Amazon is the biggest online platform in the world. With over 647,500 employees globally, Amazon is the dream company of many tech enthusiasts across the globe. And that is why, cracking an Amazon interview and getting in is not easy. They will not let you in without undergoing its testing job application process that at times can take upto months. By making the aspirants wait for so long, they only choose people who have the highest intent to work for them.
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In this article, we will focus on Amazon’s onsite interviews to help you with your prep. We’ll cover:
Onsite interviews are the final rounds of Amazon interviews. Before the onsite, you have to get through 2-4 screening interviews. These rounds last for 45-60 minutes each and do not happen on the same day. Once you crack all these screening tests, your onsite interview will be scheduled.
Onsite interviews at Amazon are also known as “The Loop.” The higher the seniority of the position that you are applying for, the more people will take your interview. You can at least expect 4-8 people. And, all these interviews take place on a single day. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the onsite interviews had been converted into Chime video interviews. Check with your recruiter to understand the current format.
<h2>Amazon Onsite Interview Process
Like most other big tech companies, the Amazon onsite comprises 3 to 4 (sometimes 5 depending on the position) rounds that test your coding skills. The structure of onsite interviews at Amazon is as follows:
The name the Bar Raiser comes from the fact that the interviewer conducting the last round has the power to veto your application if you fail to meet the bar. In this round, you’ll essentially be assessed on Amazon’s 14 Leadership Principles, and your performance in this round will have a telling impact on the outcome of the onsite interview.
Read Amazon Interview Process Guide 2021 for more information.
Here are a few sample Amazon interview questions to help you with your interview prep.
Amazon Coding Interview Questions:
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Amazon System Design Questions:
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Amazon Behavioral Interview Questions:
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Note: Amazon’s major products are customer-centric. Therefore, they want their employees to be customer friendly even if the job is remotely customer-facing. Amazon wants to make sure that you can lead a team as well as you can also handle customers and solve their queries. So they will also ask a few behavioral questions to check whether you are up for the challenge.
Amazon simply does not want to hire people that are not able to prove their worth to the company. Jeff Bezos, the CEO once said, “I’d rather interview 50 people and not hire anyone than hire the wrong person.”
Here are a few tips to help you prove you worth:
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1. Are Amazon interviews difficult?
According to various surveys of candidates who’ve appeared for the interview, 44% of candidates called the Amazon interview a positive experience. So, yes, Amazon interviews are difficult. Read How Hard Is It to Get a Job at Amazon? to learn more.
2. How long do I have to wait before the onsite interview call, once I am done with my phone screen round?
Typically if you have cleared the screening rounds, you can expect the onsite to be scheduled 2 days after that.