Her clip, posted on May 30 with the caption “What interviews are really about: Part 1,” has been viewed over 500,000 times as of this writing.
In the TikTok video’s comment section, Jiang posted a disclaimer, saying, “There are definitely hiring managers who are fair and only choose the most qualified candidates if you are one of them – kudos.”
She added, “This is just pointing out that big company’s reward and performance systems do not motivate this kind of human behavior.”
In a follow-up post on June 5, Jiang says start-ups do hire the most qualified candidates because “they need high performers to solve problems.”
“There’s also another reason why you rarely hear questions like, ‘What’s your biggest weakness?’ going into a start-up interview,” Jiang says. “Start-up interview questions often sound something like, ‘Here’s a problem, how would you solve it?’”
“So are they not scared that these candidates are going to leave?” she continues. “Of course they are. That’s why they provide such good benefits and pay you based on the problems you can solve rather than the years of experience you have. The biggest difference: start-ups would rather you stay for three months and solve a big problem that they have rather than you stay for three years and do absolutely nothing.”