Amazon L7 SDM on-site interview prep

New / Mgmt imleet
Feb 19 9 Comments

Hi all,

Would appreciate any preparation pointers for on-site L7 SDM interview? happens in couple of weeks - maybe enough time for 1 book but not multiple.

If you have been in L7 loop as interviewer, would love your input.

TC: 350K, 16 YOE

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  • Amazon Asdf qwer
    Some depts ask leetcode for L7 SDM, some don't. Your recruiter should be able to tell you before the interview, but frequently the loop isn't finalized until the day before. System design show you know how to put together a workable architecture (front end servers, CDN, load balancers, db layer), then address concerns like scalability, availability, latency
    Feb 19 3
    • New / Mgmt VSwf01
      Thanks for the very valuable intel
      Feb 19
    • New / Mgmt imleet
      OP
      Interesting to learn about leetcode for L7 Sr. SDM. What level leetcode can one expect? easy-medium?
      Have you by any chance participated in L7 loop?
      Feb 19
    • New -.-
      L6 SDM loop two weeks ago had a LC easy question. Actually it was probably on the easier side of LC easy. L7 may or may not depending on what HM wants. Focus on leadership principles and system design. If the interviewer stops typing notes into their laptop, either wrap up your answer (they already got what they needed) or you're going on a tangent and you need to shift directions to give them more relevant data points.

      Do your best but also prepare yourself mentally for the downlevel and possibly role change. I have 15 YOE including currently software engineering manager over several teams with in total 30+ engineers at a unicorn startup, and they thought I'd be better as L6 TPM. If you aren't already in the FANG club, it would be a very hard transition.
      Feb 21
  • Amazon Asdf qwer
    Expect a leetcode session, a system design session, and all sessions covering Leadership Principles
    Feb 19 1
    • Morgan Stanley ninja007
      No leetcode for SDM for sure
      Apr 11
  • Amazon / Eng redmirror
    I've not been in a loop to hire L7 manager yet. But I would think they would drill down on leadership sets, questions on hiring and develop the best, deliver results, and may be some tech questions.
    Feb 19 1
    • New / Mgmt imleet
      OP
      Thanks for your input
      Feb 19
  • New / Mgmt VSwf01
    Leet code? I heard this doesn't apply from L6. Are you sure? What should one expect for system design?
    Feb 19 0

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