JOB INTERVIEWS: How to succeed.


Why do people go to school? We all know that the primary reason is basic education for personal growth and development. This reason is still the top most even these days. In these modern days, going to school is more of a preparation for the future. A future that is envisioned to be something of progress is what parents want for their children. Getting a college and university degree and landing a stable job is what they dream for their off springs.

After years in college or university, one will then face the challenging real world. To find a job or to progress to the next level is a big question for future-seekers. Finding a job especially the one you want is not that easy these days. Competition is so stiff and qualifications are demanding. Both unemployment and under employment are social problems greatly affecting any country. Every year, the employment world welcomes many hopeful young people who want to have jobs. In response to this, localities launch job fairs almost annually with the aim of helping job seekers find the right job. Thousands try, many get hired and others go home- still jobless.

Job fairs are good venues for fresh graduates to find their first job. For those who wish to change their current job, job fairs offer many options to choose from and try out. There are a huge number of applicants from everywhere. How could one win the heart of his or her target company? Some say that a job fair is just a drop-your-resume and try-your-luck thing. No it is not. Be pro-active and come to think of it: you could introduce yourself to 20-more or more companies in just a couple of hours.

Did you know where there is a huge chance to win a job? Yes, that is by making it big in a job interview.

The ability to make it bigger than hundreds of those other job seekers is the responsibility of every aspirant. Considering a couple of useful tips like as follows would help you out a lot. In a job interview when you try your luck at a jobs fair, remember these few reminders.

Applicants prepare the most detailed resume since employers would base their judgment over those pages of paper. An impressive resume is not actually the first means to make an employer be interested to your application. He or she will only be looking forward to read your resume if you look impressive from the very start, it will make good impressions come your way. Dress up smartly and act as a professional; you must not come in with the thickest make-up or the flashiest clothes. Come on time, wear your skin make neatly and flaunt what you have. Answer questions sincerely and remember to relax while answering. Pay attention to the interviewer and flaunt your assets.

Job Fairs may lead you to your first or last job. Job interviews are your keys to the doors of opportunities.


Having a stable job is an ultimate dream for every individual. It is because there is this unique dignity it brings for man. In a world of needs and competitions, it is an advantage to have a job- especially the job you enjoy.

However, pastures are not that green everywhere. Unemployment and under employment are two of the leading social and economic problems in the modern times. To date, governments are struggling on how to give sufficient number of jobs for everyone. Every year the number of job-seekers increases but the number of jobs available are not increasing as what it is expected. Most localities hold job fairs to give opportunities for those who are still looking for one.

A job fair you once neglected and did not believe in might have been the great twist of your lifetime. Are there good things on job fairs? Yes there are, and for you to win them, you have to take note of the following especially on how to make it on a job interview:

Have a picture of the job you want. Go to a job fair with a clear target in mind. Think of what job, position and what are the skills you have in order to get the position you have planned for. You must also consider if these skills are valuable for an employer or employers. Attitude is another important element. Employers look for people who are zestful and willful towards work.

Prior to the job fair as well as the interview, be sure to plan ahead if you are to impress the employers you want to work for. Dressing up for the fair or the interview is a helpful tip. Dress professionally and do not wear too much make up. Dress up in a conservative but decent way. Do not be too conscious and just carry yourself with the confidence needed.

Do not forget to bring correct and credible resume. They serve as the mirror of what you are as an applicant- qualified or not. There are websites which could guide one in preparing a resume. You could visit these sites and seek help. Also, prepare an interesting yet sincere introduction. Besides your basic information, include your reason for applying, and the skills that are relevant to what the company is looking for. Show how much you are interested in the job but never manifest your aim for the salary above anything else.

This dictum is not true in all cases but try your best in order to build a good picture of yourself in the employer’s mind. “First impressions last”- as many say.


There is one way of job interview that is practiced by most companies before the actual interview and that is phone interview. Well, if you are about to experience such, do not panic down to your bone marrows. This is something you could handle and it is somehow a polish up for you for the actual interview.

The following are the things you have to have in mind so that you would be able to pass a telephone interview. You have to be able to do the following well:

  • As you wait for the interviewee’s call, place your resume near you for guidance.
  • Prepare a paper and pencil for you to take notes
  • Be sure to turn off call waiting options or whatever features that may disturb you while taking the call.
  • Make sure that there is silence for it may disturb your conversation if for example there are children crying and other forms of noise.
  • No stereo music.
  • No Television please.
  • Beware of eating or drinking anything while on an interview. You could take a sip of water if the interview is that long.
  • Speak clearly and smile while you answer.
  • Address the interviewee politely.
  • Listen well and do not interrupt the interviewee.
  • Answer briefly but straight to the point.
  • Say thank you and appreciate compliments.

Though you are not seeing the person on the other end of the line, you have to act as if you are talking to him or her face-to-face. It is good to be relaxed while taking the call. It could be sensed by the interviewee, whether you are sincere or you are too pressured and tense.

When the phone rings, take a deep breath, lift the receiver and say to yourself that you are indeed going to make it for the job.

With the reminders above, you would definitely be able to make it well for the phone interview.


You cannot cut off the wings of those butterflies in your stomach. You cannot tame that mouse running in your chest. Being nervous before an interview is of course very normal. Though you are a well-experienced person when it comes to conversing with people, you cannot avoid the fact that you still feel the shivers of your nerves.

What must be done? You have to be very determined in doing things that would make you feel relaxed before being interviewed. These matters a lot, for the way you answer in the interview would be affected if you are too much nervous.

The following are the things you could do in order for you to ease those monsters in your chest:

  • Images for your ease.

Imagine a picture of peace or serenity. This would really give you the peace of mind and the atmosphere to think and be relaxed. You have to try this method out. A couple of minutes for this would give you a huge benefit.

  • Breath and smile.

Breathe deeply like you are exhaling the pessimism within you. Do it for several times until you feel relieved from your nervousness.

  • Carry a sweet memory.

Choose a picture you like that would remind you of an inspiration. You could paste it in a notebook. Stare at it and recall beautiful memories. This would definitely help you get inspired for the interview.

  • Oath of esteem.

Remind yourself silently, telling yourself that you are the best for the job, you will answer all the questions correctly and you will be hired. Being positive moves mountains and it could build muscles of hope.

These three activities before the interview would definitely ease your emotional burden. You are but only human and it is natural to feel those rushing shivers within, but hey! This is a once in a lifetime chance and you could not afford to miss it, could you?

THE INTERVIEWER: More than just asking questions.

We would usually think that tips for the job interview would only be intended for interviewees, but there are also important reminders for those who are the ones asking questions; the interviewers. For applicants, they are the tickets to an employed you.

As an interviewer should you roast interviewees to sweat because of nervousness? Should you be very intimidating to put the applicant to the biggest test of his or her life? Should you ask fiery questions that would fry him or her in his own oil? These and more should be answered.

  • Before you conduct the interview, be sure to take note of the questions you are going to ask your applicant. This would help you remember questions you need to raise.
  • Take note of the objectives you have, associate them with the questions you will be asking the applicant.
  • Host the interview in a place that would have an atmosphere for a conversation. See to it that the place has no elements that could interrupt the interview.
  • Never intimidate the interviewee. You want to know the person, do not put him on the hot seat where he would become so unnaturally intimidated.
  • Let the interviewee speak, you have to be attentive so that you would be able to assimilate important messages.
  • Use questions that would bring out the motives of the applicant.
  • Give the interviewees the chance to ask questions.

With these, you would be able to get what you really want to know from the interviewee. The most important thing is that you would not have the regrets of hiring the wrong person in the end.



One response to this post.

  1. These are really great tips for those going through the interview process right now. I could have used the phone interview tips several years ago when I had a botched phone interview. It went well until they asked me what I did for fun. I stuttered and stammered and couldn’t come up with a thing. (I had a three-month-old baby and my life was bottles, diapers and doctor’s appointments.)


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