Interview tips - Amazon?

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Aug 11, 2017 24 Comments

Received interest from an Amazon recruiter for an SDM (S/w Development Manager) role. Any tips on approaching interview Qs unique to Amazon? Sure shot Qs to expect/ watch out for..?

Also, how long does the interview process generally take? how many rounds, on what topic(s)?

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  • New / Design whodatwho
    Do exactly this:

    Write down all 10 of the Leadership Principle (just google them)...

    Review them and come up with an annecodate from your past experience that showcases how you display that principle. You can do one annecodote that covers more than one principle - for example, a time when you thought big, had a bias for action, and accomplished somethung frugally.

    Structure each of your annecodotes in the STAR format (Google it). Memorize each of your annecdotes and reherse reciting them out loud so they sound confident and natural.

    When the interviewer brings up a question that you think is related to a principle, tell your annecdote. You want this to come off as natural and prepared as opposed to rehersed and robotic.

    FYI, I did all of this in a word doc just like I was studying for a test. Amazon is very specific about how they interview. If you're not prepared for it, it'll be off-putting. If you are though, you'll fucking ace it and impress everyone.
    Aug 11, 2017 5
    • Google exml53
      I used to work at Amazon and interviewed a lot of candidates. This is pretty good advice.

      A good interviewer will ask pretty deep and pointed follow up questions, so make sure your anecdotes aren't just high level bullshit.
      Aug 11, 2017
    • GEM / Product
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      Erimore
      Thank you, from your experience, how long did each interview generally take? How many rounds?
      Aug 11, 2017
    • Google exml53
      Typically 5 rounds, 45 minutes to an hour each, depending on how they set it up.

      I'm tech btw, do not sure about PM-specific questions. I usually did maybe 10-15 minutes on leadership principles, then moved on to coding/design.
      Aug 11, 2017
    • Microsoft Qljb25
      Also, beware of the bar raiser, the person designed to rattle you. He/she is outside your hiring team and will be tougher than anyone else.
      Aug 11, 2017
    • Gartner 123456*#
      Can you elaborate on how the bar raiser may rattle the candidate? Just to get an idea. Is it outright rude or condescending? Or will be corner you by asking follow up questions?
      Jul 13, 2018
  • Logitech meatlocker
    Memorize the leadership principles. You'll be grilled on them all day.
    Aug 11, 2017 6
    • Amazon / Other 😑ugh
      No not true. Recruiting here. This is a time waster. Come up wth three examples for each leadership principle (important to have more than one example) and be able to explain via Star method. You do not have to memorize the LPs because you will not be grilled on them. Hopefully you are familiar with behavioral interviewing, if not, research what this means, it's important.‪ this is how the interview questions are delivered and they are based on the leadership principles. For example, "Give me an example of a time you had to make an an important business decision where speed was critical." That's a behavioral question focused on Bias For Action, an LP. Hope it helps and best of luck.
      Aug 12, 2017
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      Eri

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      Erimore
      Thank you very much, that helps! Besides LPs, what technical questions do you think might be asked? I have not worked on technologies heavily used by Amazon. Also, would be able to throw some light on what the recruiting process usually looks like?
      Aug 12, 2017
    • Amazon / Other 😑ugh
      You should definitely be getting this type of guidance from your recruiter. Every org has a slightly different way of doing things so continue to ask questions until you get enough answers. If you don't DM me and I'll find out what's going on.
      Aug 12, 2017
    • GEM / Product
      Eri

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      Erimore
      TQ so much, I'll keep that in mind!
      Aug 12, 2017
    • Gartner 123456*#
      How much latitude does a junior manager have? For example what kind of decisions will SDM 5 from Amazon say if asked "Give me an example of a time you had to make an an important business decision where speed was critical"? Just want to understand what would be a significant enough scenario that can be described in an Amazon interview.
      Jul 13, 2018
  • Amazon BezosJeff
    Know the Leadership Principles
    Aug 11, 2017 3
    • Epic / Eng
      KHCx54

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      looking for a software developer role
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      what are these?
      Aug 11, 2017
    • GEM / Product
      Eri

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      Erimore
      Thank you, how many Leadership Principles do they usually cover in the interview?
      Aug 11, 2017
    • Amazon yfUL20
      All of them throughout the process. Not equally, some, like hire the best, are more relevant for mgmt roles.
      Aug 11, 2017
  • Amazon 12356.$/8/
    Which subsidiary? Because interview questions vary based on the team. Some teams ask more behavioral questions than others. I would recommend linking your behavioral answers with leadership principles
    Aug 11, 2017 4
    • GEM / Product
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      Erimore
      Thanks, this is for their Corporate subsidiary
      Aug 11, 2017
    • Amazon 12356.$/8/
      It seems mostly it will be about your previous work and how did you use Amazons leadership principles. Did you have a phone interview? If yes, what did they ask?
      Aug 11, 2017
    • GEM / Product
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      Erimore
      I see, I didn't have any interviews yet. How many rounds are they generally?
      Aug 11, 2017
    • Amazon 12356.$/8/
      6 I think
      Aug 11, 2017
  • Yahoo MeyerTown
    Make cases for all the principles at least two strong cases. Usually try to gauge which principle you are being quizzed upon from the interviewer. Use SBI or STAR methods to answer questions. Do not digress and keep the answers concise.
    Aug 11, 2017 0
  • Microsoft SuperChalm
    For a dm, how much code/technical will you be asked? It sounds like y'all are saying the interview is all around leadership principles.
    Aug 11, 2017 0

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