Amazon Interview Questions & Answers
What was one question you didn't want me to ask today?
How to Answer
This question can stand in for the common 'What is your greatest weakness question. The interviewer is expecting you to be unprepared because it's an unusual way of asking a question. You may be less scripted than other points in your interview, and the interviewer wants to see how you deal with that.
Two scenarios commonly play out: either a candidate blurts out a weakness or pauses and responds with something thoughtful. This question gives the interviewer information about you and a good sense of whether you can think on your feet and answer a tricky question. Use this as an opportunity to show how weakness can be a strength or explain something they have not yet asked but maybe an objection to you getting the job. It is then up to you to overcome the opposition.
Remember: it is okay to pause and be thoughtful about your response rather than blurting something out or seeming too rehearsed. Be prepared, but be sincere in your replies.
"I suppose I did not want you to dig into why I applied three years ago and rescinded my application. I feel embarrassed about it because I thought I was ready to leave my current organization and decided that, to be the superstar I want to be at Amazon, I needed a bit more time and experience. I know that in these past three years, I have learned everything I could need to know to shine here, and I can't wait to put those last three years of learning and growth into action."
"I didn't want to discuss why it took five years to graduate college. I was working full time while attending college and double majoring. Initially, I took the full course load and worked full time, then eventually, I also switched my major, which added a semester. At that time, I hunkered down and upped the course load while working full time. So, while it may have taken me longer, I learned a lot both in and outside of the classroom, including time management and upping productivity. I know these are important skills that I bring with me to any position, and I look forward to leveraging them here at Amazon."
2 Community AnswersAnonymous Answer
"I suppose I did not want you to ask me a question about how I applied my SQL skills in a work environment. I was working with SQL 3 years ago for my bachelor's degree, and right now, I'm taking some online courses to recap my knowledge and exercise. I didn't have the chance to express my coding skills during my work experience, but I'm keen on showing my knowledge in this position."Rachelle's Answer
Great response! The most important aspect of this question is that you show how you are taking action to improve any area you feel you fall short.Was this answer helpful? Yes (0) or No (1)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers!Anonymous Answer
"Well, I didn't want you to ask me regarding my working knowledge of Python since I've just started to take training on that in my current role. I have enrolled myself in Python Campaigning, but I hadn't used this before, so I'm still in the learning phase."Rachelle's Answer
I like how transparent you are about your skill level with Python, and it's especially great that you show your proactive nature by enrolling yourself in additional learning. Well said!Was this answer helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers!