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Amazon Culture: Bar Raisers Hollis Alexander Indiana Wesleyan Management and Leadership MGT-302-01A Joyce Lawrence July 25, 2015 Amazon Culture: Bar Raisers Initially, I thought Amazon was a business on the internet that sold everything from A to Z. There are other companies that do the same thing, but have not become the juggernaut that Amazon has become. One thing that keeps coming up in conversations is the term “bar risers”. Why does Amazon use bar risers in their hiring process? What are the potential advantages of using bar risers for Amazon? What are the possible disadvantages of bar risers for Amazon? And finally what are the potential pros and cons for job applicants of bar risers being used? A “bar riser”, reports the…show more content…
The potential advantages job candidates are exposed to during the bar riser’s process includes obtaining a real understanding of Amazon’s corporate culture. The candidates also get to see what the potential job would entail. It allows candidates to decline positions early in the process before wasting their time or the bar risers. On the other hand, there are some potential disadvantages to the job candidate that are exposed to the bar risers program. The chance of the applicant not being selected because of a personal rationale of one of the bar risers can be frustrating. The thought of going through the whole process and on the final round of the process you are veto. Who is to say that the reason for the prohibition was not of a personal reason opposed to logical reasons? Personally, I am split between the uses of bar riser’s methodology. On one hand, I like the idea of a committee that reviews potential candidates. It allows the bar risers to get a sense of the potential candidate personality and their work ethics. The only thing I would change is the time needed to evaluate all potential applicants. I would recommend adding some other selection tools to the process such as performance test. The above actions can cut the time required by the bar risers to conduct the interview process. On the flip side of the coin, I would not endorse the use of the bar risers program. It can be very intimidating to be judged by strangers. Also the fact
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