In his 1998 shareholder letter, Bezos said, "Setting the bar high in our approach to hiring has been, and will continue to be, the single most important element of Amazon.com'scess."
He went on to list three simple questions all Amazon employees should ask themselves before making a hiring decision.
1. Will you admire this person?
"If you think about the people you've admired in your life," Bezos wrote, "they are probably people you've been able to learn from or take an example from. For myself, I've always tried hard to work only with people I admire, and I encourage folks here to be just as demanding. Life is definitely too short to do otherwise."
We all work for a paycheck; otherwise we would do volunteer work. But we want to work for more than a paycheck: To work with and for people we respect and admire -- and with and for people who respect and admire us.
That sense of connection allows us to feel a part of something bigger, to feel that sense of teamwork and esprit de corps that turns a group of individuals into a real team.
Feeling a true purpose starts with knowing what to care about and, more important, why to care.
And caring starts with respecting -- and feeling respected by -- the people you work with.
2. Will this person raise the average level of effectiveness of the group they're entering?
We want to fight entropy," Bezos wrote. "The bar has to continuously go up. I ask people to visualize the company 5 years from now. At that point, each of us should look around and say, 'The standards are so high now -- boy, I'm glad I got in when I did!'"
Forget about finding a stereotypically well-rounded employee. If you could pick only one attribute, what would you choose as the most important skill or quality a great employee needs to have to succeed in the position?
Maybe it's attitude. Or interpersonal skills. Or teamwork. Or maybe it's a specific skill set.
Whatever it is, that attribute is what the employee you choose must possess. Training can fill in the gaps, but that's the one attribute you truly need.
Hire the person who truly excels in the area you need most.
3. Along what dimension might this person be a superstar?
"Many people have unique skills, interests, and perspectives that enrich the work environment for all of us," Bezos wrote. "It's often something that's not even related to their jobs. One person here is a National Spelling Bee champion (1978, I believe). I suspect it doesn't help her in her everyday work, but it does make working here more fun if you can occasionally snag her in the hall with a quick challenge: 'Onomatopoeia!'"
The best employees are often a little different: A little eccentric, sometimes irreverent, even delighted to be unusual. They seem slightly odd, but in a really good way. Unusual personalities shake things up, make work more fun, and transform a plain-vanilla group into a team with flair and flavor.
Do come prepared.
Do arrive early.
Do quiz yourself in advance with practice questions.
Do dress stylishly and meticulously.
Do sit up straight and speak with confidence.
Do make eye contact. But don’t overdo it to the point where you make the interviewer uncomfortable.
Do take some time to consider your answers and respond thoughtfully. You shouldn’t feel pressured to answer each question in rapid fire.
Do take time for pleasantries and a bit of casual social banter.
Do your research about the company and the employer beforehand.
Do set up Google alerts to keep you abreast of the latest developments at the company.
Do spend time researching the market and the forces that are influencing the industry.
Do follow up with a thank-you email, letting the interviewer know it was nice to meet them and that you look forward to hearing back soon.
Do subtly put your name on their radar the day after the interview by liking a post on their social media account.
Do ensure that your most recent posts on your social media accounts show something positive and professional.
Do strike a power pose before you head to the interview. It will boost your endorphins and improve your confidence.
Do use language that is appropriate for the job environment and demonstrate your experience by using a bit of well-placed jargon.
Do be yourself. You want to project an authentic and genuine demeanour.
Do understand that interviews are as much an opportunity to show the employer that you would be a pleasant person to work with as they are to demonstrate skills and experience, this is a social opportunity.
Do consider your career goals and clearly define your reasons for wanting the job.
Do practice your interview skills with a friend or colleague.
Do prepare answers to common interview questions.
Do eat a healthy and energising breakfast before going in.
Do breath deeply, relax the muscles of your face, and take the time to pause before the interview.
Do exercise regularly in the week leading up to the interview.
Do your homework about the industry and the company.
Don’t stress yourself out by dwelling on negative possibilities.
Don’t slip into the non-professional language.
Don’t simply recap your resume. An interview is a chance to demonstrate all the qualities your resume cannot.
Don’t be brusque with the administrative staff. You need to impress every person you encounter at the company.
Don’t forget to smile and introduce some appropriate levity into the interview.
Don’t fail to use the interview process as a networking opportunity.
Don’t get flustered if you slip up on a question.
Don’t be late because you get lost along the way or encounter some unexpected circumstance. Plan for delays.
Don’t forget that this is a fundamentally social situation. Be amiable.
Don’t allow your answers to go off on tangents. Keep the focus on your best qualities.
Don’t schedule for late in the week, if you can avoid it. The ideal time for an interview is 10:30 on a Tuesday when employers are most likely to remember you.
Don’t be afraid to admit you don’t know the answer to a question. It’s better than faking it.
Don’t speak ill of former coworkers, employers or colleagues.
Don’t reveal unnecessary personal information or make unprofessional remarks.
Don’t forget to give a firm handshake.
Don’t let your tact lapse. You need to demonstrate the diplomatic behaviour.
Don’t apologise unnecessarily.
Don’t fail to follow up after the interview with all of your contacts at the company.
Don’t brag or oversell yourself. Humility is a powerful, persuasive tool.
Don’t mention your shortcomings or make excuses.
Don’t let nerves paralyse you. Relax and act naturally.
Don’t forget to highlight your biggest strengths.
Don’t panic! You’ll do great.
While this may seem like an insurmountable amount of information to take in and remember, it is also important not to overthink things. Prepare ahead of time, present yourself with confidence, and you can’t go wrong.
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When should I come to UAE for Job Search?Probably one of the most common question I have been asked since last year is “when should I come to UAE for job search?” Undoubtedly UAE is a land full of opportunities and career advancements but to secure an employment has become quite a challenging job itself. Not to discourage, but with the prevailing competition and professionals with diverse skill-sets one has to really evaluate the likelihood in landing at a job (means in knowing who you are?).
If you ask your friends or any random person you might get the answer that you should come in particular months. I personally think you are limiting yourself should you not make an extra effort to study the market trends and know more about the opportunities. Even before you plan to come to UAE do some research on google, read articles, get the market latest and projected statistics and most importantly knowing the value of your profession?
Despite the fact when you come to UAE, you should leave the confused state of mind and get rid of all negative thoughts such as;
If you ask me “when should I come to the UAE”, I would say if you know exactly what you wish to achieve & secure, if you have accurately identified your strengths and skill-setsthat would make you a potential applicant, if you have done your homework in researching UAE market and last but not least if you are not considering UAE just because your friend/family is here or someone has asked you to try; with all this and peace of heart you should be able to answer yourself. Your best friend is your inner-self. Trust on it and hear what it says. Do not let your decisions and aims being inoculated by others’. You are the best to decide for yourself now!
“Success shines when there is hard work, patience and determination.”
Come with a clear focus and challenge the challenges.
It can be very confusing and frustrating to keep track on the job applications, specially when you are on a job quest.
Hence, it is always a good practice to organize the job applications data (let's say in an Excel sheet) with necessary details like;
Perhaps this practice is quite boring and of no use to many, but it does help in furthering your job action plans. Below is a follow up email template that I have designed for job seekers. The template is free to use and any edits can be made as per applicants' requirements.
Dear Mr. Raxtel,I have recently submitted a job application for “[position title]” position which was advertised on [name of the channel]. I fulfill the job requirements very reasonably and would like to inquire if my job application for [position name] is still under consideration. I would be glad to resend my resume with further necessary application documents as required.Presently I am based in [City/State, Country] until [Date] and can be reached directly at +971-xx-xxx-xxxx or email@example.comI look forward to receiving an update at your best available time and would like to thank you again for your kind consideration.Best regards,[Your Full Name]
#Disclaimer! This template do not guarantee any employment.