The job market is incredibly competitive, and candidates are always trying to stand out from the crowd. This is especially true for tech giants like Google and Facebook. Employees see it as a badge of honor to work for a place like that. It's no wonder that Google and Facebook often top every "Best Place to Work" list.

However, it's not easy to land a spot at such a coveted company. Google receives a whopping two million applicants a year and it's almost ten times harder to get hired by there than it is to make it into Stanford (crazy to think about). 

Yet, one man seems to have found the secret. Parth Detroja, a Product Manager at Facebook, has held positions at Google, IBM, Microsoft, and Amazon. How did he do it and what was his secret in the interview?

Pitch a strategic idea or plan

Detroja says that, during the end of the interview, candidates should pitch a strategic idea or plan.

"This is the single easiest way to be the most memorable candidate and get the job offer," Detroja says. "Why? Because you effectively turned the portion of the interview that is supposed to have the most value for you personally, into the part that has the most value for the company that's considering hiring you."

It might sound like an ambitious plan, but it's worth trying, and for many companies, that's exactly what they want to see. Remember that companies want to know what you can offer them. No matter what job, companies always want people who are:

  • Prepared
  • Good at handling challenges
  • Creative
  • Knowledgeable about the company
  • Able to hit the ground running
  • Willing to help the organization succeed

But how do you know what the company needs? How can you tell what kind of strategy they're looking for? 

Digging deeper

During your phone screen, ask something along the lines of, "What's the biggest challenge facing your department?"

Prepare an answer for the in-person interview. Businesses face many difficulties such as scaling, turnover, streamlining processes, and offloading tasks. Use this knowledge to prove that you're there to make a difference.

As for Detroja, "This technique, used in combination with a few others, has never failed to get me a job offer," says Detroja.

Based on his track record, it's definitely worth adding to the interview arsenal.