Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied in-person – interviewed at Amazon.com.
It's a very long process, and a lot of the questions are situational. Make sure you have plenty of examples to showcase your work and project your professionalism under pressure.
- Describe a time when, (XYZ) was difficult and how did you handle it. Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult InterviewNo OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months – interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in February 2015.
The interview process was long but moved quickly. Did 2 phone interviews and right after an onsite. I was well prepared and walked away feeling that I got the job. I meat with 2 EA's, 1vp, recruiter, HR and another 3rd party person. Enjoyed speaking with everyone although for some reason I really didn't see too many people excited to work there. In fact two people that I spoke with in the process were in the process of leaving. I did pick up that it is a very fast paced environment and people didn't make time to have fun at work.
- General behavioral questions which requires you giving lots of examples. Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage InterviewNo OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA).
I applied on-line. The interview process took 2 months (due to holiday and folks being out of the office). I had a total of 7 interviews including a 4 hour on-site interview. During the screening process I was told that Amazon doesn't interview EA's for a specific position but for a variety of open EA positions. This made me feel that Amazon believes EA's to be interchangeable without concern to what dept/type of responsibilities the candidate may prefer.
- When did you lead a team through the white (unknown). This seemed a question that should be asked of management, not assistants. Answer Question
- Declined OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult InterviewDeclined OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks – interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in January 2015.
Phone interview with SME, phone interview with manager, in-person interview with 7 individuals. As you might expect, Amazon has a lot of moving pieces and my in-person interview itinerary definitely changed over the course of the day while I was in the building. Because of this, I felt like 2 of my interviewers specifically were not prepared and struggled to come up with relevant questions. Just roll with it and be prepared to make small talk and show interest in their positions.
- They will wants very specific examples, even for non-technical positions. Always relate your answers to Amazon's leadership principles. Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
Honestly, all the bad reviews here scared me off in addition to their average 1.1 year tenure. After my in-person interview, they actually changed the job to support 3 executives instead of 2. Out of the 3, I had only met one, whom I did really like, but still had major concerns about the hours and demands of reporting to 3 separate executives. Even though the money was really good, I just couldn't stomach the thought of having no life outside of Amazon and was worried I might not mesh well with the other two people I had never met but my life would revolve around.
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in December 2014.
Had a phone interview, followed by 5 back to back in-person interviews. I checked in with reception, and then was escorted to a room, where I stayed for the interviews. Everyone was very nice and very professional. Most of the people who interviewed me, had a packet of questions that they read off of, and then they would write down my responses to them. They expect for you to have a lot of questions for them as well, so be sure to come up with quite a few for them to either explain the culture, the role, their challenges, etc.
- Why Amazon?... Give an example of When you provided simple solutions to complex problems in the workplace. Answer Question
It was easy.
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I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in October 2014.
Recruiter contacted via email for a phone screen. After the initial phone screen I was scheduled for 2 phone interviews with other departmental EA's.
Last step was an in person loop at the Amazon offices to meet with 6 team member. I met 1 recruiter, 4 EA's and 2 Directors. It was a 5 hour loop.
- Be prepared to answer situational questions. Be specific about experiences with other positions and be thoughtful about your answers. Try to think of best and worst case experiences and how you dealt with those in your past and what you learned from each. Don't try to be a perfect specimen. Be human, be honest and be accountable for your experiences. 1 Answer
Still in the offer phase. Great experience so far. Getting to the in person interview took some patience, but it has moved very quickly to the offer stage.
- No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult InterviewNo OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 7 weeks – interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in November 2014.
Interview process is very intense with at least three phone screenings by HR recruiters and at least one interviewer. Then a day of interviews is scheduled on-site with at least 7 interviews each lasting 45 minutes. Knowing the tenants of the company or the Leadership principles is very important and making sure they are reflected in your responses.
- Tell me about a time that your advice was not heeded and what did you do about it. Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult InterviewNo OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Amazon.com in August 2014.
They are making things way more complicated than they are. I applied online and for 3 weeks - nothing. Then I sent my resume to a friend to be send it internally and I received a call in 2 days. They send you questions in word format to fill out. Then if they like your answers, they will schedule a phone interview, if not they will just say Thank you, but.....
Phone interview questions are nothing related to your experience, they are all behavioral. So prepare good for any scenarios you might be or have been. Then a second interview in about a week. Then if they like you again, you will be invited for 5-6 hr in person interview. Anyway good luck to those wanting to go through the long and not so pleasant process.
- What was your biggest mistake at work and how did you handle it? How did your manager react to it? Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage InterviewNo OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online – interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in July 2014.
I applied for a few jobs (all Executive Assistant) but was not selected for an interview on any of these. I was contacted by someone in another department who saw my resume and wanted to find out if I was interested in the position she was looking to fill. I confirmed my interest, and she asked me to fill out a questionnaire. After returning the questionnaire via email, she confirmed that the team was interested in interviewing me, and I was then contacted by the recruiting coordinator. She scheduled a time for me to talk with someone else, and I am currently awaiting that phone interview.
- So far, I've only been asked standard questions about problem solving, compensation, and how many hours are too many per week, etc. Answer Question
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I applied through other source. The process took 4 weeks – interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA).
Two fairly detailed phone screens followed by an all day in house loop with 6+ interviewers. The loop comprised of both EAs and the team as well as the hiring manager.
- Tell me about a time when you didn't make the right decision and what did you do to resolve it? Answer Question
Recruiting was fairly resistant to any negotiation of salary.
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