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Amazon's former senior recruiter breaks down how to get a job at the e-commerce giant
Amazon is known for its rigorous application process and hours of interviews.
There are 14 rules —leadership principles— that Amazon uses to test candidates.
Business Insider spoke to two former employees about how applicants should prepare for the process.
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Amazon is known as one of the most difficult companies to interview with, prioritizing candidates' behavioral traits over job qualifications by quizzing them on a set of 14 core leadership principles.
"I'd rather interview 50 people and not hire anyone than hire the wrong person," CEO Jeff Bezos once said.
Bezos used to interview every single applicant to ensure that, if hired, they would have raised Amazon's bar, and move his company forward.
That process is now crystallized in the "bar raiser", someone who takes part in the hiring process to aid the hiring manager and ensure every new recruit is of the right caliber.
Tom Lawrance, a former MBA recruiter, interviewer trainer, and bar raiser for Amazon in Europe, told Business Insider "Customer Obsession" and "Dive Deep" are the most important of the 14 principles on which candidates are tested.
He now heads up the global industry careers team at Oxford University's Saïd Business School and coaches MBA students for roles at Amazon.
He said it takes an average of a month between your first contact with an Amazon recruiter and a job offer, but it can take longer depending on the seniority of the role.
Each candidate is screened by Amazon recruiters, their potential boss, and the wider team they will work within.
Business Insider spoke to Lawrance and Carina McLeod, a long-time head of vendor management at Amazon and now head of Amazon retail consulting agency Ecommerce Nurse Ltd, on getting hired and what to expect.