While we cannot predict every question that Amazon will ask in an interview, the process is fairly structured.

This makes the interview process transparent and easy to prepare for because we know many of the themes they will cover and questions they will ask. Imagine if your teacher in university told you most of the questions that were going to be on the test beforehand – all you would have to do is practice.

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Consider this book your study guide.

As a result of this structured interview process, many job seekers who do poorly in interviews simply do not spend enough time preparing. And often, the ones who do spend time preparing do not spend enough time focusing on the right things. I compiled information about the Company’s interview process, questions, and techniques that have been most successful for former applicants (current Amazon employees). This mini-guide will walk you through what it takes to get through an Amazon interview, step by step. All you have to do is read and prepare.


What’s in the book:

How to supercharge your resume and tailor keywords to get noticed by Amazon hiring managers

Tips to answer Amazon’s behavioral interview questions 

A breakdown of Amazon’s famous 14 leadership principles 

Understand the Amazon business model (the “flywheel”) and how it relates to the interview 

Common pitfalls and how to avoid them 

Perspectives from Amazon hiring managers across the world 

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What's Inside

When I first interviewed for jobs in Japan the advice I read was spread across online forums, and was questionable at best. The lack of information was one inspiration for writing this eBook, and I wish I had a guide like this before I went to my first interview in Japan. 

I hope you can find something useful here that takes you closer to finding a great job in the recruitment industry!


What type of exercises will you learn to solve?

Design a dashboard for a freelancer to manage and plan their client work.
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Redesign the ATM
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Design a digital product to make primary care more accessible.

Featuring advice from experts in the industry:

Serial Entrepreneur. Ex-recruiter covering e-commerce, travel and blockchain-based talent solutions, 8+years recruitment in  Japan 

Recruiter at Booking.com Japan. Previously worked with Netflix, Spotify, and Facebook.

Co-founder at GetUp Japan, Employer Branding, 8+ years Japan recruitment experience.

Onsite recruiter @ Amazon Japan, previously at American Express. In house+agency experience.

Career doctor/manager @ Pac Recruitment covering IT/Web. 15+ years as an executive-recruiter, Japan-based covering APAC. 

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Misha Yurchenko

Hey my name is Misha and I’m a Tokyo-based ex-recruiter, author and blogger. In the past 5 years I’ve helped companies like Amazon, Facebook and Netflix build their hiring strategies, started (and shut down) my own company, learned Japanese, and quit my job. My goal is to share what I’ve learned in hopes of providing something useful to those around me. Follow me on Quora or my blog here. 

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What Readers Are saying

Working as a recruiter, I've dug into multiple books on interviewing techniques so I can provide worthwhile advice to my clients. The STAR Interview paints a far clearer picture in the head of the reader of how to properly sell yourself in a job interview, and comes with very concrete examples and pieces of actionable advice. It's very thorough and doesn't leave you with any "but what about...?" 's. Definitely recommended reading for anyone going into an important job interview.

Joseph Lofgren

I highly recommend reading this book from start to finish. Out of all the writings I've ever come across regarding the STAR interviewing method, this has been the most comprehensive. It encourages readers to actively participate through self-reflection while providing a ready to go template with relatable examples. What I loved the most was one of the last sections that encouraged self-care. So besides gaining a more comprehensive understanding about how to approach interviewing, I got some life tips!

Levi Pells


Can I still apply to become a recruiter if I don’t live in Japan? 

Generally speaking, yes. I landed my first recruitment job while I was living in the U.S. and never even visited their Tokyo office before I agreed to join. That said, some recruitment firms only hire those who already have a visa, so you’ll need to check with individual firms. 

I hear bad things about recruitment. Should I even bother applying? 

There are literally thousands of recruitment firms in Japan and some of them are certainly bad apples. It’s a matter of vetting each company by asking probing questions, as well as understanding your own motivators and what culture you’d fit in.  I get into this in detail in the eBook.

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Yes. Become a subscribe on my Patreon page and I’ll give you a 20% discount!

What do I get if I sign up for 1-1 consulting? 

  • Your plan for applying to certain recruitment companies and whether it’s the right move.
  • Honest feedback on your resume with specific tips to improve. 
  • Interview tips, feedback, and objective advice on any pending offers you have.
  • And whatever other questions you have!

I’m a non-native speaker. Will it be hard for me to understand your book?

The book has been professionally edited and we have worked hard to make it accessible for native and non-native speakers. Read the first pages using “Look inside” feature on Amazon page of the book to see if you’re comfortable with the level of complexity.

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