Amazon technical interview questions
I have interviewed recently at Amazon for the Sr. TPM role and they flew me to Seattle to talk to the hiring manager and their team. The experience was good, they pay for all the expenses. One thing to note is that there aren't a lot of fast food places around the hotel where they will put you up. They are all fine restaurants. So, prepare ahead. The hotel itself was great, Silver Cloud Inn with great breakfast. Their vending machines run out of water often, a lesser known secret, their Gym has a water dispenser, look for it.
My journey started with Amazon recruiter contacting me via LinkedIn. I work for a big Discount retailer, so that was the commonality and have worked in the new technologies as an Architect.
The first challenge for me was to understand why my role i.e. of an Architect was being mapped to a Sr. TPM role and when I met couple of folks there and talked to them, it was pretty clear that a person in this role really wears many hats. The person is a technical product manager, project manager, architect and Business analyst when it comes to solution delivery.
I feel that there is some amount of disconnect between the recruiter and hiring team. The recruiters are good coaches and will mentor the interviewees on what to expect, but when you talk to the product manager, SDM and TPMs at Seattle, you will notice the gap in what they are seeking.
It is very difficult for a techie at Amazon to understand how the processes work in service based companies even in retail. To begin with, most of them have under 10 years of IT experience and have worked either in Microsoft or Amazon all their careers. So, their thinking is limited to the way 2 organizations function. People who interviewed were all less than 10 yrs experience including the manager. And, since their background is so much of computer programming that they have little exposure to how an IT person talks (IT folks in services industry are expected to talk like a consultant) and this makes it very difficult for them to interview.
Amazon interviewers expect the answer to any question to start within the technical domain. However, in the service industry including the one I come from the problem analysis starts in the business domain and then expands into technical solution. This difference in thinking creates a big gap and to put it in simple terms takes the interviewees 15 mins to understand. My interviewers struggled to articulate their questions so I could give them the answers they needed. I feel this is why they conduct so many interviews and to find who they are looking for.
My friend who holds a director position in Big 4 was recently interviewed by an SDM, and the interviewer was so frustrated. It took them 25 mins to understand what exactly he wanted the interviewee to answer.
So, when you do interview, start your response in the technical domain and assume the world is perfect i.e. no org constraints, no dependencies, no processes which can impact technical design and it will help give them the right answer.
There was not a question, I hadn't prepped on, yet do not know what happened. I know I did not have the time to get to talk at the physical level in the 45 mins of design questions.future bass future diary characters future ford clovis future goten future hendrix future husband future islands future kind future kids academy future me future nostalgia tour future olympic sites future of shiba inu future proof future quotes rapper future technology future the rapper future us open sites future you deserve it future yeezy releases future about me future after pandemic future against all odds lyrics future of top glove is top ships a good investment future between future war between india and pakistan future relationship between uk and eu future by paramore lyrics future by red velvet future didn't even know it future for the streets meme future in 8 mile future in tagalog future made of virtual insanity future made of corning future made of glass video future off road suvs future on computer meme future on youtube future of outside broadcasting future past review duran duran future pro basketball goals future through football academy future to the streets future until future vs forward future vs option via future future with covid futurology analysis futurology degree good futurology podcasts futurology language futurology twitter futurology techniques futurology youtube futurology in malayalam futurology in art future and ciara future cars future electronics future engineers future girlfriend future market future net worth future nostalgia future of cryptocurrency future quotes for her future questions future tense conjugation future young thug future younger future zodiac sign future after hours atlanta future after ciara against future generations future of top shot future at computer meme future at rosebar future beyond shell but future focus fridays for future contra argumente future fit break even goals future for frontliners scholarship future from a16z future from where future in latin future like ours marquis distant future opposite of opposite of future in english future out of band future over your head future over my head future spoil her till she a brat lyrics future towards a future and ciara son future up or down up future africa future via-nett kft folly future via future without dreads futurology ai futurology and education futurology class futurology discord futurology delphi method futurology la gi futurology in education futurology methods futurology manic street preachers review futurology predictions futurology private reddit futurology review futurology synonyms futurology trends futurology what is the meaning future and drake future days future gohan future lori harvey future memes future tense of except future from where future in sight future tense into passive voice next future of epl future past duran duran lyrics future pro bowl locations future pro sports management futurology magazine futurology tracklist future bass future children future career quiz future gif future me future net worth 2021 future questions to ask your boyfriend future super bowl locations future wife future xanax damage future after pandemic future of top ships future before rap future beyond future of work during covid future from atlanta future in front of into future treasures future off facebook activity future on russell wilson future on tour since future tense future with glasses meme future within futurology in education in hindi definition for futurology future electronics future how many how many future ford roseville future perfect future progressive future utility converse future value of money future after that future among us meme future all around rope future at rosebar future between us future but we can prepare for it the future of made in china