In Amazon onsite, are mistakes overlooked?

New Amazeun
Oct 20, 2018 13 Comments

Does Amazon want a perfect interview - where candidate makes no mistake at all (in functional topics). If not, What kind of mistakes have you seen overlooked?

In an SDM interview, I made a mistake in coding round. Wondering if it is going to cost me the offer. Rest of all the interviews went very well.

Details: First level of code I wrote very well on the white board. Interviewer made the problem a bit harder, I explained the algorithmic changes I'll make. In implementing these changes, I made careless mistake.

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  • Salesforce / Eng
    pppppeeeee

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    pppppeeeeemore
    Sorry, you must be 100% perfect. If your handshake is the wrong firmness or you splash in the urinal it is instant reject
    Oct 20, 2018 0
  • Amazon zhUshxua
    Definitely overlooked. My orientation was 250 people just for that week. You think the thousands of people Amazon is hiring all had perfect interviews?
    Oct 20, 2018 2
    • Vertivco / Eng
      FastPapuan

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      Seems like they had to perform perfectly. Either that or they were returning interns where the bar is far lower.
      Oct 20, 2018
    • Oracle predickt
      Ha... It reminds me of my orientation years ago which had 100 people for that week. The layoffs started a year later.
      Oct 20, 2018
  • Avigilon pasimeena
    Unfortunately I have come to believe that they want 100% perfection from you. Just to sound reasonable and not to turn talent away, everybody says small mistakes are fine blah blah “we are looking at the way you attack the problem” . My hands on experience is all that is BS.
    Oct 20, 2018 3
    • Vertivco / Eng
      FastPapuan

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      +1 It is absolute and unabashedly pure and raw liquid bullshit. Lying through their teeth.
      Oct 20, 2018
    • Salesforce / Eng
      pppppeeeee

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      pppppeeeeemore
      Lmao somebody got rejected for being a dumbass
      Oct 21, 2018
    • Avigilon pasimeena
      Wow. You’re very mature man.
      Oct 21, 2018
  • Amazon m3ajak6
    All they want is good answers to the questions pertaining to Leadership principles. If they are good, functional mistaked will be overlooked.
    Oct 20, 2018 3
    • New goingin
      I keep hearing about this. Is LC not as important for Amazon?
      Oct 21, 2018
    • New Amazeun
      OP
      That is good to hear m3ajak6! Will post my result here once I know. Fingers crossed!
      Oct 21, 2018
    • Amazon Jrruu3
      @goingin: Coding ability and culture fit are both required (50/50).
      Oct 21, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng SDE2
    I interview SDEs. Haven't rejected anyone for making mistakes. Rejected countless people for not being able to find and fix their mistakes. I imagine coding bar for management is not any higher.
    Oct 22, 2018 0