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Amazon Senior Product Manager Interview Questions

Updated Jan 10, 2018
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Senior Product Manager Interview

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

Application

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

Interview

I am interviewing with the AmazonFresh team. The phone interviews were manageable and went well. Before the in person interview, I had to write up an example of a judgment call. I then got that question two times during the in person interview. I had examples for each leadership principle ready but in hindsight, I should have had 3 examples for each leadership principles which isn't easy when most companies don't set goals and accurately measure your impact. Recruiter, Hiring Manager, Team Member, 5 hour interview with entire team and 1 bar raiser, written assessment. Bar riser is one person not on your team that can veto you if you wouldn't fit in the culture. I got along with him the best. My struggle was the last person after 4 hours of being grilled I think I was just tired and got very nervous.

Interview Questions

  • Make sure you have 3 examples for each leadership principle since you get the same question over again by different people and it is frowned upon to say the same thing. All answers should follow the STAR method and you need to tell the story with emphasizing the results instead of just reading them off.

    1. Why Amazon now?
    2. What is the most technical project you worked on? What were the risks? Impact?
    3. Who are you?
    4. What feedback have you received from past managers?
    5. What was your most creative idea?
    6. Give an example of a project that had a change in scope and how did you handle it?
    7. Give an example of when a project failed?
    8. How did you vent your ideas and convince leadership?
    9. Name a new metric you discovered?
    10. Walk me through your background?
    11. Give an example when you didn't agree with your manager?
    12. What are the KPIs for your company?
    13. How would someone who has worked with you describe you?
    14. What was your proudest moment in your career? What part did you play in making that happen?
    15. What was a revolutionary idea that you implemented?
    16. If you didn't have goals or KPIs for your example, in hingsight what would you measure and why?
    17. If you were changing the AmazonFresh experience what are some are your ideas and how would you measure them?
    18. What metrics do you use to drive change?
    19. When was a time that you take ownership outside of your role?
    20. What is an area that is an opportunity for you to improve upon?
    21. Tell me about a feature or customer experience that had multiple CX issues?
    22. Tell me about a time you disagreed with your manager - I got this question 3 times
    23. Tell me when you made a judgment call since you didn't have any data (make sure you have 3 examples ready)   2 Answers

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    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    Referral. Multiple phone screens then an on-site. Amazon has lightning fast turnaround times. Normally a day or two max.

    Most questions revolve around leadership principles and you need to be prepared with stories about your past accomplishments. They will dig into the finest details of your story so make sure you remember everything or write it down. Don’t take it the wrong way if they keep digging or if they cut you off to ask a more detailed question. They just want to be sure you know what you’re talking about. Any technical skill mentioned will be immediately tested more or less on the white board or with a clarifying question.

    I probably sat with 7 or 8 people that day.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when______________   1 Answer
    • Questions about leadership principles. Don’t take this lightly.   Answer Question

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    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Amazon (Chicago, IL) in October 2017.

    Interview

    I went through my school's recruiting process. There were several parts: 1) resume submission 2) online test (scenarios and essay) 3) first round 4) final round. The online test was pretty straightforward. The first and final rounds were similar - two back to back interviews per round. There is a bar raiser in at least one of your interviews who will challenge your assumptions. Be sure to know the Amazon leadership principles.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you roll out Amazon Go?   2 Answers
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    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Provo, UT
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Amazon (Provo, UT) in October 2017.

    Interview

    I applied through college/ university recrutimg. MBA. The process took 10 days. the interview was good. 4 rounds. initially 2 30 min rounds. if you get through that 2-45 min rounds.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you had to priorities. tell me about a time when you had to choose between trade offs   2 Answers

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    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Amazon in July 2017.

    Interview

    The process included:
    - Initial screening with Lead Recruiter
    - Initial phone call with the hiring manager
    - On-site interview with total of 6 people

    For product manager roles; Amazon prefers self-starters and likes to see innovative capacity aligned with the leadership principles.

    First thing first; Amazon is not for everyone. It is a high-performance and restless environment. (Remember restless.com ?) But if you want the job, you need to really prepare for the interviews, especially for the on-site round. Even if you don’t get an offer, you will learn a lot during the process. Amazon has the most intense and serious recruiting process I have ever experienced.

    Here is the interview checklist that worked for me; follow the steps to nail the interview.

    0) Preparation is the key, If you are not prepared (especially for the on-site) take a later time to get prepared. There is no point to go an Amazon interview without adequate preparation, don’t waste your time. You will need at least 20 hours of preparation. I spent around 40. Working for Amazon was my dream-job; so I invented heavily.

    1) Get into Jeff Bezos’ brain. Reading the 15 principles from the web site doesn’t makes that much sense. Instead read ‘The Amazon Way’, the book that will help you to understand the inner mentally of Mr. Bezos, that became the ‘religion’ of Amazon. A truly inspiring book...

    2) Think 2-3 alternatives for each behavioral question listed here on Glassdoor. I have listed like 80 of them total and created answers. In an interview you won’t have time to remember them. Also you are asked to give a different answers if the question is asked before. Remember, those guys will be typing every word that comes out of your mouth and share it internally.

    3) Tie all of your stories to one or multiple a leadership principle. Write your stories that in mind. Don’t let them hang in the void; nobody will care to see you are a hard worker.

    4) On-site interview is also a physical challenge. Prepare accordingly with your diet and exercise, starting from couple of days before the interview. I am pretty serious here, the day long interview will suck your energy out of your bones, and if you can not keep up your boost at 3pm with the nervous bar raiser - generally that is the last round - you will be knocked out!

    5) Prepare yourself to a ‘stress interview’. Most probably your ‘bar-raiser’ will grill you more than the other guys, and he/she will intentionally increase the stress level. Be prepared for it, it is part of the game, dont’ take it offensive. Don’t drink coffee that day, keep your sweet snacks in your pocket.

    6. Trust you skills and personality and repeat yourself “I don’t need Amazon, but Amazon needs me”. Yes, Amazon is a huge talent grinder with a very high turnover rate. They need to recruit best talent continuously, which is a very tough. So, if you trust your skills ; embrace them, never let your interviewer set the tone of the interview. You are the value, you are the boss.

    7. The key question you need to answer is why you want to work with Amazon. Amazon is not known for being employee-friendly, or best place to work; so find an honest answer. You can answer this question if only you know what you want, and know about Amazon. My answer is “I want to do start-up work in a giant company”, find whatever is yours.

    Amazon is an amazing, one-of-a-kind company. You will like learning more about it, so take the interview process as a learning activity. I have estimated the rejection rates for each round is like 70%-80% range, so don’t take the outcome so serious. I saw mediocre past colleagues who passed Amazon’s high ‘bar’, and some very talented people got rejected.

    The key is how you position yourself in the shadow of Amazon’s 15 cultural pillars.

    Hope that helps :)

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me a time you acted without data.   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 through an employee referral. I interviewed at Amazon (Seattle, WA) in July 2017.

    Interview

    The interview process was fairly simple. I contacted a friend of a friend via LinkedIn and she recommended me to the recruiter and hiring manager. The recruiter contacted me about my availability and then scheduled the interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • What was one complicated problem that you were able to solve with one simple solution?   2 Answers

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    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Irvine, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon (Irvine, CA) in July 2017.

    Interview

    The interview questions were all aligned to see how the interviewer rates against Amazon's fourteen leadership values. Scenario style questions were asked and I was supposed to provide answers of how I would go about solving the specific problems. I appreciated how amazon was approaching hiring. What I did not appreciate was how the interview ended. At the end of the interview the last interviewer left and I was all alone in the room. The person who brought me to the interview and kicked off the process went home for the day (at 4:30) and I ended up having to call the front desk to get out get an escort out of the offices and get my ticket stamped. I don't think I have ever experienced this before. I like aspects of Amazon but people should be treated with respect.

    Interview Questions

    • Explain what are some new Alexa Skillsets you would roll out and why.   2 Answers

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    Senior Product Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Amazon (Seattle, WA) in June 2017.

    Interview

    Flattered that they contacted me about such an important position. It's a great fit for me. But unfortunately after the first phone interview was scheduled, the recruiter said they were only transferring visas from other employers. I am a Canadian and would qualify under NAFTA, so it was disappointing to have it cancelled with no feedback.

    Interview Questions

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    Senior Product Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Amazon (Seattle, WA) in June 2017.

    Interview

    Typically it is 2 phone interviews and then a day of on-site interviews. I had 4 phone interviews because I started off interviewing for a commercialization manager position and then switched to a product manager position. In total the process took 2-3 months from the recruiter first contacting me until my offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you received bad feedback from a colleague?   1 Answer

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    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    3 phone interviews (including 1 with the hiring manager and recruiter)
    1 writing sample
    6 on-site interviews at HQ (including 1 with a bar raiser that checks you're better than at least 50% of current Amazonians of the same level)

    Most of the interviews are based on Amazon's leadership principles. I found it a great opportunity to reflect on one's professional and personal experiences, and learn if one is a good fit for Amazon's culture too. My recruiter also generously invested time helping me better prepare by explaining every leadership principle and providing concrete examples.

    Although I didn't accept Amazon's kind offer, I really enjoyed meeting with the Kindle content team! From my conversations with the director, hiring manager and peer PMs on the team, I was impressed by the hiring manager's willingness to invest in his team's professional growth, and the Kindle team's collaborative culture e.g. the Kindle PMs meet regularly to give each other feedback.

    Interview Questions

    • When you were working on [experience X], what did you find surprising?   4 Answers

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