Just How Difficult Is Amazon’s Recruitment Process?

Discover the intricacies behind Amazon's arduous recruitment process


Earlier today we looked at the impact of the ‘buyers’ job market and that gradually we’re starting to see the power which companies have in the recruitment process decline.

Whilst this is the case for many companies, the world’s most innovative organisations are still able to make us jump through hoops to get a chance to contribute to their success. One of these companies is Amazon, who under the leadership of Jeff Bezos, have reshaped the retail industry, putting many bricks and mortar establishments in real danger.

One of the keys to Amazon’s success is its incredibly arduous recruitment process, which sees potential recruits go through five two hour interviews. To add to this, candidates know that their application could be torn up at any moment if a ‘bar raiser’, an evaluator who already holds a position at Amazon, decides that the application is not aligned to company culture.

The main job of Amazon’s ‘bar raisers’ is to make sure that prospective employees fit in with company culture. They also come from a different section of the company than the recruit, meaning that they do not feel the pressure to hire someone just because a position is open. This system has been in place for some time now, allowing Bezos to maintain the same company culture they stated with two decades ago.

Bezos continues to live by the phrase;

'I'd rather interview 50 people and not hire anyone than hire the wrong person'

With some of Amazon’s interview questions including, ‘How would you solve problems if you were from Mars?’, there’s no doubt that many of Amazon’s interviews will have an interesting twist. With questions like that, it demonstrates that Amazon are looking for people who can think laterally and creatively.

Although the job market is changing, getting a job at companies like Apple, Amazon and Sony will continue to be difficult. These companies will continue to receive hundreds of applications per post, so prospective employees better do their research.


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