bizarre amazon onsite interview experience

New QvWG01
Oct 23, 2019 50 Comments

Ok. Hear me out. I know many get on here and say they did so well when obviously they didnt after a rejection, but seriously something weird happened here. Any advice as to why i didnt get the job is helpful.

I currently work at a top company so I know how this works, I know when I have messed up (i have at other interviews) and i know when ive done well which i did at this amazon onsite interview i just failed.

For each interview i solved multiple questions which were directly from leetcode and I have seen many times before. Each lp/behaviorial question i had a good conversation, and im pretty personable especially compared to my peers. The system design round I thought went pretty well, but Im not super experienced so maybe that was it. When i left i really thought i would get an offer.

The worst part is I wasnt super interested in the job and didnt really need it, they reached out to me. I didnt become interested until onsite.

tldr: Did well onsite, no offer, did some bs happen? Why no hire?

TC: 190k 2.5 yoe

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  • Amazon sm:)e
    If it’s leetcode, you knew the question beforehand and didn’t say you knew, that’s why. It’s not “Earning Trust”. Interviews know if you’ve seen a problem before.
    Oct 23, 2019 14
    • Box TamG67
      If you get a question you've seen previously pretend you haven't. Spend some time "thinking" a bit, ask "clarifying questions". Then suggest a brute force approach. Then slowly make your way to the optimal solution.
      Oct 23, 2019
    • Microsoft panamap
      Ok so basically tell the interviewer to ask questions in area that you haven’t worked in and evaluate how bad you are in an area you don’t know - well done
      Oct 23, 2019
  • T-Mobile 🤐it
    Amazon has humans in the interview panel and they make mistakes while hiring. Get competing offers since you say you're good 😁
    Oct 23, 2019 9
    • Amazon FBvu27
      No, but its definitely much better than in other companies Ive worked before.
      Oct 23, 2019
    • T-Mobile 🤐it
      Good to know that is the case 😃
      Oct 23, 2019
  • Amazon RBMY63
    It’s bizarre that you thought you did well but didn’t get an offer?

    There’s a lot of reasons this could go poorly. You are too experienced for a lower level and design wasn’t raising the bar. You wrote good code, but whiffed on disambiguation or complexity analysis. You had a good conversation on LPs but lacked depth.

    Have any friends that are BRs at Amazon that can mock interview you?
    Oct 23, 2019 5
    • Amazon FBvu27
      What team are you on? I hope i do not go there, cause who knows, maybe someone will not like my face )))
      Oct 23, 2019
    • New QvWG01
      OP
      My guess is manager said no he mentioned my lack of experience in what he wanted.
      Oct 23, 2019
  • NVIDIA ygFO00
    Bar raiser?
    Oct 23, 2019 9
    • Amazon FBvu27
      Lol no. They are jsut very experienced interviewers ))
      Oct 23, 2019
    • New BgBs42
      Bar raiser is someone who is an experienced interviewer that exemplifies Amazon LPs and "raises the bar" in his role. There is a special program to become one. Often times they are from outside of the org that you are applying for, so for example if you are doing an SDE interview you would get Principal SA or Senior TAM or something like that. If you aced the coding problems then I would say it had to be something with the LPs that you failed on. If you are not an LP fit then they will not take you.
      Oct 23, 2019
  • Amazon FBvu27
    If they didnt ask you not to apply for X years then you did ok, but not enough for this role. You can apply again to Amazon
    Oct 23, 2019 4
    • New QvWG01
      OP
      It was a hiring event and they reached out to me. But yeah that would be a fair criticism and what I assumed went wrong.
      Oct 23, 2019
    • really? I got an email without "Apply X later..." I guess I was close
      Oct 24, 2019
  • Uber uKWz22
    It happens. Try again in 6 months. Sometimes you don’t fit with what the team is looking for or the team is looking for a specific background. They usually are on the cautious side, if someone had a doubt and no one could provide the data squash the doubt, then it’s a no.
    Oct 23, 2019 0
  • Amazon anion
    Which level was the interview for? L5 or L6?
    Oct 23, 2019 1
    • New QvWG01
      OP
      L4 which is why I’m more shocked
      Oct 23, 2019
  • the leadership principles behavior questions are just weird
    Oct 23, 2019 0

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