How Offering Suggestions To A Company Can Help You Get A Job

September 16, 2014  |  

Have you ever really liked a product but saw room where the company could make improvements? Well, one woman really loved using a digital collage site called Polyvore but noticed it was missing some features that could really make it a better product. So she contacted the company with her ideas and wound up getting a job out of it.

Then a product manager at Google, Jess Lee was frustrated Polyvore didn’t include some of the features she wanted. She wrote the co-founders —  three former Yahoo engineers.

“And they wrote back and said, ‘Why don’t you come fix these things yourself?” Lee tells Business Insider. “They said, ‘Why don’t you come work here?'”

Now, Lee has been with Polyvore for seven years and in she was awarded honorary-co-founder status and became CEO in 2012.

Many can use Lee as an example. Offering suggestions on how a company can improve can actually land you a job. Though it is a long shot to get a job offer like Lee through a complaint letter, but by recommended improvements during a job interview just might get you a new position.

One of the most common interview questions that pops up is: How would you improve on our company or product? Obviously it’s a tricky question. You don’t want to bash a potential employer. It is all in the way you phrase the response. Like Lee, offer praise first. Her complaint letter was filled with praise and reasons why she liked using Polyvore. Then, as Lee did, give your suggestions for improvements. In this way, it sounds less like criticism and more like you really like the company and you want to see it succeed. And contribute to its success. In exchange for a paycheck, of course.

“A good rule of thumb is to start by pointing out what you like about the company. Then state your suggestions for improving it in a way that isn’t dismissive or judgmental. Engage the interviewer by asking whether your ideas have already been considered, and if so, why the company rejected them,” reports Cleveland.com.

Don’t be afraid to give constructive ideas; it’s shows you actually researched the company and are interested in helping it improve.

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