I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Amazon.com in October 2013.
Interview Details – I've done 1 contract and 2 full time positions phone interviews. All are very similar and straightforward.
Interview Question – In all of these phone screens, for the most part, they seem to want you to have done a project that is EXACTLY like what their department is doing (as if they can't relate what you have done with what you can do in the future). One interviewer keeps coming back to a work example which I told her I didn't have, but her persistence told me she had troubles checking the boxes on her sheet. View Answer
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in September 2009.
Interview Details – A portfolio review is required and is done with a number of people including the interviewers and additional designers.
Interview Question – Be prepared to cite work experiences where you were an owner, leader, when you applied customer focus and when and how you have been innovative as a designer. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com.
Interview Details – -I had one phone interview
-My6-hour in-person interview took place at HQ and included, a portfolio presentation, an an hour-long design exercise, and 4 hour-long interviews.
I've heard from others interviewing here that the hiring team tries to throw you off during one of your interview, but I didn't experience this. The people seem nice, but not overly friendly. The office is clean and very quiet. The culture is direct; yet, people are nice.
Interview Question – The design exercise was to build an in-store kiosk experience. Answer Question
Interviewed at Amazon.com
Interview Details – Phone screen and then flown out to Amazon HQ in Seattle. Very nice accommodations. Amazon reimbursed me for food, taxis, etc.
Interview Question – Design an application for borrowing and sharing stuff. View Answer
Reason for Declining – Low responsibility position.
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in December 2012.
Interview Details – Replied to College job board, got an email from recruiter a week later, and scheduled a day within the week to go into the office to review portfolio with 3 UX designers in different departments
Interview Question – All questions were focused around projects Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in November 2012.
Interview Details – 3 phone calls interviews:
1st phone call (30 min) with recruiter went through the resume and simply why you applied to the job.
2nd phone (1 hr) call with a team manager. Do the portfolio review and answer basic skill and work situation questions.
3rd phone (1 hr) call with a senior team member. Do the same as 2nd call.
After all the phone interviews, you will know if they are going to invite you to the office and have a whole day interview.
On-site interview (6 interviews):
1. Group presentation - portfolio review with all the interviewers on that day. Answer questions.
2. Individual interview - practical skill interview. Fake project exercise and white-boarding.
3. Individual interview - with recruiter again. Talk about the position, company and culture.
4. Individual interview - lunch with team lead.
5. Individual interview - Mobile experience interview and white-boarding a small project.
6. Individual interview - culture fit interview with a hiring manager outside the team.
Hint: Knowing Amazon culture and "Always Think About Customer First" is the key.
Know why you want to work at Amazon.
Interview Question – What bring you here? Why Amazon? Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in February 2012.
Interview Details – 4 Interviews:
Group interview with the team members
1:1 interviews with team members
1:1 interview with director, program manager
Interview Question – Question from director: "... four people need to cross a bridge at night, there is only one flash light and only one person can walk on the bridge at a time. How do would you get them all across the bridge?" View Answers (3)
Reason for Declining – I had accepted another position. Frankly, I didn't think they were going to make me a offer because of the two week time lapse after the last interviews.
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I applied in-person and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Amazon.com in June 2012.
Interview Details – Got an interview through an internal referral while interning.
Had a informal phone interview with the hiring manager. After about 2 weeks, had a formal phone interview with the hiring manager. After a week had a phone interview with a Senior Designer on that team.
After 2 weeks, was flown onsite for an onsite full interview loop. Interview consisted of 1:1 interviews with engineering, product management, designers, and a director and a portfolio presentation.
Took about 1 week to get final results.
Interview Question – How would you balance the requirements between the user goals and business goals? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Negotiated based on average salary in the location.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Amazon.com in April 2012.
Interview Details – They started by a phone interview, and then invited me for an onsite interview. They had three members of the team interview me, each representing a different function. Showed me around, answered all concerns, and were quite transparent in their expectations etc.
Interview Question – How would you improve user experience on a section of the website? View Answer
Reason for Declining – Less money, and in a city I didn't want to move.
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