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Old 06-28-2011, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Duvall, WA
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Well, tomorrow is the day, wish me luck!
Good luck!
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Old 07-03-2011, 06:40 PM
 
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How did it go Verio? I recently had a 2nd phone interview for a TPM position....interested in how a non-SDE interview goes.
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Old 07-03-2011, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Greater Seattle, WA Metro Area
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If you get flown out AJG, be sure to brush up on AMZN core values...

Customer Obsession: We start with the customer and work backward.

Innovation: If you don’t listen to your customers you will fail. But if you only listen to your customers you will also fail.

Bias for Action: We live in a time of unheralded revolution and instrumental opportunity – provided we make every minute count.

Ownership: Ownership matters when you’re building a great company. Owners think long – term, please passionately for their projects and ideas, and are empowered to respectfully challenge decisions.

High Hiring Bar: When making a hiring decision we ask ourselves: “Will I admire this person? Will I learn from this person? Is this person a superstar?”

Frugality: We spend money on the things that really matter and believe that frugality breeds resourcefulness, self-sufficiency and intention.
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Old 07-03-2011, 07:04 PM
 
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Thanks texastrigirl! Everything I read about that "high hiring bar" talks about SDE interviews and the "bar raiser"... I'm interested in what that means for non-SDEs.

Hopefully everything went well for Viero and he can give some good feedback too.

Have a good 4th!
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Old 07-03-2011, 08:44 PM
 
Location: san antonio texas
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I got contacted two days ago by a recruiter at Amazon about an application I put in.
honest question:

what skills does a government health inspector / federal LEO bring to the plate that amazon could possibly want? does amazon.com have its own police department and kitchen staff??

*scratches chin*
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Old 07-03-2011, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Greater Seattle, WA Metro Area
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My husband is a non-SDE and has been a PM (and carried a weak TPM on his team for a short time). He is rather technical, even for a PM and he would tell you the interview process was/is pretty intense. And this is coming from someone who interviewed with and was hired by a top tier management consulting firm out of grad school. I think he'd say the same about Microsoft as well though...even for non technical folks they are really interested to see if you are a fit for the culture and ask tough questions. AMZN is full of superstars so can be fairly competitive in a review cycle when someone HAS to get a "needs improvement" in their rating component. But overall, he has worked with really bright people over the years, is constantly challenged and learning. It's been a great career move for him to go there.
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Old 07-03-2011, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Greater Seattle, WA Metro Area
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honest question:

what skills does a government health inspector / federal LEO bring to the plate that amazon could possibly want? does amazon.com have its own police department and kitchen staff??

*scratches chin*
I think no is the answer to both of those questions. Not sure what type of staff the fulfillment centers have but in cases of a kitchen staff and security, both are outsourced.
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Old 07-04-2011, 05:46 AM
 
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My husband is a non-SDE and has been a PM (and carried a weak TPM on his team for a short time). He is rather technical, even for a PM and he would tell you the interview process was/is pretty intense. And this is coming from someone who interviewed with and was hired by a top tier management consulting firm out of grad school. I think he'd say the same about Microsoft as well though...even for non technical folks they are really interested to see if you are a fit for the culture and ask tough questions. AMZN is full of superstars so can be fairly competitive in a review cycle when someone HAS to get a "needs improvement" in their rating component. But overall, he has worked with really bright people over the years, is constantly challenged and learning. It's been a great career move for him to go there.
Thanks - hopefully I'll get to find out
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Old 07-05-2011, 01:33 PM
 
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I think no is the answer to both of those questions. Not sure what type of staff the fulfillment centers have but in cases of a kitchen staff and security, both are outsourced.
Yeah, I'm not sure where that post came out of either. The interview was rescheduled, and will be conducted later this week.

Edit - Thanks for the great information about the interview. The position is a technical position, it's just not programming related. I'm not really sure what to expect, but I'm sure I can adapt to any situation.

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Old 07-07-2011, 11:07 AM
 
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How did it go Verio? I recently had a 2nd phone interview for a TPM position....interested in how a non-SDE interview goes.
The interview went rather well I think. I love the difficult questions, and none of the behavior-based questions. I'm sure those will come later.

I was told to expect a 2nd interview notification from HR, and then after that, possibly an on-site interview.

How different was the 1st interview from the 2nd? It's a panel correct? Is it behavior-based or is it just purely technical?

Thanks!
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