Amazon leadership principles

New OFYf45
Jun 3, 2018 26 Comments

If you don't have a relevant story or situation for a leadership principle, what do you people suggest - Making up something or honestly telling them I've never faced that situation?

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  • Amazon / Eng Dyood
    Amazonian here. It’s all a bunch of bull anyways. No one really follows them, politics as Usual. Make up whatever you want.
    Jun 3, 2018 6
    • Amazon Jexx
      I’ve been here ten years. Don’t listen to this person. They are important and actually valuable
      Jun 3, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng Chauffeur
      Amazonian here. We do use them. Be creative without ceasing to be honest.
      Jun 3, 2018
    • Veritas yntr04
      You guys don't have to say "Amazonian here". Blind adds company name for a reason. Anyways, I hear importance of those principles.
      Jun 3, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng Dyood
      Really depends on the org. Besides customer obsession, I don’t see much happening anymore.
      Jun 3, 2018
    • Amazon Limp
      Amazonian here. Just wanted to say that.
      Jun 4, 2018
  • Veritas yntr04
    How the fuck do they expect people to follow Amazon principles before joining Amazon.
    Jun 3, 2018 6
    • Amazon Limp
      I don’t think you understand the point. The interviews are behavioral interviews, using the STAR method. The Amazon LPs are not a magic unknown, they are basic principles of which some are universal, some well followed, and some less.

      The interview questions are in the domains of the LPs, so a specific question might ask you to highlight a time where [x] and it ultimately ties back to the LP.

      Studying the LPs in advance gives you the ability to see where they overlap your own decision making process. We want to hire those who inherently fit well in the model. It also highlights your ability to synthesize the information provided - think of it as a bit of a test there too.

      The STAR model tries to keep you on track and provide meaningful insight. It may not be the best model, but it is widely used. It really isn’t that difficult to see where your experience and personal principles matches and if you see it doesn’t match well, I would advise one to reconsider and be introspective about desire to join.
      Jun 4, 2018
    • Veritas / Other zustra
      I think we all understand that. What we dont understand is why Amazon thinks we should study their exact principles and use them verbatim in an interview.
      Jun 4, 2018
    • Amazon Limp
      I don’t think you did understand what I wrote. I have participated in about 130 loops and never once asked for an LP regurgitation or a verbatim response on an LP.

      Again, we ask people to use the STAR behavioral interview method to answer the questions as it really helps them in our process since we use the method to build the questions, and follow-ups, which are tied to LPs.

      Understanding those LPs would help you better in answering. Providing that data to the candidate and asking them to think about situations mentally prepares them for the questions.

      The goal isn’t to “GOTCHA” it is to provide the candidate with help preparing.
      Jun 4, 2018
    • Veritas / Other zustra
      Omg...yes I do get it amazon God...you arent that special. Your interview process is lame as fuck and your methodology is.lame AF
      Jun 4, 2018
    • Amazon Limp
      Nobody said special. I said it was a widely used methodology. I imagine you have a hard time in most places with your reading comprehension being so poor.

      Good job at giving your opinion? Wanna cookie?
      Jun 4, 2018
  • Amazon Jexx
    If you are fresh out of college, then they aren’t as important. If you’ve spent time in industry and are entering higher up, they actually are pretty important. But you should also be able to come up with real world stories for most of them if you’ve been working. Some are more important than others in interviews. Things around customers, having backbone, what happens when you disagree with people, etc.
    Jun 3, 2018 2
    • Amazon / Eng Dyood
      With due respect - I’m in AWS and I really don’t see people following them. Especially L7+. It’s about what’s convenient in the org, the political cross-winds, what was done before and the need to prove that right instead of learning from mistakes. Instead of telling people outside of Amazon on how important they are, may be we should do some work internally to remind people about them.
      Jun 3, 2018
    • Amazon Jexx
      Interesting. I’m not in AWS. Hm...
      Jun 4, 2018
  • New XwFm74
    Absolutely make it up
    Jun 3, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng Jail Bait
    Borrow others
    Jun 4, 2018 0
  • New OFYf45
    OP
    This was very helpful. I'm just coming up on my 2nd year at work.. not a lot of time to have a specific example for every principle, but I guess I can make it work. Thanks Humans of Blind!
    Jun 4, 2018 1
    • Amazon hde876ff
      For 2 yoe, the expectation is not that you would excel at all LP. But you have to show that you do it at some .... May be deep dive, deliver results etc
      Jun 4, 2018
  • Axtria kzHh222
    Make up
    Jun 3, 2018 1
    • Nutanix Ntnx
      Grab a brush and put a little (makeup).
      Jun 3, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng Dyood
    Focus on customer obsession, bias for action, dive deep, earn trust, and deliver results.
    Jun 4, 2018 0
  • Amazon hde876ff
    Ppl do go through them when you are experienced although we don't notice many such situations despite facing and handling them..... If you are experienced, think through in your past
    Jun 4, 2018 0
  • Amazon JkZ!+ev
    It's critical you have something - make it up if you have to. Lack of datapoints are not a good thing, you won't be seen as meeting the bar or raising it
    Jun 4, 2018 0