What characteristics should you look for in a recruit that has potential but not necessarily the experience or qualifications?

Top Answer : We were really looking for folks that had a desire to learn new stuff. That was what we loved to see. There was one of the teams around this really cool process a while ago with our summer intern groups. Rather than assigning the three interns to do individual tasks, they basically turned them into their own startup. They gave them a couple of ideas got them to chase those ideas down and decide what idea they wanted to work on. The other thing is having people that are willing to reach out. It was funny when listening to them do their final presentations talking about how they were reaching out to Amazon support. We were giving them questions that they hadn’t heard before about how different tools could be used. You want people who are excited about learning new stuff and I think that is the big differentiator. Technology has changed so quickly and that core sort of adaptability and ability to learn new information quickly is is really the deciding factor.

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We were really looking for folks that had a desire to learn new stuff. That was what we loved to see. There was one of the teams around this really cool process a while ago with our summer intern groups. Rather than assigning the three interns to do individual tasks, they basically turned them into their own startup. They gave them a couple of ideas got them to chase those ideas down and decide what idea they wanted to work on. The other thing is having people that are willing to reach out. It was funny when listening to them do their final presentations talking about how they were reaching out to Amazon support. We were giving them questions that they hadn’t heard before about how different tools could be used. You want people who are excited about learning new stuff and I think that is the big differentiator. Technology has changed so quickly and that core sort of adaptability and ability to learn new information quickly is is really the deciding factor.
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