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What efforts will you bring to this role to ensure a safe work environment for yourself and your fellow Fulfillment Associates?

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  1. 1.

    What efforts will you bring to this role to ensure a safe work environment for yourself and your fellow Fulfillment Associates?

      As a Fulfillment Associate, you will be working in a high-risk fulfillment center environment, so safety compliance and awareness will be a significant part of your role. Amazon's safety regulations are focused on protecting and empowering its workers. To ensure your safety and those around you, the interviewer wants to see evidence that you value working safely and responsibly. Describe what you know about safety and take the time to outline the measurable actions you will take to ensure a safe work environment for yourself and your co-workers.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In preparation for this role, I have studied warehouse safety and did some research on OSHA compliance as well. I understand that Amazon has a Hazard Communication Plan (HCP) for each distribution center. I will diligently learn and abide by this plan. I will also wear the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and show diligence by immediately cleaning up any slip and fall hazards. I will also report any workplace injuries to my supervisor immediately. As a Fulfillment Associate, I will wholeheartedly support Amazon's safety efforts and operate in a safe way that protects everyone's well-being and Amazon's business goals."

  2. 2.

    Would your current employer be willing to provide a reference for you?

      If you have some work experience, the interviewer might ask you to provide employment references. The best work references are people you have reported to directly; however, if those references are unavailable to you, the interviewer may also accept a person in leadership from a different department or a team member that you work closely with.

      If you do not have any work-related references, you can ask a teacher, professor, coach, religious leader, or the parent of a friend. In this case, be sure that the personal reference can speak about your character, ethics, and personality. Before your interview, make sure you have your references prepared just in case the interviewer requests them. If you don't feel comfortable using your current employer as a reference, explain that you have other references better suited at this time. Those can be past supervisors.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am happy to provide you with a reference from my previous supervisor from Company XYZ. Since Company ABC still employs me, I cannot ask my current manager for a reference; however, my English professor agreed to be a character reference."

  3. 3.

    Amazon Fulfillment Associates are given essential targets and goals every shift. How do you prioritize tasks when they all seem equally important?

      Working in an Amazon warehouse requires you to operate successfully in a busy environment while juggling numerous tasks and moving parts. Prioritizing is a skill that requires practice, and there are many approaches you can take to improve.

      For instance, by thinking through and writing down your tasks, you can visualize and map out priorities. You could also try writing down all of your deliverables and ranking them by importance from 1-10.
      Considering due dates and how long it will take you to complete each task, you can start to tackle your list.

      When answering this question, show the interviewer that you have a system that helps you think through what needs to happen and when. The better you can prioritize, the more productive you will be, making you a great hire!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I prioritize based on urgency and time required to complete the task. I have a list of what needs to be done, by when, and how long I estimate that it will take me to reach the finish line. I am often working under great pressure, and I make sure that I don't get myself or my team into a sticky situation by failing to allow enough time for my daily deliverables."

  4. 4.

    Amazon hires good team players, excellent communicators, and people who bring an enthusiastic, can-do attitude to the job. Describe how you emulate these qualities in your everyday life.

      The work environment in an Amazon fulfillment center is demanding, busy, and fast-moving. The interviewer wants to know that you can maintain productivity in this environment while also keeping a great attitude. Assure the interviewer that you are the go-getter they need for this Fulfillment Associate position. It's a good idea to support your response with an example of your can-do attitude and clear communication. If you are new to your career, consider telling a brief story of a time when you showed enthusiasm during a school project or made a difference by being an excellent communicator during a team sport or other group effort.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Working in a fast-paced environment is the challenge that I need. My friends and family often comment on my boundless energy, and I enjoy being on the move. Throughout high school, I was an active participant in numerous sports, including soccer and track-and-field. I also volunteered at the animal shelter every Saturday. My coaches and volunteer leaders often commented on my high energy levels. I believe my enthusiasm is contagious to others which makes me a valuable addition to any goal-focused team."

  5. 5.

    Teamwork is a significant focus for Amazon. How will you ensure that you get along well with your supervisor and co-workers, even if you don't always agree?

      Healthy teamwork is essential, especially in a work environment where everyone relies on the next person to make safe and responsible decisions. You can show maturity and workplace readiness by taking the initiative to build a healthy relationship with your direct supervisor and co-workers. It may not be realistic to expect that everyone gets along 100% of the time, especially when working in a fast-moving, high-stakes environment like a fulfillment center. What is most important, however, is your approach to challenging interpersonal situations. Show the interviewer that you value teamwork and express how you plan to be an active team player, even if you are not always in agreement with your manager or fellow team members.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "School has been all about collaboration and teamwork, so I have learned how to work well in a group setting even when I don't always agree with everyone in my group or on my team. I know that I have to rely on my coworkers to have a safe and productive day, and they need the same from me. We cannot achieve anything alone. I believe that we have to work collaboratively and to reach targets and exceed goals. To achieve this, I will put my ego aside and be sure that every decision I stand by is well thought out. I will also remain flexible with my priorities to avoid unnecessary stress and arguments."

  6. 6.

    What are your compensation expectations for this Fulfillment Associate position?

      It can be intimidating to talk about compensation, and developing a solid set of expectations will make salary questions much more comfortable to approach. When the time comes to discuss your pay structure, you should know what you are asking for and why. Your overall compensation package includes far more than your salary or your hourly wage. It can also include factors such as:

      - Overtime pay
      - Monthly, quarterly, or annual bonus
      - Recognition-based rewards
      - Stock options
      - Vacation pay
      - Benefits packages such as health and dental
      - Non-cash benefits

      One of the best ways to approach compensation conversations is to have a clear idea of the following points:

      - What you want to make
      - What you need to make
      - What your minimum threshold is
      - What the market is telling you about your job title and industry in your region

      Salary.com data tells us that the average annual pay for a Fulfillment Associate with Amazon (North America) is $34,314.00. Amazon also offers a range of medical, dental, vision, and other benefits not outlined in more detail on the company careers site. If you have some idea of the compensation range for this role but are not entirely sure of the full offering, consider turning the question into an opportunity for a conversation.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am very interested in learning more about the details of this Fulfillment Associate role and the compensation offering provided. I understand that similar positions in the area pay an annual salary of between $30K and $37K annually. I would expect an offer in the $35K range, considering I am a recently certified forklift operator with one year of experience in a logistics environment. I am also interested in discussing the overall compensation offering, such as medical benefits and vacation time. Could you share more details with me, please?"

  7. 7.

    Fulfillment Associates work on a secure mezzanine as high as 9 to 12 meters or a 3 to 4 story building. Do you have any hesitations with heights?

      The interviewer wants assurance that you can handle the basic yet potentially dangerous or uncomfortable aspects of the Fulfillment Associate role. Every Amazon distribution center will be slightly different, depending on the size and levels of the warehouse. There is potential that you will be handling, sorting, receiving, or putting away products located high up in mezzanine levels. Your response can be straightforward. Show that you are capable of working with heights. If you need clarification regarding the requirements for the specific location you are interviewing with, it's a great idea to ask!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have never experienced a fear of heights and, although 9 to 12 meters is high, I am confident that I can handle working in any area of this fulfillment center with comfort, especially after thorough training."

  8. 8.

    How would you explain fulfillment to someone who did not know about distribution warehouse environments?

      The interviewer would like to know that you understand the concept of fulfillment. Even if you are new to your career in fulfillment, you can do the research required to understand the purpose of fulfillment and how you will contribute to Amazon's goals as a Fulfillment Associate.

      By clearly explaining the fulfillment and distribution process, you will show the interviewer that you have a solid understanding of the purpose of your role within an Amazon warehouse environment. The way you explain fulfillment will also highlight your communication skills and your ability to convey complex information in easy-to-understand terms.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I took the time to study fulfillment before our meeting today since I will be responsible for important steps of Amazon's distribution process. From my understanding, the fulfillment process begins when a customer buys a product online. The product is on a warehouse shelf, and when the customer places their order through Amazon's website, the associates work fast to pick the product from the shelf, package it, and ship it. In the case of Amazon, the company handles the entire fulfillment process, including charging the customer's credit card, updating inventory levels on the website, sending automated shipping email alerts, delivering the product, and handling customer refunds."

  9. 9.

    Do you have experience using product scanners or other warehouse-related equipment?

      Product scanners, also called barcode scanners, are optical scanners that can read barcodes. When you use a scanner to read a barcode, the data is sent to a computer system. In a warehouse environment, this system allows for accurate inventory counts and much more. If you have experience working in a warehouse or fulfillment center environment, you may have also worked around equipment such as automated picking tools, automated guided vehicles, sensors of all kinds, or even collaborative robots.

      Talk to the interviewer about your experience using any warehouse-related equipment. If you are new to the workforce or the distribution industry as a whole, consider some of the technology you have used in the past. Then, express how this knowledge and experience will help you to accomplish your Fulfillment Associate tasks efficiently.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "For the past ten months, I have worked for Store XYZ, performing duties such as scanning items during customer checkout and helping with weekly inventory control counts. When our store gets a new product shipment, I am often required to help scan the incoming product, check for discrepancies, and receive the new product into our inventory control system. Although this environment is different from a fulfillment or distribution center, I am very comfortable with tasks that involve accurately receiving inventory and scanning items into the system. I am a tech-savvy individual and will diligently apply myself when learning the processes at Amazon."

  10. 10.

    Have you ever worked in an environment where other departments and functions work closely together?

      The interviewer wants to know that you are capable of working in a cross-departmental and cross-functional environment. Cross-departmental collaboration means working together and communicating well with people that have tasks and goals different from yours. If you have work experience with a large company such as Amazon, you have likely been required to collaborate with people from other departments to reach a common goal. Your ability to work across teams and departments will be essential as an Amazon Fulfillment Associate. Discuss your experience working in a collaborative environment and share any wins or positive lessons you have learned along the way.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Yes, I currently work in a 3PL warehouse with a heavy focus on collaboration across functions and departments. I work on the production team, and we collaborate with the quality assurance folks multiple times per shift. We have two primary goals: to ensure an amazing product is produced and deliver the best in customer service. I appreciate that we have clear goals, and we all understand how each department works to complement the other."

  11. 11.

    Amazon Fulfillment Associates handle various products, including age-restricted items, foods with potential allergens, and chemicals. Are you comfortable working around products that present potential hazards?

      As an Amazon Fulfillment Associate, you may find yourself in situations where you need to handle products in the warehouse that are potentially dangerous, pose risks, or are of a sensitive topic. The interviewer wants to know that you are comfortable with this fact. Your response can be straightforward. Show that you are willing to work safely and with maturity, regardless of the products you are handling.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "With the proper safety training, I am confident that I can handle any product in the Amazon fulfillment center with comfort. Regardless of the product being of an adult nature or presenting potential hazards such as a chemical or allergen, I will treat the product respectfully and with care."

  12. 12.

    As an Amazon Fulfillment Associate, you will spend much of your time relocating products using forklifts, pump trucks, and power pallet trucks. Do you have experience operating these or any other heavy machinery?

      Before your interview, it's a good idea to be aware of the types of warehouse-related equipment you will be operating. Most of Amazon's Fulfillment Associate job postings share details of the role's expectations, and many of them mention forklifts, pump trucks, and power pallet trucks.

      The types of machinery you are experienced with are likely listed on your resume; however, take a moment to outline for the interviewer your level of experience and comfortability with these pieces of equipment and any other machines you have operated in the past. If you are new to your career, you may not have experience working with heavy equipment or machinery, and that is okay! In this instance, show the interviewer that you are enthusiastic about learning and ready to grasp everything you can during your training period.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am new to my career and am excited to learn how to safely operate a forklift, pump truck, power pallet truck, and any other equipment required to complete my tasks carefully. I have already taken the initiative to watch various safety and operating tutorials related to forklifts and other warehouse-related machinery and found them very interesting. I am a diligent person and a good listener and feel confident that I will catch on quickly."

  13. 13.

    Fulfillment Associates work hard to pick and pack customer orders and ensure that Amazon meets the high expectations of our customers. What does excellent customer service mean to you?

      Amazon is a customer-centric organization. In fact, customer-obsessed is one of the company's core values. Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is often quoted saying that customer obsession is the key to Amazon's success. The interviewer wants to hear that you are ready to work hard and contribute to Amazon's customer satisfaction. Discuss what you believe it means to deliver excellent customer service and show the interviewer that you are ready to do what it takes to contribute to Amazon's customer focus.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "To me, excellent customer service means staying focused on how we can make a customer's life happier and easier. I appreciate that Amazon is customer-obsessed and that this point is even included in its core values. While researching Amazon and preparing for today's interview, I came across a statement that said, 'By working together on behalf of our customers, we are building the future one innovative product, service, and idea at a time.' I really liked that idea and think it aligns well with my customer service philosophy to always keep an eye out for opportunities to impress. For instance, I currently work part-time as a server for Restaurant ABC. I deliver excellent customer service by introducing myself to each table when I seat them. Having that small personal touch often makes all the difference for my customers. Once they know my name, and I know theirs, they feel more comfortable and ready to relax for a good time with their family and friends. Although as a Fulfillment Associate, I won't be face-to-face with the customers, I believe they will still feel the care that I took with their delivery."

  14. 14.

    If hired to join our Fulfillment team, we will train you in various processes and skills, such as operating a forklift and working safely in a distribution environment. Which area of training excites you the most?

      The interviewer wants to see that you are enthusiastic about joining Amazon and are ready to learn new skills. By discussing what excites you the most, the interviewer will gain an idea of your greatest interests. Think about the tasks you will be accountable for as a Fulfillment Associate, and be ready to talk about the training you believe will excite you the most.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Overall, my excitement is to work for an esteemed company like Amazon. The company is highly awarded, and I have heard wonderful things about the opportunities presented to Amazonians who work hard. I am confident that Amazon will deliver engaging training in numerous areas; however, I feel most excited to learn about forklift operation. I believe that operating heavy equipment safely and with accuracy is an essential skill to have, especially since I am pursuing a career in distribution."

  15. 15.

    Our fulfillment center has both inbound and outbound departments. Do you understand the difference between these departments?

      Although you may be new to a career in fulfillment and distribution, the interviewer will likely expect you to attend your interview with some basic industry knowledge. The more you know, the better you will perform in your interview. Within Amazon, the shift times vary between inbound and outbound team members. Inbound and outbound associates work in different locations of the warehouse and their shifts and break times are different. The outbound department works on shipping, where the inbound department focuses on receiving and stocking incoming products. Describe your knowledge of inbound and outbound by providing a simple explanation.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have researched Amazon's fulfillment and distribution flow, and from my understanding, the inbound department is responsible for receiving new stock and putting it away. Then, the outbound department takes care of customer shipments. I read online that each shift has its own hours and break times, among other differences. My understanding is surface level, and I look forward to learning more."

  16. 16.

    Amazon Fulfillment Associates work set shift patterns. These shifts include evenings, weekends, and holidays. Are there any restrictions to your availability that we should know?

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  17. 17.

    Our Fulfillment Associates are required to read and follow written instructions from a scanner accurately. Please rate your English comprehension skills from 1-10 and support your rating with an example.

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  18. 18.

    Fulfillment Associates operate machines such as forklifts, pump trucks, and power pallet trucks. How will you promote our safety, quality, and production standards while using these machines?

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  19. 19.

    Fulfillment Associates work under pressure on very tight deadlines. How well do you operate under pressure?

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  20. 20.

    Amazon Fulfillment Associates must maintain a high level of quality work and productivity to meet firm daily targets. How will you remain driven even on the most exhausting days?

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  21. 21.

    What are your career aspirations beyond this Fulfillment Associate position?

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  22. 22.

    Being a Fulfillment Associate is a physically demanding job. Are you capable of standing and walking up to 12 hours per shift, lifting and moving products up to 50 pounds, and meeting other stringent physical demands?

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  23. 23.

    We ask our Fulfillment Associates to share safety tips with their co-workers. Please share with me your best work-related safety tip.

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  24. 24.

    Fulfillment Associates are required to wear a safety vest and comfortable closed-toed shoes. Hearing protection may also be provided to you. Are you prepared to work in an environment that presents potential physical risks?

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  25. 25.

    Do you have training in product loss prevention?

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  26. 26.

    As a Fulfillment Associate, how will you support and embrace Amazon's diversity and inclusion efforts?

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  27. 27.

    As an Amazon Fulfillment Associate, you will be responsible for receiving and putting away inventory and helping us get customer orders ready. Do you have any experience with similar tasks?

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  28. 28.

    If a fellow Fulfillment Associate was not maintaining compliance or consistency, what action would you take to help them?

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  29. 29.

    When would you be available to start?

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  30. 30.

    What type of manager do you best work with?

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