Job Interview

A story about my job interviewing

I came to Canada in 2002.

My first job was software developer for a startup that specialized in building  mobile apps (for Pocket PCs and Palm devices) for real estate agents. A friend that came to Canada a few years before me was one of the company's founders so he helped me join the team.

I worked there for about 2 years.

In 2004, even if the company's technology and solutions were very good, the mobile devices were too expensive and not popular. The prices of the data packages were also high. Not many real estate agents were willing to pay the high price for the full solution (device, data, apps).

So the startup started having financial problems meaning that layoffs were possible.

While still employed, I started looking after a new job and applied to every opportunity that seemed a good match. I changed my resume and cover letter for each position and hoped that eventually I will find something.

For a while, I did not get any responses for my applications. Then, once every few weeks, I would get an invite to an interview which did not lead to an offer.

Things were getting a bit desperate.

I started questioning my resume. I thought that, maybe in Canada, there were different templates to use in resumes. I also began to question how well I did during the interviews. Maybe, my answers to interview questions were not too good either.

At this point, I really needed help.

I looked around for people that could show me what I was doing wrong and that could give me feedback so my chances for getting a new job are higher.

But I could not find anyone that did this.

There were books available about resumes and interviewing but this is not what I needed. Instead, I would have preferred to find a coach who could look at my situation, tell me what I was doing wrong and point me in the correct directions.
 

 


What is the point of my story?

To paraphrase Carol Shields who said
 

"Write the book you want to read, the one you cannot find."


I decided to create the online course that I wanted to take, the one that I could not find.
 



Since 2004, I have changed my job quite often. Initially, I was employed full time by the same company for 8 years. After that, I moved to contracting which meant more, shorter jobs instead of fewer, longer term.

I interviewed with a lot of companies over the years and noticed that in interviews, most of the questions I was asked were very similar.

"Where do I see myself in 5 years?"

"Why should the company hire me?"

"What are my strengths and weaknesses?"

"What do I like or dislike about a new job?"

Sometimes, I would have all the correct answers but other times I did not. Sometimes, I would get the job but other times I wouldn't. Every time an interview would not go well, I would write down the difficult questions so later I could come up with a better response.

In time, the list of questions grew. My ability to answer them improved as well.
 


What is this course about?

This course has a few goals.

The first is to help you prepare for common interview questions so that your interview readiness is higher.


The second is to give you the opportunity to have a mock interview for a real opportunity that you want to pursue.

The third is to provide feedback and ideas on your resume, if you need another opinion about it.
 


Why do you need this course?

Interviewing, like anything else, is better done if you prepare for it.

A large part of this preparation is about preparing answers to questions such as

  1. Why should we hire you for this job?

  2. What are your salary expectations for this position?

  3. What are your best skills?

  4. Why are you leaving your current role?


Getting an interview request is not something that happens every day. If you are serious about changing your job, you should give the opportunity the proper importance and treat it seriously. This means preparing for it and not going to the interview to figure things out.

Losing a good opportunity means  losing time as you will have to wait a while for the next opportunity. You may lose  money (if you are not employed at the time). You may leave a bad impression with the company or with your recruiter which will limit the future opportunities that they may have for you.
 

 


Who is the course for?

This tutorial is created for people that work in testing that need help with performing better during job interviews.



What questions will be covered?

The course covers different types of questions about  

  • your work experience

  • your career

  • testing experience

  • automation experience


It is a one-day event organized online for a small number of people.
 

It starts at 10 am PST and ends at 5 pm PST, with 1 hour for lunch break.
 

The course will be recorded and the recording will be shared with all participants.
 

 


How will it happen?

A few days before the event, I will send you the list of all questions that can be discussed. 


You should go through the questions, select the ones that you would like to be covered and answer them.


There is no need to share the answers with me. When working on the answers, do not use google or any other resource. Answer each question as if you are in a real interview at the time.

On the day of the event, we discuss all selected questions and try together to find the correct answer  for each of them. You will be able after the event to compare your initial answer to the one we found together to see the difference.

 



How much does it cost?

The price of the event is CAD 100 payable by Paypal transfer or e-bank transfer.
 


When does the event take place?

October 31, 10 am - 5 pm PST
 

 


What do I get for my money?

You get, in addition to participating to the online event,

  • the recording of the event

  • one hour mock interview for a position that you are interested in applying for

  • one hour discussion on improving your resume

  • 3 Selenium ebooks

  • 30% discount for my latest online course on running Selenium Java tests in Azure Devops

  • approximately 500 interview questions

 



How do I subscribe?

Please make the payment through Paypal at alex@alexsiminiuc.com and specify your email address.


As soon as the payment is done, your spot is reserved.


I will contact you by email with more details.