Betina: So your resume made it past the screening stage and you got called in for an interview? Congratulations! Now don’t blow it. Here’s a few key things to keep in mind for a smooth interview:
Know your resume inside and out
Interviews are your chance to sell yourself to the company beyond the piece of paper that is your resume. Know your accomplishments, achievements, and other relevant experiences, because that’s what you’ll be asked to talk about. While you can’t predict what exact questions you’ll be asked, you can have a few answers ready to the questions that are most likely to be asked.
Do your research on the company
It’s important to know where you’re applying and what they do. That’s just common sense. Think of it this way: you wouldn’t apply for a school organization with zero knowledge of who they are and what they do, would you? Similarly, an organization wouldn’t want to take in an applicant who doesn’t have any idea of what the organization does! Same rule applies to companies. While you may just be happy to have a job – any job – it’s important that you can articulate why this is the company you chose to apply to! This isn’t like a blind date. Doing your research beforehand is expected!
Have a clear idea of why you are there and what you can bring to the company. What is your value?
In marketing terms: what is your value proposition? Imagine that you are a product selling yourself to the company. Of all the products out there, why should they choose you? What do you bring to the table that nobody else can? If you can figure that out and clearly articulate it, you’re already miles ahead of the competition.
Google the most frequently asked interview questions and practice them – just to get into the groove of things. Better yet – practice them with a friend or take a video of yourself answering the questions. Practice makes perfect!
My friend made a website for thesis, which is an awesome resume and interview prep resource that you should check our! https://prepme.xyz/
Also, if you’ve got time and are in Ateneo, Justine and I will be giving talks at the same time this coming Friday. More details will be shared on the Facebook page, so watch out for that. Here’s the link to my talk this Friday with LSOPCS.
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Thanks for reading and hope I wrote something useful for you!