Interviews with Amazon

Veritas ntnx
May 3, 2018 29 Comments

Had on-site with Amazon. Did well in coding and design part. I don't think I performed well in Leadership principles testing. The interviews were for SDE 2. Are leadership principles really important for L5? Is rejection possible solely based on answers to Leadership principles?

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  • Google / Eng Abfxs
    Sadly those bs LPs are more important than being good developer. Thats why, most of the developers tend to leave in 2-3 years. Take it as a good signal, and try else where, its not worth going to amazon.
    May 4, 2018 10
    • Amazon OuIE04
      Amazon LP questions have absolutely nothing to do with not being a dauche. They test an ability to exaggerate or indeed lie with a straight face. Promo docs are the same.

      As a result, you get a culture of bullshitters how also can’t code.
      May 6, 2018
    • Amazon / Other Australi4
      So many whiners in Blind. If you don’t like it then leave? *facepalm*
      May 6, 2018
    • Amazon OuIE04
      A am ;)
      May 6, 2018
    • Google / Eng Abfxs
      @Australi4 do you really believe that LP are useful?
      May 6, 2018
    • Amazon / Other Australi4
      @Abcxs Yes absolutely!
      May 6, 2018
  • Amazon hihihibye
    Yes it’s very possible, sadly
    May 3, 2018 1
    • Amazon Why Not??
      Why is that sad lol the leadership principles define the Amazon culture. Why would we hire someone that doesn’t fit the culture?
      May 5, 2018
  • Amazon OuIE04
    Wasn’t able to demonstrate frugality by describing your past experience??? Not welcomed here!
    May 4, 2018 0
  • Amazon kTQL31
    You dodged a bullet
    May 4, 2018 0
  • Oscar / Eng
    dumb|dumb

    Oscar Eng

    BIO
    Fuck you, but wats up bro.
    dumb|dumbmore
    What is LP?
    May 3, 2018 2
    • Microsoft kotaku
      Leadership principals bezo's favorite
      May 3, 2018
    • Oscar / Eng
      dumb|dumb

      Oscar Eng

      BIO
      Fuck you, but wats up bro.
      dumb|dumbmore
      Oh god.
      May 3, 2018
  • Amazon Jhtf
    What were the questions
    May 4, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng
    NotDoable

    Microsoft Eng

    BIO
    Hate coding quizzes but studying hard for better future!
    NotDoablemore
    Personally I don’t like Amazon as an employee but I actually like Amazon’s interview process and its focus on leadership principles. This is miles better than every single company fooled into thinking leetcode type questions can evaluate senior engineers. Leetcode is like college entrance exam in developing countries where they examine the students in this way because the education infrastructure has not matured. Leadership principles will at least set the expectation for future employees thereby letting some of non leetcode experts to be able to join. Also the interview bar is lower in general. Ridiculously high bar on leetcode style doesn’t have good effect on filtering false positives. It will hire more of people who had less important work (more free time) or fired or studied only instead of working. I have seen who gets into G and FB and I can tell you it is far from job performance (almost inversely correlated in my opinion). This might be why Amazon is doing great despite much easier interview.
    May 7, 2018 2
    • Amazon OuIE04
      Amazon doing great as an e-commerce company does not equal Amazon doing great as an IT giant.

      Somebody been great at what you call “leetcode” doesn’t mean what you think it means. It’s not that hard to become good at it if you are:
      a) smart;
      b) can get shit done.
      Both of which are kind of important on the job, don’t you think?

      LP interview questions’ answers, on the other hand, are unverifiable bull shit.

      When I’m listening to to a sleek talker on the other side of the table I can’t help but wonder if he’s appropriating somebody else’s work, if he actually finished that project or just say he did.

      When it’s somebody tongue-tight, I really question myself if the guy actually have the relevant experience and just unable to give me examples I need for one reason or the other.
      May 7, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng
      NotDoable

      Microsoft Eng

      BIO
      Hate coding quizzes but studying hard for better future!
      NotDoablemore
      That is a fair argument but if someone can articulate the problems he faced and relate to the principles I would think that demonstrates communication and intelligence to some degree. Japanese hired people based on school credential and behavioral interview yet they did quite well without asking a single programming question. They are behind US nowadays but were quite good back in the days.
      May 7, 2018
  • Intuit dffghgcf
    Are phone interviews/ online tests usually Leetcode? Thanks
    May 6, 2018 1
    • Veritas ntnx
      OP
      Surprisingly, they weren't exact copy from LeetCode. They weren't that tough but required basic problem solving skills and familiarity with DS
      May 7, 2018
  • Amazon / Other Australi4
    It’s the culture fit. LPs are there to test it. We want the like-minded people to work here.
    May 6, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Design simon1
    LP is really important, no matter which level you are interviewing for.
    May 5, 2018 0
  • Amazon LE4Life
    Not did well in LP? Yes, they are really important
    May 4, 2018 0
  • Amazon Why Not??
    Lol. LPs are crucial in interviews. Better luck next time bud.
    May 4, 2018 0
  • Tinder / Eng
    WfbI07

    Tinder Eng

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    Tinder
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    What is LP?
    May 3, 2018 0