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Updated Apr 19, 2014
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I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2013.

Interview Details – Communicating with HR:
Recruitment Team was extremely helpful and accommodating to my schedule. I had an expiring offer to deal with when Amazon first contacted me and they were able to squeeze the entire process into one week and conduct final rounds via Skype rather than a traditional office visit. I don't want to say that future applicants should expect the Recruitment Team to bend over backwards like this but it reflected very positively that they were so helpful.

1st Round:
2 half-hour interviews back-to-back. There was absolutely no small talk, interviewers asked rapid fire questions, flipping back and forth between "tell me about a time when..." and strategic/scenario questions. I was asked something like "if you were going to launch Amazon Streaming, how would you go about it" and then I walked through it methodically like a consulting interview.

2nd Round:
4 45-minute interviews back-to-back. Same style as the 1st Round, just longer and more intense. Each person asked a mix of behavioral and strategic case questions. For behavioral, they are definitely looking for specific examples of working across departments, taking initiative, making decisions with very little or ambiguous data, and working with numbers/databases. The case questions were pretty interesting and relevant for the position:
- You've been charged with getting a Sports Uniforms and Equipment retail product off the ground. How would you do it?
- Jeff Bezos gives you $10M to start a business unit; what would you do?
- Amazon is considering leveraging its video library in a free, ad-supported format like Hulu; will it work?

Dress neatly but casually and don't hide your personality!

Interview Question – Jeff Bezos gives you $10M to start a business unit; what would you do?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate, not sure you can (the default terms were very attractive anyway)

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Senior Product Manager
Seattle, WA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com.

Interview Details – There are two rounds. Two interviewers in the first round and four interviewers in the second round. First round is phone interview and second round is face-to-face interview.

Interview Question – What do you think about the offering of discount on gift wrap?   View Answer

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Senior Product Manager
Seattle, WA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2013.

Interview Details – First round: I had a couple of 30min phone interviews with product managers. I have been asked general questions such as "why Amazon" and "Why product management". In the first interview I had a mini-case question and in the second one I was given a market sizing question.

Final round: I was invited to Seattle for a final round interview. I had 4 interview with different people, about 45 minutes each. I was asked lots of fit/personal experience questions: "tell me about a time you had to explain a technical issue to senior management", "what is your most significant career achievement", etc. Also some Amazon-specific questions: "what is your favorite Amazon product and why", "why Amazon" etc. Each interviewer also gave me at least one mini case, e.g. "how would you design an online billing system", "how would you change an Amazon webpage to increase sales".

Interview Question – Suppose that Amazon was to build a robot and offer it online through Amazon.com. How would you decide which features to include in it?   Answer Question

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

Interview Details – Two 30 minutes back to back phone interviews. First interviewer ask most of the behavior questions and also ask follow up questions pretty aggressively. The second one is more friendly and ask a few general behavior questions and then through a mini case to me.
My cell phone got cut off in the second interview, so use a land line if you can.

Interview Question – Tell me a situation that your got challenged in public.   Answer Question

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I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in November 2012.

Interview Details – I was initially screened over the telephone with a recruiter and the hiring manager. I was then invited to an all day panel interview in Seattle with approximately 5 individuals from different functional areas within Amazon. The interview was largely experience based with a case discussion as well.

Interview Question – Describe a project where you had the greatest impact and how did you use data to drive your decision making process.   Answer Question

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Nashville, TN

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

Interview Details – Two phone interviews.
Questions about - difficult team member, a time when you used a lot of data for analysis, leadership example.
Second interviewer went very deep in each stories. They were looking if I havn't made up any stories.

Interview Question – A time when you used a lot of data in a short period of time.   Answer Question

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Interviewed at Amazon.com

Interview Details – The HR team seems very prompt & driven by SLAs. They are quick to respond, set up interviews & turn back around with thumbs up or down. The interviewers tend to be a mix of hiring managers, peers/ team members & stakeholders. i am in the prelim stages of the interview process having completed a number of phone screens.

Interview Question – Questions are pretty standard - success/failure type questions, resume walk, tell me about a time with occasional cases thrown in.   Answer Question

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Interviewed at Amazon.com

Interview Details – I'd like to respect the NDA that I signed so I can't dispense the details. However I can give an overview of the interview structure.

Phone Call 1 - Screening with the recruiter
Phone Call 2 - 45 mins interview with a very level Manager
Phone Call 3 - 45 mins interview with another manager

Flown to Seattle after 2 weeks.
6 back to back interview of 45 mins each.

Get an email from the Recruiter, that they had "very positive" feedback from the team, and that they want to discuss the next steps.

I call them, and am told that the entire team had very positive feedback but they had new developments. Thus, they are going ahead with an internal applicant.

Positives:
Loved the whole interview process. Right from the interviews till my logistics of travel - everything was handled in a very professional manner. Loved the interview panel - extremely pumped up and smart Amazonians. I was asked me a lot of brain teasing questions.

Negatives:
Be very careful. After all the energy you spend in going through interviews, the travels and so on, you might have gotten all the positive feedback form the interview panel, yet they might say they cant hire you because of "other" reasons.

Interview Question – Mostly situational questions, but can't go specific since I'd like to respect the NDA.   Answer Question

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I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Amazon.com.

Interview Details – 2 rounds. First round is on campus. Second round is at Amazon.

Interview Question – Data orientated.   Answer Question

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Senior Product Manager
Seattle, WA

I interviewed at Amazon.com in February 2013.

Interview Details – Directly reached out to hiring manager, process was smooth and structured.

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