Thoughts about Amazon's Culture

Interview preparation for motivated people

Should I apply for lower-level Amazon roles than my current level?

I received the following question during one of my recent webinars: "Is it better to apply for roles that are leveled down from your current level to match the pace at Amazon? I believe Amazon levels you down anyway." Here is what I think: No, don't do that. So, Amazon would calibrate...

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The Amazon Leadership Principles

The 14 Amazon Leadership Principles define everything at the company. They are the Constitution of Amazon, and in order for you to have even a prayer of a successful interview, followed by an effective career at Amazon, you would have to morph your thinking, behavior, and...

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How long should an Amazon interview answer be?

I received the following question during one of my recent webinars: "How long should a behavioral answer be? I usually go for 4 to 5 minutes. Is that OK or too long? I have read all sorts of 'keep it under 2 to 3 minutes'." Here is what I think: No. Don't try to fit it within 2 to 3...

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What kind of questions should I ask at the end of my Amazon interview?

I received the following question during one of my recent webinars: "What kind of questions should I ask at the end of my Amazon interview?" Here is what I think: Usually, I like to receive one of two types of questions. No matter what the question, it needs to be deep and not a...

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What should I do if I get a surprise Amazon interview question?

I received the following question during one of my recent webinars: "If I get a surprise question during the Amazon interview, should I use a similar answer I had prepared in advance or think of a new answer on the spot?" Here is what I think: You should always take a second to...

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Nick Dimitrov delivers the 2019 Commencement Keynote Address at Northeastern University Seattle

In December 2019, I had the distinct honor to deliver the Commencement Keynote Address at Northeastern University Seattle. While this topic isn't immediately related to getting you better prepared to interview with Amazon, I thought that sharing it here would still be relevant. You may find out...

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What corporations will rule the future: Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft?

It’s brazen and unwise to claim that any corporation can rule the future. Over the long run, all incumbents lose (even the most powerful ones) and are eventually replaced by new incumbents, who also fall in time, etc. Having said the above, it’s hard to imagine Amazon not continuing to rise...

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Is it Possible to Delay the Start date of your Full-time Employment at Amazon?

You could absolutely delay your Amazon start date for the right reasons. For example, as a former Amazon Hiring Manager, I have waited as long as 6 months and 7 months respectively for two different hires to join my teams. One of these future hires had visa issues and the other was coming off...

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What are 5 good Things to know About Getting a job at Amazon?

Getting a job at Amazon is a tough (at times bordering on grueling) process that’s hard to distill to just five steps. Nonetheless, below are a few considerations to help you along. 1) Take on resolving challenging problems: My first piece of advice covers your corporate (or academic) career...

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I got an Amazon offer as SDE 1. How long will it take for me to get promoted to SDE2? Should I wait another year and try again as SDE2?

Someone recently asked me: "I have 1.5 years experience, and I got an offer at Amazon as SDE 1. How long approximately will it take for me to get promoted to SDE2? Should I wait another year and try again as SDE2?" My advice would be to take the SDE1 role now and not wait for another year to...

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