Interviews is one, if not the top one, most hated thing when applying a job. I’d probably prefer to answer 8hours exam and do 16hours programming non-stop rather than an hour of interview. I am not proud of it but I really suck at those times. If only looking at the interviewer’s eyes (heh.. i practiced that) and smile the whole can make me get the job, then I would be a very good candidate! Maybe because I was not really trained to talk, i was trained to type! Or maybe if it was a tagalog interview, maybe I am able to talk alot. But that will never happen I even planned to be a member of toastmaster club but that didn’t became a reality for the sole reason of Im afraid to talk in front of teachers! (most of the members at that club are teachers.. missing college eh?). Those are just the things I remembered when I read this blog, ‘Why Should I Hire You?’ and Other Favorite Interview Questions. I tried to answer some of the questions and think as fast as I can but some questions are just too tough for me. Examples are:
What book is currently on your nightstand? > I don’t read a lot of books, I read a lot of blogs though and please don’t ask me about the author, I do not remember author names most of the time, just the url or pictures of the author. Hmm.. that said, maybe I should start looking at the authors?
What are your long-term goals? > I remember an incident once that an interviewer asked me about this. I didn’t know what to answer. I was newbie in the IT world then, I only wanted to work but that doesn’t mean I have no dream. I wanted to be successful at it. I wanted to say I want his position but he is HR and I am looking for an IT job! I wanted to say become your President, but I would be lying. I ended up mumbling! It is tough, it was really an awful answer. Thank god it was only a phone interview (unsurprisingly, I never heard from them again.. hehe).
Why should I hire you > When your starting, it is just hard to boast what you have when really do not have anything to boast at the moment.. tough!
What will you do if you don’t get this job? > I have another interview..? hehehe…
And the hardest question that I can be asked off-guard:
Tell me a joke > Oh my god.. I already lost the battle!!! I probably laughed before I even begin to say a word!