Product Development Interview
"Jeff Bezos walks into your office and says you can have a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea. What is it?"
You're going to offer me $1 million before you even know what my idea is?
I cannot tell you right now, I am in an interview, once I get hired we talk about it.
I will share as long as all parties are willing to sign a NDA.
If i told you that, i would have to kill you. (i can't say id get hired, but if i had an idea that i honestly thought i could make into something massively profitable, i wouldn't go telling anyone about it)
It is not probably what they want to hear but the thing any sane entrepreneur when offered an investment would ask is "on what conditions?". Being offered $1M means nothing if, for example, in return Bezos wants 99% of your company. :)
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I would probably say a scam were you dress up as Jeff Bezos and walk into interviews a steal the interviewers best ideas and sell them as your own. It would only cost $2000 in theater dressings. That leaves $998,000 for a actual product when an idea hits me and there is a business case.
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I would use it to create a hostile takeover of the company that makes Chapstick. The fortune I would make is from the legion of minions that follow Mr. Jeff Bezos, and the protection they would need from kissing his behind.
If I would have a good entrepreneral idea, I wouldn't be sitting here, answering these stupid questions and waisting my time". Sure, you wouldn't be hired, but do you want to work for the company that hiring people based on these kind of questions?
I would use it to purchase plots of land in urban areas to build stackable, self-contained pod homes for the homeless and parolees, much like I saw used for migrant construction workers in Europe.
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i refuse to take the money saying that i don't believe in partnership.
This will lead into a series of questions that probably are tailored to the job role under discussion: Who are the customers for this? How do you know there's a market for it? How would you implement this? Why is it better than X, Y or Z? What about the risk of _____? etc, etc, etc
Knowing the Amazon culture, the interviewer was trying to figure out if you can think big. Then, follow up questions will go into whether you can dig deep. They would question your core beliefs on things you are passionate about to determine if you can defend your position. If there are any aspects of your position that are not rock solid, they would try to provide alternate approaches to see if you are capable of disagreeing and committing to an idea other than your own. But for the most part, this is a think big check.
All the good things start with faith and trust.
I would shake his hand, Look him in the eye, smile, and then tell him to trash the Kindle. Then I would tell him to keep the million dollars and put it into a device that would replace the tablet entirely. Next, I would tell him that I want dividend from each device produced, not sold. Million? No I would rather wait and take a billion.
It's a million dollars. Didn't you just say so?
Totally ridiculous question. And there are many more that Amazon asks which are equally nonsense and have no bearing to the job or to evaluate the person's skill levels. I actually had interviewers asking me questions around the job THEY were doing-like -my vendor is not interested in review systems, how should I offer him an incentive. Duh, if you cannot answer that lady, you don't deserve your own job!
That's a trick question. He'd never do that.
I would tell him my time is valuable, stop asking me what I would do with chump change. Come back with real money, when you are serious about developing my ideas.
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Any corporate manager knows that the best thing to do is to ask someone below you for a great idea. Then fire him and take the credit, Of course if the idea turns out badly then you can always point out that it was the other guy's idea and that is why you fired him.
The answer is probably very generic. I don't know anything about Amazon's culture but giving your ideas, especially entrepreneurial, for no benefit to you is just not smart. Being considered for a job is equal to no benefit as Amazon has made no commitment to hire you.
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