Landing an interview with Amazon might feel like one of the most exciting — and intimidating — things to happen to you. Amazon, like most organizations, puts a lot of effort into hiring the right fit for their open positions. As CEO Jeff Bezos once shared, “Id rather interview 50 people and not hire anyone than hire the wrong person.”
It says a lot if your resume got past the gatekeepers and into the hands of an Amazon hiring manager. Now, take a deep breath and get prepped for your interview.
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Technical Phone Screen Round
The technical phone screen is the first step in the process where youâll be contacted by a member of Amazonâs HR team. Youâll be asked basic questions about your profile and experience, after which the recruiter will fix a date for the remote/online coding assignment.
In the phone screen round, you can also expect a few technical questions on the programming language of your choice and technical aspects about your experience, mostly in relation to the position youâre applying to.
The technical phone screen typically lasts 15 to 30 minutes.
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How far back into my career should my situations go?
Unless you have a career gap, please aim for the situations to not be older than five years. The one exception could be an answer to the Are Right A Lot interview question about an error of judgment. You could potentially go to 6-7 years as an exception. We are unaware of official guidelines, but we’d use these as guardrails.
How long should an answer to an Amazon interview question last?
We’ve coached many candidates who came to our sessions with a (false) assumption that your initial STAR response to an Amazon interview question should only last for 2 minutes. Unfortunately, most of them got this idea from various YouTube videos advocating this length of a STAR response.
So allow us to be crystal clear: the length of your initial STAR answer to an Amazon interview question should be around ten minutes. Anything more than ten minutes turns your response into a monologue and cuts into the interviewer’s time to drill down and follow up. On the other hand, anything less than five minutes will not give you enough time to land the story’s basic facts and will lead to a wasted interview.
Enroll for the Right Course/Coding Bootcamp
Well, this point is widely understated but extremely important when it comes to Amazon on-site interview preparation. Get help if you need it! A self-paced prep approach doesnât work for everybody, and itâs hard to benefit from a strategy that doesnât have measured goals and objectives.
Signing up for the right bootcamp will not only help you crack the Amazon on-site interview but also help you land offers from other tier-1 companies. Thatâs because the right program will help you ramp up your problem-solving skills and make you a far more confident software professional.
Not to forget, the right bootcamp will also help you optimize your personal brand online, enabling your profile to stand out amid the fierce competition.Â Â
To know whatâs the best way to find the right coding bootcamp for you, head over to this post that walks you through the important points to consider and the steps to follow when comparing your options.