Amazon.com Senior Financial Analyst Interview Questions

Updated Sep 2, 2014
Updated Sep 2, 2014
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Senior Financial Analyst Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Amazon.com.

Interview Details

Various times, I was told that Amazon was a terrible company to work for from people inside. However, they reached out to me for an SFA role and I flew up to Seattle to interview with the team. To be quite honest, did not click with anyone but the hiring manager. Hiring manager was a really down to earth guy who was professional and personable. The interview process was very fast but the selection of people who I interviewed with was really poor (except the hiring manager). Amazon web services seems like a group that is all over the place and people seem to run with their heads cut off. A chaos in a chaos. While this can be a great opportunity for growth, it requires good leadership which this team lacked in various aspects - in my view. The entire in person interview felt scripted. Each person walked into the room with a set of questions that was already written on a piece of paper (which also overlapped some of the questions I was asked before - It makes you feel like they are not prepared and it is equally frustrating).

Amazon seemingly values its 14 principles very much but when you ask a question about these principles to the managers, they give you very vague, general responses. 2 people I interviewed with specifically were extremely rude and unprofessional to an extend that they would respond to my questions with questions and ridicule my experience with a condescending tone of voice - which broke the deal right there in the office. I would not even work for this team if Jeff Bezos paid me thousands. Other departments could be different but finance was a big disappointment. Horrible interpersonal and communication skills. Imagine how horrible that would be in such a chaotic work environment working with them on a daily basis. It definitely did not feel like a welcoming team. rather felt like a team that is in deep chaos and in desperate need of people to crunch numbers. I can crunch all the numbers in the world but if the team is not a fit, that is it. I think it was a mutual feeling of no fit.

Interview process: Around 3-4 weeks
1st: Phone Int. with recruiter
2nd: Phone Int. with hiring manager
3rd: Phone int. with another manager
4th: In person interview in Seattle

Questions: All behavioral questions geared to see if you exhibit any / all of the 14 principles.

No Offer
Negative Experience
Average Interview

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    Senior Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    1) Step 1 : Referral through B School alum
    2) Step 2: HR call to schedule 2 telephonic calls with hiring managers
    3) Step 3: Two telephonic rounds: 1) 40 mins with hiring manager: several behavioral questions centered on amazon leadership principles 2) 40 mins with operations head: several behavioral and strategic questions on Amazon
    4) Step 4: Asked to send a written assignment on amazon leadership principle
    5) Step 5: Called for onsite round 2 weeks later
    6) Step 6: In total 6 rounds: A) 1st excel round for 1 hour with 7 questions (not that tough if you have good practice of excel formulas and pivot table; one question on operational finance case B) 40 mins facility visit (be curious and engaging during this and ask good questions C) 5 back to back interviews with 7 Amazonians spread across HR, finance, operations leadership positions ; Excel test result shared in 2nd last interview (everything was perfect!); last interview was strategic and more on amazon products and future strategy/financial performance

    Interview Questions
    • 1) tell me an example where you disagreed with your team and ultimately you were wrong 2) what type of work environment you like and what you don't like 3) what is new about Amazon?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Renegotiated for better bonus and base salary
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Senior Financial Analyst Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at Amazon.com in August 2012.

    Interview Details

    I had two rounds of interview, one with Sr. manager and one with finance Director. The next day they invited me to fly to Seattle for on site interview which had 5 people to interview me. one of them was the bar raiser, who asked lots of questions about your past experience.

    Interview Questions
    • deep dive on one of your project that you have done in your previous company, asked lots of question about how you did it, why you did that way and what are the outcomes.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    Applied online. Got a phone interview. Chatted with the hiring manager for like an hour. The questions were mostly around their leadership principles. They really want to find the candidate who's got the Amazon DNA.

    Interview Questions
    • 1. Explain the most complicated Excel model you've created.
      2. Describe a time that you disagree with your team and you were wrong, how did you handle it?
      3. Describe a situation where you take calculated risks.
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Louisville, KY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Louisville, KY
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    Amazon's hiring process is pretty intense and extensive. You will get at a minimum 2 phone interviews and if you do well in those be passed on to a hiring event. At the hiring event you will interview with several interviewers each diving into a different area of competency.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me what your most complicated excel model looked like. Walk me through it.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    Expect behavioral interviews, no case type questions, with a focus on the leadership tenants. A quick search online will tell you those tenants, and then try and tie your answers to the questions back to specific examples from your experience that answer the question, and highlight a desired leadership tenant. Focus on what you did specifically, don't get lost in team/group accomplishments.

    Interview Questions
    • In general have the details for your answers. What were the results, how did you gather data. It will be very obvious to the interviewer if you're not being truthful because they will ask specific follow up questions.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Able to negotiate more stock in initial offer.
    Accepted Offer
  7.  

    Senior Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Amazon.com in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Had two phone interviews, one with the hiring manager and another one from someone from the team. The interviews are highly behavioral (why amazon, tell me about a time when you solved a problem using financial analysis, etc) and usually include only one technical question (what factors would you consider when building a new fulfillment center, how would you price amazon prime, etc), but the difference is that second interviewer will really grill you on the details in your behavioral stories. Know your resume in detail and have stories prepared on each of amazon's leadership principles. They are pretty late on following up with the decision and don't provide feedback.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    After a first round interview in the morning, I was asked to come in for the final interview later in the afternoon or the following morning. I liked that the entire interview process was very quick. I was asked a lot of specific questions about their services such as Amazon prime and Amazon locker--you need to be familiar with Amazon's services in order to do well.

    Interview Questions
    • In the final round, I was given a pricing strategy question to complete on Excel which I had difficulty with because I did not know the excel function needed to compile the raw data I was given. Make sure you know your excel functions before heading into the interview.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Senior Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    HR person was very helpful in guiding me through several open positions and which she felt I would be best suited for. Then quickly sent me job descriptions to review and I could make my decision. Then the follow up to schedule a phone interview with hiring manager was very quick. Interview with hiring manager was very professional and thorough and I was able to ask questions as well.

    Interview Questions
    • Providing an example of project that did not go as well as I expected.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    Amazon is high efficiency in the whole process. I was interviewed in campus after 1 month of the resume deadline. Day1 for R1 and Day2 for R2. R2 lasted three hours.

    Interview Questions
    • Lots of small cases such as problem solving questions and how do u make a decision questions. Behavior questions are tough as well.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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