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Updated Feb 22, 2015
Updated Feb 22, 2015
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Human Resources Leadership Development Program Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • Tell me about a time that you had to make a difficult decision without having enough information.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Human Resources Director/Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • Nothing difficult - very routine, very generic and boring questions.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Human Resources Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Breinigsville, PA
    Anonymous Employee in Breinigsville, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    I got the interview through a person who formerly worked at my university; they immediately offered to fly me out for an interview or compensate my own transportation. They also offered to pay for overnight stay and dinner which I unfortunately could not attend. The interview started off with a tour of the warehouse followed by 2 meetings with different HR people. I thought the interviews went pretty well but unfortunately I didn't get the job- I asked for feedback and also never got feedback so I was never really sure what went wrong...

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked what motivates you? I gave a couple answers and each time I was asked with, but why? I don't think they were looking for a right answer, maybe just trying to test you   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Human Resources Business Partner Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    Spoke with a few screeners on the phone first. Went to one in-person interview with 5 client managers and one with 2 fellow HR practicioners. Amazon is extremely organized in the scheduling process and in informing you of who you will be interviewing with. They also give you clear written and verbal instructions on how to prepare and where to go, etc. Their interview coordinator/scheduler was very efficient, quick and friendly.

    Interview Questions
    • Amazon/AtoZ expect that all employees exhibit leadership qualities, so they ask specific behavioral questions related to their leadership prinicples (which can be found online).   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Human Resources Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    Conducted two interviews. First with the Hiring Manager, second with another HR Manager. Both interviews were fairly standard. Situational and behavioral questions that were intended to validate information in my resume as well as identify if I was a good fit for the position. I did not hear from the Hiring Manager for four weeks. At that point, a permanent position was not offered but the opportunity to serve as a contract temp was offered.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you design a process that could be scalable for a large organization like Amazon?   Answer Question
    • Describe a situation where you had to deal with a difficult co-worker.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Human Resources Department Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Amazon.com in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    I sent my resume in to a recruiter, they emailed me about a month later to set up a phone interview in two weeks. The two weeks went by and they called for the interview. This position wasn't what I was initially interested in, or where my main experience lies, but they didnt seem too interested in using me where I wanted to be used. Questions were pretty basic and I felt pretty positive about how everything went. I was told I would be contacted within the week for a followup interview. Never happened. I emailed at the end of the week only to be told the position had already been filled but they were considering me for another, completely different role. I would prefer to be informed of these things.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in July 2011.

    Interview Details

    I'm not sure if it's their recruiting department or the hiring manager, but the delays were ridiculous. I had a phone interview with both the recruiter and a person from the team. After each, there was a delay in about 7 days until they got back to me with "next steps". I had to reach out to them after the second phone interview and the recruiters said "great, this is good timing as I just spoke to the hiring manager and they would like you to come in for an in-person", I'll get back to you as to the best schedule. Waiting, waiting, waiting...I contact her after a few days and she books the interview date, which was a week out. The morning of the interview, the recruiter EMAILS me and tells me the position had been filled but that I could submit my resume for other opportunities. I was done. Bad follow through. Don't these recruiters know that the way they handle candidates has a direct reflection on Amazon as a company. Poor way to do business.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  9. 8 people found this helpful  

    Senior Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chattanooga, TN
    Anonymous Employee in Chattanooga, TN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Amazon.com in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    I applied online via Amazon.com for a SR Human Resources Assistant. I was contacted about 30 days later via email to schedule a phone interview. The phone interview went well. The interviewer was very professional, friendly, and easy-going. The interview questions were basic. After answering the interview questions, the HR rep asked if I would be interested in doing a panel interview. The phone interview was like a good chat with a colleague. Four days later I traveled to Lexington, KY for the panel interview. Between the phone interview and the panel interview, I was contacted by three different reps. Each person was very nice and very helpful.

    The panel interview consisted of a tour of the fulfillment center and three interviews with two Amazon reps interviewing me each time, including HR and Operations reps. The interview lasted from 8:00am until 11:00am. Out of the 6 people I interviewed with, only two were personable. Three kept looking at their phones throughout the entire interview. It was a complete distraction to me. I felt I could be answering their questions by reciting the alphabet and they would have not even noticed. A couple of reps asked me the same questions. There were other “little” things during the interviews that made me wary.

    I had the phone interview Monday and the panel interview Friday. On the following Monday, I received the call stating they were moving forward with other candidates, which was actually a relief. After the panel interview, I lost all excitement and knew Amazon was not going to be a good fit for me.

    I researched Amazon interview questions and studied as if I were taking a college final. Search all over the web and be prepared. So here are the questions:

    Phone Interview Questions:
    1) Why do you want to work for Amazon?
    2) How would you be an asset to Amazon?
    3) What do you like about your present job?
    4) What is your greatest strength?
    5) Why do you want to leave your current employer?
    6) What is the most negative feedback you have received? How did you handle it? What was the outcome?
    7) How do you gain trust in your employees?
    8) Tell me about a complex issue and how you handled it.
    9) Tell me about a time when you had to make a policy change?

    Panel Interview Questions:
    (In addition to most of the above)
    1) Tell me how you incorporate strategic planning in HR.
    2) How have you used a matrix in HR?
    3) How have you changed an HR policy to incorporate the needs of operations?
    4) In 3 words, how would your boss describe you?
    5) In 3 words, how would your employees describe you?
    6) What is your greatest achievement?
    7) What is the biggest mistake or error you have made? How did you handle it?

    I hope this information helps and good luck!

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked if I was willing to relocate. I said I was not able to relocate; however, I could travel. (I was applying specifically for a position in my city).   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Human Resources Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at Amazon.com in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed with a loop of 4 interviewers--relatively friendly, some tough situational questions

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Human Resources Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Amazon.com in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    Interviews focus on action based responses: Situation, what you did about it, what the outcome was and how did you sustain it. All answers need/should have some sort of metric attached to it along with how it affected daily work. What could you have done better as well as what went really good can help.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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