Man is preparing for an interviewAccording to surveys conducted amongst job seekers and current employees, Amazon is considered a good place for work. However, with the growing popularity of their brand, the difficulty of the selection process, it became a mammoth task to get a job there. . . .Candidates need to get ready for complex, long interview process. While the first two rounds are similar, doesn’t matter what job you apply for, the final rounds of the interview will be pretty specific and we won’t discuss it in detail on this page. However, other, job specific articles on InterviewPenguin.com should give you a good hint on what to expect (see it on the right menu).

Screening interview over the phone

Everything starts with a short, screening interview. A common HR employee (typically NOT specialized in any field other than HR) will call you and ask you few basic questions. To such questions belong:

  • Why are you interested to work at Amazon?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years time?
  • What motivates you in job?
  • Can you tell me something more about your experience in this field (field where you apply).
  • Please tell me something about your past experience.

 

Needless to say, there isn’t any point system for the first screening interview. Their goal is only to assess your communication skills, motivation, and to understand your personality. A trained recruiter should be able to do it after a short phone call with you.

In order to pass this stage, it is crucial to not interrupt, show good listening skills, speak to the point and have enthusiasm and motivation in your voice. Some relevant experience and understanding for the role will surely help. They should get a feeling that you are a well rounded human being with clear goals and plans, ready to work in an international corporation.

 

Second phone (or online) interview

The second interview is typically conducted over the phone as well. It applies mostly to technical positions. After all, Amazon is an IT company, so most of their interviews are technical. This time they will give you few technical questions, related to your exact field of expertise. It can be JAVA, it can be NET, it can be software testing. Depends on the position you apply for. The goal is to decide if it is worth inviting you for the face to face interview, or if it would be a waste of time of everyone. The questions are not going to be super difficult, but be sure that without knowing the answers, they won’t invite you for the next round. . . .

 

Face to face interviews

There are typically two rounds of live interviews at Amazon. First one is a behavioral interview. It is typically lead by another HR person, sometimes accompanied by a manager representing the respective department (sales, marketing, testing, development, finance, etc.). If you apply for some truly important position, there can be an entire panel of interviewers. 🙂 In the behavioral stage, they will use the following type of questions:

  • Describe a situation when you had a conflict with a colleague.
  • Describe a situation when you felt overwhelmed with work. How did you handle it?
  • Explain a time when you had to deal with poor job performance.
  • Walk me through a different scenario of a process you invented or improved.
  • Give an example of a time when you found a simple solution to a seemingly difficult problem.
  • What it means for you to be successful? Tell me about a point in your life when you felt successful.

 

They will ask you many questions. . . .In order to succeed, try to keep your composure and answer each question. Recollecting the situations prior to the interview can help you a lot on a given day. Again, they use many questions in a short time, in order to put you under pressure and to see your true self. Do not let it to get under your skin. Prepare well and speak calmly and to the point. Show them that you think about the job and have something behind you already.
The second part of face to face interview (or a separate session) will be technical. You can expect difficult technical questions related to your expertize. Practical case studies and computerized exams are nothing extraordinary at Amazon. You will need to demonstrate your creativeness and problem solving ability. Not everyone will make it to this final stage. But the real fun begins here. Only the best will handle this interview and it is practically impossible to prepare for it in advance. . . .Your entire life, all your experiences and projects you have ever worked on and completed, represent your interview preparation for this final stage. Have you gone through enough in your life and were you gifted to be able to work at Amazon? This question will be answered in the last technical interview… We wish you good luck!

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