I have read a hundred articles on job interview do’s and don’t’s. I sadly haven’t followed a single one. No matter how prepared I am for it, nothing really prepares me for the nervousness of facing a possible future employer. Apparently, honesty doesn’t really work. And selling myself to an employer is as difficult as waking up on a Monday morning.
Whenever I’m asked about my weaknesses, I’m almost tempted to answer, “Job interviews, sir.” I just don’t because I’m afraid that they’ll immediately escort me out. However, it doesn’t mean I haven’t said anything that make me cringe even now. Being accepted to anything is nothing short of a miracle. How did I ever land a job?
I have said some stupid things that make people shake their heads at me. I’m sorry, if some people are scared of cockroaches, I’m scared of job interviews.
1. “Yes, I only applied to this company for the sake of getting a job.”
It was the interview in which I actually tried to sell myself, and the employer saw through my answers. Instead of being awed at my supposed strengths and skills, the employer asked me whether I’m only applying for the sake of landing my first job. I said yes without batting an eye. Suffice to say, I got rejected.
2. “No, I haven’t experienced any hardships with groupmates/co-workers.”
This is the time when I should have lied but I didn’t. I was blessed with amazing classmates who work harder than I did, so when asked how I deal with difficult groupmates, I foolishly said that I haven’t dealt with anyone difficult yet. Not only does it show how clueless I’ll be when such situation arises, it also illustrates how inexperienced I am. Minus 10 brownie points for me.
3. “I don’t know.”
Because I could have said I’ve heard of it but I flat out said that I had no idea. Great. It shows how unprepared I am, and giving a three-word answer isn’t ideal in job interviews. Sadly, I’m still not sure how to answer during situations like this.
I’m afraid I’ve said more filler words than answers that interviewers actually want to hear. Fidgeting and long silences followed by uhm’s are sure signs of nervousness. Insert shaky smiling and looking at the ceiling and you’re a clear winner. Congratulations, go back to the comfortable life of being a bum.
5. *mumbles something incoherent*
All the reporting I did in school didn’t prepare me for this. Expressing myself in English while my every move and word is being scrutinized do nothing good to my confidence. I end up mumbling answers and spewing nonsense that even I don’t understand.
6. *shakes head* & *nods head*
Employers hate short answers, but they definitely hate this more. What’s so difficult with answering using yes or no? Obviously, I have no idea. While I’m in the hot seat, I pretty much know nothing.
When the question seems so vital but I don’t understand the context, I am plagued by fear and wide-eyed wonder. I could have easily said that I do not know, but I let the silence talked for itself.
More than 10 job interviews later, I am still no expert. I am still stuttering and wanting to die from embarrassment in every job interview I attend. I have said more stupid and more specific things in job interviews (“Sorry, I don’t know Toni Toni.”). But does this mean I’m scared for life and has no more motivation to attend job interviews? Of course not.
I’m in the process of learning from my mistakes. Let’s just hope that I remember my lessons during the next one.
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