Thank God I've Passed! Do's and Dont's While Waiting for a Job Interview

Few days ago, I've mentioned that our account has been dissolved and we need to be transferred to a different account. This is actually one of the good things our company offers, if your account has been dissolved you have the opportunity to be transferred to another account instead of being laid off. 

In order to be transferred, you will need to undergo the hiring process again. You'll be re-profiled by HR to find an account that suits you, interviewed by a TL (team lead), trainer, or even a manager, and lastly, by the client itself. Some of my friends are fortunate because they do not need to be interviewed by the account's client, but in my case "no". 

Yesterday morning, June 5, around 4:30 am, I was scheduled to be interviewed by the account's client. Honestly, even though I am in the industry for 7 years, this is the first time I'll be interviewed by the client itself, so I suffered from interview jitters!

We first had a briefing with Chris from HR. He discussed some do's and dont's. Then, he said that the interview will start at 5 am. 

To cut the long story short, after the long wait (we've waited 4 hours for the result), I heard the good news that I've passed. On that very moment, I thanked God for giving me wisdom, and my friends who prayed and believed in me! 

It was an unexplained feeling succumb in me. I felt my worth again. So, I am now scheduled for training on June 11, Tuesday. I still don't know the exact time, but Chris told us that it'll be a graveyard shift again since the account's service window is in graveyard. 

It means that my vacation is now officially over! 

By the way, before I go, I want to share some do's and dont's while waiting for a job interview.

What To Do While Waiting For A Job Interview
  • Sit Down. Most candidates are nervous right before a job interview. Many stand up and walk around the room. This can make a restless impression. Therefore, try to sit back in your chair. You don’t need to run a marathon before your interview.
Honestly, I am guilty of this. I was not able to sit down at once. I felt that I always wanted to pee, but I try to calm myself down and just talk to my seatmate to make me relax. 
  • Calm Down. Concentrate on your breathing! Breathe in and breathe out slowly. Shut out all external stimuli and focus on the here and now. This way you can calm down. Your voice will sound less nervous as a result.
I haven't practice this breath-in-breath-out method before my interview. And, as I result, I know that my voice sounds like a garbled line. I can feel that my jaw was shaking during my interview. 
  • About The Bathroom. You never know how long a job interview and/or assessment will take. So it is a good idea to ask whether you can wash your hands or use the bathroom before the interview. No doubt the interview will be more relaxed!
In our case, we know the sequence. This is part of the briefing with Chris. So, when my turns came near, I asked permission to go the bathroom, and it made me feel somehow relaxed. 
  • Check your resume. Nothing else to read? Then read your resume thoroughly. Make sure you are familiar with the content of your resume and make sure you can find certain paragraphs when you are asked about them.
Because the first thing that the interviewee might ask you is to tell something about yourself. So, be prepared.

What Not To DO:
  • Don’t look worried or indifferent! People don’t like to see a worried face. A neutral, open and cheerful face is much more pleasant. Therefore, avoid frowning and ‘painful looks’. 
Because having a worried face will not make you relax. Just be yourself and make sure you are starting off on the right foot.

Good Luck!



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Anonymous said...

Congrats on your new job! :) I switched jobs just late last year so I can relate to the interview jitters stuff.

Mira Delos Reyes said...

Thank you! It's not a new job, actually, sis. I just got transferred to a new account. ;)

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