Have an initial phone screen in couple of days, any advice on what I prep for and focus on, apart from the Amazon leadership principles
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- Microsoft vznX62It sounds crazy. Its not super clear what the interviewer is looking for in phone interviews. They ask open ended questions, act irritated if you as clarifications and then ask you to continue talking. Amazon is worst!!!?
- The kind of open ended question is - design an elevator system. Now you will think it's close ended question. But what they are actually expecting is - ask a ton of clarifying questions. Like - who is the audience, what is it's purpose, what problem are we solving before answering this. Now the Amazon interviewer may actually act like they are bored and want you to move forward quickly
Dont. Bore them with a ton of clarifying questions. Here they are not really interested in answers. They want to know how you think. So get more context. Enumerate all the pivots for the design. Then give an answer. Read the book decode and conquer. It will give more context. Good luck.Aug 22, 2018 1
- BTW, app these interviews are like that. So if you have a ton of experience, they are not looking for your knowledge. They think it's cheap. They want to test how you think. In real situations, you will scope problems. That's a natural PM job. But in interviews it's a bit more difficult due to time situations and the problem solver in you want to show off your smarts. Avoid this. Take a month to prepare. This is a pain. But you need to do this.Aug 22, 2018 0
- Amazon shirokumaPrepare scenarios in STAR format that fit the leadership principles
They all don’t need to be amazing results. In fact if they all were amazing results it’s gonna look bad. Just keep majority as good result. Also don’t exaggerate unless you feel it’s what the interviewer is looking for based on questioning.