Amazon interview- leadership principles

Microsoft MhiN21
Feb 25 20 Comments

Had an interview with Amazon. Still waiting for the result. I felt like I have not done a great job while responding to leadership principles questions mostly because I’m kind of unprepared for such questions. What’s the importance given to them ? How are they evaluated ?

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  • New / Eng sparked
    Practically the only thing amazon cares about TBH
    Feb 25 2
    • Microsoft MhiN21
      OP
      I tried to be honest. But for most of the questions I don’t really have answers. Like they did ask if ever had conflict with manager how did I resolve it.
      Feb 25
    • New / Eng sparked
      Yea it sucks when that sort of thing happens; whenever I encounter a situation like that I see if I can redirect to a similar question like “I can’t really think of an example for that situation but I do have an example of when I disagreed with a more senior engineer” etc
      Feb 25
  • Amazon jakdnh175
    If you don’t have real stories, you better make some up. Amazon is all about how much you can fluff yourself. It’s not about how good you are, it’s about how good you say you are.
    Feb 26 1
    • Bloomberg std::
      well this is true for anything in life really.
      Feb 26
  • CenturyLink imgodzilla
    I’ve one coming up soon. Could you please tell the format of the interview and what questions did they ask?
    To answer your question, my recruiter straight up told me to prepare two senarios for each leadership principle
    Feb 25 6
    • New / Eng sparked
      Yea the LPs are very important; they tend to ask the typical “tell me a time when” questions and expect you to show how you exhibit the principles in your answers indirectly.
      Feb 25
    • CenturyLink imgodzilla
      I’ve heard the same about Amazon. To clear up, I’ve a phone screen coming up. Do they ask LP’s in phone screen as well?
      Feb 25
    • Microsoft HawaiiBurg
      Leetcode level, please? Thanks and best of luck.
      Feb 25
    • New / Eng sparked
      Didn’t have a phone screen other than talking for 15 mins with recruiter before OA so I can’t give any insight
      Feb 25
    • Microsoft MhiN21
      OP
      No phone screen for me either. And it’s mostly easy medium Leetcode. Not even good medium
      Feb 25
  • Amazon qQTo52
    Read the LPs before you interview. Reflect on your career and have a scenario or two for each where you exhibited them and some scenarios where you did not.
    Feb 26 0
  • Veritas tadh
    Last time, I had very solid tech rounds but fcked up in leadership principles and that too in BR round. Straight reject.
    Feb 25 0
  • Facebook cochococho
    All people complaining about LP questions is just ridiculous - these are the easiest questions to nail if you have real experience and if you seriously want an offer there then the least thing you can do is prepare. Every Amazon interviewer has several questions for a given LP handy so if you cant come up with one (ex: a disagreement with your manager- which btw is surprising) then just say you dont have such an example and move on. You dont get penalized for “small” examples but rather for errors of judgement on the ones you call out.
    Feb 26 2
    • Amazon dbGU70
      Yes, you can get leveled down or they can say you don’t meet the L(x) bar if your example is too small in scope. There are certain expectations at certain levels.
      Feb 26
    • Facebook cochococho
      For one example no, if you have consistent answers in smaller complexity - then yes. And that sounds like the right outcome to me
      Feb 26
  • Oracle now@google
    You must prepare LP before the interview. They give you the list of questions beforehand and the expectation is that you have the answers ready. If you struggle with these, this is a bad sign.
    Feb 26 1
    • New / Eng sparked
      Definitely this. Every recruiter I’ve ever talked with at Amazon was very clear and adamant about the LPs and their importance. This included links to the LPs and a healthy number of example questions to extrapolate on
      Feb 26

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