Amazon.com Interview Questions in Seattle, WA

Updated Aug 1, 2015
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    Ad Campaign Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in June 2015.

    Interview

    There was one screen interview with HR. She mentioned that there would be two phone interviews and one in-person interview after. I didn't make it past the first phone interview, which lasted over an hour. She was very friendly.

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    Business Analyst II Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in June 2015.

    Interview

    2 rounds of phone call. there was a panel over phone that asked several qestions and gave scenario to bring out my understanding. asked me to send them my work samples to check my skills. asked me to wrote sql queries.

    Interview Questions

    • past experience, career objectives, skills   2 Answers

    Reasons for Declining

    Got another offer.

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    Cloud Support Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA).

    Interview

    There was a telephonic interview to start with followed by onsite interview foe 4 rounds. 2 rounds were technical and 2 were behavioral. Debugging skills were put into test in maximum rounds

    Interview Questions

    • Debugging skills on a webpage nor being found. Linux based rounds where they ask you lot on commands Basic networking stuff with http, dns in particular.   Answer Question
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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA).

    Interview

    After applying, I first had a phone interview with one of the recruiters. A couple of weeks later, I was told I would be coming in for the second round of interviews. The second round took about 5 hours, and each time I met with someone different- the hiring manager, senior engineers, etc. It was not very stressful, and fairly casual (they asked me not to wear a suit, for example).

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked to whiteboard a complex solution to a customer problem.   Answer Question
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    Software Development Engineer III Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA).

    Interview

    Worked very closely with the recruiter over a couple of months to work out a time to visit Seattle for an interview. The recruiter was very capable and showed great passion for finding me a good fit in Amazon. On interview day I met with 5 team members (plus a couple of people just sitting in on the interview) for a total of 45 minutes each. They each spent from 10-20 minutes discussing prior experiences and then gave me a somewhat open-ended coding problem to solve on the whiteboard. Most of them mentioned that the result wasn't important, but was more interested in how I came to the conclusions that I did. During the whiteboarding I got very little feedback on how I was doing (one interviewer was typing vigorously on his laptop the entire time & was either taking a lot of notes or doing work himself). It was very hard to tell if I was going off on a tangent that they weren't interested in or if I was on track. At the end of the day I was happy with all of my solutions & didn't feel like I'd gotten stumped on any of the topics. There was one interview, though, that looking back on I wish I'd done differently. The recruiter mentioned that I could use any programing language that I wanted, but I would suggest to everyone to consider using something that the interviewer is familiar with. In the one questionable interview I used C# along with IEnumerables & LINQ to solve the problem. The interviewer asked a lot of questions on what IEnumerables were & probably thought I'd made up LINQ. At the end of the interview I doubt he had any idea what I had done. In hindsight, I should've used more basic C# or used another language entirely so the interviewer could understand what I was doing.

    Interview Questions

    • Write a function to calculate build order given a project with a list of dependencies that also need to be built   2 Answers
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    Senior Product Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Two phone screens then an onsite all day interview with 6 people. I prepared by pulling examples which I thought hit each leadership principle but you have to be in your a game in order to weave them in. I thought the interview went well but not only did not get the job I got turned down by two other teams based on the feedback. Beware you basically get one shot then your done.

    Interview Questions

    • Every question was "tell me about a time...". the key is to bring up the right examples while not using the same ones over and over because you speak with 6 different people who all take notes.   1 Answer
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    Senior Vendor Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Got an employee referral to the job. Conducted an initial phone screen with a recruiter, then another phone screen with a supervisor in the specific department I was applying to. Following that, I was invited into Amazon for a full day of interviews. Conducted 8 (8!!!) face to face interviews with various members of the department. Everyone was very cordial and open to discussion. I greatly appreciated the transparency and honesty when I asked tough questions about the job and the company. With 8 different people interviewing you, don't expect to nail every single meeting. Some went really well, others just okay. Most interviewers take notes on their laptops, so make sure you can stay on message while someone isn't looking at you and is busy typing. Despite the note taking, most interviews were fairly conversational and behavioral based.

    Interview Questions

    • Your standard behavioral question - tell me about a time you failed, when you had to correct a coworker and how you did it, when you had to tell someone a harsh truth, a time you completed a project, etc. All questions are used to test you competency in Amazon's 14 Leadership Principles, so I made sure I had solid examples for each leadership principle and were able to tie my experiences to those principles. Most interviews aren't going to hit it right on the nose - "tell me about a time you demonstrated a bias for action", etc. Instead, they want to hear about your experiences and it's up to you to make sure you explain how the results fit within Amazon's culture.   1 Answer
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    Finance Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    I had 3 phone interviews with senior people and 2 of the 3 went very well. The interviewers were pretty open with me about the role and their teams. They asked me questions before telling me much about the role. They provided good information when I asked them questions.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked primarily behavioral questions regarding my area of expertise but we were also able to get into conversations about topics and I found that part to be where we connected the best. One of the specific questions was "Tell me a time when you had a goal but failed to meet that goal, how did you respond?"   1 Answer
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    Economist Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    A phone interview with the hiring manager. She was very pleasant. Typical stuff in the beginning. She asked me to recount my educational and professional background, and told me about the work the group does. Then she asked me a number of specialized questions about economic modeling. I had covered those topics in graduate school, but was a bit rusty on the details. She told me that most of my answers were reasonable, but she was looking for someone with more experience in that specific area who could hit the ground running and be a thought leader for the team. Fair enough. She encouraged me to explore other opportunities in her division at Amazon that would be a closer match to my expertise.

    Interview Questions

    • If you were to predict daily demand for a particular product category over the course of a year, how would you go about doing it?   Answer Question
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    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    I was contacted. Then, I did both personal and technical phone screening. The personal interview was OK. In the the technical one I felt the interviewed uninterested. I felt like being playing the lottery, like they were just seeking needles in a haystack. Quite curious. Back in 2012 I had no the "bar raiser" thing now is famous after the 2014 press article.

    Interview Questions

    • Typical algorithm complexity questions. Not difficult.   Answer Question

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