With the rise of online retailers dominating the retail landscape, Amazon has emerged as the frontrunner. In the process, they have attracted millions of customers who are turning to the platform for essential goods, household items, electronics, furniture, clothing and other items.
Just in the United States, Amazon has more than 110 fulfillment centers (aka: Amazon warehouses) and more than 125,000 full-time Amazon employees.
We’ve highlighted vital tips from the initial application through to follow-up on how to ensure your application is a standout.
When applying at Amazon for an hourly role, you don’t need a resume. You simply need to follow the steps and fill in the necessary information on their website.
Candidates must be 18 years or older
Must be able to stand/walk for extended periods of time, frequently push, pull, squat, bend and reach, and lift up to 49 lbs, with or without reasonable accommodation.
Hourly Rate: $15.00-$16.15/hour
Amazon offers flexible shifts, but most full-time employees are scheduled for 10 hour shifts (and an added 30 minute lunch), 4 days a week. Shift times vary by location and whether they are an inbound or outbound distribution center. In general though, Amazon abides by more standard shifts of:
Early AM: 4:30am-3pm
Overnight: 6:30pm-5am or 8:30pm-7am
You can request the shift you want (no guarantees, but Amazon does try to accommodate as much as possible, especially if you're in school). Unfortunately though, if you do have to miss your scheduled shift due to school, you will then have to use your accrued time off.
While Amazon does offer part-time shifts, they are extremely hard to secure. Those that are able to work part-time are typically only scheduled for 5-10 hours per week.
Most applicants can apply and start as early as 7 days with no previous work experience required.
An Amazon online application consists of providing some information about yourself, completing an online assessment, and selecting your preferred shift. After you finish your application you will get an email with a link for a 30-minute Virtual Job Preview, where you’ll learn more about your possible role at Amazon and the final steps before your first day. There is no travel required, but watching the Virtual Job Preview is a required step in the process.
Tip: Many candidates find completing the online assessments to be easier with a laptop or desktop than on a phone—but it can be done!
After filling and submitting your application, there are a few things you still need to do:
Attend Office Hours: After completing your Virtual Job Preview, you will attend an in-person 20-minute Office Hours appointment. When you go to this appointment, bring proof of your identity and employment eligibility. You don’t get paid to go to Office Hours, it is part of the application process.
Tip: Make sure to remember to bring the proper I-9 identification.
Attend Online New Hire Orientation: After completing Office Hours steps, you will receive an email from KNET with instructions for your Online New Hire Orientation. During this online session, you’ll learn about what it’s like to work at Amazon, workplace safety, and proper attire to prepare you for your first day with Amazon.
Tip: You will also need to complete a few required documents so you can get paid during this step of the process. Make sure to check your email for instructions.
For the large majority of Amazon Warehouse & Fulfillment Center positions, there is less of a formal interview and more of a screening with basic questions that may include:
Have you worked in a warehouse setting before?
How long can you stand?
How quickly are you able to sort and count boxes according to color or label?
What is your desired shift?
Are you able to work for long periods of time while standing or moving and be able to lift heavy objects?
Dependent on the desired location of your application, you may simply need to go to a warehouse, verify your credentials (remember to take all of your necessary documents/forms), take a badge photo, and a drug test.
If you successfully pass the drug screening, most applicants are notified within 7-10 days. You will then be able to select a start date and working shift.
To check the status of your application, go to https://amazon.force.com and sign in with your username and password you created during the application process.
Many applicants and current hourly employees speak highly about the ease and speed at which the Amazon application process takes. You are able to apply, be screened, and start within a short span of time, which is ideal for those needing a job quickly.