Amazon ranks high on the list of most popular employers in the world. The company receives dozens of applications for every vacancy they advertise (sometimes hundreds) and you have to prepare to compete with many other people for the job. Their typical interview process at Amazon consists in four stages:
While the second face to face interview differs for every position at Amazon, the questions the interviewers ask in the first two stages of the hiring process are pretty similar, regardless of the job you try to get with the retail giant. I will try to walk you through the first two stages of their hiring process right now, and also give you some hints about the rest. Let’s start!
Everything starts with a short, screening interview. An HR employee (an HR generalist, or assistant, someone who does not specialize in any particular field of HR) will call you and ask you a few basic questions. To such belong:
Their goal in a screening interview is to assess your communication skills, your motivation, and to understand your personality and attitude to work, whether it aligns with the 14 leadership principles they promote at Amazon.
A good HR worker can do that after a ten to twenty minute phone call with you–they can get a basic grasp of your personality and abilities. And how should you answer the questions? Let’s have a look at one of them.
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Amazon is a giant in the technology landscape and is particularly known for its disruption of several industries through innovation, technology, and scalability. Recognized as one of the most influential brands in the world, Amazon is the biggest internet company by revenue and employs over a million people across the globe.Â
Amazon employs an extensive interview process with multiple rounds that test aptitude, coding ability, and technical prowess. These rounds are then followed by interviews with the hiring manager and the HR team.Â
When hiring, Amazon focuses on attracting people that are the right fit for their culture. Also, they want people who are technically sound. This is exactly why Amazon conducts phone interviews. They act as a screening round to filter the best candidates. Without good preparation, you might find yourself struggling to get through the telephone interview.Â
If you have an Amazon phone interview lined up, this article will help you prepare for it in the best possible way.Â
Hereâs what we will cover in this article:
Companies use phone interviews to screen candidates and narrow the pool of applicants who will be invited for in-person interviews. Phone interviews are a great way for recruiters to determine organizational fit and differentiate between candidates who appear similar on paper.Â
Phone interviews are to be taken as seriously as an on-site interview. If you perform poorly on the phone interview questions, you will almost certainly not be invited to the onsite interview.Â Lack of knowledge about the company, dropped calls, background noise, and other factors that reveal your unpreparedness can negatively impact the interview and your chances of working for Amazon.
The recruitment process at Amazon varies for each position and sometimes also depends on the candidates work experience. Knowing about the entire Amazon interview process can be beneficial as it can help you prepare accordingly. The basic Amazon phone interview has 1-2 rounds in total.Â
The phone screen interview at Amazon lasts about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Typically, the recruiter will assess your interest and fit for the role. They will also ask basic questions about your background and work experience.
The recruiter will then help schedule the first interview, which will be conducted over the phone.
The next phone screen will typically be with your hiring manager and senior members of the product team.
The technical phone screen is the first step in the process that involves being contacted by a human resources team member. You will be asked basic questions about your profile and experience, after which the recruiter will fix a date for the remote/online coding assignment.Â
You can also expect a few technical questions on the programming language of your choice and technical aspects about your experience, primarily dependent on the position youre applying to.Â
The technical phone screen typically lasts 15 to 30 minutes.Â 7-day Email Course:
Step #5: Hiring Meeting
After you ï¬nish meeting with all of the interviewers, the people you met with will convene in one room together to debate whether you are the right candidate for this role. Usually, you will know the result within one week of ï¬nishing ï¬nal interviews. Thereâs not much you can do at this stage, but if you havenât already, deï¬nitely send a thank you note to the people you have met. Sit tight!