If you’ve been selected for an interview for Revenue School, get the inside track by reading Leila Ziar’s tips for moving forward. Leila has a unique view - she graduated from Revenue School and is now working full-time in sales at Shopify.
By Leila Ziar, SDR (sales development representative) at Shopify
If you’ve applied for a position at Shopify and are preparing for your interview, I’ve been through the entire process and can offer you some tips. I’m based in the West Midlands, United Kingdom. I was a Shopify Revenue School associate and am now a full-fledged sales development representative (SDR).
I’ve found Shopify to be an amazing company, but when I first applied, I was very anxious as I didn't know much about the company or the application process. So, here are the steps to take to help put your best foot forward.
Step 1 - Learn about Shopify and their values to see if they match what you believe.
This was the first step I took when applying for a position at Shopify. Ask yourself these questions to discover if Shopify is a good fit for you:
- Does this seem like a culture and work environment I'd excel in?
- Will I be more stressed working online without face-to-face interactions?
- Do I want to be in an environment where I’m constantly learning?
- Does Shopify coincide with my beliefs and attributes? (merchant obsessed, etc.)
Step 2 - Read reviews and testimonials.
This was my second step. I was nervous about going into Shopify without knowing anyone who worked there, so I researched testimonials and reviews to get a feel for how Shopify works and what staff say. This helped me form an opinion on the social aspects and whether Shopify fits my work ethic. This is vital when wanting to understand a company before an interview.
Step 3 - Write down the highlights of how you arrived at this point in your career.
Shopify says it “hires people, not resumes.” They do this through a life story interview. This conversation-style interview approach ensures the interviewer can get to know the real you, what motivates you, and what experiences you’ve had that coincide with Shopify’s values.
You should aim to show:
- How you’ve created an impact
- Your ability to create trust with other people
- Your ability to be self-aware - can you utilize your strengths and minimize your weaknesses and are you honest with yourself about your own abilities?
- Your readiness to take on the job and workload and apply your skills
- Your drive - show that you care about your work
Step 4 - Review the job description and write out questions you may be asked.
If Shopify determines you’re a good fit after the life story interview, you’ll be interviewed for a position. In this case, you’ll want to review the job description and write down all of the questions you think you’ll be asked related to that position. For example, if they’re looking for leadership qualities, make sure you have some examples handy.
Step 5 - Check your emails and make sure you’re organized.
For me, I was using a lot of different email addresses, making it difficult for me to keep track of things. Avoid this by having one email for all of your job applications and job application platforms (e.g., LinkedIn).
Make sure you keep track of your interviews in your schedule and build in prep time for your interview or presentations you’re asked to make. If you need to correspond by email, here are some more tips about being professional.
Step 6 - Be sure you look presentable for your interview.
I always use the line “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” Make sure your hair is styled (or at least brushed), use light make-up if you like, wash your face, and - most of all - make sure that all that is visible on camera is neat and tidy, meaning yourself and the room you're in. Just because your interview is online, it doesn't mean you should turn up in a tracksuit!
Step 7 - Be authentically you.
The best thing you can do for yourself is to remain true to who you are. In my interview, I answered all of the questions honestly and used my experiences to show where I was a “go-getter” or tenacious.
If I had not been my authentic self or only told the interviewer what I thought that person would want to hear, I don’t believe I would have gotten through the initial first stages. Plus, when you get the job for who you are, it sets an authentic premise for when you join and dramatically decreases any social anxiety. You can be who you are - and that's exactly what they want from you.