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Amazon.com Program Manager Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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Technical Program Manager Interview

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I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2014.

Interview Details – The interview process was very straightforward: 1) the recruiter approached me; and we had the first screening chat; 2) I had the interview with one Senior Program Manager; She asked me behavioural and technical - high level - questions on digital TV and content management; 3) then another interview with a Senior Engineer; he asked me more in depth technical questions. Overall it went well, however I got their "I'm sorry you are not the right fit because..." note a couple of days after. It was very funny as the day before I had an interview with one of their major client, Netflix, and it did not go well. I wonder if these two thinks are related and they talked to each other, eg. via Linkedin, party lines, etc.

Interview Question – They are all different but I can suggest you: 1) Don't make up things; 2) prepare compelling stories on how you effectively managed people and solved technical / business problems; 3) remember that the interviewed are professionals like you and one day you might work together as vendor, client or business partners.   Answer Question

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Technical Program Manager II Interview

Anonymous Employee
Seattle, WA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Amazon.com in November 2012.

Interview Details – Was contacted by the HR with reference to my resume on a job portal. It was followed by 2 telephonic interviews with SDMs. A few days later got an invitation to come to Seattle to have interviews onsite. Total 7 interviews starting with a Senior SDE and going up to the Director of the hiring group. I'm not sure if there was a bar raiser - but I assume so, since there was a Director from another group making the final interview. Interviewers were polite and very engaging.
Overall, the hiring process was very smooth and well coordinated

Negotiation Details – Didn't have much room for negotiation - but overall the package was good.

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Technical Program Manager Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

I interviewed at Amazon.com in September 2013.

Interview Details – Excellent when it comes to scheduling interview and providing information regarding the process and interviewees. But they never got back to me

Interview Question – How will i calculate the angle between the hour hand and minute hand if I am provided with time in HH:MM format   View Answer

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Interview Details – I got the call for first round of interview through a referral. The interviewer gave me an overview about the role first. He did ask me couple of questions on SQL and I answered one right and another wrong. He shifted to more behavioral questions about resume. He was impressed by my stories but said that I will be good fit for product manager but not this role.

Interview Question – Difference between outer join/inner join, where/having.   Answer Question

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Technical Program Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee
Seattle, WA

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

Interview Details – I was referred by my ex-colleague. After an initial phone screen which was supposed to be technical, turned out to be half technical and half project management. I was fairly detailed with some interesting situational questions. I didnt hear after the interview for a few days and was a little anxious. When I inquired, the HR sent me a note to schedule the onsite interview. I was expecting a second round of phone screen. The onsite loop was good mix of technical and project management with dev managers and TPMs. Lunch with manager went well although I must say, explaining a system landscape and technical architecture over food is quite tricky. The final interview was with a bar raiser and the key question asked was, "tell me about a time when you have taken something completely outside your comfort zone".
The folks are pretty quick in amazon and I got a call in 2 days to discuss the opportunity and negotiate. In general, I would say, prepare well and structure your thoughts on what you want to speak. Dont need to speak about dozens of projects you have done, just focus on a few but explain in detail. Folks in Amazon love to get into the nth degree of detail. Even if you feel some of the situation questions are impossible, dont get frustrated. The key intent is to understand how you deal with ambiguous and complex situations. You dont have to have answers for everything, its the thought process that matters. A lot of folks dont make the T (technical mark) and while the questions are not dev level but you should be able to talk architecture and challenge a dev. Just remember, TPM is the big picture guy in Amazon and is the bridge between devs, dev managers, product managers and across teams. They have to traverse up and down and side ways so breadth is important but should have the ability to dive deep as well.

Interview Question – Cant say due to NDA   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I didnt have much room for negotiation since I realized my ask was already on the higher end of their spectrum for this role. They matched my ask

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Senior Program Manager Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

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

Interview Details – Applied Online
Received call from HR about phone interview schedule
Interview was easy and professional

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Senior Technical Program Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee
Seattle, WA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in June 2012.

Interview Details – Amazon found me on Career Builder and reached out to schedule an initial interview. I talked to a contracted recruiter on the phone then was put into the interview loop. I had a phone screen interview with a member of the team then a more detailed 1-hour technical interview where I was quizzed a little deeper. After I passed that I was invited to Seattle for a day of intense interviews.

Interview Question – Amazon has decided to compete directly with Netflix. Design the system (top to bottom) that will help us win the battle.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I should have pushed harder on the negotiation.

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Senior Technical Program Manager Interview

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Interviewed at Amazon.com

Interview Details – Overall I was very impressed with Amazon's interview process. They were very organized and efficient. After 2 phone interviews I went onsite for a round of in person interviews. I was less impressed with the people I interviewed with. Several didn't bother to introduce themselves to me, they just jumped right in with questions.

Interview Question – I realized during the interviews that we might have had a miscommunication. Some of the interviewers expected me to have a stronger technical background. When I pointed out to them that I don't and that I'd been very upfront with the recruiters about this potential skill gap they seemed a bit surprised.   Answer Question

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Program Manager

I applied in-person - interviewed at Amazon.com in January 2010.

Interview Details – - Internal Candidate, Full Interview Loop.

Interview Question – None. I was prepared. Know the core competencies.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None.

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Technical Program Manager Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Seattle, WA

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Amazon.com in April 2013.

Interview Details – Two phone interviews with one Onsite interview

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