Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Lessons I Learnt From My Job Interview

Disastrous in some words. My job interview that is...

Well, the worst thing that can happen is that I do not learn from this experience. As such, I am writing down some of my experiences.

1. I need to research more about the company and job position that I am applying for.

2. I need to be able to communicate my transferable skills that I have obtained from other jobs into the position that is being offered.

3. I need to be able to give a very clear reason why I left my previous job.

4. I need to be able to explain how I have skills that can be useful to the organisation.

I suck at interviews. Hopefully, I won't be attending so many interviews that a book is published here. The four points listed above are just some of the learning points from today's interview.


  1. What reasons did you say for leaving? This one standard question asked one?

  2. Hi FF,

    I went for a few interviews before I managed to get into my current company.

    Here's some tips for you.
    1. Emphasize on your relevant & transferable skills.

    2. Be honest & sincere

    3. Speak with confidence & humility. Never be too over confident.

    4. It is always good to run through in your head what you intend to say before going for the interview. ie. projects u did, teams you lead, supervisory skills, improvements you did, etc...

    Just to let u know, I was hired not because I had the relevant background but because I showed the desire to learn & I was very honest about having no experience in that role. It also helped that I emphasized with examples to the interviewer that I was a fast learner.

    I have since transferred twice internally and have just started in my third role/team since joining this institution.


  3. I said wanted to pursue my interest in other areas as that job wasn't for me. I guess most employers will surely ask that.

    Thanks Gohsip for the very good tip


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