FAANG virgin

Nov 8, 2019 46 Comments

Hi Blind community,
As the title indicates I'm a FAANG virgin. I have my first Amazon interview on Monday!!! (Which I'm excited, nervous, a wreck & stressing over it).

Can you please give me some pointers? What should I say and not say? How's this team? Other teams I'll be working with? How do I negotiate salary? I know a lot of people say focus a lot on behavioral questions that highlight the Amazon LPS but what does that exactly entails?

Idk if this is considered FinTech but the project is mainly for an accounting/finance function & I'll be working with a lot of different corporate ops teams.

Position: Program Manager
Team: Compliance Operations Team
Location: LA
TC: Unknown. I don't even know what level this is & what is the TC range. Current TC $135K (this is all base; no sign on, bonus or RSUs). Is $175K too high to ask? What base should I ask?

Any help/advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you all for taking the time to read and respond and give guidance...including Trolls who keep it exciting and distracting a stressed out Blinder 😫

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  • New / Eng
    AmazonEng

    New Eng

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    Facebook, Amazon
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    Facebook, Amazon Software Engineering.
    AmazonEngmore
    LPs are your bible.
    Nov 8, 2019 8
    • New / Eng
      AmazonEng

      New Eng

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      AmazonEngmore
      LPs - Leadership Principles.

      There are 14 of them.

      The way TDKU11@ prepared is very solid, that’s how you should prepare. At least 2 examples each, but LPs get repeated and Amazon is extremely “data-driven” so prepare more examples in that realm.
      Nov 8, 2019
    • OP
      Thank you!
      Nov 8, 2019
  • Google PvJl86
    You are already thinking of asking for money before your first interview? 😀
    Nov 8, 2019 4
    • OP
      Also this is Blind so isn't TC a priority? 😂 j/k
      Nov 8, 2019
    • OP
      @Amazon: YES! Exactly. This was a question that the recruiter emailed me when asking for availability and I put "open to negotiate"
      Nov 8, 2019
  • Amazon / Biz Dev
    kglG47

    Amazon Biz Dev

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    Senior level BD expert. Have seen all sides of the deal.
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    When I looped (non technical) it was immediate and to the point. No fluff no warm up. You have 30-40 min per loop so no time to “get to know you”
    Nov 9, 2019 6
    • Amazon / Biz Dev
      kglG47

      Amazon Biz Dev

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      Senior level BD expert. Have seen all sides of the deal.
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      They ask you questions. You answer. They dive 2 layers deeper. Then move on to next question. Repeat. Not rocket science just know your stuff and be authentic.
      Nov 9, 2019
    • OP
      Thank you both! 😊

      Worse case scenario I'll tell them I had a 🍌 for breakfast prior to the interview and talk about my 😍 of 🍌🍌. Lol 😂
      Nov 9, 2019
  • Zillow Group sofaking
    Biggest advice is don’t get too excited. Managing expectations is critical to maintaining your own mental stability and health. Job interviews are a funny thing. The more you want the job, the more you won’t get it. That physical gut-wrenching feeling you get when you receive that rejection email is horrible. It will ruin your confidence and you’ll fuck up all your other interviews. Equanimity is key.
    Nov 8, 2019 3
    • Amazon HUJi27
      This is very true. When I was a new grad, my first FAANG interview was with FB and for whatever reason I was very desperate. On the on-site, I botched 2 pretty easy questions just because I was nervous and it snowballed. When Amazon came along, I already had a pretty good offer from another company and I wasn't as desperate, but Amazon still interested me. I did some prep but with the mentality of "who cares, on to the next one if I fail". I was much more relaxed and performed better on my interview, eventually leading to the offer.
      Nov 10, 2019
    • OP
      That's great! Congratulations!
      Nov 10, 2019
  • Apple / Product @V
    I had prepared 3-4 examples per Leadership Principle. In the interview they went deeper on each of the examples I gave. Also they are not interested in cliched/politically correct answers. In addition they may ask about any conflicts you had at work place and how you handled or stood upto to others respectfully. One interviewer went too deep on technical questions- his mode was asking why as a chain reaction to each answer. I didn’t get the position but 3 months later another recruiter reached out to me saying that I was identified as a strong candidate and asked about my availability. By that time I had already signed an offer with Apple.
    Nov 9, 2019 3
    • New / Eng
      AmazonEng

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      They don’t just say “tell me about all your experiences”. Nor do they ask each LP and tell you to give an example.

      Each question may be imbued with one or more LP themes, and it is up to you to correlate it back and give examples. Although it highly depends on the interviewer and sometimes it may be as plainly disguised as “tell me about a time when you showed bias for action”. At the end of the interview they will see whether you have demonstrated Amazonian qualities and potential overall.
      Nov 9, 2019
    • OP
      That makss sense. Thank you very much!
      Nov 9, 2019
  • Amazon killertom
    important to come up with 2 stories for each LP.. that's what ur offer depends on
    Nov 8, 2019 1
  • Discover Financial Services qwerty-/:
    I love the title - FAANG virgin 😂
    Nov 8, 2019 1
    • OP
      It's true 😉 I'm hoping to be a FAANGer soon 😂
      Nov 8, 2019
  • @TrNf5340 congratulations for being selected for interview I hope everything works in your favour. So did your first interview? Please share your experience, I’m having mine on Wednesday too for SDE III role.
    Nov 11, 2019 6
    • OP
      Thank you! You too. Keep us informed
      Nov 12, 2019
    • My first interview went well, I’ve been invited for next stage -technical evaluation....Guys any pointers for Amazon SDE III 2nd phone interview?
      Nov 15, 2019
  • Amazon 10oHh92m
    FAANG is overrated. Just another company
    Nov 8, 2019 1
    • OP
      Completely agree with you! However, they have raised the bar
      Nov 8, 2019
  • Amazon 866285
    Look on the website levels.fyi for salaries that people have reported. If the program manager role isn’t on there, look for product manager. Product manager salaries are slightly higher but not by much. Also, the amount Amazon is likely to offer could be based partly on what amazon thinks you are making in your current role and your years of experience, so factor that in. Ask for something a bit higher than what you hope to land to give yourself some negotiating room
    Nov 8, 2019 1
    • OP
      Thank you very much for the info and insight! I really appreciate it!
      Nov 8, 2019

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