[Amazon] One bad round in onsite, a sure reject?

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Oct 21, 2018 26 Comments

Finished an onsite with Alexa team recently.
Didn't perform well in one of the 4 rounds. So, will that be a sure reject?

Two rounds - good
One round - ok
One round - poor (solved only 1 problem out of 2)

Anyone got offer after not performing good in one round?

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  • Expedia £€
    OP
    An update.
    I did get the offer!
    Oct 26, 2018 2
    • New !=faang
      How many days after the on-site interview did you get an offer?
      Mar 14
    • Expedia £€
      OP
      I think it was within 2 biz days.
      Mar 14
  • Cisco MollyPolly
    Dunno about Alexa , but I did poorly on the “bar raiser” round at AWS in one of the 7 interviews and got a reject
    Oct 21, 2018 7
    • New / Eng ufJz68
      The bar raiser is the one place you can't do poorly. They have veto power.
      Oct 21, 2018
    • Expedia £€
      OP
      How do you know a round is bar raiser?
      Oct 21, 2018
    • Amazon E8rb4dhu
      Bar raiser is usually the hardest interview.
      Oct 21, 2018
    • Intel A/mper
      Bar raiser is not from the team that is interviewing you. Usually they have nothing to do with your job role.
      Oct 21, 2018
    • Expedia £€
      OP
      Ha. then I think I had two people from different team. So, maybe I had two bar raisers 😳.
      Oct 21, 2018
    • Intel A/mper
      They will be completely different job description. But sde or something. Usually it is one bar raiser.
      Oct 21, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng L6SDE
      Bar raiser is always from another team, but that does not mean that every other interviewer is from the team. I regularly participate in loops for other teams. Sometimes the team isn’t staffed, or doesn’t have people at the level that the candidate is being interviewed for, etc.

      Also there are never two bar raisers.
      Oct 22, 2018
  • Intel babubhatt
    Yep, I did (at Amazon). If you did very well in the others, it can still happen.
    Oct 21, 2018 0
  • Splunk iorm72
    I doubt that Amazon (unlike G or F) can afford to dismiss a candidate only because of a single bad round. But if they do, consider yourself very lucky for dodging this bullet.
    Oct 21, 2018 2
    • Expedia £€
      OP
      Lucky?
      Oct 21, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng nutboy39
      They think picky companies are bad to work for because ... well, I don’t know. But that’s what he’s saying.
      Oct 26, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng jNeo42
    One bad coding round at Amazon is more forgivable than a bad or scary response to a behavioral question. A weak tech round combined with a questionable leadership principle isn’t a good combination. Hopefully you were good with the LPs.
    Oct 21, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng nutboy39
    If you truly did well in the others, you still have a chance. However, it’s very hard to tell how well you did as a candidate because each interviewer is looking for very specific things and a good interviewer will still make you feel like you did well even if you didn’t.
    Oct 21, 2018 0
  • Amazon WicH21
    It all depends on the debrief and how much interviewers who like you are able to convince others. It’s essentially a debate. They will exchange notes and then discuss. On occasions I have seen people with 5 thumbs down get an offer if they convinced interviewers that they would succeed at an lower designation. Typically seen this on L6 loops where the candidate is a good bar raising L5 but not quite at the L6 level.
    Oct 21, 2018 0
  • Microsoft ThxObama
    Depends on the team, if they’re desperate they might down level you and still make an offer.
    Oct 21, 2018 0
  • Facebook / Eng
    gaanduf

    Facebook Eng

    PRE
    Amazon
    gaandufmore
    probably borderline
    Oct 21, 2018 0
  • Amazon Gjdyveycc4
    If it was bar raiser definite yes. If it was design and you were interviewing for SDE 2, yes again. However, in other cases depends on overall feedback.
    Oct 22, 2018 2
    • Paycor Jumper1
      Yes as in yes, there’s a chance for an offer?
      Oct 22, 2018
    • Amazon Gjdyveycc4
      Let’s wait and see. It’s hard to say right now. You do have a little chance.
      Oct 22, 2018
  • Athenahealth UrFriend
    Nah you can still get hired
    Oct 22, 2018 0
  • New / Data
    demi drunc

    New Data

    PRE
    UBS
    BIO
    Data scientist / ML engineer from Germany
    demi druncmore
    I didn't do well on one of the rounds. Still got an offer with no down leveling
    Oct 21, 2018 0
  • Amazon 2Hot
    I didn’t have a great systems design round. Didn’t fail but I didn’t sound very eloquent. So I got down-leveled but still got the offer and took it. Best of luck.
    Oct 21, 2018 0

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