How to prepare for a software engineering manager at Amazon?

New / Mgmt RJvT37
Sep 15 14 Comments

I have an interview for a software engineering manager role at Amazon. It’s a video call with a Senior SW Engineering manager in the same team I’m applying for. I really need that job. So, if you can help me with any pointers, this will be very much appreciated.

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  • Zillow Group z low
    Don’t worry they hire bad managers all the time
    Sep 15 2
    • Microsoft idknbd
      Does Zillow hire bad managers, too? Thinking of applying, hoping to pass.
      Sep 15
    • Zillow Group z low
      We do
      Sep 15
  • Amazon goldfish_
    Looking at the worst managers of my life here, I think u won't need to prepare.
    Just suck up their leadership principles and prepare multiple fake but real looking examples for each LP.
    Sep 15 1
    • Amazon / Eng
      AnyReqs?😟

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      Sep 15
  • Amazon
    tensleeps

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    Prepare yourself for the Leadership Principle questions. Tech depth is not expected, though you should be technically ok. I've been on several SDM interviews and always been asked to focus on the LPs - especially Bias for Action, Disagree and Commit, Deliver Results.
    Sep 15 4
    • New / Mgmt RJvT37
      OP
      Thanks... really helpful!
      Sep 15
    • New jbnote1
      This is spot on. Bias for Action and Deliver results are absolute must go
      Sep 15
    • Amazon / Eng ballsontop
      This is inaccurate. We have rejected multiple SDM candidates for the lack of ability to dive deep. Strong System Design and code level design (with a little lower bar for actual code) skills are a must. Yes, LPs are too, and one should not be dropping the bar of any of those 14 LPs.
      Sep 15
    • New / Mgmt RJvT37
      OP
      Thank you...do u have examples of the interview questions being asked? Just some pointers, this will be very much appreciated.
      Sep 16
  • Amazon
    tensleeps

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    If you're good, you won't make it. Even if you do, and end up joining, you'll quit within a few months. I've rarely come across any good L6 or L7 managers.
    Sep 15 0
  • Facebook kuck
    Learn how to pip someone
    Sep 15 0
  • New / Mgmt RJvT37
    OP
    That’s wt I’ve heard and afraid of. That’s why I thought of checking
    Sep 15 0
  • New / Mgmt RJvT37
    OP
    I swear I’m good at what I do. The point is that I need that job badly at the moment. I need to make sure I land it...hopefully
    Sep 15 0