Best interview preparation tips to get hired at FAANG and other top tech companies.

updated on 13 July 2021

Are Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google, Tesla, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Uber, Oracle, Airbnb your dream companies? 

Well for most tech professionals a job offer from FAANG is a big deal. And, needless to say, for all college graduates these top-notch companies are their dream employers.

Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google comprise the FAANG Companies. Other top tech companies include LinkedIn, Tesla, Microsoft, Oracle, Airbnb, and Uber.
Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google comprise the FAANG Companies. Other top tech companies include LinkedIn, Tesla, Microsoft, Oracle, Airbnb, and Uber.

But here is a twist, Google has less than a 1%  acceptance rate and Amazon receives 18 job applications every minute. Insanely high packages, global recognition, great work experience, exposure, healthy corporate culture, and learning environments of these top tech companies attract hundreds of thousands of job-seekers every year. And this intense competition raises the bar of their interviews 🤯. 

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Now if you have gotten a chance to appear for an interview, don’t step ahead without preparation. Polish your skills and get ready to ace the interview of your dream organization!

Below we will explore the best ways to prepare for the interview of top tech companies.

Read the job description carefully.

It all starts with a job description. Check all the requirements and details cautiously. This will help you to showcase your education, experiences, and projects in the best possible way. Most top tech companies firmly stick to job descriptions and dismiss the candidate who doesn’t seem to match the job criteria. 

The job description will give you more clarity about:

  • What exactly is the employer looking for?
  • Which skills should you reflex during the conversation with the interviewer?
  • On what basis will the interviewer select you? 
  • What is the purpose of an open position?

Reading the job requirements and details carefully helps candidates to align their accomplishments, qualification, and skills with the job description. 

Research about the company.

Use these methods for research purpose: 

  • Talk to your friends, past co-workers, and batchmates who are already working in these companies. 
  • Keep an eye on the latest news of targeted companies. Also don’t miss their recent achievements. 
  • Search the company's history, vision, mission, and values. 
  • Check their official website and social media pages. 
  • Spend a few hours studying the company’s product and services.
  • If possible, ask your recruiter for a “Hire Packet”, which provides information on the company's culture and values. 

Extra efforts that you take to collect information and discover company-specific details, will definitely reflect on your interview answers 😎. 

Update your resume.

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Related: Why do you need a well structured resume?

Hiring managers of top tech companies receive and read hundreds of resumes every day. So it's very important that your resume looks attractive and catches the sight of employers at first glance. 

So, while preparing your resume, put yourself in the hiring manager's shoes. And ensure that your resume doesn't look like a long boring story but rather it looks like a short attractive advertisement. Craft your resume in a way that makes it evident that you are an ideal candidate for a job. 

Make sure that you:

  • Add every information which demonstrates that you are the right fit for the role. 
  • Mention all relevant skills, qualifications, achievements in your resume🧐.
  •  Put the most impactful experience and accomplishments on the top.
  • Highlight your problem-solving skills and technical expertise.
  • Avoid long paragraphs and use more bullet points.
  • Eliminate all unnecessary details. 

Are you ready to conquer the interviewer with a perfect resume?

And if you are looking for professional guidance then don’t worry at all. FAANGPath is here! In this cut-throat competition, our exceptional resume and LinkedIn services will make you stand out from the crowd. 

FAANGPath, with mentors from Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google, and other top tech companies, will help you with resume review and LinkedIn makeover. 

"I was paired with a mentors from Amazon and Apple who did a great job with all the areas promised by the team. As the feedback on my resume was thoughtful and thorough. My mentors gave me a lot of actionable specific items to work with. They were extremely helpful In explaining the reasons behind how the resume was constructed and the value of certain keywords within the document. They gave a career story to my resume that really created a great impact."

Savi Goyal, Software Engineer (Hired at Amazon)

Mock interviews can save you.

Doesn’t matter how well you are prepared for an interview but still, no one is immune to committing mistakes. 

Mock interviews provide an ecosystem where you can analyze your technical and conversational skills. It will give you enough space to commit mistakes and learn from them.  

Professional mock interviews are the best option. Technical recruiters and hiring managers at these organizations are empowered with great experience and knowledge. And at the end of these mock interviews, you will gain constructive feedback from these experts. 

But if you are unable to seek professional services, your family and friends can also help you in this regard. Mock interviews will not only boost your confidence but also help you spot your strengths and shortcomings. 

Schedule mock interviews with FAANGPath mentors. And give your best shot at interview day. 

Search the hiring manager on social media.

Just a reminder.

We are living in the digital age!

And this would be great if you can use social media in your favor to ace your job interview.  

If you already know the name and basic details of your interviewer and hiring manager, then searching them online is not a bad idea. And if you don’t know the essentials, then definitely don’t hesitate to ask your recruiter about the same. 

Find out hiring managers and recruiters on social media. Make use of platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc. This will ease the interview process for you. 

Also, Nikita Gupta, founder of FAANGPath, is a technical recruiter at Amazon web services. She is always in search of the top talent and you can connect to her on LinkedIn.

Related: How to use LinkedIn to find a job in 2021?

Practice most common interview questions.

Take a pen and paper. Note down all common interview questions like:

“Tell me about yourself”

“Why should we hire you?”

“Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?”

“What is your greatest strength?”

“What is your greatest weakness?”

“Why are you looking for a job change?”

Now, make a mirror your best friend and 

Practice. Practice. Practice.

Also, prepare yourself for questions about your past experiences and previous roles. 

Check out a list of all common interview questions here.

Optimize your LinkedIn profile. 

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Hard work alone will not fetch you a job. It’s equally important to act smart by optimizing your LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is the world's largest professional platform and 85% of recruiters use this platform during the hiring process. Thus, if you want to be on the safe side, update your LinkedIn profile before the interview.

Related: 3 easy ways to give your LinkedIn profile much needed boost

In conclusion

A job at FAANG promises global acknowledgment, a bunch of opportunities, and perks. And due to these excellent career opportunities and high-performance environments, FAANG companies tempt all career-seekers. Thus, to crack the job interviews of these organizations you need a sound strategy and the right plan.  

Selection in FAANG and other top tech companies demands preparation, practice, and patience. And job interviews are an ideal opportunity to convince a recruiting company that you are the perfect candidate for the open position.  

Put some extra efforts and you will stand out from the crowd; like

  • Researching the company before the interview will give you insight into their long-term plans. 
  • Reading job descriptions will give you more clarity about the job title, required skills, and responsibilities of advertised roles. 
  • Mock interviews will allow you to evaluate your confidence level, skills, and body language.  
  • Searching recruiters on social media will provide you information about their approach and perspective.
  • Updated LinkedIn profile and resume will give the employer an idea about your professional background and personality. 

Therefore, If you want the ace interview round of these tier-1 companies, then don’t leave any stone unturned. Because the hiring manager wants the best for their company and your selection at your dream organization can be hampered by just a small mistake. 

Gear up for your next interview. 

Good luck!

Moreover, at FAANGPath, resumes are prepared and reviewed by experts from FAANG companies. Our services include resume review, LinkedIn makeover, mock interview, and 1:1 mentorship. 

Reach out to us now!

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