Amazon is known to have one of the most selective hiring processes in the industry. Prospective employees for any senior managerial job at the company need to go through a long and rigorous process. In order to successfully pass it and get the job offer, you must be on top of your game for each assessment throughout the process.
The recruitment process may differ from one candidate to another, depending on the specific role for which you are applying. Below we will go through the assessments you are most likely to take.
The first stage of the recruitment process is the online job application. This includes filling out some personal information, uploading your CV, and writing a cover letter. Make sure your CV is tailored to the job for which you are applying and that your cover letter refers to Amazon's leadership principles.
Every candidate needs to take part in a series of interviews, some over the phone and others face-to-face. The interviews are usually held by the hiring manager, members of the HR department, or “bar raisers”. This last group are employees in charge of interviewing potential applicants from other parts of the company. Their goal is to make sure a candidate not only fits the company’s values but is also better than most current employees. They can veto any applicant they interview, so it is highly important to impress them.
There are several different types of questions you may face during your interviews. Most interviews consist of competency-based questions, but some include job-related questions, maths problems, or riddles. You can also expect to be asked about your CV and your motivation regarding the position for which you are applying.
The competencies your interviewers will be looking at will stem from the specific requirements of the job for which you are applying as well as from the Amazon leadership principles. These principles are extremely important to the company, so make sure you read about them ahead of the interview. When answering a question during the interview, use the STAR method and refer to these leadership principles.
To help you prepare for your interview and other assessments, we have created a unique preparation pack with all the resources you need. The pack features a detailed interview guide written by our accredited psychologists. This guide covers various aspects of interviews and offers important tips. It discusses, among other things, competency-based questions and how to use the STAR method when answering them. It also provides advice on how to answer common interview questions. The pack offers a brief review of Amazon’s leadership principles as well. Going over these principles and reading the guide can help you prepare for your interviews.
In addition, the pack includes numerical drills with which you can rehearse some basic concepts, such as probability and combinatorics, work-rate, etc. These drills can help you tackle the maths problems you may be presented with during your interviews.
Below is a list of questions that have been asked in telephone or face-to-face interviews for senior managerial roles in the past. The exact questions you will face during your interviews may be different, of course, but these sample questions can give you a good idea of what Amazon is looking for.
Many of the candidates applying for senior managerial roles at Amazon need to take one or more aptitude tests to assess their analytical skills.
Most people are asked to sit a numerical reasoning test, delivered by either CEB SHL or Kenexa. This test evaluates your ability to understand and interpret complex numerical data as well as perform calculations involving percentages, ratios, currency conversions, and more. Some candidates also need to take a verbal reasoning test delivered by CEB SHL. This test measures your ability to understand and analyse written information.
These tests may seem quite intimidating at first, especially if it's been a long time since you last had to take a test under tight time constraints. However, if you dedicate enough time and effort to preparing in advance, you can pass them with flying colours.
To help you prepare for the tests we have included in our pack various practice materials. The pack features online topic-based practice drills, study guides, and video tutorials. You can use them to brush up on basic mathematical concepts and also to learn useful strategies for solving numerical and verbal reasoning tests.
The pack also includes hundreds of CEB SHL-style and Kenexa-style practice questions, all accompanied by detailed answer explanations. The questions match the level of tests delivered to candidates applying for senior managerial roles at Amazon. With these practice resources you can increase your speed, gain confidence, and improve your overall performance on the actual tests.
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