The Working Mom’s First Job Interview.. oh! and some Q & A Tips Too Jobhunters!

I stumbled upon a piece of paper this morning when I was cleaning out my drawer. It was the interview spiel I used when I was about to attend my very first real job interview.

My very first  job interview was in Sykes, a call center company in Makati. It wasn’t easy because I don’t how a thing in Manila. I’m not really nervous about the interview but i’m more nervous about elevators, i don’t know how to use them! And also I don’t know how to ride a bus to get to Manila. But it was fun, i passed all the interview and signed a job contract on that day. Not only that, I figured out how to use the elevator and ride the bus back home on my own too. Mom is so happy, but she’s still worried about me traveling to Manila back and forth for work every weekend. She keeps on reminding me to stay awake when i travel, she said that there are many snatchers on the loose and they usually target bus riders. Thankfully, I’ve never encountered such incident like that.

Anyways, this interview spiel cheatsheet contains the common job interview questions that i researched before i had my first job interview. These are my answers to these interview questions, you can tweak it if you want.

Now it’s your turn job hunters, I’m now giving you my interview spiel. Good luck!

By the way, if you want a promising career you may want to check the Sykes E-Recruitment Site.

Tell something about yourself

I enjoy watching TV, seeing movies and hanging out with close friends. I give time to listen to everybody if necessary, before I speak or do anything to prevent waste of time and to provide a better reaction. I have a dream to see the world and I will do my best to achieve it by having a career to enjoy and an outlet to pour everything that I have to perform well and climb the ladder of success.

What are your assets? / What is in you that can’t be found in your resume?
Aside from what is given in my resume, I am…
- Punctual and have strong dedication in everything that I do
- Respectful and considerate to the people around me
- Have strong work ethics and go extra miles to get the job done
- Very patient, hardworking and goal-oriented
- Can work in a flexible schedule
- Willing to learn more and broaden my abilities
- Have a passion in the field of work
- A real friendly and honest person

Why should we hire you?
With all the credentials I have and the things I can do, I know that I will be an asset to the company or even more if given the chance. I will do my utmost ability to do the job and grow with the company in the future.

Why should we not hire you?
Setting bias aside, with the given requirements I can’t see the reason why you should not hire me. I believe that I’m qualified and very capable of the position.

Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?
Five years from now I see myself as a top-notch Team Leader in charge of client projects. I also see myself as part of a team going in and out of the country representing the company in conferences and meetings with clients and corporate partners.

Tell me about your proudest achievement.
When I graduated college. It was really hard to pass the Thesis but I got through it. My parents were so happy. It is truly rewarding to finish and succeed on things that you really worked hard for along with the people close to you.

What negative thing would your last boss say about you?
My instructor told me once that I’m too nice. I would try to please everybody and usually have difficulty in saying no to them. And because I said yes, I can’t finish one work, I can’t focus because I try to do things all at the same time.

What Are Three Positive Things Your Last Boss Would Say About You?
I’ve been very punctual, diligent and responsible on every task that they’ve given to me. And I believe that on all those three things, all of what I am and what I have are infused there in order to deliver the desired output.

What can you do for us that other candidates can’t?
Being in the IT Industry is my advantage. I can guarantee you my skills, hard work and dedication. Given the chance, I know that I will be an asset to the company and be someone you can be proud of.

What Are Your Weaknesses?
My weakness is working with incompetent people who don’t do their job well and do not carry out their best to accomplish their task in time. They cause drag to me or to the team. They are hindrance from having fast, efficient and correct output.

What Are Your Strengths?
Besides my character assets, my major strength is a lengthy fuse, my patience. I’m a very patient person and I use that strength to cope with my weakness of dealing with incompetent people, I encourage him to carry out everything he got and let him be the best he can be.

Why Do You Want to Work Here?
Computer has been my passion since the first time I held one. It is my dream to be a Software Professional and I know that there is no better place to start that career but in your company. Besides the qualifications I have in my resume, I have the assets that I know will suit your expectations.

What Are Your Goals?
To attain full time position and work in a technical team environment aiming to provide the best output while developing camaraderie with my teammates. To further excel in the trade and grow along side the company.

When Were You Most Satisfied in Your Job?
In the things I’ve done and jobs that I accomplished it is when the recipient of the output is satisfied or even more grateful if I exceeded their expectations. It is extremely rewarding to receive compliments on a job well done where all my effort and hard work is paid of. It also makes me appreciate more the people around me and it gives me the drive to do better.

Psychological Questions:

Who owns the monkey?
The zoo owner owns the monkey. He legally bought it the last time he traveled to Congo, Africa. After checking the monkey for any disease or infection it was given food and put in a cage. It was shipped on M.V. Madagascar with the rest of the animals the zoo owner bought.

If You Were an Animal, Which One Would You Want to Be?
A Chimpanzee. They are cute, smart and have a strong social bond. Chimps are omnivorous which shows their flexibility and they work as a team every time they hunt for meat. They occasionally use tools and self medicate if necessary. Their aggressive behavior is only demonstrated if the situation calls for it.
Why do doughnuts have holes?
Doughnuts just like many other types of bread have different dough consistency due to different ingredients and preparation. During the early doughnut days when it was baked, the center part of doughnuts were usually not very well done. The baker had the idea of removing the center before baking and then came the perfect doughnut. Now bakers have some extra dough for making munchkins.

Why is the manhole cover round?
It is round because it is the shape that however you turn it, it will always have the least width necessary to cover the hole and not fall. If it wasn’t then it is possible for the cover to fall down the hole making it dangerous to the workers, pedestrians and motorists.

How can you describe a color to a person who was born blind?
A color can be described to him through his other senses. Take red as an example Red can be realized if that person have felt love, anger, fire, siren of fire engines and the carpet in some hotels and movie houses.

Why does 7-11 have locks though it is open 24 hours?
7-11 have door locks to serve its purpose in case robbers, terrorists or other bad guys who would try to get in and be a threat to the people inside or to the store itself.


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