Filipino job applicants at job fair; Credit: Bulacan.gov.ph
Job fairs here in the Philippines are now common, and so you have decided to try your luck. Or after sending tons of resumes in different companies, you were finally called for a job interview. Congratulations! But wait! You are not hired yet. In fact, you are about to rely your future in the hands of a stranger, and it’s pretty scary.
And no, having the credentials that the job requires does not necessarily mean you will be hired. After all, the company will not bother to call you if you did not pass their minimum requirement, right? But do you know how many other applicants for the same job who will be interviewed by the same person?
Being punctual or coming early is definite an edge, simply because the interviewer may feel that you are responsible. Common sense also tells you that you need to dress properly, or should at least match the position you are applying for. Not to mention, the interviewer expects you to answer all his questions.
But if you are really want to increase your chances of getting hired, here are the top 10 job interview tips we collected by asking lead interviewers from various job employment agencies in the Philippines.
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#10 Know some important details of the company
Most interviewers ask applicants if they know something about the company. But they don’t it for noting. They do it because they want to know if you did some research about the company you want to want to work. Once they know you have an idea about their products or services, they will feel that you are really interested in working for the company. After all, once you are hired, you are likely to work for at least five months.
#9 Be kind to everyone you meet while going to the office
As your parents always tell you, be kind to everyone you meet wherever you are. However, the day of your interview is very special. We have read or heard some news where a job applicant meets the interviewer in the streets unexpectedly, and the former had shown some bad attitudes towards the latter. Once this happens to you, your name might not be mentioned in the news, but the interview will never forget you.
#8 Be confident but don’t expect too much
Obviously, you should be confident during every job interview. But as the interview goes along, you may feel some expectations because you see the interviewer smiling at you. Beware when the interviewer starts to act as if he already wants to hire you, because it could just be a part of the test. Smart interviewers know when to adjust themselves in certain situations. Expecting too much may cause you to be overconfident.
#7 Never use scripted answers
Thanks to the Internet, job applicants can easily find some job interview questions and answers. And yes, most of them are applicable to you. But still, you should not memorize the answers to make you sound good to the interviewer. Instead, use them as a guide and prepare for an answer based on your personality and what you really feel. Interviewers are very smart; they can feel if you are honest with your answers or not.
#6 Know how you can explain your weaknesses in a nice way
Most interviewers ask job applicants about their strengths and weaknesses. Obviously, the interviewer will not believe you if you say you don’t have any weak point at all. So, while you are enumerating your weaknesses, make sure the interviewer does not take them against you. And of course, you should not justify yourself and tell him you are just human after all. Instead, explain what you are doing to improve yourself.
#5 Stop talking if the interviewer is being distracted
A knock on the door, a phone call are only some of the distractions that can possibly happen while you are answering a question. When such things happen, stop immediately and don’t wait for the interviewer to signal you to stop. Otherwise, you will only be wasting your time talking. Stopping immediately also shows that you respect the situation. And when it’s time for you to talk again, it would be better to start all over again.
#4 Be ready for an analytical question
According to job experts, this is one of the top reasons why many job applicants fail the interview. You see, analytical questions or problem solving is not for engineers and accountants only. Even the lowest rank in the country should have some ideas when problems occur, especially on their designated task. And no, you cannot find the correct answer anywhere except deep inside your personality. This test is like a puzzle.
#3 Be ready to ask relevant questions
In most cases, job interviewers allow applicants to ask them some questions before the end of the interview. This is your chance to know more about the company and the position you are applying for, and therefore you should have a couple of them before the job interview. However, make sure that your questions are interesting and relevant. Analyze also if the interviewer knows the answers to your questions.
#2 Never ask your chances of getting hired
Apparently, many job applicants ask about their chances of getting hired. Although you might not be asking it directly, interviewers know the purpose of your questions. You see, hiring a new employee requires some analysis and sometimes brainstorming. You should not pressure the interviewer or look desperate and begging him to hire you. After all, you will be hired if the company feels you are the right person for the job.
#1 Imagine being the interviewer
The best way to know your chances of getting hired is to feel what the interviewer feels during the interview. So, right after you receive the call, face the huge mirror and talk as if you are already being interviewed. Observe your body language and mannerisms and practice not to do them. It would be better if you record yourself so you can review the things you need to improve, especially the way you look and how you talk.
The above job interview tips are applicable to all kinds of applicants, whether you are a first-timer or had previous job experiences. Some job vacant positions may differ from the others, but the purpose of the interview will always be the same – to know if the applicant really fits for the job.
Expertise on a certain field is not assurance that you will be hired. Therefore, you should be able to convince the interviewer that you can help the company grow. But still, working for a company requires dedication. In case you don’t realize it, a job interview is also a personality test, unless the company wants to hire a robot.
Good luck, job applicants!
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