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Amazon Senior Vendor Manager Interview Questions

Updated Nov 19, 2017
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Senior Vendor Manager Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Declined Offer
Negative Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Amazon in July 2017.

Interview

A recruiter reached out for a Senior Category Manager role. I interviewed with recruiter about my current role then went to another recruiter who explained compensation at Amazon. Spoke with a Manager of Vendor management.

The interviewer thought I'd be better suited for an SVM role, I explained I wanted to own a P&L, and he said that Category Managers do not own P&L's. (interesting because the JD clearly stated P&L management.) I then went on for a second round of phone interview with a VP. Basic high level questions on role, behavioral questions and some case based questions. Amazon leadership principle do I agree with the most?

So far I've been connect with two different recruiters for 4 different roles. They've set up a travel date for on site but to to this day they do not have a role set for me. The travel date is in 2 days! It really feels like they view potential employees as am interchangeable widget that can be put anywhere.

I'm stopping the process with them. If interviewing is this chaotic, then what it be like working for them? The first interaction you have with the company should be indicative of it's culture. Recruiters really dropped the ball on this one or this is how things are done at Amazon.

Interview Questions

  • How you would you decide on choosing a vendor?   Answer Question
  • You have 6 tasks. Tell me how you would prioritize them and why?   Answer Question
  • Amazon has a vendor that's seeing a lot of topline growth but this one is unprofitable. what are some reasons why? What information would you seek out to confirm? How would you negotiate with them to increase profitability?   Answer Question

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    Senior Vendor Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Amazon (Seattle, WA) in January 2017.

    Interview

    Call w recruiter to prep you for call with hiring manager. Hiring manager call, second round call with potential team member. Final rounds with 6 people at Amazon - mix of team members and related functions. Mostly questions about work experiences that exhibit qualities of Amazon leadership qualities and case studies of Amazon business.

    Interview Questions


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    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
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    Senior Vendor Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Amazon (Los Angeles, CA) in September 2016.

    Interview

    Recruiter found my resume and contacted me through email. She asked if I am interested in this role. I said yes and we set a date for HR phone screen and then a phone interview. After I was selected Amazon flew me to LA for an hiring event. 4 interviews for 45 mins. I had to complete a writing assignment as well before the F2F. They came back with the final outcome within 48 hours. Very efficient process. Though I had a good interview I wasn't extended an offer. The position was Seattle based and I showed a bit of hisitance when asked about relocating from California to Seattle.

    Interview Questions

    • I signed an NDA. But most of them were typical behavioral & situational questions.   Answer Question

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    Senior Vendor Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon (Seattle, WA).

    Interview

    4 interviews by phone with 4 different people. Then they booked a travel with paid expenses to Seattle, and in there i had an exhaust interview process with 5 people. Then at the end you get the interview from your " boss"

    Interview Questions

    • What price would you set to a XX product in ZZ country.   Answer Question

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    Senior Vendor Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Amazon (Seattle, WA) in April 2016.

    Interview

    I applied online and received an email response about 30 days later. I had 4 interviews over the phone due to job openings changing and communication issues on their end, none of which were a problem. I then went in for an in-house interview, I had five face to face interviews that day.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you allocate buy for a new business category?   1 Answer

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    Senior Vendor Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon (Seattle, WA) in January 2016.

    Interview

    Same as mentioned many times here. Conceptual questions, historical examples of difficult / challenging behavioral situations. Over and over and over again. No assessment of skills, ability to lead or focus on any prior people management experience. New team within Amazon and job scope was extremely vague. No feedback at end of process is my only gripe, would have been constructive for Amazon to provide this after taking up 2 days of your time with travel etc for the full day of interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time you used a complex data set etc   1 Answer

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    Senior Vendor Manager Interview

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

    Application

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

    Interview

    After Applying, I received a phone call for a screening. Did well, so another call a week later for a second phone screening. Did well enough for an in person interview.
    Went to Seattle, and hd 8 interviews. All but one seemed to go well, that was the dreaded interview with the individual who has veto power over your acceptance. I enjoyed the culture, the people, but guess it wasn't meant to be

    Interview Questions

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    Senior Vendor Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Interviewed with several rounds of employees
    I got asked a case question in every interview
    Be sure to know the Amazon leadership principles and know of a situation where you applied them

    Interview Questions

    • Case question about launching a new business or product   Answer Question

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    Senior Vendor 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 May 2015.

    Interview

    Got an employee referral to the job. Conducted an initial phone screen with a recruiter, then another phone screen with a supervisor in the specific department I was applying to. Following that, I was invited into Amazon for a full day of interviews. Conducted 8 (8!!!) face to face interviews with various members of the department. Everyone was very cordial and open to discussion. I greatly appreciated the transparency and honesty when I asked tough questions about the job and the company. With 8 different people interviewing you, don't expect to nail every single meeting. Some went really well, others just okay. Most interviewers take notes on their laptops, so make sure you can stay on message while someone isn't looking at you and is busy typing. Despite the note taking, most interviews were fairly conversational and behavioral based.

    Interview Questions

    • Your standard behavioral question - tell me about a time you failed, when you had to correct a coworker and how you did it, when you had to tell someone a harsh truth, a time you completed a project, etc. All questions are used to test you competency in Amazon's 14 Leadership Principles, so I made sure I had solid examples for each leadership principle and were able to tie my experiences to those principles. Most interviews aren't going to hit it right on the nose - "tell me about a time you demonstrated a bias for action", etc. Instead, they want to hear about your experiences and it's up to you to make sure you explain how the results fit within Amazon's culture.   1 Answer

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