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 DyoodAmazonian here. It’s all a bunch of bull anyways. No one really follows them, politics as Usual. Make up whatever you want.
- How the fuck do they expect people to follow Amazon principles before joining Amazon.
- 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 3
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- New OFYf45OPThis 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!