How to Prepare for a Job Interview from Both Sides of the Table


Finally, after days or weeks or maybe even months of trying and applying and trying again, you’ve finally landed a job interview for a position with real possibility. A new job, better salary, better perks, healthcare, the prestige and privilege of knowing that your hard work has paid off: in short, there’s a lot at stake.

Finally, you think you’ve got a few candidates lined up who can fill this position well. You’ve sifted through a ton of CVs, but it looks like you finally have a few applicants who are really promising. Now comes the hard part, which is testing them out in the interview process.

As the above should demonstrate, the world of job hunting can be difficult for the participants on both sides of the table. It’s true in Thailand, and true everywhere else in business world. Here, then, are some things that you should know about the interviewing process from both sides of the table.

What Job Seekers Should Know About Interviewers

The most common mistake career-seekers make about the HR personnel interviewing them is that they’re out to get them somehow. On the contrary, interviewers by and large want you to be successful on your interview. After all, it makes their job of finding a successful candidate that much easier, and that much more rewarding to boot! Before you even interview, it’s worth noting that online job boards are a great new way to expedite the application process. While this practice is more dominant in the West, Asian states such as Thailand are beginning to catch on.

You want to have your CV updated and ready to go. How you arrange your CV can have a big impact on the manner in which you are received. Make sure your most recent and pertinent job experience and skills relevant to this position are listed in a place that is prominent and easily seen. Try to be as relaxed as possible.

Finally, if you are lucky enough to be offered suggestions by your interviewer, even on an interview which ended in failure, take them. Whether you’re interviewing in Boston, Bangkok, or anywhere in between, he or she may have some feedback or คำแนะนำด้านอาชีพ (career advice) that can really help in future interviews.

What Interviewers Should Know About Job Seekers

When you interview literally dozens or even hundreds of potential job seekers every week, it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that each of those applicants is, in fact, an individual with his or her own personal hopes, fears, struggles, and dreams. With the world’s economic struggles and young applicants in particular facing difficulty breaking into the workplace, it’s understandable that a job-seeker can be a little tense or unsure at the start of interviews. Do your best to relax him or her, and put him or her in an environment where he or she feels at ease. This will in turn make it easier to find out about his or her strengths and see what kind of person he or she really is and what kind of skills he or she really has.

All this and more can help make the interview and job-seeking process more positive for both sides involved.

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