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Zillow Interview Questions

To help you prepare for a Zillow job interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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What is your first reaction when you realize you’ve make a mistake?

What You Need to Know

This question is an honesty based query. What they are trying to determine is how you would react to learning you made a mistake. There are those who might try to hide the incident. Then there are those who would spend countless payroll hours trying to remedy their mistake, despite more pressing concerns demanding their attention. Then there are those who would bring it to the attention of their supervisors if they were unable to remedy the issue swiftly on their own. Taking ownership of your mistakes is a desirable trait, as is respecting the chain of command, and relying on their judgement among ever shifting demands and priorities. Lastly, what you learn from such mistakes counts more than anything.

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30 Zillow Interview Questions & Answers

  • Behavioral

    1. What is your first reaction when you realize you’ve make a mistake?

      What You Need to Know

      This question is an honesty based query. What they are trying to determine is how you would react to learning you made a mistake. There are those who might try to hide the incident. Then there are those who would spend countless payroll hours trying to remedy their mistake, despite more pressing concerns demanding their attention. Then there are those who would bring it to the attention of their supervisors if they were unable to remedy the issue swiftly on their own. Taking ownership of your mistakes is a desirable trait, as is respecting the chain of command, and relying on their judgement among ever shifting demands and priorities. Lastly, what you learn from such mistakes counts more than anything.

      Written by Kevin Downey on June 20th, 2022

      1st Answer Example

      "I am my own biggest critic, so when I do something wrong or make a mistake, I am the first to voice it and look for a fix. I am independent and smart, so I am confident in my ability to repair any errors I create. If necessary, I would bring a colleague or manager into the situation to help me repair the situation. Most importantly, I am honest and also open about my work; owning up to any mistakes that I make."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on June 20th, 2022

      2nd Answer Example

      "I fully believe in honesty and immediately repairing what I have done wrong. I am not too proud to admit when I have made a mistake, but it's for the good of the team that everyone is open and honest when an error happens. Taking these situations as opportunities to become better is very important."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on June 20th, 2022

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I hate making mistakes so I am normally careful to double-check my work before submitting a project. I don't strive to be the fastest person on the team but I do strive to be the most accurate. But in the event that I do make a mistake, I will cross-check to understand how the mistake happened then I would take my findings to my immediate manager to see if we can work on a resolution to rectify the issue. If it is a mistake that my boss comes to me with my immediate response is definitely an apology for the inconvenience and look into resolving the issue immediately."

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      Marcie Wilmot

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      Marcie Wilmot Reviewed the Above Answer

      Great! The interviewer will be happy to hear that you are very careful and detail-oriented. It also sounds like you have a good process in place to handle any mistakes. Just don't forget to emphasize that you always strive to learn from any mistakes you make and carry those lessons with you so you don't make the mistake twice.

  • Behavioral

    2. How do you react when dissatisfied with the quality of, or the outcome of, your work?

      What You Need to Know

      Your interviewer is curious how you respond, emotionally or pragmatically, when you feel your work does not meet your expectations. On the occasions when this happens, your reaction is what determines your take aways from the experience. Exhibiting a high level of emotional maturity by showing you take such lessons in stride, apply those lessons forward, ensuring better results the next time around is your preferred response. Beating yourself up about it, or blaming someone else for your setbacks takes no ownership, suggests you've learned nothing, and proposes you'll bring your repeatable setbacks and bad attitude with you from job to job. This is the red flag response they'll also be on the lookout for. It's fine to experience professional disappointment as long as you grow from such experiences, learn from them, and shore up better results for next time.

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      1st Answer Example

      "The last time I was dissatisfied with my work, I asked my boss if there was time for me to re-do the components with which I was not happy. The deadline was tight, but I did not believe the timeline should affect the quality of what I delivered. She agreed and gave me the time to revisit the aspects that I felt were not up to my usual standard. I worked around 5 hours of overtime to get the project exactly where I had pictured it, and everyone was satisfied in the end."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on June 20th, 2022

      2nd Answer Example

      "In programming and design, there is some room to experiment with our work and bounce back from mistakes. I allow myself to make mistakes, tweak my work, and play around with different designs, for instance. My philosophy is that a creative mind is always seeking improvements."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on June 20th, 2022

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I will do whatever it takes to make sure the quality of work is high, deadlines that need to be met, or challenges that arise. I will always step up to the plate and give it my all. I am committed."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      You do a great job of illustrating how committed you are to producing high-quality work; however, to fully answer the question asked, you'll want to add a sentence or two about how you react when you're not pleased with an outcome (for example: do you use it as a learning experience? Do you re-do the project until you're satisfied? )

  • Behavioral

    3. What type of work environment do you require to be the most productive?

      What You Need to Know

      This question typically seeks to find out where you stand between being more of an introverted personality thriving or an extrovert. Some thrive in a more distraction free solitary environment while others prefer the social interaction of a more collaborative team environment. Then there are those who have little difficulty being productive in any environment. The ideal employee would be adept at straddling both spheres, not wholly leaning one way or another. Discuss your preferences with the interviewer. It's okay to lean one way or the other, or to express a desire to mix it up and keeping your work varied to avoid burning out on any one task. Whatever your inclination, be sure to familiarize yourself with the environment offered in this position.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I understand that your work environment is very collaborative and flexible. I currently work in a similar environment and find that I can be very productive when there is the 'buzz' of a team around me. I can also be productive in quieter environments, although that isn't my preference."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on June 20th, 2022

      2nd Answer Example

      "I am productive in work environments where there is little nepotism or hierarchy. As I grow in my career, I aim to be the type of manager who has an open-door policy where my teammates can feel comfortable coming to me with questions and needs. This type of environment is one that I appreciate in return. I understand that Zillow hires from within whenever possible, and encourages employee growth and promotion."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on June 20th, 2022

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I understand this position is remote, I have been working remotely since 2007. I can be highly productive in any work-related situation."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      Your response makes it evident that you're comfortable with remote work and can be productive in any environment, but I'd suggest adding to your response in a way that illustrates a bit more of your personality and your ideal work environment (example: do you thrive in an environment that is fast-paced, communicative, offers feedback, etc?) Those specific examples will help the interviewer learn more about your working style and build a stronger connection with you.

  • Behavioral

    4. Zillow is always on the lookout for future leaders in our company. What do you see as the most challenging task a manager faces?

      What You Need to Know

      In evaluating your leadership potential, Zillow wants to test whether you'll be able to step up and effectively manage any challenge as it arises. Share with the interviewer your perception of the most challenging aspect of being a manager, and elaborate on why. Also, discuss what you would do, or are currently doing, to make this aspect less complicated.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I believe the biggest challenge in a management role for Zillow would be to lead everyone effectively when many team members work remotely. I like to make a connection with everyone, so I would send friendly check-in emails, for instance, to ensure that everyone feels like an important member of the team."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      It's clear that you've given thought to the potential challenges that come along with a leadership role. To strengthen your answer, I would suggest explicitly mentioning your interest in growth within the company and that moving into a management role at Zillow would both challenge and excite you.

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  • Behavioral

    5. Why should Zillow hire you?

      What You Need to Know

      The interviewer at Zillow is asking what unique skills set you apart. Think of your answer as your 'elevator pitch' or your qualifying statement. Other than elaborating on the hard skills and experience detailed on your resume, go into the specifics surrounding the soft skills interpersonal skills and less detailed relevant experience. They're giving you a shot to sell them. Make the most out of it.

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  • Behavioral

    6. If you had to give a TED Talk tomorrow, what topic would you choose?

      What You Need to Know

      TED Talks are known for their slogan 'ideas worth spreading.' The platform introduces people to thought-leaders in education, business, science, tech, and other creative industries. What aspect of your professional career do you feel uniquely qualified in, where you've exhibited the qualities of being a thought leader? Thoroughly research Zillow, the position you are competing for, and align your answer in a way that appeals to their sensibilities. Ir you are looking for ideas that will drive home a similar sense of innovation and like-minded ideas, check out the news tab on Zillowgroup's website. From blogs, to press releases, to media, you're sure to find a relevant topic. Zillow has values that include caring for others, prioritizing work that positively impacts communities, and applying original thinking. What topic could you choose that would add to these values while reinforcing your own beliefs?

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  • Career Goals

    7. If you had half of a million dollars to build your own business, what would you do?

      What You Need to Know

      This question aims to uncover the drives behind your passion, and whether it aligns with your current career pursuits. Avoid answers that could be perceived as competing with Zillow's business model. Instead, think of those innovations you have pioneered, aligning them with your current career path. Innovators are valued. Consider how your answer could frame you as a more creative, out-side-of-the-box thought leader.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "That's a great question! If I had 500,000 dollars, I would invest the money into an up and coming tech startup. I have always had a huge interest in technology and advancements, so this would be right up my alley."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      Great response; given the niche of Zillow as a company, you may want to find a way to link this imaginary business to the real estate industry.

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  • Career Goals

    8. What challenges are you looking for in your next position?

      What You Need to Know

      Your interviewer understands that a career minded individual is looking the perfect position as much as they are looking for the perfect candidate. So this question centers around those career developing challenges you hope to face next, and how those challenges might present themselves in this opportunity with Zillow.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I would like to grow and evolve with this company. I have lots to offer in a variety of roles and I am excited to learn anything new. I never stop challenging myself and growing in new ways and skills."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      While your response is very positive, it needs to be a bit more detailed and creative/ What exactly does it mean for you to "grow and evolve?" Rather than sharing that you're excited to learn "anything new," I suggest specifically stating key areas/initiatives/projects that you're excited about learning more about or contributing to. Being specific will help your response to stand out.

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  • Career Goals

    9. If we chose to hire you, where do you envision your career heading in 12 months from now?

      What You Need to Know

      Interviewing, hiring, and onboarding is an expensive and time-consuming endeavor for any company. Therefore, during the selection process they have to determine which candidates want to work specifically for them, and not just land any inconsequential job. They want to invest in someone who has a plan, or career goals and objectives which align with Zillow's values and philsophy, and someone who embodies the culture of their brand. Many career minded professionals have a 5-10 year career plan. Describe your career plans, goals, and how those fit with what Zillow can offer you shortly down the road. Describe your passion for this opportunity, and where you see your career taking you! Fully research the company, their current openings, and all the messaging and keywords listed on Zillow's career site. This will help you align your mission with theirs.

      Written by Kevin Downey on June 20th, 2022

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I am thrilled to be interviewing at Zillow for your Business Development opportunity. I believe with the talents and skill set I bring to your team, we will solve some stimulating challenges. This role is an opportunity I have been seeking for some time now, so I plan to stay for the long term should I be lucky enough to be hired. This opportunity meets all of my interests and passion. Hopefully filling any role you need me."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Great response; this shows that you've done your research on the company and this opportunity, and you view hoping to put down roots in the company.

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  • Education

    10. In your opinion, describe the most exciting advancement in the real estate industry this year?

      What You Need to Know

      By testing how current and relevant your industry knowledge is, or what periodicals or resources you look to for staying up to date with current or trending developments in your field, they'll be able to ascertain how engaged you are in your own career pursuits. Discuss some exciting advancements you found memorable or noteworthy to inspire a connection and generate conversation.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "The most exciting advancement in the RE market right now would be the one-stop-shop in all areas of the home buying, selling, or renting process. Ease of use that Zillow has created."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      To improve your response, I would suggest focusing on this ease of home buying, selling, and renting specific to this year.

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  • Education

    11. Zillow is seeking candidates who possess a degree in Computer Science or another technical discipline. Walk me through your education.

      What You Need to Know

      The interviewer will probably have an idea of your education background from your resume. Take a few minutes to bring the experience to life for them! Go deeper than the degree you've listed, and venture into the particular coursework you took which could hold value. Go deeper into the less apparent aspects of your studies. Not every skill you picked up will present as obvious from your degree and major. Walk them through the more technical disciplines you learned, and any other relevant experience you picked up along the way.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I am bringing to the table a wealth of knowledge in the Real Estate industry. I currently hold an inactive Real Estate license in Washington State. My entire family is and has been in Real Estate.

      I have been working in software sales since 2007. I am proficient in Microsoft word and CRM Salesforce. I currently hold a CCP Certified Compensation Professional with WorldatWork.

      I have started a few small businesses in business development from the grown-up.

      Zillow has employees who work in Canada and the USA. I am a citizen of both countries.

      I have extensive knowledge and expertise in cold calling and bringing in new business (my passion) to the company"

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      It's evident that you have a lot of experience that aligns with the opportunity at Zillow. Because this question specifically asks about your education, if you have an associate's degree, bachelor's degree, master's degree, etc. I would suggest naming that. (Example: "I have a Bachelor's degree in business.) Also, because this question focuses on the technical aspects, I would suggest emphasizing any additional technical skills that you have (generally, Microsoft Word proficiency isn't seen as being very technical, but experience in CRM systems, Tableau, web-based databases, etc would be worth mentioning.)

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  • Experience

    12. After you implement a solution to a problem, how do you test the effectiveness of that solution?

      What You Need to Know

      The interviewer wants to see that you have strong follow-through skills, ensuring your qualtiy standards meet their expectations, and that you possess the ability to use data and analytics to support your decisions. The only way to test the effectiveness of a new solution is to keep a close eye on the immediate, and often longer-term, results!

      Depending on the situation, you can use data, run reports, and compare/contrast your findings. If you have records of the data before your problem-solving solution, you can track the results of your new solution and analyze in a month, or beyond.

      It can take time to see the results, so having a method for measuring them is essential. Give an example of a time you implemented a solution and measured the results to check its efficacy.

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  • Experience

    13. Zillow operates in an ever-shifting industry. What is the most significant shift you have had to deal with in your career?

      What You Need to Know

      Being able to pivot and adapt are critical skills Zillow values, especially in the online database industry. The interviewer would like to know the types of challenges you've faced in your career that are similar in nature to the ever shifting industry challenges they face. You need to show Zillow that you can remain productive and stay on track even while adapting to sudden changes. Assure the interviewer that you don't view obstacles and setbacks as defeat, and have a drive, like them, to keep innovating to keep moving forward. Adapting to significant changes in a professional manner, if the heart of this question.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "One of the things that I love most about this industry is the fact that I am continually learning and growing; being kept on my toes. The biggest change in my career was learning to report to an entirely new management team when my company merged with a large competitor. It's difficult to adjust, but I was able to keep an open mind, and met some great new people while being allowed to develop my skill set further."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Excellent response! You do a great job of showing how you handled a major shift with grace and adaptability.

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  • Experience

    14. Tell me about a time when you successfully prioritized your tasks and completing a project on schedule.

      What You Need to Know

      Zillow frequently has many projects going at the same time, and they want assurances that your project management, time management and attention to detail meets their standards. Detail your approach to planning, adapting, staying organized, and adjusting your priorities while effectively multitasking.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I was helping a start-up company and had 4 days to get it up and running.

      salesforce- I entered 380 outfitters

      created emails

      Website- Go, Daddy

      Quick Books

      I finished all of it in the 4 days- 20 hrs a day

      Whatever it takes to accomplish a project. I am driven!"

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      Wow! That is a lot to accomplish in four days. This s a great example and shows that you are a go-getter!

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  • Experience

    15. Zillow is innovating the real estate industry. What does the word 'innovation' mean to you?

      What You Need to Know

      The term 'innovation' is often overused in business and development these days and has now become a buzzword that many people don't fully understand.

      There are two other terms that are closely related, which can clue you into its meaning. The first word is improvements, which can be delivered either big or small. Big improvements are typically considered innovations. Whereas Kaizen is the small incremental improvements that result from continual efforts towards greater improvements. Your interviewer wants to know how you personally define innovation. Include an example of a time when you have witnessed or implemented an innovative change in the workplace, or when you have exercised creativity. Be sure to express an understanding of the way Zillow is innovating the real estate industry.

      Written by Kevin Downey on June 20th, 2022

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Innovation can refer to something new, such as an invention, or the practice of developing and introducing new things. Zillow is innovating the industry in so many ways by offering a one-stop shop in the housing market. It is and will be the go-to in this industry, I am hoping to get the opportunity to evolve and grow with Zillow."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      Great response; since the question asked what innovation means to you, I would suggest personalizing your response just a bit so it's clear that you're passionate about contributing to innovation and you're excited by the prospect of growing/building/developing new things.

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  • Experience

    16. In your current position, have you taken on tasks which fell outside of your wheelhouse? How did you succeed?

      What You Need to Know

      At Zillow, you may be learning a new industry, where you'll be asked to perform tasks that fall outside of the sphere of your comfort zone. The interviewer wants to assess how willing you are to step outside of your comfort zone. This will clue them to the level of your ambition, and how determined you are to further your career by pursuing your goals. The ideal note to strike is that you've done it so much, that stepping outside of your comfort zone is your comfort zone.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I had minimal training going into my latest role because the company was a start-up with little direction and no leads. It was all up to me to find the CRM and leads to get the business development started. Through my many skills, I taught myself how what I needed to do, to be successful at my job."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      You do a great job of showing how you taught yourself new skills at your last role; to develop your response a bit more, I'd suggest you quantify exactly what t meant to "be successful at my job." (Example: "In ___months, I was able to generate___________new leads," etc)

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  • Experience

    17. If offered this role at Zillow, how will you go about building relationships with your new coworkers and supervisors?

      What You Need to Know

      Zillow takes pride in being listed as one of the top 100 companies to work for, prides themselves on their positive work culture, and emphasizes the value of building strong interdepartmental relationships throughout their company. When onboarding, buyilding relationships is the primary task, followed by learning the methods, systems and processes, and ins and outs of the job.

      Zillow works hard to nurture a cohesive workplace culture and environment, so it's vital that you will find your place within the team very quickly. Due to a wide variety of personalities, coworker connections can take time to form. How do you ensure that you have an active line of communication with your co-workers and supervisors, right from the start?

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I like to ask my new colleagues for their best tip, and also what they are currently working on."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      This is a solid start, but I'd suggest deepening your response by explaining exactly how you go about building relationships. You may also wish to research the company culture as far as team building is concerned, so you can mention those opportunities directly.

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  • Experience

    18. How is Zillow transforming the future of real estate?

      What You Need to Know

      The way you answer this question will show the interviewer how much research you have done on Zillow before your interview. There are several references on multiple pages of their sites that offer suggestions along these lines, such as, Completely digitizing the first step of the home journey for an on-demand digital world. Mention how you believe they are evolving and simplifying the real estate industry, and be sure to show your excitement for joining their team!

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I think Zillow has transformed the Real Estate industry. It has turned house-hunting into a one-stop-shop. Their online platform is easy to use and understand. Because of Covid and lockdowns, the value of the platform can only increase. This technology will make the experience the way of the future."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      Your response clearly shows an understanding of Zillow and the real estate industry, and you do a good job of relating this to current events, such as COVID and lockdowns. However, I would suggest being a bit more specific in regards to the online platform; are there special features? What makes Zillow different than any other web-based real estate platform?

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  • Experience

    19. Describe an ongoing issue at your current job that you successfully resolved.

      What You Need to Know

      The word 'issue' can be interpreted in a wide variety of ways. Part of this question is how you'll interpret the word, and what your interpretation will inform them about you. Therefore, if you bring up an issue that has negative associations, that could clue them into your overall perception of the world. However, innovators view obstacles as challenges, not negatives. Remaining positive, speak to the interviewer about a specific issue you were able to overcome in your previous role, based on your unique skill sets. It could be anything, from improving work flow by implementing improvements over their previous systems, or finding a simple method of enhancing interdepartmental communications.

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    20. Zillow encourages cross-departmental collaboration. Do you have experience collaborating between developers, designers, and other stakeholders?

      What You Need to Know

      Having strong interpersonal skills while building relationships with your team is one thing, but exercising that consistently while building relationships with external teams takes it a step further. Some build relations with their team and stop there, feeling secure in their position. But exercising those skills consistently exhibits leadership potential, which is highly valued by Zillow's culture. Therefore, an ability to work with cross-functional teams will be a significant asset to Zillow, since they are known for leading highly collaborative projects. Share any similar challenges that came up and what you learned from the experience.

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    21. What do you know about Zillow's workplace culture?

      What You Need to Know

      On the Zillowgroup website, under their career page, there are several keywords and terms that emphasize the key components of their culture. A thriving, flexible, caring work culture that values innovation while reimagining real estate. Mention some points that you know are offered in this role, discussing which areas and aspects excite you most.

      Written by Kevin Downey on June 20th, 2022

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Zillow is known for its fun and collaborative work environment that aims to bring out the best in each employee. Zillow builds their culture centering around their core values: 1. Customers Are Our North Star 2. Turn on the Lights 3. Do the right thing 4. Own it 5. Better together 6. Include and empower 7. Think big, move fast 8. Deliver quality on time, every time. I particularly identify with do the right thing (which is important in building trust and the quality of data that's provided to our consumers), Move Fast think big (it's good to know that ideas are welcomed especially in a big organization. It helps you feel included as well as having the ability to introduce change), and Deliver quality on time, every time (very important especially working in data. the quality of data we provide our products or our management team either directly or indirectly affects the end-user experience which is important with Zillow since the customers are their North star)."

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      Marcie Wilmot

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      Marcie Wilmot Reviewed the Above Answer

      This is a very strong answer. It shows that you've done your due diligence on the company and are familiar with its culture. You also do a great job of showing how your values align with the company's and why you believe you'll fit in well there. Excellent!

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    22. Market research is at the heart of what we do at Zillow. How do you approach a project before embarking on it?

      What You Need to Know

      Market research is at the heart of this question. Talk to the interviewer about your work habits and how you prefer to approach a new project. Since they've laid out that market research is at the heart of what they do, your research skills should be highlighted in your answer.

      Written by Kevin Downey on June 20th, 2022

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I agree that market research is the backbone of any project, especially in the online property listing services industry where data is constantly changing. Without research, important details are missed, and much time is wasted. I like to research before starting a project so that I can lay out a plan and understand the potential hurdles as well."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      Great response; this outlines how you approach a new project. To strengthen your response, you may wish to consider the specific methods that you use to conduct research before beginning a new project. (Where do you find your information? Who do you talk to?)

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    23. The online property listing services industry is highly competitive. How will you help Zillow stay ahead of its competitors?

      What You Need to Know

      It is critical that you research Zillow, and their most vigorous competitors, before your interview. The correct answer is to show that you fully embrace their approach to innovation, and that you aim, through your skills, experience, and unique approach to innovation, to help them deliver and improve upon what they do best. So perform your research and be able to define what Zillow does best. Speak openly with the interviewer about your ability to work competitively and how you plan to contribute to their continued success.

      Written by Kevin Downey on June 20th, 2022

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      "This industry is highly competitive, I have a great gift of cold calling and hunting down new prospects. Building lasting connections with new prospects and current clients to renew and upgrade."

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      This response highlights some important traits and abilities you have, such as cold calls and prospecting. However, to improve your response, you should explicitly state exactly skills that will help Zillow stay ahead of its competitors (example: "My strong skills in building rapport and ability to create a pipeline of new prospects will give Zillow a competitive edge.")

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    24. This role with Zillow is highly technical. What is your understanding of this position and the responsibilities that come with it?

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      This question again tests not only that you thoroughly researched the position, company, and industry as it relates to the role, but also that you've retained the finer details as well. This question tests your knowledge, and your answer should showcase it. Bring with you a full understanding of the technical requirements to succeed in this job. Apply your working technical knowledge to the job description. Keep your answer to the point being sure to use the same language they have used in the job description.

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    25. Pick an app on your phone and sell it to me.

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      This question is a catch-all for any interviewer in the online platform industry because it covers a candidate's knowledge whether they are in sales, design, engineering, or other development based role. There are several aids online to help you hone in on your pitch. Think of your favorite app on your phone and discuss with the interviewer why it's your choice - convincing them that they should download the app as well! Be enthusiastic about its features, while appealing to what you've learned about the person sitting across from you. Try to identify their pain points and always be closing. Feel free to have some fun with this question.

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    26. Zillow hosts regular hackathons to encourage innovation and autonomy. When have you created a new product, service, or process with the help of your team?

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      Zillow innovates various ways to help encourage growth in their teams. A common approach to sparking workplace improvements in the online platform world is 'hackathons.' Typically a hackathon is a multi-day event in which computer programmers, graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, and others involved in software development get together and collaborate on new and exciting software projects. Discuss your improvements, great or small, where you've created a new product, improved an existing service, or contributed a kaizen in some way.

      Exhibit that you're creative-minded and ready to help Zillow achieve new industry breakthroughs.

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    27. What types of industries have your previous projects focused on?

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      Zillow places a lot of emphasis on innovation and future leaders. So, your interviewer is trying to paint a broader picture of your transferable skills. Give them a better idea of what you will bring to Zillow, and what your past professional experience in industries unrelated to Zillow's could lend to their teams.

      Written by Kevin Downey on June 20th, 2022

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I have extensive knowledge of Salary Survey and Compensation Management software. I consider myself to be well versed in technology and having a good understanding of software products."

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      Your response shows a clear understanding of various types of technology products. You may wish to consider highlighting any transferrable skills you've gained, which could potentially align with the role you're interviewing for.

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    28. If you had to choose just one, what would you consider your primary technical specialty?

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      The interviewer wants to know your specialties, particular areas of expertise, and what makes you a unique candidate. Talk to the interviewer about your strengths and be sure to highlight any specific skills you excel at. It's a great idea to highlight particular skills listed inside the Zillow job description.

      Written by Kevin Downey on June 20th, 2022

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      "Decoding complicated companies into simple and influencing decision-makers to allocate meaningfully to what others might see as "black boxes." As an investor, I have studied hundreds of businesses so I can readily distinguish between "evolutionary" and "innovative". I've been in and around housing for my entire career, I have well-established relationships throughout the industry and my passionate purpose is to help solve part of the housing puzzle that helps a platform like Zillow scale profitably over time.







      I'm also a naturally curious and self-propelled generalist investor that has studied hundreds of different businesses so I can spot "incremental" from a mile away and my natural curiosity draws me towards quite interesting and disruptive business models."

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      Good start. It sounds like you have a lot of valuable skills, but think about how you'd narrow your answer at first to clearly describe your primary technical specialty which you could then develop into a more general answer.

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    29. We primarily lean on React, Redux, Node.js, Java, Python, and SQL. With which language are you most familiar?

      What You Need to Know

      The interviewer is giving you some insight into the languages that their hire will be using at Zillow. Considering the list of languages, think about which ones you have the most experience with and which you feel most comfortable with. If you'd like, you can rank your skills from beginner to intermediate, advanced, and expert. Doing so will give the interviewer a good idea of where you stand with each language.

      Written by Kevin Downey on June 20th, 2022

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      "I am familiar with Python and SQL. I am more familiar with Python than SQL since I am self-teaching myself Python to be able to experiment with data in a more robust/statistical way than MS Excel which is my main data analysis tool. I haven't programmed in Java but I took a first-year Turbo C++ programming class in college so I'm familiar with a similar language. I have never used React or Redux. As an investor, I am a customer of user interfaces so I haven't used React but the language looks intuitive and easy to learn. I'm surprised that I haven't used Redux since I listen to so many calls and have so many team meetings that's one I'm going to start to learn immediately."

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      Good! This answer is providing the relevant information the interviewer is seeking. If you wanted to expand, you could discuss your level of familiarity and the projects you've completed with each.

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    30. Who are Zillow's top competitors? Name one factor we do better than the rest.

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      Zillow has single-handedly revolutionized the online real estate industry. For that reason, it's essential that you come to your interview with an expanded understanding of what they do and who their competitors are. One of their biggest competitors is Redfin, primarily due to their unique redefining of how the real estate agent approaches selling your home and earning their commissions. But listing Trulia or Hotpads would be a mistake, since both Trulia and Hotpads are ZillowGroup's other subsidiary companies. Show up prepared, and don't just rely on a google snippet for your intel! Take some notes on their competitors and take the time to compare services. What do you believe is the standout factor for Zillow?

      Written by Kevin Downey on June 20th, 2022

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Zillow has a few competitors including Redfin, Realtor.com, Foreclosure.com, to name a few. These companies have strong specific areas, but Zillow is strong in all aspects.

      Zillow takes the lead in all areas with the capacity to keep evolving with the sub companies it owns. Zillow is the top company and the first one that comes to mind when looking for a home."

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      Your response makes it clear that you understand the market and competitors, but you need to a bit more specific by zeroing in on exactly what it is that Zillow does better. Is it website usability? Inventory? Responsiveness? Accuracy? Because this question explicitly asks for "one factor," you'll want to have a specific factor in mind to name.

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