Amazon onsite interview invite said "it will be mostly behavioral". Is this true?

New / Eng eYLv05
Dec 10, 2017 34 Comments

This is for AWS EC2: https://www.amazon.jobs/en/jobs/498546/software-development-engineer

Is it true the hiring bar is pretty low? I just learned about these Leadership Principles that they might ask about.

The phone screen I passed was 2 Mediums straight off LeetCode btw.

It sounds like I won't be expected to do much LeetCode at the onsite though? If so, thank goodness! I love behavioral interviews because I can't code.

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  • Microsoft / Eng steveb
    Yes almost comically so. Expect to spend 2-3 hours answering behavioral questions.
    Dec 10, 2017 4
    • Microsoft / Eng steveb
      Map your experience to each principle in preparation.
      Dec 10, 2017
    • New / Eng eYLv05
      OP
      I believe I've failed an interview with them in the past because I didn't know about the LP. The question was like "Tell me about a time you disagreed with a decision your team made, what did you do about it?" I answered with the truth, how I built a prototype with x tech to try to convince them that it was better for our use case than y tech, but ultimately conceded because I had 0 years of experience and was new to the team. Didn't want to just be complaining all the time on the first job, you know? This violates LP "Have Backbone; Disagree and Commit". :C
      Dec 10, 2017
    • New cHIK57
      Isn't the whole point of disagree and commit to disagree but still accept the team direction
      Dec 10, 2017
    • Amazon dhfh646
      You're right about d&c. but a lot of people at amazon don't understand that. they think it should be that you shout about your idea and force it through.
      Dec 10, 2017
  • Amazon
    frank,

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    frank,more
    Looks like it's l5, so yes.. don't expect too much coding stuff for l4 and l5
    Dec 10, 2017 12
    • New / Eng eYLv05
      OP
      It actually sounds like a great process. Amazon leading the way! I'm about to bomb my Google onsite in a few days, unfortunately. :C
      Dec 10, 2017
    • Microsoft SandyBeach
      You're in for a rude awakening my dood
      Dec 10, 2017
    • New / Eng eYLv05
      OP
      @SandyBeach you think @frank, is trolling me?
      Dec 10, 2017
    • Amazon
      frank,

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      frank,more
      If you get into amazon and once you are in "amazon" only thread.. you will figure out this as well very soon...
      Dec 10, 2017
    • Amazon theZon206
      @frank is trolling
      Dec 11, 2017
  • Microsoft Jim Raynor
    I am in for hire fast fire faster as long as it’s a VP position
    Dec 10, 2017 0
  • Facebook / Eng pperf
    They have something called leadership principle.
    Dec 10, 2017 0
  • Google king_op
    Interviwed there. I'd say half code half LPs
    Dec 10, 2017 3
    • Microsoft SandyBeach
      Did you interview for an L6 loop?
      Dec 10, 2017
    • Google king_op
      No. I heard L6 is the same, but you have system design too.
      Dec 10, 2017
    • Microsoft ITRB68
      I just did an L6 loop (and got offers). I'd say I was surprised by how much behavioral/LP stuff there was. About 40/30/30% behavior/design/code
      Only one coding question was a leetcode variant though. Others were much better and harder (open ended so it keeps getting more complex after you solve simpler versions)
      Dec 10, 2017
  • Amazon CheeseWizr
    Depends on level. For SDE 1 or 2 there will still be lots of leet code.
    Dec 10, 2017 4
    • Amazon tantana
      Not anymore
      Dec 10, 2017
    • Amazon CheeseWizr
      I did over 20 interviews in june and we leetcoded the shit out of them.
      Dec 10, 2017
    • Amazon tantana
      Believe me not anymore. Retail kindle and some aws orgs do not
      Dec 10, 2017
    • Amazon theZon206
      Ok, we’ll believe you. 🙄
      Dec 11, 2017
  • Twitch 3vXfq
    I failed an Amazon interview as a principal engineer keep insisting to code in c++ and I wanted to code in Golang based on my vast experience in Golang.... I finished coding in Golang with best possible time and memory complexity, without using complicated golang features..I explained him the entire code.. still they rejected me... Later I decided to try at Twitch.. now I get better perks than Amazon at almost similar salary.. I don't like Amazon interview process... You better try at Twitch..
    Dec 11, 2017 1
    • Amazon Vacuum
      Amazon owns Twitch.
      Dec 16, 2017
  • This is hilarious. Hire fast fire fast. Don't spend your bonus money til you meet the contract requirements!!
    Dec 10, 2017 1
    • New / Eng eYLv05
      OP
      Do you like working at IBM? I have an offer from them. Feel free to PM me. Would like to hear about your experiences there.
      Dec 10, 2017
  • Microsoft SandyBeach
    What level? L6?
    Dec 10, 2017 0

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