Any last minute Amazon interview tips?

New DUBP03
Apr 18, 2018 34 Comments

Hey does anyone have any last minute tips for an on-site interview with Amazon?
So far I have:
Leadership principles
STAR Method
Come up with good stories

Clothes:
No suit
Chinos and a button up

Anything else?

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TOP 34 Comments
  • Dropbox / Eng 1.3.3.7
    Bring a pee bottle
    Apr 18, 2018 7
    • Amazon / Eng
      Hooliganss

      Amazon Eng

      BIO
      AWS
      Hooliganssmore
      And dev side
      Apr 18, 2018
    • New DUBP03
      OP
      Should I just leave it in my pants?
      Apr 18, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      Hooliganss

      Amazon Eng

      BIO
      AWS
      Hooliganssmore
      That should do
      Apr 18, 2018
    • New DUBP03
      OP
      "Sir what's in your pants?"
      Apr 18, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      Hooliganss

      Amazon Eng

      BIO
      AWS
      Hooliganssmore
      Just respond with “my high efficiency device”
      Apr 18, 2018
  • LinkedIn Takehome
    Don’t worry if it doesn’t go well, it’s a sign that god loves you and protects you from Amazon.
    Apr 18, 2018 1
    • New DUBP03
      OP
      Will LinkedIn take me then? :P
      Apr 18, 2018
  • Amazon Snapcrackl
    If it’s anything that’s not an entry-level, fresh-out-of-university role, the interview should feel difficult. The interviewer isn’t trying to be mean. They’re trying to establish your limits so they know you are properly leveled.
    Apr 18, 2018 2
    • Amazon Djdjdfg
      Amazon has the lowest hiring bar and most unprofessional interviewers among all companies I have applied.
      DO ask how long your interviewers have been with Amazon/team
      Apr 18, 2018
    • Amazon dalejrjr
      I've seen more unprofessional interviewers at FB and Uber
      Apr 18, 2018
  • New DUBP03
    OP
    Update: I'm a alive. But I doubt I got the job.
    Apr 19, 2018 2
    • Amazon dalejrjr
      That bad?
      Apr 19, 2018
    • New DUBP03
      OP
      Idk it's definitely any iffy one. Some.of the questions I was all over it. Then some of them I was like eh. I don't have tons of experience in IT so it was hard to answer some of them.
      Apr 19, 2018
  • Oracle Bimmer
    If it's a specific team, learn about them and prepare few questions to ask them at the end of each interviews
    Apr 18, 2018 1
    • To add to this, be prepared to have a great answer for "Why Amazon?" and "Why this team?"
      Apr 18, 2018
  • Microsoft lBVg51
    Ask questions like what are qualities you think make someone a good contributor to your team
    Apr 18, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng Ugleebugly
    SDE? Make sure you track time. If the interviewer is going to ask coding questions make sure you have at least 40 minutes. I have seen this too often when the interviewers say on the debrief they didn't have enough time to cover coding, because they spent too much time on intro and LP.
    Apr 18, 2018 4
    • New DUBP03
      OP
      Cloud Infrastructure Architect. Yea I have 45min each round with 6 people. Some singles and some doubles and lunch with an Amazonian!
      Apr 18, 2018
    • Zynga Why1
      What happens in those cases - is the interviewee at fault for not asking the interviewer to move ahead with the coding question?
      Apr 18, 2018
    • Charles Schwab / Eng xyrcsmir!@
      How do we glide the interviewer towards a coding question? 🤔
      Apr 18, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng Ugleebugly
      What happens? BR can ask the interviewer to track time. The candidate doesn't get an offer.
      Apr 18, 2018
  • Amazon h3))oj3((0
    Think out loud. When telling stories distinguish your individual contributions from the team decisions. Interviewer should be able to answer "what did this person specifically do. Why did they do it. and what did it directly impact"
    Apr 18, 2018 2
    • New DUBP03
      OP
      Yea I think that goes along with answering in the STAR format
      Apr 18, 2018
    • Amazon / Product Ulub72
      Prepare to go 1-3 levels down on your star story. Ie clarifying questions or drills are expected.

      Think in tables answering questions where you need to compare / compute
      Apr 18, 2018
  • Amazon dalejrjr
    You won't be evaluated on asking good questions about a specific teamz but do ask for your information. LPs are important, you can lose offer because of it. Customer obsession etc.
    Apr 18, 2018 1
    • New DUBP03
      OP
      Yea I'll try to hit as many LPs as possible!
      Apr 18, 2018
  • Amazon qmiT07
    Start with customer needs/ use cases first when designing. Do not overdo it if customer does not need extra speed, for example syncing does not have to be instant for some use cases.
    Apr 18, 2018 0
  • Amazon qmiT07
    What role?
    Apr 24, 2018 1
    • New DUBP03
      OP
      Cloud Infrastructure Architect. I didn't get it.
      Apr 25, 2018
  • Microsoft lBVg51
    If it's for cloud architect hen you might hardly get any coding questions. More about concepts relating to the cloud and aws services
    Apr 18, 2018 0
  • Microsoft lBVg51
    Just try and ask some well thought out questions is my best advice!
    Apr 18, 2018 0

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