Job Stuff 18

This is more or less a newsletter for job seekers like myself.  I try to find good job search strategies, bad job search strategies, pure BS and job related articles every week.  So far I’ve never run short.  Please pass this around. I’m not doing this for any reason other than the desire to help and communicate with other job seekers.  If you have any good links or stories, especially stories please comment.  If you want the story private, just put that in the comment and I will trash it and  not let it post.

How do you answer these questions.

1. “Who was your most difficult customer?”


2. “How would you introduce AWS in an elevator pitch?”

First of all I would work on figuring out AWS was and then not use the acronym in my pitch.

3. “What is the worst mistake you ever made?”

Coming to this interview.

4. “If your direct manager was instructing you to do something you disagreed with, how would you handle it?”

Depends on the circumstances.  If it’s not important, I’ll not sweat it and do it his way.  If it could screw things up, I’ll push to do it my way or try to make a compromise solution.

5. “Describe what Human Resource means to you.”

Not in polite company.

6. “What is the angle between the hour hand and minute hand in an analog clock?”

What time is it?

7. “How do you detect whether or not a word is a palindrome?”

It has the same set of  letters at the beginning and the end.

8. “Do you know our CEO? How do you pronounce his name?”

Never met the man.  You tell me, I wouldn’t want to get it wrong.

9. “Here’s a string with numbers from 1-250 in random order, but it’s missing one number. How will you find the missed number?”

Start typing a list into Excel and using sort.

10. “Are you willing to work on your feet for ten hours, four days a week?”

Been there, done that.

11. “Do you think you’ll reach a point where you storm off the floor and never return?”

I’m pretty close right now.

12. “Would you tell on a employee for stealing?”

I’m turning you in right now for stealing my time.

13. “How would you solve problems if you were from Mars?”

The q96 modulator and great big kaboom work well.

14. “How do you persuade people?”

With a machete and sledgehammer.  A rack works too.  Honestly persuasion is a complicated and delicate process that requires a degree of understanding and empathy.  The best way to persuade somebody is to demonstrate that you respect his or her concerns.

15. “Describe what happens in your browser as soon as you hit enter after writing a URL in the address bar.”

I get a blank page that says that this website is not available.

16. “Tell the story of the last time you had to apologize to someone.”

I had to apologize to the people that said I shouldn’t apply here. the were right.

17. “Walk me through how Amazon Kindle books would be priced.”

You set a price and see if it sells.

18. “What would you do if you saw someone being unsafe at work?”

Take action to correct the issue.  If the channels are available, report the issue.  If it’s an easy fix, make a recommendation.

19. “What would you do if somehow you misdirected 10,000 units of something?”

Report it.  There’s nothing to be gained by not doing so.  If the misdirection can be trapped before leave the building, get it trapped it ASAP. If not see what can be done to contain the issues.

20. “How would you improve Amazon’s website?”

Do you have about six hours.

21. “You have 30 people working under you with 2 working indirect. Each employee can do 150 units/hour. Each work day has two 15 min breaks and one 30 min lunch. In a 5 day work week, how many total units can you complete?”

35 hours times 30 people times 150 =157,000 or so.

22. “What is the most difficult situation you have ever faced in your life? How did you handle it?”

This interview and I think I’m doing well because I’m not reaching  for battleaxe.

23. How would tell a customer what WiFi is?

Radio for teenagers.

24. “You are Amazon and Samsung offers you 10,000 Samsung Galaxy S3s at a 34% discount. Is that a good deal?”

Off the net or gross.  If it’s off retail, no.

25. “Design an online payment system.”

What’s the budget and reach?  Deadline and project goals?

26. “Give me an example of a time when you were 75% of the way through a project, and you had to pivot strategy–how were you able to make that into a success story?”

I came to this interview and now I’m leaving.

27. “Should we sell private label cleaning products?”

The question to ask is if selling private label anything will help the core business.  Is Amazon’s core business marketing soap or being a retailer?

28. “What would you do if you found out that your closest friend at work was stealing?”

Depends on what he was stealing.  If it was paperclips, meh.  If it was something serious I would turn him in.

29. “Which Amazon leadership principle do you resonate most with?”

Not giving people something for nothing. Which it seem you people are trying to get. so I’m going to stop wasting my time at this interview.

Business insider does the questions with pictures.

And there’s a Youtube video.

Frankly Amazon should ask themselves exactly what they are getting by poking an prying the person asking for  work endlessly.  Are the people who survive the ordeal and all the questions correctly really the right people to do the work?

The looniest article about job interviews I have ever seen.

I’ve done hundreds of interviews over the years and I can tell you the all those stupid question interviews did not want to make me work at those places. Rather the opposite, in fact.

Job Search advice for those who haven’t been out in the market for a long time.

Best advice, get used to the internet. learn what to do, and what not to do.

How to get fired for working too little or too much.

Eight excuses to not hire you.

As if the HR people need anymore excuses.

Why your career dreams died.

The problem is that the people responsible for hiring are trapped in a working model that has no real contact with reality.

Some cover letter tips.  From experience, cover letters never get read.

Amalgam Job descriptions are the product of people writing descriptions having no clue as what happens in a job trying to figure out what’s important.

A comment on purple squirrels.

I’ve seen the same job listings that never seem to get filled.


This guy seems to have good advice.

Hard to listen to though.

Fifty is the new 65.

Anybody with the economic sense of a gnat should see that this is not going to end well.

There’s no reason whatsoever for the typical employee to trust the management of their employer.

Considering how management thinks of the people working for them and how they think things should only work to management’s advantage a healthy distrust of management is a perfectly valid way to go.

Applications are a disaster.

First rule for an application process should be to get 100 or so people to fill it out and then get their complaints.

It’s time to end this and get it on the road.

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