Job Interview Preparation
“Plans are nothing, planning is everything”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The common mistakes of the applicants in the recruitment process that he is taking over in a company or institution is they just focus on the “real” test such as written tests, practice ability, physical tests, and other tests that have clear size and judgments, while ignore the oral test or the job interview.
In terms of the “measured” they often prepare it very seriously, practice answering psychological questions, learn special material, and even do physical exercise. While in dealing with job interviews, many prospective candidates are not doing endeavor as serious as when he practiced answering questions, for example. They tend to address the job interview phase in flows with no preparation at all.
Some people may be considered that he could not do much in the job interview process. He would only answer questions asked by the interviewer without being able to do more things that can help him to be hired in the company or institution, which he applied to.
Of course, this is not a correct assumption. If we can train ourselves to encounter the written test then why cannot we do the same thing to face the job interview? We can prepare by studying the frequently questions asked by interviewers, we can train ourselves in answering questions and issuing statements, we can train our body gesture in order to give the impression that we want. The point is, we used to do a variety of proper preparation in dealing with the job interview.
The old saying that: “There has never been a victory without a preparation.” Of course, this old adage is also relevant in dealing with the job interview. Without a thorough preparation, it is impossible for us to do a maximum effort.
However, unfortunately, many applicants do not take the preparation for job interview that they will face seriously. It is very different when they are addressing a test or written test that full of preparation and sincerity. This happens because of the lack information about how the job interview process occurs in a recruitment process.
1. Company or Organization Information
It is important to make sure the interviewer that you are applying for a job at the company or institution that you really know. You do not want to look like an unemployed who want to get a job quickly by “gambling” sending the application on many companies without knowing exactly what kind of company or institution, which you are applying. Besides making you look like unprofessional, the company or institution you are applying will feel discouraged because they feel they will be your lucky lottery machine.
Therefore, look for information about the company or institution you are applying as much as possible. The more your insight about the place you are applying, the more strength you will have when you do the job interview.
The numerous and valid information about the place you are plying for will be effective to create an impression in the interviewer’s eyes that you are serious about joining their company or institution. This is also a very good benefit for an applicant.
Here are some ideas of the information that you have to master:
- What kind of field or industry do they move?
- What popular product they produce?
- What kind of market share they aim?
- What they have achieved?
- Who is the supreme leader or the figures in their organizations?
- What kind of culture or value they hold and apply in the organization?
Of course, the information that you have to dig up from a place you are applying is not limited to the 6 points above. Return to the rules that we make: the more information we know, the better it will be.
Then, where do you get the needed information? The ease of accessing the information resources of one company with others will certainly not be the same. For large and popular company you can learn directly from their official website, which is generally very complete and you can find out the opinion or the other party review of the company or institution by looking on the internet.
Tips for digging up the information on the internet:
Feel free to go to Google.com. In the search box, type: “companies you have applied”. If you find information that is not specific and satisfactory, you can search by trying any variations, for example: “review [the company you apply]”; Review of [the company you are applying]”; “history of [the company that you are applying]” and various other phrases by putting the quotation marks.
However, in reality, not all companies or agencies have a representative website or receive a lot of reviews on the internet. For this type of company, the most effective way is requesting the information directly from the venue. You can contact and communicate with the human resources department or employee information services. Politely and ethically, dig up the information as much as possible from them and say it honestly that your interests about the information is used as your preparation to face the job interview. Candor is important to ensure them that you are just an employee candidate, not an agent from another company or journalists who doing his job.
2. Information about the Position you are Applied
To reinforce the impression that you are applying for the job heartily, getting information about the company or institution you are applying for is not enough. You are also required to know a lot of information about the position you are applying for.
There are at least 4 points related to the position you are applying for that you should know:
1. Job description. You may not apply for a position that you do not know the duty. Therefore, find and understands the job description for the position you are applied. This will greatly help you especially when the interviewer asks you directly about it.
2. Competencies required for the position. Each position in the job would require distinctive competence that distinguishing it from the competence for other positions. You have to understand what kind of competencies that must be fulfill by a person who fills the position. Lest you look foolish in the interviewer’s eyes by applying for the position in a job that you do not even know their competence.
3. Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) that are commonly used. You do not have to know the SOP of a position in a company in detail. But you have to know the general standard SOP. To find a common SOP position or title, you can look it up on the internet, books, magazines, or directly ask the HRD of the company or institution about the SOP position you are applying for.
4. Government regulations related to the work of the proposed position. This insight will be useful not only to confirm your seriousness in the interviewer’s eyes but it will also be very beneficial for you if one day you have work-related dispute.
Practicing Answering the Questions
It is the right step to subscribe this blog because you will find a list of job interview questions most commonly asked in every job interview session in almost any companies or institutions. Not only a list of questions and we also complemented this blog with various alternative answers that you can choose according to your condition. Based on the guide “question and answer”, please do job interview simulation. You can invite your spouse or a friend to do this simulation. Make a job interview drama: your friend role as interviewer and your role as the candidate who is interviewed.
Your friend who is now the interviewer asks questions from the list in this blog and you answer it based on the alternative answers that you have previously selected.
For the first time, a job interview in this drama might seem odd, either for yourself or foe friends who pretend to be the interviewer. Nevertheless, keep doing this simulation with a serious attitude. If necessary, do a simulation in conditioning your room that you have to be really like an office. Suggest your friend to wear a formal suit like an HRD manager. This conditioning will greatly assist you in living up to the job interview experience.
If the simulation is done seriously with enough intensity then this will be very useful for you to face the real job interview. Simulation is an effort to create a practice job interview that will make you more confident, relaxed, and well trained in answering the questions from the interviewer.
At the end of the job interview drama, ask for feedback from your partner about what is lacking or anything else that must be fixed. Whether the intonation, expression, gesture, or other things. Take a note the evaluation results of your friend and do the simulation again until you are completely satisfied.
Another thing you can do in the process of training yourself is by “talking to the mirror.” Sit with facing a pretty big mirror. Think of the questions from the list in this blog and answer it. Take a good look at yourself while revealing the answer. Is your face still looked stiff? Or does your gesture feel weird? Keep practicing answering questions in front of the mirror and continue to learn yourself. Fix all the things that you think are less and strengthen and highlight the side that you feel good.
The more often you do the exercise, the easier and lighter it will be when answering the questions. The advantages of training with this mirror are you will be able to observe clearly your own expression and gesture.
Many people who are fluent in terms of oral (speaking clearly and convincingly; confident) but sometimes they have the body language that could lead to a negative impression to the interlocutor; such arrogant, ignorant, condescending, and other negative impression which should not be appeared on your job interview because it will affect the interviewer’s judgment towards you.
To-Do List Job Interview Preparation
Once you have enough information and insight about the company or institution and the position you are applying for; also have a serious practice in answering questions, your job interview preparation is actually not yet completed. There are some points that you have not to forget.
In this section, I will provide a list of job interview preparation where most of these points seem trivial but can be very decisive. We suggest you to copy this list into small notes and cross out the point that you have done or fulfilled.
The rule: you can only prepare one thing at a time. You can only move to the other points if the previous point is done perfectly. This is to keep your focus so that no points are missed or the fulfillment is insufficient.
Here is the list of job interview preparation that you have to fulfill:
- Finding information about the company or agency you are applied (the detail is already described above)
- Finding information about the position (the detail is already described above)
- Practice answering questions (this has also been discussed before)
- Reexamined the CV that you send; do not let your statement during a job interview is different from what is written in your CV.
- Ensure the schedule and location implementation of the job interview; few days before the scheduled of job interview conducted, it is very good if you take the time to survey the site. The point is you must be on time: do not be late. Try to have ready at the location at least 15 minutes before the schedule.
- Prepare the clothes; “You are what you wear” most likely still be your job interviewer paradigm. Thus, far off the day before the schedule execution of a job interview carried out, you already have to choose and prepare the clothes you will wear. It would be very nice if you took the initiative to contact the HRD staff and ask about what kind of clothing you should wear during a job interview or at least find out about the dress habits of the company or institution you are applying.
- Pay attention of the appearance; appearance is an important element in the interview, because it gives the first impression to the interviewer about yourself. Pay attention to your personal hygiene such as mouth, hair, nails, and so on. Even though it is a small thing, the interviewer can have different assessment if they see your tangled hair or your dirty nails.
- Stay relaxed; you can pray and perform other ways to maintain your relaxation like mediation and other things. It does not matter how fluent are you when answering any question in the practice session but if you feel tense then it will all be in vain. Therefore, training and preparation will be important for the success of your job interview since it will give a positive influence on quietude yourself. People who prepare themselves will be more relaxed and calmer than people with no preparation at all.