Amazon.com Senior Product Manager Interview Questions

Updated Aug 29, 2014
Updated Aug 29, 2014
100 Interview Reviews

Interview Experience

Interview Experience

40%
25%
34%

Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview

31%
30%
18%

Interview Difficulty

3.5
Average

Interview Difficulty

Hard

Average

Easy

100 Candidate Interview Reviews Back to all interviews

Sort: Popular Date Difficulty

42 people found this helpful  

Senior Product Manager Interview

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

I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in October 2013.

Interview Details

I applied to multiple positions at Amazon throughout my time in business school through the school's career management portal. I finally received an invite for a role within a fast growing division at the company.

1st Round: Hiring Manager (Director) discussed background and experience including prior roles at Amazon. Then transitioned to detailing current team and objective. This description was highly insightful and I recommend taking very detailed notes as it will help you prepare for later rounds. The interviewer then transitioned to describing the role (new position) they were hiring for and expectations for a successful candidate. Interviewer then opened for questions. This was followed by a competency based interview using the Adler "ONE QUESTION INTERVIEW METHOD" If you are not familiar with this format do yourself a favor and look it up. It is a variation of the typical Competency Behavioral Question, but requires a much deeper story than standard STAR response as it dives deep during follow-up questions. There was no typical walk me through your resume portion.

Initial Question: What do you consider your most impactful piece of work and why?

Follow-up Questions: How did you come to work on this particular project? How did you go about coming up with the initial analysis and recommendation? What was the project/product lifecycle? What were some interesting facts that you learned from the data? Who else was working with you on your team, what was your role? How did you present your findings to senior leadership? What was their response? How did you overcome initial pushback? What initiative did you take during the process? What was the result of the project?

Interview concluded with typical question and answer round followed by a brief description of candidacy process. 1 more phone round, plus on-site loop and possible written case. Received 2nd round telephone invite 2 days later, scheduling process was similar to 1st round.

2nd Round: Team member (Product Manager). The call had barely begun and the interviewer jumped into case interview. He had to pause and rewind to introduce himself when he realized he had just jumped in head first. The case was a very typical "interviewer-led" consulting case, where the business problem was based on actual Amazon problem. If you don't know what this is you desperately need to pick up either "Case in Point" or "Case Interview Secrets" by Victor Cheng. The case started was mixed (40/60) qualitative/quantitative where interviewer expected you to identify need to do market segmentation, sizing, and P&L estimation. There were -a lot- of numbers and towards the end of the case I tripped up several times inverting several numbers and also saying some pretty dumb sounding things. A full quant case is hard enough in person doing it while on the phone was exceptionally difficult. At the end of the case the interviewer wrapped up by asking for a recommendation. When I had made the recommendation which I knew was correct, he asked me "ok, but how are we going to do that?" After a few generic answers didn't satisfy him it was clear he was looking for a specific answer. I happened to nail it just as his patience seemed to be waning. Case took about 35-40 mins. The interview concluded with about 5 mins of Q&A.

After 2nd Round I though I was toast. I had tripped up towards the end of the case, and the only thing I could hope for was that I had earned enough points early on in the case to pass, but wasn't sure where the bar had been set. On a consulting case interview scale of (1-10) this case was at or above 8. Similar to late round McK & Co.

To my relief I was invited for on-site the following morning.

For the details on travel etc you can read up other on-site experiences on glassdoor.com, mine was close to identical.

On-site 5 Interview as follows: Hiring Manager, Non-Team Member (Senior Product Manager), Team Member (Sr. Product Manager), Team Member (Principal Product Manager), Team Member who first interviewed me (Senior Product Manager).

All the interviews were competency based interviews. Most, if not all followed previously mentioned Adler method. The principle product manager gave me what I guess would be considered bar raiser interview. It started off really friendly and then he started to turn up the heat. A lot of push back after my responses. How would you market yourself as a product?

Finished with brief meeting with recruiting manager to discuss feedback, go over salary expectations, relocation package, questions/concerns etc. Hiring manager gave me an exact date for when my evaluation meeting would take place and promised to contact me with a decision either that same day of the meeting or the next day.

Recruiting manager called on exact date as promised.

Interview Questions
  • Adler style "One Question Interview", Full Quant Case Interview   Answer Question
Negotiation Details
No Negotiation. Same offer as entire MBA class.
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

Other Interview Reviews for Amazon.com

  1.  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

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

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

    Interview Details

    Recruited On-Campus First. Interview was hard. Case-Based and pushed a lot into every characteristic of the case

    Interview Questions
    • You go into the elevator and the CEO of a company Amazon wants to work with is there. Give me a 30 second pitch you would give him to get business from them. Second Round was 4, 45 minute interviews with different product managers at amazon. If you do badly in one you are basically done. I think all four of them have to say yes in order for you to get an offer. It's hard. They are very behavioral and ask about negotiations skills, teamwork, you must be metric oriented, etc. It's one of the toughest companies to interview with.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Irvine, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Irvine, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Amazon.com in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Recruiter reached out to me - possibly based on my LinkedIn profile. Talked to me for about 45 mins via phone. Followed by email from recruiting coordinator to setup in person call with hiring manager. I thought the call went fantastic, but got an email saying they are going with other people. And they could not provide more details on why the decision was made due to legal issues.

    Interview Questions
    • None really. Several posts on Glassdoor provide the questions - describe most difficult decision, talk about Amazon values, working with teams etc   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Amazon.com in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    2 interviews in the first round and 2 interviews in the second, final round. Focus in the first round were on past work experience, industry/company knowledge, and tough behavioral questions. Second round interview was more of the previous, but also included difficult case questions. For the case questions, the interviewer wanted you to walk them through a business problem you might encounter as a product manager at Amazon.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you force a supplier (e.g. Nintendo, Sony) to sell more products on Amazon.com   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  4. We want your feedback – Is this interview information helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Applied online to their job post got a call from recruiter the next business day morning who said hiring manager is very interested to talk and someone will be getting in touch to schedule. Couple of weeks pass and no news & I had no contact info to contact back the recruiter! After 2-3 weeks I happened to stumble upon recruiters email & reached out. This time things moved fast & a phone screen was arranged. Not sure of the title of the gentleman who called but, appeared to be the hiring manager.

    He started the call saying he wrote the job description and it is very well written so, I must have understood the role very well! At the beginning he let me ask questions but, right from the beginning there was this arrogant tone in which he answered. The interview continued with questions on my background and there began interviewers impatient disruptions and very dismissive responses. At one point I was told I want you to slow down and minute later I was disrupted again to say I want you to be direct! Increasingly I could sense this impatient vibe on the other end, the sighs, cutting me off and increasingly dismissive responses to my experience & what my current company did. After few minutes of this, I almost lost interest to discuss my background. After all, after a certain stage in our career, we are not here to prove to someone our capabilities, rather to find a mutual fit with an org/position and our skill sets. I do want to point out here that I have in the past had interviews where one or the other interviewer had grilled me but, always in good spirit that made for an interesting conversation. The end result is really not that important here, jobs and candidates find their match anyways sooner or later.

     By the time I kept the phone I knew my decision - I do not want to work at a place where seemingly experienced people do not have the social capabilities of respecting other experienced professional (not that a junior person should be treated that way). I do not think great products can be built where there may be plenty of IQ available but zero EQ.

    I know it is unfair to judge a company by one persons behavior. However, I do think every organization attracts people of a certain kind. I reached out to the recruiter and informed that I won't be proceeding with next steps. I still am amazed that even in today's world, interviews can be about showing others down!

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I was first contacted by an Amazon HR recruiter, who then set up a telephone interview with the hiring manager upon confirmation of my interest in the role. The interview focused on previous experiences and resulting strengths and weaknesses. There was a brief introduction to the role being filled and team structure, as well as opportunity for Q&A at the end. The tone was friendly throughout.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  7.  

    Senior Product Manager 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

    6 interviews. All on campus from B School - Focused on leadership, quick thinking/decision making, product thoughts and design

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    None
    Accepted Offer
  8.  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at Amazon.com in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    One of the interviewers seemed nice but the other wasn't. I hear sometimes they tag team as good cop/bad cop. We were off to an awkward start when I mentioned the weather on the West Coast and my interviewer said Seattle wasn't on the West Coast.
    The rest of the interview was ok. A resume walk-through, how I would improve the product, how I would communicate that to developers. I started to mention that I would prototype but I got the response "Product Managers don't code". Something to note for any future interviews with them.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    interviewed at Amazon.com in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    On-campus interviewing at an MBA program. Two interviews of 30 minutes each (first round), then two interviews of 45 minutes each (second round). Two interviewers were product managers, two were product management directors. Their decision was communicated very rapidly - the very same evening as the second round interviews. Overall the interviewers were personable, empathetic, and easy to talk to. I had a very positive experience.

    Interview Questions
    • You're a product manager on Kindle. The new recommendation feature for books on the Kindle has been getting negative feedback from customers. What do you do?   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    One interview was through Hirevue. This was like HR screening asking some behavioral questions and fit questions. I followed up a few times and there was no response. After two months, I got another phone interview with the hiring manager. This was an hour long interview. All 'tell me about a time' questions. She really digged deep into some answers.

    Interview Questions
    • I had answered that you should make sure your entire team believes in your organization's principles. She asked me how will make sure that this happens.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview

See What Amazon.com Employees Are Saying

1 person found this helpful

 Former Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA

Pros: “- Small teams mean that coworkers are friends, fast development, and bureaucracy is minimal. Coordination with other teams just means a short walk down the hall or talking over a divider…” Full Review

Worked for Amazon.com? Contribute to the Community!

The difficulty rating is the average interview difficulty rating across all interview candidates.

The interview experience is the percentage of all interview candidates that said their interview experience was positive, neutral, or negative.

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.