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Former Google recruiter’s No. 1 job interview tip: ‘The best candidates that I meet’ do this

By | Gili Malinsky |

Nolan Church has worked in talent acquisition for over a decade at major brands such as Google and DoorDash. As a longtime recruiter, he’s seen all kinds of faux-pas play out in the job interview process.

Among his red flags is when an interviewee puts on an act during the interview. “You can clearly tell they’ve been rehearsing the same answers over and over again,” he says. And maybe they’re focusing too much on quantity versus quality.

“They say a lot of words but nothing meaningful.”

When it comes to impressing Church, currently serving as the CEO of Continuum, a talent marketplace for executives, there’s one tactic that always succeeds. “The best candidates that I meet, I’m always learning something from them,” he says. “And those are the people that I want to work with.”

‘It was like a masterclass’

Church gives the example of interviewing a chief revenue officer while working at equity management platform Carta. 

At the time, he was keen to learn how to grow the business-to-business, software-as-a-service company. When it came up during the interview, the job candidate “gave me a full breakdown on how he would take our business from zero to one” in that respect, Church says. “It was like a masterclass.”

That’s the kind of learning he values most as a recruiter.

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