Tips to prepare yourself for your Ciena job interview
We asked several members of our Talent Acquisition team to provide advice on how to ace job interviews at Ciena. Here's what they said.
1. Be Yourself
You are your most unique selling point.
Be confident, but not arrogant. Be honest. Just being yourself may help ease your nerves and allow you to talk about your experiences and answer confidently. Showing authenticity will also help us understand who you are and how you would fit in at Ciena. All you have to do is let us know why you're the best person for the job and how your skills and experiences could contribute to the team. You might be exactly who we're looking for, and we'll only know if we get to know the real you.
2. Be Prepared to Tell Us a Story
Short anecdotes reveal your strengths and character.
It will also help us discover what kind of person you are, especially when faced with various situations. Tell us a story that best describes how you overcame a tricky situation. Share a moment when you were able to demonstrate your best traits.
Are you adaptable? Can you remain composed and focused under pressure? Are you able to work in a very collaborative environment? Your stories could be a differentiator between another strong candidate.
3. Familiarize Yourself with Ciena's Products and Services
Ciena is a networking system, services, and software company.
Everything that we do is geared towards bringing the digital age into the next century. How you relate to our products and services will impact how much you'll thrive here.
Can I relate to Ciena's products?
Is what Ciena doing something I'd be interested in?
Do I have experience or interest in handling their products?
Do I have the skills and the passion to improve their products and technology?
4. Research the Role and the Company
An organization is not limited to its products and services.
Take the time to learn about our leadership and culture, then reflect if this is the type of environment you would thrive in. Reading up about us shows us that your interest is not only in the role but for a professional life in Ciena. Go through our 'About Us' page and learn what we are all about. It may even bring about some questions, and the best time to ask is during your interview. Understanding our core values will also allow you which traits to highlight and will help you reflect whether or not our principles align with yours.
5. Ask Yourself: Why Ciena?
A job interview is a two-way conversation.
It's an opportunity for our hiring team to assess your fit in our company culture and a means for you to decide if you want to be a part of it.
Will Ciena help me realize my professional goals?
What about my personal goals?
Is Ciena the best company for me, right now and in the future?
Can I relate with the culture and values of Ciena? Are they aligned with mine?
Before your interview, make sure you want us as much as we want you.
6. Build Rapport
The key to a call back is a memorable interview.
Relax your shoulders and have fun during your interview. Your interviewers are the same people you may be working with. How you interact with them is a glimpse of what it would be like working together in the future.
Also, just because you don't get the job offer now doesn't mean you never will. You may be better suited for another position in the future. And when we do have it, you might be at the top of our minds.
"Your humility, honesty, and culture fit are what will set you apart. You never know what the future holds, so please feel free to apply to any role that you feel suits your skill set and experience level."
Talent Acquisition, Sales, Supply Chain, & PLM - North America
"Approach new job opportunities with a fresh perspective and a positive attitude. Keep applying for relevant open roles and stay in touch with the recruiter - the recruitment team is here to help match you with the role that best aligns with your skills and career aspirations."
Mohd "Asif" Reyaz
Manager, Talent Acquisition - India R&D
"We are growing, and this is such an exciting time to be part of our team and work on cutting-edge technology! Before your interview, make sure you're prepared to share your "why" and be yourself!"
Leader, People Business Partner
"Globally, we are very successful and are now setting the sparks in Germany. The desire for a more connected, energy-efficient world means we need to continuously rethink the way we architect our networks – and we need talented individuals to help get us there."
Sales Director, DACH & CEE Accounts
"We have the best technology in the industry, we have the best people and the best leadership in the industry. Those three factors combined result in a fantastic culture and instill pride in our people. Our culture is the secret sauce that helps glue everything together and keep people here."
Anne Marie Lever
Vice President, People & Culture - Global Products & Services
"If you are people and results-oriented, collaborative, and hungry for learning and development, then Ciena is the place for you!"