April 8, 2021


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Land interviews at top tech companies 30 seconds or less 😵‍💫

Kareem Abukhadra

Author, Founder Relentless

Yes, you read the title right.

Here’s how.

Go to one of these websites:

  1. https://www.mentoring-club.com/ (general tech roles)
  2. https://storage.googleapis.com/uxcoffeehours.com/site/design.html (design and research)
  3. https://mentorlist.herokuapp.com/ (general tech roles)

Set up time with anyone who is manager level or above.

Do this on the phone:

  1. Build rapport: smile, be enthusiastic, and identify a few things you have in common with the person you’re talking to.
  2. Identify a challenge: ask questions to understand the main priorities they’re working towards and the challenges they’re facing at their company.
  3. Signal that you can solve those challenges: mention specific times in your past where you solved similar challenges or worked towards similar goals.

You can’t do 3 directly or you’ll throw your interviewer off - after all, they just see this as a casual coffee chat - but if you do it implicitly and then follow up, it can work.

For example, here’s a possible follow up email you could write after doing 1 through 3 on the phone:

Hey [name],
Enjoyed hopping on a call to chat about [XYZ unique thing].
[More personalization / an interesting topic you two talked about].
P.S. I know you mentioned [ABC challenge]. I actually might be able to help there and I happen to be looking for a new role too. If you’d like, I’d be happy to hop on another call to discuss that in more detail.

Hope this helps - hustle onwards.


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