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A No-Brainer Guide to Job Interviews

Preparing for a job interview? Since you came across this article, I assume that you are either a fresh graduate looking to get the first job or someone who is about to find a job.

Whatever state you are in right now, continue reading and you will learn the techniques I used to get a 100% success rate during interviews.

Before the Interview

Preparing for an interview is the same as preparing for an exam (yep, that’s right! Reviewing is not only for students but also for professionals as we are all eternal learners of life). You need to know the following:

  1. Who started the company?
  2. Why did they start it?
  3. What problems are they trying to solve?
  4. Why will the company need someone like you?

Answering these four questions will give you a headstart since the interview questions will revolve around these items. And since you’re prepared, you will be able to provide a tailored answer that will tickle their senses.

Doing a quick Google search about them really helps and don’t forget to check their other listings on JobStreet! Also, make sure you to read the latest news about them, too!

During the Interview

It’s best to arrive at their office or meeting place at least 20 minutes before. This will give you enough time to adjust to the work environment and be comfortable with your surroundings.

“Tell me something about yourself.”

This is the most common request we hear during a job interview. It is so overused that people thought it was an easy question, but let me tell you something – the way you answer it reveals a lot about who you are as a person and a professional.

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The best things to say here are your experiences which are related to the job you are applying for. If you are applying for a marketing position, maybe you can tell a story about how you sold your “baon” (packed food) to your classmates in kindergarten.

Don’t tell the information found on your resume. Your favorite color, food, etc. are also a big no-no when it comes to this request.

Always remember to ask a question before the interview ends. But don’t ask about the salary, you don’t wanna give the interviewers an impression that it’s your main priority. As HR practitioners of the company, it’s their job to make sure they get the right candidate for the job. And they won’t pick someone who’s only after the money.

You may ask them if they think you’re qualified for the position. Don’t worry; they’ll be honest enough to tell you why you’re hired or not.

After the Interview

Excited with their decision? They usually decide right on the scene or within a week.

Don’t apply to one company. List your prospects and apply as many times as you can so you can grab the best offer for you. It’s okay to reject a job offer; you just have to be honest and tell them you another company offered a better package. Who knows they might even give a counter-offer.

Job hunting is your stepping stone towards the career of your dreams. Just enjoy the process and have fun!