Interviewing FAQ's  

Should I bring a cover letter to the interview?

To answer this question, a person should understand the purpose of a cover letter. A cover letter serves as an introduction document for the resume, outlining the knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant to prospective employers. A cover letter can not only focus on the job seeker’s past, but can also bring to light future plans and aspirations. Since an interview insinuates that the employer has already received and read the resume, a cover letter isn’t necessary to bring to the interview.

How do I explain the reason for leaving a previous employer?

I’m probably 100% accurate when I say there isn’t an interviewing professional in the world that would recommend saying something negative about a previous employer. With this said, it’s important to look positively upon leaving a past employer — regardless of whether it was your decision, theirs, or both. Employers understand that not all marriages last, so employees don’t generally commit to employers for a lifetime. Leaving an employer can be explained using clauses such as “the position didn’t have room for growth” or “I felt my capabilities were being underutilized so I felt it was best that I seek employment elsewhere.” After making a statement containing one of these clauses, I would then focus on the assets you’ll be bringing to this employer.

What is your least favorite job duty?


Questions that demand a negative answer tend to corner interviewees. A least favorite job duty can cover mundane, every-day duties like filing. I recommend mentioning a job skill that will not be required (or on a limited basis) of the position you’re interviewing for. For example, an electrical engineer might say, “I tend to have problems copying because copiers love to jam up on me.” (… let out a little chuckle to show the interviewer you have a sense of humor)

Devise a statement that answers the interviewers question, yet doesn’t reflect negatively upon your abilities to perform the position.

Thank-you letter for the 2nd interview?

A thank-you letter is just that, a way of thanking the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you. A letter is important for all interviews, especially if you met with another interviewer — possibly a panel or lunch interview where several company reps were present. Use different stationery for the second letter.

How would your colleagues describe you?

It’s difficult to speculate on what colleagues would say truthfully, making it challenging to answer this question. Of course, you can answer a number of different ways as long as you answer it honestly and without negativity. Focus on your strong work ethic.

Source: interviewstrategies.com

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Geologist Vacant Position at Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC),  

Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC), a Korean State-Owned Oil Company, which operating 3 (three) blocks in Indonesia, is seeking qualified employees for the below positions:

1. Geologist (Code: GEO)

Requirements:

  • Hold minimum S1 degree in related field / Master degree in geologist or related degree
  • Experience in petroleum industry, at least 7 years in related field
  • Understand basic e-log interpretation and basic log calculation
  • Familiar with geological mapping software
  • High proficiency in English communications both oral and written
  • High level of communications and interpersonal skills
  • Self-discipline, physically fit with good medical record
  • Willing to work under pressure in various remote areas throughout Indonesia

2. Senior Geophysicist (Code: SR-GEOPH)

Requirements:


  • Hold minimum S1 degree in related field
  • Having more than 15 years experience in oil and gas industry
  • Expertise with 2D/3D (Landmark) Software
  • Experience in 3D Interpretation
  • Strong communication & good team work skill
  • Experience with carbonate reservoirs
  • Strong geophysical skills in exploration, appraisal and development
  • High proficiency in English communications both oral and written
  • High level of communications and interpersonal skills
  • Self-discipline, physically fit with good medical record
  • Willing to work under pressure in various remote areas throughout Indonesia

3. Operation Geophysicist (Code: OP-GEOPH)

Requirements:
  • Hold minimum S1 degree in related field
  • Having minimum 7 years experience in geophysical operation
  • High proficiency in English communications both oral and written
  • High level of communications and interpersonal skills
  • Self-discipline, physically fit with good medical record
  • Willing to work under pressure in various remote areas throughout Indonesia

Please send your CV in English with a recent photograph (quoting the position code on the left hand corner of the envelope) to:

Korea National Oil Corporation
Attn. General Affairs Department
Gedung BRI II, Fl. 17th Floor
Jl. Jend. Sudirman No. 44-46, Jakarta 10210
or
Email: asye@knoc.co.id

Dateline: September 16, 2007

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General Tips To Overcome An Interview  

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So what if you are not a mountaineer. Or a keen hiker. You still cannot treat your interview like a careless morning trot along a jogger's path. Your jaw-jaw at the interview table is nothing less than a cautious climb up a mountain trail--which begins around your early childhood and meanders through the years at the academia before reaching a new summit in your career. And as you retrace your steps down memory lane make sure that you post flags at important landmarks of your life and career, so that you can pop them before the interview panel scoops them out of you. You don't want to be at the receiving end, do you?

Face the panel, but don't fall of the chair in a headlong rush-and-skid attempt to tell your story. Take one step at a time. Here are a few preparation tips from the Team of Freshersworld.com that books on interviews sometimes overlook. Remember, as a fresher you do not have anything to loose but to gain.

TYPICAL QUESTIONS THAT AN INTERVIEWER WOULD ASK

1.Tell me about yourself
The most often asked question in interviews. You need to have a short statement prepared in your mind. Be careful that it does not sound rehearsed. Limit it to work/Study-related items unless instructed otherwise. Talk about things you have done well at your college and how you wanted to perform in the first job.

2. Why Should We Employ You?
For this question, your answer should list out strengths that you feel are relevant to the job. Given below are some answers which could help you with your answers. However, structure them to suit your requirements.

I have good co-ordination skills
Good analytical skills
I can persuade people to see my point of view, and get the work done
My greatest asset is my ability to motivate people
Even during emergencies, I do not loose my cool
I have good entrepreneurial skills
I have consistently met my deadlines and targets
Can say “no” to people when required to do so!
I am very co-operative with my sub-ordinates, and would like to see them grow
I am a good team player
I am very flexible, and have the ability to work hard under difficult work conditions
I have the experience and knowledge relevant to this job (Here, give appropriate details and examples)

3. Do You Have Offers From Other Companies ?


This is of course a difficult question to answer. Obviously, you must have applied to other companies if you are looking for a job or would have some offers from other companies already. Therefore, do not lie that you have not. However, you are on thin ice here! The interviewer could be checking your honesty. On the other hand, he/she may also be trying to find out how focused you are - are you applying randomly, or is there a well-planned strategy?
Whatever your answer, it should match your career goals.

4. What Salary Are You Expecting?
Try not to get into salary details early in the interview. If pressed, you could say that it all depends on the job, and would like to talk about it after a job offer. Say this in a convincing tone. In case you are asked this question in your latter interviews, give a direct answer. Do not sound apologetic while quoting the figure you have in mind.

SALARY EXPECTATIONS :

1. How much do you expect?
If you have done your homework, you would know how much other people in similar jobs are paid. Quote the range upfront.

2. How much do you think you are worth?
Work out how much you should be paid, given the market value of the job and your skills. If you can bring some extra skills to the table, do not hesitate to ask for more than the market value.

3. What kind of a culture are you comfortable with?
It is better to be frank about your preferences. Your interviewer will get a clear idea about your expectations.

4. Which is more important to you-salary, perks or growth opportunities?
This one will reveal the real you. So be sure what you are going to say. Above all, be true to yourself. If you think this is a negotiation move, then say clearly that you will never sell yourself short.

5. What do you know about our company?
Do not give your opinions about the company. Stick to reported facts that you have gathered from newspapers and so on. Talk about the product portfolio, size, income, and market perceptions of the company. Also it is better to refer details about each company before going for the interview from Freshersworld.com or PlacementWeek.com

6. Why should we choose you over someone else?
Talk clearly about problems that you have solved in your College/Project Team and highlight the quality required.

6. Your qualifications are excellent, but you may be overqualified for the position we have to offer?
Point out that more experience can never be a drawback. If you are multi-skilled, then highlight the fact that a company on the fast-track needs multi-skilled people. It needs people within different departments to work together. Also emphasise that the company's future growth will be an exponential function of your experience.

QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK :

Interviewers usually round off by giving you an opportunity to ask questions. Treat it like a welcome opportunity.
You could ask questions like.

  • Tell me about your company.
  • Now that I have outlined my career goals, do you think you can offer me the opportunities I need?
  • What kind of training and learning can I expect in your company?
  • Describe the work culture and the management style of your company?
  • What is the long-term vision of your company?

As a fresher, current position and status can impact the way you are interviewed. Fresh Out of College

The basis on which you will be judged is your academic background, family background, and interests.
If looking for your first job, ensure that your previous experience, even if it is part-time, is noticed.
Mention projects or responsibilities you may have undertaken. This will indicate your area of aptitude.
You should be willing to put in regular hours, in line with the company's policies. The interviewer needs to know whether you can be punctual and put in full-time work.
In case you have applied for the post of management trainee, you should display an ability to adapt, and indicate all-round interests. Moreover, you should have good interpersonal skills.
You should be enthusiastic to learn, and show commitment towards the organization, as the company will be spending a lot on your training.

Bring with you :
a) Copies of your resumes
b) References and letters of recommendations.

First Impressions :
There is a common saying that minds are made up within the first 5 minutes of an interview. So keep in mind these important first impression indicators. Walk in the door as if you already work there, carry yourself as though you feel perfectly comfortable with the situation. Arrive on time or a little early. In the waiting area, politely tell the receptionist who you are meeting and in a friendly way, ask where you should sit. Take slow, deep breaths to help you remain calm and focused. When introduced to the interviewer, have a firm, but not painful, handshake. Smile. Have good posture when sitting or standing. Introduce yourself in a relaxed, confident manner. Have a well-groomed, professional appearance. Project a feeling of confidence. Bring extra copies of your resume, some thing to write on and something to write with.

source: Freshersworld.com

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Jobs at Marine Industry  

A Multinational Manufacturing Company in Marine Industry Specialised in Deck Equipment, located at Surabaya are looking for potential candidates to joint our professional team as:

1. Project Engineer

Requirements:

  • Male
  • Minimum age 28 years old
  • Hold S1 degree majoring in Mechanical / Marine
  • Minimum 2 years experience in marine manufacturing
  • Good knowledge in marine equipment & Project Management
  • Good knowledge in ISO implementation
  • Fluent in English both oral or writing
  • Computer literate

2. Sales Coordinator (Posted at Jakarta)

Requirements:
  • Male
  • Age between 28-35 years old
  • Hold S1 degree majoring in Mechanical Engineering
  • Minimum 2 years experience in sales administration
  • Good knowledge in ISO implementation
  • Fluent in English both oral or writing
  • Computer literate

3. Sales & Marketing Manager (Posted at Jakarta)

Requirements:
  • Male
  • Age between 35-45 years old
  • Hold S1 degree majoring in Mechanical/Marine Engineering
  • Minimum 3 years managerial experience in Sales & Marketing
  • Good knowledge in ISO implementation
  • Fluent in English both oral or writing
  • Computer literate

4. Factory Manager (Posted at Surabaya)

Requirements:
  • Male
  • Age between 35-45 years old
  • Hold S1 degree majoring in Mechanical / Marine Engineering with MBA prefered
  • Minimum 5 years managerial experience in manufacturing/marine/steel fabrication of multinational company
  • Good knowledge in ISO implementation
  • Fluent in English both oral or writen
  • Computer literate

Please send your application to :
PT PLIMSOLL INDONESIA
Jl. Kalianak 51 Q Surabaya
or
Email : hr@plimsollindo.co.id

Only shortlist candidates will be called for interview

Dateline: October 3, 2007

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English Instructors Vacancy at National English Centre  

National English Centre, looking for:

1. English Instructors For Adult (MEC Program)

Requirements:

  • Hold minimal S1 in any relative majoring English letter more advantages
  • Fluency in English Both oral and Written
  • Live around Bekasi especially : Cikarang, Cibitung, Bintara, Jatimulya
  • Learning and Teaching Process is a Hobby
  • Ready to teach in every branches we have

2. English Teacher For Teenager (ETC Program)

Requirements:
  • Hold minimal D3 in any relative majoring or College Student / min Semester 5
  • Fluency in English Both oral and Written
  • Live around Bekasi especially : Cikarang, Cibitung, Bintara, Jatimulya
  • Learning and Teaching Process is a Hobby
  • Ready to teach in every branches we have

3. English Teacher For Children (IEC Program)

Requirements:
  • Hold minimal DI / DII in any relative majoring or College Student / min Semester 3
  • Fluency in English Both oral and Written
  • Live around Bekasi especially : Cikarang, Cibitung, Bintara, Jatimulya
  • Learning and Teaching Process is a Hobby
  • Ready to teach in every branches we have

Send the application letter to :
NEC Main Branch Jl. Raya Jatimulya Blok D No.28 Bekasi
NEC Telaga Murni Jl. Telagamurni II Blok CII No.30
NEC Graha Asri Jl. Citarik Raya Blok A/I Cikarang Utara
NEC Cikarang Baru Jl. Kancil VII Bl E No. 112 Cikarang Baru
NEC Bintara Jl. Raya Bintara No.5 Rt 02/06 Bekasi
NEC Harapan Indah Ruko Harapan Indah Blk Ed No.32
NEC Alamanda Perum Taman Alamanda Blk E3 No.6 Bekasi
NEC Sakinah Perum Griya Timur Indah Blk C3/38

Dateline: September 19, 2007

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