Amazon ban for 2 year

Barclays PLC sscL38
Jun 17 35 Comments

Can Amazon ban you for life from the interview process ? An external recruiter got back to me today that they have note in the system that my interview didn't go well last time so they will not allow me to apply to any Amazon company. Is this for real?

Post edited - recruiter clarified it might be 2 years ban.

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TOP 35 Comments
  • F5 Networks RRA
    OP, be honest. What did you do? You don't get banned for nothing.
    Jun 17 7
    • Apple hardhit
      You are basically no re-cycle. Means no interviewer gave you a hire decision, so you are banned. You need to pass at least one round in onsite and not fail all rounds.
      Jun 17
    • Barclays PLC sscL38
      OP
      What does "no-recycle" mean? Ban for life or 2 years or ?
      Jun 17
    • M*Modal lstinthts
      OP, how could you possibly fail all interviews after clearing phone screen? Were you drunk? Dude you are a legend.
      Jun 17
    • Barclays PLC sscL38
      OP
      I did good in coding part but I guess I didn't do well in the LPs
      Jun 17
    • Adidas coisna
      Lol you must have royally fucked up
      Jun 17
  • Amazon Northman
    You are almost certainly in a 2 year cool down. This is standard these days for no hire decisions. A lifetime ban is not standard, and would usually be limited to people who do something illegal or strongly objectionable in an interview.
    Jun 17 7
    • Facebook @_@_/
      Standard is 1 year, usually ends up being 6 months if you were close. 2 years is pretty uncommon
      Jun 17
    • Amazon Northman
      Nope, standard is 2 years now. This is at bar raiser discretion though. So all dependent on the bar raiser and whether the hiring manager will argue for a shorter cool down.
      Jun 17
    • Facebook @_@_/
      I never saw a 2 year unless the candidate was marked as no recycle. Anything where the candidate passed at least one or two of the five interviews was 1 year or 6 months.
      Jun 17
    • Bank of America SqLl50
      Standard at Amazon? Or in industry in general?
      Jun 17
    • Amazon Northman
      Standard at Amazon. At least in Bay Area. But our bar raisers are sometimes not aligned with the Seattle BRs.
      Jun 17
  • Amazon 10022004
    I mean any company can do anything they want with hiring (outside of discrimination of protected groups).
    Jun 17 7
    • Barclays PLC sscL38
      OP
      Crazy in the sense that even if I didn't do well in the interview there should always be a next chance given after some time ... Would you like it if some company bans you if you didn't do well in the interview?
      Jun 17
    • Amazon 10022004
      I’ve black listed at least one person that interviewed for my team. If you share political views (either way), sexual anecdotes, unnecessary and extreme personal opinions, or anything highly objectionable during an interview, then I don’t want other people to have to waste their time with you.
      Jun 17
    • Dropbox drl/
      What groups are protected?
      Jun 17
    • Amazon 10022004
      Age, Gender, Race, Religon, Disabled People, Veteran, National Origin, etc.
      Jun 17
    • Microsoft @FB
      Easy: next time identifying as the opposite sex in your application. They are going to shit their pants.
      Jun 17
  • Yelp
    bullshite

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    bullshitemore
    You must have done really stupid last time. Yes they do ban people
    Jun 17 0
  • Barclays PLC sscL38
    OP
    I guess I will prepare better next time. No point in arguing or regretting now. Time to move on and be stronger and smarter.
    Jun 17 0
  • Capital One teebar
    Happened with me.. For my system design I interviewed with a POS who may have been the bar raiser and was a big asshole..
    Jun 17 2
    • Barclays PLC sscL38
      OP
      For how long did they ban you?
      Jun 17
    • Capital One teebar
      I was told 2 years by my recruiter but then I got an interview from audible so idk if they really track it
      Jun 17
  • Amazon / Eng Dude58
    The "no recycle" stays is in effect for 2 years.
    It is not absolute, but you would need a strong advocate to overcome it.
    It is never done for competency, as we have no idea what competencies a future hiring manager would be looking for.
    It is done for serious failure in several leadership principles, or for integrity.
    Reasons I have not recycled:
    Threatened or attacked an interviewer.
    Obviously high.
    Tried to repeatedly show us confidential information.
    Obviously lied.
    Failed miserably on several Amazon Leadership Principles, and would even if downgraded a level.
    Jun 17 0
  • LinkedIn / Eng flock
    I thought Amazon's cool down period is only 6 months.
    Jun 17 0
  • WeWork muhammady
    lol no problems if i were banned for 2 years, its not like anybody is dying to work at amazon. the bar is pretty darn low
    Jun 18 0
  • New / Eng EoiB15
    This is almost as good as being banned from Rikers Island.
    Jun 18 0
  • Microsoft jT47lg
    Typically they only do this when it’s much more than poor interview performance, such as making false claims that you know a particular technology well and then it becomes clear to them that you exaggerated or lied.
    Jun 17 0
  • Uber Uber On
    Depending on the interview performance, it can happen if people feel candidate needs some time to grow before they can be successful at Amazon.

    Remember Amazon interview is not just coding and system design which you can probably get better at in a few months. They probe into your experience which needs some time to gather.
    Jun 17 0