Square is a mobile payment, financial services and merchant services aggregator company that was founded in 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. Square’s most recognizable product would probably be the Square Reader which accepts credit card payments connected to a phone. Square products like the Square Stand are frequently seen today at the check out of various shops as a point of sale system. Beside the previously mentioned products, Square also owns Cash App which allows for person to person money transfer and is planning on launching Square Financial Services which is focused on helping out small businesses.
Software engineers appear to be what Square is looking for most with open positions, but having some background in technology should also be helpful when trying to land an internship or job at the company.
Square offers the standard summer internship that lasts between 12 and 16 weeks. These internships can take place in San Francisco, New York City, Atlanta, Seattle, and Kitchener-Waterloo (Canada).
Majority of internships at Square are for software engineering, with some additional opportunities in product design, data science, hardware, or business. If the student performs well with the company during their internship, there is a possibility of being offered a full time role afterward.
Square opens up the application process in the fall (late August early September) on a rolling basis so it is recommended that applicants apply ASAP if interested.
These are typically conducted by a hiring manager and can last for up to an hour and half. Depending on the position you are applying for, you may have to complete a programming or coding test via HackerRank prior to the interview. Moreover, applicants may have to answer technical questions and complete programming challenges during the preliminary interview.
Candidates typically complete at least one video interview after the preliminary call. These interviews are also more technically focused; the interviewer will test you on your skills and programming capabilities, depending on what position you are applying for.
Candidates usually interview with one or two employees at the office. Each interview is around 60 minutes and will focus on behavioral questions and determining whether or not you would be a good fit within the Square company culture.
Reach out to your alumni network and see if they can offer you insight into Square and the interview process
Do research on Square, such as their culture, current projects, company goals, etc.
The positions are very competitive to get, so doing your research and preparing for behavioral-type questions is imperative.
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