Monday, August 01, 2011

Tips for Interview

For whatever reason, I am on the board of finding a new person to employ at work. I am sorry to say there is a decline in professionalism these days.

Let's take a look at the definition of professional (adjective) as defined here.

c (1) : characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession

(2) : exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace

Instead what I have observed is that people seem to be in it just for the money, nothing else. Am I too altruistic? Don't people want to grow with their job? Second, this is California. There is an 11.8% unemployment rate at the moment I am writing this post. Regardless of location, it did not scare you that there are that many candidates out there and that many could possibly better be than you? Carpe diem, seize the day!

Hopefully, the following list will serve a note-to-self and a quick check for somebody out there who is going to be on an interview(s).

1. Be prepared
This is only a job interview not the end of the world but you still should be prepared. Take a look back on memory lanes and revisit your previous job functions and experience and also try to learn about the job you are applying for beyond the listed announcement. Anticipate questions.

2. Gain as much knowledge about the company you are applying for
Many times candidates give a blank look when we ask them if they know anything about our company. Most of them recited the lack of time for them to prepare about this interview. Look at point 1 above.

3. Resumegenic
Many many times, a candidate looks impressive on paper, in person a complete disaster. An extreme example would be like asking a plhebotomist with 10 years experience the function of clotting agent and he/she would reply, "you got me on that." Isn't that terrible? Again, look at point 1 above.

4. Dress conservatively
Men, wear at least a pair of slacks and button down long-sleeve shirt. Women, keep those low cut tops for bar trips and minimize make up and accesories.

5. Behave professionally
I don't want to get unsolicited information on your marital status and the ages of your children and your weekend adventures from you. We will know you better when we actually offer you the job.

6. Be enthusiastic about the job you are applying for and yet be sincere

7. Ask questions
We want to know if you are really interested on the job and willing to perform to the best of your ability to improve the state of the company

8. Money is not everything
Don't ever mention about pay scale much less about money being your only goal in life. It's universally accepted as taboo.

That's all for now. I will add when inspiration strikes.