Rejected after on-site round at Amazon, no feedback given and recruiter says feel free to apply to other jobs at amazon

EMC mommo
May 20 22 Comments

Recently went through an on-site round of amazon Alexa and after that recruiter emailed me that they won’t be moving forward. But didn’t mention about cooling period(6 months) and said that my application would be in system for other hiring managers and recruiters for consideration. Recruiter even mentioned in email that I can apply to other jobs at amazon, if interested.

I am confused what wrong I did in interview as I was able to solve all the technical questions and even my system design round went well. Any insights? what does it mean that Amazon didn’t block me for 6 months.

I was interviewing with AWS too. Done with AMCAT and phone round but after Alexa onsite review the recruiter said that they can’t consider me for an on-site round for the current position as of now and I can apply for other roles. Is it because of some feedback from bar raiser?

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  • Google / Eng
    ruminate

    Google Eng

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    ruminatemore
    Got similar feedback from Alexa group. Recruiter said I’d be a good match for some other Amazon groups, but not for Alexa. I think Alexa is high pressure since Bezos has more oversight of it. I was too chill and it probably came across when I was trying to answer some of the leadership principles questions. They said my technical skills were great, but I think it’s less about technical skills and more about cultural fit.
    May 20 5
    • Amazon saywha
      And why would you leave Google for Amazon?
      May 20
    • Amazon / Mgmt palmface
      I interviewed several candidates from Google... you guys just don’t have that level of pressure or focus on amzn LPs to be able to come up with amazon-valued examples.
      May 20
    • Amazon Northman
      Nearly all Google candidates lower the bar for Bias for Action and Disagree and Commit. These LPs are considered antipatterns at Google. As an HM, the trick is convincing the bar raiser to overlook these. I have done it several times. But Googlers have tough learning curves here.
      May 20
    • Amazon / Mgmt palmface
      i just keep trying to get a good example in the time I’m given. Sometimes it works.
      May 20
    • Google / Eng
      ruminate

      Google Eng

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      ruminatemore
      Interviewed to level up to L6 and take on more responsibility. The groups I’ve worked in simply don’t have the same level of pressure, so I haven’t been in the situations they asked me about. Main questions I struggled with were about challenging colleagues. I sought compromise, when they were looking for someone who sticks to their guns and convinces everyone they’re right.
      May 20
  • Amazon / Mgmt palmface
    Something fell short on tech questions if they tell you can apply to other jobs. Sometimes when you feel you did well on technical questions you actually didn’t.
    May 20 3
    • EMC mommo
      OP
      Thank you for feedback. Does it mean I did okay with leadership principles? Asking so that I can focus on right thing.
      May 20
    • Amazon / Mgmt palmface
      probably, but then again they may have decided that LP answers didn’t match job level or role. given that SDE role is not too demanding on LPs chances are high it’s something else.
      May 20
    • VMware andaaz
      A lot of interviewer won't tell you if you made a bug, etc they will be like the program is fine, anyway it's our responsibility to write bug free code. Sometimes they don't like coding style. For e.g. once I didn't used memcpy and copied the memory using a for loop and I can tell interviewer hated that.
      May 20
  • Microsoft UseDeFeet
    Somebody else was better or you didn’t meet level requirements.
    May 20 0
  • EMC mommo
    OP
    Mostly backtracking and design algorithm for a game based on some inputs and system design was to build a recommendation system which he asked to scale.
    May 20 2
    • Apple talisman
      Design algorithm ? More of OOD ?
      May 20
    • EMC mommo
      OP
      Sorry, I mean writing code for it.
      May 20
  • Palantir aYeL86
    What level where you interviewing for? I recently got an Alexa offer but one level below what I interviewed as / hopped for
    May 20 1
  • EMC mommo
    OP
    Thank you for feedback. Does it mean I did okay with leadership principles? Asking so that I can focus on right thing.
    May 20 1
    • Microsoft UseDeFeet
      You can never focus too much on LPs.
      May 20
  • New
    kbyi45

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    Amazon
    kbyi45more
    Allowing you to interview for another role means that people generally thought you might cut it but you weren’t a fit for the role you interviewed for. This is a common outcome.
    May 21 0
  • Oracle / Mgmt aiabc
    How were the Alexa technical questions ?
    May 20 0
  • Oracle / Consultant d1rtMcG1rt
    On top of judging you by technical skills they also look at traits that match their 11 leadership principal.
    May 20 0
  • Oracle / Consultant
    fQdt36

    Oracle Consultant

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    Hewlett Packard Enterprise
    fQdt36more
    Same thing happened to me. I got the bait and switch where the phone recruiter told me to study their “enterprise cloud application architecture” and that I was going to be quizzed over that. My phone interview didn’t even mention any of the docs I was told to study.

    The recruiter sent me the same canned bullshit. How am I suppose to bring my self up to amazon par if I’m not told where I need to improve. It’s as if thy want to keep perpetually wasting your time lol
    May 20 0