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Amazon.com Executive Assistant Interview Questions

Updated Oct 20, 2014
Updated Oct 20, 2014
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Executive Assistant Interview

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

I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in October 2014.

Interview Details

Recruiter contacted via email for a phone screen. After the initial phone screen I was scheduled for 2 phone interviews with other departmental EA's.
Last step was an in person loop at the Amazon offices to meet with 6 team member. I met 1 recruiter, 4 EA's and 2 Directors. It was a 5 hour loop.

Interview Questions
  • Be prepared to answer situational questions. Be specific about experiences with other positions and be thoughtful about your answers. Try to think of best and worst case experiences and how you dealt with those in your past and what you learned from each. Don't try to be a perfect specimen. Be human, be honest and be accountable for your experiences.   View Answer
Negotiation Details
Still in the offer phase. Great experience so far. Getting to the in person interview took some patience, but it has moved very quickly to the offer stage.
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

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    Executive Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Amazon.com in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    They are making things way more complicated than they are. I applied online and for 3 weeks - nothing. Then I sent my resume to a friend to be send it internally and I received a call in 2 days. They send you questions in word format to fill out. Then if they like your answers, they will schedule a phone interview, if not they will just say Thank you, but.....
    Phone interview questions are nothing related to your experience, they are all behavioral. So prepare good for any scenarios you might be or have been. Then a second interview in about a week. Then if they like you again, you will be invited for 5-6 hr in person interview. Anyway good luck to those wanting to go through the long and not so pleasant process.

    Interview Questions
    • What was your biggest mistake at work and how did you handle it? How did your manager react to it?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Executive Assistant Interview

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

    I applied online – interviewed at Amazon.com in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied for a few jobs (all Executive Assistant) but was not selected for an interview on any of these. I was contacted by someone in another department who saw my resume and wanted to find out if I was interested in the position she was looking to fill. I confirmed my interest, and she asked me to fill out a questionnaire. After returning the questionnaire via email, she confirmed that the team was interested in interviewing me, and I was then contacted by the recruiting coordinator. She scheduled a time for me to talk with someone else, and I am currently awaiting that phone interview.

    Interview Questions
    • So far, I've only been asked standard questions about problem solving, compensation, and how many hours are too many per week, etc.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Executive Assistant Interview

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

    interviewed at Amazon.com in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    Interview process was email communications, phone interview and in person interview for 5 hours with multiple members of the Amazon team.

    Interview Questions
    • Every question was centered around providing exact examples of when you have used different technology suites to accomplish job. They want you to be very precises. So make sure to really think of not just how to answer the question but do it with an example, and don't talk for more than 2 minutes per questions.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Executive Assistant Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Amazon.com in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    I applied for an EA position and within a week had gotten a call from the HR gal at Amazon. She had told me about a new process for 1st round interviews where they used video as their technique. You were to log in on this website they provided and then your round of questioning would start. You could do some practice runs if you wanted. So you could know how to use the website. Once you started they would ask a question. You then had 30 seconds to read the question before the video turned on for your response. The HR gal also gave you an option to talk on the phone for the 1st round. I would in the future suggest you go with the live person on the phone.

    Interview Questions
    • It was a difficult and awkward process because you see yourself on the camera and also you only get 30 seconds to read the question, understand it, and answer. The whole process was a bit stressful. The questions were not out of context nor did I have any unexpected questions. That is the only positive thing about this video interview. If you study common questions for your field you should be good to answer and not be caught off guard.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6. 11 people found this helpful  

    Executive Assistant Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    The entire process started via an online application through their career site. It's a pretty typical fill-in-the-form sort of process, with the chance to attach a resume and cover letter. The information is then sent onto the recruiters handling the hiring for that particular job. They see a lot of resumes, so make sure yours highlights those skills and accomplishments that directly relate to the position.

    Applying at Amazon is a marathon, not a sprint. In total, including phone and in-person, I went through over 10 interviews for the position. The important take away from this is drive and consistency. They really want to make sure you're the best fit. But, this process also provides plenty of opportunities for you to really get to know and understand the company culture. Be consistent. And, strive to maintain your energy level and balance throughout.

    A few days after applying, I received an email from a recruiter interested in setting up a phone interview. This is really just to see if there are any immediate red flags. After the interview with the recruiter, I had two more phone interviews. The first was with an EA and it covered many of the expected questions about organizational and time management skills. The second interview was with the manager I would be supporting. Here the questions tended to focus on fit, approach, and multitasking strategies. These phone interviews took place over the course of a week. The more flexible you are with scheduling, the better.

    The phone interviews were followed by several in-person interviews on campus. I meet with two additional EAs, the manager I would be supporting for a second time, two of the managers with the organization, one of the recruiters, and several others. If you've reached this point, there is some confidence on their part that you have the skills needed for the job. The questions were much more closely tied to cultural fit, working on a team, and getting a good picture of how problems are recognized and resolved. These in-person interviews can be challenging. But, they are your best chance to really get a sense of your fit and a picture of the team.

    Get plenty of sleep the night before and don't be afraid to ask for a break. These interviews can take up all morning or all day depending on the circumstances. The dress on campus is casual. This isn't business causal (though you will see that some). This is a nice pair of jeans, some trainers, and a clean shirt casual. Take a lot of notes. Ask a lot of questions, both about the culture and the team. And, don't forget to send out thank you notes to each interviewer personally.

    Again, the key here is consistency, drive, and energy. Amazon is a company that is very fast-paced, detail oriented, and results driven. Stress your fit along these lines, as well as your familiarity with the leadership principles, and you'll have a good shot at an offer.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time where something you planned did not turn out as you expected.   View Answer
    • How exactly do you prioritize your tasks?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Here, the tried and true rule of not naming a price first is good to remember. The recruiter will try to get a sense from you of what you're looking for in terms of salary. But, stand your ground and wait for a number from them. They're actively looking for the best people and they're willing to pay to get them. Remember, that Microsoft is located across the lake and wants to hire from the same class.

    That said, the offer packages are very competitive. In fact, their first offer was more than what I had hoped to receive after negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Executive Assistant 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.

    Interview Details

    I submitted my resume directly to a job requisition, and was contacted by the temp agency who was charged with hiring for that position. After a phone screen by the agency, I had a phone screen with a senior EA for the department. I was then invited in for an interview loop that consisted of five sequential one hour interviews. The next day I received an offer for a several month contract. The interview process is grueling, but not unpleasant; people at Amazon are amazingly nice. The atmosphere is definitely casual - a suit would be out of place. Business casual attire works fine for an interview process.

    Interview Questions
    • A question I received multiple times was "how do you keep your executive on track with their meetings?", and also "how do you know when it is time to go home?"   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I am still on contract, but currently in consideration for full time position. If you are good, don't hesitate to take a contract position - the company is growing and hiring, so the opportunity is there to come on full time, plus it gives you the opportunity to see if the position is a good fit before you commit to full time.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Executive Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    Emailed about phone interview.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  9. 10 people found this helpful  

    Executive Assistant Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Amazon.com in August 2012.

    Interview Details

    The interview took 5 hours; the person I would be supporting did not show up due to an emergency. Overall, I spoke with 5 people and the recruiter: two were people I would be supporting, one was a person I would work with frequently, and two were interviewers whose opinions the recruiting group valued.

    It began well, with the first interviewer asking questions I anticipated and I thought I answered pretty well. The second person was great, as well, and he asked similar questions to the first. The third person was simply a breath of fresh air - told me about the culture, the people, the work - she wasn't 'rah-rah' but was extremely proud of her position. The fourth and fifth interviewers were where I thought my answers slipped a bit. While they both asked great questions, the fourth interviewer challenged my answers, which I totally didn't expect, and the fifth interviewer had me go into incredible detail over the steps about my decision-making process.

    Let's be blunt: working at Amazon is challenging. You're surrounded by some of the best talent on earth, with a singular customeri-driven goal. It's a fast-paced, high-standards environment that some would not thrive in. My background is in advertising and healtcare, so I'm QUITE familiar with this type of environment. But the one thing that struck me with every interviewer was the fun they were having working there. Exhausting? Sure. But every person told me they were having a blast.

    If you get a call for an in-person interview at Amazon, do it. It is a grueling, mind-bending experience, but it will challenge you to look at your career, and yourself, a little more critically. At least I know it did for me - my brain still hurts.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time where something you planned did not turn out as you expected.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Executive Assistant Interview

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

    Online application process via Amazon Careers where you fill out the standard information including employment history, references, etc and attach your resume and cover letter. Once this is completed, you can apply for any job with the click of your mouse. From there a recruiter called and then I went through a series of phone interviews and then on site interviews.

    Reasons for Declining

    Accepted employment elsewhere

    Declined Offer

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