A comprehensive list of behavioural Amazon interview questions vetted by an ex-Amazon Hiring Manager and interviewer. Updated for 2022.
We started helping candidates prepare for behavioural interviews at Amazon shortly after leaving the business. Very quickly, we discovered that candidates were asking us to help them answer Amazon interview questions that did not map to Leadership Principles and were unlikely ever to be used in an Amazon interview. To our horror, we discovered that “fake” Amazon interview questions were posted in all corners of the Internet – from Glassdoor to various random forums. Unless youve hired and interviewed candidates as an Amazonian, it is not straightforward to tell a fake Amazon interview question from a real one. And yet, spending valuable time preparing to answer interview questions that will never be asked is a mistake that you cannot afford to make.So, in this post, we will bring you a curated and vetted list of Amazon Interview Questions that you are actually likely to encounter in an Amazon interview. We will then give you recommendations on how to prepare best to answer them.But, before we get to the list of questions, we have something important to draw your attention to.In order to prepare for your Amazon interviews properly, you need to be able to recognise the key themes from Amazons 16 Leadership Principles, understand Amazons peculiar culture and become a pro at framing responses to behavioural interview questions. You can achieve all this with our signature self-study Amazon Interview Preparation Courses and 1:1 Amazon Interview Coaching services (see below). Our resources helped candidates land L4-L8 jobs at Amazon.
Interviews for Top Jobs at Amazon
Process Assistant Interview
I interviewed at Amazon (Toronto, ON)
All you need to know is the star methods, and the leadership principles. Just be confident and prepare for your interview and you will be just fine. Dress appropriately and make eyes contacts most of the times.
- Math question was one of the questions.
Process Assistant Interview
I applied through an employee referral The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Amazon
the process is essentially two questions:1) are you legally allowed to work in the country2) do you have a pulseit is not very extensive or detailed in ability to do the job
- 1) are you legally allowed to work in the country2) do you have a pulse
Process Assistant Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon in Jan 2022
1 question is a role play. You have to act like you are already an am and you must take this seriously. If you giggle you won’t get the job. Then 4-6 questions in star format, “tell me about a time question”. Very bland very robotic interview
- Tell me about a time where you went outside of your area of expertise, how difficult was it was there any difficult things you noticed(very vague)
Situation: Describe the situation that you were in or the task that you needed to accomplish. You must describe a specific event or situation, not a generalized description of what you have done in the past. Be sure to give enough detail for the interviewer to understand. This situation can be from a previous job, from a volunteer experience, or any relevant event.
Leaders have relentlessly high standards – many people may think these standards are unreasonably high. Leaders are continually raising the bar and drive their teams to deliver high quality products, services, and processes. Leaders ensure that defects do not get sent down the line and that problems are fixed so they stay fixed.
Task: What goal were you working toward? Action: Describe the actions you took to address the situation with an appropriate amount of detail and keep the focus on YOU. What specific steps did you take and what was your particular contribution? Be careful that you don’t describe what the team or group did when talking about a project, but what you actually did. Use the word “I,” not “we” when describing actions. Result: Describe the outcome of your actions and don’t be shy about taking credit for your behavior. What happened? How did the event end? What did you accomplish? What did you learn? Make sure your answer contains multiple positive results.
Make sure that you follow all parts of the STAR method. Be as specific as possible at all times, without rambling or including too much information. Also, eliminate any examples that do not paint you in a positive light. However, keep in mind that some examples that have a negative result (such as “lost the game”) can highlight your strengths in the face of adversity.
Leaders expect and require innovation and invention from their teams and always find ways to simplify. They are externally aware, look for new ideas from everywhere, and are not limited by “not invented here.” As we do new things, we accept that we may be misunderstood for long periods of time.
Preparing for Amazon Behavioral Questions
Now, it’s important to understand that talking about your skills is only one part of the equation. You also need to be ready for Amazon behavioral interview questions.
Amazon adores behavioral interview questions. Usually, it’s because of the belief that past behavior indicates future success. Plus, it gives them clues about a candidate’s personality and behavioral traits, as well as how well a person aligns with the company’s core leadership principles (more about that in a moment).
Some of these can be a little tricky, but when handled properly, behavioral interview questions are also chances to shine. Begin by embracing the STAR Method. With that, you can take a boring response and carefully polish it into a captivating answer. Couple that with the Tailoring Method, and you have an approach that focuses on personalization, customizing your responses to the role and company.
By bringing both methodologies together, you can demonstrate your value clearly. Plus, you’ll have an easier time connecting with the hiring manager, and that could boost your odds of success.
In fact we we wanted to let you know that we created an amazing free cheat sheet that will give you word-for-word answers for some of the toughest interview questions you are going to face in your upcoming interview. After all, hiring managers will often ask you more generalized interview questions!
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