Amazon.com Recruiter Interview Questions

Updated Jul 18, 2015
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    Technical Recruiter Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Very positive experience. The hiring manager was very responsive and transparent, did an awesome job in preparing me on what to expect during the interview. The interviewers were kind and friendly, with a positive attitude

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    Because of comp

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    Campus Recruiting Coordinator Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through other source – interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    I was Interviewed by a current CRC. The conversation was relatively painless and benign. The questions were primarily behavioral in nature. At the end I asked questions relating to work/life balance and team culture. Having heard that the process can be fairly drawn out I also asked about timelines and when they expected to make a hire. The gal talking to me didn't know but assumed within a week. She was correct.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you disagreed with a supervisor. How did you resolve that?   Answer Question
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    Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    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

    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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    Recruiting Coordinator Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process was fun! I was moved through three phone interviews before a live interview. My recruiting coordinator stayed with me through the whole process, from start to finish, and checked in with me before and after every step. The interview questions were mostly behavioral in nature, and it is important to know the Amazon leadership principles when interviewing with the company.

    Negotiation

    No issues.

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    Recruiter/RPO Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    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.

    Interview Questions

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    Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    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

    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

    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

    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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