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How To Hire a AWS Cloud Engineer

Complete with job descriptions, skill profiles, and interview templates. Use this AWS Cloud Engineer hiring guide to help you make the right decisions, fast.

AWS Cloud Engineer Recruitment Guide

What does a AWS Cloud Engineer do?

An AWS Cloud Engineer is a highly technical individual which understands the various offerings on AWS and how this can empower businesses. This knowledge allows them to interact with both business and technical individuals to suggest and assist and improve different areas of businesses which do not take advantage of cloud offerings.

Day to day tasks of a AWS Cloud Engineer

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AWS Cloud Engineer definition

An AWS Cloud Engineer will often assist their colleagues in designing, planning and management of offerings that can be found on AWS such as EC2 instances or S3’s. They will also have a deep understanding of the major use cases and how to correctly use the different service offerings that AWS provides.

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AWS Cloud Engineer Hiring Process

Step 1: Understand the role
Step 2: Source Applicants
Step 3: Skills Assessment
Step 4: Interview
Step 5: Hire

Build the Ideal Candidate Profile​

To find the best person for the role, you need to understand what the role involves. You can complete this with the hiring manager to define the role, its contribution, and the skills needed.

Write A Job Description Based On Skills

Once you understand the requirements for the role, you’ll need to understand the skills for success. You can then write an effective job description to promote your role.

Selecting The Ideal Candidate

See which applicants have the right skills for the role. Send all your applicants a Vervoe skills assessment from the expert library, or customize one for your organization.

Interview Top Performers

Your skills assessment results will identify top performers. Focus your time on interviewing those that have met or exceeded your requirements. Assessment results will also help guide which skill areas to focus on in the interview.

Making An Offer

Once you assess your candidates against these skills, you’re ready to offer the top performer(s). You should base your offer on the value that the candidate would bring to your team and your business as a whole. It is also important to ensure your compensation and benefits packages are competitive in the industry and help you attract and retain the top talent.
Build the ideal candidate profile

Skills needed for a AWS Cloud Engineer

An AWS Cloud Engineer needs a wide range of skills to be successful, they need to have a wide knowledge of the main services that AWS provide and how to use them. This technical knowledge will need to be paired with good communication skills and critical thinking, so that they can relay their solutions and information to the relevant stakeholders.

Pro Tip

For entry-level roles, make sure you ask the candidates if they have any cloud certifications as this will show they’re proactive and have prior knowledge of cloud technology and this will greatly assist them in this role and inturn hopefully means less training is needed.


How to write a AWS Cloud Engineer job description

Once you’ve determined the skills required for the role, you can write the job description to advertise for your position. Here’s what to include in your AWS Cloud Engineer job description:

Job Title: What position are you hiring for?

Summary: What makes your company unique? What would it be like to work for you?

Responsibilities: An overview of the role’s day-to-day activities, and how the position contributes to the organization

Requirements: Skills a candidate must have to perform the job successfully

Benefits: Details of compensation, benefits, and any perks on offer

Pro Tip

In building your candidate profile, remember you’ve already identified what skills are needed to succeed in the role. Here’s where to list your “must-have” skills and maybe a couple of “nice-to-have” skills. For example, an AWS Cloud Engineer should have a high level of skills with terraform.

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Sample skill tests for a AWS Cloud Engineer

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Question 1


Question Type: Audio

One of your non-technical colleagues asks what your role involves. Please explain in a short audio recording how you would explain what an AWS Cloud Engineer does to them.

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Question 2


Question Type: Multiple Choice

Identify the correct configuration of enabling CORS from origin for PUT, POST and DELETE method.

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Question 3


Question Type: Multiple Choice

Your client used to have a bucket named AlligatorElectronics and an object named diode.png that was archived some time back. The client is asking for this object to come back to life within 4 hours for 5 days. Which restore tier will you select for this task?


How to interview a AWS Cloud Engineer

Once your Vervoe skills assessment has surfaced the most qualified people for your open role, you can focus on interviewing these candidates. The interview should focus on any skills that require development that were highlighted from the skills assessment.

Now you know that candidates can do the job, the interview becomes more of a relationship building exercise where you can get to know the candidate on a more personal level, understand their motivations, and how they would fit in with the team.

Making An Offer

How much does it cost to hire a AWS Cloud Engineer?

The US average for AWS Cloud Engineer is $126,750 according to whilst has the average salary at $119,281. Ninety percent of AWS Cloud Engineers can expect to earn up to $134,000 and the lowest ten percent are paid up to $61,000 according to

AWS Cloud Engineer Salary United States

In the United States an AWS Cloud Engineer can be expected to receive a yearly salary of approximately $87,246 USD. This figure will be impacted by a number of factors such as, the location of the organization and what type of company the organisation is, for example, a product company or a consulting firm.

AWS Cloud Engineer Salary United Kingdom

AWS Cloud Engineers in the United Kingdom have a reported yearly wage of £44,707. There are a handful of factors which need to be taken into consideration when this number is offered to candidates, for example, the location + industry of the organisation and the qualifications of the engineer.

AWS Cloud Engineer Salary Australia

Australia has a median salary of $88,000 AUD for AWS Cloud Engineers. This figure will change based on many different elements when a salary is made for employees, for instance, the number of AWS certifications they have and the industry of the organisation.