You opened your email and this is what it read as:
"Hi there! We'd like to schedule a phone screen with you to learn more about your qualifications for the role. What does your availability look like this/next week?"
First off all, CONGRATS!! TECH POD IS VERY PROUD OF YOU! If you're not sure how to best prepare for the phone screen, we are here with 5 tips to help you ace that phone screen.
"Tell me about yourself." A question that you will get asked in almost all interviews. This is your chance to make a good impression on the recruiter with your elevator pitch. You want to sound like you're prepared, but not a robot memorizing scripts.
Here are a few things you want to nail down in your elevator pitch:
"I’m a Senior studying Business at UC Berkeley. I’d describe myself as someone who loves problem solving, so I thrive in a fast-pased, startup environment I also have a strong background in writing and presentation, which has helped my success in previous marketing positions. And I would be happy to share more about those prior marketing positions if you'd like."
The recruiter will very likely to ask you to walk through your resume or they will ask about a specific experience, such as “I see you interned at Salesforce last summer, could you tell me more about that experience?”
To answer this question, you can follow the WHALE format:
"Last summer, I had the opportunity to work as an APMM at Salesforce on the small to medium business team. My project for the summer was leading outreach to small businesses to learn about what they were struggling with during the pandemic, how Salesforce helped them, if at all, and what else Salesforce could do to help. I began by conducting research on the state of small businesses during this time, as well as the industries and specific companies I was speaking with. After practice interviews, I led calls with these customers themselves. At the end, I compiled 21 of these stories into “customer snapshots” that were used across all marketing channels. In addition, I led a “Lunch and Learn” presentation to the whole businesses unit, where I shared the insights I gained from these customers and shared actionable steps Salesforce could take to help these small businesses more during this time."
Make sure you are prepared for a few behavioral questions as well. Tech companies look for individuals who are organized, self-starter, a team-player and a problem solver, so be prepared to show the recruiter that you have all these skills. You can utilize the WHALE method again to answer these skills-based questions. Some example questions recruiters might ask are:
The recruiter will be curious to know why you applied to their specific tech company or startup as well as the position. Thorough research about the company is critical because company culture is heavily emphasized in the tech industry. They want to see if you're a good fit to their culture.
Pro-tip: see if you can tie to recent news to impress the recruiters ;).
Recruiters will not know too much about the specific team or the role itself. You can reserve role-specific or team-specific questions for the hiring managers. You can ask the recruiters questions about the company, the company culture or their experience working there. Here are some example questions you can ask:
There you have it. Now go ace that interview and GOOD LUCK!
Pro-tip: Don't forget to send a thank-you email within 24 hours and reiterate your interest in the position as well as the role.