Thursday, June 04, 2015

Job Interview: What HR Managers Look For

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I am not part of the human resources department but the nature of my job closely works with the HR manager. I've received a handful of applications for the past month for a certain position in the government institution that I work for. Applications fell under than what we expected but there were still very few qualified ones nonetheless. Applying for the job is only the first step. What comes next is determined by the HR Manager. You may think that your resume is already good enough but HR Managers will see your resume in a different perspective. I am not claiming to be an expert in job applications and I've had my share of rejections in the past. But working closely with our HR Manager, there were a few things I've learned and discovered as to what they are looking for and how they see a resume. If you are one of the millions who recently graduated or simply want a new career path, I hope this short article can provide value on how you can improve your resume and ace your interview.


  1. Job experience - most people think that fresh graduates do not have an edge in society because they do not have the necessary experience. Actually, they are the most fortunate because of that. They have the freedom to choose their career path. Unlike those with job experience, it is a challenge to shift careers because you are already tied to your experience. If you suddenly decide to shift careers, HR Managers will think twice about hiring you due to your past experience. You are trained to do such and they think it will be difficult for you to adjust to a new job. Whereas, fresh graduates are always seen as willing to learn, easy to learn and flexible. So while you are young, think about your career path carefully. You will be tied to your job experience so your first job really counts. Don't go for the money. Go for something that you are passionate about. Go for a job that you see yourself doing for the long run. 
  2. Length of stay in a company/organisation - in relation to job experience, HR Managers will look at how long you have stayed in your previous job. If you are always taking on contractual jobs and/or short-term jobs, this is a red flag for HR Managers. Why aren't you being regularised? Why are you always on a contract/short-term job? This will make them think that you are only job hopping and there is a problem with your personality/character. They will think you don't get along with your colleagues and that will create a problem in their company. I am not saying that you should't take on short-term/contractual jobs but what I am trying to point out is that you should minimise the number of short-term/contractual jobs that you take. Make sure that there is at least 1 or 2 companies where you have stayed for more than 2 years. 
  3. Personality - in the real world, where you graduated from and if you received any honours when you were in college don't matter. What matter's most is your personality/character/the kind of person that you are. EQ is more important than IQ. Of course, there are jobs that will require you to have the necessary knowledge such as in IT and Finance, but the thing HR Managers are more concerned of is a person's character. This will allow them to decipher if you are the right person for their company and for the job. Make sure that you let them see your personality during the few minutes of your interview. Research what you know about the company and see if your personality fits their vision and mission. Also, do not be too uptight and stiff. The job interview is meant for the HR Manager to get to know who you are. It is not to measure your intelligence. Yes, it is a plus if you are intelligent but it will all come down to your personality. If the latter doesn't fit with the company, even if you achieved the highest honours in school, you won't get the job.
  4. Come on time - it throws HR Managers off when the applicant is late. If something unexpected came up of if you got lost, make sure to contact the person who contacted and scheduled you for the interview. It is disrespectful to show up late without any warnings and the amount of time the HR Manager spent on waiting for you is time wasted on their resources. Companies do not like to waste resources as it is a loss of profit for them. If you are going to be late, inform the HR person/manager who scheduled you for the interview. It is ideal that you come at least 5 minutes earlier than your schedule so you have the time to relax before your interview.
Good luck to all of you who are looking for a job! Hope these tips helped.


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Watch: Swatch: Lips: Nyx Femme

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4 comments :

  1. thank you for this! i just graduated. hehe :)

    xoxo, rae
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  2. Very pretty and elegant ! I love your top :)

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