Thoughts about Amazon's Culture

Welcome to our blog "Thoughts about Amazon's Culture". Our goal is to help you understand the nuances and details of Amazon's culture, as you prepare for your Amazon interview. We will share Amazon cultural stories, opinions, and events that I have seen and experienced during my time as an Amazonian.

How should I prepare for the Amazon video/phone screen during COVID?

15 Oct, 2021

Hello, I'm Nick, a former Amazon Bar Raiser, and today I'd like to talk about the Amazon Phone Screen.

How should I prepare for the Amazon Program Management interview?

15 Oct, 2021

Hello, I'm Nick, a former Amazon Bar Raiser, and today I'd like to discuss the Program Management Amazon interview, what you should expect and how you should prepare for it.

New Amazon Work from Home Policy

13 Oct, 2021

Hello, I'm Nick Dimitrov, a former Amazon Bar Raiser and I wanted to publish a quick Part 2, a quick update to the video we recently released about interviewing and working from home for remote Amazon job openings...

Can I interview and work from home for a remote Amazon open position?

13 Oct, 2021

Hello from Seattle. I'm Nick, a former Amazon Bar Raiser and today I'd like to discuss the topic of relocating for a job with Amazon or interviewing for a job which is not situated in the city or in the area where you live...

How should I prepare for the Amazon Marketing interview?

12 Oct, 2021

Hello from sunny Seattle. I'm Nick, a former Amazon Bar Raiser and today we will talk about how to get ready for the Marketing functional interview loop at Amazon. I should preface what I say next by underscoring that the most important part of your interview process would be the behavioral interview questions...

How should I prepare for the Amazon TPM interview?

12 Oct, 2021

Hello from sunny Seattle. I'm Nick, a former Amazon Bar Raiser and today we will discuss what you can expect during the Technical Program Management (TPM) interview at Amazon...

How should I prepare for the Amazon Corporate Counsel interview?

07 Oct, 2021

Hello everyone from beautiful Seattle. My name is Nick, and I'm a former Amazon Bar Raiser. Today, I'm going to talk about how to prepare and what you can expect during the Amazon interview for corporate counsel candidates...

How should I prepare for the Amazon System Design interview?

07 Oct, 2021

Hello everyone from sunny Seattle. I'm Nick, a former Amazon Bar Raiser, and today we'll talk about what you should do if you are sitting for a system design interview loop with Amazon. System design is an area that's likely to be included in the interview loops for multiple job families, such as Program Management, Technical Program Management, Product Management...

How should I answer 'Have Backbone; Disagree and Commit' interview questions?

21 July, 2021

Hi! I'm Nick, a former Amazon Bar Raiser. And I'd like to answer the question of how you should describe an accomplishment, during the Amazon interview, which illustrates the Amazon Leadership Principle 'Have Backbone; Disagree and Commit.' That's one of the more controversial Leadership Principles in terms of how do you present yourself, are you firm, are you accommodating with the other side...

How do I prepare for the Amazon phone screen interview?

13 July, 2021

Hello! I'm Nick, a former Amazon Bar Raiser. And today, I'll take care of answering the question 'How should you get ready for your phone screen interview with Amazon?'. Just to be clear, this is the phone screen interview stage, where you will interview with somebody on the team, usually the Hiring Manager before Amazon decides to invite you over to an onsite interview loop or a virtual onsite interview loop...

How can I guess who is the Bar Raiser in my interview loop?

8 July, 2021

Hi! I'm Nick and today I'll answer the question how you can spot who the Bar Raiser is in your Amazon interview loop.Let's start with some context first. The Bar Raiser is the individual who has the highest decision-making authority and power to determine whether Amazon should hire you or not...

How do I answer the 'Why Amazon' interview question?

10 Jun, 2021

Hi! I'm Nick and today we'll talk about how to answer the 'Why Amazon' question. If you hear the question, 'Why do you want to be an Amazonian?' or 'Why do you want to join Amazon?' in your interview loop, you can break your answer into two parts. The first part is cultural and the second part is functional.

How can I guess the Amazon Leadership Principle behind each Amazon interview question?

24 February, 2021

Hi! I'm Nick Dimitrov, with Amazon Bound. And today I'd like to answer a question we get a lot. The question is: 'How can I guess which Amazon Leadership Principle, each Amazon interviewer is after with the question they ask me?'. The context is: we have customers who come to us and tell us: 'Look...

What is the best way to send 'Thank-you' notes after the end of my Amazon interview?

14 January, 2021

Hi! I'm Nick Dimitrov, the founder of Amazon Bound: a service, which helps prepare talented job-seekers to interview effectively with Amazon and other companies that practice behavioral interviewing techniques. Today, I'd like to spend a few minutes to answer a question we're getting frequently, and the question is...

Amazon Interview Tips for Non-technical candidates

16 December, 2020

My name is Nick Dimitrov, and I am the founder of Amazon Bound: a service, which helps prepare talented job-seekers to interview effectively with Amazon and other companies that practice behavioral interview techniques. What I'd like to do in the next few minutes is answer a question...

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

20 August, 2020

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 your...

The Amazon Leadership Principles

22 July, 2020

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 decision-making by these...

How long should an Amazon interview answer be?

15 July, 2020

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 minutes....

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

15 June, 2020

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 puffball...

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

15 May, 2020

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 think. It’s...

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

07 February, 2020

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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