Founded by Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey in 2009, Square, now Block Inc. has fast risen to become one of the best digital payment and financial services in the United States. Thanks to its culturally diverse environment, it is one of the most lucrative companies for software engineers. It would be a good place to work if you are looking for a new job or beginning your engineering career.
This article will focus on some of the questions you should expect in your upcoming Square Interview. We will mostly cover behavioral questions; therefore, ensure that you handle the coding side of things. Take a look at the following:
1. What Do You Know About Us?
I know that you recently changed your name to Block Inc. after a long run as Square Inc. The company was founded in 2009 by Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey and offers digital payment and financial services. You are known for an exciting and culturally diverse environment, which explains why you are almost every engineer’s dream company. You are still a startup with an employee base of slightly above 5000.
2. Why Are You Interested In Working Here?
First, I love working with startups. I always want to be part of their success, which gives me more fulfillment and joy. Square, being a startup, would be a great work environment. Second, you have a highly experienced and diverse team of employees that I would love to interact with and learn from. I am confident I will easily advance in my career and obtain insightful experience while offering my services here. Lastly, I am passionate about digital payment and financial services, which is your main focus. I am therefore confident that I will be a good fit here.
3. Why Do You Serve This Chance?
I am a hardworking, passionate, and self-motivated software engineer with ten years of experience attributes that will definitely help me thrive in this field. I am also passionate and involved in digital payment and financial processes and have worked for companies that focus on the two. I am willing to bring all the experiences I have obtained onboard for the success of this role and the entire company. Lastly, I am a great team player, a quality that will make me fit well in your culturally diverse environment. I am confident I will register an amazing performance if given a chance.
4. What Is Your Strategy For Avoiding Distractions At Work?
I have to admit that it can be difficult to keep off distractions at work, even though it is necessary. However, I have also learned that eliminating triggers and fully focusing on whatever is at hand is necessary. When it’s time to be productive, I strive to shut out all thoughts and triggers that may distract me. Keeping the surroundings clean, being well organized, and avoiding noise can also help prevent unnecessary distractions.
5. Do You Believe In Cultural Diversity?
Absolutely. I love working in diverse places such as Square, which are not only exciting but enriching. I would love to experience the world from other people’s viewpoints and learn more about different practices. I also believe that cultural diversity in the workplace fosters inclusivity, which entities should strive to achieve. Given your culturally diverse workforce, I am confident I will fit in well.
6. How Do You Normally Maintain Good Relations With Your Coworkers?
One must study their colleagues first to understand their boundaries and then respect them. Also, maintaining high levels of professionalism fosters good relations with coworkers. Lastly, I have discovered that being ready to offer help whenever a colleague is struggling or overwhelmed improves relations. I love workplace collaboration, so I am prepared to create and maintain good relationships with coworkers.
7. Can You Work Well In Team Settings?
I am an excellent team player who can work well with any team. I know how to get along and create bonds with new people. Therefore, I won’t have any difficulty getting to know your current team and collaborating on different projects. It is also worth mentioning that most of my former workplaces promoted teamwork, teaching me everything I needed to know about how to succeed in such environments. I am confident that I will succeed here.
8. How Do You Stay Motivated In This Job?
I focus more on intrinsic motivation and less on extrinsic motivation since one that comes from within is usually more long-lasting than an external one. I always work with my goals and targets in mind, which urge me to push harder and give my all. Working in an environment that appreciates teamwork also means that you have to be in your best form at any given time, given that the team’s success depends on individual effort.
9. What Are Your Five-Year Plans?
I have a few plans I intend to achieve in the next five years. I would love to rise from a junior to a senior developer by gaining extensive experience in software development steadily. I am a hard worker, so that won’t be hard to achieve. My first plan, therefore, is to advance in my career, albeit slightly. Secondly, I would like to get a variety of certifications and, if possible, get an extra degree in a software development-related field. I believe I will be miles ahead of where I am now in the next five years.
10. What Do You Intend To Achieve Here?
I love working with startups such as Square, now known as Block. I intend to propel the company to even greater heights as a tech lead, being part of the process. I am highly motivated and experienced, which will help me do an excellent job. I also intend to promote your vision and help you achieve all your missions and target as your employee. Lastly, I look forward to obtaining extensive experience that will help me thrive here and in my future endeavors.
11. We Have Mentorship Programs For Our Interns And Inexperienced Employees. Are You Willing To Mentor Someone?
Absolutely. I love mentorship programs since I am a product of one. I believe that I wouldn’t be here if not for my first workplace that took employee mentorship seriously, helping me transition into the career world. I wouldn’t mind mentoring two or three employees as a way to extend the same grace to others. I would gladly help your fresh recruits and interns understand the rigors of this job.
12. Walk Us Through Your Job Resume
I interned at Google at the beginning of my career, just when Google Pay rolled out. This served as the foundation of my career, as I obtained lots of experience in digital payment. I then had a six-month contract before leaving for PayPal, one of the biggest payment platforms. I left PayPal for Stripe, which is my former workplace. If possible, I would love this to be my last workplace as I intend to stay for a long duration, offering you my services and expertise.
13. How Do You Always Maintain A Proper Work-Life Balance?
Maintaining a proper work-life balance is mandatory in such a fascinating field. Given my love for sports, I am part of the local soccer team. Therefore, I spend Saturdays on the field playing soccer whenever I am not at work. I also sing and play instruments, hobbies I developed early in life. Lastly, I love hanging out with my friends and family on Sundays. All these out-of-work activities help me maintain the needed focus and motivation when it is time to stay productive.
14. What Would You Do If A Team Member Was Struggling With A Project?
I love helping others, which is one of the reasons why I find it easy to blend in with different teams. I wouldn’t hesitate to offer guidance if I discovered a colleague was struggling. I can spare a few minutes to get them in the right direction so that we can all contribute to the team’s success.
15. How Do You Prioritize Work?
I always have a planner where I document everything that needs to be done by the end of the day. When it is time to prioritize tasks, I arrange them in order of priority and begin with the most urgent ones. However, if they are all urgently needed, I will tackle the easier ones first, giving me enough time to attend to the relatively difficult ones. I am confident in my prioritization skills which I will successfully use in this establishment.
16. Walk Us Through How You Handle Stress
The best way of handling stress is by staying calm and getting to its root cause. Observing high degrees of composure when everything seems overwhelming gives you a chance to think straight and come up with excellent solutions. It has helped me conquer some of the most challenging situations I would not have managed had I panicked. Also, when coming up with solutions, I normally weigh all the options, only picking on the one with the next results.
17. Why Are You Leaving Your Current Job?
I am looking for new challenges and experiences in my career. My current job has given me a chance to learn more about this field and perfect different aspects, and I will always be grateful. However, after three years in the same position, I believe it is time to grant someone else a chance to get better at their job through my current position. I am confident I will get whatever I am looking for and thrive here.
18. What Is The Most Challenging Project You Have Worked On?
During my first year at my previous workplace, I was tasked with a software development project which later became one of the most challenging projects I have ever worked on. One of the core members of my team left us abruptly, making us short-staffed. Unexpected changes in the scope of work also came in, making the situation even worse. We had to work overtime, even taking work home with me to ensure we finished working on the product within the right timeframe. All in all, I was proud that we managed to successfully build software of that magnitude while understaffed.
19. What’s Your Take On Multitasking?
Multitasking is great, as it normally comes in handy in several situations. It helps deal with heavy workloads occasioned by unprecedented changes in the scope of work or tight deadlines. I also multitask at times, especially if there are light tasks that do not require lots of attention. However, regular multitasking has a number of disadvantages. It can be quite difficult to have control of the quality of work when performing heavy tasks simultaneously. It also takes a lot of effort and, at times, concentration, which may not be possible for some tasks. All in all, it is still a great way to get things done if used properly.
20. What’s Your Preferred Working Environment?
I am not fond of boredom, so I fancy an exciting and culturally diverse working environment like this. I thrive in entities that appreciate a level of teamwork and involve their employees in decisions that affect them. I am also fond of companies with a free and open environment where everyone can come up with and share new ideas and suggestions. I am glad that this entity ticks all the boxes.
21. We Believe In Teamwork. How Will You Strive To Blend With Our Existing Team?
I also enjoy working in team settings, given the advantages of collaboration. My priority when I report to work here will be blending with your existing team, which I believe I can do pretty fast. I intend to use my interpersonal and people skills to get through to my colleagues. I won’t also rush the process since some people may need to adjust. I will offer any needed help and do my part, which I am sure will help me blend in well. I am confident that I will get along well with them.
22. Can You Work Remotely?
I don’t have a problem working remotely. I may have even gotten used to remote work during the pandemic. I have a strong internet connection at home and a fully functional working station that makes remote work an easy task. However, I wouldn’t also mind a blended working style that involves remote and office work since I am experienced in both. I am confident that we will develop a suitable work mode.
23. Have You Ever Missed A Deadline? Give Us An Experience
I was working on a project when one of the senior managers asked me to meet a client we had been chasing for a long time. I thought I’d meet them for a few minutes and rush back to finish the work. However, it took hours as I was meeting the entire board. When I returned, I only had two hours to finish the project, which was inadequate. Therefore, I ended up presenting part of the work and asking for a few hours to get done with it. I also had a good reason, so it wasn’t hard to convince my supervisor. It’s worth mentioning that I take my work seriously and strive to meet all deadlines.
24. Mention A Time That You Failed In This Role. What Did You Learn?
While working on a team assignment, I disagreed with a colleague and assumed we were okay after the meeting. However, she was offended by how I disagreed with her, and cut her speech. It created some tension between us, which almost threatened our working relationship. Even though I sensed it after a few days, I brushed it off, thinking that maybe it was because of unrelated issues. However, when another colleague approached me and told me that I could have handled the situation better, I realized that I had made a mistake and would have fronted my idea more appropriately. I went to her, apologized, and the tension between us evaporated. Even though I managed to handle issues better, this experience taught me to be more mindful.
25. What’s Your Biggest Strength?
My biggest strength is my creativity. I can think outside the box and quickly develop solutions to better the workplace and its different processes. This trait also comes in handy when handling new and extremely hard challenges. I always focus on creative solutions to address problems and help my team. I should also mention that I am a highly motivated individual. I am always ready and willing to work on different projects and give my all. I am confident that my creativity and self-motivation will come in handy for this organization.
These are some of the most common questions in Square interviews whose answers you should have at your fingertips before you step into a Square Interview. We hope you will take the time to craft the right answers and increase your chances of landing the job you have applied for. We wish you all the best.