Are Applicants in Their 50ies and 60ies at a Disadvantage When Interviewing with Amazon?

Nick Dimitrov

Nick Dimitrov

09 Aug, 2022

 

We have a number of customers in their late fifties or in their sixties, who ask if it's harder to get hired by Amazon compared to applicants who are younger.

In today's video, I'd like to answer the question whether older applicants are at a disadvantage when they interview with Amazon. We have a number of customers in their late fifties or in their sixties, who ask us the question, is it harder for them to get hired by Amazon compared to applicants who are younger.

And, the answer to this question is two-fold. There's good news and bad news. Let's start with the bad news first. Without a doubt, if you are an older applicant, in your fifties or sixties it would be more challenging for you, on balance, to get hired by Amazon. This is not done on purpose. Amazon does not actively discriminate against older candidates, by far. That's definitely not the case. However, there's an unconscious process that's taking place and it's hard for Amazon or other technology companies to completely eradicate this unconscious bias.

The reason why this happens specifically, is because the average age of employees at Amazon, is in the thirties or forties years old, depending on the team that interviews you. And, what this means is that, on balance, it's likely that the interviewers who would be interviewing you, if you're an older candidate, would be younger than you. And therefore, because of that age difference, it's going to be likely more challenging for them to relate to you. Therefore, there's going to be this unconscious bias, which they would need to combat when they evaluate your performance, when compared to the performance of somebody who is younger and closer in age to the age of the interviewer.

Now, let's talk about the good news. The good news is that such ageism, such unconscious bias, exists in almost all technology companies where the average age of employees is younger than fifty or sixty years old. In other words, you're going to face, in all likelihood, unconscious ageism bias at Amazon or any other company you interview with in the technology space. However, at Amazon, Amazon also gives you the framework with which you could rise above and convince the interview loop that you are raising the bar for the position that you are applying for.

In addition, you should know that the Bar Raisers at Amazon are explicitly trained to look for unconscious bias, ageism being a form of unconscious bias, and do everything they can, as much as possible, to eradicate such unconscious bias during the interview debriefs.

So net-net, what this means for you, if you're an older applicant, is that you should walk in this interview process with your eyes wide open and acknowledge that most likely you would need to work harder and prepare more deeply than the average applicant. However, on the good side of the equation, you know what it takes to succeed. You can enroll in our courses at https://amazonbound.today, or you can prepare elsewhere, whatever it is you decide to do, you have to work hard, you have to prepare. And it's entirely within your control to battle and hopefully overcome the unconscious bias if you're an older applicant, in your late fifties or in your sixties.

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