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 shared some interview tips on what you should and shouldn't do when applying 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. Stick to a field and gain enough work experience.
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).
JobStreet suggests, "Use technical terms and statistical figures as much as possible." Let those facts and figures speak for themselves.
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. When it comes to your work history, personal profile, and salary, honesty is the best policy.
Don't make shit up, girl. You'll get in more trouble if your future employer finds out that you lied during the interview process.
4. Do not hop from one job to another, especially if you don't have a good reason.
Job-hopping just shows that you have no loyalty, and loyalty is valuable. If you're a job-hopper and the interviewee asks you why you keep moving, make sure you have a reasonable explanation to back you up.
5. Do not bad-mouth your previous employer.
It's always better to brush the bad memories of your previous employer away rather than carry your hate to your future job. Remember: Nobody likes whiny, entitled employees. And pointing fingers when you've made mistakes of your own is the coward's way out.
6. Money is important, but it isn't everything.
Before declining an offer, evaluate the pros and cons. Aside from the compensation, here are some factors to consider when negotiating for 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. Expect 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.
This story originally appeared on Fhm.com.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.