Share my experience with my job hunting

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Got layoff two weeks ago. Ever since that, I was busy enjoying late night sleep and waking up late at lunch time. Party with Rolia helped me kill some time as well. If I were getting too bore at home, I just went to Chapter, grasped a book and a cup of coffee, and then tried to get dinner from my lovely friends known in Rolia or spent couple hours posting messages at Rolia or slept in couch watching nonsense TV. I really enjoyed this kind of life.

I pretended to be a project leader while I was still at work and acted as a job reference for couple friends( of course it was bullshit ). That was how the job agent knew me. Just couple days before I got layoff, the agent called me up and asked me if I had any positions available. They wanted to sell IT guys to me. I was laughing and told them I was losing my job myself at that time. So the agent asked me to send my resume over.

I visited the agent this Monday but nothing exciting happened. This Wednesday they called me up and told me there would be an interview available the next day, which was yesterday.

Reluctant to jump back into the job market too soon, I only spent one hour or two searching the company’s background before I went to the interview. Here we go, today the agent informed me that the company was ready to take me. I only sent out no more than 5 resumes in the last two weeks. Only one interview. The success rate is close to 100%.

Some people may say I am extremely lucky. I think I am lucky too but that is not everything. Here are some of my interview skills that I would like to share with those people who are interested:

1). IT is a big field. You don’t need to know everything but you do need to prove you are at least good at one field. They are looking for somebody good at C++ but my expertise is in ASP/VB COM. During the interview, when they asked questions on C++, I was trying to lead their attention from the C++ to how I solved problems using VB.

2). Try to make the interviewer speak. Let them speak about the background of the company, the details of the current projects. Add your comments when is needed. When you know from their words what kind of skill sets they are looking for, convince them you’ve done or seen something similar before.

3). Try to make the interview a presentation. This is extremely important. Don’t let the interviewer leading you. You lead the interviewer. That means you are the actor. Tell them what kind of problem you were encountering in your previous work and how did you solve it.

4). Try to make the atmosphere as relax as possible. Both parties in the interview are uncomfortable since we are seeing each other for the first time. Tell some jokes, recent news or whatever whenever is possible. People get tired of the questions-and-answers easily. Something interesting other than the technical would give them the better impression.

A good book on how to handle the interview that I would like to recommend is “Knock’em dead”. It is a must read.

Good luck to those friends who are not as lucky as me. Like I said before, there is always opportunities for people who have confident. Don’t easily find us an excuse and defeat ourselves.
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