Caroline Hauser Slapak
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The Ultimate Guide to Acing Your Next Job Interview (part 2/2)

I don’t like to leave my readers waiting in suspense for my next post, but I had to break this post up into 2 as it was getting too long. I’ve learned that if your article is too lengthy, most people will not read it until the end (yes, I’m learning new things with my new venture!)

I hope you found the tips in the previous post useful in assisting you to be well prepared, and to ace your next interview. If you haven’t already, please read the first post before reading this one, so that you can understand the context and the questions that I am covering here.

This second part of the blog is basically what you’ll need to prepare before going to an interview, you should read it a few times (and, of course, rehearse). I will discuss the main interview questions you can expect to be asked, where to find more detailed information about the company, such as employee salaries and how much you can expect to make, how to close the interview, and finally, I will provide you with more resources that have great interview tips.

  1. For knowing what kind of interview questions the employer is likely to ask, I use Glassdoor.com. You have 2 options here:
    • Search for the name of the company that will interview you. This website has lots of insights about what it’s like to interview and work for each company – go check it out for yourself! All the information there is provided by regular people like us, the so called “community”. So whenever you come back from an interview, you should also add your interview experience!
    • You can search by topics (example: analytical interview questions, programming interview questions, Product Manager interview questions) – just go to the very bottom of the main page. This tool is amazing! Don’t go for your next interview without checking this website before!

A small note about “tricky” questions that I’ve been asked during interviews here in Israel is that you MUST BE PREPARED TO ANSWER ASSERTIVELY. For every topic below, I’m offering you one website that can help you prepare to answer those questions; but you can find many more articles on these topics using Google search.

  • “Tell me about yourself”: The main goal of this question is to know how your experience is pertinent to the job you’re interviewing for. To answer this question properly, you must know the job description – and this is one more reason to keep track of every CV that you send, as I mentioned in a previous post. Here is an example of a website that teaches you the best way to answer this question, and an example on how to prepare your response.
  • Behavioral Interview Questions: “Describe the biggest work-related problem you have faced. How did you handle it?”. The best way to prepare yourself to answer this kind of questions is to use the STAR interview response technique. Here is an example of a website that teaches you how to use this technique, as well as other examples of behavioral interview questions and answers using STAR technique.
  • Brain Teaser Interview Questions: “How many ATMs are there in Israel?”. I have to be honest with you again and share that I was asked this exact question and I wasn’t ready to answer this “simple” question. It’s simple because you just need to give some assumptions, and then provide the steps you will take to reach an answer – they just want to assess your critical thinking skills, and don’t really care about the answer you give. Here is an example of a website that teaches you how to master brain teaser interview questions.
  • “What’s your greatest weakness”: Yes, the dreaded weaknesses interview question… Be prepared to answer correctly and not “I’m a perfectionist”. Here is an example of a website that teaches you an easy formula to show the hiring manager your self-awareness and your ability to identify a weak spot and be honest about it. I also found this video very helpful.
  • “How old are you? Are you married? Do you have any children?”: Even though it’s illegal to ask this kind of questions during an interview, interviewers ask them! So here are some tips on how to answer those questions correctly.

 

  1. Salary: Again, I usually use Glassdoor.com – you can see how much companies’ employees make per job title. Since it depends on the community input again, not all the companies and job titles are available. Regarding salary expectations, there are some websites that offer salary surveys, so that you can have an idea of how much you can ask for salary-wise. Below are some examples (unfortunately, I didn’t find any salary survey in English – in case someone has this information, please, share it with me so that I can update this information):

 

  1. Closing the interview and answering the interviewer’s typical question ‘Do you have any questions for me?’. Yes, you do! Now it’s your turn to get some relevant information and decide if you want to work for this company or not. Here is an example of a website that teaches you what to ask in an interview and what questions to avoid. This video was extremely informative for me.

For a more comprehensive list of the most common job interview questions, a guide to answering them right and some samples interview questions for you to ask the interviewer, check out this blog also.

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Dear readers of this blog, did you realize that being prepared for an interview takes so much hard work? Remember, looking for a job IS a full time job, especially if you want to land a nice job and continue with the career path you started in your home country.

To close, if you utilized the links I provided, then you have been exposed to plenty of material that will help you improve your skills to ace your next job interview. I hope that you enjoyed reading! Please, like my post, share with me if you learned something new after reading it, contribute to the lists that I created, and share it so that it can reach more people.

Thank you, until next time!

About the Author
Caroline made Aliyah from Brazil in 2015. She has a BA in Business and MBA in Finance. Most of her experience in Brazil was working for business consulting firms (locals and globals). After she made Aliyah, she was "lucky" to find her first job very quickly. The second time she was looking for a job, she had encountered some differences in the hiring process. In an attempt to expand her network, she was constantly meeting new people and exchanging experiences. From these discussions, she understood that the differences are not only specific to the Brazilian job market, but they are very peculiar to Israel. As everybody else, she had to make mistakes and learn with her own failures; some important information she had to dig deep to find them. As a business consultant, she have learned a lot about organization & methods and this is how she's able to summarize them as "lessons learned". In this blog, she'll share her knowledge and practical tools to help all the other job seekers. "Happy is that one who transfers what he knows and learns what he teaches." - Cora Coralina (Brazilian writer)
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