How do you go for a first job interview?

Monday, July 10, 2017




Hello, the month of July. This is my first post for this month. I wasn't able to post last few weeks because I am so busy on fixing my theme and joining giveaways on YouTube. I keep on changing the colors and the layout of my theme and finally,  I already made the design that satisfies my eyes.

I am a newly graduated college student and I am excited to experience working or pursuing my Master's degree. I submitted my requirements to University of the Philippines - Los Banos, Laguna for my Master's degree and I am still waiting for their email. While waiting, I tried to submit my resume to Universal Robina Corporation (URC) online and luckily, they texted me for an initial interview and an exam last June 28, 2017. I wasn't able to go due to an emergency so they reschedule my interview on the next day at 10 AM. I can't sleep the night before my interview. Maybe because I am really excited or kinda nervous. I keep on thinking about what will happen to me in that interview.


I would like to share my first job interview experience. At first, I was skeptical to go to a job interview but hey I know if I do that I won't get a job.  So I had my first initial interview to the said company.

The company was located at First Cavite Industrial Estate (FCIE) at Dasmarinas, Cavite. When I arrived, I need to ride a tricycle to go exactly to URC since FCIE is quite big and has a lot of different companies and factories, I was obliged to ride a tricycle. Tricycle fare is P9.00.
URC is not that far, I think its 5 minutes to get there when you already in the FCIE place. And yes, I finally arrived at URC on time.

The guards are very attentive. I just noticed that they have lady guards. They asked me about the message sent to me by the HR in URC and then they check my temperature, get my I.D. and asked me to log in. They gave me a visitor I.D, visitor form, guidelines sheet and accompanied me to the HR department.

As I get there, HR Trainees accommodate me. They asked me to fill up their application form and after that, they gave me the exam. The exam is basic. Maybe it is just a review of your whole academic years. It consists of English, Math, Abstract Reasoning and some form of essays. After the exam, the interview started. The trainee is the one who interviewed me. Questions are more likely about yourself, your plans, your skills, and the salary you wanna get.

Examples:
  • What is your weakness?
  • Tell me about yourself?
  • Why do you want to apply here?
  • What makes you different?
  • What are your future plans?
These are some of the questions that have been asked to me. After the interview, the trainee went to the HR head and passed my credentials and they said: "Thank you and wait for the next text message for the schedule of your final interview." and yeah, that's the end of my initial interview.


I am waiting for their message and boom! I received a new message from them after 2 weeks. It says that my final interview was scheduled on July 8, 2017, at 10 AM. I am so excited when I received the message. I went to their company on the said date and time for my final interview. Unfortunately, I waited almost 6 hours in their lobby because the manager and supervisors had an emergency meeting that time (buti na lang maraming free snacks).  

Finally, they came and interviewed me. They all look tired and they also apologized for what happened. The interview went well and I hope it really does. I am wearing my corporate attire. 
Some questions were already asked during the initial interview.

Examples:

What can you contribute to this company?
What if we can't afford to give you high salary?
What skills do you have that will make us choose you?
What is your greatest achievement?
What do you expect in this job?

These are some few questions that have been asked to me. Well, all I can say is just be yourself. I know everyone of us can make it as long as we really give our best. Being honest is very important.

Tips:
  • Just be yourself
  • Be confident
  • Know the company and the position you're applying
  • Always smile
  • Wear a proper corporate attire
  • Be honest
  • Be professional 
  • Be humble
  • Be patient
  • Be ready for their questions
  • Speak in English as much as possible
  • Show them what you've got on a nice and humble way
  • Trust yourself
  • Be on time
  • Enjoy what you are doing
  • Pray and let the Lord Almighty guide us
I hope that some of these tips will be helpful to anyone. Companies are different, so we must be ready and give our best to every interview that we will encounter. 

What is your first job interview experience?  
If you haven't experienced a job interview, I hope that my story will help you to have an idea about it. 






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