Amazon asking for 2 to 4 page write up before L6/SDE3 onsite.

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Amazon asking for 2 to 4 page write up before L6/SDE3 onsite. They provide 2 topics, pick one. Did anyone asked similar?

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  • Brocade romdom
    It's just standard AMZN process. They want to see if you can write narratives.
    Oct 9, 2018 0
  • Microsoft BarFoo
    Rofl. Now you have to write an essay to get an interview there?
    Oct 9, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng Keros
    All L6 and above applicants need to do this.
    Oct 9, 2018 0
  • Amazon eldorodo
    Amazon is all about writing.
    Oct 9, 2018 0
  • Twitter StonedBiz
    Easy filter
    If you can't write clearly, then you can't work well in an english-speaking corporate environment.
    Oct 9, 2018 0
  • Amazon petCochon
    Funny how many people feel entitled to something and the ask of writing out of your experience sounds like a ridiculous and stupid ask. What a time to be alive
    Oct 9, 2018 1
    • Microsoft BarFoo
      Who said anything about being entitled?
      Oct 9, 2018
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    Onsite already scheduled. They want eassy 48hrs before interview.
    Oct 9, 2018 1
    • Microsoft BarFoo
      My answer “If I wanted to write something other than code, I would have majored in writing.”
      Oct 9, 2018
  • Amazon EOjb38
    As an SDE3 writing would be a meaningful part of your job - ask for an sde2 role if you only want to write code all day, I'm sure they'll be happy to downgrade the loop.
    Oct 10, 2018 0
  • Amazon jefe_bezos
    *shrug* I didn’t have to do it and interviewed/got an offer last year as an SDE. Can’t be that standard unless it’s new?
    Oct 10, 2018 0
  • New / Eng
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    Just do that shit. 50% chance they won’t even read it but let you through on the principle that you went through the trouble
    Oct 9, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng
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    Weird! YoE?
    Oct 9, 2018 2
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      15. This is for sde 3 role. Write up about what do you invented or done differently during career.
      Oct 9, 2018
    • Microsoft / Product Sanctiel
      That used to be part of the MBA application process. Damn!
      Oct 9, 2018
  • Amazon Hell0W0rld
    It is a standard ask for SDEs and TPMs
    Oct 9, 2018 1
    • Brocade romdom
      Also for L6+ ICs
      Oct 10, 2018
  • Amazon / Mgmt Staggerlee
    All I can say as an HM with 10+ yoe is that your written sample is like ‘first impressions’ on steroids. A good one will make the interview easier.
    Oct 9, 2018 1
    • New NASDAQ
      Curious. Do interviewers read this before the interview? What do you mean, it will make the interview easier ?
      Oct 9, 2018
  • Apple Ap123
    What’s essay topic?
    Oct 9, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Grabbb
    It’s standard part that everyone does
    Oct 9, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Mgmt Chunk
    It’s standard and it matters. Give it your best effort. Everyone in a senior role is expected to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing. As much as anything, this demonstrates that the company expects you to have an impactful role where your written output will carry real weight.
    Oct 9, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Product @zzz
    From what I know and understand written communication is very important at Amazon.

    This is usually standard for pm roles, but seems like dev positions also require it.

    You do need to write it, interviewers would have read it and could be asking questions on that.

    BTW this is also standard at Amazon how meetings are run. People read thru docs first, and then the meeting begins.
    Oct 9, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Other WarrenPeas
    Standard process and not difficult.
    Oct 9, 2018 0
  • Microsoft yuttedfg
    wow
    Oct 9, 2018 0
  • Amazon Xode
    Not worth it.
    Oct 9, 2018 0
  • Amazon vmCJ63
    It is standard.
    Supposedly gives a chance for those that communicate better in writing to show it.
    Oct 9, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Nyxnyx
    Why would a dev write an essay?
    Oct 9, 2018 0

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