Amazon - Stuck with Three Leadership Principles

I got three final interviews with Amazon taking place on December 10, and I’m stuck with figuring out what experiences to describe for three principles:

  • Hire and Develop the Best
  • Insist on Highest Standards
  • Earn Trust

Problem is, I’m not a leader at heart. And I’m not sure if some experiences I have are really good enough for what the interviewers are looking for.

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Hey there! Unless you are being considered for a leadership position, you do not need to have examples for the first point. And if you’re interviewing for the general SDE 1 role (entry level software engineer) they are slowly moving away from asking leadership principle questions. However, it’s always best to be prepared, and we recommend reviewing this doc for more ideas:

For Insist on Highest Standards, think about any times you’ve thought of an improvement to a project (whether it was on your own or in a group), and why you felt it was important to change. You can also use examples from previous jobs/internships, even if they weren’t related to engineering.

For Earn Trust, think about any times you’ve collaborated with a team of new people, or an individual person. What were the things you did to build a working relationship with them (ie setting up meetings, communicating over email) and how you showed them that you are a good working partner (ie completing work on time, sending updates)?


A little late to the party, but this article is really good, hopefully it will be useful to someone.