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Last Updated: Nov 10, 2023
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Imagine yourself working in a company that develops products used by millions of people every day around the world. Here in this article, we will be discussing one such company named LinkedIn. 

LinkedIn is the world's largest online platform that connects professionals. It was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA. Software Developers and Professionals can use LinkedIn to hire someone, find a job or internship, or connect and strengthen professional relationships by allowing them to share their experience, knowledge, and practical expertise with others who might need it. One can also create events, post updates, join groups, or write blogs on Linkedin that can be read by millions of people. This is all about the online platform that the company offers but now a question might come to your mind: 

Why join LinkedIn as a Software Engineer or as another Professional? 

Let’s see the reasons why you should join LinkedIn:

  • LinkedIn is a prodigious company with a great working culture and environment. The company has a compassionate leadership that values every employee's contribution to the success of the company.
  • Another reason to join LinkedIn as a software engineer is the company’s opportunities and the amazing user-oriented products it works on. Being a software engineer or a professional at Linkedin you daily work on something that hundreds of millions of people see or use every day. Isn't it amazing? Yes, it is.
  • Apart from this, you get to enjoy many other benefits like health insurance, free fitness classes, gym membership, personal trainers, student loans, free tech gadgets, and many more things.
  • LinkedIn also provides free lifetime premium membership to its platform. The membership is valid even if you quit the company.
  • At each year's end, the company also gives you a week-long paid shutdown.
  • LinkedIn has a diverse workforce so you also get to work with a lot of talented minds. Cultural diversity enriches learning and working environments.

In this article, we will see about the company and the LinkedIn interview process for software engineers and technical professionals. We will also see tips on how you can prepare and land a job as a software engineer at Linkedin. Later we will talk through some most frequently asked LinkedIn interview questions.

LinkedIn Recruitment Process

1. Interview Process

First, you need to apply for the software engineer position either through the careers section of their website, on-campus in case LinkedIn hires from your college, or through a referral from an employee already working at LinkedIn. After applying, resume screening is done. Note that it doesn't mean a confirmed interview or further round call if you applied via referral. If your resume gets shortlisted then only you are invited by HR for the further rounds. The LinkedIn recruitment process generally consists of 5-6 rounds. However, the number of rounds depends on whether they are hiring experienced professionals or freshers or if it’s on-campus hiring. Some of the below-mentioned rounds are left out for experienced professionals. We will see below in detail which rounds are meant for whom.

  • Online Coding Round
  • Technical Interview Round 1
  • Technical Interview Round 2
  • System Design Round
  • Managerial Round
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2. Interview Rounds

  • Online Coding Round: This round is generally taken online on the Hackerrank platform. It consists of 3-4 programming questions that need to be done in 2 hours. This round is generally for freshers, and on-campus hiring and is left out for experienced professionals as mentioned above. LinkedIn may conduct direct interviews for positions requiring experienced professionals. The level of coding questions is medium to hard. Along with the coding questions, this round could also include MCQs related to DBMS, Operating Systems, Networking, Object-Oriented Programming, Data Structure, and Unix. So do prepare these subjects too.
  • Technical Interview Round 1: If you clear LinkedIn’s online coding round then you are invited for an onsite face-to-face interview round on data structures and algorithms. However, currently, due to this pandemic, they are conducting this round online/by telephone. The round consists of coding questions that you need to implement and explain in an hour including your introduction to the interviewer. Along with problem-solving, they might also ask you many other questions about your previous experiences, projects you have worked on, and your other technological interests. The level of the coding questions is easy to medium.
  • Technical Interview Round 2: This round is again a coding round that tests your problem-solving skills in data structure and algorithms. This is also an onsite face-to-face interview round conducted for both experienced as well as freshers, but due to COVID-19, they are conducting it online. The round consists of some coding problems along with other questions on problem-solving with data structures and algorithms, skills, projects, internships, or previous experiences. The duration of this round depends on the interviewer, he can ask as many questions as he wants until he is satisfied. The difficulty level of the coding questions that you can expect is easy to medium for one question and medium to hard for the second question.
  • System Design Round: The system design round is generally for experienced professionals and goes for around 1 hour. In this round, you are given a problem like designing a shared drive file system, where you have to design a whole system that includes its database design, high-level architecture, and dealing with problems related to scaling up, etc. This round aims to test your software design skills and knowledge. The interviewer can also ask you about the system design aspects of your project that you have previously worked on.
  • Managerial Round: This round is the most fun and interactive round and is taken by the manager of the team with which you will work if you get selected. The main focus of this round is to check whether you will be the ideal candidate for the team and the project for which you are being interviewed. The manager asks you about yourself, your goals, and your projects. If you are an experienced Professional the interviewer asks you about your previous and current projects you have or are working on in your company and if you are fresher then he/she might ask about the projects and internships that you have undertaken. Questions related to the projects include your contribution, role, challenges you faced, and other technical questions focused on your project and internship or previous experience. He may also ask you questions like what thing you would suggest that needs to be added or changed in the LinkedIn platform or any other platform, some real-life-based questions. This round is focused on your leadership, management, and Communication Skills.

After clearing all these rounds you get an offer letter followed along with some goodies or Linkedin’s welcome kit.

LinkedIn Interview Preparation

1. Interview Preparation Tips

  1. Short Resume: Follow best resume practices, and keep it short, a one-page resume is highly recommended. Keep your projects, internships/previous job experiences at the top, highlight the important points and keep the skills at the bottom. Always provide links to your projects and coding profiles.
  2. Practice Data Structures & Algorithms: Practice lots of coding questions on data structures, primitive algorithms, and especially on advanced topics like Bit Manipulation, Dynamic Programming, hash Map, Graph Theory, etc.
  3. Do Previously and Frequently Asked Interview questions: Must go through all the coding and DS-Algo questions that have been asked previously and especially those that have been asked most frequently. You can get all previously and frequently coding questions asked by various companies on InterviewBit.
  4. Clear Fundamental Subject’s Knowledge: Keep your concepts of fundamental subjects of Computer Science clear. Fundamental subjects include DBMS, Computer Networks, Operating systems, Object-Oriented Programming, etc.
  5. Practice Mocks: It is highly recommended to take or practice mock interviews before giving the actual interview. This will give you confidence and help you improve in your weak areas.
  6. Look for Interview Experiences: Go through some of the LinkedIn interview experiences, read them, take the important points, and plan your strategy.
  7. Contribute to open-source projects: This will help you learn best coding practices and add value to your resume. Open-source contributions will give you experience with software development.
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much does a Software Engineer or a Senior Software Engineer make at LinkedIn?

The average salary that a fresher gets as a software engineer at Linkedin is 20 lakhs per annum and that of a senior software engineer is around 30 lakhs per annum. Overall the average salary for a software engineer profile at Linkedin ranges between ₹ 17.3 Lakhs to ₹ 50 Lakhs.

2. Is LinkedIn Interview Hard?

Overall the level of the questions asked in the Linkedin interview ranges from medium to hard. The interviewer expects you to have really good coding skills and a deep understanding of whatever you have mentioned in your resume. But with the right preparation, You can ace the Linkedin interview for a software engineer position easily. Nothing is hard, just approach things strategically.

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3. What are the top 5 questions to ask when interviewing at Linkedin?

Dig deep into these questions. If you are asking the questions then this shows your interest in joining the company to the interviewer. You get to know about the culture and values of the company. Here are the top 5 questions that you can ask an interviewer

  1. What is your favorite part about working in this company and what is the most challenging aspect of this job?
  2. Ask about the day-to-day responsibilities of the role for which you have been interviewed.
  3. Can you tell me about the learning process that you follow in your life?
  4. What are the metrics on which my performance will be evaluated while working in the company?
  5. What are the key values and characteristics that you look for in an employee?

4. Is it ethical to check the Interviewer’s Linkedin profile before an Interview?

Yes, it is totally fine to go through your interviewer’s social media profile. By doing this you are preparing for the interview. You get to know about your interviewer’s role, background, and interests. But just go through their profile, don’t ping the interviewer before the interview.

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5. How are the work-life balance and working hours at LinkedIn?

LinkedIn takes care of its employees very well. It has a quite good work-life balance. The pace of work at LinkedIn is comfortably fast with flexible working hours and employees generally work 8 hours or less a day. As long as you complete your work on time, no one will bother you. Working at LinkedIn can be challenging but not stressful. The company also promotes a culture of not working overtime.

6. Does the Interviewer check my LinkedIn profile before the interview?

Not all interviewers check your LinkedIn profile but there is a high possibility they might go through your profile while being interviewed on Linkedin. So make sure that your profile matches your resume. Keep it updated and aligned.

7. Is it necessary to ask the interviewer a question at the end of the interview?

It is not necessary but would strongly suggest you ask one. Asking questions signals that you are motivated and serious about the job.

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