If you are applying for roles at Twitter and other large tech companies, the more you can research and learn before you talk to them, the better off you will be. We have worked with hundreds of people on their job search, helping them optimize each step so they can successfully land the job they want, so we have gathered a lot of data.
Once you start looking into the application and interview processes for tech companies, you will see there are a lot of similarities from company to company. If you prepare with this in mind, you should be able to go into your interviews with confidence. Below, we will outline the application and interview process for Twitter.
- Twitter application process
- Twitter interview process
- How to prepare for the interviews
- Twitter offer process
Twitter application process
The big tech companies are almost always hiring. You can find their openings on their Careers page or on the larger job boards, like LinkedIn, where they have over 47k openings. It is beneficial to look on LinkedIn because if you have your preference set to “open to new opportunities”, recruiters will know you are looking and could potentially reach out to you.
One of the main issues people face when they apply to big tech companies like Twitter, though, is the amount of competition. So, how can you rise above the competition and get your resume seen by the recruiters and hiring managers?
To start, it’s important for candidates to realize that applying through the Twitter online portal is not enough to be seen. You need to find an actual human on the other side who will help differentiate you from the thousands of other similar applications. This is another reason why conducting your search on LinkedIn is helpful.
Start by searching on LinkedIn for technical recruiters, high level team members, or managers from the company and try to find someone who has a connection to you. Maybe you both went to the same school, you are from the same hometown, or you have similar academic or professional interests. Whatever it is, this connection will warm up your cold email. Spend the time finding someone who has this connection because it will be worth it. There are almost 21,000 results when you search “Twitter technical recruiter” on LinkedIn, so you should be able to find at least 1 person.
This email is a great way to increase the chances that your application is seen and it will serve as a reminder to the hiring manager that you are a human. Check out our guide to crafting great cold emails for information on how to find the hiring manager’s email address and templates you can use for your emails.
Twitter interview process
Twitter has established interview processes, which is great, because it means you can prepare for each step. While they mostly follow the same structures, it’s important to accurately understand what you will see.
The Twitter interview process typically takes 2-4 weeks on average and follows this order.
Stage 1: Phone screen with HR.
Stage 2: Online coding test or technical assessment.
Stage 3: 1-2 technical phone interviews with team members.
Stage 4: Onsite interview with 5-6 different people. These onsite interviews consist of technical and behavioral interviews, lunch, and some cross-functional interviews.
How to prepare for these interviews
The phone screen is typically fairly casual. This is their first chance to get to know you as a candidate, so they likely will be asking you questions about why you are interested in the position, how your background relates to the role, and why you would be a good fit for the company. Do some research on the company and their mission, values, and culture to prepare for the phone interview. Even though you probably use Twitter, they are still looking closely for a behavioral fit, so make sure you understand their mission and values. You can find information on their About, Company, and Values pages and then plan to insert what you learned into your responses.
For your technical challenges and onsite technical interviews, you should make sure you are well-prepared by practicing these kinds of problems and timing yourself. For engineers, working with a partner in pair programming practice sessions can be especially helpful. We have a list of Twitter interview questions that you can use to practice for software engineering, data science, product design, and product management interviews.
Once you go onsite, you will also have behavioral interviews, where you can put your research on company values and mission to work again. Prepare your responses by writing them down and practicing them in front of a mirror or with a partner. We have also compiled a list of behavioral interview questions from top tech companies that you can use to prepare.
Twitter offer process
When you get to the offer stage with big tech companies, negotiation is important. Twitter offers are typically slightly lower than some of the other prestigious tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon, but compensation is still generous. They might not move the needle much on actual salary when you are negotiating, since they are usually giving good offers, but that does not mean you shouldn’t try. These companies do often have leeway on their equity, signing bonuses, and other benefits.
From the beginning of the application and interview processes, you should never mention a number, or even range, if you can help it. Check out our negotiation guide for more information on negotiation, including an annotated email template for negotiation.
For more specific information on how to get a job at individual companies, check out our guides with interview processes, questions, values, and everything else you need.
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