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To help you prepare for a Netflix job interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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We want to hire people at Netflix who have the desire to lead others. How many people did you supervise at your last position?

How to Answer

Netflix likes to promote leaders who display strength in the areas of good judgment, communication, curiosity, courage, passion, selflessness, innovation, inclusion, integrity, and impactful work.

Discuss with the interviewer your level of responsibility in your current position. If you have managed larger teams than you currently do, you can also discuss that particular role from your work history.

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List of 30 Netflix Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1.

    We want to hire people at Netflix who have the desire to lead others. How many people did you supervise at your last position?

      How to Answer

      Netflix likes to promote leaders who display strength in the areas of good judgment, communication, curiosity, courage, passion, selflessness, innovation, inclusion, integrity, and impactful work.

      Discuss with the interviewer your level of responsibility in your current position. If you have managed larger teams than you currently do, you can also discuss that particular role from your work history.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 11th, 2018

      1st Answer Example

      "Currently, I am supervising 12 employees with an overall portfolio responsibility of $24MM. In my role, before this one, I managed 23 employees but with a smaller portfolio of $6MM. I can handle a large range of employees because I focus on making an impact as a team, and communicating clearly. I also lead by making excellent judgment calls that benefit the team."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "Although I did not officially supervise anyone in my most recent position, I always had my eye out for opportunities to lead or mentor the more junior staff. I base my work on integrity, and inclusion which I know are traits that Netflix highly values."

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      Community Answer

      "My last two projects had a team size of 24, both that I managed remotely. I wouldn't call it "supervising," as I only bring people on my team where I want to set them up for success and get out of their way to perform. Each week we had a very useful sprint planning check-in and goal setting. I was to ensure all goals met, nothing falls between the cracks, and that nobody has any roadblocks, and is enjoying the process. During the week we had speedy check-ins."

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      Your style of leadership could work very well for Netflix. You show confidence in your hiring choices, which is a wonderful thing! I’ve rearranged your answer, emphasizing certain points to showcase your talents.

      "My last two projects, which I managed remotely, each had a team size of 24 hand picked individuals. I was careful to choose those who were effective communicators and are self-directed in their work. Once I get everyone on the same page, they required very little supervision. Other than brief check-ins and a weekly sprint planning check-in and goal setting, I got out of their way to allow them to perform. I ensured all goals met, nothing fell between the cracks, and that nobody had any roadblocks, enjoying the process. Both times we delivered way ahead of our deadlines, exceeding expectations."

  • 2.

    Do you know anyone who works for us?

      How to Answer

      Did you know, according to Forbes, that people with a friend at work are 7x more likely to engage in their work fully? The interviewer would like to see if a friend referred you to this position, a former co-worker, or an industry acquaintance. This question is another way of the interviewer asking where you heard about the role, and if you have any connections from within. You can keep your answer brief and to the point.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I do not personally know anyone who works for Netflix; however, I am connected with a couple of your employees on LinkedIn due to common group interests. I look forward to getting to know your team!"

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      2nd Answer Example

      "My former manager now works for Netflix, although in a different department. His name is James Smith. He's a great guy! I would be happy to fill out any referral paperwork if you wish."

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  • 3.

    What was one question you didn't want me to ask today?

      How to Answer

      This question can stand in for the common 'What is your greatest weakness' question. The interviewer is expecting you to be unprepared because it's an uncommon way of asking a question. You may be less scripted than other points in your interview, and the interviewer wants to see how you deal with that.

      Two scenarios commonly play out: either a candidate blurts out a weakness, or they pause and respond with something thoughtful. This question gives the interviewer information about you but also a good sense of if you can think on your feet and answer a tough question. Use this as an opportunity to show how weakness can be a strength, or explain something they have not yet asked, but may be an objection to you getting the job. It is then up to you to overcome the opposition.

      Remember: it is okay to pause and be thoughtful about your response rather than blurting something out or seeming too rehearsed. Be prepared, but be sincere in your replies.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I suppose I did not want you to dig into why I applied three years ago and rescinded my application. I feel embarrassed about it because I thought I was ready to leave my current organization and decided that, to be the superstar I want to be at Netflix, I needed a bit more time and experience. I know that in these past three years I have learned everything I could need to know to shine here and I can't wait to put those last three years of learning and growth into action."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I didn't want to discuss why it took five years to graduate college. I was working full time while attending college and double majoring. Initially, I was taking the full course load and working full time, then eventually I also switched my major, which added a semester. At that time, I hunkered down and upped the course load while working full time. So, while it may have taken me longer, I learned a lot both in and outside of the classroom, including time management and upping productivity. I know these are important skills that I bring with me to any position, and look forward to leveraging them here at Netflix."

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      "Philosophically, questions are what I thrive on, and finding the ones I don't want to face are in fact the ones I know I grow the most from. So I embrace the hardest or ugliest questions. However, I'd say it would likely be around hierarchy and office politics. When ideas, suggestions, or orders come into the space and they come from a place of fear or ego, I struggle to play along for the theater of it."

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      Good! This is a thoughtful and genuine response, showing the interviewer a lot about your personality and preferences when it comes to your workplace environment.

  • 4.

    How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?

      How to Answer

      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."

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    How was your performance measured, in your most recent role?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to understand better the key performance indicators you needed to meet in a more recent role, and how precisely those KPI's were measured. A good interviewer will recognize that the top candidates always understand how their performance is measured, and where they landed in regards to their performance against others in a similar role.

      It is a red flag to an interviewer if the interviewee responds with 'I don't know,' or worse yet - 'My company didn't measure my performance in any way.' Every company pays attention to employee performance metrics; it's just that some ways are more evident than others.

      Some ways that your employer might measure your performance:

      - The rate of absence, late days, and sick days
      - Setting specific objectives for you, related to a task
      - Amount of defective work submitted, or amount of work returned
      - Human Capital ROI
      - Error counting
      - Timed tasks
      - Employee retention rates (for managers)
      - Revenue Per Employee or Profit per FTE (Full Time Equivalent)
      - The willingness of clients to recommend you or your work
      - Feedback provided by coworkers and management
      - Number of sales
      - Scheduling errors
      - Safety days
      - First- call resolution or call quality and handling (primarily for call-center environments)
      - Quality of contacts generated

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  • 6.

    When have you worked among a diverse group of people?

      How to Answer

      Netflix has a clear statement, available online, related to diversity and inclusion. They say it takes diversity of thought, culture, background, and perspective to create a truly global internet TV network. Discuss with the interviewer how you plan to contribute to their diverse workplace culture and assure them that you can handle an environment that offers diversity.

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  • 7.

    How do you feel about performance incentives?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know if you are the type of employee to be motivated by financial incentives or rewards in the workplace. If you are not incentive-driven, you can clarify for the interviewer the other ideas in which you are best motivated. Discuss any performance incentives you may have earned in the past.

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  • 8.

    Have you ever had to contact Netflix customer support? If so, describe your experience.

      How to Answer

      Netflix is known for their fantastic customer support. The interviewer would like to know what your experience has been with their company. Of course, your response should remain positive. If you did not have a great customer service experience with Netflix, you can be honest but be sure to end on a positive note.

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  • 9.

    Netflix has over 130 million subscribers. How do you think we can attract an even larger customer base?

      How to Answer

      Netflix realizes that they have the majority of the market when it comes to subscribers and streaming services. With that said, their growth has slowed slightly over the years. The interviewer is interested in seeing if you have any unique ideas for gaining an even larger subscriber base. Tap into your creative thinking and suggest how you think Netflix could grow larger.

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  • 10.

    What are your thoughts on illegal streaming websites?

      How to Answer

      Netflix claims to be tough on piracy, and they want to know your thoughts on websites that offer this illegal content. Take note of the fact that Netflix has an anti-pirating team and a Global Copyright Protection Group. Netflix hope is that they can eventually make piracy so socially unacceptable that nobody supports the act. Their goal also is to have unauthorized Netflix content swiftly removed from these piracy sites. Show the interviewer that you are tough on piracy and that you agree with the actions the company is taking to fight the theft of copyrighted material.

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  • 11.

    In your opinion, why do people still pay for cable television?

      How to Answer

      The interviewers at Netflix are curious to know what your thoughts are on cable versus Netflix. Of course, there are some things that Netflix cannot yet satisfy such as local news, or live sporting events. Talk to the interviewer about why you believe certain people have cut the cable cord, and why some are still hanging onto expensive cable solutions.

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  • 12.

    How long have you been a Netflix subscriber? What is your favorite feature, and what would you change?

      How to Answer

      If you are applying to Netflix, you should have an active Netflix membership. The cost is low, and the research you can conduct will be priceless. The only wrong response to this question is to say that you do not have a subscription.

      Netflix has a few unique features including:

      - The dramatically lower cost compared to cable
      - High-quality original content
      - The platform works on a multitude of devices including smartphones and XBox
      - Multiple, simultaneous logins are allowed
      - The platforms can learn your likes and make personalized suggestions
      - The ability for multiple users to share one account without affecting recommended shows

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  • 13.

    What are your thoughts on Netflix' original programming?

      How to Answer

      Netflix distributes 8 billion dollars in 2018 alone, for the creation of original content. The service offers this content to hook viewers, creating loyal subscribers who eagerly await the next season of their favorite shows. If you are unsure of the best shows that Netflix produces, do a quick online search. Surely, you will recognize some very well known titles. Some of Netflix' original content includes:

      - Orange is the New Black
      - Ozark
      - Riverdale
      - Stranger Things
      - Black Mirror

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  • 14.

    Tell me one way you think Netflix can best compete with Amazon Prime Video.

      How to Answer

      When it comes to online streaming, competition is tight. Amazon may offer more flexibility in pricing and 4K video options; however, Netflix arguably provides better customer support and ease of use. Netflix is also known for having a better user interface, making it simple to navigate - even for those who are not self-proclaimed techies. Do your research to find the ways you feel Netflix can gain a further edge on their largest competitor, Amazon Prime Video.

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    If you were to own Netflix, how would you spend the advertising dollars?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know if you have any unique ideas related to how Netflix can market themselves and expand their client base. There is no particular answer you need to give; however, an 'I don't know,' would be an inadequate response. Here are some current ways to advertise:

      - Commercials on other streaming apps like Spotify
      - Affiliate marketing
      - Instagram Ads
      - YouTube Ads
      - A trending Twitter hashtag
      - Pinterest advertising

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    At Netflix, we prefer to hire those with an education in computer science or another related field. Walk me through your post-secondary education and training.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer will likely 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 help in your new position with Netflix.

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  • 17.

    Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?

      How to Answer

      Companies will have confidentiality agreements for a variety of reasons. These could be to protect their trade secrets or to ensure that you do not bring any intellectual property over on the occasion that you quit or are terminated. Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on confidentiality agreements.

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  • 18.

    How do you keep up-to-date on new technologies and trends in this industry?

      How to Answer

      One way that a potential employer will gauge 'fit' is by ensuring that you are passionate about your particular industry. Show the interviewer that you are passionate about your industry by openly discussing how you stay on top of industry trends.

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  • 19.

    What do you think you will like about this role with Netflix?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to hear what you are looking forward to learning and experiencing in this new position. Talk about what excites you! Share how this position will challenge you and help you grow. New opportunities are a chance for you to demonstrate your skills. Be specific and share your passion for this new role.

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    At Netflix we seek to hire leaders. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.

      How to Answer

      Netflix has a lot to say about leaders, and the types of leadership qualities they seek in those they hire. Netflix agrees that leaders demonstrate that 'we are all fallible and open to feedback.' They want to engage leaders who will often ask what they can be doing better. You can find great information on the website, and their culture statement.

      Netflix values leaders who accomplish a lot of work, demonstrate consistency and focus on the results before the process. Remember - they don't like to be rule followers, but they do admire accountability. Talk to the hiring manager about a time when you took the initiative in the workplace.

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    We encourage innovation at Netflix. What does innovation mean to you?

      How to Answer

      Netflix references innovation thoroughly in workplace culture documents which you can find online. Because innovation is an often misused word, with room for interpretation, it's essential to have a full understanding of what innovation means to them. Here are some of Netflix' words on innovation:

      - You create new ideas that prove useful
      - You re-conceptualize issues to discover solutions to hard problems
      - You challenge prevailing assumptions and suggest better approaches
      - You keep us nimble by minimizing complexity and finding time to simplify
      -You thrive on change

      Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have created a new product or service.

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    Culture fit is important to us at Netflix. How would you describe your personality?

      How to Answer

      Netflix has an entire document, available online, related to the culture they have created within their organization. The more you read, the more you will see that their model is for people who ask for excellence from themselves, their employer, and their colleagues.

      These are the ways that Netflix aims to create a culture of excellence:

      - Encourage independent decision-making by employees
      - Share information openly, broadly, and deliberately
      - Be extraordinarily candid with each other
      - Keep only highly effective people
      - Avoid rules

      Discuss with the interviewer how you would describe your personality, keeping these core needs and values in mind.

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  • 23.

    Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.

      How to Answer

      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!

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    At Netflix we take privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Are you willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement, if hired?

      How to Answer

      Signing a non-disclosure agreement is quite common in the software and technology industry. If hired, you will likely become privy to trade secrets and innovative projects that must remain confidential. Talk to the interviewer about your willingness to sign an agreement. If you are currently under non-disclosure or non-compete agreement with your present employer, now is the time to discuss that.

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  • 25.

    Looking at our products and services, what do you think we do better at Netflix than any of our competitors?

      How to Answer

      Before your interview, be sure to research Netflix and any awards or recognition they have recently received. In their industry, and competitive space, where do they stand out? Be sure to speak positively about the organization's recent achievements to show that you are interested and engaged in their work.

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  • 26.

    At Netflix we take pride in our ability to stay one step ahead of our competitors. How will you contribute to this trend?

      How to Answer

      It is critical that you research Netflix and their most vigorous competitors, before your interview. What does Netflix do best, and who is trying to do it better? It's a bit of a challenge to pinpoint who Netflix competes with; however, the bigger stand-outs include Amazon and Hulu. Speak openly with the interviewer about your ability to work competitively and how you plan to contribute to the continued success of Netflix.

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  • 27.

    In your opinion, what has been the biggest advancement in streaming technology this past year?

      How to Answer

      Display to the interviewer that you have an invested interest in the technology industry by discussing your thoughts on recent advancements. Be sure to include how you stay up to date on industry changes and new technology.

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  • 28.

    This role with Netflix is highly technical. What is your understanding of this position and the responsibilities that come with it?

      How to Answer

      Netflix' job postings are always clear and concise, so you should easily have an idea of what it is they are looking for when it comes to this role. Assure the interviewer that you bring a full understanding of the technical requirements required for this job. It is essential that you research and thoroughly consume the information provided in the Netflix job description. Keep your answer to the point.

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  • 29.

    We seek to hire highly ambitious people. Where would you like your career with Netflix take you?

      How to Answer

      Netflix has a significant range of available positions within a few departments including Marketing, Engineering, Data, Employee Technology, Global Product Creative, and many more. Have you researched Netflix enough to know which departments suit you the best? Talk to the interviewer about your career ambitions related to the offerings at Netflix.

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    What would you consider your technical specialty?

      How to Answer

      Do you have any particular areas of interest or ability? Talk to the interviewer about your strengths and be sure to highlight any specific skills that you excel in. It's a great idea, if you can, to highlight particular skills listed on the Netflix job description. If there is a related area of interest where you'd like to expand your capabilities, you can mention those as well.

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