Friday, January 4, 2008


by: J.P.

Gadulugo bala inyo ilong sa mga sample interview questions?
Akon man. Lain pa kay may sip-on kag kan-on nga dala.
Kadlaw nga daan!

Here are some tips and tricks to help us in our mock interview:

In 2006, I happened to have free time during the summer that I found it useful to look for a job - a job that is totally different from nursing that I would find equally or more enjoyable. It is concerned mostly with client complaints and one that involves a lot of active listening and therapeutic communication. I learned a lot from the whole experience and I want to share some of it with you. Let's begin with the things I learned about how to succeed in an interview.

1. One of the first things that one should do in preparing for an interview is to do extensive research. Research on interview tips. Research more about the company and the industry. Research about possible questions. Research about what it takes to ace the interview. Research about how to make an application letter and a resume. Research. Research. Research. Let me repeat that. Research. Research. Research. It's redundant but it pays a lot. It is probably one of the biggest tickets that will land you to your dream job. Some companies conduct tests to determine the proficiency of an applicant so if you do your homework, you'll be surprised by how far your knowledge will help you.

During the interview, the interviewer asked me about the job description of the position I was vying for. I answered her about what it was my personal experience about them and I also mentioned that it is a part of a larger industry which is also in demand in the country. She said that she was impressed. From that comment, I regained my confidence and started to feel more comfortable.

2. Create the best resume and application letter. In an industry where there are a lot of applicants, the initial judgement will be based on these two important documents. Once you fail on these, pray that you will be given another chance.

You should emphasize strengths, mention weaknesses but make it sound positive. Be sincere. Tell the truth but make your weaknesses into assets. Nobody is perfect. We make mistakes. But a mature professional knows that in order to grow, we should build on our strengths and learn from our weaknesses. Also, don't forget to bank on your previous experiences.

3. Know what YOU'RE looking for and know what THEY'RE looking for. Select possible employees that offer a lot of benefits for professional advancement and experience. Refer to their employee job description. This will serve as the basis for your resume and application letter. Modify your resume according to employee and to your career advancement.

4. Practice your answers to probable interview questions. Some employers repeat the same questions or they rephrase it. You're lucky if you bump into one. You might think that it will sound that you've rehearsed a lot. Make it sound natural. In times of moderate anxiety that you will have during the interview, you will focus on important things. And you want your rehearsed answers to be among them.

5. Be prepared for other questions. Just tell the truth but make it sound positive. Don't be too frank. Think before you speak. "No buts" is a no-no. Use it often or use its synonym, however. It will help you justify a previous statement. It is where you'll butt in positive statements.

6. Share your experiences and give examples in your answers. Don't answer a Yes or No Question with a Yes or No. Add more information.

7. When given a difficult question. Answer in one sentence only. The more things you say the more errors you'll commit.

8. Be passionate. Be confident.

9. Do deep breathing. Don't slouch.

10. Don't forget to ask a question. It is not just a one-way approach. Asking a question shows that you are assertive enough and you are interested.

11. Enjoy.

Tune in next week for more tips...:-)


I realized that passion for the job should take precedence and it should begin from the decision to take the job, it continues in the interview process and it should be sustained until retirement.

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