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30 Interview Questions & Answers

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What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?
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There are many options for communication software and messaging applications. Give the interviewer a brief overview of the apps you are experienced in and assure them that you can learn their internal system, should it be new to you.

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1.
What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?
There are many options for communication software and messaging applications. Give the interviewer a brief overview of the apps you are experienced in and assure them that you can learn their internal system, should it be new to you.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have used a variety of team-based messaging applications. I am best versed in Slack and Freedcamp. No matter which system you use I am sure that I can pick it up very quickly."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Although I have not worked with a team based messaging application, I am confident that I would learn very quickly. Which team based messaging apps do you use at LinkedIn? I would love to get a head start and begin learning."
2.
How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
The interviewer would like to know if you are satisfied with your interview performance. If your interview were a flop, you would know, and it's much better to address outright your performance than try to sweep it under the rug.

If you feel that your performance in the interview is going well: 'I believe that this interview has been quite informative and I am happy with my performance. Is there anything that I can clarify for you from this conversation?'

If you feel that your performance in the interview is not going well: "I am not sure if I have been able to portray myself 100% accurately in this interview; although, I am trying my best. If there is anything more I can clarify for you, I would be happy to do so."
Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am not sure if I have been able to portray myself 100% accurately in this interview; although, I am trying my best. If there is anything more I can clarify for you, I would be happy to do so."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I feel confident about our discussion today and am looking forward to the next steps in the interview process."
3.
Tell me about your learning style and study patterns.
The interviewer would like to know more about your learning methods and level of discipline. Thinking back to your education, high-school or post-secondary, how did you ensure that your work was completed thoroughly and on time?

- Perhaps you are a visual learner who utilized images to recall information.
- Some students prefer to listen to music while studying
- Researchers know that some students are kinesthetic learners, better-committing data to memory when they move or use hands-on tools.
- Flashcards and charts work well for students who think more logically.
- Studying in a group, or a social setting is helpful for some; while, it may hinder others.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"As a student, I was always on the move. If I could listen to an audiobook while running on the treadmill, I could nail the book review the following day. I have a high amount of energy which lends itself well to my energetic management style."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am very much a visual learner. While completing my Software Engineering degree, I watched a lot of online tutorials, for instance. This method helped me to commit particular steps to memory. For example, this method of studying helped me a great deal when learning advanced Python techniques. I was a diligent student."
4.
What is the riskiest decision you have ever made in the workplace?
LinkedIn believes in taking smart risks, and now the interviewer wants to know how you handle making risky decisions. As a successful professional, you know to calculate risk in your industry. Tell the interviewer about a work-related risk you have taken and what the outcome was.

Start with an overview of the decision you needed to make, and explain why it was risky. Describe who the situation affected, as well as the possible outcomes. Complete your answer by sharing how the decision paid off, or by mentioning any recognition you received for your success.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The riskiest decision I ever made was to leave the typical corporate world to move into software development, as a consultant. The risk meant that if I were unsuccessful, I would be looking for a new job in a plodding economy. The pay off would be that I could work with clients of my choosing. I made a great career for myself for the next eight years, which has brought me here today - with an exceptional opportunity in front of me."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"The riskiest career choice I have made was asking for a reduction in hours, from full time to part time employment, to pursue my Software Engineering degree. My boss could have let me go, but he didn't. He openly supported my pursuit of higher education."
5.
LinkedIn celebrates diversity. In which ways do you honor those different from you?
Diversity and inclusion are celebrated topics at LinkedIn, and the interviewer would like to know that you share this mindset. LinkedIn's three primary points when it comes to diversity and inclusion include:

- Encouraging authenticity. LinkedIn employees are inspired to transform themselves, their company and the world. LinkedIn believes that when the company empowers their employees, great things happen. They also have employee resource groups, including Black Inclusion Group (BIG), EnableIn for those with disabilities, Hispanics of LinkedIn Alliance (HOLA), LinkedIn Engagement and Development Program (LEAD) to attract top talent in the African American and Latino communities, Out@In, Veterans, Women at LinkedIn (W@LI), Women's Initiative (WiN), and Women in Tech (WIT).

- Investing in talent. LinkedIn sponsors effective leadership programs focused on developing the next generation of leadership talent among women and under-represented groups.

- Thinking differently about hiring. LinkedIn has Accelerate U, a program meant to reach a much broader range of smart, capable students who have the potential to thrive at LinkedIn. They also have REACH, which brings software engineers from non-traditional tech backgrounds to apprentice at LinkedIn for six months. The first REACH group included an Army veteran, a professional poker player, a recruiter, a nonprofit founder, a dietician, a teacher, and a call center account manager. LinkedIn also hosts Open Mic nights, a networking or recruiting event.

Share with the interviewer the ways that you celebrate diversity and inclusion.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"As a visible minority myself, I make a conscious effort to include others in learning about my unique culture. Also, I am broad-minded with it comes to the needs and differences of others. Diversity to me is not simply a matter of culture but also of gender identity, age, and more. I am conscious of being sensitive to others in every action that I take in the workplace."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I appreciate the open and transparent effort that LinkedIn makes when it comes to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and greatly appreciate the employee resource groups you have put in place. I embrace those different from me and utilize those differences as learning opportunities. I am sensitive to the needs of others and empathetic to the fact that everyone walks a different path, whether that be related to gender identity, sexual orientation, heritage, and more."
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