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What to listen for

  • The actions candidates walked their team through, plus a firm grasp of how they contributed to the group’s success
  • A healthy mix of “we” and “I” pronouns, indicating the candidate’s individual role and recognition of what the group achieved as a whole

What this question assesses

  • Ability to take the initiative to play an integral role in driving a project to completion, rather than sitting on the sidelines
  • Shared sense of success in the team’s accomplishments, while also demonstrating ability to identify the specific part they played

What to listen for

  • Approaching disagreement as an opportunity to share different ideas and offer constructive criticism, rather than turning the situation into a shouting match
  • Sharp judgment in knowing when to stand behind their idea and when to concede for the good of the project

What this question assesses

  • Willingness to put their own ego aside to focus on the bigger picture
  • The type of team your candidate was previously part of (ex: a flat vs. a rigid hierarchy) and whether they’ll work well with your team

What to listen for

  • An understanding of the benefits of both approaches and the different situations in which they work best (ex: working independently during focused sessions and collaborating to brainstorm ideas and gather feedback)
  • Fluidity and comfort working either independently or in a group setting

What this question assesses

  • Ability to take initiative when working solo, and to build rapport and foster constructive and effective relationships with teammates
  • Leaning too heavily on the team for direction if they signal that they struggle to work alone

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Brendan Browne leads recruiting for LinkedIn. Prior to joining LinkedIn, he led recruiting and HR at Microsoft, Northwest Mutual, and Sapient. A 15-year industry veteran, Brendan is passionate about nurturing high performing, healthy, scaleable companies.

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Lilian Tham drives executive hiring at Airbnb, where she’s excited to help steer the company through their IPO and post-IPO growth. Lilian previously led executive hiring for Google and Howard Fischer Associates, and managed marketing at American Express.

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Nick Gorski leads data engineering at Grand Rounds. Previously, he was an engineering manager at Twitter and a software engineer at TellApart, which Twitter acquired in 2015. Nick specializes in data platforms, machine learning, and distributed computing.

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Deanna Fleming leads the sales organization at Newell Brands Technical Apparel (NBTA). Prior to joining NBTA, she was the vice president of marketing and innovation at Harmless Harvest, where she managed the company’s expansive growth.