I applied through an employee referral and the process took 8 months - interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2012.
Interview Details – Had two 90 min phone interviews, lots of "edge" questions to relate successes and failures. Felt good about the two-way dialog. Was very surprized that it didn't go to in person interview.
Interview Question – Tell me about something that you could have done better. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2012.
Interview Details – Two phone screenings before the on-site. One with the hiring manager, the other with a recruiter.
This has been well documented on Glassdoor so I will skip the details on this part of the process.
The on-site interviews were intense. I had six, back to back. You stay in the same room as interviewers come to you. You can get a short 2-minute break for restroom in between but that's it. Lunch can be rushed and involves trying to eat while being bombarded by more questions from the hiring manager.
Each interviewer is seeking to explore if you have a particular skill/experiences which correspond to the competencies required for the job (you can see these on the job description) as well as the company values (they are on the careers page on the website - bias for action, frugality, etc).
The questions will ALL follow this format "tell me about a time...". For example: "...that you had a disagreement with a colleague. How did you resolve it and what was the outcome" Once you start answering, the interviewer will drill down asking for more details, sometimes several times.
If you consider that there are 6 interviews and each of them asking at least 5 behavioral questions, this means you have to think of 30 different answers and be prepared to back them up with smart and honest reflection, and preferably some numbers too, since everyone is very data-driven (eg "the outcome was a 20% increase in efficiency, and profit doubled the following quarter")
By the end of the day, you are beat. Make sure you don't flag toward the end. Drink a soda or eat a banana to give you a boost toward the finish line.
The interviewers will be typing into their laptops during the whole interview, so don't expect to get any eye-contact to help you steer your answers. The process seems to be taken very seriously, and since the interviewers are looking for specific examples of past behaviour which match the required competencies, try to give them what they are looking for. Don't rant, just stick to short 2 minute responses, always trying to focus on the competency (eg persuasion skills, people management, problem-solving, analysis etc).
Obviously my experience applying for a role in Instant Video was completely different from an SDE or technical position, which is why all my questions were behavioral. No teasers, no white-board, no technical.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time you used analysis to make a business-critical decision. Walk me through the analysis and outcome. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Track down someone who works or used to work at the company. There doesn't seem to be much detailed advice around compensation on Glassdoor.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Amazon.com in August 2011.
Interview Details – 3 phone screens but no face-to-face interview. Amazon HR is very responsive. There just wasn't a fit.
Interview Question – Tell me about your professional experience? Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in November 2011.
Interview Details – I saw this position on my alma's job board. It was interesting as it advertized working with VCs in a fast growing field.
So I sent an email to a fellow alumni and he though that I'd fit well (I did so too, at the time). Then 2 potential peers phoned me, 1 hour each and afteward they invited me to Seattle. The interview process is tedious as they make you talk to a bunch of people (7 in my case), not really tough, just tedious. They ask typical behavioural questions, "tell me an example when you had challange and how you solved it etc etc" ... The position wasn't really a step up for me, still, I felt it had potential so I went for it. Well, after 10 days I get this super generic "no thanks" email, laced with grammar mistakes. I felt it wasn't really cool way to end it . C'mon, grow a pair. They should have courtesy to make a phonecall, I took a day off and dragged accross the country to meet them.
I would think twice before dealing with them again as they do not seem to worry about wasting peoples time much.
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Amazon.com in September 2011.
Interview Details – After numerous e-mails with a recruiter, a questionnaire, I finally had my first phone interview. This went ok but it was followed up by 2 more phone interviews before I was brought in for an in-person interview. The interview was with a wide range of people, some of which I would have had no interaction with on a day-to-day basis (some even from different groups). At the end of the day I thought everything went well. The only concern is salary, they say Amazon salaries are capped at $160 - such a bummer.
Interview Question – What are examples of some of the deals you have done? Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in January 2010.
Interview Details – I've had two phone interviews so far. The first was for a position I had not applied for (I applied for something else a while back and my resume must have been on file). The interviewer was quite brusque and didn't seem to "get" how much experience I had in that specific area. Once he figured it out, it was clear I was overqualified for the position. The next day I got a call from HR for another position. I had a great second phone interview. She was smart and personable and we had a high-quality conversation talking about business issues around the position. I've been contacted for one more phone interview, which I haven't had yet.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in May 2007.
Interview Details – 1 phone interview and then you come in to do what basically consists of five 45 minute interviews back to back. 4 of them are pretty standard interview questions (weaknesses, strengths, success in the past,...etc) and the other interview is by 1 or 2 team members who are checking to see if you make a good fit for the work culture. If one person votes against you, then you will not get the job. It is like rushing a fraternity or sorority in a way. You could be completely qualified, but if a couple people don't think you are cool or could be annoying, you will not get the job. That is what prevents most people from getting this position. A monkey could do this job if he was motivated enough.
Interview Question – What is your greatest achievement in life? Tell me a success story of a project you spearheaded. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation available. Take it or leave it. This is an entry level position for the company.
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in January 2013.
Interview Details – i was going a interviw than hr looking me and impress with me beacause i am an i am a best management and i have a very powerful cpmmunication skills thankyou
Interview Question – what is a fundamental of c programming? View Answer
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Amazon.com in January 2012.
Interview Details – 5 phone interviews later and I am still interviewing. Last interview was last week and now waiting to hear next steps. My experience has been nothing but professional. It has gone on so long due to them switching the job they wanted me to interview for as well as the holidays. Each person has called when they said and the recruiters have been professional and had good follow up. The questions have been challenging and very performance specific. For example, what would you do given this situation or this one. The project was difficult and really showed your thought process. I am impressed with the people and my experience interviewing.
Interview Question – If this company (one we had discussed in detail) was listed on Amazon as a seller and also sold on their own website and at a big box retailer like Walmart, what might be some of your recommendations to improve their sales on Amazon? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in July 2010.
Interview Details – Applied online and was contacted weeks later by a recruiter to set up a phone interview. Interview with the recruiter lasted about 45" and got fairly detailed after the initial pleasantries. Two days later I was contacted to have another phone call with someone in the group. Amazon's phone interview policy is to capture everything during the call so for much of both interviews, the Amazon person was trying to both listen and type as fast as possible. At the end of the second call I was left with the sense that I had never been able to connect with the interviewer because the person was not really listening, just typing. Frustrating, but I'll continue to apply there. I've done my research and understand that while it's a humongous company, they've really got a culture of entrepreneurialism.
Interview Question – Tell me about your professional development activities. View Answer
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