TPM interview at Amazon

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Jul 17 36 Comments

Hi , I have a senior TPM interview with amazon Alexa team. What kind of questions should I be expecting in the interview? Thanks

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  • Google topCon
    Tell me about a time you used cheapness to achieve your goals
    Jul 17 3
    • Amazon / Product cNF26
      But it'll be rephrased as "were frugal"
      Jul 17
    • Amazon / Eng @>_
      Have you ever completed a project with 10% of the budget, payable solely in bananas?
      Jul 17
    • Amazon YupYupYupY
      😂
      Jul 17
  • Tell me about a time that you didn’t know what you were talking about, so you reported an engineer to HR for having bad communication skills to cover your ass.
    Jul 17 1
    • Amazon 🍉@
      Or speaking over you even though you were on mute 🤐!!
      Jul 17
  • Amazon
    Spheres@19

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    Do whatever you want, P.L.E.A.S.E do not become a SDM after joining as a TPM. There's tons like that at Amazon, and they cause nothing but damage to the team.
    Jul 17 7
    • Amazon ‘desi
      Awesome collection. Makes sense. Thanks
      Jul 17
    • Amazon KQrf25
      This could be attributed to any bad manager, why target folks who moved from TPM to SDM?
      Jul 18
    • Amazon
      Spheres@19

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      Spheres@19more
      It's not a one off. I have good 5-6 examples of TPMs not being good SDMs. Small data size, but similar concerns on those teams.
      Jul 18
    • Amazon rvdtsuked
      I have a couple of great examples of ex-TPMs who are amazing SDMs whose developers love working for them. Why are your samples any more valid than mine?
      Jul 18
    • Deutsche Bank xwqw03
      Isn't this true everywhere. in banks on it side, VP, D or MD hardly engage in tech discussion. If you are in IT and you don't see your manager,writing a code,stay away from that team.
      Jul 20
  • Amazon Dhlf30
    Tell me about a time where you had to stab a coworker in the back because they wouldn’t turn around and let you stab them in the front
    Jul 17 1
    • Amazon 🍉@
      That is perfect 👌🏽 ☝️☝️☝️☝️
      Jul 17
  • Amazon 🍉@
    How would you go to SFO for a week and stay with your friend or two and save hotel money 💰?
    Jul 17 0
  • Amazon / Data JohnnyUta
    Lol at these responses 😂. Seriously though, memorize or familiarize yourself with the leadership principles. Have 3 solid past experiences you can reference in great detail. When asked a question, dig into your examples and find a way to plug a leadership principle. Focus on that and not trying to figure out specific questions and you’ll be good.
    Jul 17 2
  • Amazon 🍉@
    Talk about how excited your are to put SDE in in pip and dev list. If you can meet your URA targets - you should be golden
    Jul 17 1
    • Amazon / Eng
      Zzzamznbye

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      Zzzamznbyemore
      This happened to me.
      Jul 18
  • Amazon UniCRONJob
    Tell me about a time when you displayed ownership of a product that you secretly didn't give a shit about and that would never give you the satisfaction or monetary gains that the CEO would otherwise mostly experience. How did you torture your engineers?
    Jul 17 0
  • Zulily AVXF18
    OP please connect with me ; I am an expert with amazon TPM interviews. I have placed many TPM in FB . GOOG and AMZN you name it. DM me for more details or just schedule a 30 min on seattletechinterviews.com
    Jul 17 1
  • Amazon KQrf25
    I do a ton of TPM interviews, ping me for any specific advice. At a high level - Technical depth, systems design, leadership principles (I focus on 1) ownership 2) earns trust 3) deliver results 4) disagree and commit 5) bid for action). Customer obsession is a default at amazon for any role. Have solid examples around those. I reject a ton of candidates due to lack of technical depth it is hard to quantify the bar, but I ask myself three questions: 1. Can this candidate survive the ambiguity, pressure, being in the middle between engg and product/business and be successful? 2. Can this candidate be in a technical conversation (note the tech part) with the SDEs and guide / influence them in the right direction? 3. Does this candidate have clarity of thoughts and clarity of communication? If the answer is promising to these 3, I tend to move forward.
    Jul 19 0
  • Amazon yacht 🛥
    Looks likely this became a group for all hateful SDEs lol
    Jul 17 0
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    Spheres@19

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    Try to be a douche - higher the level of douchery and scumbaggery, higher the chances of being hired as a TPM. Make sure to tell the interviewers that SDEs are just "heads" that work for a TPM to meet their deadlines. Bonus points for mentioning SDEs are replaceable in blink of eye.
    Jul 17 0
  • Amazon Lollly
    Hence proved the arrogance of the SDEs that you need to handle in Amazon day in and day out. Being a TPM myself, I only wished SDEs at Amazon stop thinking for once that “coding” is the only (super) skill in the world, had humility and respect for other job families.

    If anybody disagrees, please prove yourself of good by providing examples of good TPMs. You can’t discount all TPMs due to a few bad ones, that too based on your perspective of good and bad.
    Jul 18 4
    • Amazon funguy🎉
      Spoken like someone who is 100% insulated from your technical mistakes.

      TPM: do task A
      SDE: that takes 15 minutes

      TPM: do task B
      SDE: that will take 30 minutes

      TPM: do task c
      SDE: that will take 200,000 years

      TPM: why are SDEs such arrogant assholes? They aren’t the only ones that add value. I add value too.

      SDE: maybe, but the project is still a bad idea, if you understood coding you would have realized that right away. Some things are orders of magnitude more difficult than other things

      TPM: I got unlucky and got a bad SDE. Put them on PIP

      SDE: (implements a subset of task c)

      The software explodes

      TPM: I’m a genius

      SDE: my face is on fire

      TPM: do task d

      SDE: I’m dying
      Jul 18
    • Amazon Lollly
      Do you have an example of a good TPM-SDE conversation? Just to see if you are a level headed person.
      Jul 18
    • Amazon funguy🎉
      You mean point to an example on the wiki or something?
      Jul 18
    • Amazon Lollly
      Thanks. Checked.
      Jul 18
  • Amazon / Project rsMM06
    Go read all of the questions on Glassdoor. They are spot on.
    Jul 21 0
  • Amazon a-lex
    Tpm role is very ambiguous in Amazon. Given that go through the leadership principles. Brush up on your system design skills. Keep some past examples ready so that you can explain what you did, how you did, and what results were achieved. Align your answers to the leadership principles. Use whiteboard. Best of luck
    Jul 18 0