Amazon PM interview

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Aug 21, 2018 13 Comments

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 vznX62
    It 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!!!?
    Aug 21, 2018 4
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      potterhead

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      OP
      What kind of open ended questions did they ask, was it related to a case study or situational question or just stuff from your resume
      Aug 22, 2018
    • Microsoft vznX62
      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
    • Microsoft vznX62
      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
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      potterhead

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      OP
      Thanks for the insight
      Aug 23, 2018
  • Microsoft Imtheone
    How did the interview go?
    Sep 6, 2018 3
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      potterhead

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      I thought it was ok, pretty similar experience to what folks stated above, unsure what they were looking for, got rejected but no feedback given. Their policy is to not provide any feedback which is pretty strange
      Sep 7, 2018
    • Microsoft Imtheone
      Sorry to hear that. Do you mind sharing what was asked?
      Sep 7, 2018
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      potterhead

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      OP
      Mostly questions about past products I worked on, and sample case regarding going into a new vertical
      Sep 7, 2018
  • Amazon shirokuma
    Prepare scenarios in STAR format that fit the leadership principles
    Situation
    Task
    Action
    Result
    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.
    Aug 21, 2018 3
    • NTT Data / Eng NWVcL82T
      Correct. But few of the interviewers are either b grade or don't understand STAR format. It totally depends on your luck and interviewer's attitude.
      Aug 21, 2018
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      potterhead

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      OP
      Thank you for the tip, should I expect case study and estimation questions similar to Google?
      Aug 21, 2018
    • New ohhoy
      No... Your background, maybe mini product cases, and then rest of it should be all behavioral
      Aug 21, 2018