Amazon.com Product Manager Interview Questions

Updated Jun 29, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)  

    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    The correspondence leading up the interview was great. They requested brief questionnaire about my work history which was, I thought, going to be a type of outline for the interview. I was mistaken.

    The interview consisted of two hypothetical scenarios and how I would go about starting a project based on a certain premise. The scenarios were scattered and a bit outlandish which caught me off-guard. While the interview was quite difficult, it was unique and definitely taught me that you can never really anticipate the types of questions you'll receive during an interview.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you go about building a dating site for people who want to cheat on their spouses?   Answer Question
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    Product Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in October 2014.

    Interview

    It was on Campus Recruitment. I submitted the resume through campus and was called for an interview. Overall there were 2 interviews in the 1st round and if we cleared those, we will proceed to another round of 2 interviews. I did not move to the 2nd round.

    Interview Questions

    • Usual Behavioral questions with a twist like "How do you earn trust in a team?   1 Answer
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    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com (Durham, NC) in October 2014.

    Interview

    Appled through school CMC. 1st round included two 30 mins back-to-back on video. Final round was about the same, but 45 mins each. The whole process was very efficient and I enjoyed it. The interviewers were nice.

    Interview Questions

    • Mixed of behavioral and case questions. e.g. Tell me a time when you had to take initiatives. Tell me a time when you had to earn customer's trust.
      Case questions are role related.
       
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    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com (Irvine, CA) in September 2014.

    Interview

    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

  6. Helpful (2)  

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    interviewed at Amazon.com in September 2014.

    Interview

    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
  7. Helpful (1)  

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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?   1 Answer
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    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Amazon.com (Philadelphia, PA) in September 2014.

    Interview

    Two back-to-back 30-minute interviews in first round, second round on next day is back-to-back 45-minute interview. Decision provided that evening. Questions tended to be behavioral, with one case from each interviewer. Interviewers want to hear about how you'd apply your skills to meet the company's core principles, especially "customer obsession".

    Interview Questions

    • Describe the pros and cons of Amazon introducing a white label liquor product.   Answer Question
  9. Helpful (1)  

    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview

    I had a 30 min interview with a member of the team and then they flew me out to their offices. I was asked to write an essay about a product I built from end to end. Then I went through a round of 6 interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • When was a time that you failed at work?
      When did you develop a product that didn't work?
       
      Answer Question
  10. Helpful (9)  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA).

    Interview

    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.

  11. Helpful (3)  

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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

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