside of Amazon's IT organization?

  13. 13.

    What are some of the steps you recommend to protect Amazon from a 'DOS' attack?

  14. 14.

    What is your strategy for securing the IT assets and intellectual property of an organization?

  15. 15.

    What do you believe your role is concerning supporting Amazon's functional analysts?

  16. 16.

    Please discuss some of the differences between asynchronous and parallel programming?

  17. 17.

    How do you ensure that the software you develop will scale?

  18. 18.

    What are the advantages of using a NoSQL database instead of an RDBMS?

  19. 19.

    What is a lower latency interaction, and why is it desirable in an application?

  20. 20.

    Please explain domain-driven design.

  21. 21.

    What are the benefits of clustering?

  22. 22.

    What is meant by the Single Responsibility Principle, and how do you use this in your work?

  23. 23.

    How do you define high availability, and what are some steps you take to ensure this?

  24. 24.

    What is meant by "Session Affinity," and how does this relate to the concept of sticky session load balancing?

  25. 25.

    How are DRY and DIE principles used in software engineering?

  26. 26.

    What does system resiliency refer to, and how would you achieve this here at Amazon?

  27. 27.

    Do you prefer to create programs aligned with interfaces or implementations, and why?

  28. 28.

    Can you describe some of the differences between concurrency and parallelism?

  29. 29.

    What are monolithic, SOA and microservices architectures, and how do they differ from one another?

  30. 30.

    Can you describe a key project you recently led as a solutions architect?