What to do if you get invited for an interview

You applied for one of the jobs listed in easyoutsource and apparently, the employer liked your profile and has sent you a message that he/she would want to set up an interview with you.  This is your first interview invitation and you have absolutely no idea what to do next.  Now what?

If you are ever faced with an interview invitation, here’s what you should do:

  1. Know the employer’s time zone – Check the employer’s profile and find out what country and city/state they live in.  Do your research and know their time zone and the time equivalent to the Philippine time zone. Determine a time that seems convenient for both you and the employer and take note of that time, in the employer’s time zone.
  2. Prepare your method of contact – Different employers interview differently.  Some interview via email, some via chat, and some via voice chat.  Typically, employers like to conduct interviews via YM, Google Talk, MSN, and Skype.  You should try and get accounts with one or all of these.  The more, the better.  Prepare a headset with a microphone should the employer wish to conduct a voice interview.  This is especially true if the employer would like to assess your speaking skills and English proficiency.
  3. Reply to the interview invitation – Whether you are interested in the interview invitation or not, it is always wise to reply to the message you received.  If you are not interested with the invitation, send a reply anyway.  Politely decline the invitation.  If you would like to accept, thank the employer for their interest in your services and suggest a time for the interview, in the employer’s time zone.  Include your contact details.
  4. Prepare yourself for the interview proper – As with any endeavor, you should always prepare yourself.  Being unprepared is like going to battle without any ammo – you are sure to get killed.  Prepare answers for the more common interview questions and the not so common ones.  Common questions include: “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”, “How can you help me and my company?”, “What can you do?”, “Why should I hire you over all other applicants?”.  You get the picture.  Of course, do not can your answers. Canned answers are very obvious and almost always sound fake, even if you really mean them.  Prepare answers, but never memorize them.
  5. Go for it! – After all your preparation, the inevitable has arrived.  It’s time for the interview proper.  Take a deep breath and relax!  Take on a friendly and conversational tone.  You’ll only be nervous at the start.  Trust me, you’ll warm up eventually.  Just answer the questions honestly and you’ll be fine.

Now, that wasn’t so hard, was it?  The first is always the hardest.  The more interviews you have, the better you’ll get at it.  If you don’t get the job, don’t berate yourself for it.  Don’t lose hope.  Just move on and apply for another job.  There will always be new jobs posted.  If you persist, you are bound to find the perfect one for you.

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