I have promised to come up with tips for those who will undergo job interviews after posting Tips Para Sa Gagawa Ng Application Letter. Para sa akin, ang job interview ang isa sa pinaka-importanteng stage ng job application kasi meron nang person-to-person contact ang interview. Dito nagi-gauge ng interviewer kung tutuo ang nakalagay sa application letter. Assuming na pumasa ka na sa written exams, ang interview portion will either make or break the deal. Kaya importanteng paghandaan talaga ito.
What To Wear
Don’t overdress. Don’t underdress. Huwag kang over-acting na para kang aatend ng kasal at lalong huwag ka namang feeling casual na para kang papasyal sa mall. Mag-business attire ka. For guys, long sleeves with necktie and slacks and for ladies, coordinated blouse and skirt or pants with limited jewelry. Kung magpapabango (or after-shave) keep it at the minimum. Your attire should be neat, tidy and well-pressed. Wear formal and conservative shoes at siguruhin mong malinis ito. Shave, guys! Don’t looked like you’re too stressed-out for this interview. Ladies, don’t overdo your make-up — you shouldn’t look like you’re flirting. Make sure that you’ve groomed your hair.
Practice makes perfect
Kung first time mo para ma-interview dapat sanayin mo ang sarili mo sa pagsagot ng mga usual interview questions. And you should know-by-heart, whatever you wrote in your application letter and resume. Mag-praktis ka sa harap ng salamin. Eye-contact is important each time you answer questions. Pag hindi ka sanay, mahirap gawin ito kaya kailangang pagpraktisan mong talaga. Speak in English. Unless you’re asked in the vernacular then saka ka sumagot in the vernacular.
Know The Company
Ito kalimitan ang waterloo ng mga job applicants. Kapag tinatanong ko na sila about the company — I usually get a blank face. Word of advice: You don’t go to war, unprepared and without your ammunition. Make an effort to research about the company you’re applying for. There’s always the internet to help you in researching. Kung local company naman yan and wala pang website then you just have to do your homework and mag-effort ka talaga para alamin anything about the company and how you can be an asset to them.
Don’t Be Late For The Interview
Iwasan na gumimik the night before your interview. Rest your body and your mind. Naamoy ang amoy ng alcohol during the interview and nakikita ang eye-bags kahit anong concealer ang gamitin mo. No-no ang mali-late for an interview. Be on time — at least thirty minutes early. Alamin ang exact address ng ina-aplayan mo. Kung ang interview schedule mo eh during peak ng traffic then mas lalong dapat maaga ka pang pumunta — that way, hindi ka nagmumukhang stressed out.
Relax And Stay Calm
I make it a point that before I start the interview, I always tell the applicant to relax and stay calm. Unfortunately hindi lahat ng interviewers eh katulad ko kaya it’s up to you to stay as calm possible. Take a deep breath before entering the room. Unless you’re asked to be seated then saka ka lang uupo. Greet the interviewer warmly and offer your hand for a quick handshake. You may do away with the handshake kung feeling mo eh malamig ang kamay mo. Enough na ang warm greeting na sabayan mo ng smile. Again you have to maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Pakinggan ang buong question before you answer. Listen intently — nakakahiya kapag pinapaulit mo lagi ang question.
Don’t Brag About Your Accomplishments
Kung meron ka nang ipagmamalaking work experience, well and good. Just don’t brag about it too much. Instead just mention your past accomplishments and how it helped you in your career. Always relate what you can do to what the company needs. Don’t over-sell yourself. Huwag ka rin masyadong feeling eager-beaver. Pag tinanong ka kung anong bakit ikaw ang dapat nilang i-hire just answer in a way na magiging productive addition ka sa workforce ng company.
Thank The Interviewer & Send A Follow Up Letter
At the end of the interview, huwag kakalimutang mag-thank you sa interviewer. Extend your hand for a handshake. Maintain eye contact when saying thank you. That way, mararamdaman ng interviewer na sincere ka. You may or may not get the job but always follow-up with a thank you note. Hindi ito malimit ginagawa ng mga nagpapa-interview but this is a powerful tool kasi hindi ka lang nagti-thank you — you are also reiterating your interest in the position and joining them. The company just might give you a second-look.
Try & Try Until You Succeed
In my opinion, nasa mismong nagpapa-interview nakasalalay ang magiging kahihinatnan ng isang interview. Kaya importanteng handa ka talaga. Kung para sa iyo talaga ang trabahong inaaplayan mo then sayo talaga yan otherwise huwag kang mawalan ng pag-asa. Try and try until you succeed. Sa bawat interview experience, alamin mo ang strong and weak points mo. And each time you succeed, share your experience to others who might need it. Sa lahat ng mga naghahanap ng trabaho, ang maipapayo ko lang eh to be patient. Pasasan ba eh makakahanap ka rin ng trabahong para sayo. In the meantime, lawakan mo pa ang network of friends mo and on the side do volunteer work to get more exposure. Godspeed!