Amazon.com Sr. Product Manager Interview Questions

Updated Aug 29, 2015
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    Senior Product Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in August 2015.

    Interview

    Just starting interview process. Took a long time to actually get connected to an internal recruiter. Had first phone screening call which went well. Hiring Manager is out for a few weeks and will be pursuing further conversation when he gets back.

    Interview Questions

    • Not really a lot questions yet, mostly told me about the entrepreneurial spirit of the company and the Amazon Principles.   Answer Question
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    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview

    two phone screens followed by onsite. All the questions were behavior focussed and were based on your prior expreiences. The interview was very well coordinated and the hiring manager takes you for a lunch interview.

    Interview Questions

  3. Helpful (24)  

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview

    The interview consisted of a total of four rounds. Two out of the four were interviews were case based. One of the four interviews was conducted by "bar-raiser" - an Amazon employee who eliminates candidates who do not meet Amazon's "bar". Amazon decides whether or not to consider candidates for the Sr. PM Technical role. The Sr. PM Technical role offers a higher compensation than the Sr. PM role.

    Interview Questions

    • Case: If you had to launch the contact lens category on Amazon.com, how would you do it? Size the opportunity.   Answer Question
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon.com in June 2015.

    Interview

    Pretty neat, recruiter reached out via recruitment coordinator. scheduled 2 phone screenings. and post that an onsite interview for 5 rounds. I liked the fact that they were pretty responsive to any questions. one thing that i had an issue with was that they didnt choose to share the feedback.

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  6. Helpful (2)  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Two phone screens then an onsite all day interview with 6 people. I prepared by pulling examples which I thought hit each leadership principle but you have to be in your a game in order to weave them in. I thought the interview went well but not only did not get the job I got turned down by two other teams based on the feedback. Beware you basically get one shot then your done.

    Interview Questions

    • Every question was "tell me about a time...". the key is to bring up the right examples while not using the same ones over and over because you speak with 6 different people who all take notes.   1 Answer
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    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    They seem to have a canned process for cycling people through. It is a bit impersonal. This statement applies mostly from the recruiting department. I am guessing they are overwhelmed and don't have time for pleasantries. The actual interviewers were nice and great to speak with. I have heard they frequently interview you for a job then offer you a different role. This may or may not be a good thing to you if you interview here. They have very stringent selection criteria.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you try to avoid in your current day to day tasks?   Answer Question
    • Asked questions about entrepreneurship and what it means to you.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Know what you are after and why you want to work there. Don't settle for a position you aren't interested in.

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    Senior Product Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    I was approached by a hiring manager who has known me and my work for several years. He is responsible for finding somebody to take an idea that Jeff Bezos personally wants developed. After several attempts at recruiting me, I agreed to interview for the role. Amazon has a very structured interview process, and to a startup guy, the pace feels glacial. Several days after submitting my resume, HR contacted me for an initial informational screen. That employee was essentially attempting to determine my compensation requirements, and to gauge my interest in the role. After our call, several emails were exchanged to schedule the first of two phone screens. After a week or so, the first phone screen interview was finally conducted.

    Interview Questions

    • The call itself was strange. I asked questions about the product, who was involved in the past, the current status, who would be involved in the future, how the interviewer imagined it would evolve, the existing challenges, how much work had been done on the business case, how far technical development had progressed, etc. The interviewer stated they had primary responsibility for the product currently, and answered my questions--but it was clear that their thoughts on both the business case, the product itself, and how he was going to allocate his existing development resources was actively evolving during the call. He was clarifying his thoughts and plans based on our conversation. It was also clear that I was merely serving as a facilitator, not really being interviewed. The interviewer was taking the opportunity to put the product roadmap and current plan through it's paces.   1 Answer
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    Senior Product Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    One phone screen, 30 to 60 minutes followed by a second phone screen. After the second phone screen I received a message from HR that they were considering other candidates and that my resume had been forwarded to other groups such that I may receive a call. The phone screens were cordial and productive. You only get the first name of the person conducting the interview, and so without a last name or title, it feels like you are coming in a little blind. Overall, the phone screens were positive.

    Interview Questions

    • The questions were "behavior-based" and focused on ascertaining your background and fit to the Amazon Leadership Principles. The toughest question for me was to name a time that I made a mistake and explain how I addressed it.   Answer Question
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    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview

    2 rounds of campus interviews, each round 2 back to back interviews. All of the interviewers were product managers at Amazon and had a really good understanding. It was fun to go back and forth with Amazon product managers. I had a bit of a feeling that they played good cop bad cop. In both interview rounds, one interviewer was extremely nice and the other one kept a poker face.

    Interview Questions

    • Introduce yourself. From there on all behavioral questions.   Answer Question
  11.  

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview

    Pretty standard, great chat with another Sr. Product Manager. A recruiter reached out to me and invited me to interview with him. Both the HR and the interviewer were very professional and did their job well.

    Interview Questions

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