Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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Helpful (1)No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Amazon.com.
No process. Was randomly contacted by recruiter and we set up a screening call. Recruiter did not call, I tried reaching out and heard nothing back. Then almost 3 weeks later I get emails from 2 different HR reps wanting to set up a phone interview with hiring manager. after a couple of reschedules had the call. After a extremely brief impersonal intro (basically interviewer's name and confirming that time was a good time to talk) the first question was do you have any questions I can answer!! Really? Well, the fact that we haven't yet talked and I have had minimal conversation with HR I really have no information to base any questions on.
- The rest of the interview was questions like: How would you introduce AWS in an elevator pitch, questions about previous product management and product launch experience. Wanted specific examples of what improvements the product introduced, etc. Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in September 2015.
Received email that recruiter had come across my resume. I was then given an online assessment. Afterwards I was given one more online assessment. Then they flew me out to Seattle headquarters.
- Data Structures, Algorithms, Time Complexity Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon.com in September 2015.
Applied online and was contacted a few days later by an Amazon recruiter for an initial phone screen. He passed me on to another recruiter who scheduled a technical (peer) phone interview. That interviewer told me more about the day-to-day workings of the position and then asked questions from a variety of technical areas, several of which I was unfamiliar with. Even after I indicated I didn't know much about that area, he persisted, possibly to see how I handled the pressure. Nonetheless, he was very nice and I enjoyed speaking with him.
- Difference between TCP and UDP, CIDR notation, troubleshooting 3-tier web application. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Amazon.com (Wilmington, DE) in September 2015.
Brief interview with a recruiter, half hour phone interview with the facilities manger. Took a plant tour and discussed equipment, maintenance systems, schedule and availability. Talked about future opportunity for advancement.
- Asked about experience with equipment and computer systems Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Amazon.com (Robbinsville, NJ) in September 2015.
After my application, I was contacted via e-mail and asked to answer some basic questions as a pre-screening measure. I was contacted again via e-mail and set up a date and time to conduct a phone interview. After my phone interview, I was contacted via-email and invited to visit a Fulfillment Center to conduct an in person interview. Amazon HR made it very difficult to fit this in person interview into my schedule. They only have set dates when these are done, and they announced them roughly 4 days prior. When you select a date, they wait until the night before to give you a time to arrive. I had to drop everything I needed to do and my wife had to cancel her work in order to watch our kid. It would have been much nicer if Amazon would have provided this information sooner so that my family and I could plan our busy week. The face to face interview consisted of two interview sets, comprised entirely of behavioral based questions. The first was with the HR manager and Site Manager. The Second interview was with the site Safety Manager. I was not impressed with any of the people I spoke with. The HR manager did not even know what position I was invited to interview for. The site manager repeated himself several times as if he was forgetting what he was talking about. Once I began talking with the Safety Manager, I quickly concluded that he had no real intention of considering me for this position. He quickly did his presentation and disinterestedly asked me a set of behavioral based questions pertaining directed to the role. The interview as a whole felt like an interrogation. I was notified via e-mail two days after my face to face interview that they were not going to consider me further for the position. My overall impression was that they already knew that I was not an ideal candidate for the position before I even visited the Fulfillment Center. I believe that they had a quota to fill for that interview date.
- Q: How would you perform your position if you had to spend the first two weeks without a manager? Answer Question
- Q: How do you feel your current job translates into this position with Amazon? Why are you here? Answer Question
- Q: Explain a situation where you took the initiative and did something without being asked. What did you do and why? Answer Question
- Q: Explain a time when you served as a leader in a project. What did you do and what was the outcome? Answer Question
Helpful (9)Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA).
Long and tedious. Many self-important individuals more interested in impressing their co-workers than finding the best candidate for the job. While each interviewer was supposed to cover a specific topic related to the job description, the reality was somewhat different. Preparation was meaningless as they didn't remain focused to the discussion at hand.
- There were many questions along the lines of "Describe in detail a time when....and how did you handle that situation...." Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon.com (New York, NY).
There was only a single round of interview which was a phone interview. The interviewer asked questions from algorithms and data structures. And there were a couple of questions to elaborate on past experiences.
- Given two sorted lists write and algorithm to combine them into a new sorted list. Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA).
Two rounds of phone interviews before onsite. Onsite interview was said to meet 4 to 7 different people. The fourth session was a lunch interview session with the hiring manager. It turned out to be a bit difficult to answer questions about certain previous job while having lunch. I had gone through 6 interview sessions on that day.
- Breadth First Search, etc. Linked list traversal. Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I had a phone interview for their Amazon Local group in Seattle. They asked a number of questions about my experience. They also asked the typical situational questions that you read about here.
- Describe a situation where you had to make an unpopular decision. Answer Question
Helpful (6)No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Amazon.com in August 2015.
I must say I was impressed. The process was extensive but Amazon wants the best of the best. It was as described; phone interview which included a math flow question and 3 behavioral questions. It was a 45 minute process. My interview was late in the evening. I was emailed by the recruiter about the next steps the very next day. They scheduled the (hopefully) final interview in a different city. It started with a tour of the fulfillment center, then there was a math flow question, for which we were given 15 minutes. This was followed by 4 different interviews; it is random and you might not answer the math flow question to start with. Don't get scared by the math question, take a deep breath and read it once or twice. I did that and was able to correctly answer it in less than 7 minutes. The person that talked about the math flow question with me was the one that talked to me about the case study. Then I was walked to a senior operations manager for a second interview. My 3rd interview was with HR, and then my final one was with the site leader. They pretty much ask about 3-4 behavioral questions which could all be the same. I had a great experience. Don't get me wrong, the interview was pretty difficult, but Amazon team was very very professional. I know not everyone has the same experience, but mine was wonderful. Make sure that you read up on their interview method and the 14 leadership values.
- Why Amazon?, Tell me about a time you failed to finish a project, tell me about a time when you had to finish a project, tell me about a time you helped your direct report with their ideas, tell me about a time when you had to convince your direct report to finish a project that didn't belong to you, tell me about someone you helped develop in a given role (i think that's pretty much it). Follow the STAR method and you will be fine. The math flow question was complicated. It was one of the stream to two departments question. I signed the NDA so I will not be able to elaborate on it. Answer Question
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