Before staring the IE MIM in February 2015, Pedro Gutierrez, from Brazil, completed an internship at Lafarge -one of the country’s biggest cement producers- in Rio de Janeiro. During the internship, he worked with the implementation of project management software, which was a great opportunity to understand how managers run complex projects. Now, a couple of months after graduation, Pedro is joining e-commerce giant: Amazon through their Graduate Area Manager program. Although Amazon is a completely different business than Lafarge, he considers that the project management tools learned during his internship will still be very useful to him during his new venture. Pedro will become Area Manager in a Fulfillment Center once he completes a few months of training. In his case, we will undergo three months of training in London, Luxembourg and New Jersey, before the launch of a new center in Manchester, where he will be based from September 2016. However it is very likely that he will move to another location or area within the company after the first year as flexibility is key at Amazon.
How did you find out about this job opportunity?
I found out about this job on LinkedIn. I also recommend searching for opportunities on the Amazon.jobs site -their career portal where you can find all opportunities within the company worldwide.
How did the CMC and your IE experience help you during the recruiting process?
The great IE reputation was a key element during this recruiting process. Amazon usually hires students from the best business schools in the world, and IE has constantly been in top positions in the recent years.
The CMC is also crucial during the entire process. They teach you how to build an organized and clean CV, provide specific information about different processes and assist you in building a strong alumni network. I believe that an outstanding CV has the power to land you your desired interview. Without it, you are nothing. I also found the Success Stories featured in the Careers Blog very helpful. Student testimonies are a clear example that IE talent is being hired in top companies, plus they serve as strong motivation. On a final note, I must say that having a team of professionals backing you up with your career plans was key; most of the time we are centered in our studies, and we tend to forget there is a qualified group of people centered on career development and advising, ready to aid us achieve our professional goals.
How was the recruiting process: stages, tests, interviews, etc.?
The first stage was an online assessment, in which you have to complete a numerical reasoning assessment under timed conditions. Do it in a quiet place, where you can fully concentrate without distraction. There are many tests examples that you can find in the web and practice before doing the real test.
The second stage is a STAR interviewing method via an app, in which you are given pre-prepared questions, have 60 seconds to prepare your answer and after that, you have your 3 minutes to record your answer. Good practice for a successful digital interview is to think about three or four competence/leadership experiences and be able to explain them in a dynamic and structured way. Search about STAR interviewing and learn as much as you can about the method.
The last stage is a sequence of four interviews with a duration of 45 minutes per interview. This stage is a combination of competency/behavioral and technical questions. I believe that this is the most difficult part of the process, because they test not only your skills, but also if you really fit into their culture. This part of the process can be quite exhaustive, so I recommend to take a day off to be really focused on the four interviews.
Would you want to share any tips or advice with student interested in applying to Amazon?
It is very important to know the Leadership Principles of Amazon and think about experiences that you have used them in your professional, academic or even personal life. It is crucial showing the hiring team that you will fit the very unique company’s culture.
Also, try to absorb as much as you can from CMC. They can provide you with all kinds of resources and knowledge to tackle recruitment processes.