What You Should Know About Going On A Job Interview

Job interviews are typically the last stage in the hiring process, used to evaluate the best candidates. Interviews are usually preceded by the evaluation of supplied résumés, selecting a small number of candidates who seem to be the most desirable (shortlisting).

Sorry but you will probably not be the only candidate interviewing for the position

A company seeking to fill a single position will typically interview a handful of candidates – perhaps as many as ten if the level of application has been high. While job interviews are considered to be one of the most useful tools for evaluating potential employees, they also demand significant resources from the employer and have been demonstrated to be notoriously unreliable in identifying the optimal person for the job.

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Multiple rounds of job interviews may be used where there are many candidates or the job is particularly challenging or desirable; earlier rounds may involve fewer staff from the employers and will typically be much shorter and less in-depth. A common initial interview form is the phone interview, a job interview conducted over the telephone. This is especially common when the candidates do not live near the employer and has the advantage of keeping costs low for both sides.

Once all candidates have had job interviews, the employer typically selects the most desirable candidate and begins the negotiation of a job offer.

So how does an interview work?

A typical job interview has a single candidate meeting with between one and three persons representing the employer; the potential supervisor of the employee is usually involved in the interview process. A larger interview panel will often have a specialized human resources worker. The meeting can be as short as 15 minutes; job interviews usually last less than two hours. The bulk of the job interview will be the interviewers asking the candidate questions about their history, personality, work style and other relevant factors to the job. The candidate will usually be given a chance to ask any questions at the end of the interview. The primary purpose is to assess the candidate’s suitability for the job, although the candidate will also be assessing the corporate culture and demands of the job on offer.

Lower paid and lower skilled positions tend to have much simpler job interviews than more prestigious positions; a lawyer’s job interview will be much more demanding than that of a retail cashier.

Even today- most job interviews are still formal

Most job interviews are formal; the larger the firm, the more formal and structured the interview will tend to be. Candidates generally dress slightly better than they will be expected to wear to work, with a suit being appropriate for a white-collar job interview, but jeans being appropriate for an interview as a plumber.

Additionally, some professions have specific types of job interviews; for performing artists, this is an audition where the emphasis is placed on the performance ability of the candidate.

Psychometric testing may also be used in job interviews.

In many countries including most of North America, Western Europe and Australasia, employment equity laws forbid discrimination based on a number of classes, such as race, gender, age, and marital status. Asking questions about these protected areas in a job interview is generally considered discriminatory, and constitutes an illegal hiring practice. Asking questions that touch on these areas, such as “Are you willing to travel/relocate?” (possibly affected by marital status) or “When did you graduate from school?” (indicative of age) is still usually possible.

There is extant data which puts in question the value of Job Interviews as a tool for selecting employees. Where the aim of a job interview is ostensibly to choose a candidate who will perform well in the job role, other methods of selection provide greater predictive power and often lower costs. Furthermore, given the unstructured approach of most interviews they often have almost no useful predictive power of employee success.

 

 

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How to Get a Job Through an Online Website

 

How to Get a Job Through an Online Website

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 12.04.42 AMEverything today is about internet and technology. Whenever people want to buy something, they check out the reviews first; when people want to sell something, they advertise online; making friends is also easier through the social media platforms and all the possibilities that they offer.

Because of this, looking for and finding a job has also moved to the online environment – you don’t have to send your resume through mail, but you can use the e-mail to do so; you don’t have to go with your resume in hand from door to door, but you can apply directly online.

This being said, let’s see how you can find a job through the websites that are promoting them.


Research

When you think about changing jobs or finding a job for you, the best choice is represented by those websites who are specialized on job openings. Try looking for the national ones and you’ll see that they are organized in cities or regions.

It’s easy to select just a few of them, and make sure you check out the reviews for them – you’ll see if they are something that people follow or not.


Account

To get it started, you will need an account. The username and password that you provide will be linked to your professional e-mail. We said “professional” because your e-mail that is listed here needs to be made out of your name and one or two numeric characters. You can’t use an email that has funny names in it or nicknames – you’ll want to look professional and to make a good first impression.

Hire-Me1No matter what website you choose, the account will take just a few minutes to set up.


Resume

Once you’ve made the account, it’s time to create your resume. As you certainly know, you will have to fill in every available space and mention every detail that matters – how old you are, your full name, city of residence, if you have a driver license, what schools have you attended, if you have finished a university, what courses have you taken apart from college and so on.

Everything matters, so if you’ve specialized in something like web-design or working with Auto-CAD, you’ll have to say it. Of course, you’ll also have to back up these things – for example, if an employer decides to test you, you need to pass that test.

When you write your resume, make sure you follow the rules – there are plenty of tutorials that teach you how to write a perfect resume so that you can get picked up by employers.


Fields of Interest

The resume will have an area where you will have to say what your fields of interest are – if you want to change the domains, if you want to keep the domain you currently work in and so on. All these will help the website return you the best offers for job openings and also to notify you through e-mails.

graduate-employmentThere are plenty of areas that you could be interested in, so choose anything that you’d like but also what you are good at.


Applying

Once you’ve finished all these, it’s time to start browsing the job openings. Employers advertise the job openings that they have, so you’ll have to select your areas of interest and check out what is given as a result. You usually don’t have limits for applying, so you can apply to anything that catches your interest.

When you do apply, make sure you also include a letter of intention – it’s the first thing that the employers will see when they open up your request.