Amazon.com HR Interview Questions

Updated Oct 2, 2014
Updated Oct 2, 2014
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Human Resources Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    Interviews focus on action based responses: Situation, what you did about it, what the outcome was and how did you sustain it. All answers need/should have some sort of metric attached to it along with how it affected daily work. What could you have done better as well as what went really good can help.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Human Resources Manager/Same Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Whitestown, IN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Whitestown, IN
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by an executive recruiter who presented my candidacy to Seattle. I had approx. 4 individual phone screens. I was invited to Seattle and interviewed with the Director, North America Fulfillment Centers, Regional HR Manager, VP of North America Fulfillment Centers and a couple of GMs (Operations).

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult question: describe what Human Resources means to me...   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Human Resources Function Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    3 phone interviews before onsite. Onsite interview was in a dark conf room, no feel for company. Met with 5-6 people who rotated into the conf room. People are smart, slight ego issue, didn't get a true feel of the cutlure.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    2 part signing bonus felt like golden handcuffs, but overall package was desireable. Didn't really know what the true environment was, never saw anything outside of the conf room - so didn't knwo what I was signing up for. Never go the feeling they were excited about me, just felt like churn thru the process. Interview questions were very relevant.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Human Resources Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Amazon.com in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    This was my second interview experience at Amazon, and I was underwhelmed yet again. I love Amazon and its products, so it's a shame that I continue to have a poor candidate experience.

    Amazon does have the process down regarding traveling to Seattle, hotel accommodations, etc. However, the hiring manager arrogantly stated "you would be working with the smartest people you ever worked with here." Clearly, she didn't read my resume and see that I had worked for their chief competitors that have some very smart people. In fact, she didn't seem to remember nor respect my background at all.

    Amazon yet again failed to follow up with me post interviews. When I contacted the hiring manager, she didn't respond and instead had the recruiter follow up with me, who dropped the ball previously.

    This poor experience not only reflected poorly on Amazon, but they also lost a customer.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Operations Administrative to Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Plainfield, IN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Plainfield, IN
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took a weekinterviewed at Amazon.com in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    An interview is required for all positions, even if you are already an employee and trying to move up. Most are with more than one person at a time. The environment is extremely casual, so no three piece suits required.

    Interview Questions
    • Giving previous examples of works completed and computer payroll systems used is a plus   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Stock options and pay are negotiable
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in March 2009.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was fairly relaxed and casual. Amazonians went on about how unique the company is and how they only hire very smart people. the stock is doing well and the environment had a lot of energy. It seemed a bit clique like and you were either in the crowd and protected or out like Microsoft. They seem to be hiring a lot of Microsoft people so this didn't surprise me but a little off putting.

    Interview Questions
    • If you had to focus on one of these to define your job satisfaction which would it be-work environment, what you do, your customer, your work life balance?   View Answer
    • What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Fairly easy but a bit confusing. Amazon has an odd comp system with a signing bonus to carry you through until the stock kicks in the 3rd year. By then you are either in or out of the cliques and rewarded with stock or on your way out. It really depends on your manager and HR who has a lot of weight in the process. Do not trust HR they are sneaky and cause a lot of problems in the company making it hard to focus on your work.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Amazon.com in September 2007.

    Interview Details

    Long. In retrospect the interview process is an excellent window to the company. If you don't enjoy the process you won't enjoy working with the company. The interview sessions are refective of the work environment and the culture. If you secure an interview, be prepared for an exhaustive day full of face to face interviews and schedule mishaps. Don't let it get you frazzled.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    None. Company wasn't willing to negotiate,
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Human Resources Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by an in-house recruiter. Had a few phone interviews which went pretty well. They wanted me to respond to a few questions on paper which I gladly obliged. Then they arranged for me to fly over for a round of video-conferencing and face interviews - that was when things started going downhill. I have done recruiting for over 8 years so I should know that building rapport with candidates is very important. At Amazon there is none - the in-person interviews were the most impersonal I have ever experienced. And get this - the interviewers were talking to me from behind their laptop screens, all except one of them. As I spoke, they were busy typing into their computers and there was minimal eye contact. I could not believe this was how they interviewed candidates. I should also add that I was interviewed by their executive recruiting team. No personal questions were asked, I didn't feel like they were interested in getting to know me as a person, or there was no attempt to get to know me as a person. By the end of the session, I was glad to get on the plane home and file this away as a bad interview experience.

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
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    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    Vigorous; 4 phone interviews and a 5 hour in-person (no breaks)

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing; several situation/behavioural psych questions   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Human Resources Lead Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    I applied to a posting related to a position in Luxembourg. After approximately 1 month I received a mail asking my availability for a telephone interview. I answered proposing a possible date but saying that I would have been happy to reschedule the date. No answer: After one week I sent another email kindly asking for feedback. No feedback. Another 10 days before sending another email. No feedback. After another month I received an email from Amazon to check if i was still interested in the position. I said yes and a date was fixed for TC. OK with the TC. I asked for the expected timimg for the next step. The answer: 1 week. After a couple of weeks I send an email. No answer. After another week another email with no feedback. After another week another email. This time the answer was: I'm soorry but we stopped the research-

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

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