Amazon leadership principles

OpenX random23
Jul 24, 2018 22 Comments

The recruitment preparation email said that approximately half the questions in the interview will be in relation to the leadership principles. Does that mean that half of it is just talking about past experiences and applying the STAR method to that experience and how it applies to the leadership principle?

Wondering if the preparation email is overweighting the leadership principle questions.

Thoughts?

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  • Microsoft Masterclas
    Yes amazon interview from my experience was half about those LPs. Such BS. Every interviewer spent half their time asking about past experiences. Lot of overlap too. Take that seriously if you are serious about amazon. I didn’t and ended up getting a down leveled offer as L5.
    Jul 24, 2018 3
    • Avoid this cult of LPs if you can. I’m yet to see a decent human being in this company.
      Jul 24, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng AmznLeaks
      Some of us are real.
      Jul 24, 2018
    • Amazon 123raj
      Same
      Jul 24, 2018
  • IBM / Eng solo8
    They didn't ask me. It's a scam to distract you from leetcode
    Jul 24, 2018 0
  • Airbnb Wiwgdydbwi
    They are dead serious. 60% or more of my interview was LP.
    Jul 24, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Mgmt
    Bep72

    Microsoft Mgmt

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    I was there for >10 years. Yes, more than half the questions will be about LPs. STAR answers tend to go over well with most interviewers there IME. Make sure you have at least a half dozen examples you can pull from in the loop, as using the same couple of examples over and over won’t be viewed positively.
    Jul 24, 2018 6
    • Cisco CutePapaya
      So basically like 14 principles * 6 examples ? :P
      Jul 24, 2018
    • Microsoft / Mgmt
      Bep72

      Microsoft Mgmt

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      Bep72more
      Nah, 1 example per interview. You can re-use a couple big ones, especially if you say something like, “I was talking to John about this earlier...” As long as each interviewer hears something slightly different it should be fine.
      Jul 24, 2018
    • Cisco CutePapaya
      I see, thank you !
      Jul 24, 2018
    • Amazon gemalto
      >10 years? You must be 💰💰💰
      Jul 24, 2018
    • Cisco CutePapaya
      Yea image you never sold any of the stocks :p
      Jul 25, 2018
    • Microsoft / Mgmt
      Bep72

      Microsoft Mgmt

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      Bep72more
      If I never sold the stocks, I wouldn’t need to work right now. I sold the stocks. 😑
      Jul 25, 2018
  • Amazon WYSIWYG99
    Every interviewer will have set of assigned competencies and most of them outside technology will be leadership principles. You get rated against each competencies. While you can relate your past experience in STAR form see how you can relate them to LPs and can be explicit about them too in your responses.
    Jul 24, 2018 1
    • OpenX random23
      OP
      Thanks for the insightful information. What do you mean by assigned competencies? like system design, algorithms? or domain knowledge like networks, os etc...
      Jul 24, 2018
  • Nutanix blah85
    Total BS. If you serious about Amazon prepare all imaginable scenarios you can think of. I didn't prepare, and I got so many that I was exhausted imagining and portraying myself as shining beacon of my team. In between I remembered it is anyway a practice interview, so just say things as they really are, e.g. no I have never done that, no I have never been in that situation. Coding didn't go perfect anyway, got a reject :P
    Jul 24, 2018 1
    • Amazon HeckYea
      My recruiter advised me to think of scenarios that related to each LP. That way I had something in mind since it's easy to blank out in an interview. It also helps you craft your message.
      Jul 26, 2018
  • Microsoft / Product @zzz
    It's just not experiences and behavioral, but most of the questions would start with the "tell me about a time..." the good interviewers will try to go deeper and then discussion could be on more technical details, design choices, tradeoffs etc.
    Jul 24, 2018 0
  • Cisco CutePapaya
    🙄
    Jul 24, 2018 0
  • New fedguy
    Assigned competencies meaning each interviewer will focus on a specific set of competencies. All of your answers need to incorporate STAR based on past experience. You will need to be very specific about how each leadership principle is used.
    Jul 24, 2018 0
  • Tesla / Eng
    P🙈🍺🎊🤘

    Tesla Eng

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    P🙈🍺🎊🤘more
    When is your interview ?
    Jul 24, 2018 0
  • Microsoft drcodegood
    I have a bias for action
    Jul 24, 2018 0

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