Amazon.com Senior Financial Analyst Interview Questions

Updated Aug 19, 2015
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Senior Financial Analyst Interview

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

Application

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

Interview

Amazon interview process is quiet intense. Once you get contacted by a recruiter, he/she will set up a first phone screen, if that goes well then 2nd and then you will be called for on-site. Interviews are NOT AT ALL easy. It's intense. I didn't do well in my first phone screen because the interviewer asked me questions like, "What's the code for joining 2 tables in sql?".It felt like the entire time he was trying to prove that he's really smart cause he had a Ph.D. I applied to Amazon again and did great in the first phone screen because the interviews asked me behavioral questions and things about my resume. 2nd phone screen got extremely technical and case based. Interviewer really wanted to know number. For instance, what is a lot in $100K budget to stop spending?

Interview Questions

  • Amazon wants to sell washing machines, how will you create a forecast model? Should Amazon sell washing machines?   Answer Question
  • Sql code for joining 2 tables   Answer Question
  • Explain a time where you had to work with a large amount of data   Answer Question

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  1. Helpful (3)  

    Senior Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Amazon.com in January 2015.

    Interview

    Applied through campus recruiting. Had two interviews both behavioral with questions on leadership principles, though you will not be told which particular leadership principle you are being tested on. It helps to know all 14 of them. One of the interviewers seemed tired or disinterested. Visited the Seattle campus and didn't think I would fit into the culture. The people did not seem very friendly. I doubt if I would have accepted an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you price Amazon Echo?   1 Answer
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    Senior Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview

    Hired through campus recruiting. It is very straightforward. They gave the offer in 1 week after second round interview, and gave around 2 round for me to make the decision. no negotiation on the offer. all processes are efficient and effective.

    Interview Questions

    • All questions are fair. Most were focused on behavior questions.   Answer Question
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    Senior Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview

    Applied online, received an email to set up a phone interview. The interviewer asked about my resume, my understanding about amazon, and one case. It ended with asking questions about amazon and the team.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about any article you red about Amazon recently.   Answer Question
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    Senior Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at Amazon.com in October 2014.

    Interview

    Hired via Campus Recruiting. The entire process is quick. Round 1 (On campus): 2 back to back 30 mins interview. They asked you for availability for the day after (Round 2 Interview) in case you get it. The recruiter get back to you the night before the Round 2 Interview. Round 2 (Off-site; Local office): 1 45 mins Excel Case; 2 back to back 45 mins interview (1 of the 45 interviews is debrief of the case). You find out the result at the end of the week. Amazon is known for asking very detail behavioral questions. Be prepared to dig deep and have multiple stories that could match its leadership principles.

    Interview Questions

    • - Tell me something smart that I can share with my friends. - How many gas stations in U.S.? - Pricing negotiations for Amazon Prime Music   Answer Question
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    Senior Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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.

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    Senior Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Amazon.com in October 2014.

    Interview

    3 rounds of 45 min interviews and 30 mins of data analysis on Excel Each round was with one interviewer Most rounds are largely behavioral with deep questions about past experience. Each interviewer tests the candidate on one or two of the 14 leadership principles of Amazon Data analysis comes with a larger strategic question that needs to be answered with data. The dataset is lengthy but is missing a few interesting variables. That is just to check how comfortable the candidate is with ambiguity

    Interview Questions

    • - Mostly behavioral - Instead of asking about several instances from prior work exp, they focus on one or two experiences and dive really deep - One of the 3 interviews is a discussion and inquiry about the data analysis. This can be very intense too   Answer Question
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    Senior Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Renegotiated for better bonus and base salary

  9. Helpful (4)  

    Senior Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview

    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
  10. Helpful (1)  

    Senior Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

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

    Interview

    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

    Able to negotiate more stock in initial offer.

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