Changing jobs can be an extremely stressful decision, and while the uncertainty around the process can’t be entirely avoided, preparing for the various steps along the way is key to making the transition as smooth as possible. Of course, one of the most important, and stressful, parts is the interview. At Sprout Social, we have learned what makes a candidate most successful in the interview process and we are excited to share those insights so you can best prepare for landing a role here.
Now let’s get down to it, what makes someone stand out? Below are a few tips and tricks to make the most of your interview opportunity at Sprout. That’s right, we are giving you the answers to the test.
Know Our Product
Start a free 30-day trial so you can become familiar with the features and the value of the software. Regardless of whether you are interviewing for a sales, engineering or another position, don’t forget you are also interviewing for a Sprout job. Our team is going to ask you about our product. Show us that you did your research and that you believe in the work we do.
Know Our People
Ask who you will be speaking with on your interview day and take time to review their LinkedIn profiles and any other background you can find. Keep note of commonalities to bring up - previous company, mutual friends, or shared hobbies. You can also use this insight to inform questions you will ask and points of interest you bring up.
Use the Job Description as a Checklist
Everything we want in an ideal candidate can be found in the job description for that role, which is located on our Careers Page. Prior to the interview, study it and think of an anecdote that can check each box mentioned.
Carry Your True Self
Dress nicely, but be comfortable. We want to know that you have the natural instinct on how to be professional in a work setting. Be confident and strong, but find ways to show your humility and hunger to learn. Admit candidly if you don’t know or understand something and always ask clarifying questions.
Sprout Social structures interviews in a way that simulates conversations and presents challenges a team member would encounter every day. By creating an interview environment that is similar to the daily experience of working at Sprout, we aim to give candidates the feeling that they are already part of the team. With that in mind, don’t shy away from the conversational and engaging part of the interview. Use this time to truly immerse yourself in the situation and respond as if you would when actually working here. Also, don’t forget to ask honest questions that you sincerely would like the answer to.
Get the Post Interview Edge
Personalize the thank you emails to your interviewers. Include a fun fact or something that caught your ear during the session, work or non-work related. Follow up emails show employers that you are professional, kind and thoughtful. When they are personalized, it demonstrates that you listened and absorbed their words.
Stay in touch and come back
If you don’t receive an offer, don’t sweat it. There was likely someone else who fit the role more accurately. If you made it to an in-person interview, you are a great candidate. Take the feedback from the team and reflect on it. Stay in touch with your recruiter and reconnect down the line. Perhaps you have acquired skills or had new experiences that would make you the absolute ideal candidate for Sprout. We admire persistence - it means that you don’t just want a new job, but you want to specifically work at Sprout Social.
Now you have the answers to the test! Take them to heart when preparing and you are sure to have a meaningful, positive, and hopefully successful interview at Sprout Social.
Molly Jones is a Talent Operations Lead at Sprout Social.