Amazon SDM - rejected but strong feedback. Join another team?

New axela
Feb 21, 2018 26 Comments

I recently interviewed with Amazon Boston. The recruiter just called me and told that I was not a good fit for the role I was interviewing for, but the feedback was pretty strong. So, they are going to open my profile to other teams to see if there is any interest. The recruiter said that I don’t have to interview again. It will be based on my current feedback.

Is this common? Has anyone experienced this? Or is the recruiter wasting my time?

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  • Verathon / Eng
    naw

    Verathon Eng

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    💅 Seattle
    nawmore
    I believe that it could be a good sign. Follow up in one week. If no traction, move on and try again in 6 mos - 1 yr.
    Feb 21, 2018 2
    • New axela
      OP
      Recruiter is a rock star and has been very active. Let’s see how it turns out. Thanks for the feedback.
      Feb 21, 2018
    • Verathon / Eng
      naw

      Verathon Eng

      BIO
      💅 Seattle
      nawmore
      That sounds promising. My fingers are crossed for you friend!
      Feb 21, 2018
  • Amazon Lawn Dart
    This happens. We can have a specific gap we are looking to fill, or weakness we need to address in the team or org and you just don’t help there but overall nail all the competencies. It generally sucks, you go in thinking “this one is awesome”.

    This can also happen on downlevels. You interview for L6, are really close but not there and the team doesn’t have any L5 openings that they can use for you.
    Feb 21, 2018 2
    • New axela
      OP
      I think it’s the first case. They are building a new team and the feedback says I might be better with an established team. I asked and made sure I was not down leveled. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Any idea on the interview process? Recruiter said they will re-use the feedback.
      Feb 21, 2018
    • Amazon kiro7
      Recruiter is correct. They will use current feedback. This is not too uncommon.
      Feb 21, 2018
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  • Amazon sIGU40
    It’s up to the hiring manager whether you will need to interview (full or partial loop) again. Recruiters should not make that promise.
    Feb 21, 2018 2
    • Amazon sIGU40
      Just to add: I’ve seen that promise made to candidates before, that they would not need to interview, and then it’s a shock to them when the have to re-interview with a different manager, and a breaker of trust as well.
      Feb 21, 2018
    • Amazon amznstock
      MGHD literally says there is only one loop. Managers that force a second loop are just shitty.
      Feb 24, 2018
  • Amazon Shahkaar
    You my friend have been “recycled” in Amazon terms . So in essence what happens is that when the debrief panel finds some deficiencies in a candidate for a certain role but perhaps a fit for other roles, they decide to “recycle”. They will now pretty much just circulate ur resume across other teams for roles they may think are a fit for ur profile and if there are any matches you will certainly be contacted.
    Feb 21, 2018 0
  • New axela
    OP
    Thanks a lot for your replies. I am looking at the current openings and sending it to the recruiter.
    Feb 21, 2018 0
  • Amazon JWXa84
    Yep, it's how I got hired as well. They have tons of openings and tons of candidates, it makes sense they would often end up pairing some that hadn't started as matches
    Feb 21, 2018 0
  • Amazon
    Schwamapok

    Amazon

    PRE
    Amazon
    Schwamapokmore
    This is pretty common. Like previous answers, depends on the specific team need. Sounds like you’re in a good place though, I’d reach back out to the recruiter to follow up.
    Feb 21, 2018 0
  • Amazon awssdm
    Are you interested in seattle? I'm looking for an L6 SDM
    Feb 22, 2018 2
    • New axela
      OP
      Currently looking at Boston only.
      Feb 22, 2018
    • Amazon amznstock
      I am hiring an SDM in Boston...
      Feb 24, 2018
  • Intel / Design gatorade
    Yes, this happened to me last year. Sad part for me though was dec was slow, even now the recruiter advocates for certain roles that match my skillset however if you do not have patience, push back telling you have recently received an offer however you really want to work on xyz at Amazon! The recruiter that I am working with has been very helpful although she changed orgs. Make the most of this opportunity before they forget you!
    Feb 21, 2018 1
    • Intel / Design gatorade
      OP be proactive and find roles posted on their job site and send them to your recruiter
      Feb 21, 2018
  • Tata Consultancy Services / Consultant naresh0409
    I interviewed for Senior Customer Solutions Manager and my loop was successful but with feedback that I am good fit for Account Management role can anyone help me with any roles getting filled for the same it's a L7 role and I am flexible on location
    Jun 24 0
  • Gap / Eng randUser
    How did it go OP
    Jun 1 0
  • New axela
    OP
    I interviewed with Alexa, but I am open to both. Blind is not allowing me to PM you, can you PM me and I can send you more info?
    Feb 24, 2018 0
  • Amazon amznstock
    Alexa or AWS?
    Feb 24, 2018 0
  • Shutterstock bd42
    Pretty common. I had an offer from team that I was interviewing with, but hiring managers from other teams reached out to me as well based on results and asked if I’d be interested to join them.
    Feb 22, 2018 0
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