How to Pass the Final Interview Part 1
Passing the Final Interview
Can't Get Past the Final Interview for a Call Center, a Bank, a Private Company?
Jobs are not easy to find. In this time of recession, jobs become even more scarce. Companies nowadays are really putting emphasis in hiring the best candidate, more on quality rather than quality. Have you experienced applying in a job for a Call Center, a Bank, or a private company? Passing the initial screening and the exams only to flunk during the final interview? Frustrating, isn't it? It leaves a feeling in your gut that's a mix of dissapointment and pure self loathing. Fret not, this hub is for you guys. Using my experience as an interviewer, I will try to give you tricks and tips to help you overcome that hump which is the final interview in this second part of several hubs which I will be creating on getting a job.
The final interview is usually composed of questions aimed to provide the interviewers and the hiring staff with information which will be able to help them with the hiring decision. Questions can range from your experiences in school to your job experiences. One thing that you can notice is that the questions are behavioral, which means that they are targeting a specific behavior from you, the interviewee. Below are some tips to help you out in the preparation for the interview as well as the interview proper itself:
- Prepararation is Key - Just like any other recruitment step, the final interview is very important and review and preparation is always vital to your success or failure. Research about the company that you are applying for. It is always important to know the background and brief history of the company so that you will get a feel of what kind of people they are looking to hire. Also, some interviewers ask the applicants what they know about the company and why they would like to apply. Knowing about the background will create the impression that you are taking the job seriously and that you care.
- Honesty Still the Best Policy - One thing that I have noticed is that applicants tend to lie about their answers during the final interview. This is not a smart move as sooner or later, the company you are applying for will know about this and it will jeopardize your application or job status. Fraud is never the answer, to pass the final interview you need to answer honestly not give the interviewers what you think they want you to say.
- Specify and Clarify - As mentioned above, the questions during the final interview are behavioral, thus specific behaviors are targeted. The important thing is always to specify your answers, and not give a broad and safe response. It is always smart to give specific details as these are the information being evaluated by the interviewer to make a decision to pass or fail you.
- Stay Relevant - Always try to stick to the topic or the question. Don't stray away from the discussion or the interview questions and move to irrelevant and unrelated answers. Stay within the realm of the subject matter, it is okay to move to another situation or answer related to the question to give a detailed answer, as long as you do not veer to far from the initial question.
These are all for the information I have for now. Please come back as I will finish the list of tricks and tips in my next hub. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below so that I may address them as soon as I can. I hope that these tips will help you land your dream job and wishing all you job seekers all the luck in your search for a place in the corporate world.