Israeli Recruitment Process

The recruitment process is something that is critical to understand, so that you can be best prepared to search and secure a job effectively.

The stages in all Western countries are basically the same, although some details differ by country and Israel certainly has aspects that are unique.

The recruitment steps include:

- Identify Transferable Skills and/or Target Job Positions

- Create CV(s)

- Investigate Employment Opportunities & Apply

- Interview(s)/Evaluation

- Job Offer/Negotiation


 Identify Transferable Skills and/or Target Job Positions


This stage often gets overlooked, as people jump to the “more exciting” job search phases.  Yet this step can be critical to a successful search; ignore it at your own peril!


For the sake of illustration, a job seeker can fall into one of two categories, although in reality many people actually have aspects of both:


- Professional interested in continuing in identical career path

- Someone that doesn’t have a single career direction


In the first instance, as long as the job market is good and the person possesses the skills (including language) that are required to do the job in Israel, then this step may well be de-emphasized.  Doctors, lawyers, accountants – these are all professions that can fall into this category.  However, even for someone that is firmly in this group, becoming knowledgeable about related jobs in Israel that require the same skills/experience may prove valuable.


For those that are open to exploring one or more new career paths, identifying transferable skills and then applying them to specific jobs is absolutely critical to positioning yourself most effectively and devoting your time in the best way.  The objective is to understand what skills you possess, and then subsequently which are the best jobs to apply them to.


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Create CV(s)/Resume(s)


Once you have job(s) you wish to target, the next step is to create associated CVs. 


Israeli CVs, while sharing most of the general characteristics with CVs/resumes that you are familiar with, do have some important differences. 


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Investigate Employment Opportunities & Apply


OK, you have decided which jobs you seek, and you have created CVs that highlight your relevant experience and/or skills.  What is critically important now is to focus on getting your CV in the hands of the correct people. 


For assistance with this, review these articles:




Getting to the interview stage is excellent progress; now it is time to prepare for this process Israeli-style.


Here are two articles on interviewing:


One thing that is important to highlight here is that the questions asked in an Israeli interview may be quite different that what you are accustomed to, generally in the direction of more directness and personal questions. 


Examples can include:


- Why did you make aliyah?

- Are you married? 

- Do you have children?


Your main task when such questions arise is to be prepared, remain calm, and answer intelligently.


Evaluations, including handwriting analysis, are sometimes incorporated into the Israeli recruitment process.  As part of the application process, or during the interviews, you may be requested to submit a hand written sample (always in your native language) for analysis by handwriting experts.  In addition, companies may send applicants for specific positions to an external employment evaluation organization, which will ask questions and stimulate work situations in order to try to anticipate how the candidate will react and whether they posses the appropriate characteristics for the job. 


Job Offer/Negotiation


We are now arriving at the promised land; the goal is in sight.  However, it is critical that you understand the compensation components in Israel, and what the value of the job is in the Israeli marketplace, so that you can be confident that you are getting the appropriate salary.


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