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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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We consider research to be the backbone of what we do at Amazon. Do you think it's important to conduct research before beginning a project or would you rather jump right in?

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    We consider research to be the backbone of what we do at Amazon. Do you think it's important to conduct research before beginning a project or would you rather jump right in?

      How to Answer

      Talk to the interviewer about your work habits and how you prefer to approach a new project. If you know how Amazon likes to approach a project, you should discuss that method. For instance, if the interviewer tells you that they prefer extensive research before beginning a project, that is your queue to talk about your excellent research skills.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I agree that research is the backbone of a strong project. Without it, important details are missed, and much time is wasted. I like to research before starting a project so that I can lay out a plan and understand the potential hurdles as well."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Although there are some instances where jumping in right away may be required, I always prefer to do some research before I begin a project. Rest assured, I would always follow your preferred methods, should I be hired."

      4 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "It depends on the situation. I believe if research is available, it's essential to start with what has been done before. However, no prior research shouldn't be a barrier to start. With no previous research, one should see the reversibility of the project and go based on this. If a project is easily reversible, there is little to no risk of moving forward without much thought."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Your answer shows your ability to think critically and break down a projects' needs before diving in. Fantastic response!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I believe it is important to research before beginning or presenting a project. In my previous job, I realized that our location was shipping our records offsite and that there was no process. So, before presenting the process improvement project to management, I researched the storage company we were using, how it is determined to send out the records, whether we have a retention policy, and the cost. When I got all the information, I presented my findings and introduced the process improvement project."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Fantastic! In your situation, it was wise to do the research and then present your findings with data and information to support them.

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