How do you make preparations for an upcoming interview? It’s important to familiarize oneself of the industry you want to get in. Writing your resume, presenting oneself coupled with confidence and passion are a few of the things every fresh grad must have. Think of your edge, what makes you different and standout? Your resume is only an extension of who you are, so even with an outstanding scholastic record, acing the interview is still the crucial process of getting hired. Remember that first impression last among HR Managers, so always put your best foot forward when in an interview on landing your dream job and starting your journey at the corporate world.
It is always best to learn from the experts, so we jotted down a little guide for you straight from our HR manager.
>When invited to sit for an interview with the Hallo Hallo Job team, Hallohallo HR Manager Cielo Camayang embodied the ideal qualities that hiring managers like her hope to see in an applicant. She answered knowledgeably, proving her twenty-year experience in the field of human resources. But what's more admirable than her expert answers was the level of preparation she showed for the meeting: proper attire, calm demeanor, and even a list of pointers that we could use as reference for this feature. Indeed, Ms. Cielo knows how an ideal job candidate should behave, and she's generous enough to share some of the traits that she personally notes in a fresh graduate looking for his or her first job in a privately owned company.
1. HIGHLIGHT ROLES, NOT JUST AFFILIATIONS
Starting off with a question about what catches her attention in a resumé, Ms. Cielo pressed the importance of extracurricular activities for those who don't have any formal experience yet. But don't just list down your orgs—show what you did with them. “That's where a fresh graduate relates his experience. What was his roles and responsibilities? What we look for most especially is how they handle responsibilities. They may not be related to the experience that they would need at work, but we can see from there the kind of attitude they have,” she explained.
So, if you're applying for an IT position, it would still be advisable to include your short dancing stint back in sophomore year because as Ms. Cielo said, “The interviewer would only want to see how the applicant handles responsibilities and then what skills he was able to enhance.”
2. PAIR SKILLS WITH INTEREST
We went on to ask about how Latin honors affect salary negotiations and ultimately, one's chances of getting hired. This is how we found out that while your recognitions would indeed get you noticed, your desire to take on the role will also leave a major impression on the recruiter. “In assessing an employee, I look at what his future will be in the company. If I hire him, do I think he would stay long?” Ms. Cielo related.
We followed up by asking: How are you able to tell? “Interest. What are his hobbies, what are his interests? Based on what his job will be, if they are not related, tendency is he will be bored.”
Our HR Manager further explained that personality can sometimes outweigh skill. “I put more weight on the attitude because skills can be taught. No matter how intelligent you are, no matter how skilled, if you don't have the right attitude, it will not work.”
3. BE AT EASE
Raising the topic of ease, we asked for advice regarding a statement that many of us find difficult (and even uncomfortable) to answer. How should we describe ourselves? “When that is thrown at the applicants, they get rattled. Actually, what the interviewer wants is to put the interviewee at ease. If they ask you to tell something about yourself, start with your personal background—usually that's what we want to know. And then, what are your interests, your hobbies?”
Talk about anything that could show who you are because, as the seasoned HR practitioner reiterated, it's what they mainly aim for. “As much as possible, don't try to impress; just be yourself, tell a story about you. Answer your interviewer as honestly as you can. Never provide answers just merely to impress and misrepresent yourself.”
4. CARRY YOURSELF WELL
And easing yourself into the interview contributes a lot to how well you carry yourself, which goes beyond being properly dressed. “What I try to take note of is how a person carries himself. I'm not very particular with what they wear. Regardless of what you're wearing, as long as you know how to carry yourself, that's more important.”
Confidence is, of course, key. “You're wearing nice clothes, you're in a suit and everything, but you stutter when you talk or seem very nervous. It's really how you deliver, how you communicate with the interviewer. How you speak, that's very important to me.”
5. PAY ATTENTION TO DETAILS
As you may have been able to tell by now, interviewers notice even the little details in your action, words, and appearance, which all speak volumes about who you are personally and what you can be as an employee. So, pay attention to the most basic aspects of preparation. As Ms. Cielo reminded in the list she provided, “Be sure to have enough sleep the night before so you can have a clear mind the following day. Lack of sleep may make you feel stressed out that may affect your mood.”
There should also be much thought put into the quality of your attire and the documents that you'll bring. “Make sure that all are in good condition. You don’t want to be distracted just because you lost a button or has a hole on your shoe. And eat your meal. You may never know how long you will have to wait or the interview will last.”