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04/19/2019 HRCap E-Newsletter (March 2019)

Road to Employment in the United States


(미국취업 실전 가이드북)


2019 Guidebook Highlights (Part 3)

 

Click on the image below to download the guidebook online. Please contact us directly at career@hrcap.com if you have any questions.

 

 

As a continuation from our previous Newsletter that focused on the Resume and Job Application steps of the process, we will now highlight the Interview step from the 2019 Road to Employment in the United States (미국취업 실전 가이드북) guidebook.

 

Interview

 

The Interview chapter highlights the importance of an interview and how it can affect your chances of getting hired. 

 

5. Interview

 

The Interview Process

     - A common interview process is screening, initial interview, and final interview.

     - The interview experiences allow candidates to better understand the role and assess fit for the 
     - company.

     - It is vital to prepare, practice, and conduct appropriately throughout the interview process to
     successfully appeal and present oneself.

     - Hiring managers can assess fit and potential through the interview discussion to make the final
     decision.

     *HRCap Tip: Research information on the interviewer (name, title, work history) prior to the
     interview. You can get meaningful information and insights by knowing their current position and
     background through their LinkedIn profiles. Ask the interviewer about their own experience with
     the company and how they have become successful. You want to show that you are interested,
     which in turn will make you a much more memorable candidate to the interviewer.

Interview Format

      - There are many different ways interviews can be conducted. Some common types of interviews
     are one-on-one, panel, meal, working, phone, and video.

     - Companies have preferences on what type of interview they wish to conduct, for who and when.

     *HRCap Tip: When doing a video interview, conduct a test run with a peer before the actual
     interview to ensure there are no technical issues (ex. voice and video quality). Dress up as you
     would for an in-person interview, and be in a relatively clean area with no ambient noises. Be
     focused in the center of the camera/video and use a computer, not a mobile phone, for the video
     interview.

      *HRCap Tip: When in a meal interview, be conscious of your words. An interview during a meal
     puts you in a more relaxed situation and allows the interviewer to observe you in a different
     environment. Try to order the same meal as the interviewer so that everything comes out at the
     same time. Keep the meal simple (ex. pasta) and remember that you may have to shake hands
     after the interview.

Types of Interview Questions

      - Interviewers will ask different types of questions to get a comprehensive idea of who the
     interviewee is.

      - The types of questions that can be asked are technical assessments, traditional / standard
      questions
, behavioral questions, and case study questions.

      - Addressing Common Questions

      - Most interviews usually contain common questions that can set the overall tone of the interview
      or assess your understanding of the position.

      - Some common interview questions are "Tell me about yourself," "What are your greatest 
      professional strengths?
," and "Why should we hire you?."

      - There are also tricky questions, like "What are your weaknesses?." Do not lie or answer the
     question indirectly by thinking it will hurt your professional image during the interview. When
     answering this question, you want to show that you already know your weaknesses and have
     taken action to improve upon them.

Questions to Ask

      - Interview discussions must go both ways, and the only way to achieve a two-way conversation
     is by preparing questions for the interview.

     - Make a list of questions to ask during the interview but refrain from asking common questions,
     where the answers can be found online.

      - Focus on questions that show that you did your due diligence on the company and want to learn
     more about the opportunity.

      - Questions that should be asked during the interview are questions about the company,
     questions about the job, and questions about logistics.

     *HRCap Tip: Questions regarding salary should be done AFTER an official offer is made. Do not
     forcefully demand or negotiate offer terms. Personal questions can help break the ice in the 
     beginning of the interview, but should not be asked during the job interview.

End of Interview

      - At the end of the interview, make sure to ask for the interviewer's business card. This is
      essential when sending a follow up "Thank You" letter and for future networking opportunities.

      - Take detailed notes of the key points and expectations discussed during the interview so that it
     can be addressed and elaborated in the "Thank You" letter.

     - Ask what the next steps are in the hiring process and the expected timeline, so that you are 
     aware of and effectively prepared for what comes next.

     *HRCap Tip: If the interviewer is reluctant to provide a business card, company email or any
      other contact information, ask for the HR contact information or the general company email. A   
     Thank You note can still be sent to those contacts to express gratitude for the opportunity.

Interview Follow Up

     - It is highly recommended that a "Thank You" letter is sent to the interviewers within 24 hours of
     the interview.

      - The letter must be brief and to the point.

      - Thank them for their time and share what was learned from the interview and how it has
     strengthened your interest in the company.

      - Be personal by referring to specific topics discussed during the interview.

      - If there were multiple interviewers, do not generate the same letter for each person. Address
      each interviewer by their names, and write individualized letters by highlighting the unique
      discussion points that was had with each interviewer. This is another opportunity to make a good
      lasting positive impression.

      *HRCap Tip: If a recruitment agency was used, follow the directions that they provide. They will
      follow up with the interviewer and provide information on what the next steps are. An agency will
      also prepare you for the interview and help guide you through the process.

Note: Interview Etiquette Checklist; Popular Nonverbal Mistakes During Job Interviews; Greatest Influence During an Interview.

Case Study: Standing Out.

 

For a deeper read on the Interview step, please fill out the short survey at https://goo.gl/forms/Hu4vjlfRECZcVeAA3 to obtain a downloadable digital copy of the Road to Employment in the United States (미국취업 실전 가이드북) guidebook.
 


Our next Newsletter will be the last part of the guidebook highlights. It will focus on the Offer Stage and Road to Success steps of the employment process. 
 


At HRCap, we also host live career seminars for students preparing for employment and professionals seeking career transitions. If you are interested in attending a future career seminar, please visit https://goo.gl/forms/vLmFSGkHXP17Q3Xo2 to fill out a short survey. We will contact you once we host a career seminar in your location.

 

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HRCap E-Newsletter (March 2019)