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Stripe Interview Questions

To help you prepare for a Stripe job interview, here are 32 interview questions and answer examples.

Stripe was written by and updated on December 26th, 2021. Learn more here.

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We want Stripes to support the decisions they make with numbers and narrative. Give me an example of a time you did that.

Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

Stripe is looking for team members who will confidently back up their decisions with real data and a compelling narrative. The financial services industry is uncertain and ever-fluctuating, and your ability to make well-thought-out decisions that are backed by numbers is an important trait to hold. Your interviewer wants to hear the experience you have doing just that.

Written by Rachel Hills on December 26th, 2021

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32 Stripe Interview Questions & Answers

  • Behavioral

    1. We want Stripes to support the decisions they make with numbers and narrative. Give me an example of a time you did that.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Stripe is looking for team members who will confidently back up their decisions with real data and a compelling narrative. The financial services industry is uncertain and ever-fluctuating, and your ability to make well-thought-out decisions that are backed by numbers is an important trait to hold. Your interviewer wants to hear the experience you have doing just that.

      Written by Rachel Hills on December 26th, 2021

      How to Answer

      Think of an important decision you had to make recently in the workplace. Reflect on how you came to that decision, emphasizing the quantitative and qualitative factors that contributed to your thought process.

      Written by Rachel Hills on December 26th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "My current company has been expanding, and I recently had to make a few important hiring decisions on our team. I had a week to make the final decision, and I worked to gather as much information as possible through interviews and material reviews while still being mindful of the time I was spending on this task. I then weighed potential hiring outcomes by thinking about each candidate's pros and cons, and I ultimately came to a decision to bring on three new team members through a mix of comparing the applicants' sales numbers and ranking the importance of various qualitative traits they held."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "On a client call a few weeks ago, the client shared new information with us that would have a major impact on our profit margins with them. Quickly reviewing the numbers they shared with me, I made the decision to share two potential steps forward with this client. Either we would have to raise their monthly retainer by 10% or we would need to cut off business going forward, as they had been consistently unprofitable for us given the height of their demands. This ultimatum led to the client agreeing to the higher but necessary retainer, and we've been successfully doing business since."

      Written by Rachel Hills on December 26th, 2021

      Community Answer

      "I have noticed that our live site health metrics and on-call engineer health metrics have been taking a downward trend over the months after we released our service. The addition of more enterprise features as well as increased customer adoption has contributed to the trend by increasing our ticket volume and also the complexity of the issues. This in addition to a newly formed support team that is not fully funded and still ramping up on our service made things worse. Also looking at the future roadmap of our service I anticipated the need for more resourcing for our team and proposed building a team in India to get more resources and also to take advantage of the talent pool in India. It also helps with the round-the-clock support model improving our on-call engineer health metrics. Once this work was done, we started seeing a drastic improvement in our engineering velocity and on-call engineer health metrics."

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      Amanda Knight

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      Amanda Knight Reviewed the Above Answer

      Well done! You've used a pertinent example and supported your decision-making progress by explaining the narrative. However, you can strengthen this answer by proving approximate percentages or KPI numbers regarding the downward trend you were seeing, how much your ticket volume increased, and how adding the team in India improved your on-call engineer health metrics. Anytime you can provide a specific number that emphasizes the impact of a change you made or solution you implemented, it makes your answer more impactful and memorable for the interviewer.

  • Behavioral

    2. Tell me about a time you had to work with scarce resources.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Your ability to thrive amidst ambiguity or without all of the resources you need is a key for success in the ever-changing tech and finserv industries. While Stripe will provide you with ample resources to do your job well, it's important to highlight your resourcefulness when tackling a project.

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      How to Answer

      Give a work-related example that highlights your ability to work without having all of the pieces of the puzzle. Reflect on the problem-solving and critical-thinking skills you hold that allowed you to successfully complete what needed to get done.

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      1st Answer Example

      "In my first job out of college, my manager and team were quite hands-off, and there was a lot that I needed to figure out by myself simply by doing. Pretty much every day, I learned by throwing myself into a project despite not having adequate resources to understand how to approach it. I learned a great deal in these first few years and can credit my expertise in (XYZ topic) to those formative few years of scarce workplace resources."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "My team and I recently worked on a client project where we faced limitations in multiple areas. Most prominently, we didn't have much time to complete it and had limited information on the client's goals for a few reasons outside of our control. As the team lead, I handled this tricky situation by facilitating a brainstorming session with the team that allowed us to address the major pain points. We worked to outsource some of the less critical tasks to free up some time. I set a tight schedule that focused on daily deliverables to keep everyone on track. And finally, once we had successfully completed the project I brought up the major issues with my manager and let him know where we would need support going forward with projects like these so that we wouldn't have to deal with a scarcity of resources in the future."

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  • Behavioral

    3. Tell me about the most interesting project you have worked on this year and the biggest thing you learned from it.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Your interviewer wants to hear that you're a motivated individual with an authentic interest in the projects you've taken part in. This question is also an opportunity for the interviewer to dig into your project management skills, so make sure you adequately layout your methodical approach to tackling a project, whether personal or professional.

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      How to Answer

      Demonstrate to your interviewer that you value continuous growth and learning opportunities by discussing a recent project that particularly piqued your interest. In most cases, it's best to focus on a professional example, but it's okay to discuss a personal project as long as you can give a compelling reason why it's relevant to your current work.

      Maybe a project put you out of your comfort zone professionally, or perhaps it had a far-reaching impact. Reflect on what made the project meaningful and the top thing that you took away from it.

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      1st Answer Example

      "In my previous role, we worked on a variety of projects with fingerprint recognition software. One of the most interesting projects was a fingerprint-based ATM system. It was a test project for a large banking institution. In addition to learning a great deal about fingerprint recognition, I was also able to learn a lot about the critical relationship between software and security."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I find the majority of the projects that I have been working on this past year to be very interesting. If I had to choose one, I would choose having had the opportunity to develop the Uber app with a team of software developers. This has been the most meaningful part of my internship with Uber, as I learned a lot about on-demand apps and building a friendly user interface."

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      Community Answer

      "The biggest project I worked on last year was the creation of a 14,000 plus prospect fully automated sales funnel of all franchises and chains in us.

      It stretched me to get creative since I was given limited resources, and because of this, it taught me to communicate effectively what I was trying to accomplish and set clear goals and targets to show progress."

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      Rachelle Enns

      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      Very interesting, for sure! I recommend being super clear about the goals of this project and how this project impacted the company's overall success.

  • Behavioral

    4. We're looking for team members who will contribute to Stripe's mission from day one. How long will it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our team?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Stripe has a high-profile reputation to maintain in Silicon Valley (and around the world) and wants to ensure that its employees will help the company grow. As such, hiring managers are looking to hire the best of the best. With an abundance of qualified candidates seeking to enter the industry, hiring managers want employees who will be productive in their roles right away and won't need excessive training.

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      How to Answer

      While it's understandable that you will need some time to get up to speed in your role, you should convey to your interviewer that you're ready to hit the ground running on day one. Emphasize that you're a fast learner who will happily jump right into tasks. If you can think of one, give an example of a time that you quickly adjusted to a new environment and successfully completed a task or project right off the bat.

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  • Behavioral

    5. Working at Stripe, you will experience changes on a regular basis. When have you had to change a major component of your project due to new information being presented?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Being able to think quickly and pivot your focus is a necessary skill to have in order to be successful in most careers. Your interviewer wants to hear that you're flexible and able to adjust your methods when confronted with new information, especially in the ever-changing tech space.

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      How to Answer

      Talk to the interviewer about a time when a significant change, whether internal or external, occurred on a project. Highlight the steps you took to seamlessly implement new information and successfully complete the project.

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  • Behavioral

    6. How do you handle stress on the job?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Some degree of stress is an inevitable part of most jobs. The interviewer would like to get a better idea of how you react to stressful situations with this behavioral-based question.

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      How to Answer

      Demonstrate the strategies you draw upon to effectively manage stress and ensure that it doesn't get in the way of doing your job effectively. Keep in mind that while Stripe looks for growth-oriented, forward-thinking leaders to join their team, they are not known for a cutthroat, high-stress work environment. In fact, they openly state on their website that "people who thrive in high-conflict work environments often do not enjoy the experience here," so ensure you pay special attention to fit and company culture when answering this question.

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  • Direct

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Signing a non-disclosure agreement is quite common in the software and technology industry. If hired, you will likely become privy to trade secrets, pending patents, and other innovative projects that must remain confidential. This is a straightforward question to make sure you're up to the task.

      Written by Rachel Hills on December 26th, 2021

      How to Answer

      Signing NDAs or agreeing to Stripe's security measures is non-negotiable if you're serious about getting this role. Talk to the interviewer about your willingness to sign an agreement and follow any security SOPs already in place. 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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  • Direct

    8. Are you familiar with the services we offer at Stripe?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Stripe is more than just an API for payment processing, and they are known for the comprehensive suite of payment services that they offer to their customers. Stripe services include but are not limited to:

      - Online payment solutions
      - Billing solutions
      - Website payment integration
      - Fraud protection

      Your interviewer wants to ensure you have a working knowledge of Stripe's products and services.

      Written by Rachel Hills on December 26th, 2021

      How to Answer

      Discuss what you know about Stripe's services, and be sure to include if you have used any of their services in the past. Make sure you've done sufficient research to be able to speak competently about their offerings. Further, this question is an opportunity for a back-and-forth conversation with your interviewer. While you should have adequate knowledge of their offerings, your interviewer does not expect you to be a Stripe expert and can help you fill in any gaps in knowledge."

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  • Direct

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      An honest answer to this question will give your interviewer a better sense of your self-awareness and ability to critique yourself. Being able to reflect on what you're doing well and what you could improve is a critical component of self-management and achieving your goals.

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      How to Answer

      Give an honest answer that reveals how you really think the interview is going, striking the delicate balance between self-confidence and self-awareness. If you don't think it's going well, this is the perfect opportunity to take a step back and address any topics that you would like to address further.

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  • Direct

    10. What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This is a straightforward question. With the ubiquity of telework, you likely have experience with various communication software and messaging applications.

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      How to Answer

      Give the interviewer a brief overview of the apps you are experienced in and assure them that you can learn their internal system, should it be new to you.

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  • Direct

    11. Why should we hire you?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Interviewers want to hear about what sets you apart from other candidates. This question is your opportunity to tie it all together for them by highlighting your career goals, most relevant experience, and the personal motivation you have to work in this role.

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      How to Answer

      Think of your answer as your 'elevator pitch' or your qualifying statement to seal the deal. If the interviewer asks this question towards the end, you should focus your answer on highlighting the most salient features of your application rather than bringing in new pieces of information.

      Ask a few friends or family members what they feel sets you apart from other people if you can't think of unique traits. Their observations may help you understand how you are perceived. If you do already have a clear idea of what sets you apart, share that information confidently. Remember that in an interview, you are your most influential advocate.

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  • Direct

    12. I would like to have a full understanding of your experience and portfolio. What types of industries have your previous projects been involved in?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The software and technology industry is vast, and it is essential for the interviewer to have a full understanding of the sectors and types of projects where you have the most experience. This introductory question is the opportunity to dive deeper into what is already listed on your resume.

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      How to Answer

      Highlight any projects or clients you have prior experience with that relate to the work you would be doing at Stripe. While you should focus your answer on industries relevant to the role, it's OK to bring up prior experience in a completely different field so long as you can tie that experience into how you got to where you are now and highlight why it was meaningful.

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  • Direct

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to know that you can speak competently about the industry and that you are aware of Stripe's competitive landscape. There is no right or wrong answer to this question so long as you justify why you've chosen the products and services you did.

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      How to Answer

      Before your interview, thoroughly research Stripe and any awards or recognition they have recently received. Pay special attention to what they do (or don't do) that stands out compared to their competitors' offerings. Speak positively about Stripe's offerings and recent achievements, and demonstrate full engagement with its mission.

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  • Direct

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Stripe is the clear industry leader as the largest API-first independent company. Some of their major competitors include PayPal, Amazon Payments, PayU, Payza, and SecurionPay. The interviewer is asking you this to ensure you have a working understanding of Stripe's competitive landscape and that you, on an individual level, have the capacity to contribute to the company's bottom line.

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      How to Answer

      Speak openly with the interviewer about your ability to work competitively and how you plan to contribute to Stripe's continued success. Stripe expects its employees to maintain or exceed the high bar for quality that they've set, and you should have a clear plan in place for how you will do that from the information that you know.

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  • Direct

    15. Who is the ideal customer for Stripe?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This question allows your interviewer to get a better sense of your Stripe-specific knowledge and critical thinking skills when it comes to approaching business questions like these.

      Written by Rachel Hills on December 26th, 2021

      How to Answer

      Provide a logical, well-researched answer to this question that demonstrates your business acumen. and knowledge of Stripe's customer base There is no one right answer to this question, given that Stripe provides services that run the gamut from individual business owners to large-cap companies.

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  • Discovery

    16. Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer would like to get to know who you are outside of a piece of paper to get to know you better. This question is an opportunity to stand out as an applicant with a fun fact or personal trait that makes you memorable.

      Written by Rachel Hills on December 26th, 2021

      How to Answer

      You are certainly not obligated to discuss personal matters such as your kids or relationship status. Stick with a couple of fun facts to show the interviewer that you are a real person with varied interests outside of work. Focus on non-work-related skills or hobbies. For example, you might share that you enjoy beat-boxing or making origami swans. Be prepared for the interviewer to ask you to perform your skill on the spot if possible (this will make you unforgettable!)

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  • Discovery

    17. What do you think you will like about this role with Stripe?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Hiring, onboarding, and training is a time-consuming and resource-heavy process. Hiring managers want to know that you're excited about this role and that investing in you as an employee will be worth it. This question is an opportunity to demonstrate that you are well-versed in the role and share what you're most excited about.

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      How to Answer

      Be honest in discussing openly what excites you about this role (as long as what you discuss is removed from money, status, benefits, etc.). You might share how this position will challenge you and help you grow or that you're motivated to be a part of Stripe's team culture. Above all, emphasize your excitement about the opportunity and make sure your interviewer knows that you have spent time reflecting on what you genuinely look forward to with this role.

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  • Discovery

    18. What's a new skill you've learned recently, and why did you learn it?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This question is your opportunity to demonstrate two things to your interviewer:

      1) You are a quick learner and are motivated to learn new skills.
      2) You are an interesting human being and a memorable applicant!

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      How to Answer

      Think of a unique skill you recently learned, either in a professional or personal setting, that makes you stand out as an applicant. Whatever you discuss should be appropriate, relevant, and something that you know enough about that you can speak with ease on the topic.

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  • Discovery

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      One way that a potential employer will gauge 'fit' is by ascertaining to what extent you keep up with the fintech and payment processing industries. Keeping up with the industry and Stripe's competitive landscape signals competency and compatibility with your interviewer.

      Written by Rachel Hills on December 26th, 2021

      How to Answer

      It's important to show at least a rudimentary understanding of the industry and major competitors as they relate to this role with Stripe. Demonstrate to your interviewer that you keep up with the industry through membership in industry-relevant groups or publications. You should have a reliable news outlet that you rely on for industry news, which you can mention to your interviewer.

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  • Discovery

    20. We encourage innovation at Stripe. What does innovation mean to you?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      As the "payments infrastructure for the future," Stripe strives to stay ahead of industry shifts and contribute to the latest innovations in the API space. They release hundreds of new features and improvements annually to stay one step ahead of their competitors, and your interviewer wants to know that your definition of innovation is in line with Stripe's culture.

      Written by Rachel Hills on December 26th, 2021

      How to Answer

      Think about how you define innovation in your work life and discuss with your interviewer the ways that you have contributed to an innovative environment in the workplace (and how you would continue to do so at Stripe). You might highlight how you leveraged technology in a previous project or designed a unique solution to address a challenge. Examples like these can be the basis for how you define innovation.

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  • Discovery

    21. Who would you say inspires you?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer is asking this question to learn more about you on a personal level and what you value most highly. Your answer to this question will give the interviewer a better sense of your personality and what's important to you.

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      How to Answer

      Your inspiration can come from a book, a mentor, family member, celebrity, author, or someone from a previous job. There are no wrong answers here, but you should aim to avoid cliches or pointing to an individual whom you don't, in reality, draw inspiration from.

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  • Discovery

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Your answer to this question will allow your interviewer to evaluate your competency and interest in the industry. This question gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your industry knowledge and ongoing educational efforts.

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      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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  • Discovery

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Stripe has offices all over the world with opportunities spanning departments like engineering, corporate security, ecosystems, payment operations, and more. This question is your opportunity to expand on your career ambitions as they relate to Stripe and the role you're applying to.

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      How to Answer

      Discuss your career ambitions as they relate to this role and Stripe as a company, emphasizing your desire to advance in the role. If you aspire to a manager-level position or seek to increase the number of people you are currently managing, share that with your interviewer. This question is also a great opportunity to ask a question about opportunities for advancement at Stripe.

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  • Discovery

    24. What would you consider your technical specialty?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Stripe is more than just a payment API. Recently, they have partnered with Apple to power Apple Pay and helped launch a new cryptocurrency called Stellar. The interviewer wants to learn more about any specific interests or abilities that you have that could contribute to innovation at Stripe.

      Written by Rachel Hills on December 26th, 2021

      How to Answer

      Talk to the interviewer about your strengths and be sure to highlight any specific skills that you excel in. It's a great idea to highlight particular skills you have that may be listed on the Stripe 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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  • Education

    25. At Stripe we hire individuals with diverse educational and professional backgrounds. Walk me through your post-secondary education and training and how it will help you in a career with Stripe.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer will likely have a rough idea of your educational background from your resume. What they are asking through this question is for you to bring the experience to life for them and connect the dots between your academic preparation and your suitability for this role. Remember that most Stripe employees don't actually have a background in finance, and Stripe looks to hire team members who will bring fresh perspectives to the fintech space.

      Written by Rachel Hills on December 26th, 2021

      How to Answer

      In your answer, you can discuss memorable courses, extracurriculars, or any special academic recognition you received in your university and graduate education. Focus on discussing the strengths you gained and how those skills will be used in your new position with Stripe. Avoid simply listing what can easily be found on your resume. Rather, highlight what you gained from these experiences and how they will prepare you for a new role with Stripe.

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  • Experience

    26. Tell me about your greatest work-related accomplishment.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Asking about your most significant accomplishment allows the interviewer to dive more deeply into your professional background. It also gives the interviewer the opportunity to learn more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and what you value personally and professionally.

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      How to Answer

      It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Demonstrate that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments and that you would take this same sense of pride in your work to a new role with Stripe. Point to a specific, relevant example that highlights the impact you made on a project.

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  • General

    27. What is the difference between customer service and customer support?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This question may seem like splitting hairs, but it's important to understand the nuance between these two terms. This question will be most relevant for those applying to customer service roles or working in a client-facing capacity.

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      How to Answer

      Customer support tends to require greater technical abilities whereas customer service represents a more proactive approach to keeping customers happy. Sometimes a customer service agent will be on the frontlines and will need to escalate a customer issue to the support team. Give the interviewer your best understanding of service versus support.

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  • General

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to make sure that you understand the position description and that you are well-versed in what will be required of you in this role with Stripe. Further, the interviewer wants to hear that you're up to the task and have all of the relevant training and experience to excel in these responsibilities.

      Written by Rachel Hills on December 26th, 2021

      How to Answer

      Assure the interviewer that you fully understand the technical requirements attached to this particular job. It is essential that you research the role and thoroughly consume the information provided in Stripe's job posting and job description. Keep your answer to the point.

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  • Leadership

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Regardless of how junior or senior your role is at a company, it's important to demonstrate that you hold the traits of a good leader and use these traits to effect positive change in the workplace. Your interviewer wants to ensure you are a good leader and will exercise your leadership capacity in a new role with Stripe.

      Written by Rachel Hills on December 26th, 2021

      How to Answer

      This question is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate your sense of initiative and creativity. Think about a time when you proposed a change in the workplace that led to positive effects. It's OK if it was only a small change, especially if you are early on in your career.

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  • Leadership

    30. We are willing to give enormous responsibilities to Stripes even at early stages of their career. Give me an example of a time you had a lot of responsibility and delivered.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Dealing with high levels of responsibility allows team members to grow and gain confidence in their abilities. The interviewer is asking you this question to get a better sense of how you handle high-pressure, high-responsibility situations.

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      How to Answer

      Convey that you stay cool and collected under pressure and that you are eager to take on high levels of responsibility in your role. This will highlight your trustworthiness and motivation. Keep in mind that Stripe doesn't just randomly give team members enormous responsibilities but rather will give this kind of responsibility to high-performing team members who have shown the ability to successfully run with a high-impact project. Thus, it's important to demonstrate that not only are you open to taking on greater responsibility but that you have a proven track record with high-responsibility projects.

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  • Salary

    31. What are your salary expectations?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Ah, the dreaded salary expectations question. Interviewees often feel uncomfortable discussing compensation, worried that they will give a number that's too high or too low. Hiring managers ask this question for multiple reasons. It may be an opportunity to lowball you with an offer, or it could be to ascertain whether your expectations are in line with what they can realistically offer you.

      Written by Rachel Hills on December 26th, 2021

      How to Answer

      Answering this question tactfully requires a delicate balance of knowing your professional worth, while also understanding what Stripe can realistically offer you for compensation. Rather than giving a specific number, it's best to provide a realistic range that allows room for negotiation. It's helpful to do your research beforehand using various online resources to ensure that you have a good idea of the salary range.

      If you're unsure of a fair range for this position, this question is an opportunity for a discussion with the interviewer. To avoid pigeonholing yourself into a salary that's lower than what they might offer you, you can ask your interviewer to share the typical salary range for the role.

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  • Technical

    32. What is an API and how much do you know about this concept?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      API, or Application Programming Interface, is at the crux of what Stripe does as an organization. Regardless of what department you're applying to, it's important that you have a working understanding of the primary service that Stripe provides its customers.

      Written by Rachel Hills on December 26th, 2021

      How to Answer

      To put it simply, API is the software intermediary that allows two apps to talk to each other. The degree of technical complexity you should include in your explanation depends on the role to which you're applying. Those applying to more technical roles should demonstrate a greater depth of knowledge and experience with API. Keep your answer concise and confident.

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