What did you wear to your Amazon interview?

Mar 15, 2018 69 Comments

I know they say business casual but I'm interested in real data from those who work or have worked there. Did you wear jeans? Polo shirt? Button down? Short or long sleeve? Slacks? Khakis?

Women invited to respond but I'm a dude so more interested in men's clothing for obvious reasons...

Due to the matrix of possibilities this cannot be a poll. Your detailed free text response is appreciated.

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  • Bro... Wear a suit. This isn't even a question.

    If you want to get creative, accent your suit with a tie that has Amazon's yellow color on it and color coordinated handkerchief. If you go in there wearing a jeans you better be writing some fantastic code.
    Mar 15, 2018 20
    • Amazon / Eng ayDc10
      As someone who has conducted 100+ interviews (which isn’t a lot), don’t wear a suit...
      Mar 16, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng zas
      100+ it’s exhausting...
      Mar 16, 2018
    • Amazon 🐶eat🐶
      Once you become a certified Amazon interviewer, you have to meet weekly quota (2+). No surprise many people have negative experience with Amazon interview process
      Mar 16, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng TTTBBB
      that’s tedious...
      Mar 16, 2018
    • Amazon Vdtjcs
      Certified interviewer? Do you mean a bar raiser? Bar raisers do not have a weekly quota, they have an annual quota.
      Mar 16, 2018
  • Amazon / Design MiddleWest
    Jeans. Gray button down. Sensible shoes.
    Mar 15, 2018 2
    • New / Eng
      assertTrue

      New Eng

      BIO
      Former aerospace engineer turned programmer
      assertTruemore
      My button down was red and navy checked. Really went for the flannel/lumberjack PNW vibe... 😂
      Mar 15, 2018
    • Amazon / Design MiddleWest
      I should have done that! Good call.
      Mar 15, 2018
  • Amazon bak
    Nobody cares. Focus on other prep
    Mar 15, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng Dude58
    It generally doesn't matter. I'm a bar raiser and a bar raiser trainer and have done hundreds upon hundreds of interviews. Be clean, don't be smelly and that includes too much perfume or cologne. Be neat, tidy and organized. If you're going for a creative position it would not hurt to dress creatively. I've had a lot of candidates come in jeans, sneakers, and a polo shirt and that was fine. On the other hand I have had some old-school hiring managers complain because the candidate "didn't even put on a tie". That is the exception, not the rule.

    I would avoid something as casual as a t-shirt. I would also avoid any specific political messages on your clothing or jewelry. Nobody cares much these days about tattoos or extra piercings, but a swastika on your forehead might garner a little unwanted attention.

    I was the bar raiser on a loop for a man dressed as a woman. No one mentioned it in the debrief and if they had I would have been compelled to shut it down. We are huge on diversity and on non-discrimination.

    For the record I wore athletic shoes, jeans, and a short sleeve buttoned shirt to my own interview 10 years ago in Cupertino.
    Mar 18, 2018 2
    • Thanks man!
      Mar 18, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng gldnhndcfs
      I’m as critical of some of amazons culture as the best guy but cool that amazon isn’t non discriminatory. Thanks for the info!
      Mar 20, 2018
  • Oath Swash
    If u r a engineer, you can wear banana leaves too. If u r on the business side, a button down shirt and jeans are a good choice. Don’t do suit. It’s just too distracting.
    Mar 15, 2018 1
    • Google / Eng lqpwi
      ^ this is the correct answer
      Mar 15, 2018
  • Microsoft Xdbf
    Wear whatever amazonian tribe people wear to blend in
    Mar 15, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng Dr.13
    Jeans, nice shirt, well shaven and groomed hair and somewhat nice shoes

    Don't need a suit for engineering role.
    Mar 15, 2018 0
  • Amazon
    TYqS78

    Amazon

    BIO
    seattle transplant. lived across the world. 1st place where I haven't made friends as yet 😐 the freeze is real
    TYqS78more
    I think you won't go wrong with Khakis/Slacks and a long sleeve shirt. Good luck with the interview!
    Mar 15, 2018 0
  • Amazon NoStranger
    At work, most people wear casuals like jeans and some even wear shorts. But for interviews would suggest button up shirts and trousers. I wouldn’t recommend suits.
    Mar 15, 2018 0
  • New / Eng
    assertTrue

    New Eng

    BIO
    Former aerospace engineer turned programmer
    assertTruemore
    I wore clean, not baggy jeans and a casual button down untucked with sleeves rolled up. They truly don’t seem to care as long as your outfit is clean and inoffensive. I was told to dress comfortably. (I did get an offer.)
    Mar 15, 2018 0
  • Amazon RBMY63
    Recruiters say no suit. Everyone that is interviewing you will be 3 levels down in dress, you will stand out. This has happened. It is a negative. You’re given clear direction, don’t ignore it. You can ask recruiter if they haven’t said. I don’t remember extending offer to someone in a suit. Would if they were qualified, but point is all that were offered were dressed well but not over dressed.
    Mar 15, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Nembutal
    I wore a thong and made sure to bend over to pick up things at every opportunity possible. It’s one do their LPs. Employees should be willing to be fucked over at any time for the sake of the company.
    Mar 16, 2018 1
  • Ubisoft IEPt54
    I was in a blazer and pencil skirt and a white shirt for the hiring event and all the rest of the candidates were in jeans and shirts. Don’t know if it means anything but I got the offer
    Mar 15, 2018 1
    • Amazon bak
      Doesn't mean anything
      Mar 15, 2018
  • Amazon dalejrjr
    For engineering, even business casual looks a bit out of place. SDEs wear casual and it's fine for candidate IMO. Yeah, don't smell.
    Mar 15, 2018 0
  • Amazon jDCD66
    Wear something you will feel comfortable in (physically and mentally). It’s a long day and you don’t want to feel bothered by that scratchy tag or mental nag telling you that you under dressed.
    Mar 15, 2018 0
  • Uber 凸-_-凸
    Jeans, and logo T-shirt of some random company. And I got a lucrative offer. I’d be surprised if any of them even remembered what I wore before the interview was done
    Mar 15, 2018 0
  • Microsoft ThisOrThat
    Jeans ironed shirt
    Got the job
    Mar 15, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Lotl
    Depends on the role. I’ve friends there in Product Management and Marketing and they say they have to dress nicer than engineering and design.
    Mar 15, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng
    godman!

    Amazon Eng

    PRE
    Sabre Corporation
    godman!more
    Jeans, a button down cotton shirt, rolled sleeves half way.
    Mar 15, 2018 3
    • Amazon dalejrjr
      Very specific
      Mar 15, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      godman!

      Amazon Eng

      PRE
      Sabre Corporation
      godman!more
      Dive deep ;)
      Mar 15, 2018
    • Amazon / Other
      Tequila 🍹

      Amazon Other

      PRE
      Amazon
      BIO
      Why the fuck do you think I would put any personal information in an anonymous chat app? You seem really confused, @blind.
      Tequila 🍹more
      Rolled up sleeves say "I'm ready to get to work"
      Mar 17, 2018
  • OP
    What about like a nice argyle sweater
    Mar 15, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Design MiddleWest
      Basically, would Fred Rogers wear it? If yes, then yes. +1 for argyle. Matching socks too dude.
      Mar 15, 2018

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