Leadership principles

Intel Vwt2:;)251
Oct 14, 2017 25 Comments

Can anyone share their story notes for each leadership principles? I have been working on it but thought its better to ask someone who has cleared the interview.

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  • Microsoft jkhdjlk
    Umm.. isn't the whole idea to come up with examples from your experience? I have a loop coming up with them. I won't share mine but this is what I did to verify my set. Get a amazon friend and go over your answers with them, even if they are not able to comment on the quality of work they will be able to tell u if your example aligns with the principle. Especially I had trouble with things like ownership, are right a lot, bias for action. Hope it helps.
    Oct 14, 2017 5
    • Intel Vwt2:;)251
      OP
      Thank you for the suggestion:)
      Oct 14, 2017
    • Facebook / Other RandyOaks
      I just cleared the loop and got an offer. Jkhdjik is right, your responses need to be stories from your own experience that align with each principle. Google "behavioral interview questions" for starters.
      Oct 14, 2017
    • Intel Vwt2:;)251
      OP
      Ok, thanks! Stories should be short and simple or they look for something very interesting?
      Oct 14, 2017
    • Facebook / Other RandyOaks
      They should be fairly detailed. That was the hardest part for me, as I have a horrible memory.
      Oct 14, 2017
    • Intel Vwt2:;)251
      OP
      Same thing here! I already started with few principles and it id getting tough for me to write a long story! :(
      Oct 14, 2017
  • Amazon / Eng
    Dreamr

    Amazon Eng

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    I am right, a lot.
    Dreamrmore
    Oct 16, 2017 1
    • Amazon / Eng
      Dreamr

      Amazon Eng

      BIO
      I am right, a lot.
      Dreamrmore
      David is an experienced highly respected bar raiser at Amazon. Please read.
      Oct 16, 2017
  • Amazon Detvdd
    Asking others isn’t cheating, it’s just worthless because that won’t help you in your own interview. All of the LPs are important for all roles so don’t try to focus on any specific ones.

    The way I tell people to prepare for LPs is to think of 2 or 3 Big projects you’ve worked on. Now think of each one from start to finish in detail. As you go through it you’ll find parts that line up with the LPs. When you’re asked questions during the interview you’ll be able to focus on those parts of the project and have good answers.

    The LPs aren’t about just showing that you demonstrated them but it’s also about whether they line up with how amazon uses them. Someone might say they took ownership when their manager asked them to help someone else finish their project on time. That would be called out as lowering the bar for ownership. Raising the bar would be that you saw them behind and took action yourself to help the coworker out with finishing on time and helped with operations of the released product.

    Think of the term, leadership principles. It’s about how you helped lead your team/org/company to succeed, not how well you follow what you’re told to do.
    Oct 14, 2017 3
    • Amazon Vacuum
      Good response
      Oct 14, 2017
    • Intel Vwt2:;)251
      OP
      I liked your response, so is it fine to give answer related to one of the major project rather than just giving multiple projects examples?
      Oct 14, 2017
    • Amazon Detvdd
      I’ve gone into debriefs where it was called out that the candidate gave the same example project to all of the interviewers but that’s never been a reason not to hire. It would have more of an impact to leveling.

      The main thing would be to break down one project into multiple projects and use each as an example. If you developed a web browser for example, you could talk in one interview about what you did to lead the page rendering. Then talk to another interviewer about what you did for the browsers user experience. Maybe another about performance.

      You don’t want to try and impress the interviewers with how great the project was. You want to make it clear to them about what you specifically did and how those leadership principles were handled during that project. 50% of the time I interview someone, I leave the interview still not really knowing what it was they made. What I do know though is how they worked to deliver that project.
      Oct 15, 2017
  • Amazon / Other
    Hygx15

    Amazon Other

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    Microsoft
    Hygx15more
    The interview follows a model that starts with “ Tell me about a time when...” followed by a situation that will test your ability to display a leadership principle in how you decided to respond, creating a positive outcome. Be ready with such a response for every leadership principle. That’s what I did and got hired.
    Oct 14, 2017 3
    • eBay whitman
      Are you liking it there?
      Oct 14, 2017
    • Amazon / Other
      Hygx15

      Amazon Other

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      Microsoft
      Hygx15more
      Yes. It’s the best place I’ve ever worked. Just got promoted this year, thanks.
      Oct 15, 2017
    • eBay whitman
      Congrats. What would you say were the top things that you did that got you promoted?
      Oct 15, 2017
  • Amazon / Eng
    mUqi08

    Amazon Eng

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    Amazon
    mUqi08more
    Borrow your coworkers and boss idea and lie about it being yours, make it believable and imperfect.

    That's how leadership principal works.
    Oct 17, 2017 0
  • Amazon Cgse83
    Depends on your experience. If you have only been working 1 to 2 years then you may have only a few projects to illustrate the LPs. But if you go in with 1 major project and 3 to 5 years (or more) it won't look like you really have enough experience. The interviewers will compare detailed notes after your interview.
    Oct 14, 2017 0
  • Intel Vwt2:;)251
    OP
    What are the most important leadership principles for SDE out of 14? As looks like "Hire & develop the best" this doesn't seem relevant to SDE position.

    Are there 7/8 principles which are asked frequently for SDE position, which I can prepare.
    Oct 14, 2017 3
    • Microsoft jkhdjlk
      You can be an IC and mentor junior devs, that comes under "develop the best". You can also help with hiring, by interviewing and providing good feedback on candidates, which is "hire". I think it should be ok to say that you haven't done them in the past especially for lower level positions. Don't lie, they are trained to call your lies.
      Oct 14, 2017
    • Intel Vwt2:;)251
      OP
      Sure :)
      Oct 14, 2017
    • Amazon / Eng ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ
      Yeah that one may well be the most important one, especially for more senior SDE positions.
      Oct 15, 2017
  • Amazon / Product
    UMFR43

    Amazon Product

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    Uber
    UMFR43more
    Easier to think of it from the angle of your projects themselves. If you’ve got 2-3 projects you’re proud of that you could talk about for hours... just remember them inside out and it’ll be easy to link any leadership principle to them. That’s what got me in
    Oct 15, 2017 0
  • Amazon Xkdn18
    If you've ever built anything from scratch before, the skills that you would use to do that line up with leadership principles.
    Oct 14, 2017 0
  • Amazon YourBoss
    I’m not going to share mine because that would really defeat the purpose, but if you want someone to review yours and give you some feedback I’d be happy to. Hopefully you get that no one is going to ask you “tell me about a time you showed bias for action” you have to read between the lines and come up with right leadership principle and apply your story on your own.
    Oct 14, 2017 0

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