Amazon billionaire Bezos has two unique interview questions to find right person

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, who turns 59 today, has two unique questions he asks at a job interview to select the right candidate, it has been revealed.

As one of the world's most successful men, one of the keys to that success is the team Mr Bezos has around him, and it seems his approach is a lot more straightforward than you'd think.

In a recent interview former Amazon employee, Ann Hiatt, revealed that when she came face-to-face with the business tycoon he asked her just two questions before hiring her on the spot.

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Speaking on the CNBC show, CNBC Make It, Ms Hiatt spilled the beans on the Amazon CEO's approach to getting the right employee.

Her quick meeting with the big boss in 2002 came after a series of smaller interviews for the role of junior assistant.

She said he launched into his questions with a bit of a head scratcher, by asking her to 'estimate the number of panes of glass in the city of Seattle'.

Thinking quickly on her feet Hiatt told Bezos that the best way to establish a number would involve taking the city's population, and then creating a figure depending on whether they had a home, transportation, an office and a school.

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"So I suggested that we base the estimate on averages of those," she said.

The second question was the far simpler, and more generic, 'what are your career goals?'

Hiatt then took the opportunity to inform him that she wanted to work at Amazon because, in her opinion, the company comprised of ambitious, passionate people who she wanted to learn from and emulate.

Following her considered responses Jeff wasted no time in offering her the job there and then.

"He was measuring my potential by asking questions that would explore whether I had the grit, courage and motivation to run at his pace and be brave enough to consistently jump with him and level up," she said.


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