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Breakthrough Interviewing for Tech Industry Talent

2 Weeks

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Cohort-based Course

In the toughest job market in tech in over a decade, you need an edge. Win top of market roles with next-level interview strategies.

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Course overview

We've helped clients win >$400,000,000 in offers since 2019.

Hey, Sherveen here. When you sign up for Breakthrough Interviewing, you're not just getting access to me. You're getting access to my team, which has been changing the game for talent in tech for 5 years now. I'll still be the one teaching every live lesson, but the insights, workshops, asynchronous assistance, community, and connections? That's all fueled by the squad at Free Agency.


Whether at venture-backed startups backed by VCs like a16z, USV, Sequoia, or Founders Fund, or at top public companies in tech like Shopify, Meta, Google, or Netflix, we've coached clients into top positions throughout the industry.


💡 That's because we're technologists ourselves -- not recruiters, not career coaches, but product and engineering leaders, hiring managers, and subject-matter experts who have spent the past decade immersed in the space of job search and career tech.


And that's what you need in 2024. Job search has fundamentally shifted.


In 2021, a senior PM or an engineering VP was so scarce and hot in the market that it took just weeks for them to find a compelling job with a top-of-market salary. In 2024, a senior PM job receives hundreds of qualified applicants, and dozens who are specifically qualified within the particular sub-industry of the company in question.


And so you need to stand out. You need to tell your story in a way that goes beyond the "academic right answer," and instead differentiates you from your next peer over. Because how else is a hiring panel supposed to decide to pick you instead of that next person?


Even in this market, you don't want to settle for any job. Because this job will still be part of your career story. And because when you're interviewing at the top of your game, you won't need to settle.


How has our coaching been described?

✅ "I've never even thought of myself this way before."

✅ "You're a wordsmith. How do you do it?"

✅ "The fire you lit up under me changed everything. Thank you."


And where do former clients now work?

Companies like Snapdocs, Airbnb, Mozilla, Spotify, Fastly, TikTok, theScore, Zoox, Zola, Cruise, HBO, Kajabi, Lyft, Meta, mParticle, GitHub, Roblox, Peloton, Verizon, Tesla, Notion, Asana, Drift, Instacraft, Reddit, Yelp, Google, American Express, Clover Health, Upwork, Sonder, Oura, Pepsi, Dropbox, SoFi, the NYT, Amazon, Square, Check, Addepar, Electronic Arts, Disney, MLB, Angi, Shortcut, Coinbase, Lob, Roku, Rho, Cash App, Zoom, Motion, Matterport, Twitch, Gong, Chargebee, Wonderschool, The Athletic, January, Newfront, DraftKings, Expedia, Zillow, Shopify, just to name a few. Seriously, this is just a quick few. We're everywhere.


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& who is this course for?

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Whether you're a senior individual contributor, a manager or director, or a VP or C-level executive, the course adapts to your seniority.

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We're technologists ourselves, so we cover it all: product management, engineering, design, marketing, operations, & everything in between.

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If you're just starting out in your career, we may not be the best fit. But if you've got a story to tell, we'll help you tell it well!

What you’ll get out of this course:

Unreal storytelling capability to make you stand out in this crowded market of qualified candidates.

Too many candidates are giving the "academic right answer" to interview questions, telling the same generic story as the next person over.


In this market, you have to be differentiated and specific -- we'll teach you how.

Next-level strategies to answering case questions, behaviorals, and "sticky stuff" -- you'll be ready.

From take-homes to recruiter screens, leadership interviews to questions about your past, we've turned the job search into a science that can be measured and approached with intentionality.


You won't wonder about your interview performance -- you'll know you gave it your best.

Practice that will last -- our methods build you up in a way that doesn't require you to read off of a script (unless you want to).

We can't predict every question that can be asked, and so we want you to build new muscle that enables you to answer any question or challenge on the fly.


The best interview answers are context-driven to the conversation at hand.

BONUS: Compensation, negotiation, cold email, applicant tracking system, and recruiter process insights from the insiders.

Our team has integrated with every ATS on the market. We know what recruiters do better than they do. We buy the latest tech compensation data that only companies typically have access to. And we give you data and insight to break down the myths of job search.

This course includes

10 interactive live sessions

Lifetime access to course materials

50 in-depth lessons

Direct access to instructor

13 projects to apply learnings

Guided feedback & reflection

Private community of peers

Course certificate upon completion

Maven Satisfaction Guarantee

This course is backed by Maven’s guarantee. You can receive a full refund within 14 days after the course ends, provided you meet the completion criteria in our refund policy.

Course syllabus

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  • Week 1

    May 20—May 26

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone

    Events

    • May

      20

      Day 1 — Become one with the job search process.

      Mon, May 20, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM UTC

    • May

      21

      Day 2 — Tell your story like you've never told it before.

      Tue, May 21, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM UTC

    • May

      22

      Day 3 — Beat the recruiter screen and the sticky questions.

      Wed, May 22, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM UTC

    • May

      23

      Day 4 — Ask game-changing interview questions.

      Thu, May 23, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM UTC

    • May

      24

      Day 5 — Peer workshop day: personal pitch, question-answering.

      Fri, May 24, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM UTC

    Modules

    • Workshop: Personal pitch recrafting.

    • Deep Dive: Behavioral & scenario questions.

    • Deep Dive: Stakeholders in an interview cycle.

    • Deep Dive: Asking good questions in an interview.

    • Workshop: Makeover for your LinkedIn page.

  • Week 2

    May 27—May 31

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone

    Events

    • May

      27

      Day 6 — Demonstrate leadership, whether you're an IC, manager, or executive.

      Mon, May 27, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM UTC

    • May

      28

      Day 7 — Master case-style questions, take-homes, and role-specific interviews.

      Tue, May 28, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM UTC

    • May

      29

      Day 8 — Learn how to win over executives and founders.

      Wed, May 29, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM UTC

    • May

      30

      Day 9 — Refine your approach to meet today's tech economy.

      Thu, May 30, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM UTC

    • May

      31

      Day 10 — Finale: Final tips and strategies to win top of market roles.

      Fri, May 31, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM UTC

  • Post-Course

    Modules

    • Deep Dive: Negotiation and compensation.

    • Deep Dive: Your 30-60-90 days at a new job.

    • Deep Dive: Executives & managers in a new era of tech.

    • Deep Dive: Where people get stuck, and how to fix it.

    • Workshop: Tell stories with impact.

    • Deep Dive: Acing your interview homework.

    • Deep Dive: Company, culture, & industry analysis.

    • Workshop: Post-interview action items to make progress.

    • Deep Dive: Understanding the Applicant Tracking System.

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What people are saying:

        The frameworks for interesting, relevant anecdotes and how to answer behavioral questions brought my interviewing ability to the next level.
Michael Clowe

Michael Clowe

Director of Engineering
        Their expert advice helped me land multiple offers. I know they'll be a partner for the rest of my career.
Jorie Walsdorf

Jorie Walsdorf

Head of Marketing
        They were meticulous in unraveling my personality and achievements, connecting them in ways that gave me refreshed confidence and empowered me to secure a fantastic role. Love, love 'em all!
Darren Davis

Darren Davis

Head of Product
        Toward the end, I was taking several next steps from companies I would've loved to work for and then had to turn them down. Next time I lose my job, I’ll sign with you guys in a heartbeat, no questions asked.
John Eubank

John Eubank

Engineering Manager
        It's like somebody told you all of the secrets they've been hiding on the other side of the job application.
Sarah Krauss

Sarah Krauss

Head of Studio
        There are deep industry insights alongside all of the more tactical interview prep. The fact I had offers to choose from felt like I had control over my career move, allowing me to be intentional with my decisions.
Stefan Mancevski

Stefan Mancevski

Director of Product Marketing

Meet your new team.

Sherveen Mashayekhi

Sherveen Mashayekhi

Founder & CEO @ Free Agency; fmr. Product Leader @ Stella (AI job matching), Toptal (jobs marketplace), founder @ JobHero (job search tools)

Sherveen has been a product leader and founder in the space of job search + recruiting technology for over a decade, helping individuals reach their career ambition through better tools, services, and practices. He knows the incentives, the systems, and the patterns that drive hiring at the highest levels of tech, and is ready to help you win.

Free Agency

Free Agency

Our mission is to empower people to reach the highest levels of their career potential.

Founded in 2019, Free Agency has been a game-changer for top and emerging talent in tech. We've built platforms, products, and services that have supported thousands of candidates winning top of market roles. We're backed by world class investors like Maveron, Resolute Ventures, Bloomberg Beta, Kevin Durant, Biz Stone, Kygo, and dozens of former clients who put their money where it counts after being on the receiving end of Free Agency's career support.

Course schedule

5 to 10 hours per week.
  • Every weekday for 2 weeks.

    Friendly to ET and PT.

    If you can't make it, you will receive a recording of any particular session after it happens. We encourage you not to miss any peer workshop sessions or expert one-on-ones.

  • Custom 1-on-1s.

    2 sessions.

    Beyond the group sessions, workshops, and Discord community, you'll also get dedicated coaching from the team -- because every job search is at least somewhat nuanced and unique.

  • Weekly projects

    Turn theory into muscle.

    Do the homework during the course schedule and you'll receive specific and in-depth feedback. Take it with you afterward to use for future practice and refinement.

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