Last Updated on 2023-12-07

Walkthrough: The 7 Stages of The Amazon Warehouse Application

We worked with these active, experienced gig-workers to write this article and bring you first-hand knowledge.

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Davis Porter

Experienced writer/researcher in the gig industry working alongside our gig-workers

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Alex Rodriguez

T1 Asssociate with experience across Decant, Waterspider, Stower, Packer, and Receive Dock roles

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Emir Dzaferovic

T1 Asssociate in a Fulfillment Center with 2 years of experience working in the Stower, Packer, and Waterspider roles.

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Dustin Stowell

T2 in a Sortation Center with 3+ years of experience working in the Problem Solver, Scanner, Stager, Picker, Stower, Waterspider, Material Handler, and Unloader roles


After determining when Amazon might be hiring locally, the next logical step for prospects is to prepare adequately for the company’s warehouse application process. 

Amazon's extensive warehouse network features a diverse range of associate positions catering to various skills and preferences across fulfillment centers, sortation centers, and delivery stations. However, despite the varied day-to-day responsibilities of these roles, they happen to share a common warehouse application pipeline.

This post breaks down that pipeline into the sequence of procedures you should follow to fill out and submit your Amazon warehouse application. It clarifies what to expect at each stage when applying to become a picker, packer, stower, sorter, receiver, safety coordinator, etc. 

First stage: Discovering Amazon warehouse job opportunities

Step 1 – Access the Amazon hiring website

Start your application by visiting hiring.amazon.com, which is Amazon's central hub for job postings and applications.

Step 2 – Find jobs near you

Once on the site, click the “Find Jobs Near You” button. It’ll direct you to Amazon's job search page, where you can start looking for relevant openings.

Step 3 – Enter your ZIP code

At the top of the job search page, enter your ZIP code in the provided field. This will filter job listings geographically.

Step 4 – Explore job opportunities

You’ll also notice that Amazon's job portal categorizes positions into different sectors – including fulfillment centers, sortation centers, delivery stations, XL warehouses, distribution centers, Amazon Air, corporate, customer service, and more.

You can explore the available associate opportunities by toggling between various warehouse-related tags. The most popular Amazon Warehouse jobs are the associate positions at fulfillment centers, sortation centers, or delivery stations. 

To further refine the job search based on your skills, interests, and career aspirations, consider customizing the listings using the provided filters. 

They come in two forms. You can either use the intuitive widget placed at the top of the page or hit the “Add Filter” button to access the settings through a side panel. 

Whichever you choose, you should be able to sort the results by:

  • Hours per Week: Allows you to select your preferred working hours per week. Opting for a higher number – like 40 hours – expands the range of job opportunities presented to you.
  • Time of Day: Specifies the parts of the day that you intend to work. Examples include early morning, daytime, evening, night, weekend, or weekday. Leaving this filter unselected displays all available shift options.
  • Length of Employment: This is where you select between regular and seasonal positions. Keep in mind that many seasonal jobs at Amazon can lead to permanent “Blue Badge” roles.

Emir Dzaferovic, a T1 Amazon Warehouse associate of one year, agrees and even confirms, “At my warehouse, I’ve never seen a seasonal employee let go. If you do your job well you can expect to keep it!”

Step 6 – Review job listings

After applying your filters, the system will narrow the search results down to your preferred categories of Amazon warehouse jobs. 

You can click on the individual listings to review and compare key details like location, part-time or full-time status, pay rate, and shift times. At least then, you get to make a well-informed decision on the best warehouse role for you.

Second stage: Applying for an Amazon warehouse job

Step 7 – Select an ideal job opening

Go ahead and identify the job that matches your preferences in terms of part-time/full-time status, location, and shift schedule. 

Click on the job opening that you’ve settled for to launch its window. 

Step 8 – Specify your Amazon warehouse shift 

Proceed to the top right section of your screen and click on the “Work Shift” field.  

You’ll see a modal sidebar with details of the various shift options that come with the Amazon job. The info includes the dates, days of the week, and hours that you’ll be working. 

Assess the schedules accordingly and then choose the one that is best synced with your personal day-to-day responsibilities

Step 9 –  Initiate job application

On making your job selection, click the “Apply Now” button to start the job application. The system will require you to confirm that you meet the basic Amazon warehouse job requirements, consent to a drug test, and agree to the company’s user data policy – which details how your personal information is handled.

Third stage: Creating an Amazon candidate account

Step 10 – Register with contact details

The next step is to create an account for managing your Amazon warehouse job applications. 

You’ll be asked to enter a valid, accessible email address for verification and future communications. That must be accompanied by your personal details, including name, phone number, and time zone. 

There’s also a field for securing your account with a six-digit personal PIN.

The final step in account creation is giving Amazon consent to send you work-related communications. This includes calls, texts, and voice messages about shift availability, job updates, and other essential information.

Step 12 – Verify your email address

On submitting all the details, an email will be sent to you with a verification code for your Amazon Jobs account. Open it, copy the characters, and type them into Amazon’s confirmation window. 

Complete this step promptly, as the code is time-sensitive and expires in three minutes. Amazon does, however, allow you to resend requests. 

Step 13 – Verify your phone number

Next, enter the verification code sent to your mobile phone via text message. 

This too expires in three minutes, with an option to resend it.

Fourth stage: Reviewing contingent job offer

Step 14 – Accept the contingent offer

You'll subsequently receive a contingent job offer. Think of this as an interim confirmation of your Amazon warehouse position, on the condition that you‘ll pass the upcoming background checks and drug screenings.

The offer itself comes with a breakdown of the job details, including your assigned role, warehouse location, and shift times. Review them carefully and accept if they meet your expectations.

Fifth stage: Scheduling pre-hire appointment

Step 15 – Reserve a slot

At the final stage of your Amazon warehouse application, you’ll find a calendar for picking a convenient date and time for your pre-hire appointment. 

Each booking slot represents a 30-minute session, during which you’ll take a badge photo, complete the I-9 Work Authorization Form, and undergo a drug test. 

Two pieces of your ID will also be required,” emphasizes Alex. “You could present your state ID or driver's license along with your social security card or birth certificate.”

He then clarifies, “If you happen to have a passport, you can bypass the two pieces of ID and, instead, use the sole passport as proof.

Sixth stage: Initiating background check

Step 16 – Launch background check

At this point, you will have received an email from Amazon with a link to start the next steps - the first of which is a background check. Amazon background checks are compulsory for all job applicants. This is how it conducts investigations to confirm their identities, professional credentials, as well as past run-ins with the law. 

For that to be done, the platform needs your authorization plus legal and background information. 

If you can’t find the email, just proceed straight to the background check section of the hiring.amazon.com website. It contains three sub-sections, all of which you should complete to kickstart the background review process.

Step 17 – Authorize procuring of your consumer report

The company is obligated by the Fair Credit Reporting Act to inform you of its intention to obtain a consumer report – which is another name for a background check. 

This subsection grants you the option to either authorize or decline that request. To get the Amazon warehouse job, you must choose the former and then confirm by typing your full name into the subsequent electronic signature field. 

Step 18 – Acknowledge state-specific rights

The second subsection goes into the state-specific laws relating to the background check process. For example, New York residents can always request the platform to provide information about any investigative consumer reports it has ordered on them. 

That notwithstanding, Amazon still gives all US applicants the chance to get a free copy of their background check. 

Yes, that’s right,” confirms Emir. “Under federal law, you're entitled to a copy of your background check.”

You can activate the option by simply clicking on its checkbox. 

Slightly below it are prompts for two electronic signatures. The first one confirms your understanding and acceptance of the Non-Fair Credit Reporting Act Acknowledgments And Authorizations For Background Check. The second affirms your comprehension of all the applicable state-specific notices. 

Step 19 – Disclose your criminal history

Sub-section three is where you tell Amazon more about yourself. 

The first question is on your criminal history. You need to confirm or deny if you’ve been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony in the past. 

For previous convicts who might be wondering, an affirmative answer doesn’t automatically disqualify an applicant. Amazon will, instead, make its hiring decision based on the type of felony, the amount of time elapsed since it was committed, the number of and frequency of convictions, the applicant’s commitment to rehabilitation, etc. 

Take it from Alex Rodriguez, a California-based T1 warehouse associate who’s been with Amazon for over two years now. In his words, “Amazon is one of the more lenient companies when it comes to giving felons a second chance. So, do not let the disclosure request discourage you from applying.”

Step 20 – Enter your address information

The last bit of Amazon’s background check prompts is on your current address. Make sure that you’ve filled in all the mandatory fields like Address Line 1, City, State/Province, ZIP/Postal code, and Country. 

You could supplement that with optional details such as the name of your apartment or suite.

Seventh stage: Review and submission 

Step 21 – Confirm accuracy 

At this final stage, you should thoroughly review the information entered across all the application sections. The platform will display a summary of your personal details, job preferences, pre-hire appointment schedule, and background check selections. 

Confirm their accuracy, as any errors or omissions may delay hiring or negatively affect your eligibility. At least the system allows you to edit the data in case of any corrections. 

Step 22 – Submit your Amazon warehouse application

When you’re satisfied, you can go ahead and formally submit your Amazon warehouse application by clicking on the “Submit Application” button. 

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With these insights, you should be able to figure your way around the hiring procedures, as well as optimize your Amazon Warehouse application to stand out from the rest. Start today from this page and watch as your newfound knowledge converts into employment income. 

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