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Amazon Senior Manager Interview Questions

Updated Mar 26, 2017
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  1. Helpful (4)  

    Senior Vendor Manager Interview

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

    Application

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

    Interview

    Very good process from initial contact with the recruiter, phone interviews, and on-site interview. They move relatively quickly from screen to on-site. The interview process is several individuals or pairs with limited amount of time. Everybody records your answers on laptops, which is odd and a bit off-putting

    Arguably the only downside is that they try to rotate people to interview your relatively quickly so you have limited time to really have a decent dialogue and the such. Perhaps maybe over-quantitative.

    Interview Questions

    • Usual types of questions:
      Explain a difficult decision based on limited data
      How did you use data to make decisions
      Issues working with a team
      How would you do X, Y, X  
      Answer Question
  2.  

    Senior Manager, Amazon Video Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    I was approached by the recruiter because she found me on LinkedIn. Initial phone interview the recruiter was 15 min late and seemed very unorganized. She then referred me to the hiring manager which took a couple of weeks. I had a good conversation with the hiring manager, mostly questions about how I would manage a team and bad employees. I sent him a thank you, and he told me another manager will be talking to him via phone. The recruiter set up the next phone interview 3 weeks later. The second phone interview was okay but the manager interviewing was asking very detailed questions in product management and seemed to have a bit of an attitude. After that I was sent an email three weeks later again to come in onsite to meet everyone in person. When I sent the dates and times I was available, a week later they said the position is on hold and they would let me know. I waited another week (note I'm in 8 weeks now), and reached out to the hiring manager, a few days later the same recruiter called me and said that she forgot to contact me. She then sent me another position they thought that I would be a good fit for, I declined to go through the process again.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me a time on how you would deal with a below average employee.   Answer Question
  3. Helpful (2)  

    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 Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Amazon (Seattle, WA) in October 2016.

    Interview

    Initial phone screen from recruiter covered basics and provided good outline of the process and the preferred structure for candidates to answer questions and describe their experience. Then phone interviews with hiring manager and member of the department. (Onsite interviews would have been last step.)

    Interview Questions

    • A scenario was described about a potential new fulfillment delivery offering, and several questions were asked about how one would go about defining requirements. In general this could have been a good framework to discuss product planning skills and relevant past experiences. What was unsatisfying was the interviewer's narrow Amazon context in the line of questioning -- e.g. "what groups within Amazon would you work with?", "what Amazon data would you use to shape and refine the offering?".   Answer Question
  6. Helpful (1)  

    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.   2 Answers
    • Q: What was one thing that they asked you?   1 Answer
  7. Helpful (1)  

    Senior Technical Program Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Amazon (Issaquah, WA) in October 2016.

    Interview

    Very smooth. Recruiter, Andres, was amazing. Always kept my informed and updated .He spent quite a bit of time with me to help me prepare and provided excellent feedback. He also gave me insight into the feedback of other interviewers.

    Interview Questions

    • Behavioral in nature and they want specific answers .they really drill deep into your responses .   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Still in progress

  8.  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon in October 2016.

    Interview

    Recruiter reached out
    Round 1: Behavioral 70% Technical 30%
    Round 2: Behavioral 30% Technical 70%
    Interview was geared more towards understanding my personality and how i perform with teams.
    There was one question on how to build a complete end to end mobile app

    Interview Questions

    • Previous project description. Started elaborating on the previous project   Answer Question
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    Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon in October 2016.

    Interview

    received an email from a recruiter's coordinator to setup a call with the hiring manager. hiring manager was under impression we were talking about a different role other than what the recruiter had emailed me about. hiring manager stated the position was filled but had 2 other roles to discuss. then was told the recruiter would be in touch for next steps. the recruiter then stated the hiring manager wanted to consider me for yet a completely different role which was 3 levels below where I have been in my career in the last 6 years. I was not interested in moving across the country to a cold weather market to be a Store Manager. If it was 14 years ago, maybe. They said they were hiring people with my experience (Director of Stores) to be Store Managers. I looked on LinkedIn and found SM's who were previously Assistant Managers. That did not make any sense.

    Interview Questions

  10. Helpful (8)  

    Senior Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Amazon in September 2016.

    Interview

    Within a day after submitting for a position, there was a call from technical recruiter and it was very brief. With two days, an hour interview was set up with a senior Manager. This interview was for complete one hour.

    Interview Questions

    • How will you train a project manager to be on schedule and budget?   Answer Question
    • How will you train a project manager to do client implementation?   Answer Question
    • How do you prioritize different projects happening simultaneously?   Answer Question
  11. Helpful (7)  

    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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