Amazon.com Recruiter Interview Questions

Updated Apr 16, 2015
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    Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA).

    Interview

    Passed my resume to a recruiter via LinkedIn and was contacted a few days later to schedule an Initial Screening with the Hiring Manager. I was then invited to the Amazon HQ for 6 in-person interviews about 2 weeks later. The interviews were about 45 minutes each and focused on Amazon's leadership principles. I was surprised by the number of behavior based questions there were, the interviewers would really dive deep to get the specifics of each answer you gave, but it didn't feel like an interrogation it was more like a conversation, which was nice! It was clear that everyone I met was incredibly smart and really looking for "Amazon" personality fit at this point. My best advice is to study Amazon's leadership principles along with your resume and be ready to go into great detail about how you showcased those same principles, be open to sharing your thought process and support anecdotes with quantifiable data as much as possible.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you had a goal and made a plan to accomplish it, but competing requirements got in the way? How'd you manage your other priorities? Did you meet your goal? Why or Why Not? What did you learn from it? If you could go back, how would you have done things differently? Why?   Answer Question
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    Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Telephone interview with recruiter for first round (positive impression); 2nd telephone interview with role manager who missed our originally scheduled time and had to reschedule the interview; 3rd telephone interview with another manager. 2 week break for scheduling onsite interview. Onsite interview consisted of 5 in-depth behavioral based interviews. Returned home and had another telephone interview. I felt the interview process challenged me but It's one thing to push people to excel and another to pontificate about expectations from high upon a mountain. I definitely felt a "chill" in the air. I felt compelled to want the opportunity from the shear challenge in the role - not because of the way the interviewer's made me feel through the interview process. I would suggest anyone preparing for this role go in with realistic expectations and be prepared to be humbled. The follow up communication following the onsite interview was not very good - took a week and a half to get a response back from my recruiter. The hiring manager really led me to believe that I was going to get this position and that did not happen.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you took a risk in one of your previous roles?   1 Answer
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    Recruiter/RPO Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    First recruiter phone screen, second a manager phone screen and then followed by five - one hour onsite interviews detailing my experience through both behavioral questions regarding my past/current performance. I was also asked to write the most complicated boolean I loved to use including how to use each operator.

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    Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source – interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA).

    Interview

    What a mess. I was contacted on LinkedIn by a recruiter and we set up the initial phone screen. I talked to her and she seemed really excited about me, setting up a second round call while I was on the phone. She also mentioned since I work remotely another department may want me to, and copied me on an email to her colleague. The only person I ever heard back from was the very out of touch recruiter for the second round. She had no experience and couldn't keep her questions or responses straight. Not only did I get absolutely no response but for a large company I'm shocked by how unprofessional the folks representing the company are.

    Interview Questions

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    Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    5-6 phone interviews. Then an in person interview with 6 people. They flew me out and paid for interview expenses. The interview experience was nice. My only issue is the recruiter left me a voice mail letting me know I didn't get the position. She hasn't returned my calls. I took two days off of work to fly out and interview. The respectful thing would be to return my call regardless of the outcome. A voice mail is very unprofessional.

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    Full Cycle Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    Started as a contractor and interviewed for FTE. I felt like nothing I did as a contract was considered in my candidacy. The offer was very rushed and up for little to no negotiation.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing that sticks out, but I had been contract I did have some insight on what could be asked.   Answer Question
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    Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    Amazon recruiter proactively reached out to me and set up recruiter screen. Recruiter screen went well, so submitted me to several of his recruiting managers with open positions. Unfortunately, the recruiting manager that was the most interested was a perfect example of the stereotypical Amazon long-termer (10 years); super aggressive and confrontational. She spent 10 minutes pontificating about how hardcore she is as a manager and how she prides herself on being "direct"and quick to fire someone, if she doesn't think they are a "good fit". When I asked her about the tenure of her reports, she admitted that everyone on her team has been there less than a year... I knew very early in the interview, that I would never be willing to work for her. I believe she could tell and also declined.

    Interview Questions

    • How is recruiting @ Amazon better than @ your current employer?   Answer Question
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    Technical Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in November 2014.

    Interview

    Was reached out to via LinkedIN by a recruiter. Applied on website and contacted by email a couple of days later. Phone screen about 5 days after that with a recruiter that asked me the basic pre-screening questions. A day later received email for another phone interview with someone HR. Interview happened a few days later and dove a little more into my skill sets and experience, I was given an opportunity to ask questions and I brought up the overwhelming negative reviews on Glassdoor in regards to work/life balance. The recruiter defended the company and said that "We work hard here to make history" which turned me off a bit as it typically just an excuse for overworking people. I accepted the answer and did not push further. I did not hear back for a week and figured I was eliminated from the process. I had to reach out to the original recruiter to find out the status and they apologized for not getting back to me. A day later I was scheduled for an interview with a manager. Had an hour phone conversation with the manager who seemed very robotic in his questions with generic "Kool-Aid" based questions and responses to questions I had. While speaking with him, I did have the Amazon page open for their core values in case I needed to reference them and during his speech of why Amazon is a great place to work, he systematically walked through each core value as they were written on the website. It was very awkward and uncomfortable. I did ask him about the work/life balance and what he thought and he responded back with another generic corporately correct response that answered nothing. I was happy to be done with the phone call in only an hour. This place is not for me! Needless to say, I have not heard back and don't expect to.

    Interview Questions

    • None really, very generic questions you'd expect from any behavioral interview   Answer Question
  10. Helpful (1)  

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    I was contacted by a Recruiting Coordinator about three weeks after applying online. Underwent two separate phone interviews, then was invited to an on-campus interview. I had five interviews on campus, with a vast majority of the questions focusing on behavioral questions, i.e. tell me about a time when... Three days later, I received an email saying they had decided not to hire. Afterwards, I repeatedly reached out for feedback but they simply ignored me.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you disagreed with a supervisor.   Answer Question
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    Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA).

    Interview

    I felt that the interview was a waste of my time. The entire process was pretty negative. They made it very clear what I didn't have and my lack of qualifications to try to prepare me for a low offer. I left the interview feeling like I had been hit by a car. It is not an interview. It is an interrogation to beat you down so low you accept a low ball offer. There are so many other companies that treat their employees better and pay at market rate.

    Interview Questions

    • Give me another example (they wanted multiple examples)   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    super low offer

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