After graduating with a degree in Economics, Bright Network member Ruby successfully applied for a graduate scheme at Amazon. We recently caught up with Ruby to find out what she had to say about her experience and any advice she had to share with fellow members.
Why did you choose Amazon?
Working at Amazon appealed to me due to it’s rapid growth to the status of largest Internet retailer, breadth of products offered to consumers, and innovation in retailing and technology. The fast pace of the company is an environment I knew would suit my personality and motivate me within my role.
Why were you interested in this role?
Within the E-Commerce graduate program, I will either be working with the Retail team as a Brand Specialist or Associate Vendor Manager, or within the Seller Services team as an Associate Partner Manager. These roles work with vendors to drive growth and improve customer experience, incorporating both analytical skills and communicating with clients. The variety within the role really appealed to me, with the key focus at every stage being on the consumer.
What did the application process involve? Did you have a favourite and least favourite part?
The process involved an applicant information form, numerical test, telephone interview, and assessment centre. I found the process fairly standard for graduate schemes, but my favourite part was the assessment centre. I really got a feel for the company and how it operates inside the HQ. The day was organised efficiently, the employees put everyone at ease, and the assessments were real tasks faced by Amazon.
What top three tips would you give to other students looking to follow in your footsteps?
1. Spend time thinking about the type of role/industry that motivates you, and keep researching to find a role you genuinely want. Give evidence to support why this role suits you and your enthusiasm will shine through at every stage of the application!
2. Try your best to relax at assessment centres, and be confident in your experience. It’s not only the interviewers assessing you, it’s also a chance for you to decide if it's a company you would like to work for.
3. As always make sure you have done your research on the company. For Amazon, it was important to know the range of services they offer to sellers, leadership principles, and key aspects of the role.
Do you have a pre-interview ritual or lucky charm?
Before an interview, I like to take a moment to relax (usually with a cup of tea) and distract myself by chatting with the other candidates at the assessment centre. This puts me in a calm and collected headspace for when I go into the interview!