Cracking Job Interviews: Lessons learned from Job Interviews with IBM, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Mercedes and many others
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Cracking Job Interviews: Lessons learned from Job Interviews with IBM, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Mercedes and many others

A Powerful Framework and A Success Guide

About the Book

I have attended a wide range of interviews at many large companies, e.g. IBM, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Mercedes Benz, Airbus, some startup companies, and small, mid-size and large companies.

Although I had all the required qualifications, I was initially rejected from a lot of my job interviews. So I thought a lot and investigated what the problems are! Why am I being rejected?

Does this sound familiar to you? Do you have a similar experience, where you have the qualities, you have the skill set, but still you are rejected from the job interview? Or, do you want to prepare well for a job interview? Then keep reading…

I've learned from my mistakes. There are much more things other than your skill set!

I have developed a framework. I have seen tremendous improvement in my success rate after following my framework.

You don't want to make the same mistakes I did, right? I want to share my knowledge with you so that you can prepare well for the job interview.

You will learn:

  • Junaed’s Framework to do well in a Job Interview
  • Preparation: Find out the critical skills for this job and how to prove yourself
  • Tell me about Yourself: Template for Freshers and Experienced
  • How to build your own persona during the interview
  • Questions you should ask in the end
  • Salary negotiation framework
  • How to show your motivation
  • Mistakes to avoid

Table of Contents:

From the 1st version of the book

1. Introduction

1.1. My Story

1.2. Components of doing well in a Job Interview

2. What do interviewers look for while hiring?

2.1. Everyone should have these qualities

2.2. Freshers and Junior candidates should show these qualities

2.3. What do interviewers look for in Mid/Senior candidates?

2.4. Situation based expectations


3. Hiring Process

4. Junaed’s Framework to Ace Almost Any Job Interview

5. Preparation

5.1. Experience matrix

5.2. Sort out important skills in 3 dimensions

5.3. Prioritize the skills and prepare examples

5.4. No experience?

5.5. Summary

6. Tell Me About Yourself

6.1. A Big Mistake

6.2. Topics you should cover

6.3. My example: This is how I tell about myself

6.4. Template for freshers

6.5. Template for experienced

6.6. Tips to well prepare

6.7. One tip for the experts

7. Discuss

7.1. A big misconception

7.2. Purpose of the discussion

7.3. Powerful questions to drive the discussion

7.4. How to drive the discussion towards your strength

7.5. Use this loop during the discussion

7.6. How to Stop the Interviewer and How Not to

7.7. Summary

8. The Questions To Ask At the End of the Interview

8.1. Prove yourself and Know more about them

8.2. Powerful questions and how to use those

8.3. Summary

9. Show Correct Motivation

9.1. Importance of correct motivation

9.2. How to show your motivation

10. Interview Steps: What Happens in a Job Interview

11. HR screening interview

11.1. Purpose of the HR screening interview

11.2. Steps of the HR Screening interview

12. Final interview

12.1. Steps of the final interview

13. Salary Negotiation

13.1. Mistakes I made

13.2. When will they ask about your expected salary?

13.3. When they offer what you wanted or more than your expectation

13.4. Negotiating

13.5. When you are nervous

13.6. Remove your fear

13.7. Negotiation steps

13.8. Not only money, but you can also negotiate many other things

13.9. Summary

14. Mistakes you should avoid

14.1. Mistake #1

14.2. Mistake # 2

14.3. Mistake #3

14.4. Mistake #4

14.5. Mistake #5

15. Answer questions in the right way

15.1. Understand the 'hidden' question

15.2. Open ended questions

15.3. Show your soft skills.

15.4. How did you solve this problem?

15.5. Summary

16. Behavioral Questions and Answers

16.1. Purpose of the behavioral questions

16.2. A framework for answering behavioral questions

16.3. How to identify behavioral questions

16.4. Example of Behavioral Question and Answer

17. Follow Up after the job interview

About the Author

ABM Junaed
ABM Junaed

Junaed is working as a Cloud software engineer at IBM as of 2022 March.

He worked as a software engineer in several companies in several countries.

He did certification in Kubernetes, AWS, and Spring framework (popular Java framework). He has a Master's degree in Informatics from TU Munich which is one of the best universities for computer science.

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