So, you've finally concluded your “estudyante” days, congratulations! What now?
As a fresh graduate, it's normal to be overwhelmed with the choices you see on newspaper ads, online job sites, and job fairs as well as to feel a bit nervous about going to your first-ever job interview. What matters most really is how you deal with these emotions and bring out the best in you when looking for a job that fits.
Well, first and foremost, you need to consider your own skills, of course. Since there are lots of other fresh graduates out there who may have graduated with a course that's similar to yours, think about your personal edge. Do you have the confidence? Do you believe in the integrity of your school? Do you have the personality that's perfect for the job you have in mind? These factors do matter a lot when applying for a job and impressing a certain employer.
Now, if you're still not convinced with these pointers, take a look at the following job interview tips given by real employed people in the internet marketing industry:
“Before going to the battle, scout ahead to know more about the company, their employee profile, etc. If meron sila website, visit it. Now for the (interview) questions, think about questions you yourself will ask candidates had they been applying for the position. The most obvious is exactly like that...prepare for the most obvious. If you don't get the obvious, your application is dead. If there is something you feel like it's going to be asked, most likely it will be asked.
"Live with the basics..feel it..preach it..NEVER GUESS..something about guessing pisses me off. A formally conducted interview leverages on what you said you know else you won't be invited for the interview. An 'i don't know' is better than 'i think i know', the more 'I don't know' the shorter the interview becomes.”
(Ivar N. Marohombsar – Systems Architect)
“Be honest, an honest mistake is an honest failure.”
(Jake Vincent Veneracion – Junior Encoder)
“Avoid flippant answers; if you don't know something, just say so.”
(Alexander Javier – Senior Programmer)
There you have it; the bottom line when going to a job interview for the first time is BE YOURSELF. Answer questions according to your own understanding. Plus, don't forget to dress decently and talk with the interviewer in a respectful yet relaxed manner. The more you are able to put your best foot forward during this crucial stage, the better your chances are to be hired successfully!