As some of the biggest tech companies in the world, FAANG – Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google (aka Alphabet) – has some of the most rewarding careers.
Employees at this company tend to have significant benefits, perks, stability, and worldwide recognition.
The salaries at a FAANG job are notable as well. For example, Netflix has an average compensation of $400k per year.
But the benefits come at a price. If you truly want your next job to be at FAANG, you’ll have to prepare to compete with other top-notch, highly qualified candidates.
In this article, we will provide FAANG interview prep to help you put your best foot forward when applying to one (or more) of these big tech companies.
Do Your Research
It is crucial to do your research before applying to any of the FAANG companies. You want to be sure you are not just applying for the name brand.
You should demonstrate that you are applying because you are truly interested in the company’s mission, goals, and environment, as well as the specific work you will be doing in your desired role.
If you do not research the company before applying, the hiring managers will be able to see that you are simply applying because you know the name of the company – not because you want to play a key role in the company’s progress.
Doing prior research may also help you understand and connect with more recent projects and objectives of the team you’d be working with, which will help you stand out when discussing your interest in the job.
Find a True Job Match
Although FAANG companies are tech companies, there are several different kinds of jobs that you can apply for.
You might be a programmer or computer engineer, or you might want a sales role, a legal role, a social media role, or else.
Make sure that you are not applying for a job simply because it is currently available. Apply to a job that specifically fits your background, studies, skill set, and interests.
If you are indeed a computer engineer – the most common type of applicant for FAANG – there are still a variety of jobs to apply to. Make sure you are applying for a role that fits your work experience and area of expertise.
Create an Impactful Resume
Update your resume to include the programming language you are an expert at (Java, Python, etc.), skills you excel in (communication, writing, hardware engineering, etc.), and projects you have completed in previous roles.
You want to highlight your accomplishments, not just the roles you’ve had in the past. Be as specific as possible to include tangible, measurable things you have delivered in previous employment. For example, if you wrote a specific code for a client, detail what it was, why it was important, and quantify how it improved things for your employer (e.g.: their website now loads X seconds faster).
Practice for Your Interview
The interview can be the most daunting aspect of FAANG interview prep. But practicing common interview questions can make you feel more confident and self-assured.
Here are a few common interview questions you can use to kick off your interview practice:
Tell me a little about yourself.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Why do you want this job?
- Tell me about a time you struggled in a past role? How did you overcome the challenge?
- Why do you want this job?
- Why should we hire you?
- Do you work best alone or in a team? Why?
- What are your favorite technology products, and why?
- Why did you leave your previous job?
- What questions do you have for us?
Additionally, you should become familiar with the STAR framework – situation, task, action, result – as it is a great guideline for answering questions.
Review Your LinkedIn
Hiring managers understand that you are not just your career – you have a life too. However, having an appropriate and appealing LinkedIn presence can make a difference in the hiring process.
If possible, you want to ensure that you have endorsements for the skills you list both on your LinkedIn profile and on your resume. It may seem trivial, but these are things an interviewer may consider before an interview.
All in all, you want to make sure that your profile is up to date and reflects your skills and accomplishments well. It’s a good idea to think of LinkedIn as your living resume where other people can verify and endorse your claims.
Don’t Be Afraid to Try Again
Applying for a FAANG job is difficult, so getting one the first time you apply is not easy. Part of FAANG interview prep understands that the first time you apply might not work out, given the competitive nature of these companies.
If you need to enhance your skills further after your first application, consider obtaining a professional certificate from Google or an AWS certificate from Amazon. With these programs, you will feel more prepared and upgrade your resume simultaneously.
There are several ways to approach your FAANG interview prep. Key steps include:
- Doing your research
- Finding a true job match
- Creating an aligned resume
- Practicing your interview
- Reviewing your social media
- Trying again if necessary
Whether it’s your first time or your fifth time applying for a highly competitive yet supremely rewarding FAANG career, Mahesh M. Thakur –
a Fortune 100 Executive and Leadership Coach – can provide invaluable guidance, backed by 20+ years of experience.