Hi there! I’m Dan, a Talent Acquisition Specialist at Auvik, and I joined the team in January 2022. If you’re interviewing for a role, you’ll likely hear from me!
Interviewing at Auvik is a two-way conversation, not an interrogation. We want to get to know you as a person, and vice versa, because it’s just as important that we be the right career move for you too. But we know job interviews can be intimidating!
Here are my top tips to prepare for your Auvik job interview.
1. When asked about how you heard of Auvik and why you want to join our team, make yourself stand out.
You’ll likely be asked this question by hiring managers — do some research! Great communication, and being able to give compelling reasons to “why Auvik” and “why this role” is important, and it’s often what makes candidates stand out—regardless of the department they are interviewing with.
Even if you did just come across the posting online, what did you find out after looking into the company? What was it that sparked interest enough to still want to apply? Show your enthusiasm and that you’ve done the research. Tip: Learn a bit about how our product works, and what it’s like working at Auvik on our careers page.
What makes you excited about the prospect of working here? It’s great to practice how you’ll answer this question ahead of time in a clear and concise way.
2. Check out the Auvik Way values and see if they align with yours.
A workplace culture changes and evolves, but company values tend to remain the same. When searching for your next opportunity, consider how the company values align to your own personal values. When I read through the Auvik values, known as the Auvik Way, they resonated with me — it felt very aligned to “the Dan Way.”
Values like “shit happens,” “kindergarten rules,” and “no assholes” stood out the most to me. Remember, as a candidate, you have the option to choose the company that’s right for you. This should start, in part, with how values align on both sides, and can make for a compelling reason for a candidate as to why they want to work there.
3. Focus on what you’ve accomplished, not everyday tasks.
Before the interview, go through your resume and write down things you’ve accomplished or things you are proud of in your past roles. You can use these as talking points in the interview. Sometimes candidates can get deep into the details of job responsibilities and what you’re doing everyday in a role rather than the outcomes.
4. Come with 3-5 examples from your past experience that showcase your skills.
In your Auvik interview, you will likely be asked to share a few examples of past professional experiences that show how you approach problem-solving, working with a team, conflict resolution etc. These are opportunities to brag! Highlight your accomplishments, skills, and how you work. After doing your research on our company values, include how you’ve applied the Auvik Way, and your personal values, to these past situations.
Here are a few questions to prepare for:
- Can you share an example of a complex problem you worked on and how you approached solving it? What was the outcome?
- Tell me about a time you had a new innovative idea. How did you act on it? What was the outcome?
- What’s an example of a time you overcame a challenge or something didn’t work, and how do you respond?
The downside can also be an upside
It can be hard to share experiences where things didn’t work out! It means being vulnerable. As difficult as that sounds, being vulnerable and open is an easy way to build trust and show your true self.
One of our Auvik Way values is “shit happens.” In interviews, we’re not interested in what went wrong, no one is perfect. We want to better understand how you respond, and how you solve problems. We want to get to know you more as a person.
5. Ask thoughtful questions.
You’ve probably heard this advice before, but it’s not just about coming up with questions to ask at the end of the interview for the sake of it.
Ask questions that will help you figure out if the role, and the company, are truly things you will both enjoy and will align with your career goals and personal values. For example, think through what you’re looking for in a role and from a company. This could include topics on learning and growth opportunities, and the future and vision of the company.
Job interviews are a two-way street. When you’re interviewing for a new job, pay attention to how you feel right after the conversation. Are you feeling excited, and like you want to talk to them again? That’s a great sign.
If you have an upcoming interview with Auvik, we may cross paths! I hope these tips help you as you prepare for your interview and so you can go in knowing a bit more about what to expect.
Interested in applying to join the Auvik team? Check out our open career opportunities here.