If you were the employer, what would you look for in job candidates?
In the career seminar “How to Stand out in a Job Interview” of the ACCA Hong Kong Job Hunting Competition 2010, Terence Yeung, Managing Director of TACSEN Management Consultants Ltd, advised university students to think from the perspective of the employer who is looking for the most suitable candidates instead of the best ones for their companies.
“Find out what the company needs and look for personal qualities you have that meet their requirements,” Yeung said, advising students to conduct researches and find out the values and principles of the company.
Yeung said that in job interviews, employers ask questions in order find out the candidate who is suitable for the job. The following are the four questions that most employers would ask:
- Why do you want to work at our company?
- What can you do for our company?
- What kind of person are you?
- What makes you different from the others?
For fresh graduates, Yeung said that there is no need to tell the employers that you have no working experience. You can just tell how your past experience in school can contribute to the company. He pointed out that when talking about weaknesses and strengths, do not mention unforgivable weaknesses such as laziness.
After the interview, it is important to follow up by sending an email to thank the interviewer or by giving the company a phone call to inquire about the status of the job position.
In short, the tips on job interviews are: be prepared, answer “why you”, keep smiling, and follow up.
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