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We’ve heard stories about the grueling interview process at Amazon.com, spread over days and including tough questions from managers. Now, here’s evidence that the Seattle online retailer is one of the toughest places to land a job, asking obscure questions such as “How many trees are there in Washington state?”

Glassdoor.com just released a report indicating that Amazon is one of the most difficult places to interview. And many of those who go through the process don’t really like it that much. The company was at the bottom in terms of interviewee’s experiences, with just 44 percent rating it as a positive experience.

That compares to Rackspace, Sapient, Bain and other companies on the list that had more than 70 percent of respondents rate the experience in a positive light.

Here’s how one vendor management candidate described the process at Amazon, according to the Glassdoor analysis.

“The interview asked very obscure questions and I felt very uncertain about the interview afterwards. I received another email telling me I made it to the next round of interviews and I scheduled another phone interview which was also quite obscure. I then received an email telling me I did not get the position.”

Eighteen percent of those interviewed at Amazon ranked the experience as negative,  tied for last place with Google and just behind Progressive Insurance (24 percent).

Microsoft didn’t make the list. But maybe they didn’t talk to the folks going hrough the tough challengess in the software giant’s new reality TV show: “Be the Next Microsoft Employee.”

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