Failed Amazon on-site interview, but couldn't get even general feedback why. Ideas for improvement?
Sorry in advance for the long post. I've tried to organize it from most to least relevant.
Had an on site for Sr. Software Engineer in Alexa group. The recruiter informed me that it was "very close" and they "really enjoyed talking to me" and they would contact me again in the future, but probably not for a year. I asked about what general area I came up short (mgmt principals, coding performance, etc.), but she just apologized and said she couldn't reveal that. I have 20 YOE that correspond to about half the interviewers, so I don't think that's the issue.
Of the 5 interviewers, I thought I did well with, and neutral with 2. There were a few times when I struggled a bit to come up with a ready response, like "tell me a story about a time you received negative criticism" or "what is your strategy when it comes to developing new talent".
Coding portions went fine, maybe? Hard to tell - I wasn't ever stumped, but the livecode interface was not my cup of tea (tiny window that could only show about 12 at a time, and none of the navigation keyboard shortcuts from my editor of choice, so there was a.fair amount of fumbling when I wanted to move things around).
There was one question that sounded like a system design question, but after a couple of minutes getting info about the domain, it appeared all the interviewer wanted was a function coded.
My main reason for job searching right now is that although my current job is providing great value to my employer, it's a dead end professionally, and I'm not able to accumulate the kinds of "wins" or anecdotes that cover all the mgmt principals (for example, I have almost no authority to initiate projects, so I have little opportunity to influence the company).