Re­cruit­ment and ori­en­ta­tion

Part 2

Jamaica Gleaner - - YL: FEATURE - HYACINTH TUGMAN Con­trib­u­tor Hyacinth Tugman is an in­de­pen­dent con­trib­u­tor. Send ques­tions and com­ments to ker­ryann.hep­burn@glean­


COM­PA­NIES USE var­i­ous pro­ce­dures when con­duct­ing employment in­ter­views. The larger the com­pany, the more for­mal the in­ter­view. The fol­low­ing points must be kept in mind when pre­par­ing for an in­ter­view:


Find out as much as you can about the com­pany. Your re­search will help you to form a pic­ture of the com­pany so you can ask rel­e­vant ques­tions dur­ing the in­ter­view.


The employment in­ter­view is usu­ally the first time you will be seen by a com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Re­mem­ber, stu­dents, that first im­pres­sions are im­por­tant.

A good in­ter­viewer will give you an over­all ex­pla­na­tion of the re­quire­ments of the job and of the poli­cies and ben­e­fits of the com­pany. You will be asked ques­tions about your­self, and you will also be given the op­por­tu­nity to ask ques­tions. Some ques­tions that you may be asked are:

Why did you choose to ap­ply for this po­si­tion?

What future pro­fes­sional or ed­u­ca­tional plans do you have?

What char­ac­ter­is­tics or traits do you have that you think make you the right per­son for this po­si­tion? Why did you leave your last po­si­tion? What do you think are your strengths and weak­nesses?

Why should this com­pany hire you? The in­ter­viewer will as­sess your ap­pli­can­tion ac­cord­ing to the an­swers given to the ques­tions. In an­swer­ing the in­ter­viewer, you should –

Look at the per­son who is con­duct­ing the in­ter­view and be cour­te­ous in giv­ing replies.

Avoid one-word an­swers but try to be pre­cise. Give hon­est an­swers. Show that you are will­ing to learn.

One of the most dif­fi­cult ques­tions to han­dle is the ques­tion of salary. Usu­ally, the in­ter­viewer will tell you what the com­pany ex­pects to pay for the po­si­tion. Oc­ca­sion­ally, an in­ter­viewer will ask you what salary you ex­pect. Be pre­pared for this ques­tion.

Very of­ten, an in­ter­vie­wee is in­vited to ask ques­tions of the in­ter­viewer. Even when the in­vi­ta­tion is not ex­tended, it is usual to ex­pect ques­tions from the in­ter­vie­wee. An­swers to the fol­low­ing ques­tions pro­vide valu­able in­for­ma­tion:

Are there op­por­tu­ni­ties for train­ing in the or­gan­i­sa­tion? Are there op­por­tu­ni­ties for pro­mo­tion? Is there a pol­icy of pro­mot­ing from within the or­gan­i­sa­tion?

What are the work­ing hours?


You should send a short thank-you let­ter to the in­ter­viewer as a courtesy. Avoid call­ing or writ­ing be­fore the de­ci­sion dead­line to in­quire about the sta­tus of your ap­pli­ca­tion. Af­ter the dead­line, it is ac­cept­able to call or write to ask when a de­ci­sion will be made, if you have not al­ready been no­ti­fied. This demon­strates that you are still in­ter­ested in the job.


If you are se­lected for the post, you will be sent an of­fer of ap­point­ment along with the con­tract of employment. If the of­fer is ac­cepted, you are re­quired to sign the con­tract and re­turn one copy to the or­gan­i­sa­tion. The let­ter of ac­cep­tance should be brief and –

Thank the em­ployer for his let­ter of of­fer­ing you the job. State that you are will­ing to ac­cept the job. In­di­cate that you are looking for­ward to work­ing for the or­gan­i­sa­tion and gain­ing new ex­pe­ri­ences.

Con­firm that you will be able to com­mence work on the sug­gested date.

There are, how­ever, times when a job of­fer has to be re­fused. If so, you should:

Thank the em­ployer for the of­fer of ap­point­ment.

Ex­press re­gret at not be­ing able to ac­cept the of­fer.

Here are some short-an­swer ques­tions based on the unit I have just com­pleted. 1. What steps should you con­sider when you are search­ing for a job? 2. De­scribe the ma­jor sec­tions of a ré­sumé. 3. What im­por­tant points should you keep in mind con­cern­ing the ap­pear­ance of your ré­sumé? 4. What is the pur­pose of a cover let­ter? 5. What ma­jor points should you keep in mind when pre­par­ing for an employment in­ter­view? Un­til next week, re­mem­ber the golden rule: study, study. God bless you all.

Staff mem­bers from FLOW stand with stu­dents at the Cum­ber­land High School where they ob­served the National Day of Prayer, which was de­clared in schools on Fri­day, Novem­ber 11.

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