Over the last two years, Amazon has grown to become the second-largest U.S.-based employer, adding 425,000 employees globally between January and October 2010.
Many of these employees work in their 110 fulfillment centers in the United States.
If you’re considering applying at an Amazon fulfillment center, you want your application to stand out.
With the following tips, you’ll learn what Amazon wants to see on the application and how to ace the interview.
At an Amazon fulfillment center, you’ll be shipping, picking, and packing orders, and the job comes with numerous benefits. If you like a fast-paced environment where you’re on your feet, you could do well at Amazon.
When you go to apply, you won’t be asked for a resume. Instead, you’ll go through some information and fill out an application. If you have any trouble along the way, here is a FAQs page that Amazon hiring teams have put together.
Here’s a breakdown of what a typical Amazon fulfillment job requires:
Amazon is flexible with its shifts, and they vary based on the position you’re working. However, expect shifts to be up to 12 hours long, plus a 30–60-minute lunch break, four days a week.
There are plenty of opportunities to pick up extra shifts. If you’re looking for a position with ample overtime, Amazon could be a great place to work.
On the other hand, part-time positions are rare, as Amazon recruiters prefer to hire full-time employees. If you do find a part-time position, you’ll typically be working less than 20 hours a week.
There are four steps in the typical Amazon application process:
When you’re applying at Amazon, you’ll be asked for basic information about yourself, required to do a short assessment, and asked to select your preferred shifts. Amazon will try to accommodate your shift preferences, but they make no guarantees.
There is a 30-minute virtual job preview. It requires no travel, as it’s done online, but it is mandatory. You’ll learn about your potential new job and what a typical day will look like should you get the position.
This preview can be done on any device, including your cellphone or laptop.
After your job preview, the company will invite you to attend an in-person office screening that should take less than 20 minutes. Think of this as the interview, although it’s less formal. Make sure you bring your proof of identity.
Amazon has increased its hiring drastically throughout the pandemic. Because of that, the interview process moves along much quicker.
Depending on the specific warehouse you’re applying to, this step may look different. There are cases where you never have to attend an in-person interview at all.
The final step before you start your new Amazon career is to complete an online new hire orientation.
It’s designed to prepare you for your first day, and it outlines the uniform requirements, goes over workplace safety, and ultimately lets you know what to expect.
If you do attend the in-person screening, you likely won’t be asked any behavioral questions.
You’ll only be asked standard questions regarding your abilities as they relate to warehouse work, such as:
A mandatory part of the job application process is a pre-employment drug screening. Depending on where you’re located, it may be as simple as going to the Amazon warehouse and completing the screening on-site.
Amazon has a set of 14 leadership principles that they expect their employees in every role to follow. Knowing these principles and how to embody them could help you in your Amazon career, leading you to promotions and other great opportunities.
If you happen to be interviewing for a fulfillment center supervisor position, these leadership principles can help you better prepare for your interview.
Amazon expects all of its employees to be fully focused on the customer, making sure they always have the best experience. They have high standards regarding employee performance and want their associates to take ownership of their work.
If these principles speak to you, you’ll likely thrive at Amazon.
When you go through the online application process, you create a username and password. Checking your application status is as easy as signing in.
The Amazon application process moves quickly, especially for fulfillment center positions. The company will quickly screen your application and put you through training, often within a week’s time. If you apply now, you could be working in as little as a week.
Now you know everything you need to successfully apply for a job at an Amazon fulfillment center. Plus, what to expect when it comes to interviewing and onboarding.
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