Amazon recruiter contacted me, I sent my CV and he sent me the following

Ellucian / Consultant
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Ellucian Consultant

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Deloitte, Royal Caribbean, SAIC, Ellucian
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Sep 23 31 Comments

NOTE: I am not looking for answers. I'm just interested in knowing if this has been a typical route to get hired as an SA. I have previously applied and had a couple of interviews, but no offer.

I want to put my best foot forward.

Also sharing for the benefit of others.
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Thank you for getting back to me and for sharing your CV. I just have a few questions for you before we proceed, please give as much detail as possible.

Here is a bit more info on the position:

As an Solution Architect you get to work with a variety of customers on their journey to the cloud, and help them do things in the right way that improves their skills, business agility, and costs.

AWS has the widest and deepest set of services of any IT platform โ€“ and itโ€™s all driven from us listening to the feedback we get from our customers. Because of this customer focused attitude and great product, we have attracted and built an incredible team.

Put all this together and we honestly believe working as an SA for AWS is one of the best jobs in tech anywhere in the world today.

More information about our Solution Architecture team: https://www.amazon.jobs/en-gb/teams/solutions-architects-and-professional-services

Part 1:

Please provide me with the information below so we can assess your background further.

What are the tiers of a 3-tiered web application?
Difference between UDP and TCP?
Benefits and downfalls of micro services? Name at least one advantage and one disadvantage
Benefits of Cloud-computing? Name at least 3
With which Cloud vendors and services do you have experience?
Which software development / scripting languages are you using in your current role?
Do you have experience in dealing with internal or external customer?
What solution have you worked on / built for a customer lately?
Do you have experience dealing with C-Level?
Do you have experience influencing architectural decisions in your remit?
Part 2:

As a self-analysis, please rank yourself on the following technical domains from 100-400. Please be as accurate as possible because this information will be used in the interview process.

โ€ข 100 โ€“ Limited knowledge. You have no expertise with the topic and can only provide high-level concepts, functions, features, and benefits.

โ€ข 200 โ€“ Assumes 100-level knowledge. You are able to provide specific details about the concepts, functions, features, and benefits. You have experience with practical applications and support of services.

โ€ข 300 โ€“ Assumes 200-level knowledge. You have in-depth understanding of features in a real-world environment and applications. You can provide a detailed technical overview of a subset of product/technology features, covering architecture, performance, migration, deployment, and development.

โ€ข 400 - Subject matter Expert in service or discipline. You are able to demonstrate a deep level of technical knowledge and experience and a detailed, thorough understanding of the topic. You can provides expert-to-expert interaction and coverage of specialized topics.

Technical Domain

Rank yourself 100 to 400

Years of Experience/Brief Summary (optional)

Linux/Unix shell scripting or Windows PowerShell scripting

Software development using interpreted languages like Python, Perl, Php or JavaScript

Software development using a compiled language like Java, C, C++, C#, Objective-C or Pascal

Compute โ€“ Windows

Compute โ€“ Linux

Compute โ€“ Serverless

Compute VMware or Hyper-V virtualization

Experience building, Implementing, Operating and Troubleshooting an enterprise-scale DevOps/CICD platform

Database (RDBMS/NoSQL/DW)

Hands-on technical experience migrating, building or administering exterprise-scale workloads in AWS, Azure, Google, Oracle, IBM, Rackspace or other major clouds

Analytics (Big Data, Hadoop, Hive, Pig)

Data Science (Streaming Data/Machine Learning/Deep Learning/Visualization)

Deployment & Management (Content/Code Management)

Security

AWS Experience

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TC: 130k in Orlando area, 19 YOE (sad but true)

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TOP 31 Comments
  • Salesforce
    OHANA GANG

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    OHANA GANGmore
    So what are the three tiers of a "3-tiered web application?"

    Never heard of it.
    Sep 23 21
    • Apple jsh46asdf
      The answer is MVC. The question was specifically addressing โ€œweb applications.โ€ Thatโ€™s MVC.
      Sep 23
    • New / Strategy Porsche996
      Why not MVVM or MVW
      Sep 23
    • Roku iBook DV
      Thatโ€™s just crazy talk. We all know is THREE tiers therefore itโ€™s MMM aka M3.
      Sep 23
    • New / Eng
      PewPew!!

      New Eng

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      Symantec, Microsoft
      PewPew!!more
      YMMV
      Sep 24
    • Deloitte LwBy04
      For AWS interviews they're looking for a public subnet web server tier, sitting in front of a private subnet application server tier, and lastly some sort of database tier. Throw in the usual load balancers, NAT and some multi AZ high availability and it's good enough of an answer.
      Sep 24
  • Uber / Eng Hotwheelz
    I hold respect for all jobs but this is such a lie

    "Put all this together and we honestly believe working as an SA for AWS is one of the best jobs in tech anywhere in the world today."

    It's essentially a sales & IT job. If you like it, you will enjoy the job.
    Sep 23 3
    • It's pure sales with an element of support.
      Sep 24
    • Ellucian / Consultant
      sopa

      Ellucian Consultant

      PRE
      Deloitte, Royal Caribbean, SAIC, Ellucian
      sopamore
      OP
      I've done some pre-sales and I like the customer interaction. Have you been in the role?
      Sep 24
    • Not personally.
      Sep 24
    • Ellucian / Consultant
      sopa

      Ellucian Consultant

      PRE
      Deloitte, Royal Caribbean, SAIC, Ellucian
      sopamore
      OP
      I will. I need to take the Solution Architect Associate exam. I've gone through the acloud.guru course but I need to get off my ass and study more.
      Sep 23
    • Cloud Guru is great. Studying for it is a PIA, but itโ€™s definitely something they look for.
      Sep 23
  • Cognizant let123
    The interview pattern looks different to me
    Oct 7 0
  • Ellucian / Consultant
    sopa

    Ellucian Consultant

    PRE
    Deloitte, Royal Caribbean, SAIC, Ellucian
    sopamore
    OP
    Any Amazon SAs willing to chime in?
    Sep 25 0

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