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Amazon Product Manager Interview Questions

Updated Feb 23, 2017
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    Senior Product Manager University MBA & Graduate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Initially started with a 1.5 hour long online and written assessment to apply for all their University & MBA graduate programs. I'm assuming they used that assessment to match me up with the roles they thought I might fit in. Had two 30 minute back-to-back interviews where they asked me typical behavioral questions. Mostly geared towards culture fit and work experience.

    Interview Questions

    • • Time you sacrificed short term benefits for longer term goals
          • How to present customer needs to a engineering team.
          • Project you worked on that had a lot of obstacles
          • Time you suggested a change to management and was rejected
      Project that required data and deep analysis  
      2 Answers
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    Senior Product Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon (Seattle, WA) in December 2016.

    Interview

    3 rounds, initially 2 rounds over the phone and one in person at Seattle. Phone interviews were straightforward. In person consisted of 5 different 45 mins interviews, all behavioral around Amazons leadership principles.

    Interview Questions

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    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Amazon (New York, NY) in December 2016.

    Interview

    Coordinator for recruiter sets up the meeting and sends job description. Recruiter conducts phone screen. Hiring manager does phone screen. Additional phone screen. On site interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Within a minute, "Umm, let me find a question from this list to ask you... Tell me about a time that you ..."   3 Answers
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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Amazon in December 2016.

    Interview

    This was a phone screen from the Amazon Recruiter. I applied online and then received an email about setting up a phone conversation. It was a pretty straight forward phone interview as I've had for past jobs that went over employment history. It was a friendly, straight forward experience. Enjoyable actually. There are multiple jobs available so the next step was for the recruiter to put my information in front of various Amazon hiring managers to see if one or more see a fit for me. If I am, then I do a phone interview (or 2?) with them.

    The next step after that is the day-long interview at HQ in Seattle and interviews with multiple people. They fly you to SEA and then you take a cab to the Amazon campus. On that day, you are sent out with an Amazon buddy for lunch where it's just to relax and not be interviewed - you can ask questions about the company etc.

    The recruiter explained that Amazon offers compensation packages of salary, sign-on bonus, stock, relocation assistance and health insurance. No specific dollar amounts were discussed except that we discussed the range any of these potential positions pay. I was satisfied with the range as I had looked into the cost of living in Seattle and knew what I needed to make in order to live comfortably while working hard.

     It was also mentioned that Amazon likes to develop well rounded employees so after the 2 yr mark, they like to move you to a different position to contribute to a new team and also pick up new skill sets. I thought that was pretty exciting. We also discussed the climate in Seattle, as the long stretch of late Fall to early Spring can be mostly rainy, cold and gloomy. It's not for everyone and can be a challenge to adjust to. Especially those who are used to sunny, warm places. But, the late Spring through early Fall months are super nice. Plus, there a ton of things to do in SEA and if you want to drive a bit, Canada isn't far away and neither are the dramatic coastlines or go east to the mountains. I'm looking forward to getting to the Hiring Manager phone interviews soon. Right now, they, like myself are all at CES in Las Vegas, so starting on Monday things should start moving forward. Btw, this form is asking if I got an offer. I got an offer to move forward to the Hiring Managers but it's too early in the process to get a really job offer - although I'm pretty confident.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about yourself - Phone convo lasted about 45 min.   2 Answers
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    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Amazon in December 2016.

    Interview

    Contacted by recruiter, online test first, followed by phone interview with the recruiter and another one with the hiring manager which was a senior recruiter. Then in-person interview. The recruiters were friendly but had no idea what the job is about.

    Interview Questions

    • What have you learned from a failure?   1 Answer
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    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon (Seattle, WA) in October 2016.

    Interview

    The interview process was fast, engaging, and inspiring. However, while I interviewed at Amazon HQ (Seattle), the recruiters were out of Washington DC and New York, and I felt treated like cattle (the way defense contracting does recruiting) just a burden to the recruiters to get a candidate in the door. For instance on the day of the interview there was a mix up and my interview was delayed by 45 minutes (yet no-one notified me). The reception desk was not able to get a hold of any of the interviewers, recruiters or the hiring manager until 52 minutes after the originally scheduled time. I watched as two full groups of candidates went into their sessions and I was left in an empty lobby. It felt like I was being iced (reference to: icing the kicker in football). Additionally, it was apparent that AWS was trying to apply commercial practices into building an App Store for the Federal Government, but my opinion for how they improve their sales process to the government was taken as offensive by 3 of the 8 interview panelists (corporate finance, and two commercial AWS software engineers). Therefore those were my rougher patches of the interviews (it was as if we spoke different languages) however, my ability to sketch out the problem set using the white boards bridged the areas where I believe they required information.

    Finally, the AWS recruiting team responded with what I would consider a "slow-no" I had heard from other folks who interviewed that Amazon will inform you in the next 2-3 business days if they are not interested. I wrote a thank you letter at the one week point and digitally sent it to the recruiters and hiring manager (and was told I should know the result in a few days). The "no" received from the recruiter from New York was short and professional, however provided zero feedback only requesting I "keep in touch" at approximately 2 weeks after the interview.

    Given the breadth of operations of Amazon my experience may be a fluke, however I was told the culture would be high paced (could handle that--I'm a veteran) but what really turned me off to Amazon as a company was this process, miscommunication, and lack of engagement from the recruiters (email engagements only). The hiring manager (a fellow vet) and the product team members who I interviewed with (5 of the 8 interviewers) were the folks who made me feel as if I'd be an asset to Amazon. Interesting process, I learned a lot and am thankful for the experience.

    Interview Questions

    • Adoption rates in the federal sector do not match rates in the commercial marketplace as AWS roles out services to the government approximately six months later. What might you attribute this to?   1 Answer
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    Senior Product Manager for Amazon “Special Projects” Team Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cupertino, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Amazon (Cupertino, CA) in October 2016.

    Interview

    Recruiter sent the below email to me. I replied back that I'm interested, then followed up with a call a few days later. He never responded. In fact, he picked up the phone and would not speak. Very bad handling on their part.

    Hi XXX,

    I hope all is well. I had the pleasure of stumbling upon your information online and saw that you've been working on some pretty neat stuff at various companies, plus you have an awesome academic background to complement it. I’m working with our AWS “Special Projects” team in the Cupertino, CA office to find and hire a Sr. Product Manager (Job ID: 336526) who will drive from vision to reality a new generation of consumer electronic products (this is a moonshot project).

    On that note, I’d love to grab 15 minutes to share intros and see if what we’re doing here fits where you’re looking to go with your career. When’s a good time for us to chat?

    All the best,
    C.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing...they contacted me but never followed up.   1 Answer
    • Q: What was one thing that they asked you?   1 Answer
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    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ weeks. I interviewed at Amazon (Seattle, WA) in September 2016.

    Interview

    The set up of the phone interview as very straight forward. Interview was over phone, the hiring manager was late to the call and did not have his laptop ready (he just returned from 3 weeks of paternity leave and had full day of back to back interviews).

    Interview Questions

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    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Amazon (Sunnyvale, CA) in September 2016.

    Interview

    An Amazon recruiter wrote me about a gig in Seattle. I wasn't interested in relocating but they were nice enough to forward to a recruiter near me.

    To my great surprise, they contacted me right away. We talked on the phone and had a good conversation. Seemed like a nice guy and he set up an interview within a week.

    Day of Interview, almost 20 minutes late I get a call. Apparently they hadn't provided the Interviewer a phone number for me. She finally realized it was right on the resume.

    She introduced herself and the team but said she couldn't tell me much as it is secret. Though I am pretty sure most if it is easy to figure out based on public information. Anyway, normal questions, tell me about yourself... strengths, weaknesses, etc. Then the question below.

    The upside is that it would be a nice commute for me. The downside is pretty much everything I have heard about working at Amazon.

    Still waiting to hear back. I'm not waiting around.

    The interviewer was poor. The recruiter made it more interesting than the interviewer did. I was not "sold" in the least on the team or the company. I understand they want to keep the project secret but there are lots of exciting things Amazon does that we could have talked about.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you estimate the number of new users Amazon gets in a day?   3 Answers
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    Senior Product Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon (Seattle, WA) in September 2016.

    Interview

    Initial informational interview; Phone screen with team member; Phone screen with recruiter; Phone interview w/ team member; All-day series of 6 in-person interviews w/ team members, department members, and bar-raiser

    Interview Questions

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