If you thought school was hard, I hate to break it to you, but, school is a piece of cake compared to the real world. Real life means real problems. Say hello to bills, responsibilities, eye bags and etc. Don’t get discouraged though, it’s the way of life. Naturally, people would say, “Ayoko mag work, gusto ko mag negosyo para hawak ko oras ko.” I have said that a million times already and here I am, living in the corporate world. Having your own business is ideal but let’s get realistic here for a second. To build your own business you have to have capital. Meaning, you have to spend money to earn money. Kung mayaman ang parents mo at binigyan ka nila ng negosyo, ibang istorya na yun. Moving on.
Finding a school to go to is easy as long as you have moolah (money), finding a job on the other hand, is a whole new different ball game.
A lot of people are good in exams because they are the masters of their left side brain. I have heard several failure stories just because they did not do well on their interviews. I personally believe that employers hire people who can talk and carry themselves well. Why? Product knowledge can be improved by trainings but personal confidence and conviction comes from within.
How hard are job interviews anyway? It varies from company to company. But let’s hear from someone who has already tried it (for the first time). Garwyn Galza is a fresh graduate from De La Salle – University with a degree in Entrepreneurship (See? Even if you are an entrep graduate you still need to earn your capital and experience before you could be the boss of your own). Let us ask him about his experience when he applied for Company X (for confidentiality purposes). Maybe we could learn a thing or two from his escapade.
What position did you apply for? Is this your first time to apply?
“Nag apply ako as Global Content Support, pero nalipat ako sa Equity team since mas bagay daw yung credentials ko doon kesa sa GCS. Oo, first time ko mag apply sa trabaho kaya andaming tumatakbo sa isip ko. Kaba, pressure, expectations at excitement.”
How long did it take for the employer to respond?
“Hindi ko na maalala eh. Mga one week after ko ata mag apply saka sila tumawag sa akin.”
How were you contacted by the recruiter? Did they schedule you for an exam or interview?
“They’ve contacted me through phone, tinawagan nila ako. Phone interview siya.”
Were you prepared for the exam/interview?
“On the spot nga eh, pag katawag nila sakin, tinanong nila ako kung right time daw ba na makausap ako, pag kasabi ko ng YES. Ayon na, biglang phone interview na pala. Actually, hindi ako prepared nung tinawagan nila ako, kasi hindi ko pa ineexpect na tatawag sila nang ganon ka-aga.”
Were you nervous? Did you stutter?
“Sobra yung nerbyos ko kasi first time ko ma-interview ng ganon. Para akong nag graded recitation. Sa sobrang kaba ko, yung mga sagot na nasa isip ko, ayaw niyang lumabas sa bibig ko. Para akong na ba-blanko dahil sa sobrang kaba.”
What was the hardest question you had to answer?
“Hardest question? Ay, yung tinanong ako ng HR kung ano ang alam ko sa company nila. Kasi sa totoo lng hindi ko pa nababasa yung “About Us” ng company na in-applyan ko nung moment na tinawagan nila ko.”
What was the easiest question you had to answer?
“Easiest question? Yung tinanong ako ng HR kung ano ano mga achievements ko. Kasi alam naman natin sa sarili natin kung ano yung mga mabuting bagay na nagawa natin, kaya mabilis ko yun nasagot.”
What is the biggest mistake you committed during the interview?
Biggest mistake? Siguro yung napatulala ako sa malayo nung may tinanong yung HR tapos antagal ko bago makasagot. Biglang tumahimik, naputol yung momentum nung pag i-interview sakin.
What is the proudest moment you had in this interview?
Proudest moment? Siguro lahat, yung experience nung buong interview, na lahat ng tanong nung nag iinterview sayo eh nasagot mo at sinabing ‘Wait for your next interview.’ Syempre mahirap, lalo na kailangan english pa ang sagot mo, eh hindi naman ako ganun kagaling mag-english kaya isa din yun sa mga naging challenge sa akin sa interview.
What will be your (improved) preparation strategy for your next interview?
Pag-aaralan ko na ng mabuti yung background ng company at ng position na in-applyan ko at dapat kalmado lang dahil yung kaba talaga ang kalaban mo sa interview.
Any tips for fresh graduates out there looking for a job?
“Any tips? Just do your homework. Pag aralan ninyo ng maaga yung company na applyan niyo. Dapat laging kang ready sa interview para kahit ano oras ka tawagan, kaya mo silang sagutin. Wag na wag kayong kakabahan, kung hindi niyo maiwasang hindi kabahan, humanap kayo ng bagay na pwede niyong hawakan habang iniinterview kayo, katulad ng piso para marelax yung mind niyo. And pang huli, wag na wag kayo mag de-demand sa nag iinterview sainyo. Tandaan niyo, sa umpisa, tayo ang may kailangan sakanila dahil sila madami silang choices. Anytime pwede nila tayong hindi tawagan lalo na kung may mas qualified na applicant kesa satin. At dapat lagi kang naka smile (smiley)”
Basically, there were two things that hindered Garwyn from being at his best. He was unprepared and nervous. 16 years na kaming magkakilala ni Wyn at alam kong hindi siya nauutal makipag usap sa mga tao. But, unfortunately, his anxiety got the best of him. He was caught off guard. The moral lesson of this story is that you should always be prepared and you should always do your homework. Research about the company and know the responsibilities of the position you applied for. Employers get impressed with people who are firm and have conviction with their answers.
Just be yourself, enjoy it. Be honest and true to your words. Sell yourself just right. Don’t set expectations you can’t meet. Relax, yung parang nakikipag kwentuhan ka lang. Before you know it, your dream job is just around the corner, waiting for you. Cheers!
Did Garwyn make it? Stick around to find out. Abangan!