Amazon: Interviewed for technical L6, offered non technical L6 role -- what just happened?
What do all of you think about this? I was contacted by an Amazon recruiter a while back (I was *not* actively looking and happy at my current job). The role was for a Senior TPM in Seattle, and I've been thinking about moving to Seattle and I like the idea of working for Amazon. I went through the 30 minute phone interview, and then another 1 hr phone interview with the team. The team brought me out for the loop interview in Seattle, which was both fun and tiring at the same time. About a week later the recruiter called me to tell me that I am "definitely an Amazonian" -- or words to that effect -- but all of the feedback took one of two tracks. The recruiter did not elaborate on what those two tracks were.
The recruiter told me there was definitely a role for me at Amazon, and that I would be contacted again shortly. Sure enough, I was contacted the next day by another recruiter to schedule a phone interview with another hiring manager from a different group. But this role was for a non-technical senior PM, which left me a little crestfallen because I think I am sufficiently technical, but oh well, I've had both technical and non-technical PM roles throughout my career. So OK, I'm still interested. I had the 1 hr phone interview with that manager, and it went well. The project sounds exciting and fun, and I think I'd learn a lot. The next day, the recruiter called to extend an offer -- an offer I renegotiated to add $10K to the base and $20K to TC, for a final $145 base / $270 TC + L5/6 relocation package. The relocation package is fantastic, btw.
The questions I have: is it common to interview for one role and be offered another? Are these other roles generally good ones, or are they the ones that have been difficult to fill? It's a new rec and not a backfill -- is that a good or bad thing? Oh, and one more thing -- I'm no spring chicken. I could easily be the oldest person on my new team, and one of the oldest new hires Amazon has hired. Should that give me cause for concern?