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Amazon application: Jobs and how to apply online

Learn about the online application and hiring process for Amazon fulfillment center jobs.
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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.

Things to know before filling out your Amazon application

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:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older
  • You have a high school diploma or an equivalent
  • You’re willing to complete a pre-employment drug test
  • You must be able to lift up to 49 pounds, stand and walk for up to 10–12 hours a day, and be able to frequently push, pull, squat, bend, and reach, all with or without reasonable accommodation

Wages Offered:

  • Hourly rate of at least $15

Shifts:

  • Overnight (6:30 p.m. - 5 a.m. or 8:30 p.m. - 7 a.m.)
  • Early morning (4:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
  • Day (7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
  • Weekend

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.

What is the Amazon application process?

There are four steps in the typical Amazon application process:

1. Submit application on Amazon’s Fulfillment and Operations page

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.

2. 30-minute virtual job preview

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.

3. In-person office screening

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.

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4. Attend online new hire orientation

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.

Other things you should know about when applying for a job at Amazon

Common Amazon interview questions

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:

  • Have you worked as a warehouse team member before?
  • Are you comfortable standing for long periods of time?
  • Can you lift up to 49 lbs comfortably?
  • Are you able to sort boxes based on color and label?

The Amazon drug screening process

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’s leadership principles

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.

Amazon's leadership principles

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How to check your Amazon application status

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.

For more job opportunities, visit the Jobcase job search.

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Henry Safari

I work with ABM in cleaning but would love to work with Amazon in any sector and in person but among all qualifications needed, I have social security, I-94 , and an identification document, Would you allow me shift from ABM to Amazon?

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Maria Rioseco

I'm retired and would love to work from home.

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Whitney Judd

Can you still work at Amazon if you have a misdemeanor assault on your record?

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Soy de Guatemala, podria aplicar en mi pais a una plaza vacante

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Do overtime rate start it over 8 hours a day or over 40 hours per the week

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Kristal Baker

I would like to work part time from home.

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I am a customer @ Amazon and enjoy them very much. I would love to work from home if possible..

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Tangerla Bryant-Lenoir

I am a Retired Nissan Empoloyee Yes I would Love to work Part Time from home. Because I feel that I'm to young to be Retired..Yes they offer us early Retirement.

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Joshua Gallahan

Why can't I start work, I have a internal amazon background screening waiting to work but never hear anything. I was supposed to start 2.weeks ago and what seemed to good to be true is starting to really be true

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