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Old 12-24-2015, 05:06 PM
 
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For example, I've always wanted to work for Amazon, and I failed my interview for the last position I applied for. But they have hundreds of similar open positions, some requiring less skill than the one I applied for, and I don't understand why they don't then suggest another position and start me on the interview process there. Instead it's an automatic email rejection that states that I can apply again in 6 months. I thought these companies were "desperate" to fill their open positions.
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Old 12-24-2015, 05:37 PM
 
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They have enough applicants for other positions that they don't need to try and find a spot for you.

At places I have worked, what you suggest is simply not possible. In order to interview for a position you have to apply for it; lesser positions are not a consolation prize, nor is it fair to people who have applied to that position. It is also not up to the hiring manager of the position you did not get to put you into the interview que of another hiring manager.
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Old 12-24-2015, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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I think what the OP is saying is that they won't consider him/her even if they apply individually for that other position after not being hired for the previous one.
I have experienced this too and don't get it. It's like we're ''damaged goods''.
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Old 12-24-2015, 08:07 PM
 
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Maybe the company has determined that you are not a good fit for the company.
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Old 12-24-2015, 08:57 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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They don't want people applying for every position that comes along (almost like spamming them) so they put that 6 month delay on it, that's all it is. Many of the better employers get flooded with applications and do everything thy can to reduce the numbers. Also, Joe from Dayton is right, managers do not refer people they reject to other managers.
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Old 12-25-2015, 09:42 AM
 
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The Amazon hiring process is strange, I interviewed with them one time. They asked some really strange questions.

I wonder how anyone gets in the door there.
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Old 12-25-2015, 11:27 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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The Amazon hiring process is strange, I interviewed with them one time. They asked some really strange questions.

I wonder how anyone gets in the door there.
"Strange" is subjective. Perhaps they feel more comfortable working with "strange" people. Nothing wrong with that.

As for the OP - I agree with what others have mentioned, Its simply a control to prevent people from continuously applying for all openings. As for referrals, it does happen. Albeit it's not a common practice. But hiring managers can pass resumes to each other from time to time.
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Old 12-25-2015, 11:34 AM
 
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What I mean by strange, is that they ask you to go deep when answering questions on subjects that are not exactly related to your field.

So first I answered the question, then they said ok explain the whole process from start to finish in detail. At that point they could have asked me any question about anything in detail, like why is the sky blue. I would have had the same 30,000 foot answer.
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Old 12-26-2015, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Western Pa
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For the most part...if you are interviewing for one position it might as well be for any of the other openings. Very few companies really tailor their interview for that specific job and its more on how YOU response to the interview. Obviously some exceptions for skilled positions and upper level management , but if you don't fit as " media buyer level 2" the same will more or less apply for the position of "ad sales exect 1" ....

Not saying I agree, but first interviews are usually more about making that first impressions and seeing if will fit in at the company.
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Old 12-26-2015, 12:15 PM
 
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What I mean by strange, is that they ask you to go deep when answering questions on subjects that are not exactly related to your field.

So first I answered the question, then they said ok explain the whole process from start to finish in detail. At that point they could have asked me any question about anything in detail, like why is the sky blue. I would have had the same 30,000 foot answer.
It's not uncommon for tech interviews (especially at the big companies) to ask these questions. It's not really about the answer, it's about your ability to problem solve. i.e. how you break down a problem, how you explain you came to arrive at your answer, what other possible solutions you might have investigated before arriving at the answer you did.

It might not seems relevant, but it is. Every implementation detail, choices have a reason in a complex development process. You need to be able to explain why you made the choices you did to come to the conclusion you did. Sure the design (and implementation) does what it is suppose to do, but did the choices you made to do it, have implications further down the line, with maintainability, will it scale, what about cost/tradeoffs in the long run?
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