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Amazon Product Manager Interview Questions

Updated Sep 22, 2017
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  1. Helpful (7)  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Amazon (Atlanta, GA) in April 2017.

    Interview

    Very condescending hiring staff, recruiter was great. Seems like amazon hires lots of second tier talent, very poor interview experience. Set up as a series of star interviews and writing sample, not very flatering for senior level positions the way they are done and will surely push away the best talent , but that may be the point.

    Interview Questions

    • Everyone asked the same question about a time you failed or had to make a call without data, then took notes, not conversational. They are trying to adopt star method but unlike consulting companies who are great at star interviews, amazon has a long way to go and too much of their culture and true colors shines through.   Answer Question

  2. Helpful (5)  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Amazon (Seattle, WA) in April 2017.

    Interview

    Applied blindly online on the company website. After waiting 2 weeks with no response, reached out to a friend who worked at Amazon. Within 30 minutes of that, a recruiter reached out and asked to arrange a phone interview.

    The recruiter had to reschedule the initial phone interview 30 minutes before it was supposed to happen. After that round there was a phone interview with the hiring manager 1 week later. It then took 1.5 weeks to arrange the onsite interview, which was scheduled for 3 weeks later!

    Onsite interview was about 6 hours of back-to-back interviews - all the same sort of questions. Only 1/2 of the interviewers worked on the same team as the role and the ones that didn't didn't know anything about the work that they were hiring for.

    Be prepared - when interviewing for a PM role, there won't be any questions about being a PM or how much you know about the role. Just make sure you have 14 STAR stories ready which align with the leadership principles. That's all they care about.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time.... (14 of these)   2 Answers
  3. Helpful (1)  

    Senior Technical Product Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Amazon (Seattle, WA) in April 2017.

    Interview

    Talked with a Recruiter via phone, a team member phone interview, a peer team (customer) phone interview, and finally offered an in person interview in Seattle. It took a very long time, usually between each interview a week would go by or more. From initial screen to in office interview it was 10 weeks total. As many have said it's all about their management principles. Apply those to your standard behavioral questions and add data to any achievements and you are talking the right way. I also had to do an essay assignment prior to the onsite interview, it was against two questions and fairly open ended but did take some time to build this out.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you failed   Answer Question
    • Tell me about one of your greatest success stories in your professional work   Answer Question
    • Something you would change in your current job   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time you had to balance a challenging business groups needs your IT groups needs?   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time your team developed a feature that was perfect but couldn't be implemented that way and a compromise had to be made?   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time you had a feature you saw that you could scale beyond it's current use case?   Answer Question
    • Write about a judgement call you had to make that couldn't be analyzed.   Answer Question
    • Write about the most innovative thing you've done.   Answer Question

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    Product Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon (Seattle, WA) in March 2017.

    Interview

    Applied online mid February for role, heard back two weeks later from recruiting coordinator via email with a request for a first round interview. Talked with the manager of the open position in an hour long phone call, heard back at the end I was moving to the second round of phone screens. Scheduled that two weeks out, conducted the second hour long screen. Didn't hear for a week, emailed the coordinator, she was on vacation and said I'd hear back to schedule an onsite interview. Had 6 rounds of interviews onsite. Very quick rounds 45 minutes long.

    Interview Questions

    • All very behavioral based questions - prepare by going over every project, risk or decision you've made in the last three positions you've had.   1 Answer

  5. Helpful (6)  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Amazon.

    Interview

    Terrible experience - my emails and phone calls were left unanswered and was eventually ghosted after being given a verbal offer. Ended up giving up due to frustration with the recruiter

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    Never ended up getting anything in writing


  6. Helpful (6)  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon (Seattle, WA) in March 2017.

    Interview

    Despite being a referral the process was really slow and stretched out over 6 weeks. They took time to schedule my final rounds and the recruiter was very un co-operative.

    Interview Questions

    • For any PM interview, they focus on leadership principles and some cases that are specific to the team that is interviewing you. I can understand their focus on leadership principles, but 5 people asking you examples of same situation is not the most efficient way to test a candidate. There are only so many examples of a specific situation that you can relate to from your past experience. What I dislike about their interview process is the way interviewers force you to come up with more stories for the same leadership principle. I expressed my concern with this and I guess this is why they didnt move forward.   3 Answers

  7. Helpful (3)  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Amazon in March 2017.

    Interview

    Two rounds of video interviews, 30 min. each in one day. The first interviewer asked me behavioral questions and the second interviewer asked me both behavioral and case questions. Questions were sometimes difficult as they asked more details in one question. Case was short but was about supply chain at which I was not good.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you like to take a new project or an existing one?
      What was your biggest challenge?
      What was your biggest achievements?
      How did you lead the team?
      How did you motivate the team?   3 Answers
  8. Helpful (2)  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Amazon (Seattle, WA) in March 2017.

    Interview

    Structural-Behavior Interviews (2 phone interviews) + 6 interviews back to back on site, including a lunch. Lots of interview calls/discussions with hiring managers prior to choosing a role that was interesting.

    Interview Questions

    • What was your riskiest step or experience?   3 Answers

  9. Helpful (2)  

    Senior Technical Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in College Park, MD
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at Amazon (College Park, MD) in March 2017.

    Interview

    2 rounds. Each round 2 interview. 1st round - 2 interviews 30mins each. 2nd round - 2 interviews 45 mins each.
    Behavioral questions asked. 1 case question about What would be a feature that you'd like to add in Amazon.

    Interview Questions

    • What would be a feature that you'd like to add in Amazon? Tell me about a time you failed, accomplishment, used data to make a decision, went above and beyond the role you worked in.   1 Answer

  10. Helpful (1)  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Amazon (Seattle, WA) in March 2017.

    Interview

    Two phone calls followed by a ~6 hour in person day of interviews. Amazon provided very little feedback as to why they didn't end up selecting me. I may have asked for too large of a salary or perhaps they just found somebody who was a better fit. Overall, I enjoyed the conversations, met some interested characters and would call the whole thing fairly positive.

    Interview Questions

    • They tend to ask STAR questions along the line of "Tell me about a time where you disagreed with your leadership. What did you do, what was the outcome, etc."   4 Answers

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