Welcome Weary August – Did I Get the Job or Not?

From the 1st of August up to now, nothing has changed.  Still the same old me.  Oh yeah, something interesting did happened… I got an invitation for a job interview.  You see, I was so busy applying for several jobs here in our local city.  I don’t want to be away from this place anymore.  Living abroad was the worst nightmare I ever had.  It was a huge mistake involving a huge amount of money.  Damn it, I just can’t forgive myself for being so stupid.  Anyway, the interview went well last week.  I am just not sure if I will be getting the job!  I got an idea, however, that we will be having a third interview soon.  That is, for those who they think have the potential.  Well, I hate to live a life full of expectations.  I guess I just have to wait until they ring me… or maybe they won’t bother anymore. Oh how I hate this feeling!  Okay, now to make this post fruitful, let me talk about several indicators on how to know that you got yourself a job.

Right after the interview, I got myself a pack of lunch and went home immediately.  The following day I googled anything there is to know about the ‘indicators’. And here are the information I’ve gathered:

  • Chemistry.  The people coming from different sites I’ve visited say that interviewers would display an inviting feeling if they are about to welcome you to their company.  Some commenters also described the ‘spark’ on your conversation as you go along with several kinds of topics.  It comes out naturally from the interviewer.
  • Body Language.  You might observe the interviewer exhibiting excitement and curiosity to your CV or to your previous job description.  They also avoid any gestures that would mean that they are not really interested to your heartily written ‘sell-yourself’ paper.  These kind of behavior indicates that they like your experience and your over-all professional background.  But if you see someone who would cross their arms, frequently check their watch and raise their eyebrows – there is a huge chance that you might not be the one they are looking for.
  • Note Taking.  If you your interviewer are taking notes, they are interested in you.  Just make sure they are not just the short ones, for all you know it’s just a memo saying ‘application rejected.’
  • Loooong Interview.  When I say long, I mean really really long.  Sometimes it would even take hours.  It is very important to be very patient and to stay engaging during your conversation with the interviewers.  If you are tired of answering their questions, then endure it!
  • Closing Statement.  If you have been told as to how and when they are going to communicate with you just before the interview ends then there is a great chance of you being hired by their company.  Though most interviewers are stating this as an S.O.P.  If they know you have a slim chance of getting hired they won’t give you the full details.  In short, the interviewer must give you full instructions and shouldn’t make it sound vague.  Some would even discuss the salary range, company expectations, and a summary of the succeeding things that you will be hearing or expecting from them.

If you have already experienced a job interview before and have seen these familiar indicators then I guess you can totally relate to what I’ve just written in here.  If not, considering that you’re a fresh graduate or you’ve been previously spoon fed with a job – just like me, you must give time to prepare!  Honestly, I went to that interview without any preparations (since I was used to it when I was still residing in a different country, totally different culture!)  I felt really incompetent with what I just did.  And I guess there is no reason for me to be wondering if ever I get rejected.  But please! Rejection doesn’t really mean that you are no good as an employee.  Every company has their own preference and if you don’t get to be chosen then it just means that your skills and professional background won’t suit their needs.  It doesn’t reflect your personal worth!  So don’t pity yourself.  The next time you apply for a job and landed one, you’ll see that you are actually in a much more excellent position.

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