Any good site with anecdotes and examples for Amazon LPs

Charles Schwab / Eng xyrcsmir!@
Apr 18, 2018 11 Comments

All I can think of are generic responses. I'd like to see a variety of LP questions and ways to answer them succinctly.

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  • Amazon / Other Wkshrhfnf
    Sit down with a pad of paper and make two lists. On one list, write down each LP along with a short one sentence description of it. Take it from the LP webpage on Amazon site. On the other list, write down every single project you’ve been involved in since you started working professionally, that you can remember. Big and small. Often the small ones provide great examples because they are simple and you were likely a central participant. Now, for each project, write down the situation before you started working on it, the task you set out to do, the specific actions you took, and the results of those actions. Think about what went well and what didn’t - the challenges that came up and how you responded to them. By now, some of those projects will map directly to LPs. Figure out how to flesh out the remaining LPs. Once you have at least one good story for each, work on making them succinct. That’s how you prepare.
    Apr 18, 2018 10
    • Amazon ShoopyShup
      Yup
      Apr 18, 2018
    • Charles Schwab / Eng xyrcsmir!@
      OP
      Thanks, for a few I could not come up with a matching story, so the request for a few examples. May be, then I can relate better.
      Apr 19, 2018
    • Amazon ikGR57
      Nailed it. This is exactly how I prepared when i interviewed with Amazon
      Apr 19, 2018
    • Amazon / Other Wkshrhfnf
      Post a couple that you’re having trouble with.
      Apr 19, 2018
    • Charles Schwab / Eng xyrcsmir!@
      OP
      1) Hire and develop the best - I'm an IC and the questions are around poor performers
      2) Frugality - again it talks about budget, expense etc. Not my paygrade. I thought about optimizing bandwidth from a tech standpoint, not sure if that counts.
      3) how to deliver results - it is implicitly assumed every job expects results, how to differentiate the results factor from the rest 🤔
      And in general how to answer "a time you had to compete against co-workers?"
      Also what are some of the traps to avoid while answering these behavioral questions.

      Thanks @wkshrhfnf
      Apr 19, 2018
    • Amazon / Other Msg615
      If you’re interviewing for an IC role you probably won’t be grilled on hire and develop, they don’t usually add those unless it’s a manager role. But if it happens, talk about a time when you helped someone else deliver their stuff by helping them with something they weren’t good at, or talk about someone you’ve mentored.

      Frugality is another one you just won’t get grilled on as an IC SDE. Sure, efficiency on a project to reduce cost is fine if it were to come up.

      Deliver results and bias for action are the two most Amazonian traits possible. Talk about a time when you made a decision to push forward even though you knew you didn’t have all the info, or knew you might be wrong, because it was better than delaying or doing nothing. Talk about a time when you knew the “ideal solution” couldn’t get done on the needed schedule, so rather than put your foot down and say “we need more people or more time” you dove deep or invented and simplified your way into a proposal that could get the job done on schedule while making the trade offs clear to everyone involved. Talk about a time when you ignored other stuff that needed to get done because it just wasn’t as core to the project, to make sure you delivered. Make sure these examples show maturity and ability to understand what is essential, what the business is trying to achieve, and those factors drove your actions.
      Apr 19, 2018
    • Charles Schwab / Eng xyrcsmir!@
      OP
      Oki makes sense now. Thanks a bunch. Say having to choose between competing priorities like getting on a call with a customer vs attending to a request from a director, and I deciding to place the customer on a higher pedestal and later explain to the director. Is that a reasonable bias for action example or its too silly?
      Apr 19, 2018
    • Amazon / Other Msg615
      Aim for more significant.. it should be core to how you make important work decisions.
      Apr 19, 2018
    • Charles Schwab / Eng xyrcsmir!@
      OP
      Agreed. Thank you.
      Apr 19, 2018
    • Amazon Kyrnjrsvfd
      This is good advice; I would add, have data to support your anecdotes wherever possible. Amazon loves data. Eg <the thing I did> increased profit / saved cost by $xMM over n months.
      Apr 21, 2018

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