Looking for a job at Amazon? Here is exactly how to get it.
Amazon is a giant that employs more than 750,000 people. It’s one of the most desirable places to work at—if not the most desirable place.
But the competition to get hired is stiff. Not only do you have to know how to prepare for an interview—you’ll have to pass it, negotiate salary and equity, and perform above average to stay in your position.
Don’t let this deter you, though. With adequate preparation, you’ll have a solid chance.
In this post, you’ll learn the 10 easy steps on how to get hired at Amazon:
Know which job you want
Research current Amazon jobs
Study Amazon interview questions
Memorize the 14 Amazon leadership principles
Get a referral from an Amazon employee
Do an Amazon internship
Clear out your schedule for 4-8 weeks
Fill out an application
Ace the interview by asking questions
Follow up and get hired!
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Take time to figure out exactly which job you want. Yes, take time.
It might take you hours, days, or even weeks. Don’t skip this step. After all, there are thousands of jobs out there—Amazon jobs, Google jobs, Apple jobs, Facebook jobs, Microsoft jobs…
We can go on forever.
So why an Amazon job in particular? Make sure you have the answer.
If you’re clear on what you want, it’ll boost your confidence. And it’ll help you speak at your interview with conviction.
The next step will require quite some time on your part. But without taking the time to do research, you might as well not even try.
Go to Amazon’s “Amazon jobs” site and read the whole thing.
Now go to sites like Glassdoor and read about Amazon’s culture to get a good feel for it.
Do you think you’d be the right fit? If so, why? Have a clear answer ready. It’ll come handy at your interview.
You don’t want to come to the interview unprepared. And we don’t mean simply reading the interview questions.
Print them out, turn everything off (yes, your phone too), and do the following:
Write down your answers to every interview question;
Ask a friend or someone you trust to read them and give you feedback;
Make necessary corrections;
Ask a friend or someone you trust to rehearse an interview, like in a play (if it feels uncomfortable, think about that nice paycheck and the good chunk of Restricted Stock Units that you’ll get–still feeling uncomfortable?);
Research answers to Amazon interview questions online and see how yours stack up;
Prepare your own questions–Amazon loves people who are curious;
PRO TIP: Consider using the STAR answering format. Describe the Situation. Describe your Task. Describe the Action you took. Describe the Results.
We’re guessing it’s been a while since you’ve memorized anything. It’s time to smooth your hair and step on that stool in front of your aunt Mabel to recite a poem.
And we’re sorry if you’ve even been subjected to this torment—but now your experience will come in handy.
Print out the 14 Amazon leadership principles, turn everything off and do the following:
Read the principles at least 10 times;
Put the paper away and try reciting the principles by memory;
If you stumble, read them another 10 times (as many times as it takes);
Stand in front of the mirror and recite the principles by memory;
Record yourself reciting;
Watch the video and make any needed corrections;
Believe us—this is not an overkill.
You want to see yourself as your recruiters will see you. And you want to correct any mistakes now, before the actual interview.
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The best Amazon jobs never even reach the job postings. Why? Because…
One of the things Amazon is looking for is credibility. If someone who already works at Amazon can vouch for you, you’ll get a huge point in your favor.
Don’t know anyone who works at Amazon? No problem.
Go to LinkedIn, find someone who does, and ask them for help. You’d be surprised at how many people would be willing to help you. Provided your resume is up to snuff, of course. So make sure it is.
Amazon interns get hired for full-time positions all the time. In fact, Amazon interns get hired more often than candidates from outside. Why? Because interns are already part of the Amazon culture.
Think about it. Once you intern, you have a foot in the door. And once you have a foot in the door, your chances of getting a full-time job will increase dramatically.
Plus, Amazon internships are paid. So you’re not losing anything, only gaining.
PRO TIP: Check out Amazon recruitment programs. Amazon often hires from universities and the military. If you can’t do an internship, you might qualify to be recruited this way.
You’re almost there. You can practically taste the excitement of an interview.
But be ready. The entire interviewing process can take weeks, if not months. Imagine how horrible it would be if you had something important coming up—like your best friend’s wedding—and you had to cancel at the last moment.
Clear out your schedule!
You don’t want the added stress of canceling and rescheduling. Interviewing at Amazon is stressful enough. You’ll need all the calm you can get and then some.
It seems easy enough, but it’s an important step, and it must be done right. Because…
You’re now starting the process of getting your dream job. Not only that, you have taken the time to prepare and to put your best foot forward.
You can probably close your eyes and recite by memory every single interview question and every single Amazon leadership principle, plus all your prepared stories and questions. Well done.
Filling out an application is its own beast. It’s not talking—it’s writing.
Make sure to:
Follow the application guidelines exactly;
Enter all the facts correctly;
Double- and triple-check your spelling;
Send it in the correct format;
Wait for 2-5 days before following up;
PRO TIP: An additional step would be to clean up your social media presence, especially updating your LinkedIn profile. Your recruiter will Google your name. You want to make the best impression, don’t you?
An interview is the most exciting and the most terrifying part. Don’t worry.
If you’ve completed the previous eight steps, you’re better prepared than the majority of candidates.
Now, you can ace your interview by doing the following:
Print out all your support materials (resume, interview questions, and answers, leadership principles) the night before;
Get a good night’s sleep and avoid caffeine just before the interview;
Dress appropriately—not to impress but to minimize distractions and to focus the recruiters on your face instead of your clothes;
Show up 30 minutes early;
Listen carefully before speaking;
Amazon likes to think about its interview process as a dialogue. So ask questions. Be curious. And you’ll leave a great impression.
PRO TIP: For your phone interview, sit in a quiet room where you won’t be interrupted. Make sure you have a fast Internet connection. And charge your phone battery!
Breathe, eat, sleep.
Wait for 2-5 days before following up. Chances are you’ll get a job offer before the wait is over.
But, if after all this hard you’ve done you don’t get hired, don’t despair.
Remember how we talked about thousands of jobs out there? Amazon jobs aren’t your only bet. Look for Google jobs and Apple jobs and Microsoft jobs, then apply the same steps listed here.
And if you get the Amazon job offer, BIG CONGRATULATIONS!
Now it’s time to negotiate salary and equity. Here is how.
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Remember how we talked about why you’ve chosen to interview at Amazon?
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Let’s talk about all the different kinds of categories of Amazon jobs that you can apply for.
There are over 25 teams at Amazon. Pick whatever team you want to work for, then apply for available positions.
Maybe even apply for multiple teams! Why not?
There are over 30 job categories at Amazon. Wow, a lot.
You can apply for lots of positions: from a customer service representative to a project manager to a software engineer.
The sky’s the limit.
Finally, you can sort the jobs by location.
And if some location doesn’t work for you, you can always apply for a remote job. There are plenty of those at Amazon too.
In fact, currently, Amazon is looking to fill over 30,000 jobs. A huge opportunity for you.
Amazon jobs are some of the most coveted jobs on the market (as of this writing).
No matter what happens to you—if you get hired or not—look at the upside.
You’ve done a lot of work. It’ll help you interview successfully at other companies.
And for even more help, use GrowthAdvisor to compare potential job offers and to map out your entire career for the next 10 years.
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