Styled around Amazon's 16 Leadership Principles, the Workstyle Assessment is the company's version of a personality test. The assessment ensures you are a fit for Amazon's workplace culture, which they often call "peculiar." The Amazon Workstyle Assessment takes most candidates 10-20 minutes to complete. Candidates are given a series of statements and are asked to choose which statement best reflects their work style.
Most Amazon candidates are required to take the Amazon Workstyle Assessment.
Candidates who take this assessment are then placed into one of five categories based on their responses. These categories label a candidate as either:
Hiring Managers can then choose which category (or categories) they'd like to entertain candidates from, except for those in the "Strongly Not Recommended' category. Those candidates cannot be interviewed.
For example, an Amazon Hiring Manager could only interview candidates who ranked in the "Highly Recommended' category. This would significantly limit their hiring options; however, it's their decision. Another Hiring Manager might prefer to interview candidates from the top-ranking two or three categories.
Once an Amazon Hiring Manager chooses their categories from which to interview, they cannot go back and change their mind. This practice ensures a fair vetting process for all.
Styled around Amazon's 16 Leadership Principles, the Workstyle Assessment is the company's version of a personality test. The assessment ensures you are a fit for Amazon's workplace culture, which they often call "peculiar.'
The Amazon Workstyle Assessment takes most candidates 10-20 minutes to complete. Candidates are given a series of statements and are asked to choose which statement best reflects their work style.
Strongly Recommended: If a candidate is labeled as "Strongly Recommended' or "Strongly Inclined,' they meet the highest standards set by Amazon. A ranking this high takes great skill and a lot of research of Amazon's Leadership Principles. This ranking is for elite candidates!
Recommended: If a candidate is labeled as "Recommended' or "Inclined,' they appear to be a strong workplace fit for Amazon and its peculiar culture. This ranking is high and a great accomplishment. Most Hiring Managers will also select from this category of candidate (along with "Strongly Recommended') when choosing whom to interview.
Moderately Recommended: If a candidate is labeled as "Moderately Recommended' or "Moderately Inclined,' they still have a fair chance of being selected for an interview. Some Hiring Managers choose to only interview from the "Strongly Recommended' and "Recommended' categories. However, Hiring Managers that want fewer limitations in their search will also choose to interview candidates from the "Moderately Recommended' category.
Not Recommended: If a candidate is labeled as "Not Recommended' or "Not Inclined,' the Amazon Workstyle Assessment test has likely uncovered a concerning flaw. This flaw could include inconsistencies in the candidate's responses. It's unlikely that a candidate falling into the "Not Recommended' category will be called for a job interview at Amazon.
Strongly Not Recommended: This ranking is very rarely seen at Amazon. If a candidate is labeled as "Strongly Not Recommended' or "Strongly Not Inclined,' it's likely that the Amazon Workstyle Assessment test has uncovered a severe character flaw.
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