Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Job Seekers: 10 Interviewing Rules

Every year, thousands of graduates are becoming part of the unemployed sector. I am one of them who just recently graduated and finished a degree and up until now I am a job seeker. They always say that education is the key to success yet we are still stuck at home waiting for a job to be employed. But without also exerting effort on finding jobs your education will be useless. You need also to do your part. You may look for companies that need your skills and submit an application letter and resume for that matter. Before our graduation, we were required to have a mock job interview for the upcoming job fair. This event was happened last March 2013. I was not really confident to face some of our instructors who will function as an employer. I was tensed because of nervousness. There were many butterflies in my stomach honestly. I was just so lucky to be interviewed by my Statistics professor. That was lucky enough because she knew me. But there was no biases happened though. These made me more confident and relax because I knew her already. 

The interview was outstanding. I never expected it would happen that way and the employer/instructor congratulated me and mentioned some of my strengths and weaknesses after the interview. They gave as flyers for some other tips that could help us in the future job interviews. I would like to share it to you guys. The following tips below are written by Carole Martin, a Monster contributing writer from monster.com. 

10 Interviewing Rules 
By Carole Martin, Monster Contributing Writer 

1. Do Your Research 
The more you know about the company and what it stands for, the better chance you have ofselling yourself in the interview. 

2. Look Sharp 
Above all, dress for confidence. If you feel good, others will respond to you accordingly. 

3. Be Prepared 
Bring along a folder containing extra copies of your resume, a copy of your references and paper to take notes. 

4. Be on Time 
Never arrive late to an interview. Allow extra time to arrive early in the vicinity, allowing for factors like getting lost. Enter the building 10 to 15 minutes before the interview. 

5. Show Enthusiasm 
A firm handshake and plenty of eye contact demonstrate confidence. Speak distinctly in a confident voice, even though you may feel shaky. 

6. Listen 
One of the most neglected interview skills is listening. Make sure you are not only listening, but also reading between the lines. Sometimes what is not said is just as important as what is said. 

7. Answer the Question Asked 
Candidates often don't think about whether they are actually answering the questions their interviewers ask. Make sure you understand what is being asked, and get further clarification if you are unsure. 

8. Give Specific Examples 
One specific example of your background is worth 50 vague stories. Prepare your stories before the interview. Give examples that highlight your successes and uniqueness. Your past behavior can indicate your future performance. 

9. Ask Questions 
The questions you ask indicate your interest in the company or job. 

10. Follow Up 
Don't miss this last chance to market yourself.

Always present yourself confidently and show everything what you got to convince them to hire you. And always stress out your positive attitudes and mention less of your weakness. Just follow the simple rules suggested by Carole Martin above and it will surely make you feel less anxious. Good luck to us job seekers!

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