Interview Solution: Use data to prove your success

Interview Solution: Use data to prove your success

I came across this awesome article, “2 senior Amazon employees and an apprentice share their top tips for a job interview at the tech giant, including using data to prove your success,” and in it, summarized some insights into the interviewing process that I wanted to share.

Some key takeaways:

✔️ Pay attention to the organization’s leadership principles

✔️ Use data to prove your skills

✔️ Ask lots of questions

Now that may sound simple enough, but it’s always so surprising to me that people don’t always do these 3 little things.

👉 The hiring team recommended really looking at the organization’s leadership principles, seeing the ones that excite you, and crafting career stories and experiences which really address a number of those leadership principles clearly in your preparation.

👉 They also recommended using the ‘STAR’ method to craft career stories during your interview. STAR stands for:

𝗦ituation you had to deal with
𝗧ask you were given to complete
𝗔ction you took to in relation to both
𝗥esult that happened, and what you learned from it.

It is a common technique for answering interview questions, and it’s designed as a simple framework for focusing on how your skills match a job description. Moreover, prepare 3-5 examples and try to make them different and if you have negative ones, always have a positive twist at the end as to how you got a good outcome.

👉 Provide data to back up your words. Amazon is a data-driven organization, and quantitative examples are highly valued when you’re talking about your career experience.

👉 If you don’t have experience yet, clubs and societies can set you apart. Think about how to stand out and demonstrate the skills Amazon looks for. List any sort of clubs or societies that you’re part of that could really demonstrate good leadership, teamwork, and skills that could be applied in the world of work. That could include volunteering.

👉 Reach out beforehand. Use LinkedIn to connect with someone who is doing that job already at Amazon, and ask them for tips about what it’s like. Networking is something Amazon recruiters recommend. A referral will raise your chances of getting hired.

👉 Ask questions and work out how you can fit the role At the end of your interview you will be invited to ask questions about the role. Think about those questions beforehand, and use them to learn more about operating within the role and the wider team.

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