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Amazon Technical Recruiter Interview Questions

Updated Dec 15, 2017
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Technical Recruiter Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
No Offer
Negative Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon.

Interview

All behavioral questions, didn't really focus on my skills. Really asked negative questions. Very on the spot questioning. All Amazon interviews are the same. I don't think it's a very effective way of interviewing, not everyone is the same. Really not sure how anyone gets a job here.

Interview Questions

  • Tell me about a risk you took?   1 Answer

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  1. Helpful (5)  

    Technical Recruiter Interview

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

    Application

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

    Interview

    Overall, the experience was smooth. 30 min phone screen with recruiter, 45 min phone screen with Hiring Manager, & on-site (scheduled a few weeks out from the phone screen). Offer was delivered 48 hours after on-site. Recruiting Coordinators were timely & thorough with info. Was able to reach out to my recruiter during process who was prompt with responding to emails & available to take a call. Overall - very good experience.

    TIP: Take the leadership principals seriously! Amazon's leadership principals are not fluff, rather core to how future employees operate and make decisions. Start researching the principals and generating 2-3 examples of you've exercised principals in your professional experience. Do this as early as the phone interview stage. It will help tremendously!

    Tips for On-site:
    -Reach out to your recruiter to do a quick prep call on tips on how to prepare for the on-site. My recruiter was available to do this.
    -Prepare 2-3 real-life examples of how you've demonstrated Amazon's leadership principals. Don't skimp on this or think you can wing it. You will address these in every. single. interview. It can be exhausting. Practice!!!! If you can come up with solid examples for all principals you should do very well.
    -Rehearse with friends/family on STAR / Behavioral questions via mock interviews. Lots and lots of mock interviewing will ensure you can deliver smooth, concise responses.
    - Use bathroom breaks as towards the end of the interview, you'll want a moment to take a breather and collect thoughts.
    - Ask interviewers questions on how they joined Amazon, what they love about Amazon etc, what Amazon does differently. I felt this lightened the mood and I got to know more about the team members, their motivations, what they like about the company etc.
    -Understand you will likely have a long interview (5-6 hours). Prepare to be tired after the midway point. Figure out strategies to make it through without cracking (hard but doable).

    Honestly, the on-site interview is tough. Amazon is pretty structured and due to this, the experience is unique. A lot of the interviewers were really fun, smart people! Therefore, about half of the interviews were engaging and fun. A few of the interviews were much tougher and thus those meetings were more tedious. I walked away unsure of how I did. I feel this is common. No verbal offer was made that day, nor did I meet with my HM after the last interviewer.

    The offer came 48 hours after the interview which was SO FAST & AWESOME.

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  2. Helpful (3)  

    Technical Recruiter Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Amazon (Seattle, WA) in February 2017.

    Interview

    The interview process consisted of one typical vetting call with a "qualifier"recruiter. I then had 30-45 minute calls with lead recruiters for all of the teams Amazon was considering me for (I think, see below). I was then sent a 20-30 minute online skills / personality assessment. I was invited in for an onsite interview and they have you fill out a detailed HR form about salary requirements and other questions that you've already been asked. The final step is to have an onsite interview with 6 separate interviewers. All of the questions are behavioral questions and they really drill you on them. Multiple follow up questions on each scenario you provide to them. I would say that I was asked on average 4 behavioral (tell me about a time that you....) questions per interviewer, so be prepared with 20-25 specific and unique situations that you can immediately reference and describe in detail.

    I was torn on whether to rate this as a neutral or a negative experience. Ultimately, though, there were more negative aspects than positive. The positive piece was that every person was actually nice and I genuinely enjoyed connecting with the folks who work at Amazon. However, each process-oriented piece of the interview provided such a poor candidate experience that it tarnished the whole thing. It's a small feat to make 5-6 hours of behavioral interview questions less than torture, but I wouldn't say that that means that Amazon provides a positive interview experience.

    HR was VERY clear that they would be unable to provide feedback for "compliance reasons". When a company has an interview process that requires that level of preparation and investment, candidates deserve feedback. As a recruiter, I don't believe that EVERY candidate deserves feedback (an online applicant deserves a simple rejection without feedback, there is only so much time in a day). However, if a candidate spends over half a business day onsite and is prompted to put a heavy level of preparation into the interview beforehand, we're talking about real time and real thought. Candidates deserve some sort of return on investment for that.

    I never got the sense that any of the interviewers cared about me as a professional or my goals. The first indicator is Amazon's policy not to provide final-round candidates with any feedback. Another was that throughout the whole process, I was thrown from team to team and it was never clear which team I was interviewing with and, more importantly, which role I was interviewing for. The job description that HR sent me before my onsite was for a totally different team and role than the teams that interviewed me on the day of the interview. To this day, I'm not even sure which role or team I was being considered for.

    Interview Questions

    • Every STAR behavioral questions you can find online, prepare a response for it. And also be ready to answer 2-4 follow up questions on each behavioral question. Early on in the process, they are very concerned with asking you about your metrics: I was asked metrics oriented questions on every phone interview.   Answer Question
  3. Helpful (3)  

    Technical Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    Everyone I spoke to was nice. The Recruiter I worked with was great. Spoke with her a couple times and then did my first interview with another Technical Recruiter as the HM got tied up. Overall it lasted about an hour. It was a pretty standard interview. At the end though I decided it was too senior of a role for me.

    Interview Questions

    • What was a time you thought outside of the box as a Recruiter?   Answer Question

  4. Helpful (3)  

    Technical Recruiter Interview

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

    Application

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

    Interview

    First hand experience in what I'd have ended up with. It was disappointing to say the least. I expected better of Amazon. Multiple touch points, the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing, very disorganized in sharing information internally.

    Internal reorgs led to position reporting from one hiring manager to another. "We think you're a great culture fit but the position is now under XYZ hiring manager. Could you speak with him/her?" Got a verbal offer after second interview. Had a scheduled call to begin offer negotiations with a recruiter (who had no prior contact with me). Only to find out they did not have their approvals ready. Incredibly mismanaged interview process. I had first hand insight in to what I could be setting myself up for. I was not convinced from the start that this would be where I'd be most effective. After seeing how TA works, there was an overwhelming sense of gratitude at having escaped narrowly from a disaster. Thank you Amazon for saving me from a very painful experience.

    Interview Questions

    • all S.T.A.R based questions.   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    Worst candidate experience in my entire career. I'm glad I was tempted for a second and went through the process. In the end, I'm equally glad I walked away. I'd have regretted giving them even a moment of my life.


  5. Helpful (1)  

    Technical Recruiter Interview

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

    Application

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

    Interview

    Amazon has contacted me several times in the last 3 years, usually over Linkedin. They have no record of past interviews and no concept of the technology I recruit for, except for the keywords on a linkedin profile ( I am on the East Coast and work in Fintech). Was very interested at the first time, second time a bit less, 3rd time even less. They cant track applicants and have too many open roles to figure out what you're good for. Dont mind exploratory interviews or networking, but Amazon and Google dont necessarily hire the best recruiters, although they have hired some good ones. Please review peoples profiles, the industries they work, and you should have to interview for numerous roles with different recruiters. Very time consuming.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked about relocation to Seattle and recruiting West Coast level talent.   Answer Question

  6. Helpful (3)  

    Technical Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

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

    Interview

    Not much of one to be honest. I applied for a position in Virginia and was contacted a few days later to set up time for a phone call. However, the AWS Sourcing Recruiter who contacted me sent me a list of seven (7) questions that looked like a canned response:

    1. Are you open to a position located in Seattle, WA if relocation is provided? If not, where are you located?
    2. Ideal current next opportunity, in terms of role, scope and scale?
    3. How many total years of experience do you have in recruiting?
    4. What type of talent have you had experience recruiting?
    5. Why are you interested in exploring new opportunities at this time and why Amazon specifically?
    6. Current salary package?/Salary expectations for a new role?
    7. Are you authorized to work in the United States for any employer?

    Almost all of these questions were answered in my application to the role, except for the salary and why I would be interested in working for Amazon. I sent an email back to the sourcer asking whether this email was a mistake or an automated message, to which she replied "It is not an automated email. I have a lot of things to cover in a first phone call so I try to get the basics out of the way. If you are interested in Amazon, let me know."

    So I emailed her back almost immediately and said ok I have time to chat right then and there. Didn't hear back from her for six (6) days, so I shot her an email and said that I was not longer interested in interviewing because of my experience. She then emailed me 5 days later saying "I am sorry you are no longer interested in Amazon. If something changes call me at XXX-XXX-XXXX. "

    Again, this sourcer brushed off my messages as if she had done nothing wrong. I replied back to clarify exactly why I'm not interested which I'm guessing will get archived immediately. This type of experience does not help refute all of the negative impressions about Amazon.

    Interview Questions

    • 1. Are you open to a position located in Seattle, WA if relocation is provided? If not, where are you located?
      2. Ideal current next opportunity, in terms of role, scope and scale?
      3. How many total years of experience do you have in recruiting?
      4. What type of talent have you had experience recruiting?
      5. Why are you interested in exploring new opportunities at this time and why Amazon specifically?
      6. Current salary package?/Salary expectations for a new role?
      7. Are you authorized to work in the United States for any employer?   1 Answer

  7. Helpful (1)  

    Technical Recruiter 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 July 2016.

    Interview

    From the beginning the scheduling of interviews was smooth.

    Once I had been contacted by the recruiter with interest the coordinator reached out to gather availability. The phone interview was scheduled promptly and ended successfully. Within two weeks the onsite was scheduled. For those who need to travel for the interview they work closely with the travel team and coordinate accommodations. Everything went smoothly and have ZERO complaints.

    Interview Questions

    • Interview questions are based around the leadership principles. This is a culture that truly lives, eats, breaths their companies leadership principles.

      Some examples:

      Tell us about a time where you believed in something that leadership did not. What did you do? How did you go about it?

      The STAR method truly helped me in preparing for the interview. Not to mention the call with the recruiter to prep before the onsite interview.   Answer Question
  8. Helpful (1)  

    Technical Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Interview

    I spent a whole day of my life preparing for a phone interview and then they went dark on me. Thanks anyway, but I don’t want to work with you as your candidate communication does not meet my requirements. Many recruiters do not understand the importance of follow up and what a bad first impression it makes to the candidate. I feel like I dodged a bullet not working here.

    Interview Questions


  9. Helpful (2)  

    Technical Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Amazon.

    Interview

    The interview process started with an email from a Recruiter requesting my availability for a phone interview along with a series of questions to be completed prior to the call. I had a 25 minute phone interview with the Recruiter which was a mostly casual conversation where I was given an overview of the position and why it was open. Overall it was an enjoyable experience. I received a follow up message from a coordinator requesting my availability for a second round interview.

    The second interview was with a different regional Recruiter. I was asked some standard questions (Work history, How would you do X) along with another question that stuck out to me as being poorly worded. After the interview I looked up the question the Recruiter asked me during the interview (Tell me a time you asked why 3 or 4 times) and figured out they wanted to know if I could perform root cause analysis (5 Whys). Unfortunately at the time, the way the question was phrased didn't make sense to me and it was not rephrased. When the interview concluded I was told that I would receive follow up directly from the hiring manager. A few days later I received an email from the coordinator that they were not moving forward. Based on how the interview ended I was a somewhat surprised I did not end up speaking with the actual hiring manager.

    The overall recruiting process came across as disorganized. After being in contact with three people and on two separate interviews, they failed to intake in some basic questions like: What's your current compensation/What are you seeking, What is your availability to start a new position, Why are you seeking a new position, What's most important to you in making your next employment decision, Do you have any other interviews/offers, etc. In conclusion I was left disappointed by my experience, but the company is large enough to warrant another look in the future.

    Interview Questions


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