Interview Tips from HR


Isn’t that great if you can have a mock interview with real HR managers before you attend a job interview? University students entering the ACCA Job Hunting Competition 2009 had such a precious opportunity.

The ACCA Job Hunting Competition allows students to experience a real job-hunting process, thereby enhancing their communication and interpersonal skills. In the semi-final competition held on 23 March 2009, 24 participating students from 7 universities in Hong Kong and the University of Macau went through a three-session job-hunting process.

Questions HR Ask

For the first part, they had to present a self-introduction in Putonghua and explained to the judges why they should be shortlisted to enter the final competition. Then, in an open discussion, they showed their communication, interpersonal and English speaking skills as they shared their opinions on the future career prospects with respect to the current economic downturn and how to prepare for their future career. Finally, each of them had to answer questions from judges. These questions are commonly found in job interviews, including:

  • What do you want to pursue in your career and why do you want to choose this field?
  • What have you learnt in your internships and how would you apply these in your future career?
  • How do you handle and prioritize different tasks?
  • Do you think you belong to Generation-Y? How would you prove to the future employer that you can add value to the company as new blood?
  • If team members are not cooperative, as a leader, what would you do?
  • What methods would you use to motivate yourself to do something you do not want to do?

First 90 Seconds

In the career workshop following the competition, Vinna Tsang, Manager of Michael Page Finance, reminded participating students that the first 90 seconds in a job interview is very important. It is essential to arrive on time, but not too early. “To arrive 10-15 minutes early is fine, but not 30 to 45 minutes.” She advised students to pay attention to their posture, tone of speech, and to show confidence, maintain eye contact in the interview. Tsang also reminded students not to read off details from CVs.

hr-tips2Career Aspiration

Before embarking on job hunting, students should find out their career aspiration and check out which job type is suitable for them, comments one of the four judges, Rita Wong, Senior Human Resources Manager, KPMG. “You should understand your own character and find out your strengths so that you can look for job types that are most suitable for you. To prepare for future career, it is important to have a positive attitude as students are expected to face economic challenges ahead. Make use of every opportunity to equip yourselves.”

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