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‘WAG GAWIN SA JOB INTERVIEW: HR experts discuss red flag in applicants

Experts have underscored several red flags in applicants during job or phone interviews, advising Filipino jobseekers to ditch these ticks to up their chances of getting hired.

In The Filipino Times’ live streaming on Facebook titled ‘TFT Usapang OFW: Oplan Hanap Trabaho sa UAE’, leading industry frontrunners tackled the importance of professionalism in job interviews, especially if the employer or HR professional is a Filipino.

Responding to netizens’ claim that Filipino employers are stricter, Cristina Calaguian—the founder of Dagaz HR Consultancy and Recruitment Company and The Filipino Times Awards 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year finalist—said that applicants should not get complacent just because the one interviewing them shares their nationality.

“The way you talk to other nationalities, ganoon din sa Pinoy. Be professional, hindi porket Pinoy ang nag-iinterview sa’yo, you become too friendly and act as if close na kayo agad. Don’t be too complacent,” she said, noting her experience with many Filipino applicants that constantly call her “Kabayan” whenever she talks to them.

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Nina Carpio, the Human Resources Director for Jollibee Foods Corporation in the UAE, and The Filipino Times New Media Personality of the Year 2018, meanwhile said she does not prefer applicants who are shy.

“Ayoko ng shy, ayoko ng maiksing sagot tapos sobrang takot na takot. A lot of Filipinos are very shy, like, one-liner lang lagi ang answers. I want somebody who is confident. “’Wag ‘yong one answer lang. Expound on your answer and give examples,” she said.

In terms of presenting yourself in video interviews, Calaguian said it is a no-no to use your phone camera.

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“Do not use phones kapag video interviews kasi nag-iiba ang angle. Dapat laptop or desktop. Of course, dress for the camera,” she noted.

Dr. Rex Bacarra, the Dean of General Education at the American College of Dubai and The Filipino Times Educator of the Year 2019, advised ensuring667 there is no internet interruption, and that your surroundings are not cluttered.

“Also, tignan mo ang interviewer mo sa mata with confidence. You should also look at your computer’s camera while talking,” he added.

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Jamille Domingo-Marasigan

Jamille Domingo-Marasigan gathers stories on a wide array of topics, particularly on the Philippines, UAE, Saudi, and Bahrain—which are published on The Filipino Times Newspaper, The Filipino Times Website, and The Filipino Times Newsletter. She also presents the news on cam in the pre-recorded daily broadcast of The Filipino Times Newsbreak—a run-through of the most important events of the day, reaching 5,000 to 20,000 views—to deliver stories to audiences inclined to audio-visual content online. For recommendations and story pitches, you can reach her at [email protected]

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