So I’m just finished the second week of about 8-10 of a contract job (a “sequel” to a much longer one I had last year with the same company, same department, etc). I just got an e-mail from Amazon asking for a phone interview.
Now, I’ve been applying to Amazon jobs off and on for a while now, and this is the first time I’ve ever gotten anything but stony silence, so I’m quite surprised. I’ll have to take the call at work on my pay-as-you-go cel phone ($15 estimated cost, but hey, I consider it better odds than a lottery ticket), but that’s not what’s on my mind.
What should I say about my availability? My contract sez that I can terminate at any time for any reason on my end. Should I work in any notice? I’m not concerned (yet) about burning bridges; I did really well and got along with everyone during the longer stint last year, and considering this interview would be for a full-time position, I’m certain they’d understand.
But my absence could mean that they might need someone to replace me, since the project has deadlines. OTOH, Amazon being a large company, and this only being the first step in a longer process that includes an evaluation based on the phone interview, then arranging at least one round of in-persons, I can easily imagine I might be done/almost done with the contract by the time I know if I’m hired or not. Plus, frankly, I’m realistic about my chances to begin with; I can easily imagine Amazon interviewing someone with more (relevant) experience than me in ANY economy.
Given all that, I’m inclined to just say “immediately available,” but that leaves the notice issue. Thoughts?