Amazon.com Interview Questions

Updated Sep 17, 2014
Updated Sep 17, 2014
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    Recruiting Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Slough, Buckinghamshire, South East England, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Slough, Buckinghamshire, South East England, England
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    I arrived at was shoved in the deli for the first of four 45 min interviews. Be prepared to feel like a bit of numnut whilst you are dressed in a suit and everyone else is in dress down. The guy that came to collect me was twenty minutes late, saying that reception hadnt informed him that I was here. The interview consisted of the four interviewers bombarding me with competency based questions designed around their leadership principles. They said to me on numerous occasions - oh it is not a job where you get much recognition and sometimes you will only be spoken to if you get something wrong. Nice. They are not interested in you as a person at all.

    Interview Questions
    • The interviewers all wanted different examples to questions that were very similar. After the first two interviews - you are naturally bored of answering competency based questions,   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I took an alternative position that I was much more suited to.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    A codility online coding test, one phone interview with an engineer and a full day of five interviews with various people from the office. I was also taken to lunch with an engineer not in the interview loop. The difficulty varied from interview to interview but in all cases, the interviewers were professional and courteous.

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Development Engineer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied on their website in November. Had no response until February, when a recruiter contacted me, sending me a link to a Codility test (which was quite difficult). A week after I submitted the test, the recruiter called me to let me know that I passed the test and that they are inviting me to an onsite interview. The interview was difficult, but straightforward. The interviewer was very nice, and gave me hints when I felt that I was stuck.

    Interview Questions
    • The technical problem wasn't something very difficult at first sight, but the trick was finding out the most efficient solution, which involved using tries. This solution was not implementable in 45 minutes, so the interviewer asked me to implement a specific part from the solution. There were very few behavioural questions, and nothing unexpected.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Copywriter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    Applied online & received interest for a phone interview. This was scheduled, and went well. However, I heard nothing back for a while. It went in circles for ages & I was cc-ed to three different people - it was a mess. The whole process took two months. It wasn't actually HR's fault just the coordination internally.

    I also talked to a media recruitment company who told me they stopped working with Amazon in London for this exact same reason. It's disrespectful to people's time & effort they make to apply to a reputable company.

    Finally I was schedule for a 3.5 hour interview. There was a 'Jedi Style' interview technique where they hound out one example to try to get faults, and make you stammer. They draw out one example for ages! I had 1 interview in the morning with the Head, then a written test on a TINY HP old laptop. I'm so used to using desktops/MACs this was difficult. They really should invest in a decent laptop for interviews.

    Then I had two more interviews which went very well. The problem with Amazon (latest article in Wall Street Journal) is that one interviewer can veto you out. It's not a democratic vote. They're all into identifying 'people who fit into the work culture' as they go on about on their site, but when I tried to get them to define Amazon's work culture no one could give me a clear answer. I was told that people are 'friendly and go to the pub in teams' - what's new about that in London

    The best part of my day was having a lunch break & then being told ' Oh there's a new burrito shop that's opened downstairs, and they're giving free burritos you can grab.'

    It's the fact that you dress up, get all your written portfolios together, prepare for days on end, memorise leadership principles to every Jeff Bezos interview & they can't offer you lunch.

    Amazon is an American company at the end of the day. You go to Facebook/Google in Silicon Valley & the treatment is so much different. It's something so small, but I think crucial in valuing the candidates who make the effort to come to you. It's courtesy to offer a £5 lunch in my opinion.

    I honestly and totally regret applying to Amazon. It took me full circle, and although the new office in London is very beautiful, the application process put me off. I don't know who they think they are that they can keep candidates waiting endlessly. Even getting back to me with a final answer - I had to remind them and HR goes ' Oh I did tell them to email you!' - which meant they had forgotten.

    I would tell people just not to waste their time, because in the mean time I had already got 3 other job offers with people wanting me, who called me up nicely and enthusiastically - not me chasing like a dog.

    Interview Questions
    • "Tell us about an experience where you made a mistake and corrected it"   View Answer
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Software Development Engineer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    Recruiter reached out at the end of November asking to schedule 2 back to back interviews which we set up for the next week. Exactly 2 weeks later (almost to the minute) the recruiter replied with an offer. We set up a phone call to discuss the details of the offer a week later and after that I accepted.

    Interview Questions
    • Interview 1: Started with basic cv chit-chat and discussing projects. Was asked general information (complexity and high level implementation) about data structures you'd expect to find in standard libraries. Continued on to a super simple coding question that was something like reversing a string in place. Then had a longer coding question that was a variant on the subtree sum problem and could be made to run in O(n) time with some preprocessing. Overall not particularly difficult.   Answer Question
    • Interview 2: Like the first interview this one started with basic cv questions and a simple coding question. Then moved onto a longer question that was basically weighted graph search but the edge weights were dynamic. Harder than the first interview but still not too difficult compared to other companies. I'd say about similar in difficulty to google but easier than palantir.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I don't think internship offers are negotiable but in any case the offer was much higher than I'd expected.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Operations Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Edinburgh, Scotland
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    focus in the company and its values, be prepared to link your experience to amazon leadership principles, search for amazon FCs on youtube, and contacto people on current positions from linkedin

    Interview Questions
    • be prepared to work in a fast pace environment....it is amazing!   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    little room for negotiation.....get pieces of advice before heading to it
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Account Manager (Amazon Associate) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    2 phone interviews

    I had the first interview with the hiring manager: it was very structured and I was prepared for most of the questions. I really appreciated that the interviewer gave me time at the end for questions (and I had loads), which means that we spent more time than expected. The second interview was with the EU business development manager and the questions were naturally focused on business development. Though it is tough to judge from a person over the phone, I found the interviewer tired (the interview was after 6pm UK time so 7pm EU time) and this reflected in his voice, but what was even more surprising was that he clearly yawned while I was answering to one of his questions. Ok I have not been convincing enough as I did not pass this stage, but I find it truly unrespectful to yawn over the phone while someone is talking to you - he could have at least put the phone away or something.

    On the positive note, I think it was a great experience to have a concrete preview of the company's culture, people, interview style etc...

    Interview Questions
    • What is the most important thing to recruit a new publisher/client?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Anonymous Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Two phone interviews with hr. 5 interviews with people from the office in a row.

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at Amazon.com.

    Interview Details

    A competency based interview lasting 5 hours. 5 x 45 minute interviews including a "bar raiser" Told to prepare a number of examples to map against AWS philosophies of previous deep dive work experiences you think might be relevant. Amazon recruitment guidance says keep responses short and timely which in the end seemed to be the last thing they wanted. Deep dive responses required.....details details details was what was required. To be frank this is a very tedious interview process giving the candidate very little back in return in terms of what the job would actually be like if you got it. How you make a calculated decision to work for them is beyond me based on what you might read from their website...very little back in terms of company culture. Interviews need to be a two way street not one way....Whilst this is competency based interview it really does feel like luck if you managed to give relevant examples that might just meet the AWS philosophy of doing things.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Partner Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a day - interviewed at Amazon.com in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Interview 1 - telephone interview with manager. No more than 30 minutes.

    Interview 2 - morning of face-to-face interviews at their offices. It consisted of 4 separate one-on-one 30 minute interviews. The questions were highly competency based from various managers in associated departments.

    The interviews were very structured and clearly interviewers had a number of boxes to tick. I didn't feel like they got to know my personality very well, and I found the company quite cold as a result.

    Interview Questions
    • Give an example where you need to use you disagreed with your manager's decision and hat you did to deal with the situation.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Better counter-offer from current employer

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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 Former Senior Vendor Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

Pros: “* Very strong focus on the customer (great but can be frustrating at times). * Great business model and everyone knows the brand. * Flat structure, no micromanaging / you are given a lot…” Full Review

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