Getting a job at one of the top MNC in India has always been difficult. The entire hiring process is not that easy as it seems to be. But, if you have successfully applied for a job at Amazon,IBM, INFOSYS, WIPRO etc then you should know what happens next.
Let’s take the example happens after you apply for a job at Amazon?
Brace yourself for what’s about to come. The Amazon hiring process takes anywhere between two to six weeks, so please be patient. They go through each application in excruciating detail to choose the best candidate. If you make it through the online application, this is what you can expect next:
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Amazon assessments are used to gain a better understanding of you as a candidate because a resume only reveals a finite amount of information. Amazon’s assessments judge how you deal with situations in real-time. Depending on the position you apply for, Amazon will ask you to complete an assessment with your application or contact you after you send your application.
Amazon uses two different styles of assessment to gauge your key characteristics. They are work style assessments and work sample assessments.
Amazon’s interviews are behavior-based. They want to know about your past experiences and how you tackled challenges. Luckily, they aren’t going to ask you any outlandish questions like “If a plane was filled with Smarties and you had to empty it as fast as you can, how would you do it?”. Brain teasers like that have proved to be unsuccessful in judging character.
Work Style Assessments:
These assessments focus on Amazon’s 14 leadership principles and can take up to 20 minutes to complete. As the name suggests, work style assessments help to hire managers determine how you work. You will be asked questions like:
Which of the two statements “I like for things to be clearly structured,” or “I look forward to the opportunity to learn new things,” best describes you.
Work Sample Assessments:
The number of tests and their formats varies based on what profile a candidate is applying for. The tests are virtual and can take up to an hour to complete. The tasks are designed to test a number of abilities and skills such as problem-solving, prioritization, and interpersonal skills. Depending on the role you apply for, you can be asked to write code, answer customer queries, resolve logistics issues, interpret data, or multitask.
Before you dive into interview preparation, reach out to your Amazon recruiter contact and ask them what topics you need to be ready to discuss. They will give you suggestions based on the role you’re applying for, which will help you narrow down your research and only study the essentials.
If you pass the phone interview, you get invited to the belly of the beast for an in-person interview. If you want to get a job at Amazon, you’re going to have to ace this in-person interview.
As we mentioned earlier, interviews are like dates. You may be a nervous mess but you have to show up dressed nicely, with questions/talking points and prepared to impress.
While you may be immensely experienced and the perfect candidate for the job, the interview panel may not be aware of that. You need to communicate that across to the interviewers effectively, not as a mess of word vomit.
Amazon recruitment suggests you follow the S.T.A.R method of responding to questions. S.T.A.R helps you structure and practise your responses.
This method can also be used to prepare for an interview.
Effectively describe the situation you were in. This can also be used to describe a particular task you undertook. Be clear and be detailed. If the situation or task was incredibly difficult, you need to be able to explain that to the interviewers. This can apply to past jobs, school and professional projects, and any other relevant experience.
Explain the goal or end result you were trying to achieve.
Detail the actions you employed to deal with the situation or task. Explain your contributions and the steps you took. You may traditionally be a team player, but like Serena Williams, you need to be a champion at singles too. Let the interviewers know about your responsibilities and steer away from talking about what the team did. Use “I” and not “we” while answering this part of the question.
Illustrate the result. Describe the outcome of your actions, how the project ended, what you accomplished by the end of it, what were your contributions. This is the part where you flex like there’s no tomorrow and take credit for the work you did. Show examples if possible.