You know about using Amazon principles when answering questions, right? You know about using the STAR format for telling stories, right? Just what they don’t tell you


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When you interview at Amazon, everyone knows you're supposed to hit the talking points about all their principles. You know that; everyone knows that. You also know you're supposed to use the STAR formula for answering questions-- situation or task, Action results. Got that? Yeah.

So the thing they don't tell you is when you look at all the principles, they're relatively brief. And I'm not talking about what the principle is. I'm talking about what the description is. The longest one is four lines and three words. They believe in direct communication. Parsimony of words. They don't want a lot of verbiage. Hit it to them directly, a minute to a minute 15 and then say, "I can go into more detail if you like," and leave it at that. I'm Jeff Altman. Job Search TV on YouTube. Watch me there.


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, 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 2000 episodes.

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