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Successful Interviewing in Israel – 50 Common Interview Questions

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Last Updated on March 23, 2022

Are you prepared for your interview and a barrage of job interview questions?

If you want to ace your interview, you had better be prepared.  Job interview questions like these “What is more important to you; money or work?” or “Would you add salt to your food without tasting it?”, may take you by surprise but they are regularly asked, even in Israel.

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If you research the internet for commonly asked interview questions, you’ll come up with a barrage of results.  Israel has a unique employment market.  Once, knowing English was the winning ticket and English speakers were in demand.  Today, as an industrial powerhouse and hi-tech leader, the job market for English speakers in Israel, is much more competitive. 

Use this cheat-sheet, a list of the 50 most commonly asked interview questions.  You may be familiar with some, but there are many that give us food for thought.

50 Most Common Interview Questions

  1. What are your strengths?
  2. What are your weaknesses?
  3. Why are you interested in working for [insert company name here]?
  4. Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
  5. Why do you want to leave your current company?
  6. Why was there a gap in your employment between [insert date] and [insert date]?
  7. What can you offer us that someone else can not?
  8. What are three things your former manager would like you to improve on?
  9. Are you willing to relocate?
  10. Are you willing to travel? *(Post COVID-19)
  11. The accomplishments you are most proud of.
  12. A job related mistake you made.
  13. What is your dream job?
  14. How did you hear about this position?
  15. What would you look to accomplish in the first 30 days/60 days/90 days on the job?
  16. Discuss your resume.
  17. Discuss your educational background.
  18. Describe yourself.
  19. Tell me how you handled a difficult situation.
  20. Why should we hire you?
  21. Why are you looking for a new job?
  22. Would you work holidays/weekends?
  23. How would you deal with an angry or irate customer?
  24. What are your salary requirements? (Prior to your interview try to research similar job title and companies.  Ask your friends what they earn – some locals are open to discussing their salaries)
  25. Give a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a project.
  26. Who are our competitors?
  27. What was your biggest failure?
  28. What motivates you?
  29. What’s your availability?
  30. Who’s your mentor?
  31. Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
  32. How do you handle pressure?
  33. What is the name of our CEO?
  34. What are your career goals?
  35. What gets you up in the morning?
  36. What would your direct reports say about you?
  37. What were your bosses’ strengths/weaknesses?
  38. If I called your boss right now and asked him/her what is an area that you could improve on, what would he/she say?
  39. Are you a leader or a follower?
  40. What was the last book you’ve read for fun?
  41. What are your co-worker pet peeves?
  42. What are your hobbies?
  43. What is your favorite website?
  44. What makes you uncomfortable?
  45. What are some of your leadership experiences / What is your leadership style?
  46. How would you fire someone?
  47. What do you like the most and least about working in this industry?
  48. Would you work 40+ hours a week?
  49. What questions haven’t I asked you?
  50. What questions do you have for me?

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