Hope you’ll are doing well. Today we are talking about interviews!
My experience with interviews is interesting.
In my most recent job application, I had 8 interviews and I received 5 job offers.
What I had learn trough my experience:
#1 You should know the company or job that you are applying for. Read the company/place/institution values, this is very important and make sure that even that you know you have the same value of them you are also align with the values of the specific person that you are applying to work for.
#2 Some jobs might require travel and sometimes they don’t say that in the application. They ask me if I was willing to travel for 1h to 1 1/2h sometimes during the week which I obviously respond yes but took me by surprise because it didn’t said it on the application.
#3 Some interviews are more intense than others, that doesn’t mean you are doing bad. In all my 5 offers I was basically told after the interview that the job was mine but some of them were really intense. One of them make me write 4 pages there while he looked at me, plus that person had a problem to solve and a summary that I should correct. The others was more like I want to learn about you and your experience and your goals and that was it.
#4 Is OK if you don’t get your desire job. I got interviews in good places and I know if you follow GYH series you could get good job opportunities. I am not saying that you will get your dream job because it would depend on so many things like your experience and how is align with the company as well as the application pool but if you get the interview you will be prepare to succeed.
Now that I covered my experience these are some general rules that you should know for in person interview:
- Always arrived early maybe 15 min earlier or at least on time
- Always bring your resume
- Review what you put in the application beforehand
- Be presentable and clean (look at previous post for attire suggestion)
- LISTEN (always listen carefully the question that it has being ask to you)
- Have a good hand shake
- SMILE (maybe put a note in your folder to remember that this is important)
- Always ask questions
- Look the other person in the eye (if that intimidate you look to the forehead of the other person he/she might thing that you are looking in the eye but you aren’t)
- Don’t play with your hands jewelry or hair
Rules for phone interview
1-Always be on time and call at the time that they told you or be able to receive the call within that time (go to the bathroom first, that interview can take an hour)
2-Have your resume, application and notes with you that will be your savior when you get nervous. Also, you can write some question beforehand that you can refer back to.
3-Reduce background noise (choose a room that will be quite but that have enough stuff to not generate an echo sound)
4-LISTEN (always listen carefully the question that it has being ask to you)
5-SMILE (you might think that is stupid because no one is watching but when you are smiling that will convey that you are a good person to work with) See, that I said smile not laughing because that might give the impression that you are not serious enough.
Rules for Skype interview
You need to follow all the rules for phone interview but I will also make sure that the background is clean not full of stuff that will distract the other person or the group that is interviewing you. Make sure that is a place with good lighting and remember that you have to dress for the interview at least your top part.
Most common interview questions: (I saw that these questions were repeated in some of my jobs, internship and graduate school interview)
1-Tell me about yourself…
2-Why this company/place?
3-What do you know about this place?
4-Why apply to work with that person in particular?
5-What you bring to this position?
6-What is your greatest weakness and strength?
7-Tell me about a time that you were in a group and a problem arise, how you resolve it
8-Tell me a time where you had to go an extra mile to do an assignment or improve yourself
9-Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
10- How did you become interested in your field of study?
11-What is the most recent thing that you have read?
12-What would you do if you had no obligations and no financial constraints?
13-Tell me a time where you show leadership skill or initiative
14-Walk me through your resume
15 Which of your qualifications make you think you would be successful here?
How you should answer these tell me a time kind of questions?
There is something that is called star method
S ituation (what problem did you had?)
T ask (what was the assignment?)
A ction (What measurements you took to solve the problem?)
R esults (What results did you obtain?)
What you should ask and not ask?
Never ask about salary or benefits
Ask when you should be hearing from them
Ask stuff about the company, things that are not clear to you in the job post and ideas that you have
You can also ask if you could work in multiple projects maybe one that you are more interested
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