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Updated Jan 27, 2015
Updated Jan 27, 2015
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    Software Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    recruiter found me on linked in. Once I responded back they scheduled interview next day. Hiring manager was nice person, he mostly asked behavioral questions. Next day received email for next interview which was technical. There were 3 in total in person interviews.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Software Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Interview process was pretty straightforward - no surprises. Annoying part was that they went ahead with this, but apparently didn't have a position equivalent in scope to the one I currently have. Unclear why they thought I'd be motivated to make a change.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing unexpected. Several interviewers asked me whether I'd ever had to fire someone. Is that telling?   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Software Development Manager Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    Over the course of months (!) between phone calls they eventually invited me onsite for an interview. The people I met were great to talk to although they seemed really tired and were very intent on keeping everything prompt and punctual. Very scripted questions, nothing spontaneous. Overall a good interview experience except that a lot of my questions got generic answers.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe your biggest failure and what you did to ensure it wouldn't recur?   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    The offer was too low, even after negotiating, to be worth it. I received another offer that was 12% higher with a company that doesn't have all of the bad reviews that Amazon has.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Manager Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Amazon's AWS group reached out to me through Linked In and asked for a call with the hiring director. I had heard a lot of strange things about Amazon but was intrigued so I took the call.

    The initial call went well. The director answered my concerns and questions very honestly and was very straightforward.

    The next contact was with an internal recruiter who setup a phone interview with team members. However, the recruiter did not tell me about it and it was sheer luck that I reached out to her to find out status the day before the interviews. We rescheduled to a day when I could make it.

    The phone interviews went really well. The questions were not as bizarre as I had expected, mostly they focused on me providing specific examples of my experienced and how I handled them.
    Next I was brought in for a day-long, in-person interview. This was preceded by an essay question where I wrote up how I had solved a complex problem.

    I enjoyed the day with the team and thought we go along well. Again, the questions were looking for specific examples of things I had done. They focused a lot on the Amazon Leadership Principles (they warned me about this beforehand and had provided a link) and I felt like I provided good examples of those principles.

    I was most impressed by their interest in failures and lessons learned.

    They turned me down without explanation. I was very surprised by that since I thought we had connected really well and were a good fit.

    Based on what they said during the interview, I think they have a deep cultural problem where they want more mid-to-high level employees, but they don't want to give up their feeling of being the smartest people in the room. So if they feel threatened by someone, they look for any excuse to keep them out. This way, they can keep on complaining that they don't have enough talent while claiming that they are trying to hire more.

    There are plenty of mid-to-high level developers and managers in the Seattle area, Amazon just doesn't want them because then they would feel threatened.

    Interview Questions
    • Though I was interviewing for a manager role, it was for a technical team so I was asked to design a million-disk array alerting system. They seemed to be looking for my understanding of disk arrays and the complexities of alerts/managing of large systems.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6. 14 people found this helpful  

    Software Development Manager Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    I had been contacted by a recruiter from Amazon for a job I had applied to about 2 months earlier. She said a new position had opened up and asked if I was still interested. This was for a software development manager.

    I had 2 phone screens (1 with the hiring manager, and 1 with a sr. software developer on the team). Nothing too out of the ordinary - some high level architecture questions and some open ended behavioral questions.

    I didn't think anything would come from it, but shortly after the second phone screen, they asked if I could fly out to Seattle for in-person interviews (I live right outside of Washington DC). I set that up for the following week (they use a travel agency, so it's pretty straightforward).

    The process was very well set up and everyone seemed pretty laid back and professional. The first person I talked for about 30 minutes was an hr manager. He explained that how Amazon interviews is different than most other companies. Instead of bringing in 3 or 4 candidates for a position then picking one, Amazon first wants to know if you're a good fit for the company. If you are, then they try and match you with a position that seems to be the best fit. So they are really hiring you for the company more than the specific position. And he also mentioned (as did a few of the other people I talked to), that it is pretty easy to move around within the company if you want a new or different challenge at some point.

    The interview day is fairly intense - I met with 7 different people (1:1). The types of questions were similar to what I had experienced in the phone screens. A lot of behavioral type questions: "tell me about a time a project failed... got behind schedule... how did you handle it". They are really looking for how you deal with various situations. There were also some architecture and systems design questions.

    My interview day was on Wednesday and they called the following day to offer my a position. Instead of a software development manager, they liked me for a technical program manager position. After looking at the job description, this really did make a lot of sense (I have managed software teams in the past, but also have a lot of project management experience). So I thought they did a good job of matching me to the right position (I talked a lot about project management processes, client management, planning, etc. during the interviews).

    All in all, it was a positive experience. One thing I would have changed was the location of the hotel. The travel agent put me outside of city (This was not Amazon's fault). Not being familiar with Seattle, I didn't realize how inconvenient it would be to get around (and I stayed an extra day after the interview to check out the city). I would strongly recommend that if they offer to fly you out and put you up in a hotel, that you make sure to get a room in downtown Seattle. Minor detail - but worth noting.

    Interview Questions
    • There was not one question that stood out as being most difficult. I would say just be very prepared to talk about past projects and give specifics about your past experiences.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiating the offer as I write this.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Amazon.com in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed with AWS for the development manager position. Mostly questions like

    1) Tell us about a time that you made a mistake
    2) Tell us about a time that you made a proposal and your team did not like it
    3) Tell us about a time that you had to make a decision under pressure or with incomplete information , if you had a chance to do it would you make the same decision again ? why ?
    4) Tell me about what you are working on now ( the ability to drill deep into the technology is important)
    5) Why do you want to work for AWS ?
    6) What would you fear most about working in AWS ?

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Software Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    Amazon is similar to other larger tech companies. Best advice, be prepared and understand the leadership principles.

    Phone Interview(s) - I only had one. Focused on my experience and specific examples that showed how I managed a group of software engineers. Questions like, "tell me a time you overcame a significant challenge or problem".

    In-Person Interviews - This was a half-day event where I was interviewed by 4 people separately. Each had a specific focus and area they were questioning. Two were clearly focused solely on my experiences with many similar questions to my phone screen, but more detailed. Two had some similar question, but also gauged my technical background and they did ask me coding questions. While I was told I would not be expected to code on the job, the role does expect you to be a competent in software design and development.

    Overall the experience was very good. The recruiter from the very beginning gave me all I needed to survive the process so long as I also planned well and knew my own personal examples well. I studied the amazon leadership principles and had examples that met each criteria. I brushed up on my coding skillz... basics, trees, data structures, big o, etc.

    Interview Questions
    • Job experience questions mostly. Know what you have done, be specific.

      For coding - know the basics and practice the most common questions out there.

      No brain teasers.
       
      Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    You can negotiate. Amazon focuses on the overall package including a base salary, bonus for two years, and stock. Everything is negotiable and that is expected.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Software Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Detroit, MI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Detroit, MI
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    You will be given lots of behavior based leadership questions . The problem is the interviewers are engineers who interview manager for leadership. This does not make any sense as they need to grow themselves first.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Software Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Irvine, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Irvine, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    After reviewing my resume, I was invited to a phone interview-about an hour long. This was with another software dev manager. This was a mix of managerial and technical questions. Within a few days I was invited to on-site interviews. It took awhile to schedule this, as many people interview you and they need to coordinate all their schedules.

    You need to sign an NDA for the on-site interview, so there's a lot I can't discuss. The on-site interview was long (6-7 hours), but you get bathroom breaks and food. The interviewers were pleasant people. The interviewers were a mix of developers and managers. The questions tended to be high-level systems design and behavioral ("tell me about..").

    The lower-level technical questions came in the phone interview. The recruiter does try to prepare you in advance for some of the questions you may receive during the day. The interview process appears to be more scripted than others I have experienced. There are pros and cons to this approach. I suspect this is one reason why they have you sign an NDA.

    Overall, I thought I did pretty well and thought I stood a good chance at getting an offer, but that's not how it turned out. In thinking about it, there were 1 or 2 interviews where I didn't give very good answers. That may have been my downfall. It can take many days to get results of your on-site interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Before the NDA, I was surprised to get questions on Big-O notation. The last time I saw that was in college.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I found the hiring process to be very efficient. I had applied online on their job portal. I was contacted with in couple days by one of the recruiting team members to setup phone interview. The result of phone interview was out in couple days, and it was arranged for me to visit on site for in person interviews. In person interviews lasted for many hours, where I met many team members. The conversations were very engaging, and in depth exploration of my background experience and skill set. I was given the opportunity to ask questions. Lead recruiter contacted me with the results with in 3 days. Offer was made and I accepted it.

    Overall the hiring process was a very positive experience, and it gave me confidence to choose Amazon Web Services, over one another offer that I had received about the same time.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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