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How To Handle A Job Interview: 5 Tips To Remember

Date Posted: 05/7/2019

Are you nervous about that upcoming job interview for that job abroad? That’s normal! However, you shouldn’t let it dictate the tone and outcome of your interview. Kaya mo yan! First of all, you should be proud that you’ve come this far. Not everyone made it to the next stage of the application process, so that in itself is an accomplishment. Second, remember that you are the best candidate for the job. Out of all the applicants, they saw something in you that they liked and that’s why you’re here.

Conversing with the interviewer and getting to know the company that you’ve applied to is important for both the company and for you as an individual. It will give you a chance to assess if working for the company will be a good choice for you. That being said, if you really want a chance to get that overseas job, you need to make a good impression.

So how to you do this? Here are some things to remember.

Be yourself

First things first. Don’t lie about your skills. If Math is your weakest skill, be honest about it! They will find out eventually anyway. If you’re the shy type, and they ask about it, let them know as well. This will help them gauge if you’re the right person for a job that requires and extrovert the job. Also, as they say, only you can be the best version of yourself, so embrace that!

Be strategic

When you’re asked to speak more about yourself, be strategic in your answers and try to boost your credibility for the job. For example, if the job requires people skills, tell them that this is a skill or asset of yours. Keep the information about yourself work-related. This will show that you’re focused on the job and not just telling stories.

Research the overseas company

To research the company you are applying to shows that you are interested in the company and the position you are applying for. It is important to know the company culture, vision, mission, and goals because it shows that you are willing to be a part of the company and that you fit the company culture.

Mind your manners

Be mindful of your manners. Remember to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’ Also things such as thanking them for their time and the opportunity to be interviewed will certainly help you to stand out.  Sitting before the interviewer tells you to is considered rude.


Before the overseas job interview, practice with a friend or by yourself. Think about common interview questions ahead of time and have some answers prepared. This will help you to be more prepared and your answers will come out more naturally.    Take note that practicing is different from memorizing. Don’t memorize, just be yourself!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this article and found it useful! Good luck on your upcoming interview for that great overseas job! Remember that if the job is meant for you, it will be yours. So just be yourself and go for it!

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