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Amazon.com Program Manager Interview Questions

Updated Dec 1, 2014
Updated Dec 1, 2014
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    Principal Technical Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Interview process took about a month. First, 3 phone interviews (HT, PM and Product Manager), then a day long of interviews in Amazon's campus, with 7 people including the hiring manager, recruiter, HR, peers, Engineering partners and someone from another team at Amazon. Albeit exhausting, all interviews were very interesting and the interviewers really nice.

    Interview Questions
    • In general, not very hard questions, and most of them were around how to get things done no matter what.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Technical Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    I got into Amazon's loop because my friend who works there recommended me for a position. There was a quick round of communication to set up a phone interview with the team, and they gave me a description of the position and a packet about preparing for the interview, although the packet didn't really address the question they asked.

    Interview Questions
    • The interviewer essentially spent the entire hour asking questions about the first project I mentioned from my latest job, getting into an almost uncomfortable level of detail and definitely beyond what I remembered well.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
  3.  

    Senior Technical Program 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 in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I don't like their interviewing process. The recruiter from Seattle was less responsive and you had to keep follow up to check on the status. I met her in person during my onsite interview. She was not so friendly. Before they brought you onsite, they gave you good directions on how to get to their site and what to expect from the all day interviews. They did not give any names of the interviewers afraid you would search on their backgrounds and gave the reasons that they could swap people due to their schedules. it seems their employees are busy with day-to-day work and interview candidates. On the same day of my interview, they were busy with multiple interviews.

    Interview Questions
    • Some of the questions were not related to my experience and job description. It seems the interviewer didn't even read my resume but asked questions based on his own background. I had to refresh him of my background. He then went to get a sets of questions probably from provided scripts and asked more relevant questions. I think that was not professional and gave candidate bad impression about the company. I think they should be better prepared. It is more like talking to robots where they just follow a routine. Some of them asked the same questions. That didn't make the process and use of time efficiently. Even if I didn't get the offer, I am not sorry. I don't think I like to work in this kind of environment. It is a good learning to be onsite and see how their work environment is. That is also a decision point if you want to work for them.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Program Manager- Transportation Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    interviewed at Amazon.com in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    It is on-campus recruiting. There were total 2 rounds interview and both interviews were scheduled within a week. The 1st round is about culture fit -more like a behavior-based interview. The questions involved analytics, teamwork, and how to influence others. The 2nd round interview was meeting with the hiring manager. He asked both technical and behavior questions.

    Interview Questions
    • What are the constructive feedback you get from your teammates?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was added by an Amazon recruiter on LinkedIn. I contacted him right away with an email saying I am interested in PM roles at Amazon and within a day of my email, he replied back asking for my resume so he can share it with hiring managers. I did it immediately and the second day he got back saying a hiring manager is interested in doing a phone interview with me.

    I was really impressed with how fast he moved things around. The hiring manager chose me for a Sr. PM role though that job description asked for more than double the experience I had. So I clarified during the interview that though I am interested in the position, my experience is less than the one asked for in the job description. The hiring manager was interviewing me and she said she appreciated that I was setting the right expectations with her and its not a problem since her team has PM roles open too.

    She conducted the interview. I thought it went well. The recruiter contacted me that I was recommended to be interviewed for PM role and whether I would be willing to do it. I said yes and then a second phone interview was scheduled for the following week.

    Both phone interviews were similar. I was asked to described a project I have done end-to-end, and then followed up with lots of conflict questions asking for examples from my experience where I was in a difficult situation and how I managed it.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions asked were:
      1. Tell me about a time when you had to think of more than one way to convince a person to agree with an idea.
      2. Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a person and how you handled it.
      3. Tell me about a time when you were at fault and how you handled it.
      4. Tell me about a time when you faced a difficult situation.
      5. Tell me what you struggle in/ you would like to improve about yourself.
       
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Senior Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    I applied for this position and was contacted for it by a recruiter. The recruiter set up a time and stated the interviewer would be on time. Not early, not late. The interviewer was early. Unprepared. Awkward and his examples and questions were stilted and not thought through. It was a miserable interview and very awkward to try to guide and direct him as well as understand him. He was 40 minutes early and when I picked up the phone he acted like he was surprised I picked up the call. I believe he was trying leave a message and say he missed me as he was totally unprepared to conduct a meaningful interview.
    With that misery over, I expected a thanks but no thanks but I received another phone interview with an employee with 15 years history with Amazon. He was fantastic. We clicked very well and he was a hiring manager. We spent an hour and a half discussing all aspects of the position, his background, my background and next steps.
    Third interview was with another front line 2 year employee and it was not as personable or interesting as the 2nd. I was disappointed with the approach, the questions, the lack of reply to questions and the overall disposition and enthusiasm of the interviewer. I was trying hard as I thought an opportunity at Amazon would be very cool and career advancing even if for 2 years.

    Interview Questions
    • Most difficult question: How would you manage a new version of a product that would be replacing a previous version. No additional background, unable to clarify how or what the product did. Who the clients were or where it was in the development process.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 11 people found this helpful  

    Technical Program Manager Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Very professional and organized process. Recruiting people are great. First a phone call from the recruiter. Second a 30 min interview with a director, pretty high level, and then another interview with a TPM which is more detailed.
    I was then invited to travel to the HQ in Seattle for a marathon of 5 interviews, with TPMs and Directors, four of them 1:1 and one 2:1.
    You can tell they interview a lot of people, some interviewers tried to show some interest others were in auto-pilot mode, asking the same questions and getting the same answers for the hundredth time can sure be boring.
    In the end, all folks very professional, doing their job, but I did miss some small talk, non-scripted talk, maybe 5 minutes after each interview, where you get to know the people better. I left with the impression that I talked to 6 machines that were programmed to ask questions and drilling them down to the core.
    From the Glassdoor reviews I learned that only one in four candidates who come to this stage get an offer letter, so I already knew my chances were slim. Anyways I flew over to gain experience and improve my interview game. Also I got to know the company and it's people, on which I don't think I would fit in.

    Interview Questions
    • Can not specify a question due to NDA, but there are many questions about past projects and request to solution some problem. Nothing too exotic, however on interview #4 or #5 I confess I got sick and tired of talking the same things over and over. Incidentally the more important interviews are the last ones, maybe on purpose :) But at that point I already knew I did not want to be an Amazonian.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Technical Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Amazon.com in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    They found me via Linked In.
    Sent me a glaring email about how exciting it would be to part of the Amazon Prime Team.
    And asked me would you be able to attend the recruiting event in Raleigh , NC ? I said YES, few days later they send me the online test ( via hackerrank). The online test was scenario specific about Prime Shipping . Very easy to answer. There was a 2 hour time limit too.
    After few days recruiter sent me official invitation. I was also told that regardless of PASS/FAIL of the hackerrank test result feedback would be given. They never sent me such response.
    After few weeks , they sent me the timeslots to choose for Raleigh, NC and accordingly they booked the hotel and sent me the travel details. I drove to Interivew location.

    The interview was in a Marriott hotel. There was a reception area ( basically a Marriott room ) where there and liquid refreshment ( soda, water )was provided and a brochure about Amazon.com and living in Seattle. Recruiter showed us the interview room ( each candidate was assigned the room ) and told that basically you go at 9 AM in this room and wait for your interviewer to arrive. And interview conclude in 50 minutes then you can return to the reception area for refreshment, it was three hour long interview process.

    All three hours, they keep asking scenario based questions, I kept asking follow up questions and continued to ask clarifying question , my clarifying question was sometime razor sharp that they themselves are fumbling to find the answer. Question were like if you have Amazon Prime Team and Amazon Music Team, and you are supposed to launch the Amazon Music product and there was no work done so far to do it , how would you go about launching the product ?

    Another one about extending the Amazon product page and adding the auction capability how would you design entities ? I used whiteboard to explain the scenario.

    Tell me something you do outside of your normal work ?
    What would you do if two teams are not talking with each other but their integration is required in certain project ?

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult thing was that interviewer were very positive their body language etc was like that you are doing a really GOOD JOB ! But sometime you are not !   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Program Manager Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    First word that comes to mind - effortless. They flew me out, provided detailed information as to what to expect pre-, during-, and post-interview. The recruiter touched base prior to the interview to make sure I didn't have any last minute questions, and followed through on every expectation set. Overall, it was a lovely experience, the people seem to live the culture of supporting a great "customer experience", and it seemed they went out of their way to make sure I had a great experience!

    Interview Questions
    • "What's the most innovative thing you've ever created?"   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Technical Program Manager Interview

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

    I applied online – interviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    Amazon is a big name and work wise you may have great exposure. You may think you have all good reasons to work for this company which is doing great financially and leading way technologically. Those were the reason I went after Amazon. Just to end up in sadness and frustration.

    The recruiter part is very standard , it followed by hiring manager interviewing for 1 hr. Apparently I cleared that and was excited. I got called in for on site interview and 4-7 persons were to interview.

    The hiring manager took the first one. His boss second , peer Dev manager, Product manager , and again two Dev managers- one was just shadowing.

    I believe they were testing me on the amazon leadership values that recruiter had emailed . I had plenty of example on those to offer. The level of questions went up , up and up. I was also asked to write code, draw architecture, , situational questions. etc.

    Over all expect a lot of questions on Amz's values and architecture.

    The interview went well in my opinion. My self I am a manager of one department and didn't sense any discomfort or wrong track. Of course until I received the call of "Thank you "

    Amazon is a great company if you want exposure. But the interview process is too much to deal with.
    Amazon does have a high employee churn,

    Sadly, when I asked for some feedback I was told that they don't share any. If there is an HR person on this blog -- dude look into this. People are successful out side Amazon too. You are hurting and spending a lot of energy on finding people.

    Amz seems to look one person to substitute 5 different roles.

    Atleast provide feedback

    Interview Questions
    • What is that you don't want to do ? It was an interesting question because all we think a lot about what we want to do.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

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