How to ace your 1Password interview

How to ace your 1Password interview

Liz Tam by Liz Tam on

Okay, so you’ve just landed an interview at 1Password. It’s natural to feel a bit nervous about what you’ll be asked and what you should say. Here’s our advice: share your experiences from the perspective of our company values.

At 1Password, our company values are woven into everything we do. They inform how we show up to work, how we treat our colleagues and customers, and how we connect with our company mission. Through recognition programs such as Bonusly, which lets team members thank each other with redeemable points, and our newly formalized Values Awards, team members are empowered to live our values in ways that feel meaningful to them.

Below, we share our best pieces of advice to help you succeed in your interview and embrace our three company values: keep it simple, lead with honesty, and put people first.

Keep it simple

“Keep it simple” reflects how 1Password employees strive to focus on what’s most important. It prompts us to stay solutions-oriented and communicate with each other clearly, concisely, and intentionally.

Tip: Share clear and concise stories

As you prepare for your interview, identify specific examples from your previous experiences that demonstrate your abilities and accomplishments. Try to adopt the perspective of the interviewer and structure your story in a way that makes it easy for them to understand the significance of your contributions. Some of our Talent Partners at 1Password recommend using the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) framework to help you lay out your narrative.

Tip: Don’t be afraid to write down questions for the interviewer

Does preparing written questions in advance help you to feel at ease? Then we encourage you to do just that. Our interviewers love a two-way conversation, and this way, you’ll be able to focus on the conversation knowing you won’t forget the questions you had in mind.

Our hiring managers enjoy answering questions about their team, their management style, their vision for the role, and where they see the team moving in the future.

Lead with honesty

“Lead with honesty” helps us hold ourselves accountable and reminds us of the role we play in others’ growth. It encourages us to stay curious, ask questions that challenge the status quo, and continuously seek growth opportunities.

Tip: Embrace a growth mindset

During your interview, don’t be afraid to own all that you’ve accomplished and learned along your professional journey. And don’t shy away from telling us about mistakes that turned into growth opportunities! Instead, demonstrate how you leaned into those opportunities and took them as a chance to be curious, adaptable, or resilient. This will help illustrate how you’d thrive and develop in your career at 1Password.

Tip: Bring your whole self

We hope that you’ll feel comfortable showing up to the interview as your authentic self. We’re eager to learn more about you as a person and the life experiences you bring with you. As you describe your past experiences as well as your goals for the future, we encourage you to share what drives you, what matters to you, and what you value.

Tip: Stay calm and confident

To combat interview nerves and ground yourself in the moment, focus on practicing active listening, take the time to respond thoughtfully and honestly, and stay positive.

Put people first

“Put people first” helps 1Password employees actively create a safe and inclusive space where everyone can thrive. It inspires us to celebrate each others’ contributions, make space for diverse voices, and work together to deliver results.

Tip: Be curious about the interviewer’s experience

The interview is a chance to build a one-on-one connection with a potential future teammate. We encourage you to prepare questions specific about their experience: what it’s like to be on their team, the challenges they’re currently facing, what they’re excited to be working on, or what it’s like to be a part of our remote-first work environment.

Tip: Practice remote meeting etiquette

Beyond the screening call, we conduct interviews on Zoom. We highly recommend practicing using Zoom if you haven’t before, and reviewing your settings ahead of time. If you’re comfortable doing so, we encourage you to add your pronouns to your Zoom profile so that our interviewers can refer to you using your pronouns.

On the day of your interview, an easy way to show respect for the interviewer’s time is to arrive promptly and aim to wrap up the conversation before the end of the allotted time.

Tip: Showcase your interest in contributing to an inclusive community

The interview is an opportunity to contribute to a safe and inclusive space, as well as demonstrate how you’d continue to do so as a potential future member on the team. You can lead by example by sharing your pronouns when you introduce yourself if you are comfortable doing so, asking the interviewer to clarify the pronunciation of their name, and using inclusive language throughout the interview.

At 1Password, we take pride in our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) initiatives, so we invite you to ask questions about our DEIB programming or take some time to share what you’re passionate about.

Good luck in your interview!

We hope these tips help you to feel confident as you prepare for your interview. Ultimately, we want to make sure that you and 1Password are a great fit for each other. That’s not only for our benefit – it’s also for yours! We want you to work somewhere that’s going to make you feel fulfilled. We hope that you find these insights valuable as you continue on your journey towards applying and becoming a part of the 1Password team.

Visit our careers page to see our current openings and follow us on LinkedIn to stay updated on how we’re growing our teams.

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