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A Guide to Interviewing at Grammarly

Updated on September 25, 2023Writing

What do candidates go through when they apply to work at Grammarly? Our interview process is structured to help us discover exceptional individuals who share our passion for transforming lives by helping people communicate better. We call our employees Grammarlians, and with 1,000 of them currently working here, we know what it takes to hire great team members.

We make the candidate experience valuable and educational. This helps candidates evaluate the role and helps us identify individuals with the necessary skills and mindset to help Grammarly grow. To ensure Grammarly is the right match, candidates meet with various Grammarlians to understand our challenges, daily work requirements, team structure, and working culture.

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“The candidate evaluates the company as much as the company interviews the candidate, if not more. Grammarly showed it cares about building this mutual relationship by investing significant time and effort into an intentional recruiting process, advising me every step of the way, actively listening to my questions and candidly answering them, and genuinely living their values.”

—Ilinca Parlog, Product Manager, Berlin

Here is what to expect from each role as you undergo the interview process. The steps may differ depending on the specific role you are applying for.

Recruiter Call

Your Grammarly interview begins with a recruiter phone or video call. The recruiter will discuss the role and life at Grammarly, delve into your experience and qualifications, and gauge your interest in working with us. Remember to highlight your relevant skills and experience. As you progress, our recruiters will set you up for success with interview guides and pre-interview prep sessions.

Hiring Manager Interview

After the recruiter screen, you may be invited to interview with the hiring manager. This call covers your experience, skills, past projects, work style, and the impact you’ve made in your current role. The hiring manager will also offer insights into the role, expectations, and the team’s vision.

“I love getting to explore a candidate’s experiences, hear their stories, and get to know them better. It makes me even more excited for the opportunity to work together!”

—Heidi Wiliams, Engineering Director, San Francisco

Technical and Behavioral Interviews

After the hiring manager interview, you will be invited to another round of interviews. This round includes more dynamic sessions with various team members and may span several hours. Expect questions probing your skills and experience while showcasing your ability to tackle tasks, problem-solve, or present past work.

These interviews are divided into two types:

  • Technical/knowledge-based interviews
  • Behavioral interviews involving your work history

Technical/Knowledge-Based Interviews

A technical/knowledge-based interview determines whether you have the necessary expertise and technical skills while understanding how you handle complex challenges. Common technical interview topics include programming languages, algorithms, data structures, or system design. If you’re interviewing for a business role, be prepared to participate in a role-play or presentation to showcase relevant skills.

The recruiter will provide resources and insights to help prepare you for your interviews. Refreshing your knowledge by reading relevant materials will help you feel more comfortable discussing the topic.

Behavioral Interviews

During behavioral interviews, your interviewer will ask for specific examples of how you handled prior work situations. These may include how you dealt with demanding customers, handled conflicts with co-workers, or managed a challenging project. Your answers give insight into past thought and behavior patterns, priorities, motivations, work style, and impact. This helps us determine whether your values align with our EAGER values—Ethical, Adaptable, Gritty, Empathetic, and Remarkable—which inform how we work, make decisions, and build relationships.

There are no right or wrong answers—the best approach is to make your responses honest, authentic, and concise. Reflect on your professional history and accomplishments and consider examples that showcase your skills, experience, and aspirations. It’s also helpful to practice your responses to common interview questions so your communication is structured and clear.

“Just be yourself. That’s the beauty of this interview. Simply be ready to talk openly about your experience, successes, and learnings.”

—Andrew Garkavyi, Engineering Manager, Berlin

Tips and Tricks

Get ready to apply or prepare for your upcoming interview at Grammarly. These tips will help you interview with confidence.

  • Check out our Jobs page, company blog, and social media accounts. To learn about our product, try out Grammarly’s free offering.
  • Because job titles can mean different things at different companies, review the job description to understand the job you’re applying for, and ask your recruiter clarifying questions.
  • Show your interest in Grammarly during the interview by asking insightful questions that resonate with each interviewer. We will share your interviewers’ names and LinkedIn profiles in advance, so you can learn about the person you’ll be speaking with.
  • When discussing your work experience, use the STAR method. It will help you better explain your role and the impact you’ve had. Share your accomplishments, especially if they’re beyond your regular duties.
  • At Grammarly, we are guided by our mission statement and core values. Understanding them will make you a stronger candidate and increase your chances of landing the role you want.

Join Us—We’re Hiring

“This is a company that lives its values and is on the precipice of exploding into generative AI, which is so hot right now but has grown thoughtfully and sensibly, and that is somewhere I wanted to work, with really smart and great people.”

—Tracy Hawkins, Head of Workplace Experience and Connections, San Francisco

For over a decade, Grammarly has been using the latest technologies to improve lives by improving communication while maintaining growth and profitability. If you’re eager to help us solve this tremendous challenge and advance our vision, check out our Careers page to apply for open roles.

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