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Shopify Careers: A Guide To Getting Hired At Shopify & Acing the Interviews
Founded in 2006 by Tobi Lutke, Shopify allows millions of brand owners globally to use their e-commerce platform to allow small businesses an ability to sell online.Shopify merchants, as their called, can now build a modern online store based off their brand sell products via social media advertising, marketplaces, blogs, websites, email, text, etc
Since its invocation, Shopify has been rated the #1 ecommerce platform to use with over 1M+ businesses listed on their platform. If you’re interested in working for this multinational Canadian corporation or want to learn more about their employment process, we’ve got you covered. In this article we’ll go over the entire hiring journey, the timeline, and the type of questions you can expect in the interview phases.
Shopify’s Hiring Process Overview
Shopify’s hiring process consists of 5 different rounds of interviews with their team members depending on the role you're applying for. The 5 rounds of interviews include:
- A Phone Screening Interview
- Hiring Manager Interview
- Team Member Interview
- Technical Assessment / Take-Home Assessment
- Internal Stakeholders Interview
Although this is the typical hiring process, the amount of interviews differ between roles. As a general rule of thumb, the more senior your role is the more interviews you will undergo.
Shopify is a fully remote team so you can expect all job interviews to be done via Zoom, without the need to visit the office.
Additionally, for the assessment interview, be prepared to be assessed based on the role you are interviewing for (e.g. software engineer roles will go through technical assessments, customer service interviews will go through more behaviour based assessments). If your role does not require any technical assessment skills, than you will only be analysed based on your interview calls
Step 1: Applying
Where Can I Apply For A Job At Shopify?
Jobs at Shopify can often be found across their website which you can find at https://www.shopify.com/careers. They also regularly post on their Linkedin page available here. For one central place to find Shopify jobs, you can also check out eComportal. You’ll find a huge selection of Shopify remote jobs that relate to the eCommerce industry. It's also important to keep in mind that Shopify is a globally remote company, with roles in the United States, Japan, Germany, Australia, Canada, and the UK. If you are applying for certain positions, keep in mind where it's located to stay within a similar time zone!
How Difficult Is It To Get Hired At Shopify?
Shopify's hiring process is rated 2.8 out of 5 by Shopify. Out of 1,600 interviews, 29% were rated negative, 50% were rated positive, & about 21% were rated neutral. These interviewers were conducted on a broad range of job positions. Overall, Shopify is rated as a great place to work with a strong company culture that looks after their employees. They were one of the first companies to go fully remote for every employee, with a strong urge against daily meetings and overall focus on company culture & execution. Being such a big company, they are always looking to hire for various types of roles.
Step 2: Interview Process
How Long Does It Take After Applying To Hear Back From Shopify?
Shopify typically has a fast response time via email after you’ve submitted an application. The typical response time for these roles is about 1 week. For positions higher up the company, you can expect a response time between 2-3 weeks depending on the volume of applicants they get. The first reply will often be an invite to schedule an interview time or to complete a response to one of their pre recorded interview questions.
What Are Some Questions I Can Expect In The Shopify Interview Process?
Typically, the questions that the Shopify team will ask you when getting interviewed are based on the role that you are getting hired for. You can expect questions directly related to your role that you may have received for similar positions. Overall, common questions that seem to come up a lot regardless of the role being hired for are questions like:
1. What made you apply to this position?
2 Why Shopify?
3. What are your career development goals?
4. Tell me about your life story
For Engineering roles:
- Design & Implement LRU Cache
- Build a wordle clone in 45 minutes
- Sorting/Solving Algorithms
For Managerial roles:
- How would you approach this role in the first 90 days?
- What are the key experiences that have contributed to your career success?
For Marketing roles:
- What are your strengths when it comes to marketing?
Lastly, Shopify has been known to ask more general personality questions rather than any questions related to the technicality of the role. Be prepared for this. Its more likely they will ask about you as a person and the life experiences you’ve had more than any skillset you hold for the job.
How Long Does It Take To Hear Back From Shopify After The First Interview
Shopify has been consistent with following up each interview by planning the next interview, usually done within a week's time depending on the calendar availability. You can expect a second interview in 1 to 2 weeks if you pass the first interview.
Step 3: Getting Hired
How Long Does The Entire Hiring Process At Shopify Take?
Typically, you can expect the entire process to take 1-2 months. Shopify is known to be very rigorous with who they hire, taking applicants through many steps to meet the team and assess their personality & talent.
We have heard of reports for higher up, managerial roles to take up to 3 months. For roles that are more senior, their process of vetting the candidate will take longer thus the whole hiring process will be longer.
How Long Does It Take To Hear Back From Shopify About A Job?
After your final interview, you can expect to hear back within a week's time with either a formal offer or an email letting you know you did not get the role.