Career Skills Development Corner

Here are some tips you can use to find a job. 
Get ready for the interview and meet the new challenge!

Job searching skills

Writing a good resume is important, but you can’t neglect the social etiquette and interview skills when searching for a job. As a fresh graduate who gets an interview, how can you prepare to impress the employer? You can refer to the following job searching skills to prepare for a job interview and meet new challenges!

Preparation before the interview

  • Understand the background and current status of the employer or company, as well as information about the industry before the interview
  • Prepare personal information required during the interview, such as resume, relevant academic credentials, photos, etc. (depending on the information requested by the employer)
  • Bring a pen and appropriate stationery to fill in the job application form
  • Prepare suitable clothes for an interview and look neat and tidy
  • Practice mock interview questions at home and reduce errors during interviews
  • Find the route to the interview location before the interview
  • Sufficient sleep and rest

 

Interview skills and etiquette

  • Arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the interview to prepare yourself and create a good impression.
  • Check if you are groomed and well-dressed before entering the interview location
  • Be confident and wear a smile. Look at others’ eyes and greet the interviewer politely
  • Stay standing while walking into the interview room and sit down only when you are invited
  • Pay attention to your sitting posture with feet flat and do not put the hands cross on the chest
  • Concentrate on interviewer’s questions during the interview to ensure the answer is correct and stay calm
  • Look at the interviewer when answering questions. Keep your voice and tone as soft and calm as possible
  • Say “thank you” and “goodbye” to the interviewer at the end of the interview politely

 

Precautions during the interview

  • The interview clothes should be simple and tidy, and the makeup should be light, avoid wearing exaggerated accessories
  • Don’t look around when you talk, as it may make you look rude and disrespectful.
  • Appropriate body language can help to express your points and opinions, but excessive body movements should be avoided
  • Try not to play with your hair and avoid other small movements during the interview, which may make you feel nervous and anxious
  • Avoid answering too short or long, or even off-topic. Try to answer questions from the interviewer directly.

 

In order to understand the candidates, the employer usually ask the questions about the company’s position or personal information. The candidates can have sufficient preparation before the interview in order to answer the interview questions more confidently, thus having a higher chance of getting an ideal job. The following 10 questions are the popular questions during an interview:

 

1) Introduce yourself

Self-introduction is basically a question that must be asked during the interview. It mainly tests the communication skills of the candidates. The candidates can prepare the content of their self-introduction in advance and make it not too long or too short.

 

2) What are your strengths?

Candidates can analyze their own strengths before the interview, highlight their strengths that are relevant to the job and illustrate them with examples.

 

3) What are your shortcomings?

Candidates should know their weaknesses in advance. If asked about their weakness, it is better to admit your own and  explain further how to improve these areas.

 

4) How would you describe yourself?

Candidates can understand the culture and background of the company before the interview and compare them with their own personality to answer this  question in a more appropriate way.

 

5) Why do you want to apply for this position?

Candidates need to have a clear understanding of the requirements and responsibilities of the job and explain why you are suitable for this position.

 

6) Why are you interested in our company?

Employers may be curious about the reasons why candidates choose their company, as well as the enthusiasm of candidates for this job, so candidates can collect information about the company on the Internet before the interview.

 

7) Why do we need to hire you?

This question is mainly to test the ability of candidates to respond to the situation. Candidates can think about what they can contribute to the company and why they are suitable for this position.

 

8) What expectations and plans do you have for yourself in the next 5 years?

It is important to let the employers know about candidates’ future job planning. Clear goals and plans can often show the enthusiasm of candidates.

 

9) What activities do you like to do in your spare time?

Employers may not really want to know the interests of candidates, but through the candidates’ interest and hobbies, they canget some ideas about their attitude towards work.

 

10) Do you have any other questions?

Candidates can prepare 1-2 questions to express their enthusiasm and interest to the job.