By Zarela Cruz
Looking for a new job may be a tiresome experience, even when we have been looking forward to a new opportunity or to making progress in our career path. Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the prospect of the big day? Below you will find some important aspects to keep in mind, although they are quite often neglected.
1. Get ready for the interview.
2. Show up 10 minutes before the arranged time.
3. Always bring a copy of your resume.
4. Observe their dress code or a reasonable one.
5. Do not use your cell phone during the interview.
6. Make eye-contact with your interviewer.
7. Do not criticize your former employer.
8. Do not tell the interviewer that you really need the job and the money.
9. Be ready to explain how the company will benefit if they hire you.
10. Prepare a model class should you be asked to give one.
Is that all? not exactly. Whenever I have been in charge of evaluating applicants for a teaching position, I could see that some of them had a tendency to replicate the teaching model they were used to. Furthermore, they used the same slides, a grammar-centered approach and examples related to themselves. They did not have any information about the students’ profile, education, age and interests to name some; the kind of courses that the institution offered, even the technology that was available. In a word, they hardly did any research about the institution they wanted to work for, not to mention the position. On the other hand, some of them mentioned personal issues such as how much they needed the money or that they wanted to have additional income. We all work for money, up to a certain extent, but it should not look like our top priority.
Once you got the job, your homework is not done yet: it is the beginning of a new phase in your working life, so you have to be ready to undo some routines and embrace new ones; such as working in teams and participating in the training programs.
By keeping these remarks in mind you will show that you are really suitable for the institution and for the position.
And now your turn:
Have you ever made a mistake in the course of a job interview?
Did you find the job you were looking forward to?
We will be expecting your comments, suggestions and/or tips regarding this topic.
Zarela Cruz graduated from Ricardo Palma University as a translator. She also finished her master’s studies in Linguistics and took some specialization diplomas in the Teaching of English and Spanish. She has also completed some online certificates: Teaching the Working Adult, Online, Hybrid and Blended Education, among other self-study courses. She has taught different courses, programs and levels and has been a teacher trainer, a lecturer and online instructor for more than 25 years. She is has just finished her master’s studies in Translation. This article aims to reflect on the convenience of getting ready for a job interview to deal with it successfully.