Good questions to ask at my on-site with Amazon

Capital One / Eng desu
Oct 17, 2018 22 Comments

I've mostly just been leetcoding, but I realized that I should probably also come prepared with questions to ask. What are some good questions to ask the interviewer?

Here's a few ideas that I've had:
Why did you choose to work at Amazon?
What's your favorite leadership principle?
What are your favorite aspects of Amazon's workplace culture or what do you love most about working at Amazon?

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  • Amazon / Eng L6SDE
    Please don’t ask questions like those. Focus on asking questions whose answers will genuinely help inform your decision about whether to work on that team or not.

    Off the top of my head:

    “How long does it take between pushing a commit and it being deployed to prod?”

    “How many pages / week avg has your team received over the last year?”

    “What would my first project be?”

    “What is the team’s code review process?”

    “How long does it take new engineers to ramp up?”

    “What languages are used primarily on this team?”

    “How many people have left the team in the last year?”

    “How many SDE 1s, 2s, 3s are there on the team?”

    “How long has the manager been on this team? What about their manager?”

    All good questions for an engineer to ask.
    Oct 17, 2018 3
    • Intel goforitt
      Nice list
      Oct 17, 2018
    • Capital One / Eng desu
      OP
      Thanks a ton. I really appreciate that
      Oct 17, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng L6SDE
      Questions like these both help inform you as well as signal that you know what matters for making a team successful.
      Oct 17, 2018
  • Facebook DP? 🤔
    Challenge the interviewer with a leetcode hard.
    Oct 17, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Product @zzz
    Ask them if they commit to hiring you, even if they disagree
    Oct 17, 2018 1
    • Capital One / Eng desu
      OP
      Oh, right, "disagree and commit" lol
      Oct 17, 2018
  • Uber LilJon
    Why, in general, are you guys cheap?
    Oct 17, 2018 4
    • Amazon / Eng
      DollaBills

      Amazon Eng

      PRE
      Cisco
      DollaBillsmore
      Uber bro, how’s that useless equity treating you?
      Oct 17, 2018
    • Uber LilJon
      At least at Uber we treat each other like humans, not like y’alls sweat shop work environment earning minimum wage.
      Oct 17, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      DollaBills

      Amazon Eng

      PRE
      Cisco
      DollaBillsmore
      It’s ok bud, I believe you do have a chance to IPO before you retire.
      Oct 18, 2018
    • Uber LilJon
      Why are you up at this time of the day/night? Did your whole team stay up for the on call?
      Oct 18, 2018
  • IBM pakalu
    Are the bannana farms irrigated through employees tears?
    Oct 17, 2018 1
    • Amazon awssdm
      We actually use blood, not tears. Better yield
      Oct 18, 2018
  • Partners HealthCare vNJ01x
    Ask interviewer the same questions in return
    Oct 17, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng 🤔dev
    Ask them if they are on dev list
    Oct 17, 2018 0
  • Amazon IndGo
    Ask whatever actually interests you.
    Oct 17, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng Dhbdugxe
    I always like to ask questions which get the interviewer to sell me the job, like “Do you feel intellectually stimulated in your role?” Or “What do you believe sets Amazon apart from other companies when it comes to <insert role here>?”
    Oct 17, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Eng Dhbdugxe
      Also the first one shows you’re interested in being intellectually stimulated. What you look for in a role says a lot about you
      Oct 17, 2018
  • Microsoft uUwz87
    I did not ask any of the questions that you’ll easily find on google. Rather framed questions at runtime depending on things we were discussing during the interview.

    Really not a fan of asking those “generic memorized” questions.

    PS: I cleared the onsite loop.
    Oct 17, 2018 1
    • Microsoft Baburao
      You must've hated the concept of Dynamic Programming then😜
      Oct 17, 2018
  • Amazon im42
    I always ask them about a usual day at work. Sometimes I also ask them specifically how many days they need to work after usual business hours.
    Oct 17, 2018 0

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