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					25 COMMONLY ASKED INTERVIEW QUESTIONS                                         the archipelago, who embodies the values and principles Dr. Rizal          honor and life. They should continue to uphold freedom at all costs,
Early background                                                              typified, has the capabilities of surmounting the seem-to-be               maintaining a forbearing and indulgent attitude towards their
1. What do you consider to be your most important accomplishments             unsurpassable struggles which plague the different areas of national       fellowmen and giving value in the sector of education which is
while                                                                         life.                                                                      indispensable in transforming one’s character. Just like Rizal, the
growing up and why?                                                           The national hero had never forgotten of conversing about the youth        young leaders must promote social justice and balance the social
2. What important values did you acquire during the early years?              which he resolutely deemed to be the succeeding builders of the            order as they emerge in the fast-paced changing society.
Education                                                                     country’s edifice. His love for the youth is beyond compare as             Youth of today… Be inspired. Be involved. Be empowered. Be like
 3. How did your education prepare you for your current career?               substantiated in almost all of his writings and actions. He explicated     Rizal!
 4. What kind of student were you?                                            through his masterpieces the imperative role of the youth in building      0---------------------------------------
 5. What were your favorite courses? Why?                                     the nation and in molding the country’s future. In El Filibusterismo,      This is a very disheartening experience and it keeps on existing at
 6. How did you make use of your spare time?                                  Rizal, appealed to the youth of all generations. Through the character     present. The youth of the land who are supposed to be the hope of
Work Experience                                                               of Padre Florentino, Rizal proclaimed:                                     tomorrow are just around the corner begging. In fact, some of them
7. How did you select your career? Who influenced you most in your            Where are the youth who will consecrate their golden hours, their          wander along the streets of the cities and towns sniffing rugby and
decision?                                                                     illusions, and their enthusiasm to the welfare of their land? Where are    some are in factories working. Does this mean that the asset of a
 8. Of past positions you have held, which did you like most (or              the youth who will generously pour out their blood to wash away so         growing nation becomes the country’s greatest liability?
least)? Why?                                                                  much shame, so much crime, so much abomination? Pure and spotless          Good Heavens! What happened to the Filipino youth? Where are they
 9. What were the events that led to your departure from your last            must the victim be that the sacrifice may be acceptable! Where are         heading for? How swift time flies! How fast the days go by! Yet, the
position?                                                                     you, youth, who will embody in yourselves the vigor of life that has       youth of today are vulnerable targets and hostages to the
10. If we were to contact your most recent boss as a reference, what          felt our veins, the purity of ideas that has been contaminated in our      consequences of the fast changing world, of virtual reality, of the
would                                                                         brains, the fire of enthusiasm that has been quenched in our hearts!       decadence of morality, and the onset of spiritual decay. As
he/she say about you?                                                         We await you, O youth! Come, for we await you!                             technological advancements mushroom, the Filipino youth is exposed
11. Do you work well under pressure?                                          Undoubtedly, the Filipino youth – the new Rizals – are the hope of the     to greater challenges most of which uproot the solid foundation of
12. How did you get along with your co-workers?                               nation. It is their hands that would inscribe the next chapters of the     values and virtues.
Personal Effectiveness                                                        country’s history. The glorious victory or the tragic defeat that the      Could there be a deterrence to all of these and eventually transform
13. How would you describe yourself?                                          nation might encounter in the future is all set forth by the actions of    the Filipino youth into formidable forces in nation building?
14. What adjectives would others use to describe you?                         these young people who are accorded the greater responsibilities of        Yes. Despite the difficulties and failures at the moment, despite the
15. What are your three greatest strengths?                                   contriving monumental changes towards national advancement and             trials and frustrations of the present, I still believe that one day the
16. What is your greatest weakness?                                           welfare.                                                                   youth of today will heed the challenge for a better Philippines and
17. In your career to date, what would you consider to be your one            The Philippines is fleeting with a myriad of new Rizals who possess        transform themselves as oases of abundance and responsibility
greatest                                                                      the values and virtues as fashioned by the great national hero. These      bringing this humble country to its most longed glory. I think that we
achievement?                                                                  young people across the nation shall be molded into great servant          have a very estranged juvenile populace at present because they are
18. Have you ever been fired or asked to resign?                              leaders who will bravely face all obstacles in all sectors. Young          deprived of opportunities to prove themselves.
19. Can I see examples of your work?                                          Filipinos should be like Elias, a character in Noli Me Tangere, who        Given the best opportunities and wholehearted support, I believe
General Questions                                                             symbolizes the people’s awakening, their response and revolting            that the Filipino youth have the power to make it happen. In their
20. Why are you interested in working for this company?                       against the tyranny of the Spanish colonialists. The Elias of today        hands, indeed, lies the future of this country. They need not to be
21. Why are you looking to change careers?                                    equates the new young emerging leaders!                                    Manny Pacquiao in the boxing world. They need not to emulate
22. How do you account for the gaps in your employment history?               The new Rizals should surface among the Filipino youth of today.           Paeng Nepumoceno in international bowling. They need not to be
23. What do you think about traveling?                                        These young emerging leaders should look into their hearts and carry       Gian Carlo Dapul in his successful feat in winning the most coveted
24. What salary/benefits are you looking for?                                 on the living flame Rizal once illuminated in his time. Despite of the     English Speaking’s Union International Public Speaking Competition
25. Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?                       endless afflictions, innumerable upheavals that the nation is facing at    in London.
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"Youth are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but also the partners of         burning passion in contriving dynamic innovations towards rebuilding
today. ’’                                                                     the country. The divine fire of servant leadership as exemplified by
As scholars have stated, "time is not evaluated by what has been              Rizal, should never burns out from the youth’s fortification in order to
harvested, but what has been planted". The government and society             develop all sectors of the civilization towards achieving national
at large have equal responsibility to provide the youth with suitable         prosperity and universal harmony.
grounds and thereby bringing about a matured and responsible                  Dr. Jose Rizal is indeed an epitome of an exemplary leadership, who
population for the coming generation to lead a better life. As such the       emerged among the young people of his time, who was aware of his
establishment of the a Department of State for Youth, the                     potentialities, who desired to make a difference in his country and
development of a comprehensive National Youth Policy, the                     worked in building his nation. Just like him, the youth of today, the
establishment of National Youth Service Scheme,                               new Rizals, should live up to what he has exemplified, to go behind
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The Filipino youth has always been tagged as the “hope of the                 and to be leaders of change.
nation.” This cliché is not new to everyone’s acuity. Dr. Jose P. Rizal       The new Rizals should possess fervent love for his country and
himself, in his firm conviction, emphasized that every Filipino,              fellowmen, promoting national tranquility and understanding among
regardless of their status in life can be a living Rizal only if they would   individuals and institutions in diverse sectors of the society. The new
integrate the blazing fire of leadership and love in their respective         Rizals should likewise embody the memory of the great heroes and
noble undertakings. Each young Filipino, living in the four corners of        make their brilliant ideologies of their own as they persist to value

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