How to Hire the Best

What It's Like to Interview at the 25 Best Places to Work in America

Sample interview questions provided.

By Áine CainBusiness Insider

• Glassdoor published its list breaking down the best companies of 2018.

• If you want to land a job at one of these organizations, you're going to have to bring your A game to the interview.

• Using data from Glassdoor, Business Insider took a look at what it's like to interview at these beloved organizations.

Considering the generous perks and envy-worth office environments of some of the companies Glassdoor listed in its annual Employees' Choice Awards, it's understandable why you'd be tempted to submit your résumé to a few.

But how easy is it to rock a job interview at these places?

Business Insider looked at Glassdoor's numbers on the percentage of interviewees who reported a positive experience, as well as the difficulty level of each company's interviews for the top 25 best companies to work for.

Glassdoor asks reviewers to score the interview difficulty out of four, with four representing the hardest possible interview.

Here's what we found:

No. 1: Facebook

  1. Interview difficulty: 3.2 out of 4

58% of interviewees had a positive experience.

Sample interview question: "Tell me about a complex sourcing strategy for an ambiguous hybrid role."

No. 2: Bain & Company

Interview difficulty: 3.6 out of 4
 

76% of interviewees had a positive experience.

Sample interview question: "Walk me through your résumé."

No. 3: Boston Consulting Group

Interview difficulty: 3.7 out of 4 

71% of interviewees had a positive experience.

Sample interview question: "We have a company which is seeking to improve its profits on whiskey, which have declined in recent years. How can we improve our client's market share?"

No. 4: In-N-Out Burger

Interview difficulty: 2.3 out of 4 
 

78% of interviewees had a positive experience.

Sample interview question: "Have you ever been in a stressful environment and how did you handle it?"

No. 5: Google

Interview difficulty: 3.4 out of 4 
 

60% of interviewees had a positive experience.

Sample interview question: "What are the guarantees on search time for various data structures?"

No. 6: lululemon

Interview difficulty: 2.5 out of 4
 

63% of interviewees had a positive experience.

Sample interview question: "What's your favorite way to sweat?"

No. 7: HubSpot

Interview difficulty: 3.3 out of 4
 

60% of interviewees had a positive experience.

Sample interview question: "Tell me how you work with someone who is not motivated to learn or change."

No. 8: World Wide Technology

Interview difficulty: 2.8 out of 4

65% of interviewees had a positive experience.

Sample interview question: "What's your dream job?"

No. 9: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Interview difficulty: 3.0 out of 4

83% of interviewees had a positive experience.

Sample interview question: "Tell me about a time that you were leading a project that you had major stakeholders that were not in support of the project -- tell me how you handled it and the outcome."

No. 10: Ultimate Software

Interview difficulty: 2.8 out of 4

69% of interviewees had a positive experience.

Sample interview question: "What would you do if you got many calls about an application or system not working properly?"

No. 11: SAP

Interview difficulty: 3.0 out of 4 

74% of interviewees had a positive experience.

Sample interview question: "Tell me about a time you had a very difficult customer."

No. 12: McKinsey & Company

Interview difficulty: 3.8 out of 4

68% of interviewees had a positive experience.

Sample interview question: "Tell us about a ambiguous situation you had to navigate, and how you showed your leadership through it."

No. 13: Keller Williams

Interview difficulty: 2.2 out of 4

67% of interviewees had a positive experience.

Sample interview question: "What made you want to get into real estate?"

No. 14: E. & J. Gallo Winery

Interview difficulty: 2.9 out of 4

78% of interviewees had a positive experience.

Sample interview question: "What was a time you were told no and how did you overcome it?"

No. 15: Salesforce

Interview difficulty: 3.2 out of 4

78% of interviewees had a positive experience.

Sample interview question: "Why do you want to work for Salesforce?"

No. 16: Power Home Remodeling

Interview difficulty: 2.3 out of 4

59% of interviewees had a positive experience.

Sample interview question: "If your last boss were to say what your weakness would be what do you think he/she would say?"

No. 17: Delta Airlines

Interview difficulty: 3.0 out of 4

74% of interviewees had a positive experience.

Sample interview question: "Describe a time you had to change your plan last minute, what was the outcome and how did you adapt?"

No. 18: Academy Mortgage

Interview difficulty: 2.3 out of 4

72% of interviewees had a positive experience.

Sample interview question: "Why are you looking for a new position?"

No. 19: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Interview difficulty: 2.7 out of 4

80% of interviewees had a positive experience.

Sample interview question: "Are you flexible in the position you are seeking and do you have experience working with cross-functional teams?"

No. 20: H E B

Interview difficulty: 2.5 out of 4 

76% of interviewees had a positive experience.

Sample interview question: "What is one negative evaluation that you received and how did you respond?"

Interview difficulty: 3.1 out of 4 

55% of interviewees had a positive experience.

Sample interview question: "What is your favorite website?"

No. 22: DocuSign

Interview difficulty: 2.9 out of 4

56% of interviewees had a positive experience.

Sample interview question: "Name a time you sold someone something in any context."

No. 23: Southwest Airlines

Interview difficulty: 2.6 out of 4 

80% of interviewees had a positive experience.

Sample interview question: "Name a time you went above and beyond the call of duty for a customer."

No. 24: NVIDIA

Interview difficulty: 3.2 out of 4 

59% of interviewees had a positive experience.

Sample interview question: "Describe the most interesting project you have worked on."

No. 25: Fast Enterprises

Interview difficulty: 2.8 out of 4

74% of interviewees had a positive experience.

Sample interview question: "What do you do for fun?"

This post originally appeared on Business Insider. 

Published on: Dec 13, 2017
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