How to Get the Job?
Formula in choosing the best job:
Q (qualifications) + I (interests) = JP (job possibilities)
Education Hobbies & Interests
Special Training, Talents or Abilities
• Proceed to the personnel/human resources department alone.
• Bring necessary tools, i.e., black pens, information about previous job experience if any, educational background, etc.
COMPLETING THE APPLICATION FORM.
The completion of the form should be taken seriously as it would provide the employer with:
• Basic information about yourself.
• How well you follow directions.
• What you have achieved as a student.
• How neat you are
Tips in Completing Application Form:
• Follow directions – Read carefully and be specific about the job you want.
• Be neat – Print or write clearly using black pen. Think well and answer the space allotted before writing down the answer.
• Be honest – If a question does not apply to you, draw a straight line or put N/A. To let the employer knows you read the question. If the application asks for a desired salary and you have little or no experience, write “starting wage”. If you are experienced and have extensive education, write “negotiable”. “Negotiable” means that you want to discuss the salary.
LETTER OF APPLICATION.
This will create the first impression of you by the employer, hence, it must be:
• Keyed and formatted for easy reading.
• Organized logically, clean and neat
• Keyed accurately 0n 8 ½” x 11” quality paper
• Proofread your letter of application before submitting it.
Steps in writing the Application Letter
• Your complete address
• Inside address and salutation
• First paragraph of the letter. – Explain why you are writing. Include where you learned of the job opening.
• Second paragraph – Write 2-3 sentences about yourself which could be important to the employer.
• Final paragraph – Request an interview. Include information as to where, when, and how you can be reached.
• Closing – The formal business closing is “Very truly yours,”. Sign the letter above your print name.
PREPARING FOR A JOB INTERVIEW
• Learn about the company before going to the interview. Be prepared to say something positive and be truthful.
• Bring pen or pencil and extra copy of your resume in the folder or envelope in case of need.
• Consider your personal appearance. Dress appropriately and neatly.
STANDARD INTERVIEW QUESTIONS.
Be prepared to answer the following standard questions. Answers should be complete, honest and consistent with the information provided in your letter of application, and resume.
• Are you looking for temporary or permanent work?
• What do you want to be doing five years? Hence?
• Why do you want to work for this company?
• How did you become interested in this company
• What jobs have you held? Why did you leave those jobs?
• Do you prefer working alone or with others?
• What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?
• What do you like to do in your spare time?
• What makes you think you can do this job?
THE INTERVIEW PROCESS
* Be on time. You should arrive at least five minutes before your scheduled interview. Go to the interview alone!
* Introducing Yourself. Introduce yourself to whomever is in the reception area of the hiring office. Speak clearly and do not forget to smile. Speak confidently and use the interviewer’s name if possible when introducing yourself. For example, say, “Good morning, Mr. Jones. I’m Twila Santos.” Do not offer to shake hands unless the interviewer offers first. However, be ready to shake hands. When shaking hands, grasp the interviewer’s hand firmly. Limp handshakes are not impressive.
Do not sit until you are offered a seat. When you sit, be relaxed but sit straight.
Do not slouch nor place any of your belongings on the employer’s desk.
* Responding to question . As the interviewer begins asking questions, talk freely. Give more than just one word or a yes/no answer. If you do not know the answer, say you are sorry but you do not know. Be honest and sincere in answering all questions. Listen carefully to understand each question. Look at the interviewer’s eyes when answering.
During the interview you should:
• Keep your hands still.
• Never chew gum or smoke during an interview.
• Do not lean over interviewer’s desk.
• Never read or give the impression you are reading items on the interviewer’s desk.
• Keep a pleasant smile.
* Asking Question. The interviewer will probably give you a chance to ask questions toward the end of the interview. Be prepared. Sample questions include:
What are the working hours?
Is there an opportunity to work overtime?
What training does the company provide?
If nothing has been said about salary, it is appropriate to inquire about salary for the position. However, this should not be your first question.
Be sure that your questions have not been answered previously at another point of the interview.
* Ending the Interview. Your cue to depart from the interview is when the questions stop and you too, have no more questions. If you have not been offered the job, ask when you could expect to notify of the interviewer’s decision. Thank the interviewer for his time and leave. You may offer to shake hands.
FOLLOW – UP
After the interview, there is one more opportunity for you to impress the interviewer. Write a thank you letter. The letter should be brief, neat, well-written and keyed or handwritten. Simply thank the interviewer for his/her time. Send your letter the day after the interview.
Ms. Angelica T. Marquez