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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!

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.

Common interview questions

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.

Dressing up tips

Interview attire can be divided into Business Formal, Business Casual and smart casual. Candidates should understand the company background and the position they are applying for, and then choose the appropriate attire. Below are some examples of Business Formal, Business Casual and Smart Casual:

Business Formal

Applicable Industry: Professional / Civil Service / Financial Enterprise / Hotel, et

Business Formal is the most appropriate and traditional interview attire for traditional companies or professional jobs. Choosing black, white, dark blue or dark grey is the most suitable ton

Business Formal – Men
  • Collar shirts, trousers, suit, tie, belt, dark socks and leather shoes.
  • Tie should not be too wide or too narrow. The style and colour should not be too fancy.
  • Socks should be long enough to cover your ankle.
  • Leather shoes
Formal Business – Women
  • Shirt, skirt, suit coat, business dress and silks stockings
  • High-heels

Business Causal

Applicable Industry: Marketing / Public Relation, etc.

Employees of IT, design as well as marketing generally dress freely, so business casual outfit is more likely to be recommended. Business casual can be understood as “half suit,” which means wearing only a shirt and trousers with or without a tie, or changing one or two elements of a suit to leisure, such as changing trousers to dark jeans.

Business Causal – Men
  • Shirt, dark jeans (suit jacket / dark jacket can be added), tie
  • Leather shoes
Business Causal – Women
  • The style of suit coat and shirt can be varied.
  • Simple high-heels or flat shoes

Smart Causal

Applicable Industry: Arts/ Social Work/ Engineering/ Information Technology etc.

Smart casual wear is a kind of “decent” casual wear without a standard.

Smart Causal

Although smart casual wear has greater freedom of matching, there are a few things to be aware of:

  • avoid wearing too bright colours
  • not to have too many accessories
  • men should not wear shorts and women should not wear shorts or miniskirts
  • do not wear sandals

Other dressing tips

  • Cosmetics and perfume: Light makeup
  • Handbag or briefcase: Dark colours handbag and briefcase are appropriate.
  • Accessories: Do not put on too many accessories.
  • Nail: Keep your fingernail clean. Avoid to use too bright nail polis
  • Hair style: Simple and natural hairstyle with natural colour.

Students' Profiling

A decent profile is important as it is the first chance you get to make a good impression on a potential employer. A decent profile will increase your chance of getting a face to face interview, so it is worth spending time and effort on creating your own profile.