21 Tough Questions Amazon Asks Potential Employees During A Job Interview

Jeff Bezos, Chairman and founder of Amazon.com and owner of The Washington Post

Getty Image / Drew Angerer / Staff

Amazon is an internet retail behemoth with $452.8 billion in sales in 2017 and accounted for 44% of US e-commerce sales last year. Amazon has expanded into the grocery delivery business after purchasing Whole Foods and is attempting to create their own shipping company. With that much influence on the economy and that much revenue, that means Amazon will be a major employer for the foreseeable future or until the robots take our jobs. If you were thinking about working for Amazon, we’ll give you some insight on how to land a job with one of the most successful companies on the planet.

Business Insider poured through hundreds of Amazon interview reviews from the Glassdoor, a recruiting site that has a “growing database of millions of company reviews.” They found the 21 toughest Amazon interview questions that you’ll need to answer in order to work for Jeff Bezos, the richest person in the world. Amazon’s CEO once said, “I’d rather interview 50 people and not hire anyone than hire the wrong person.” Use these questions as job interview advice and tips on how to get a job at a great company such as Amazon.

“Jeff Bezos walks into your office and says you can have a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea. What is it?” — Product development specialist candidate

“What metrics do you use to drive change?” — Senior product manager candidate

“If you saw someone steal a quarter, would you report it?” — Shipping manifest clerk candidate

“Do you oppose a supervisor who made a decision that goes against corporate policy and is a potential safety issue for one of your employees?” — Area manager candidate

“Tell me about a time you had to overstep management to get your point of view across.” — Project manager candidate

“Describe a situation where you had to make a decision without data.” — Senior investigation specialist candidate

“How would you manage a difficult business group?” — Area manager candidate

“How do you plan to ensure that your focus is always on improving the customer experience?” — Senior technical writer candidate

“Tell me about a time you used analysis to make a business-critical decision. Walk me through the analysis and outcome.” — Business development manager candidate

“Tell us about a time you were given feedback that made you change your strategy.” — Data associate candidate

You can see all of the 21 questions that Amazon asks during job interviews over at Business Insider.