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Amazon.com Program Manager Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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Technical Program Manager Interview

Technical Program Manager

I interviewed at Amazon.com in June 2014.

Interview Details – Applied through an Amazon employee. Recruiter was very communicative. Case based interview. From scheduling the interview to reaching to a decision, everything was done in a timely manner with minimal wait. Questions were centered around leadership, decision making and problem solving. Interviewer was professional and friendly. I like Amazon, so will keep looking for future opportunities.

Interview Question – Questions were not unexpected, but I could have taken more time to think them through.   Answer Question

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Technical Program Manager Interview

Technical Program Manager
Herndon, VA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2014.

Interview Details – The recruiter from AWS reached out to me for an initial telephone interview. This was followed by another technical screening within a week. Questions were quite general and scenario based mainly related to managing difficult situations during production outage, etc. I received an email within couple hours that they would like to have another technical phone interview with senior manager. Again the questions ranged from managing a team and different project management scenarios. After going through 3 telephone interviews, got an email after 1 - 2 weeks for on-site (Herndon, VA) interview with AWS team members. This was a 5 and a half hour interview with 6 different people ranging from TPM, Software Development Manager, etc. It sure was quite intense and you really have to know what you are talking about. Overall it was a positive experience.

Interview Question – Draw and define a software architecture diagram and explain how would you handle encryption along each transition phase of the data?   Answer Question

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Technical Program Manager Interview

Technical Program Manager
Seattle, WA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com.

Interview Details – ProveRbs interview loop was as expected however being constantly bombarded with trying to think of past failures was way too emphasized versus challenges faced and overcome. I believe that instead of letting the interviwers control the process, taking control and exploring valid areas such as challenges, successes. Or pertinent data geared toward the job. Rather than the "script" on their laptop.

Interview Question – Can you talk about a time that you made an extremely bad career decision?

Think about a time that you made a bad career choice?
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Senior Program Manager Interview

Senior Program Manager
Seattle, WA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in May 2014.

Interview Details – Total time from initial contact with recruiter to job offer was 5 weeks. Screening call with subject matter in week 2, f2f interview scheduled for week 4, and offered presented in week 5. F2F interviews were intense and centered around Amazon leadership competencies. Everyone was very friendly, but also very serious about the interview process. Amazon goes to great lengths to preserve their customer obsession culture. Questions are directed at achieving tangible and measurable business results.

Interview Question – When was a time where you had to sacrifice long term goals to achieve short term results.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation - offer was very competitive and met my personal minimums before receiving.

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Technical Program Manager Interview

Technical Program Manager

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Amazon.com in May 2014.

Interview Details – 17 years of industry experience. Multiple letters of commendation from executives. But the interviewer spent nearly the time grilling me on my answer to "explain a time at work when you failed to accomplish you goal". He did not ask anything about the content on the resume. Did not establish his expectations on what he is looking for in a candidate. Didn't express any interest in getting to know the whole me. Perhaps that is the Amazon way.

Out of the gate they want to know why you choose to apply at amazon.

Interview Question – explain a time at work when you failed to accomplish you goal   Answer Question

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Product Listings Program Manager Interview

Product Listings Program Manager
Seattle, WA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in May 2014.

Interview Details – Was approached by an Amazon recruiter via LinkedIn. At first, he initial contact was very promising, including a detailed explanation of what to expect. The primary interview came and at first seem promising asked simple questions on Product Quality and questions relatively associated to the position. Next few questions were quiet biased questions from how to escalate and how to improve a stapler. Both questions were poorly deceived and questions were changed after the initial questions was asked. I kept a recording of my interview and behold the questions was changed up after the initial asking..

Interview Question – How do you improve a stapler??   Answer Question

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Senior Manager, Program Management Interview

Senior Manager, Program Management
Seattle, WA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in October 2012.

Interview Details – Overall, it was a good experience. Phone screens and in person were personable. Everyone took notes which was a bit distracting. Also, it was difficult to tell how I was being received.

Negotiation Details – It went quickly -- I gave a number and they gave it to me.

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Senior Technical Program Manager Interview

Senior Technical Program Manager
Seattle, WA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Amazon.com.

Interview Details – Sent my CV to an ex-colleague and was contacted by a recruitment coordinator. The initial contact was very promising, including a detailed explanation of what to expect. The problem is that the process was not as described. The recruiter never got back to me within the expected 2 days after each interview and I had to repeatedly contact her for an update. The two phone interviews I had were weeks apart. Both were very similar, where I was asked to solve technical problems. The recruiter messed up agreed times, the interviewers called me up to 20 mins late and one interview was cancelled 5 mins beforehand. After many weeks, I was invited for a third phone interview, only it turned out to be a different person on a different team and for a different position! So I can only imagine I was unsuccessful with the first team. I will write another review about the interview process for the other position. The interviewers both seemed quite arrogant and although they asked predominantly technical questions, they both admitted that the role was mostly about feature prioritisation and program management, since the senior developers handle the technical stuff - go figure.

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  • Based on a list of when buses entered & left for the day, design an algorithm for the bus depot manager to determine the resourcing requirements for tomorrow.   Answer Question
  • Design a system that captures when someone hovers or clicks on an ad and stores the information for later processing.   Answer Question
  • Design an ad server that returns relevant ads from a store of 100m unique ads. It must be fast and must scale across 1b different pages and 1b requests per day.   Answer Question

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Program Manager II Interview

Program Manager II

Interviewed at Amazon.com

Interview Details – Quick and easy. Amazon takes hiring very seriously.

Interview Question – Fairly standard questions.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Some back and forth. I got what I wanted. Stock plays a big role.

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Software Development Engineer & Technical Program Manager Interview

Software Development Engineer & Technical Program Manager

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in April 2013.

Interview Details – I applied Online. Couple of Amazon recruiters emailed about opportunities, and setup 2 separate telephone interviews for different positions after initial phone chat.
Software Dev Eng interview involved writing code and sharing it real time with the interviewer on the Web. They mostly checked for logic than syntax.
Technical Program Manager interviewer posed questions about managing multiple cross functional Agile teams, prioritization, escalation, and managing expectations.

Interview Question – Asked to write code online. Posed scenarios where teams are difficult to deal with and how to manage around it.   Answer Question

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