I am mostly getting rejected from onsites because I am not a good fit for a big company culture. But I do need the big company TC. I got rejected from both Workday and Box because *I think* I didn't answer the below questions well. So how do you all prepare for questions like:
1. What kind of a manager do you like to work with?
2. What kind of team mates do you like to work with?
3. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
For (1) I usually say "supportive and friendly. Should be flexible but I understand I need to earn the company's trust first." For Box, I made the mistake of saying "I like a manager who would sell my skills to the rest of the company during promotions and performance reviews". Is that wrong to expect? Because the interviewer responded with "Maybe you need to sell your skills yourself". I also kind of hinted I would like to work towards a promotion if I join. I guess there aren't many promotions after Staff Engineer in big companies and maybe thats why I got rejected from Box. Technical rounds had gone mostly well but maybe they have a very high bar since there was some room for improvement from my side. Its also hard to judge design rounds.
For (2) I say something similar - "friendly and supportive to new comers. I like working with people with good communication skills and strong work ethics". Then the interviewers usually ask "What kind of teammates you don't like working with?" for which I usually say "The opposite kind".
- Homeaway ppMg64Man! Your answers suck! No wonder you did not get selected. There are so many things wrong with those answers, I don’t know where to start!!
- Juniper baileeYour answers seem like you want to just get ahead without any effort and skate by. Not that that's your intention, but that's how it comes off. You have to tell them what they want to hear, not what you are thinking.
1) You have to want to work with someone who can challenge you. Someone who will help contribute to your growth and help you be a better employee because of it. Saying you want someone to speak for you and help promote you shows the wrong motivation for wanting the job. That means you are only worried about getting ahead and expecting someone else to facilitate it for you. They are looking for someone in the position that they are hiring, so you have to say you want that position. Why would they bring someone on that would jump to a higher position when given the opportunity. That means you leave a hole in the team that they have to fill once again.
2) everyone wants a welcoming friendly team that should already be implied. You should want a team that has diverse ideas and challenges each other to be better. A team that is cohesive and can come up with new and exciting things.
Companies are looking for someone who will stay a long time and contribute. You need to either express that in a confident (not cocky) way, or find a company that lines up more with the culture that you prefer.Mar 143
- Homeaway ppMg64For question 1, I would frame my answers around:
My manager and I are a team. She has different set of responsibilities and so do I. I am there to support her and be successful in driving the outcome she is aiming for. In turn, she can help me by being
On a professional level:
. Timely with her feedback
. Upfront with her expectations
. Supportive of my goals
. Communicative around progress
. And finally, sharing accountability for the outcomes
On a personal level:
.Be supportive of my goals and aspirations
.Be a champion of mine should I be deemed worthy
- VMware satyaaYour answers are from your perspective, they talk about what you want.
You need to talk about how you’ll be valuable to them.
Eg - what kind of manager do you like to work with? - One who let’s me be independent, gives me responsibility of projects and allows me to drive things.
They don’t care if you want friendship and support
- Don't bring up flexibility being part of a good manager. And yeah your manager doesn't want to have to sell your accomplishments.
I usually say whatever I think they want to hear to get an offer. Tell a story and sound passionate. They'll figure out who you are once you get the job.
- Ellie Mae SpkS47It's all about perception. They are looking for a long term employee basically anywhere. In the first answer it's perceived as if you're already looking to the next opportunity instead of focusing on the opportunity presented. For the second answer it sounds like you want to work with people who aren't friendly? "The opposite kind" is not a very good answer even if it's the truth. Sounds very stand offish and awkward. Maybe try and be more positive and excited about the position being offered. *Edited to add comments for second answer
- Amazon hot 🍞I'll provide a little different answer:
I ate edibles and it made me a better person. I'm more curious, humble, and empathetic. It made me see things differently and realize how little I actually contribute.
My performance sky rocketed in interviews, not because I'm some kind of genius (I'm not) but because I'm a more pleasant person to be around.
You may be lacking charisma.