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Human Resources Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6 days - interviewed at Amazon.com.
Interview Details – Was a very quick 15 minute interview. Not quite sure how they expect to hire on just a few questions. The few questions were behavioral questions and then someone telling me all about the Internship. Could barely get a word in about myself, ended the interview knowing that they knew barely anything about me.
Interview Question – Why HR? Answer Question
Human Resources Business Partner - International Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in March 2014.
Interview Details – 1st phone interview - Recruiter - March 24th
2nd phone interview - HR Regional Manager
3rd email - 2.5 weeks later/did not get it - April 17th
"Apologies for the delay in replying, I was awaiting confirmation about the position. I'm afraid we have now filled all of the HRBP roles unfortunately as we had three candidates who could make the interviews last week and I'm afraid all were successful.
We will keep your details on file, should the situation change for whatever reason.
Wishing you the very best in your ventures.
Interview Question – What would you suggest to make your work more fun? Answer Question
Human Resources Assistant Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Amazon.com in January 2014.
Interview Details – I was contacted almost immediately after applying to Amazon, asked to respond to a generic questionnaire and then asked to schedule a phone interview. The phone interview was pretty basic asking me to detail items on my resume that made me experienced for the job.
The interviewer really didn't want to know about me as a person they only wanted to know that I could regurgitate information about Amazon's corporate culture. When I was asked to tell her my favorite thing about Amazon and I did she told me that wasn't what she was looking for. I had to press her to find out she wanted me to list even more of Amazon's core principles.
We didn't mesh well on the phone and although I was told I would be contacted with a decision one way or the other I never was. (I could tell I didn't make it to the next round anyway).
Interview Question – The fact that I was to regurgitate all information about Amazon's core principles instead of having an opinion of my own when asked about why I wanted to work at Amazon. Answer Question
Human Resources Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Amazon.com.
Interview Details – The process began with a phone interview with a recruiter who found my resume on indeed. Step one was answering eight basic questions:
1. Are you open to relocation? If open to relocation, what states or areas are you interested in? We’re growing!
2. Ideal current next opportunity, in terms of role, scope and scale?
3. Why are you interested in exploring new opportunities at this time and why Amazon specifically?
4. Do you have a BA or BS degree? If so, please name the institution.
5. Current salary package? / Salary expectations for a new role?
6. Largest number of employees you’ve supported at one time?
7. Amazon Operations and Distribution is a 24/7 environment. Are you flexible to work a variety of shifts?
8. Do you have previous work experience in a distribution or manufacturing environment?
Once I answered the questions, I was contacted by the recruiter and scheduled for a phone interview. The recruiter did not call me at the agreed upon time, so I followed up via email. I was contacted the next day and we rescheduled. Once I completed the 45 minute phone interview, I was told that I was a great candidate and that I would proceed to the next step.
Step two was supposed to be another phone interview with an HR Manager.
Step three was supposed to be in-person interviews at another distribution center.
Unfortunately, I was never contacted by the recruiter following our phone interview. Since I had been told I was moving onto the next round, I sent 2-3 follow up emails, but no response.
Interview Question – No real difficult questions - standard behavioral interview tactics as well as situation based, "tell me about a time you..." Answer Question
Senior Human Resources Manager/Same Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in June 2010.
Interview Details – I was contacted by an executive recruiter who presented my candidacy to Seattle. I had approx. 4 individual phone screens. I was invited to Seattle and interviewed with the Director, North America Fulfillment Centers, Regional HR Manager, VP of North America Fulfillment Centers and a couple of GMs (Operations).
Interview Question – The most difficult question: describe what Human Resources means to me... View Answer
Operations Administrative to Human Resources Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Amazon.com in October 2009.
Interview Details – An interview is required for all positions, even if you are already an employee and trying to move up. Most are with more than one person at a time. The environment is extremely casual, so no three piece suits required.
Interview Question – Giving previous examples of works completed and computer payroll systems used is a plus Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Stock options and pay are negotiable
Human Resources Generalist Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com.
Interview Details – The process moved very fast. Went from phone screen to starting the job in 3 weeks.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time that you pushed back on a decision that was made. That question was fine but they probed my answer about 10 times. I didn't budge... Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Good offer- Didn't negotiate
Human Resources Director/Manager Interview (Negative Experience)
I applied online and the process took 3+ weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in July 2012.
Interview Details – As a very, very avid reader and a very early Amazon customer, I was excited to find, via Linked In, a job listing for an HR director. I send my resume in and was contacted about three weeks later for a phone interview. I found the phone interview to be pretty underwhelming - the recruiter just wanted me to 'walk her through' my resume. She then asked questions about why I left a particular job in 1998. A bit odd and not very inspiring. She said she would get back to me within a week, either way. Never heard from her or them again!
Interview Question – Nothing difficult - very routine, very generic and boring questions. Answer Question
Human Resources Assistant II Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university - interviewed at Amazon.com in November 2012.
Interview Details – Applied at a career fair in early September, callback in mid October, phone interview late October, in-person interview early November, result a week later
Interview Question – Unstructured in-person interview, ensure that your thoughts are well organized, focus on customer Answer Question
Human Resources Leadership Development Program Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Amazon.com in October 2012.
Interview Details – I submitted my application through my school's on campus recruiting system and was contacted within 2 weeks. I had 2 back-to-back phone interviews, each lasted 45 minutes. They asked mostly behavioral questions related to common competencies of an HR professional or a participant in a leadership program (decision making, project management, communication with difficult people). I was toldby the recruiter who set up the interviews to expect behavioral and case interview questions, but they did not ask any case-style questions (thankfully). Both of the interviewers were very friendly and professional.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time that you had to make a difficult decision without having enough information. Answer Question
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