Best tips on how to get hired at Amazon

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Jeff Bezos founder of Amazon(which today, have a valuation of $160 billion dollars) started with book selling back then in 1995 and now the largest internet based retailer in the world. Amazon sells everything from books and tablets to local services, apparels and  food.





Amazon, which is headquartered in Seattle has distribution centers and offices situated in 32 countries around the globe. Amazon currently boast of over 150,000 workers around the world and they are being referred to as Amazonians.

Recently, Merriam Park, Amazon's director of university recruiting, spoke about how to land a job at Amazon in an interview with Cosmopolitan.
Her first insight: The company culture is laser-focused on customers, and that's a trait they look for in new hires.




"It's understanding that about us and researching how it manifests itself in how we operate," says Park. "Everything we do makes a difference in added value to our customers."
That's something CEO Jeff Bezos points out himself. "Many companies describe themselves as customer-focused, but few walk the walk," he says. "Most big technology companies are competitor focused. They see what others are doing, and then work to fast follow."

What qualities do Amazon look for in Every Candidate?
There's no fit stereotype at Amazon or who you must be like in order to be successful here. They focus more on the actual content or substance of what they're talking about [in every interview]. They focus on a problem and how to solve it.

Amazon also looks to hire people who are able to solve complex issues when needed. You have to be a little tough, creative in some areas and innovative. Park tells Cosmo  that in interview with the company, applicants should focus on "a problem and how to solve it" to show that they have what it takes to deliver results.
"I encourage candidates to give examples that show how they can follow an inquiry and get to the root cause of something," Park says. "Give an example of going above and beyond serving their customers' needs."

 How often do we hire people?
Amazon hires people throughout the year. They want great talent from around the world at any given time. According to Park, "We hired a lot last year and expect to hire a lot this year. We've hired for positions in exciting areas such as fashion, Amazon Studios, software development engineering, web services, our Amazon robotics-enabled fulfillment centers, and Prime Air."
 
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What do you expect candidates to know about Amazon before an interview?
We're the earth's most customer-centric company. First and foremost, it's understanding that about us and researching how it manifests itself in how we operate. Everything we do makes a difference in added value to our customers.


What types of questions do you typically ask in an interview?
Our questions are behavioral-based and focused on assessing for fit. I encourage candidates to give examples that show how they can follow an inquiry and get to the root cause of something. Give an example of going above and beyond serving their customers' needs.
 

What questions should candidates ask?
I think the most important thing is for the candidate to be curious and just ask questions that help him or her learn about the company the role. How do you measure success with someone in this role? That's great insight in how does a company measures results and success. 

What's the best way to apply for a job at Amazon?
Applying on the Amazon.jobs website is an excellent way. Another way that is very successful is if you know an Amazonian, reach out and ask him or her for advice on which roles might be a good fit. And if you can, get a referral. Recruiters will also collectively engage in candidates they find and source through a variety of engagement channels [such as LinkedIn or GitHub] and look to establish a relationship. 


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 What's a mistake people make in interviews all the time and don't know it?
It's the mistake of not being your natural self. Being authentic is the most important thing. Don't answer questions [with] what you think the interviewer may want to hear. You want to be true to your professional self.


What's the most memorable thing anyone's done in an interview that landed him or her the job?
The candidates that I've seen become really successful are the ones who take their real experiences and couch it in the context of the questions being asked. For example, I once interviewed a female for an MBA operations management role who was the equivalent of a foreman on a shipyard. Her responsibility was to ensure that they were building the tanker on time, on budget, and it was a tremendously complex project. She was just immensely articulate in explaining the complexity and how she kept in detailed connection with the teams involved. It was a wonderful example of something that's so different than Amazon, but so applicable to the leadership principles we value.

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