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Amazon.com Senior Product Manager Interview Questions

Updated Nov 9, 2014
Updated Nov 9, 2014
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    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    I took the MBA assessment. Then I was interviewed for 2 phone interviews.I was then invited for final round over video call.I am yet to appear for the final round

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing unexpected. Questions were straight to the point.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Amazon.com in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process consists of three parts,I made it to round one and didn't get an invite to round two--

    1) First thing I had to do was complete a two part online test (1st part is like a very simple IQ test, 2nd part is a personality test to probably see if you match with their 14 leadership principles). After this, you're either accepted or rejected for a first round interview.

    2) First round interview--two 30 minute interviews. The personalities of the interviewers were very different, the first was very low key, the second was very high energy. Phone interviews were conducted on the same day about two hours apart. The interviews weren't really either behavioral or case-based which really threw me off-- they were very entrepreneurial, problem recognition/solving focused. Be able to talk to Amazon as a company, what you think some of it's problems are, and new product suggestions. Expect interviewers to "dive deep" and get into why you're answering questions the way you are.

    As a side note-- I had other friends interview for other positions (program manager, logisitics) and their questions/focus were very different than mine. Good luck and hopefully you have a better chance than I did.

    Interview Questions
    • First interview questions-
      1. What can Amazon do to improve the user's experience? How can we do this? Why do you think people like ____?

      2. What is your favorite piece of technology. How would you improve it? What would you do to make these improvements?

      3. What's the biggest problem you've solved?

      Second interview questions-

      1) What is it about Amazon that interests you, what area/product do you want to work in?

      2) Amazon, in partnership with Chase, offers a credit card. We use to have a high acceptance rate but the 2008 crisis caused it to drop. How can we raise this rate back up?

      3) How is Amazon's growth constrained? How do you think we should solve this?

      4) What are some reasons a person might want to buy something from a corner store instead of buying something through Amazon? Pick one reason and solve it.

      5) Tell me about a time you disagreed with a peer, how was it resolved?
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    interviewed at Amazon.com in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    The process was thorough although for a Product Role I was expecting a lot of questions around the product and what I would do with a product for the role I was interviewing for. However, what I encountered was multiple interviews where almost everyone asked me the same questions just in a different way. One of the interviewers actually told me he was reading off the interview question sheet - I thought that was strange as the company I am at now, if we interview for product roles we want to know how product plans, roadmaps, strategies, analytics, etc... have been done in the past and we are interested in the tangible products the candidate has created.

    The interviewers were obviously a smart team and had good questions about numbers and a lot of questions about statistical decision making - which is fine - maybe the product I was applying for was an analytics tool instead of what I thought it was :)

    Interview Questions
    • Name a time you made a big decision based on metrics - was an odd question to me - I don't just use metrics to make decisions, the metrics guide people to look deeper into the area, not jump to decisions. My opinion!   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Irvine, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Irvine, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview. The guy interviewing me was talking to me on speaker, "multi tasking" I could not hear him well and he seemed upset with me that I could not hear him. My former VP is a VP at Amazon and 3 of my former co-workers are working at Amazon, I was very excited to have the opportunity. Disappointed that Amazon lets the employee's act so arrogant and disrespectful. I was well prepared for an interview that gave me no chance. Hopefully most people will not encounter this.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Product Manager (Technical) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Amazon.com in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    First interview was a phone interview with a hiring manager. I only had one interview, but applied to at least 7 positions. My interviewer had a heavy accent. It was hard to understand what he was asking about. The interview lasted 1 hour. He did not ask any technical questions or agile process.

    Interview Questions
    • How do you justify what features should be added to the roadmap?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Senior Product 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 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview with hiring manager and colleagues. In-person interview with management and staff. The interview did not seem difficult or challenging. Seems like a good company for beginning graduates but not so much for families.

    Interview Questions
    • All questions were normal expected interview questions.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    No work/life balance. I was told the typical week would consist of 50-60 hours a week. At least i could put some of those hours in after the my kids sleep. I guess I have different opinion on work/life balance.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Product Manager- Content Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Amazon.com in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied for a position via the careers section on the Amazon web site. I was contacted a week later by a recruiter who scheduled a one hour phone screen with a hiring manager. After reading about various interview experiences I was able to anticipate most of the questions. As someone mentioned earlier, the managers will look at your resume with a magnifying glass so be prepared to go into details of your achievements with the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result). 90% of the questions were about my resume. The rest were generic questions of the type 'Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your manager, with a client and so on. Once again, the interviewer was very insistent on knowing about the outcome.

    All in all, it was a professional, if slightly monotonous interview and I got the impression it is pretty formulaic.

    Interview Questions
    • Case interview: If you had to design a complete solution for paid advertising on Amazon how would you approach the problem (deep dive questions included the framework used, key metrics used, scaling for millions of products and so on)   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Overall, the process was really long at 2.5 months but everyone that I worked with was friendly. Part of the delay was due to someone initially sending to the wrong email address (didn't check resume), but most was due to their schedules. I made it to the onsite interview in Seattle which seemed like an achievement. As a seasoned PM, I was not interviewing out of college but it seemed like it was geared toward that. I even obliged in submitting a writing sample (which I think only one person actually read).

    All the questions were basically 'tell me about a time when...' with several follow-up questions like 'and then what happened' and 'what would've happened with the alternative', etc. I noticed that I had to repeat myself if I included the response to the follow-up in my original statement about the experience. It can through you off your train of thought at times. After about 5 solid hours of this, you've answered on more than a dozen experiences so it gets a little draining and feels over the top. Each person is tapping on their laptops recording your answers as you speak so it can feel a little impersonal too. I remember one person opening with a question meant for someone he was interviewing the next day. Yep, everyone's busy. ;)

    Interview Questions
    • It was unexpected to answer deep dive questions on everything and I expected more technical questions.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Technical Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Irvine, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Irvine, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Amazon.com in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Multiple phone interviews led to an on-site interview. They asked lots of questions about projects previously worked on, experience with project management, know when and why to turn a project to a Red status, etc. Be sure to answer with as many actual experiences and stories as possible.

    Interview Questions
    • Do as much research as possible and be prepared to answer questions that highlight the various amazon leadership principles (google it) as possible.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11. 10 people found this helpful  

    Senior Product 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 6+ monthsinterviewed at Amazon.com in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    I informationally interviewed with current employees at Amazon who referred me to hiring teams. After the first interview, I didn't hear back for months. Then I got another employee to forward my resume, heard back right away, had 2 friendly behavioral interviews, and then flew in for a full day of about 5 interviews back to back. No technical questions were asked. Instead, they wanted to know about my experience. Definitely study the leadership principles and use the STAR method. If you're good at behavioral interviews, you'll probably do well. It was a great experience overall.

    Interview Questions
    • When was the last time you missed a deadline? Why?   View Answer
    • Name a time you had a conflict in a team. What about with a boss? When did you have difficult with something? What's a recent challenge you had? ---- In other words, prepare lots of conflict examples.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Had a better offer elsewhere but it was a tough decision.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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