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  • 1. Preparing Yourself for a Successful Job Interview SPE YPE ITB – October 4, 2009
  • 2.
    • After the session, you are expected to:
    • Understand the importance of a job interview
    • Get a general idea on how to prepare for a job interview
    • Have experienced or observed simulated interview
    Objectives
  • 3. A bit about me..
    • Mona Jahja
    • Academic Background
    • Master of Business Administration USC Los Angeles – class of 2001
    • focusing Finance & Strategy
    • Bachelor degree from Chemical Engineering ITB – class of 1987
    • Professional Career with BP Indonesia
    • 2004 - now – Human Resources. currently as HR Manager
    • 1994 – 2004 – Finance, Commercial & Strategic Planning
    • 1987 – 1993 – Petroleum Engineering
  • 4.
    • Think of the time when you chose the school you wanted to study:
      • Research – type of school, quality, affordability
      • Preparation – hard work before and on the test day
    • Job seeking is a similar process – only this time you will get paid instead of paying!
      • think about the job and the company you want to work for
      • think about yourself in relation to the job
    • Interview is the only opportunity for you to give as full a picture of yourself as possible to the prospective employer in such a very short time – so be prepared!
    • Preparation is the key to a successful interview performance. Your ability to demonstrate your interest in the organisation and enthusiasm for the position you are applying for requires considerable research and preparation
    So you want to work for X
  • 5.
    • Research the employer – business, values, key projects, markets, client base, and challenges.
    • Understand about the job ad and/or position description so you are clear on the skills required for the job. These are the skills they will be assessing at interview
    • Know yourself – know how can you distinguish yourself from others
    • Think of your most relevant past experiences/ achievements which prove you meet the requirement for the job. Use examples from university, work, involvement in organizations, volunteer work, etc.
    • Prepare questions to ask at the end of the interview.
    • Practice, practice, practice! Be aware of what you say as well as your body language.
    What do I need to prepare?
  • 6.
    • Your suitability for the organization will be assessed by your responses to the interviewer’s questions.
    • This includes but not limited to: personal presentation, verbal communication skills, ability to build rapport, punctuality, and so on.
    On the day you are interviewed
  • 7.
    • Be punctual, well groomed and dress for the profession you have chosen.
    • Be friendly, professional and smile!
    • Expect to shake hands - do so firmly.
    • Try to relax – to be nervous is natural, take a few deep breaths to calm yourself.
    • Be aware of your body language.
    • Listen carefully but if you are unclear, don't be afraid to ask for the question to be repeated or clarified.
    • Demonstrate your past experiences/achievements to “sell” yourself. Use the word “I” instead of “we” to emphasize what you have done as an individual.
    • Speak concisely, clearly and confidently – but don’t boast or speak too fast.
    • Don't let yourself fall into informal or familiar language no matter how relaxed the interview is.
    • Maintain eye contact with the interviewer(s).
    • Prepare a couple of questions to ask at the end of the interview. If when asked, you forget them, simply respond with "You have answered the questions I had throughout the interview".
    • Take a copy of any documents you were requested to bring.
    • Thank the interviewers for their time.
    Interview tips
  • 8. Common interview style and examples
    • Many organizations prefer to use behavioral style interviewing - Past performance is indicative of future performance
    • Typical questions in behavioural interview:
      • Give me an example from your recent past when you needed to ……
      • Tell me about a time when you…
      • Tell me a little about the context so that I can understand your experience
      • Describe the actions you took, and your reasons for those actions
      • Tell me how you were thinking and feeling during the experience
      • Say something about the impact or the outcomes
      • Give me some insights into what you learned from the experience?
  • 9. Q&A
  • 10. Practice, practice, practice …