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Square Interview Questions

To help you prepare for a Square job interview, here are 35 interview questions and answer examples.

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What sorts of hurdles do you anticipate in your first weeks on the job? How long will it take you to begin working on projects and make a meaningful contribution at Square?

What You Need to Know

Most hiring managers understand it takes time to acclimate to a new role. They're also trying to asses your skill level, what it will take to get you up to speed, and what additional training you may require. With this question, your interviewer is curious about your approach to your onboarding and whether you'll feel confident to hit the ground running or require some hand-holding before settling in.

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35 Square Interview Questions & Answers

  • Adaptability

    1. What sorts of hurdles do you anticipate in your first weeks on the job? How long will it take you to begin working on projects and make a meaningful contribution at Square?

      What You Need to Know

      Most hiring managers understand it takes time to acclimate to a new role. They're also trying to asses your skill level, what it will take to get you up to speed, and what additional training you may require. With this question, your interviewer is curious about your approach to your onboarding and whether you'll feel confident to hit the ground running or require some hand-holding before settling in.

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      How to Answer

      Be honest about any potential challenges you anticipate and how you respond to such challenges, sharing your work style and approach to onboarding in a new job. Use examples of how you navigated this terrain while starting at your most recent job, so you can help them know how they can help you. As Square says on its website, "We all grow together."

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      Entry Level Example

      "I created a 90-day impact plan I would like to share with you. After that, I'd like to know if there are any actions that I haven't included that I could take. In college, I built five years of part-time work experience focused on tech consulting. This would be my first job directly related to my career path. But, aside from the hard skills I've learned in college, I have strong interpersonal skills. I suppose my biggest challenge would be keeping my intimidation from standing in the way of building relationships and asking lots of questions. But I am focused and hard-working, especially when I have clear instructions. Get me up to speed, and I'll start working as soon as you say so. Point me in the right direction, and I'll get to it."

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      General Example

      "I'd hit the ground running, work on getting to know everyone on the team, learning all I can about them, their current goals, and the challenges of the job. I'd invite open conversation and showcase the unique skills I'd bring. I've built a solid knowledge base to transition into a fintech role with Square within the product management space. I have all the requisite skills outlined in the position description and proficiency in other relevant skills that would allow me to make an impact as soon as possible at Square. I may ask a lot of questions because I want to do the job right."

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  • Ask The Interviewer

    2. Do you have any questions I can answer for you?

      What You Need to Know

      Many candidates feel that by saying they do not have questions, they are showing that they have researched the job and fully comprehend the requirements. Don't fall into that trap. One of the biggest interview mistakes you can make is not preparing any relevant questions.

      As they say on their site, "Get answers to your questions." By asking an insightful question, you show the interviewer full engagement and interest. Be sure that your queries are not mundane or redundant. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is a question that is easily answered by simple research. Dig a bit deeper and ask questions related to the company's goals, your interviewer's favorite part about working for Square, upcoming changes in the industry, or clarification from your resume.

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      Entry Level Example

      "Beyond the job description, is there something particular you are looking for? What does your ideal candidate look like? Are there any specific skills not detailed in the position description that you highly value or think are important?"

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      General Example

      "Thank you for asking! What is the biggest challenge that Square's sales team will face in the next 12 months? What does a typical day look like in this position? Is this a recently vacated position or a new position? Under what circumstances did this position become vacant? How were they valued by the team?"

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  • Behavioral

    3. What new skill have you learned recently, and why did you learn it?

      What You Need to Know

      Square encourages continual learning and development for their professionals - "Access resources to grow in your role, like our development program for first-time managers and a free subscription to LinkedIn Learning." Your interviewer is assessing whether you are driven and focused on your professional development and how well you'll fit in with the rest of their teams. This is an opportunity to demonstrate that you are a quick learner, motivated to learn new skills, and a memorable applicant! Think of a unique skill you recently learned, either in a professional or personal setting, that will make you stand out as an applicant.

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      Entry Level Example

      "I've always enjoyed learning new languages. I worked with someone from Brazil when I was putting myself through college. That sparked my interest in learning their language, so I spent the last three months learning Portuguese in my spare time. I spend about five to ten hours a week in my free time listening to Portuguese podcasts and reading articles in Portuguese, so I was learning through immersion. It's been an interesting project to work on outside of college that I look forward to each day!"

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      Experienced Example

      "My previous company recently sponsored a 50-hour course I took on the ins and outs of SEO. It dove into the key principles of SEO and how we can incorporate its most important tenets into our digital marketing practices. This new skill deepened my understanding of the industry and made me a more valuable asset for our team."

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  • Career Goals

    4. Where would you like to take your career in the next five to ten years?

      What You Need to Know

      As they state on their career page, "This is the place to start, run, and grow your career." So your interviewer is looking for like-minded individuals who will serve as a long-term fit for the position. This common interview question reveals how career-oriented you are and whether you chose to pursue this position to further your career goals or are just looking for a job.

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      How to Answer

      Research the typical career trajectory of the position you're applying for. Demonstrate that you're a motivated professional who has reflected on your long-term career goals. When discussing your needs and your ultimate career goals, balance them with the apparent needs of Square. You want this to seem like a mutually beneficial, long-term partnership. When revealing your goals, consider everything that will assure them of the thought you put into this. It is okay to set your sights higher as long as your goals meet those of the organization.

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      Entry Level Example

      "I know that beginning a career opens great mentoring and networking opportunities, so I'm excited to learn firsthand about the industry and where a career with Square could take me. I'm excited to dive deep into your product offerings and services and clarify where I want to be in a few years within the FinTech industry. While I'm open to where my skills and passions will take me in my career, my primary interest lies in product development."

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  • Communication

    5. Describe how you handled a challenging situation with a colleague on the job.

      What You Need to Know

      Your interviewer wants to hear about your interpersonal and relationship-building skills and wants assurances you can effectively manage conflict as a member of the team. Emphasize your ability to collaborate and work well with others. Describe an occasion where your communication skills helped you navigate a difficult situation with a coworker. Focus on the steps you took to turn a potentially negative situation into a positive one. Discuss the lessons learned and the value they've provided for your career. As another of the taglines on their website says, "Do the work, and work together." All of your answers will help them evaluate how well you will fit into their culture, so take every phrase and statement of theirs to heart.

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      Entry Level Example

      "I ran into some difficulties communicating with my professor, who offered me guidance on my thesis. Then, at a certain point, he was unresponsive to the emails or messages I sent him asking questions or for clarification. It got to the point where I was losing progress. So I directly asked him his preferred method of communication when I had questions, and I learned that he prefers phone calls and face-to-face meetings over emails or text. So, I adjusted my communication approach. I got my questions answered and no longer wasted time composing detailed emails or messages. Overall, this difficult situation taught me that it's important to determine the preferred method of communication with any professional relationship."

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  • Communication

    6. Tell me about a time your listening skills helped you solve a problem.

      What You Need to Know

      This question probes your communication skills and how active listening plays a role. Someone with above-average communication skills can identify a communication breakdown, or the potential for one, and adapt their communication style to the lesser-skilled person. Active listening is a crucial component of this. Give an example that demonstrates how you avoided miscommunication by using your listening skills while asking clarifying questions to ensure everyone was on the same page. Three keywords Square uses on their site, combined in a key phrase, is 'Read, watch, and listen.' Consider incorporating these into your answer.

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      Entry Level Example

      "There was a big project at the end of a course I was taking in college, and there was one aspect of the instructions I didn't understand. I read the instructions several times, but the language was a bit messy. I asked my fellow students, and one interpreted it one way, and another understood it differently, so I decided to approach my professor. But this particular professor would often talk over you and assume they knew what you were going to say before you had a chance to say it. I anticipated this and started to explain that several students had different interpretations of one aspect of the project. I led the discussion by prompting them to ask questions. I showed them the section I highlighted, and they read it, and I actively listened to what they had to say, hoping their verbal instruction would provide clarification, which it did. I mirrored what they said, yet used my own words instead of theirs to make sure they understood my interpretation as I understood their explanation. I watched their facial cues as I got to the point in question, and there was no confusion. They confirmed we were on the same page. I then suggested they clarify this with the rest of the class, as I wasn't the only one confused by it. They thanked me, and later on, I scored 140%."

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  • Communication

    7. Discuss how you approach explaining complex ideas in simple terms.

      What You Need to Know

      As they say at Square, "We make the complex simple." A crucial part of customer service is distilling complex information into relatable language for your clients while ensuring everyone is on the same page. Your interviewer wants to know if your communication skills are developed enough to meet their requirements. Your ability to communicate your ideas impacts how well you work with others, as well as how well you work with their clients, which is a key component of Square's company culture.

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      Entry Level Example

      "In school, I was often asked what I majored in, which often only raised more questions. This forced me to explain complicated ideas in a way that makes sense to people outside my field. While doing so, I'd ensure that my tone was never patronizing. At first, I had trouble explaining such new concepts in layman's terms and realized I had to do more research to better communicate what I was trying to say. I found that it is almost always most effective to describe complex ideas in simple terms. Keeping myself educated allows me to explain complicated ideas in a way that makes sense to people outside of the industry. Over time, I got better at it and would communicate in a way that would get them excited to talk about it. This would open the door to outside perspectives, and I'd often learn something new from those and place great value on hearing their input."

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  • Communication

    8. Do you have experience preparing and delivering presentations?

      What You Need to Know

      Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and CEO of Square, says, "We don't want to add things. We take things away to make them more simple." Square puts a lot of focus on their design. When discussing your experience with giving presentations, elaborating on your presentation's design will add value to your answer. "Design at Square is multifaceted, stretching across many disciplines and teams. Together, we create thoughtful and remarkable products, experiences, and campaigns to drive economic empowerment for our sellers. It all begins with design. At Square, design is the driving force behind economic empowerment."

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      How to Answer

      The responsibilities of this position at Square may include planning, preparing, and delivering presentations to clients or other stakeholders. For some, public speaking can be intimidating. Whether in college or grad school, if you're just starting, or in a professional setting, consider how you would describe your comfort zone with public speaking, your willingness to step outside your comfort zone, and your presentation skills.

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      Entry Level Example

      "The bulk of my experience comes from my time at university, where I prepared a variety of speeches and keynote presentations. My dad worked as a graphic designer and taught me early on that visuals were just as important as what you had to say. So, I was particularly proud of my presentations and how well they were received. Public speaking, as nerve-wracking as it sometimes can be, is something I am no stranger to. I am confident in my public speaking and presentation skills. I look forward to gaining even more experience in preparing and delivering professional presentations for clients and internal stakeholders in a Square setting and learning more about their approach to design."

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  • Communication

    9. While no formal programming skills are required for this role, you'll be expected to work with the engineering team here at Square. How confident do you feel in your ability to manage and discuss technical projects?

      What You Need to Know

      This question tests your ability to step outside of your comfort zone and work in a cross-functional setting, liaising with other teams, particularly technical teams or teams outside your area of expertise. Thoroughly familiarize yourself with Square's approach and philosophy. "We believe everyone should have an opportunity to thrive, and not be left out because the cost is too great or the technology too complex." While you don't need to be an expert in their work, you should feel comfortable collaborating with these groups while exhibiting that you are a quick study.

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      Entry Level Example

      "I am a quick study. I ask a lot of questions and consider myself an excellent communicator. If there is no one to answer a question for me, I will look it up until I am sure I get it and have all the answers I need to continue. This is well within my comfort zone, and I am ready and willing to liaise with anyone in any department. I require very little hand-holding and can get up to speed faster than most."

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  • Competency

    10. This role at Square requires excellent problem-solving skills. Tell me about a time you had to analyze information in order to make a recommendation.

      What You Need to Know

      With this question, your interviewer aims to assess your problem-solving and customer service skills. As they state on their website, "Listen to users. We listen to and learn from owners of businesses large and small. We understand their problems and anticipate their needs." To get a sense of your analytical and problem-solving skills and how you would apply those skills in a role at Square, they want to know how you collect information. How you answer will offer insights into your communication skills, attention to detail, and analytical abilities.

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      Entry Level Example

      "When I was a graduate teaching assistant, a student came to me with a problem where their findings couldn't be replicated. They were certain that their initial findings were correct and asked if I would be a second set of eyes to try to find the discrepancy. So, I took the same approach they'd relied upon, sorting through the same trends and historical data to see if I could recreate the same results. I examined the various outcomes and realized they'd transposed the data from two different aspects of their research, making their findings inconclusive. But all was not lost, and I offered some alternative approaches to their project."

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  • Competency

    11. Analytical skills are critical to success in this role at Square. How are you analytically minded?

      What You Need to Know

      Your interviewer is curious about your style and how you approach your work. How you answer will inform them of your attention to detail, how you identify and define problems, and your approach to finding solutions. As they say on their website, Square is looking for better ways to succeed, and "we're looking for people like you to help shape tomorrow at Square." So, they need to ensure whomever they hire can live up to their standards.

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      Entry Level Example

      "Given my university experience, I consider my analytical skills one of my strong suits. As a computer science and finance double major, I regularly engaged in projects that allowed me to gather and organize data, perform various analyses to conclude, and finally communicate, how these data-informed trends would impact solutions to the project. I was able to learn R, Python, and MatLab to aid in this process. As a result, I consider myself an analytical and logical thinker, which I think will be useful when helping clients make thorough, data-informed financial decisions."

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  • Competency

    12. Are there any preferred skills for this position which you feel you’ll need additional training in?

      What You Need to Know

      Ensure you've read the position description thoroughly and reflected on the areas you need to improve. The trick to this question is in how you answer it. If the answer is yes, describe what you do know to demonstrate your self-awareness of this growth opportunity. It's acceptable to be transparent about minor experience gaps. Tell the interviewer your expectations of how long it will take you to get up to speed and how Square can help you. As they say on their careers page, "At Square, you'll find development opportunities that support who you are both inside and outside the office."

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      Entry Level Example

      "I've carefully looked through the position description and have spoken with professional connections in similar roles about their key responsibilities, and I don't foresee any gaps in training knowledge, except for employing these skills in a real-world setting. I try to be as prepared as possible for the next stage of my career plan as I embark on it. That's why I started my first career plan as I started college, revising it every semester. I've been exposed to various training and career development opportunities, and thus feel confident with my current level of training for this role. However, I'm always open to learning more efficient ways of doing things, and would regularly seek feedback from my supervisor and colleagues regarding improving my methods. I welcome opportunities for ongoing training and improvement."

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  • Competency

    13. What would you consider the most pressing challenges facing the FinTech industry today?

      What You Need to Know

      As a FinTech professional, this question gives you the opportunity to flex your knowledge of the industry and the emergent trends and challenges. The idea is to come across as someone fully versed in their field, who they could consider a trusted resource to represent their brand. To demonstrate this to your interviewer, highlight one challenge relevant to the position you're applying for. Common challenges that you might highlight include cybersecurity, the relationship of traditional financial services firms with FinTech companies, regulations, and protecting user data. Also, be sure to mention Square blog, 'Town Square," which they refer to as a 'BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER.'

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      Entry Level Example

      "I wrote a paper in college on the challenges for financial institutions regarding gaining the trust of users, especially small business owners and startups. With so many pay services and fund transfer services out there, there are a lot of cyber security concerns. In addition, scams are growing more elaborate and sophisticated. As a result, there seems to be a demand for increased supervisory and regulatory action, including better consumer and investor protection."

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  • Competency

    14. What software programs are you versed in, and how adaptable would you say that you are to learning and using new programs?

      What You Need to Know

      Share your experience and speak to the industry-relevant analysis and design tools you've used and are proficient in. Research the position and the company to determine the tools they use and whether they are proprietary. Assure your interviewer you are a quick study able to learn new tools quickly, even if you don't consider yourself a software expert. Emphasize your motivation to succeed and your willingness to learn and master new skills.

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      Entry Level Example

      "At university, we used a program called Zendesk, an interactive customer support tool. I was a quick study and utilized all the great functions of the program. I became so proficient so fast that soon I was showing my professor aspects of the tool even he wasn't aware of. I'm also fluent in the entire Microsoft suite of products, which I use daily at home."

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  • Competency

    15. This role requires a basic understanding of programming. Which languages are you fluent in?

      What You Need to Know

      While this question gives your interviewer insight into the diversity of your programming language experience, they also want to know that you are adaptable. Research the position and Square as much as possible before your interview so that you can speak to the specific languages they work with. If you are unschooled in some of the languages they use, do your homework so you have a cursory understanding. This will display your motivation and ability to quickly pick up new skills. The need for programming knowledge (and which languages, in particular) will depend on the role to which you're applying.

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      Entry Level Example

      "A majority of my experience falls within Python. In my current range of experience, I delved deeply into artificial intelligence, and Python is awesome with this advanced technology. As I understand it, from talking to another engineer here at Square, I need to learn Scala. Though I haven't worked directly with Scala, I've read up on it quite a bit and started learning it at home. My experience and willingness to learn would have me up and running in no time if hired for this role."

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  • Creative Thinking

    16. If there was one thing you could automate for a brick and mortar retailer, what would it be?

      What You Need to Know

      "WORK AT SQUARE. Invent today. Shape tomorrow." As with any interview question, this allows you to showcase your merits and how well you fit in with their culture. Not only do you want to exhibit your passion for this industry and what they offer, but you also want to show you've done your research by not suggesting products or software solutions they already offer. So have fun with this question, and be innovative.

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      Entry Level Example

      "I would want to automate their signage. Whether it be an A-Frame that stood on the sidewalk out front or the sign above a display or end cap, I would love for an easy design suite to allow for eye-catching displays for a retailer that would eliminate the need for the extra expense of hiring someone to do their design work or the cost of repeated supplies that contributed to waste. This item would be sustainable for the business and the environment."

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  • Direct

    17. Tell me what you know about Square and the work that we do.

      What You Need to Know

      Familiarize yourself with Square's website, their products and services, the requirements of this role, and any secondary sources that provide useful information on the company and their competitors. Ensure that you've done your homework beforehand and can speak confidently about Square's history since they launched in 2009. This should include: "What started as a little white reader is now a powerful ecosystem of commerce solutions." Your interviewer is interested in how thoroughly you've prepared for this opportunity, what your answer will reveal about your work ethic, and what clues your answer may hold to what interests you in this opportunity.

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      Entry Level Example

      "Well, the company was co-founded with Jack Dorsey, who also co-founded Twitter, and has taken an ethical approach to all his business dealings, exhibiting integrity every step of the way, including his approach to diversity and inclusion. Square and Block are the aspects of his financial payment companies, but it has developed into so much more than that, enabling small business owners to self-manage their businesses in more sustainable and practical ways through simple automation."

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  • Direct

    18. What quality sets you apart from other candidates?

      What You Need to Know

      Spend time reflecting on how your unique experiences will make you the best person for the job. According to their website, Square seeks applicants with 'divergent perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds.' Consider what sets you apart as an applicant and what is unique about your story or career trajectory. Advertise what you'll lend to the team or what you feel makes you unique. Highlight at least one quality that makes this position a good fit for you and makes you the best person for this position.

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      What NOT to Say

      Don't point out generic qualifying statements. There are likely many qualified candidates vying for the same position who are hardworking, motivated, and accomplished.

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      Entry Level Example

      "I would say my work ethic, focus, and willingness to help others on my team are some of my strong points. Also, I am a big fan of all of Square's offerings and a big Jack Dorsey fan as well. I feel as if I already embrace the culture and values of Square. I am also always expanding my knowledge, going above and beyond, and finding innovative ways to maximize efficiency."

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  • Direct

    19. Looking at our products and services, what do you think we do better at Square than our competitors?

      What You Need to Know

      This question is your opportunity to show your interviewer that you've done your homework and are well-prepared to represent their brand. Although there are several competitors for different applications, from niche eCommerce, restaurants, or retail, the only comparable alternative that has as wide a scope as Square is PayPal. However, even Paypal doesn't offer a full suite of products that Square does, from inventory management to Payroll software. So, before your interview, research Square's products and services and PayPal, and you can offer your unique perspective on how Square has a competing edge.

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      Entry Level Example

      "Honestly, aside from their suite of products and services that puts so much control and power in the hands of a startup or small business owner, I am most impressed with the sleek design of their products and their partnership and compatibility with Apple. Not only does Apple Tap work with their products, but the Square Card for business owners works with Apple Wallet. PayPal's card doesn't. Apple prides themselves on protecting their customer's privacy and keeping their information secure, and Square and Block share the same values. Just knowing that they hold a partnership built on integrity and cool professional design sets them light years ahead of the competition."

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  • Direct

    20. How would your coworkers would describe you?

      What You Need to Know

      This question tests your ability to distinguish how you perceive yourself versus how others perceive you and your confidence in your abilities. Think of praise you received from your teammates or growth opportunities that could also be perceived as strengths. Be honest and transparent, and find ways to make your answer relevant to this role. Common keywords that appear across their careers pages for the type of candidates they are looking for are creative and productive. Perform your research and identify which of their keywords best describe you.

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      Entry Level Example

      "My peers have told me that I'm a good listener and easy to collaborate with on projects. Communication is key to success within any relationship, which is why I've honed my listening abilities and assertiveness over the years. My peers have also described me as driven and motivated. I tackle projects head-on and set lofty but attainable goals for myself."

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  • Direct

    21. What would you say is your greatest weakness?

      What You Need to Know

      This common interview question is an opportunity to demonstrate your self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and accountability. Don't be shy or feel that sharing a weakness will sabotage your interview. Owning this growth opportunity will showcase your strength of character as a professional and your determination to overcome your shortcomings to succeed.

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      How to Answer

      Give an honest answer with a real weakness you've focused on and the plan you've implemented to improve. Showcase your integrity through honesty and transparency. Interviewers have heard it all and will see through any attempts to tell them what you think they want to hear. As they state on their website, "We strive to make our interview process a true reflection of our culture: transparent, mindful, and collaborative." So make sure you offer them the same courtesy.

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      Entry Level Example

      "In college, when working on group projects, even though I trusted my teammates and knew what fantastic work they do, I often struggled with delegating tasks to other my teammates and letting go. I take a lot of pride in my work, and I've got in the habit of wanting to see everything through on my own, from start to finish. But, being self-aware, I know this isn't sustainable in a real-world setting, so I've been working on feeling more comfortable asking for help from my colleagues when I need it and communicating effectively what needs to be done. While this growth opportunity is still a work in progress, I've learned how important it is to communicate effectively and rely on my teams."

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  • Direct

    22. What three strengths will benefit you most in this role?

      What You Need to Know

      Before the interview, consider which of your valuable skill sets are most relevant or transferable to this role, including both hard and soft skills. Consider comments or praise you have received from your mentors or colleagues. Then go beyond, exploring your personality and what makes you uniquely you, and share these with your interviewer.

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      Entry Level Example

      "In the past few years, the biggest skill I gained was the ability to multitask as an employee and student. Additionally, I have a strong grasp of time and how long it takes to accomplish a task. So, further improving this well-developed skill has allowed me to excel in my education while working full-time. I quite capably balanced these responsibilities. In addition to my multitasking abilities and strong time management skills, I also pride myself on my curiosity. Expanding the breadth of my knowledge is important to me, and I did that academically. My curiosity motivates me, and my attitude toward learning keeps me humble and hungry to learn."

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  • Discovery

    23. Tell me about a time you faced a difficult situation at work and how you approached it.

      What You Need to Know

      This question is ambiguous with intention. Your interviewer is curious about what you might consider a difficult situation at work. How you answer will tell them what skills you'd employ to find the best path forward and what it might reveal about your performance - whether you are self-managed in your work or require more hand-holding and constant reassurance. It offers you an opportunity to showcase how resourceful you are and that you can think outside of the box when needed. Highlight what you learned from the experience. As they state on their site, "We believe in a growth mindset. We'll give you space to grow."

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      Entry Level Example

      "Our professor presented the class with a no-win scenario that required resourceful thinking as the only means of accomplishing our goals. The scenario was designed to test how we faced impending failure, individually and as a group, how we'd deal with knowing we couldn't win, and what we'd learn from such failure. While I watched everyone else in class fight against the odds, I accepted failure immediately and didn't fight the odds. So I completed the simulation before anyone else. The professor smiled and watched me on and off over the next 2 hours. Once the last person was finished, she reviewed our scores and asked me to stand. She then, in front of the class, asked me why I had taken the course of action I had. I said if the goal of the test was to see how we as a group coped with impending failure and what we'd learned from it, then what would be the point of continuing down the wrong path? I explained that to control the damage, I should change course and shut it down right away. I'd evaluate from an outside perspective the results of the rest of the class and determine the best course after adjusting per those findings. I was the only person who received a perfect score."

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  • Discovery

    24. Why do you want to work for Square?

      What You Need to Know

      This question tests how clearly defined your professional goals are and how those goals align with the culture of Square's teams. Explain how you identify with Square's values and working environment and how you feel their company will help you meet your career goals. "At Square, you'll find extraordinary benefits and development opportunities that support who you are both inside and outside the office." Demonstrate you've done your research on Square and the job you are interviewing for by aligning your values with the organization's. Rather than simply focusing on why the position is a good fit for you, highlight how hiring you would benefit them and how, if hired, your expertise would contribute to the company.

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      Entry Level Example

      "While furthering my education, obtaining a Master's degree in data analytics, I've spent the past three years working in E-commerce sales. I wanted to further my education and career experience before I pursued this opportunity. I've been interested in pursuing a career with Square for quite some time, and (XYZ) position is my dream job. I'm drawn to Square's company culture of transparency, mindfulness, and collaboration. All these traits are central to my style of work. I feel I have a lot to contribute to your forward-thinking company culture and mission to economically empower small businesses all over the world. I am self-managed and self-guided in my work and considering my experience in data analytics and eCommerce. I'd hit the ground running and contribute immediately after onboarding."

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  • Diversity

    25. What are your thoughts on diversity and inclusion?

      What You Need to Know

      Your interviewer wants to understand how you'll operate and interact within Square's company culture, which emphasizes transparency, collaboration, and diversity. "To ensure fairness in promotion and compensation decisions, we are working to establish checks and surface insights to actively combat bias and drive decision-making." How you answer will reveal how aligned your values are with theirs and your level of cultural competence.

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      Entry Level Example

      "I think there are too many occasions where those from underprivileged communities aren't granted the same opportunities as others. In my opinion, everyone should be offered equal opportunity based on their talents and merits, above all else. More so, the more diverse a team is, bridging communities, the more that team has to offer in forms of alternative perspectives and innovation."

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  • Leadership

    26. How would you describe your style of leadership?

      What You Need to Know

      There are five main leadership types: authoritarian, transactional, delegative, participative, and transformational. Before your interview, reflect on your leadership style, the skills you've developed, how you've put them into action in previous roles, and how you can further develop your leadership skills and grow with Square. As they state on their site, 'Everyone adds value to the team. Do the work, and work together. Mentor and be mentored.'

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      Entry Level Example

      "Well, I haven't been in a leadership position quite yet, but I am a natural-born leader. I am all about encouraging others to perform at their best, helping them identify their strengths while navigating their weaknesses so they don't stand in their own way. Also, I consider myself very emotionally intelligent and self-aware, and I'm always leading the charge."

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  • Leadership

    27. Tell me about a time you dealt with adversity while in a position of leadership.

      What You Need to Know

      The true test of leadership is how you conduct yourself when things don't go according to plan, your decision-making, how you cope with the stress, and how quickly you respond to such circumstances. Highlight the challenges you've faced and the strategies you've employed to push through those situations. How you answer this question will inform them of your definition of adversity and whether you are up to the tasks facing you at a position with Square.

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      Entry Level Example

      "I started a group project in school, but three of our five members bowed out last minute, and my only other surviving member nearly bowed out due to the adversity we faced in getting it done. But instead, I developed several systems that allowed us to triage and address each potential hurdle, cutting the work in half. We then adjusted our approach and the end goal of the project to ensure we met our deadlines. We loaded a work organizational tool on our phones, allowing us to add to the thread and adjust our approach 24/7. In the end, we completed the project ahead of the deadline, earning perfect scores."

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  • Management

    28. How would you describe your ideal boss?

      What You Need to Know

      Your interviewer is curious whether they can live up to what you are looking for in your leadership and how well your expectations align with Square's company culture. They want to know if you rely on a collaborative rather than a hierarchical approach to management and whether you prefer strict guidelines or are capable of self-managing your performance. This question will give your interviewer a better idea of your work style and how you operate in a team and respond to authority figures. Keep your answer positive.

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      Entry Level Example

      "My ideal boss would be a mentor who encourages us to perform at our best and inspires the team. When you have a great coach that promotes a team's collaboration and camaraderie, there is nothing like it to inspire you to rise to new heights."

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  • Problem Solving

    29. If you were unable to answer a question or solve a client or colleague's problem, how would you handle it?

      What You Need to Know

      'Solutions' is one of the most dominant keywords on Square's sites, and they market themselves as identifying and coming up with business solutions for every aspect of a client's business. This question aims to evaluate your approach to problem-solving, how solutions-oriented you are, and your emotional intelligence. Recent studies have detailed the high level of emotional intelligence and power behind using the words 'I don't know' in an appropriate context, as opposed to speaking with authority with guesswork or uninformed opinions. In a client-facing role with Square, you may be asked questions you can't answer with the information on hand or aren't qualified to answer. The interviewers want to know how you answer such questions without compromising your customer's confidence in the brand you represent. It's okay to be honest with a client while exhibiting excellent communication skills and offering assurances you will get back to them with the answers they need. Share how you offer solutions-oriented approaches while retaining your client's trust, confidence, and brand loyalty.

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      Entry Level Example

      "In my current role, I'm often asked questions that require approval to answer, whether from our sales, finance, or service staff. So, I'd answer the questions I could, and when able, I'd put them in contact with those who could help them. I set clear expectations and work with our teams to deliver the best service possible."

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  • Problem Solving

    30. Give me an example of a time you had to solve a problem without all of the necessary information.

      What You Need to Know

      This question focuses on your work style and approach - primarily, your analytical skills, attention to detail, resourcefulness, and ability to think outside the box. Consider what problem-solving means to you based on your experiences. Think about your work approach in such situations, whether you try to find the missing information before proceeding or take the information you have on hand and take calculated risks. Lastly, be ready to answer how you would evaluate and justify such risks. The goal is to appraise your approach by your success, in which case this question can be viewed as yet another opportunity to showcase your merits. Remember, Square centers its business on 'finding business solutions.'

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      Entry Level Example

      "A couple of months ago, I fielded a call from a colleague's client while she was on vacation. This client had several questions about their finances, which I couldn't resolve with the information I had. I informed them their advisor was on vacation but assured them I'd find the answers to their questions within the hour. The client found this acceptable, and I dug in, learned what I needed to, and got back to them within 15 minutes."

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  • Salary

    31. What kind of salary are you looking for?

      What You Need to Know

      This is often a tricky question to navigate. Consider this question an opportunity to showcase your merits and work style, increasing your professional worth by evaluating this problematic question from every angle and displaying outside-of-the-box thinking while being resourceful. Perform research to determine their salary range. Figure in any perks you receive that lower your cost of living, such as your current salary, bonuses, benefits, etc. Consider how frequently you receive pay raises so you can project your estimated worth at its current rate. This will inform them what they have to compete with, as well as any other offers of employment.

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      The Goal

      As they state on their website, 'We believe in being fair and square. We're building an inclusive economy where all sellers have equal access to opportunity. We strive to live by these same values in all our workplaces.' Since they are looking for employees who embrace their values and ideology, you must also consider this when discussing salary. Try to learn what their salary range is. Remember, posting a job opportunity, interviewing, performing background checks, hiring, and onboarding are expensive endeavors. Not all the funds they earn are profit, and every department has a budget. So make sure the figure is fair and considerate of all parties. You don't want to sell yourself short, but you don't want to come across as inconsiderate either.

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      Entry Level Example

      "According to the current job market, someone with my degree and experience is typically valued at a salary range of $85,000 to $95,000. However, in looking at the increased rate of worth with accumulated experience, that number rises, which begs a few questions. How frequently are performance reviews and pay increases distributed on average, and are those restrictive or distributed on merit? What benefits, bonuses, and other perks are offered with this position that would allow adjustment to those figures?"

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  • Scenario Based

    32. 100 people see a digital ad. 100 people don’t see a digital ad. Of the 100 who do see the ad, 10 subscribe. One ad costs $50. Should Square use digital ads? How would you determine this?

      What You Need to Know

      Case study questions aren't uncommon, and scenario-based questions like these are not intended to trick you. Don't overthink it. Keep your answer straight and to the point. Map out your thought process and demonstrate your reasoning skills for making such decisions.

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      Entry Level Example

      "I would need more information before making a final decision. We are missing a key piece of information: the number of conversions from 100 individuals who did not see the ad and how defined the targeted audience was. A typical conversation rate for a Google ad, for instance, ranges from less than 1% to about 8%. If this percentage were in line with the experimental group, that would lead me to believe that the difference between the groups is not significant enough to warrant a portion of the advertising budget to support these digital ads."

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  • Stress

    33. How would you keep yourself motivated while working under high-stress circumstances?

      What You Need to Know

      Your interviewer wants to know how effectively you'll be able to perform in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment or when required to work long hours while facing tight deadlines. How you answer will inform them whether you can maintain your productivity and emotional balance or whether feeling overwhelmed results in task procrastination and burnout syndrome. Additionally, they want to determine how effectively you motivate your teammates toward reaching your mutual goal. As they state on their website, "There is a massive opportunity in front of us."

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      Entry Level Example

      "I thrive in such situations. I learned early on that every emotion has power. So if I experience stress, I will look at that energy as fuel I can capitalize on. I just focus that energy and use it as a burst towards productivity, getting me closer to the end goal. Also, when I watch others getting burned out, they often put in more effort avoiding the work at hand. It amazes me how much effort people sometimes put into avoiding doing the work. It is much easier to power through it rather than delay and elongate the stress through task aversion. Not me. Powering through it gives me power and focus. That's a positive."

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  • Teamwork

    34. What does teamwork mean to you?

      What You Need to Know

      As Square says on their site repeatedly, "We Grow Together." This question evaluates how well your personality will fit into their work culture. Some are singularly focused on their career progression and will take every measure to edge ahead of what they see as competition. The other approach for furthering one's career is through teamwork, supporting the group effort, and exhibiting leadership skills by helping further your team's goals on an individual level and as a group through mentoring, coaching, and remaining focussed on the big picture. Consider these points while answering this question and what growing together means.

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      Entry Level Example

      "My current colleagues would tell you that I'm knowledgeable and use this expertise to contribute to the team effort. I communicate effectively, take direction from others, and always lend a hand wherever I can. I understand that I would be working very closely with the engineering team at Square, which I assume would involve some degree of interdepartmental coordination. I am eager to learn about new areas outside my expertise to develop professionally, so I look forward to this collaboration."

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  • Technical

    35. Describe a time you implemented systems that increased efficiency at work.

      What You Need to Know

      A big part of system implementation is eliminating shortcuts or cutting corners. Ideally, it should always be easier to do the job the right way than to do it the wrong way to make the work easier. Systems should be developed to ensure doing the work correctly is the path of least resistance. So consider Square's statements: "We make the complex simple. We don't want to add things--we take things away to make them more simple." Think of times you've done this and your approach to systems implementation that reflects like-mindedness with their culture and work environment.

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      Entry Level Example

      "I've used Excel frequently in school, making what my peers have referred to as complicated customized spreadsheets, which I used to keep track of and analyze product data. I think these sheets are rather intuitive. I've made them for my peers, who regularly record macros to quickly format data and perform various analyses. What once would have taken 15-20 minutes to clean up data and run analyses can now be done in a matter of seconds. I'm always looking for new ways to make my work more efficient and am eager to learn more about the tools and resources Square provides to aid in automatic processing."

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