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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Published September 30th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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Question 1 of 30
What does greatness, and success, mean to you?
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This question is a discovery-based inquiry, genuinely focused on how you think versus what you do. Go with your initial instinct when it comes to how you define success and greatness. There is no right or wrong answer, but do give a reply that is insightful and well thought out.
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1.
What does greatness, and success, mean to you?
This question is a discovery-based inquiry, genuinely focused on how you think versus what you do. Go with your initial instinct when it comes to how you define success and greatness. There is no right or wrong answer, but do give a reply that is insightful and well thought out.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"To me, greatness and success means achieving the goals that you set for yourself. I know the sense of accomplishment when I can make that work, and it makes me feel like I am on top of the world."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"To me, success comes when you accomplish a goal, and that needs to be something specific that you have your eyes set on. I often encourage my team to set specific goals for themselves. Second, greatness ties into that because without believing that you are great, you will not likely succeed and meet your goals!"
2.
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."
3.
Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
Talking about your most significant accomplishment will give the interviewer a firm idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The greatest accomplishment in my career was graduating University as an honors student while still working full time. I was top of my class, and working full time. This accomplishment showed me that I could dedicate myself to my career, and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and see recognition for my dedication."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My greatest work-related accomplishment was the management promotion I received at Indeed after just one year. I worked very hard for that promotion and was so happy when my work and dedication was rewarded. It kick-started my career in the technology and job board management space."
4.
Culture fit is important to us at LinkedIn. How would you describe your personality?
LinkedIn has five pillars on which they have built their workplace culture.

- Transformation
- Integrity
- Collaboration
- Humor
- Results

LinkedIn knows that they demand plenty from their employees, but the rewards are also high. Show the interviewer that you can fit in with the LinkedIn culture by describing your personality and work style.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I would describe my personality as approachable, light-hearted, and positive. I like to go the extra mile, and I am a bit of a perfectionist, especially when it comes to delivering far above what my customers expect. I believe my personality will work very well with the innovative and team-based culture here at LinkedIn."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have a personality of helpfulness, cheerfulness, and a willingness to try new things. I will jump into a situation and learn on the spot, and also enjoy taking on new challenges that include problem-solving and innovative thinking."
5.
What questions do you have for me?
It's always a great idea to have questions ready for the interviewer. Review the LinkedIn website and other online resources to ensure the queries you have are not mundane, or redundant. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is a list of items you could have found the answers for from merely watching a video on their website!

Here are some sample questions:

- When would you like to have this position filled?
- How long has this role been vacant?
- Is this a replacement search or a newly created role?
- What is your favorite part about working for LinkedIn?
- What is LinkedIn's primary goal for this position in the next 12 months?
- Is there anything from my background and experience that I can clarify for you?
- What do you see as the most significant change in tech over the past three years?
- Is there any reason why you would not hire me?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I would like to ask if there is anything in my background on which you need clarification? Also, after discussing everything today, is there any particular reason why I would not be the best fit for this role?"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Thank you for asking! A couple of questions come to mind. What do you see as the biggest challenge LinkedIn will be facing in the next 12 months? Also, what is your employee turnover rate, and could you tell me a bit about the diversity and inclusion plan you have in place, at this specific location?"
6.
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."
7.
We encourage innovation at LinkedIn. What does innovation mean to you?
LinkedIn has clear-cut values, related to innovation and success. The corporate values at LinkedIn include:

- Members first
- Relationships matter
- Be open, honest and constructive
- Demand excellence
- Take intelligent risks
- Act like an owner

Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have embodied some of these principles of innovation and success.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I agree with LinkedIn's values, and believe that innovation comes from demanding excellence and taking intelligent risks. Also, when you have fun with what you do, you can be at your most innovative. In a nutshell, innovation - to me - means looking at things differently than expected."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"To me, innovation means being someone who thrives on change and has a mission that matters. Innovation can mean creating a new and powerful idea, and it can also mean simplifying an existing one."
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"I believe innovation happens when people from different backgrounds and cultures meet together. Change happens when people look at things from a different angle and a different perspective. I agree with Linkedin's value, and I believe that Linkedin is a perfect playground for me to meet people from different backgrounds to create new powerful ideas."
Rachelle's Answer
This is a very thoughtful approach to innovation. Try diving further in LinkedIn's values if you are to mention them - and how you completely agree with them.
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8.
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."
9.
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."
10.
This role with LinkedIn is highly technical. What is your understanding of this position and the responsibilities that come with it?
Assure the interviewer that you bring a full understanding of the technical requirements attached to this particular job. It is essential that you research the role and thoroughly consume the information provided in LinkedIn's job posting and job description. Keep your answer to the point.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I feel that the job is best described as a project leader focused on gathering intelligence on strategic cyber threats against LinkedIn members. The technical requirements that you would like to see are in technical investigations, open-source intelligence collection, account take-over, phishing, and SPAM. I am well versed in the tasks and programs you are asking for and am confident in my experience navigating around the dark web. I meet the strict requirements to perform in this role successfully."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My understanding is that you seek a candidate with expert level skills in technical investigations, phishing scam prevention, and open-source intelligence collection who can train junior employees. I am an expert in all three of these areas. Do you have any questions about my technical expertise?"
11.
At LinkedIn we take pride in our ability to stay one step ahead of our competitors. How will you contribute to this trend?
LinkedIn has some competition when it comes to specific areas of business such as job posting, being a career content aggregator, and even as a social network. However; few companies can do what the LinkedIn platform is doing as a whole.

Focusing primarily on the job search and job postings portal, which is where much of LinkedIn's profits come from, their fiercest competitors may be Indeed, Zip Recruiter, Monster, and Glassdoor.

Perform some research to find out what LinkedIn does best, and who is trying to do it better. Speak openly with the interviewer about your ability to work competitively and how you plan to contribute to their continued success.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I believe the best way to stay ahead of your competitors is to pay a big amount of attention to the fine details, and the user interface. When you put out a great product, others will try to mimic your work, but they will cut corners because they will feel rushed to get it out on the marketplace first. I will contribute to the success of LinkedIn by committing my most attentive work to you every day."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I think that the best way to stay ahead of competitors is to keep your products as simple as possible while remaining innovative. People want simple, easy interfaces, and mobile apps which they can easily navigate. What I've seen from competitors lately is that they overcomplicate their offering. I create clean and consistent work that your members will appreciate."
12.
At LinkedIn we prefer to hire those with an education in computer science or another related field. Walk me through your post-secondary education and training.
LinkedIn values post-secondary education, so they generally ask for a degree plus in-depth knowledge in your area of expertise, for most technical roles.

The interviewer will already have an idea of your education background from your resume. What they are asking is for you to take a few minutes to bring the experience to life for them! What was your major? Did you receive any special academic recognition? Discuss the strengths gained during your post-secondary training and how those skills will be put to use in your new position with LinkedIn.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I completed my Bachelor of Applied Technology from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004. During that time I specialized in Data Management and Analysis. I graduated with a 3.99 GPA, top in my class."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I recently completed my Diploma in Information Technology. I also have a great deal of on the job training and certifications, all listed on my resume. One of the biggest take-away's from my post-secondary experience was learning how to manage my time while working on multiple projects successfully. I perfected my multi-tasking skills and am excited to bring those to work for LinkedIn."
13.
At LinkedIn we seek to hire leaders. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.
Have you ever taken the opportunity to present your employer with potential change? Talk to the hiring manager about a time when you took the initiative in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my previous role, I recognized that our team needed a training program to bring others in at a quicker rate. I took the initiative to create the training program, playbook and schedule, incorporating all the work we did in a way that people could easily replicate. The team loved having it, and more so, enjoyed having others, fully trained, join us quickly."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I recently made suggestions to my manager about the team messaging application we were using. I found a team based app that offered a lower monthly cost, with added features. He took the suggestion, and it has worked well for our team! The company was happy with the cost savings as well."
14.
We want to hire people at LinkedIn who have the desire to lead others. When do you best demonstrate yourself as a leader?
The interviewer wants to know that you are confident about your leadership abilities and that you understand when your leadership abilities have been most useful.

Perhaps you best demonstrate yourself as a leader when your manager is away. Maybe you often jump into a leadership mindset when a co-worker is struggling. Think about a recent time when an employee on your team was victorious at something because of your leadership skills. Discuss the scenario and how your leadership skills made the difference.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I best demonstrate myself as a leader when I know that a coworker could use my assistance. I seem to be a natural teacher and mentor which means that when someone is struggling, my first instinct is to train them. Just recently, I coached a new employee on a sales technique that helped her to achieve her quota for the first time. I am excited for further leadership opportunities with LinkedIn."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I feel as though I rise to the occasion whenever it presents itself, whether that's by stepping into a leadership role in a collaborative cross-department project, when my boss is away, or when a new hire is wide-eyed and without direction. Whenever the group is lacking a leader, I love the opportunity to step in and help the team along with a bit of an opportunity to shine."
15.
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."
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Interview Questions
  1. What does greatness, and success, mean to you?
  2. What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?
  3. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
  4. Culture fit is important to us at LinkedIn. How would you describe your personality?
  5. What questions do you have for me?
  6. Tell me about your learning style and study patterns.
  7. We encourage innovation at LinkedIn. What does innovation mean to you?
  8. How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
  9. LinkedIn celebrates diversity. In which ways do you honor those different from you?
  10. This role with LinkedIn is highly technical. What is your understanding of this position and the responsibilities that come with it?
  11. At LinkedIn we take pride in our ability to stay one step ahead of our competitors. How will you contribute to this trend?
  12. At LinkedIn we prefer to hire those with an education in computer science or another related field. Walk me through your post-secondary education and training.
  13. At LinkedIn we seek to hire leaders. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.
  14. We want to hire people at LinkedIn who have the desire to lead others. When do you best demonstrate yourself as a leader?
  15. What is the riskiest decision you have ever made in the workplace?
  16. At LinkedIn, we greatly value teamwork. Have you ever worked in a cross-functional environment?
  17. What would you gain from working at LinkedIn?
  18. How do you keep up-to-date on new technologies and trends in this industry?
  19. What do you think you will like about this role with LinkedIn?
  20. Who is the smartest person you know? Explain your answer.
  21. If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?
  22. At LinkedIn we value organization. Tell us about a time when you were particularly effective on prioritizing tasks and completing a project on schedule.
  23. Working at LinkedIn, you will experience changes on a regular basis. When have you had to change a significant component of your project due to new information being presented?
  24. I would like to have a full understanding of your experience and portfolio. What types of industries have your previous projects been involved in?
  25. We consider research to be the backbone of what we do at LinkedIn. Do you think it's important to conduct research before beginning a project or would you rather jump right in?
  26. At LinkedIn we take privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Are you willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement, if hired?
  27. Looking at our products and services, what do you think we do better at LinkedIn than any of our competitors?
  28. Tell me about the most interesting project you have worked on this year and the biggest thing you learned from it.
  29. In your opinion, what has been the biggest advancement in job search technology this past year?
  30. We seek to hire highly ambitious people. Where would you like your career with LinkedIn take you?
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