There is a different way to answer questions for Amazon then there is elsewhere. Here, I offer you a good basic answer for them to the classic question of “Tell me about yourself.”

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, a coach who helps people professionally
in many different ways and I'm beginning with a series on
interviewing with. Amazon because they're just going
through explosive growth and many of you are going to want to interview there.
So, with that in mind, I'm going to talk about
some of the interview questions that they use. Now I want to start
by saying do a google search for the. Amazon principles because, fundamentally,
behind every question they're asking you are
those principles and, thus, when you're
formulating answers to questions, your goal is to do two things.
Number one. Connect with the requirements of the position
but number two connect with the principles
in some way, shape, or form. Now, I'm going to add a third thing in there which is
going to sound silly but I think it's actually very important.
Most interviews, you want to have personality really comes across.
With Amazon, there's almost a childlike beginner
quality that they want to see in someone that translates into . . .
like when I was in college and we did a course on the Protestant
ethic, it translates into I want to learn. I want to work hard. I want to get
ahead. Thus every question almost comes
back to those points from the principles. Now, I'm simplifying
it for now saying I want to learn. I want to work hard.
I want to get ahead. Amazon's success is very important to me. I'd like to be
an important contributor to this
organization. Most of the time we've gotten to a stage
in life where we're much more sophisticated than that.
We think we can kind of ham it up a little bit and get our personalities out.
Most of the time, that works. But not necessarily with Amazon.
So I put together an answer to the classic "tell me about yourself,"
question that isn't normally what i teach.
Normally, i teach a framework for answering interview questions
that is psychologically very strong.. Here, this is the way I'd like it to be
answered and excuse me for reading it because I haven't committed this to
memory yet but when you get asked, "tell me about
yourself, you focus on the work that you do
But start off by saying "thank you for inviting me to speak with you today."
What I find . . . " Let me back up for a second. I'm a positive, happy and
enthusiastic person who likes to work as part of a team
where we're all working toward the same objective.
i'm hard working and have a history of completing challenges
and bringing things to completion. In my work, I support others, like to have
fun but also know when to hunker down and
really put in the effort.. I'd love to be a part of your ongoing
success here at Amazon.. Notice what I've done. It's "yes, I've
got a personality but i'm telling you what my personality is
and everything else relating to the principles
is i i'd like to work hard. I want to get ahead. I want to learn and
be part of this success at Amazon.
i hope you found this helpful. I'll be back soon with more. I'm Jeff Altman, The
Big Game Hunter. If you're interested in one-on-one
coaching from me, visit my website,.
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you have a terrific day! Be great! Take care!


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1900 episodes and “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was named a Top 10 podcast for job search. is also a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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