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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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At Amazon, we seek to hire leaders. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work-related procedures.

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    At Amazon, we seek to hire leaders. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work-related procedures.

      How to Answer

      One of Amazon's Leadership Principles is to 'Insist on the Highest Standards.' Amazon believes that leaders continually raise the bar, driving their teams to deliver high-quality services, products, and processes. If you have ever taken the opportunity to present your employer with potential change, describe your experience. Talk to the hiring manager about when you took the initiative in the workplace and how it improved work-related procedures.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I was able to present and implement one specific change in the office this past year. It was a recycling program that I felt was very important, even for our small office. We had significantly less waste after my initiative was implemented, and I enjoyed seeing others take pride in helping our environment."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I recently made suggestions to my manager about the team messaging application we were using. I found a team-based app that offered a lower monthly cost, with added features. He took the suggestion, and it has worked well for our team! The company was happy with the cost savings as well."

      4 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "In my previous position, I was responsible for writing social media analytics reports. The company didn't have a tool to gather data from the posts (Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin) and did the work manually. The analysis took too long and the data validation even longer since I had to check manually that I didn't have any missing data. I decided to do extensive research to find a free online tool that I could use to help me with this task. My coworkers didn't even know that these tools were available, and I managed to find one. It was challenging to use, but in the end, I became an expert and taught my colleagues how to use it too."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You set this answer up very well! It's great that you looked for a tool that would be helpful and at no financial cost to the company. Fantastic answer!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I was reading the book “When" by Daniel Pink. Pink talks about the importance of micro-breaks. I suggested to my HR team that they replace large water bottles with smaller ones so that people could go to the water cooler to fill up their bottles more frequently. This helped people take small breaks and allowed everyone to talk to peers more frequently. This suggestion helped the team be more energized and active during the day."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is a fantastic example of a thoughtful work-related improvement/suggestion. I like that you tie your response into a book that you read. This approach shows that you are dedicated to professional development and giving back to your workplace community. Nicely done!

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