Banned from Amazon for 2 Years?!

GoDaddy TK421@Post
Aug 14, 2017 21 Comments

After getting through one Amazon interview process to my onsite. They decided not to hire me. A few months later, I applied for a different role, went through a few steps/interviews, and all were excited to move forward. Then the recruiter calls and says she overlooked the ban someone put on my profile... so, I can't apply for 2 years. Odd policy.


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  • Amazon / Eng

    Amazon Eng

    Manager in NA Fulfillment
    As a manager that hires people at Amazon, you can also be set as "strong not inclined", meaning that there were some red flags during your interview that made the interviewer go "we don't want him anywhere near us"
    Aug 14, 2017 3
    • New / Eng GGGGGGGGH
      Like what?
      Aug 15, 2017
    • Google / Eng

      Google Eng

      Not posting your manifestos anonymously.
      Aug 15, 2017
    • Ridecell CrocDundee
      hate it when I forget to post my political memos non anonymously. I'm like "rats not again!!x
      Aug 16, 2017
  • Microsoft J0lyr0ger
    Create your own company that will be a gnat at amazons back, force them to buy you for more than you are worth- its perfect payback.
    Aug 15, 2017 1
    • New sol49
      My company focuses on reducing AWS costs with hybrid modles and also helps migrate customers to other cloud providers :)

      Its worked out so far lolz
      Oct 20, 2017
  • Microsoft OkvA50
    Amazon has the rating for candidate from each round of the interviewer :

    Strongly Incline
    Not incline
    Strongly not incline

    If you have been marked "Strongly not incline", then, there is a ban.
    Aug 14, 2017 3
    • Talkdesk / Other poop 💩
      Is the ban for two years as the OP said?
      Aug 15, 2017
    • Amazon LOLwut?
      It's at least 2 years. If you discard a candidate and do not recycle them then there's a 6 mo or 1 year block till you can reply. It's basically to give the candidate time to gain additional skills or experience.

      The only times I've seen strongly not inclined is when a candidate displays extremely non customer centric views, untrustworthy behavior, lying, or says racist shit. Basically the person appears too toxic to be productive in any role at amazon.
      Aug 15, 2017
    • Amazon / Eng IStrategy
      This is a myth. The ratings and the ban are related but not the same thing. The "do not recycle" decision is taken as part of the hiring groups debrief. Typically it is used for people who are significantly different/opposite of Amazon's culture. It is by no means a skill assessment, just a significant culture misfit.
      Aug 15, 2017
  • GoDaddy TK421@Post
    Yep, I knew the principles and had STAR examples for each, nailed the test and presentation, and had petty good rapport with folks. I assure you I have extensive experience/skills and said nothing offensive or lied. I have little idea what would have brought down the wrath, particularly after getting so far.
    Aug 15, 2017 1
    • Amazon Flamboyant
      Amazon experience is team based, same is the interview process maybe was a shitty team the first interview ?
      Aug 15, 2017
  • Expedia / Eng JpLN44
    I always thought the 'must wait X months to re-apply' was a sign of faulty logic. The most common explanation I've heard is 'it gives the candidate time to learn more skills'.

    As a sometimes hiring manager, it's far more common for me to encounter people who are mostly suited for a job, just not as suited as the person we made the offer too. Once they've gotten through to an interview, this type of person is FAR more common than the 'this person is not ready and needs to go marinate for another 6/12 months'.
    Aug 20, 2017 1
    • Charles Schwab / Eng take3full
      Aug 20, 2017
  • GoDaddy
    Good Daddy


    I love my job at GoDaddy. The views expressed on this site are mine alone and do not reflect the views of GoDaddy or its affiliates. Also, bam bam lolol
    Good Daddymore
    Why would you even want to leave GoDaddy for Amazon? Even our worst teams don't compare to the toxic culture at Amazon
    Aug 15, 2017 1
    • Amazon / Eng pufferduck
      cus $$$ and not all orgs/teams are toxic at amazon, because believe it or not, it's a hugeass company
      Aug 15, 2017
  • Brocade rcheng
    Given that Amazon recruiting is streamlined, why would recruiter overlook previous feedback, even before initiating a talk with the candidate? Giant waste of time for both sides...
    Aug 15, 2017 1
    • Amazon blurgh
      often recruiters just want to get people in for an interview and don't give a crap.

      alternatively, you could have gotten a strongly not inclined from the bar raiser. a BR can override any decision to hire someone for up to two years after the first interview. Apparently it doesn't happen very often and it's not well known so the recruiter could have just overlooked it.
      Aug 15, 2017
  • Charles Schwab / Eng take3full
    Do we have something on similar lines in microsoft as well? A sort of ban or cool period?
    Aug 15, 2017 0
  • Amazon Flamboyant
    Did you read the Amazon principles ?
    Aug 15, 2017 0
  • Uber SoCool
    It has nothing to do with your previous interview. It could be somebody who used to work with you put in the ban.
    Aug 14, 2017 0


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