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August 2015

Workaholics Wanted: Hiring at Amazon after The New York Times Article

IStock_000057678276_MediumWe all know Amazon for their staggering array of merchandise and impressive ability to deliver urgent – and not-so-urgent – purchases to your door with lightning-quick efficiency. Now, most of us also know them as a slightly scary place to work, if you believe the recent revelations in The New York Times about the highly competitive, incredibly demanding work environment fostered at their Seattle, WA headquarters.

The piece portrays Amazon as a place where long hours are the norm, total commitment is expected, and conflict among colleagues is encouraged if it helps bring out the best ideas. But, there are also stories of brutal performance reviews, unfeeling management practices, and grown men crying at their desks.

Of course, the accuracy of these accounts has been questioned, with Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, staunchly defending the company and culture he has built.

But the story is out there, and it’s hard to imagine that it won’t at least give prospective applicants pause when they’re considering an opportunity with Amazon. With HR pros already reporting that it’s harder to find quality hires than it was six months ago, did it just get more difficult to be a recruiter for Amazon?

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Are We Having Trouble Hiring Because We’re Too Darn Picky?

IStock_000053696338_FullIn a recent survey of HR professionals conducted by us (Nexxt), we learned that HR Pros said that it is harder to find qualified candidates today than it was six months ago.

Is it harder to find candidates because we’re slowly accepting that it’s now a candidates’ market? Or is it that we’re too darn picky? Are we disqualifying great candidates too early in the hiring process for forgivable mistakes? I know...I have a lot of questions.

According to our survey, the number one reason a recruiter disqualifies a candidate for a job is for a spelling error on their resume and the second most popular reason is a grammatical one.

When employers had their pick of the litter of candidates any little reason to disqualify someone was needed to narrow the pool, but with hiring becoming more challenging, is a grammatical error on the resume of a software engineer really such a crime?

According to HR Pros it is—along with these four other offenses. Let us know if you agree.

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