The tips in this section may seem trivial, but they are essential to setting yourself up for success. It’ll be much harder for you to show us how awesome you are if you don’t do these things:
- Find a quiet, comfortable place. You should be in a quiet environment where you feel comfortable interviewing. If you’re in a busy or noisy area, it’s going to be hard for you to concentrate and difficult for your interviewer to understand you.
- Make sure your phone works. This should be self-explanatory, but you’d be surprised at how many dropped calls we get. Ideally, you’d find a landline, although these are increasingly hard to come by these days. Another tip from one of our developers: use a headset that allows you to talk comfortably while typing or writing–the earbuds that come with the iPhone work perfectly for this use case. Similarly, if we’ve asked you to use HackerRank or Google Docs for the phone interview, make sure you have a stable Internet connection.
- Be prepared. Do your research—check out our website, read some of the interviewing tips, discover our company culture, and perhaps watch a demo! This shows interest in Palantir, and it will also help you form questions for the phone interviewer so that you can learn more about us.
- Have a pen and paper ready. It’ll be much easier to think through questions or problems if you have something to sketch or write on.