No Reply From The Interviewer. Here Is What You Do

It has been a week since that interview of yours, but there is still no reply from them. No email or even a telephone call from anyone in that particular company. Well, no worries. Here are the things you need to do:

  1. Make sure that it has been exactly 7 calendar days from the interview date.
  2. Begin your follow up action, by emailing the company’s HR representative and cc copy the interviewer. Ask politely about the result or decision of the interview from that person. Wait for another 3 days, and if no one reply your email then do make a call to that person. If still no one really cares to reply you, then it is time to quickly give a call to the interviewer, the person who interviewed you. Ask him/her on the decision. Tell the person that you need to know the result so that you’re able to decide on the next action item needs to be done.
  3. If the HR person replies your email and regretfully tells you that you’re not successful, then move on. There are plenty of jobs out there for you to explore.

Good luck and all the best.

No Education, No Problem

There were some people out there saying that education is extremely critical to the individual’s success in the future as far as the career is concerned.

While this statement is true, there are also several individuals who had tasted success without highest education. Here is how to do it:

  1. Share the truth in your resume, at which level your education is. Do not elaborate on this, just make it short, sweet but sincere. Stay low profile on this subject.
  2. Highlight your other strengths such as other skills that you have, or that technical exposure training that you went for, or maybe that Chinese language that you can speak, write and understand.
  3.  Highlight further these strengths that you mentioned just now, and this time, you add up some achievement made by using this strength. Example, you did help to secure a deal for your ex-company by becoming a translator since you’re able to talk Japanese with the customer.

You see, the future employer is also critical about your other strengths and they will try to compensate equally even though you may not have the strength in the education background.

 

Showcase Your Resume

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Now, you’ve got yourself a good resume, so what are the next steps? You need to showcase your resume fast! Don’t wait as you are competing with hundreds or thousands of people with same or higher capabilities than you are.

One of the options is to register your resume to the leading job recruitment websites  such as Jobstreet, Monster and etc. With the internet is fast booming in Malaysia, there is no issue to get hooked to the Internet, sign-up, and submit your resume online. You can always get updates on previous job applications that you have submitted and at the same time you will also receive the latest job openings via your email if you subscribe to them.

If you are already in the workforce for more than 2 years, you may want to send your resumes to your own personal contacts i.e. your ex-colleague who has moved to other organizations, your friends in other organizations or even to your ex-boss! But bear in mind that you will need to have proven track records, good discipline and major accomplishments in your previous projects or tasks. Well, this will boost your opportunity to get called up for an interview as the person knows you best.

Next, try to browse in leading newspaper such as The Star, New Straits Times and so on to search for latest vacancies in leading corporations.

You may also want to try getting head-hunters services. They are professional recruiters whom will match your experiences with the required skills.

Lastly, say a prayer and hope for the best. After all, we are all human beings. Wait for a few months, who know you will be called up for an interview! But if you do not get any call, don’t be upset. They say when one door closes, another door opens. Just believe in yourself and work smarter. And the rest, we leave it to God. Good luck!

The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow” – Rupert Murdoch

You Talk Too Much?

People who tend to talk too much is a bad listener. When he or she is a bad listener, he or she fails to understand the questions asked. So people, be moderate.

Take extra cautious when talking. Don’t over-react. Do it short, precise and simple but still sweet. Full of facts. Share some examples of experience if necessary. Listen carefully to answer the questions asked, understand them, be clear and concise in your answers. Be specific and respond directly to the questions asked. Be careful with your selection of words and think before you say anything to decide if what you are going to say is necessary or appropriate.

 

Be Precise

There are some candidates who have a problem in telling something in precise. A detail-version of the story.

There is a friend of ours who is good in doing sales. He is covering the government sector, selling some ICT thing. A few days ago, he went for an interview to upgrade himself from just a normal sales guy to take up a senior sales role. He was asked a question by the interviewer, to share more about how does he manage to get that company to buy his ICT equipments. He told them that he managed to get the deal because he knows the key persons in that company and that alone was the success factor. The interviewer wasn’t convinced. They want to know more. And our friend here was badly stucked. He kept on explaining about those key people in there were all his friends. Make the story around the same thing again and again. End up, after the interview session, he thought that if he could answer the question more detail and precise, his fate would have been good and may get the job.

So, the moral of the story is this. Quick thinking of how to arrange the story, and be very detail. Instead of telling a general story, he should tell the interviewer how the deal started, who (as in the name, designation and the company he or she was working at) was the one who share that opportunity to him, how he managed to penetrate that customer, how did he maneuver the deals internally into that company, how he managed to convince them to buy, how did he convince the finance of the company on the budget, how does he manage to bring down the price to meet the company’s budget and last but not least the exact amount of the deal, the profit margin and the commission he received out of that deal. Share with them how happy he was on the victory.

Was that difficult? We don’t think so. In any of your explanation to the interviewer, all they want to hear are these. Convincing, like-a-story, make sense, honesty and precise. 

 

“I Know Someone In There.”

There are some candidates who think that when they have someone they know inside the company they are applying for a job at, it’ll be easier to bypass some of the red tapes and boost their chances all the way up and get hired almost automatically. Well, here is the a bad news.

First of, the person they know inside has a good reputation in the company and definitely do not wish to jeopardize his or her reputations for many reasons. One of the last thing that guy wants to do is to introduce or recommend someone they know or barely know to the superior or the HR of the company. Secondly, you must know that to get introduced or recommended, that candidate must be a super duper good and excellent in what he or she does. Result matters and attitude is perfect. That is it.

In other words, a recommendation subject will only arise in a very selective environment. Again, the reputation of the person who introduce or recommend a candidate will be at stake if that candidate really sucks after being hired. That is why everyone is trying their best to avoid the situation whereby they was asked to introduce someone for a job at the place they work.

If that candidate is able to get an internal introduction or recommendation, then it is a bonus. Not everybody has this kind of luxury. He or she may have some good words but to bypass some HR normal hiring processes is doubtful. So, at the end of the day, that candidate will still need to go through the normal processes, starting from submitting the updated resume, go through an initial interview, get shortlisted, and then another round of interview before being selected for hiring.

It doesn’t really matter whether you really know someone in that company or not, your chances would still be more or less the same. Keep the faith. 

Nervous

Nervous prior to the interview is very normal. Even those guys with years of experience also have some ‘butterfly’ inside their stomach. Trust us. So, to minimize it and slowly make it go away, here are 4 simple tips for you to try.

  1. Ensure that you do all the research work about the company background, the position’s roles that you are applying for versus your capabilities to cope with those roles.
  2. List down one by one all the potential questions so that you can prepare early.
  3. During the starting of the interview session, you need to be the one who starts the conversation. This is called breaking the ice session. You can start the converstation with very light topics such as the weather, traffic, compliment about their office, compliment about their website or something like that.  
  4. Don’t forget to inhale and take a deep breath while waiting for those interviewers to join you in the meeting room. By taking a deep breath you will inhale a good oxygen and bring it straight to your lung and brain. Our brains will work better due to those additional oxygen inhaled. 
  5. The most important one is to dress well. Make yourself looked stunningly super handsome or beautifully gorgeous. This will definitely boost your confidence straight high to the sky.

With these steps to follow, you’re a going to do just fine.