Tips from Dr. Hamidah for successful job interviews

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UNAIR NEWS – When applying for a job, each applicant will be faced with several stages of selection. One of them is job interview. The question and answer process is usually the most thrilling moment as job interviews are an important stage in the recruitment and selection process of prospective employees to get to know the applicant’s potential or competence in detail. Therefore, all applicants must hope to pass the interview session.

Through a national webinar on Career Challenges Amid Pandemic held by Center for Career Development, Entrepreneurship, and Alumni Affairs (PPKKHA) Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR), Dr. Hamidah, M.Si., Psychologist, explains how to pass and control our fear during a job interview.

In the online event on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, the Head of Career Training and Consultation Division at PPKKHA UNAIR explained several ways that can be used to show self-excellence and be different from other applicants during the interview. The main thing that must be mastered is the communication style. We must use a comfortable, fluent style, without condescending tone in answering every question. Moreover, every argument must show a positive, coherent, and efficient mindset.

“Since the opportunity to speak in the interview is only a matter of minutes, you must use effective, clear sentences, and don’t make convoluted argument! Propose mindset which promotes solution, ” she emphasized.

The second tip, according to UNAIR’s clinical psychologist, is appearance. Dr. Hamidah explained that we have to show a smart appearance to convince the interviewer and show a proper attitude. It has to do with how to dress modestly when attending an interview session.

“You must know that the company often do not only observe your verbal communication, but also actual behavior. So, we must always be ready to be on the watch if every room is monitored by CCTV to assess attitudes in detail, ” she explained.

HEAD OF UNAIR PPKKHA Career Training and Consultation Division, Dr. Hamidah, M.Si., Psychologist as a speaker at an entrepreneurship seminar. (Photo: By courtesy)

Next, Dr. Hamidah explained that we must prepare a clear plan or structure that will be conveyed before doing the interview. There are several ways can be done, by starting to explain the topic of the problem presented, identifying problems using the SWOT, proposing solutions, implementing alternatives, and explaining how to evaluate them.

Furthermore, Dr. Hamidah mentioned that one of the methods that can be used to prepare before an interview is practicing to speak in front of a mirror. “Look and listen to the way you communicate in front of the mirror. Evaluate whether the speaking style is communicative, to the point, and understandable or not. The point is ‘Don’t give the interviewer the opportunity to reject you! ” she said. (*)

Author: Nikmatus Sholikhah

Editor: Feri Fenoria

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