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Amazon Manager Interview Questions

Updated Jul 26, 2017
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    Program Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Amazon (Seattle, WA).

    Interview

    Had a couple of phone interviews followed by an on-site interview. The communication from recruiter was not always on time. No feedback after the on site just a reject after two weeks.

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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. I interviewed at Amazon (Seattle, WA) in June 2017.

    Interview

    Went through a total of 10 interviews with managers and recruiters. During the interview process Amazon recruiters advise that there is a potential for the interviewing managers not to show as they are "very busy". Two interviews of the 10 resulted in one no show and one 20 minutes late. 1) this should give you and indication where their priorities are at..certainly not with the employees or candidates 2) an effective interview process of 2-3 persons should be the max needed to make an assessment of a candidate. As Amazon is hiring thousands of people it is stretching their teams to conduct so many interviews of a single candidate.

    Again due to the growth, turn over is very high for personnel moving interdepartmentally or choosing to leave the company. Managers don't know from one day to the next who will still be in their department.
    Ultimately did not choose to go with Amazon due to the above.

    The interview process was 90% one sided with interviewers asking behavioral and situational based questions. Very little time left for a candidate to - likewise - assess if Amazon or the job is a fit for them. A more balanced approach may allow candidates to assess the environment, role and culture which is essential to take into consideration with Amazon.

    Interview Questions

    • Be prepared to use the STAR method to answer questions about successes, failures (learnings).   Answer Question
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    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Amazon (Washington, DC) in June 2017.

    Interview

    The interview process was a bit lengthy and actually off-putting. I wasn't sure I wanted to go through with it. First, a recruiter contacted me. She told me they liked my application and wanted to set up a phone interview. She asked for good days/times and the best phone number. I provided all of that (and I provided the correct number). She replied and said that info would be forwarded to the NEXT recruiter who would contact me...

    Several days later a second recruiter did contact me. She gave me the name of the person who would be interviewing me by phone. She provided a date and time...and she quoted back to me the wrong number. I replied, telling her that was the wrong number...but she didn't respond.

    So, I waited a couple of days (I had about four days before the interview would take place). I replied to the second recruiter again, and then emailed the first recruiter. No responses, but on the correct day and time, I was called by the interviewer.

    That person said the recruiter would be back in contact, because she was interested in having me interview with her boss.

    I waited. And I waited.

    Then maybe ten days later I received an odd email from a THIRD recruiter, saying there was a problem with my phone number...she had tried to call me. I explained that it wasn't my phone number...it was whoever had relayed it...I gave her the correct number.

    Then, the next day I started receiving texts about the next interview. Very hurried, as in, 'Can we speak now?' At that point, it was 6 PM my time and I was on the way out the door to walk my dogs. I had to reply (to someone I didn't know...) that I was unavailable. She countered with the next morning.

    The next morning she called, and it turned out to be the person I was supposed to interview with, the head of the dept.

    We spoke briefly and she said they'd like me to fly to DC for an in-person interview...and that a recruiter would be in touch.

    Nearly two weeks later a recruiter finally got in touch, asking me for dates I'd be available.

    They scheduled me for another two weeks later...the recruiter told me a 'Lead' recruiter would get in touch, to tell me all about what to expect in the interview process. She scheduled a time for that. He never called. Rescheduled. He never called.

    Finally got to DC. Terrible hiccups on the credit card/expense reports (still haven't been paid for all my expenses)...

    The interview process was nearly all day. You spend about 45 minutes with each person, even have a 'lunch buddy' that takes you to lunch...they take notes the whole time on a laptop (can be a little odd...)...

    Didn't hear back for nearly four weeks. I finally contacted my recruiter, who pawned me off on someone else, and he sent me a form letter, saying they were sorry...etc, etc.

    Did not get the job.

    Interview Questions

    • The ask you to exemplify all the Amazon Principles, so make sure you know these...   1 Answer

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    Area Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Ventura, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Amazon (Ventura, CA) in June 2017.

    Interview

    I applied online and waited several months for an reply. Overall pleasant experience. Flew me out to interview and was treated nicely. The interviewers were very nice and helped create a positive experience. They focus a lot on the STAR method and like to hear numbers. Overall interview time was a little less than 2 hours.

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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    Two separate 45 minute phone interviews initially and a final onsite interview consisting of 4 one hour one on one interviews. The phone interviews were fairly basic phone screens; the onsite was more detailed regarding my skills and background.

    Interview Questions

    • The phone interviews and onsite interviews were the same format. A brief introduction by the interviewer and their background, some questions on your resume and background, and then a series of behavioral questions based on the 14 Amazon leadership principles.   2 Answers

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    Customer Success Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Amazon in June 2017.

    Interview

    Two phone interviews which were approx. 45 min long. Asked numerous behavioral questions based on Amazon's 14 principles. The interview was with two different CSM's that seemed as though they were just pulled in to do an interview. Lack of experience in interviewing in general from the both of them. Both interviews seemed very scripted which was an automatic sign. Again the lack of experience in interviewing was troubling since they are such a big company and rely heavily on these 14 principles. Another warning sign was the overuse of the word "ambiguity" as if there is actually no ambiguity. Everyone that I spoke with used this word excessively as if they are required to say the word at least 5 times during an interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you have improved processes and what were the results?   Answer Question

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    Human Resources Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Amazon in June 2017.

    Interview

    Interviewed with internal recruiter; made me feel comfortable; though I did not get the job, I did receive a personal email from the recruiter. Overall, the experience was positive.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you came across difficulties in getting manager buy-in.   Answer Question
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    Senior Program Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Amazon (Seattle, WA) in June 2017.

    Interview

    I had 3 phone interviews before an all day, in-person interview with the hiring manager, the division manager, as well as a team member and 4 other people in related groups. The all day event included Amazon-paid for lunch, but was exhausting and honestly turned me off the company quite a bit. We were in a conference room for 45 minute sessions with each individual. Each person asked questions from a laptop, from a proscribed list (with follow-ups) and took notes the entire time. Very little eye contact, very little effort put in actually getting to know you or assessing you for cultural fit. All questions were pretty standard behavioral interview questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about an innovation you implemented and what was innovative about it?   Answer Question

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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. I interviewed at Amazon.

    Interview

    I had an interview by phone, which was set up after some initial emails back and forth. I spoke with two individuals, one of whom worked in the HR department and the other worked for the project.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time that you exhibited leadership in your organization.   1 Answer

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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Amazon in June 2017.

    Interview

    The recruiting manager contacted directly and went about the interview process with the HR coordinator scheduling the interview. Was a good experience. The recruiter called me and asked if I would be interested, walked me through the process.

    Interview Questions

    • Why are you planning on moving?
      How does your day look like?
      Went into details on one of the projects.
      System Design question - How would you design xxxxx
      Pros and cons of the different approaches
      How do you do your hiring (leadership principles - Hire and Develop the Best)   1 Answer

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