We started helping candidates prepare for behavioural interviews at Amazon shortly after leaving the business. Very quickly, we have discovered that candidates were asking us to help them answer Amazon interview questions that did not map to Leadership Principles and were unlikely to ever be used in an Amazon interview. To our horror, we discovered that “fake” Amazon interview questions were posted in all corners of the Internet – from Glassdoor to various random forums.
In order to prepare for your Amazon interviews properly, you need to be able to recognise the key themes from Amazons 16 Leadership Principles, understand Amazons peculiar culture and become a pro at framing responses to behavioural interview questions. You can achieve all this with our signature self-study Amazon Interview Preparation Courses and 1:1 Amazon Interview Coaching services (see below). Our resources helped candidates land L4-L8 jobs at Amazon.
06 “Hire & Develop the Best” Amazon HR Interview Questions and Answers |Amazon Leadership Principles
8. Think BigThinking small is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Instead, leaders create and communicate a bold direction that inspires results. They think differently and look around corners for ways to serve customers.
What does the “Hire and develop the best” leadership principle mean?
It means that hiring the right people, ones who can do the job exceptionally well but who’re also interested in growing, and then helping them learn, is a huge aspect of a managerial or leadership role at Amazon.
You value people who are not like you
Diversity is a strength and will help you stand out. A diverse team will give you more teammates who can understand your customer better than you can. It will also provide more, different skills for you to draw from.
Do you hire people you feel comfortable with or do you hire the best person for the job?
Tech has a diversity problem, and if you are a white man (which many of my clients are), you are probably not very aware of diversity. If you’ve created a team that isn’t all white men, consider it an accomplishment and be prepared to speak to it. How did you make diversity a priority? This is a strength you can talk about.
Where can I get a more exhaustive list of questions?
The list of Amazon interview questions that you see below is a short version of a more exhaustive list that we maintain and frequently update. You can get our full list of questions completely FREE with our Amazon Interview Tool Pack.