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Updated Nov 4, 2014
Updated Nov 4, 2014
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Brand Specialist Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Interview Details

I applied through the career center at my university. after 2 weeks I received an email that i was invited to take an online assessment. i had only a few days to complete it. the assessment was challenging and fast paced. think GRE logic questions

Interview Questions
  • a 100+ question personality test, all you can do is be honest, the questions are somewhat bizarre and there is no obvious right choice   Answer Question
Accepted Offer
Difficult Interview

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    Brand Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Amazon.com in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    There are several interviews over the phone before the face to face interview. First is the interview with the Category hiring manager which lasted about 20-30 minutes discussing the best possible fit/position with the organization. The next interview is the interview with the Manager which lasted about any hour asking much more detailed questions related to the actual position interviewed for.

    Interview Questions
    • Expect questions asking for input. For instance, "What would you do if we decide to..."   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 30 people found this helpful  

    Brand Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied via the Amazon jobs portal and received an invitation to do a video-interview online a day or two later. This video interview was one sided - the webtool would show a question (text) and then record my response via webcam. Only 8 questions, one of which was case-ish (how would I price such and such). Other questions were "Tell us about a time when..."

    Next round was a phone call with my future manager (I didn't know that at the time). A couple of "tell me about a time when..." questions with LOTS of follow-up questions. "Why did you do it that way? What would you have done differently? Why didn't you do it better the first time?" It was intense but I strongly disagree with most of the other reviewers here - it was not a negative experience, just intense. She really wanted to get a feel for my fit with Amazon's Leadership Principles.

    A couple of days later I was invited out to the HQ in Seattle for a half-day of in-person interviews. I had 4 interviews and one "test". The interviews were exactly the same format as the phone call I described above, although I have to say they were downright positive interviews. I knew why they were digging so hard and didn't take the digging personally. I think because I recognized that fact, they turned out to be very fun conversations exploring why I did what and what could have been better. The "test" was 45 minutes of me working through pricing a list of products in Excel alone in a room. I have ZERO pricing experience and it wasn't hard to pick up.

    I got the offer three days later. An incredibly generous offer, I may add.

    My advice to any interviewers with Amazon: Don't take their digging personally. They're trying to understand you, not judge you. It may feel like the same thing, but it's not. If you keep that perspective, interviewing with Amazon can be a lot of fun.

    Interview Questions
    • "Tell me about a time when..." questions with LOTS of follow-up questions. "Why did you do it that way? What would you have done differently? Why didn't you do it better the first time?"   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I only declined because I received an offer for a more attractive role elsewhere. Everyone I interviewed with at Amazon was awesome, I had a great time, and the offer itself was very generous. I'm still kind of sick to my stomach for turning them down.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Brand Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    I applied for the position through my campus career portal. Someone from HR reached out within 2-3 weeks to schedule a phone interview. The interview lasted around 45 minutes and focused around managing relationships with accounts. Passing this round I was invited to Seattle for a final round interview. There was about 20 people in my group from different schools, of which they took four. The morning was dedicated to an accounting case. Amazon had an employee teach us a form of accounting and then we were to use those teachings to solve a 45 minute case. From here we split into teams and spent 20 minutes dissecting a product and its key aspects (how to market it, costs, margin, etc). The afternoon was a three hour case spent working with a different team. We had two observers in the room while we dissected the case and determined what Amazon's actions should be moving forward.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    You are not able to negotiate. I was able to get my start date moved back and I suggest asking for that early if that what youd like to do.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Brand Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Somewat difficult

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Brand Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Amazon.com in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was referred internally for the position. There were two rounds of interviews: two interviews on the phone and six interviews in person. The interviews were quite straightforward and involved fit and 'case' questions. The case questions were usually related to the position, such as 'How would you forecast the inventory requirements for Product X' or 'Your supplier has given you a discount of Y. How much should you buy and why?'

    Interview Questions
    • I was not expecting a case interview in the first round, so was caught somewhat off-guard when asked a case question. Other than that, the questions were quite predictable, such as 'Tell me about a time when you had to influence a group,' etc.   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Brand Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was unexpected. There is a 1-on-1 phone interview with behavioral and case questions.

    The in-person interview is a day long and never has a 1-on-1 interview. Instead, it consists of a retail math assessment, and several presentations in random groups that are simulated similarly to a case competition.

    Lastly, you are split into groups of 3 where you can ask any questions to an Amazon professional.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No salary negotiation is possible from what I hear. Start date negotiation and group placement can be negotiated.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Brand Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    Two phone interviews followed by an day-long, on-site interview in Seattle. The first phone interview is mostly behavioral; the second involved a couple of analytical questions and a brief case-like question.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe how you would build a new product category at Amazon   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Very little negotiation; I liked my offer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Brand Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    Potential hires go through a loop with up to six current employees. One will be a "bar raiser" who gives you the most challenging questions or asks/puts you in uncomfortable situations to test how you react. Stay cool! Lots of problem solving questions without real answers, but they're looking for how you navigate each problem and your thought process. Be concise and ask questions back if you don't fully understand.

    Interview Questions
    • A company doesn't want to work with Amazon because of their loyalty to one of your competitors. You're in an elevator with that company's CEO, how do you convince him to work with you in 30 seconds?   View Answers (2)
    Negotiation Details
    Very little I could negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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