Amazon interview

Apr 6, 2019 50 Comments

I argued a lot with an interviewer. While leaving, he asked me to a “chill pill and relax”.

But I did good in all other rounds. Aced round with hiring manager.

Chances?

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  • Google dhwpz xis
    Whyyy on earth would you argue with the interviewer?
    Apr 6, 2019 20
    • Microsoft hdozuansk
      That is a problem Amazon has to deal with. Choosing good employees to handle interviews on behalf of the company and giving them the right training.
      Apr 6, 2019
    • Zillow Group unknown 1
      If he was the bar raiser, you will not make it
      Apr 7, 2019
  • Google Mmkaay
    He was trying to see if you fit into Amazon culture by being a jerk lol
    Apr 6, 2019 4
    • Google Mmkaay
      Yes, being a jerk fits Amazon culture. Congrats you got the job lol
      Apr 6, 2019
    • JOANY / Mgmt e^(iπ)+1=0
      Is Amazon culture really that bad?

      I know a few people who work their, and they're all the type that would stab anyone in the back for a chance to move ahead.

      I went into my interview expecting the people to be awful to deal with, but everyone was surprisingly nice. The interview definitely has this intimidation vibe to it that I haven't experienced at similar companies. But whatever.

      On the way out of the building, though, I got trapped in the elevator with a large group of Amazon workers. They seemed TERRIBLE. Bragging back and forth to each other about how much money they spent over the weekend. Making fun of fellow co-workers. Etc...

      They didn't seem like engineers, though. So not sure how bad it is in engineering. And obviously I don't want to take a small subset of the company and apply it at large...
      Apr 7, 2019
  • F5 Networks RRA
    He wants to drug you and have his way.
    Apr 6, 2019 0
  • Sorry but that seems like a really strong signal that you wouldn't be an ideal teammate to work with. I think interviewers expect candidates to be at their absolute best, so I'd be very cautious and hesitant to see what a normal day interaction would be given that calibration.
    On the bright side, soft skills is definitely a learnable skill and if you can manage that, it'll help in many aspects of your life.
    Apr 6, 2019 0
  • F5 Networks what’s up
    Why downgrade from MS to Amazon
    Apr 6, 2019 2
    • Microsoft / Eng hbchhc
      Probably getting managed out with his attitude and poor performance.
      Apr 7, 2019
    • F5 Networks what’s up
      Perhaps
      Apr 7, 2019
  • Cimpress / Eng GBmf58
    Hard to gauge without hearing the conversation, but bad personality fit would massively outweigh good coding results in my book. If I had an alright time interviewing you, but hear another interviewer say "he was an asshole" and back it up with explanation, I basically immediately throw out my positive opinion.
    I do not want to work with an asshole.

    So, whether you were right or wrong, unfortunately it may have a big effect on results. Hiring committee is only going to be hearing their side of the story.
    Apr 6, 2019 1
    • Microsoft xVeQ24
      OP
      Makes sense
      Apr 6, 2019
  • Amazon yWsJ24
    You failed the "earns trust" leadership principle. Autoreject
    Apr 6, 2019 1
    • Microsoft xVeQ24
      OP
      What how
      Apr 6, 2019
  • Hard to say. You may be a hire if they were testing “have backbone” leadership principle. Or reject if it was “earn trust”. Flip a coin.
    Apr 6, 2019 2
    • Microsoft hdozuansk
      What about - are right a lot. Seems OP was wrong this time.
      Apr 6, 2019
    • Microsoft xVeQ24
      OP
      How was I wrong
      Apr 7, 2019
  • Microchip nqqh55
    A former boss of mine told me - "If you see a certain behavior at an interview, it'll be 1000x worse if you actually hire the person". It's true too. By that metric, I would have passed on you, OP.

    But look at it this way, the interviewer was a jerk, so if ze was going to be on your team, you'd have had a shitty time anyway. Just lurking on blind the last week or so, I gotta laugh at some of the shit I read - interviewers don't get it - they're getting interviewed just as much as anyone else.
    Apr 9, 2019 0
  • Amazon / Mgmt
    Amz123

    Amazon Mgmt

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    Electronic Arts
    Amz123more
    This isn’t a guaranteed problem. The debriefs strongly index towards the sum of the group feedback, looking for multiple data points of good and bad behavior. Any hiring manager worth working for will assess all feedback.

    One offs can be one offs, or they can sink a candidate; it’s not guaranteed either way. If you don’t get an offer, this one concern may not be the reason, although it could be combined with other data points to form a more complete story.
    Apr 6, 2019 0

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