Rude interviewer at Amazon. Am i screwed?

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Jun 6 30 Comments

So i interviewed couple of weeks ago at Amazon NYC for a data engineer role. 4 out of the 5 interviews went well. The 3rd interviewer was over video conference and seemed pissed at me right off the bat. No intros, dived straight into a case study type of question. I asked some clarifying questions and then started solving it. I tried to engage with him and tried asking some questions to gauge if I was going in the right direction. But got no feedback at all. He barely even spoke for 30mins, just looking into his laptop and typing. Then asked me couple of questions around Amazon’s LP. Again no feedback or follow up questions on those. At the end there was no time left for me to ask him any questions.

Its been 8 days since my onsite interview. The recruiter had already informed me a day after the interview that due to some scheduling conflicts and vacations they will not be able to provide feedback until mid next week.

My question is should i let the recruiter know about the a**hole interviewer? Could i request another follow up interview with another member of the team? Could this backfire instead?

Or just accept my fate, look forward to a reject a move on? FYI, the rude interviewer was not the bar raiser. He is part of the team I am interviewing for.

Current TC - $100k

Edit: At Amazon, do you need a yes from all interviewers in order to get an offer?

For what its worth, the rude interviewer was Indian male. I am a male from Sri Lanka.

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  • Amazon / Eng prestige🧐
    FWIW, my meanest ever interviewer ended up giving me an offer and my nicest ever interviewer rejected me.

    I wouldn’t jump to conclusions.
    Jun 6 0
  • Lots of crazy cruft responses here. Here’s the deal, if the person was a jerk, they weren’t there as a test, they had information you didn’t.

    They knew they had zero intent of hiring you. They just found out another person accepted the offer for the same job. The interview was fake. They read your resume and have an extreme biased towards you already (school you went to, school you didn’t go to) and don’t want you on their team. They read an article you wrote or saw a twitter post and think you’re horrible.

    They are about to quit. They hate their job. You are a threat to them or their job or they want you to fail.

    People who act like this aren’t trying to help you. If they have influence and power, their decision is obviously “no,” and they will make it so you don’t get an offer.

    Take it as a lesson.

    Move on.

    What I do is walk out. I say “thanks for your time, I’ll see myself out.”

    I wouldn’t ever give feedback. Why would you? You aren’t getting paid. Feedback helps them. Why would you help them if they let the craziest asshole interview you and make your day a waste and extremely unpleasant?

    Only help after you get the job.
    Jun 6 4
    • comScore FgKr12
      OP
      Thats exactly what my friend(who works at Amazon)said to me. That if the interviewer was rude right from the start, when I gave him no reason to do so, It was most likely because he had already made up his mind to not hire and didnt care about my answers and performance one way or the other.
      Jun 6
    • TripAdvisor when2Inter
      Probably the most sensible post.
      This happened to me as well.
      3 Strong hire votes, 1 weak hire, 1 rude interviewer guaranteed gave me no-hire, and I ended up not getting an offer.
      Jun 6
    • comScore FgKr12
      OP
      @when2Inter was this at Amazon? Do you know if the rude one was the bar raiser?
      Jun 6
    • Amazon noG64728
      Bad advice to walk out if you want the job @ Amazon. You're expected to disagree and commit. The guy sucks? It's what only 45mins-1hr. Keep debating, engaging, talk about sports do whatever. Walking out is a weak move IMO..IF you want the job here.
      Jun 6
  • Google / Eng
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    ruminatemore
    Just let it be, if you don’t get it you probably don’t want to work on that team anyway.
    Jun 6 1
    • comScore FgKr12
      OP
      To be honest, the hiring manager and every other person I spoke with were really cool. I would actually love to work on that team, just maybe avoid this dude as much as possible 😖
      Jun 6
  • Amazon noG64728
    Just try to relax and wait for their response. It seems like you handled it professionally. If it makes you feel any better I got into an argument with the HM in my loop... obviously didn't join his team but was given the opportunity to meet other HMs and joined one if their teams.
    Jun 6 5
    • VMware mine
      What was the argument about?
      Jun 6
    • comScore FgKr12
      OP
      At the moment I actually thought he was the bar raiser and was acting difficult. My 4th interviewer ended up being a Project Manager from Amazon ads org with 17 years exp at Amazon. So i figured she was the bar raiser and not the rude dude.

      Did you get offer even after the argument with HM?
      Jun 6
    • Amazon noG64728
      I didn't get an offer right away. My recruiter basically said: obviously you're not a match with that HM, but we want you at Amazon. Do you have any competing offers? (I told her no way I'd work for him at the end of the loop) . I did have other offers and she asked me to meet with 4 other managers before . Had a great meeting with one and that was that!
      Jun 6
    • Amazon noG64728
      Oh the argument was dumb. He was picking on some small issue with how I solved a problem. But conceded I solved it but wouldn't drop it. This was 5 years ago and,I hate to admit it, but I was still immature with a shitty east coast attitude so if he wouldn't drop it I wouldn't and just kept picking on him the rest of the interview.
      Jun 6
    • comScore FgKr12
      OP
      Glad to know it worked out for you at the end, seeing that you are still at Amazon after 5 years. Hoping that I get the same happy ending.
      Jun 6
  • Amazon Cducs
    The HM is the only one that can give you the offer and the BR is the only one that can veto an offer. In general the HM will take all interviewers feedback into consideration to provide an offer. If the BR thinks that the interview wasn’t done well and the HM is wrong with being inclined they will veto (even if their own interview went well they base the veto on all of the other feedback as well).

    I’ve never seen a veto in any loops I’ve been on and a friend of mine who is a BR and has done nearly 1000 interviews has said he’s only vetoed a few. So don’t be too worried about having one bad interview.

    As stated above with the person who got hired but had a bad interview with the HM. If the BR thinks that the HM is wrong with not giving you an offer they will basically do an immediate recycle where they just try to find another team without full interviews.
    Jun 6 0
  • Microsoft / Eng cholical
    I've encountered this at Amazon. I've also encountered this at Facebook and Google. I think some interviewers prefer it to be interviewee led.
    Jun 6 1
    • comScore FgKr12
      OP
      Ok fair point. Although i dont see how thats helpful to anyone.
      Jun 6
  • Goldman Sachs blindhole
    Let recruiter know your concern and move on. They can try to improve on their part from your feedback.
    Jun 6 2
    • comScore FgKr12
      OP
      I haven’t received the interview result yet. If I share feedback could it backfire instead where they think I am retaliating?
      Jun 6
    • Goldman Sachs blindhole
      Wait for it then decide.
      Jun 6
  • Amazon LAxL08
    No you don’t need all Yes to get an offer. He could just be the BR trying you. I wouldn’t mention it to recruiter but you could fill out a post interview survey stating that.

    About the typing on laptop. That’s what we do to take notes on you. We’re supposed to tell you that we will be typing a lot on the laptop as you’re talking, so I wouldn’t think negatively about that
    Jun 6 1
    • comScore FgKr12
      OP
      Thanks!
      Jun 6
  • Microsoft nmrb07
    If you want to work on Amazon or any company, you need to be able to work, manage and overcome all types of people, not everybody will be nice all the time. Learn from that and if you get rejected try again using that expertise.
    Jun 6 1
    • comScore FgKr12
      OP
      I understand, thanks for the advice.
      Jun 6
  • Amazon jef556
    Its the majority that counts (more power to BR and HM), you should still get the offer with one No, as long as others are convinced.
    Jun 6 1
    • comScore FgKr12
      OP
      Thats reassuring. Thanks! 🙂
      Jun 6
  • Fox News / Eng
    JSinns

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    JSinnsmore
    Too late mate. You should have narrated the whole experience in detail in your Thank You note that you had sent to the Recruiter, the day or two after the In-Person Marathon. At least ask for a Phone-Call schedule, and discuss in detail. Standing your ground would have pushed the Recruiter to arrange for Alternate Interviews. I know a person who did 8 rounds with one of FAANG, because he kept bumping into bad interviewers time-and-again.
    Jun 6 2
    • comScore FgKr12
      OP
      😟 At that time I thought the interviewer was a bar raiser and deliberately testing me. After talking to my friend at Amazon this week, i realized he was not the bar raiser. Also, on the fence about sending a stinky email about their own employee. If it reaches the HM he might very well reject me completely ☹️
      Jun 6
    • Fox News / Eng
      JSinns

      Fox News Eng

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      Java Programmer- 15 YOE including Android Mobile Developer - 8 YOE.
      JSinnsmore
      You should be able to politely suggest that you did not like the experience for such and such reasons, and yet, you believe you kept your calm and compose and have performed better.
      Jun 6
  • Amazon saywha
    Let the recruiter know
    Jun 6 0