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- Declined OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in September 2014.
Maybe one of the hardest interview processes I had to go through, but it was also the most pleasant and exciting. Submitted my application online and then I had two phone interviews. First one was more of a phone screening with who I would be reporting to directly and the next was with what would had been my supervisor's manager. The 2nd interview seemed a little more casual, but there were questions that were taken directly from my resume. So they do read them fully!
About a week or two later, Human Resources called me and said they would like for me to come out to Seattle for multiple panel interviews. They booked me on a flight and paid for transportation and a hotel.
The day of the interviews came. Amazon recruiters highly stressed to me not to dress in a suit, but to still try to be business-causal. So I came in nice slacks and a polo. I seemed to still be over dressed, looking at everyone else wearing jeans. I had 5 interviews scheduled with employees who would be considered stakeholders for the position. Some interviews were only with one person, some had two people at a time. The process went on for about 4 to 5 hours and my last interview was a lunch interview with who would had been my supervisor. She thanked me for my time and I was "free to go" for a lack of a better term.
I made sure to get email addresses for everyone who I interviewed with. I sent personalized thank you emails as soon as I got back home. About a week later, HR called me with an offer. The offer was EXTEREMLY GENEROUS. Double of what I originally said what would be the lowest amount I would be willing to accept. Even with the generous offer, I had a situation beyond my control that prevented me from accepting. I would go through the interview process again though! Everyone was extremely nice, from the Recruiters to everyone on campus. Seems like a great company to work for.
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- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online – interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in September 2014.
Panel of interviewers, fast-paced, more than one interviewer speaking at once at times. Appeared that rapid-fire questions were desired to test composure. I found it seemingly unnecessary, and probably unnerving for most...
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Helpful (5)No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Amazon.com.
The recruiters that I talked to were so great and I was surprised I heard back from them, the HR leader that I spoke to was a different story. After the recruiter confirmed that the phone interview would be at 3:30, I didn't get called until 4:30. She asked me to explain my current work situation and in that discussion I explained to her why I was hoping to leave the company, and she said that she understood and it was time for the interview questions now, her first question was why do I want to leave the company... 15 minutes in, she apologizes and puts me on hold for another call and then says she has to go and that we could resume the interview the next day. The questions she asked were so horribly stupid I couldn't wait to get off the phone, I completely checked out and wasn't surprised to hear that I didn't get the position. I couldn't be happier, I wouldn't be able to handle working for somebody like that
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Helpful (1)Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Amazon.com.
The hiring process was not quick. It took about 3-4 weeks as there were 3 different phone interviews and a 4-5 person panel in-person interview. They use the STAR method so your answers should include: Situation, Task, Action and Result. Be as detailed as possible with your answers and be specific. Use different examples as that shows a broader range of experience.
- I do not remember specific questions, however they do follow the STAR method so your answers should include: Situation, Task, Action and Result. Be as detailed as possible with your answers and be specific. Answer Question
The negotiation phase was non-existent. They would not negotiate even though in the initial interview phase a sign-on bonus was discussed. They will try to hire you for the least amount of money and the lowest level possible.
Helpful (1)No Offer
I applied online – interviewed at Amazon.com (Columbia, SC).
Applied online. Two days later I received a questionnaire as well as schedule for possible times available for an interview. A week later I received an email saying they had gone in another direction.
- Why are you interested in exploring new opportunities at this time and why Amazon specifically? Answer Question
Helpful (3)No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Amazon.com in July 2014.
Received an e-mail from recruiting after being referred internally. There were many e-mails back sand forth to schedule a time, but once the process started it was great. Communication from recruiting was smooth and transparent. I had two phone interviews followed by two in-person interviews (with just one person) and then a full day of interviews with 6 people total.
- I was surprised that (after being told by recruiting it would not be this way) every single person basically asked me the exact same 2-3 questions, which were: "tell me about a time when you used data to support a decision", "Tell me about a time when you took an unpopular stance", and "tell me about a time when something you did made a big impact on the company". Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 days – interviewed at Amazon.com.
Was a very quick 15 minute interview. Not quite sure how they expect to hire on just a few questions. The few questions were behavioral questions and then someone telling me all about the Internship. Could barely get a word in about myself, ended the interview knowing that they knew barely anything about me.
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- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took a week – interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in June 2014.
I had a phone interview with the HR Manager. She asked general questions regarding my experience and what I would bring to the table. I then had an in-person interview with her. We talked more about my resume and work experience. This process took about 1week and I started right away.
- What will you bring to this role?
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Helpful (1)No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through other source. The process took 3+ months – interviewed at Amazon.com in April 2014.
I sought out the Talent Acquisition team on LinkedIn to express my interest. It didn't take long to get the initial phone screens set up. However, getting to the face to face interview stage took months. The team in Seattle was amazing and kept me updated even when they didn't have much information to share.
The face to face interviews were much more difficult and connecting with some of the interviewers was difficult. One in particular was slightly rude when responding to questions. I felt like the interview was something he was forced into.
- The questions themselves were not very difficult. It is the format they use that is difficult if you are not well prepared for any possible scenario. Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online – interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in April 2014.
Phone Interview first, then the following interviews were via the phone. It took a really long time for them to response back to you, but I waited and they finally got back to me. Interview process was too long
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