Finding a job is tough, but you know what’s tougher? Having to go through stressful interviews. To help you prepare for that big day, JobStreet Philippines shares some interview tips on what you should and shouldn’t do when trying to sell yourself for that dream position. Here's everything you need to know about nailing that one-on-one moment with the HR recruiter, so you can get through that dreaded day confidently and stress-free.
1) Be specialized in an occupational field and have work experience in that field
Use the experience you have and show that it's relevant to the job you’re applying for. Also, don’t forget to mention particular tasks that you believe will be useful for the position you want. It’s a plus if you’ve already worked in that field before.
On the other hand, if you’re a fresh graduate with no job experience at all, the best thing to do is to “DIY” your own work background. For example, if you want to be a writer, create your own blog so you have writing samples. Don’t forget to highlight your internships, OJTs, and other experiences that resemble actual job experience as well.
2) Be precise and accurate when describing the nature of your previous job(s)
“Use technical terms and statistical figures as much as possible,” JobStreet adds. Let those facts and figures speak for themselves.
Meanwhile, for fresh graduates, don’t forget to expound on your professional certifications, technical skills, and proficiencies (languages, applications, and programs). You can also describe your advocacies and voluntary memberships.
3) Be honest with your work history, personal profile, and especially your salary
It’s better to be honest. You’ll be in more trouble when your future employer finds out that you lied during the interview process.
4) Do not hop from one job to another frequently without good reasons
Job-hopping just shows that you have no loyalty, and loyalty is valuable. When a recruiter sees you have stayed in an organization despite difficult times, it tempers their trust, which can prove beneficial in the long-run. If you're a job-hopper and the interviewee asks you why, make sure you have a reasonable explanation to back you up.
5) Do not badmouth about your previous boss or company
From a professional point of view, it's best to brush the bad memories of your previous employer away rather than carrying your hate to your future job. Plus, if the interviewer knows that you have a tendency to bad-mouth previous employers, why would the company want to hire you? Remember: nobody likes complainers. And pointing fingers when you've made mistakes of your own is the coward's way out.
6) Do not judge a job only by the pay it offers
Before declining an offer, you should probably evaluate the other options. Aside from the compensation, here are some factors to consider when negotiating the best deal during the interview: health and dental insurance, flexibility of your hours, retirement, vacations and sick leaves, bonus and profit sharing, reimbursements, maternity/paternity leave, and performance and salary reviews. Again, don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer about these things.
7) Do not hesitate to work for long hours
If the HR specialist asks if you are willing to work beyond the usual required time, just say yes. It’s easier to agree to this during the interview, then negotiate once you finally get the job offer. Recruiters should see that you are enthusiastic for the job that you’re applying for—even if it means staying later than usual.
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