For the last 108 days (yes! I count every single day) on my job-hunting journey, I’ve had gotten more than 40 interviews from different companies in various industries. Not to brag about it, but I would like to share my experiences with you.
From all the forty interviews that I’ve faced, most of them didn’t take my application further. Some of them sent me automated rejection emails. I’ve become so familiar with the words that they use on these templates, that I know what it will say even before I finish reading the email. Some of them sent nicely crafted rejection emails that I still remember in my mind. Some of them just disappeared. I remember going through a lot of emotions for the last three months. From being excited getting interviews, depressed from the pile of rejections, frustrated with tailoring resumes and cover letters, and back into the loop. Again. It keeps happening until it reaches the point that you get used of it.
However, during this time, I’m blessed because I’ve gotten opportunities to improve my interview skills and receive feedback from the interviewer. I’ve gone through a lot of similar interview questions and various tests and I have become familiar with them.
A global pharmaceutical company interviewed me for the third stage of interview process using Skype. The guy asked me, “What is your weakness?”. I answered. Then, he asked again, “Tell me one more”. I gave him another answer. Again, he asked, “One more, please.” This is the hardest interview questions that I’ve faced.
I also had an intense Skype interview with the leading online grocery shopping company in South East Asia. One question turned out to be many questions that starts from 5W and 1H. It lasted an hour. I thought I had done a decent job. Nope, I was wrong.
I used to see job interviews as scary things. Very intimidating. However, after reading What’s Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles, I’ve learned that the employers think about the risk of possibly hiring you. Will you add value to the company? Will you follow the company’s guideline? How do I know that you won’t quit in the first 6 months of working with us? Do you have a strong work ethic? It’s very fascinating to learn that both of the parties in the interview process have FEAR.
So, what does it mean? It means that you should know that fear is normal. Embrace the fear. Take it as challenge. How? by showing who you really are. Not becoming who they want to see you. By practicing, practicing and practicing. Remember, practice makes perfect. By asking feedback from your mentor, parents, friends, or even your interviewer. And don’t forget to thank them! Because you are not there yet without their helps.
Also, give big thanks to the Lord God Almighty. He is the one that gives hope in the midst of chaos 🙂
I should say
Job Interview = a
Scary Thing Fun Thing!