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Common Interview Questions

When preparing for the interview, you should consider the frequently asked questions in interviews. Questions include personal background and information, understanding of industry, company and position, work motivation and ambitions, job-related skills and knowledge and situational issues.   14 Common interview questions   1. Please introduce yourself. The information you provide should be job relevant.   2. What are your strengths? Focus on skills and experience which are relevant to the job.   3. What is your weakness? Choose the easier way by mentioning just one or two weaknesses that have little adverse effect on the job you apply for and have no relevance to the requirements for the post. Talk from a positive angle when telling your weaknesses.   4. What are your hobbies and interests during leisure time? Focus on those hobbies and interests that are related to the job. Draw the attention of interviewers to your strengths and achievements.   5. Please tell us your work experience. Give examples to explain your job duties and support the achievements and experience you have attained. Talk about the training you have received and skills acquired, and relate them to the job you apply for (if you don’t have any work experience).   6. Why do you apply for this job? Explain the reasons why you are interested in the job, why you like to join the company and the trade. Possessing the qualifications for the job should be a possible reason why you apply for the job. Explain how the post and company suit your interests, your expectation and opportunity for further development.   7. What do you know about our company? Why do you want to join our company? Tell what you know about the company and the industry to show your interest and your enthusiasm. Collect and study information related to the company before the interview.   8. Are you willing to work shift/overtime or travel to and from the Mainland? Give a reply based on your actual situation, but don’t be preoccupied with your gains and losses. Indicate your willingness under reasonable circumstances unless you have practical difficulties.   9. Why do you want to quit your previous job? Why do you change your job frequently? Speak out frankly if you have any objective reasons to change jobs, such as closing down of the company. Don’t tell lies. Give positive reasons. Further development is a good reason for resignation, such as exploring opportunities for career development and learning new working experience and skills. Emphasize how the experience and knowledge gained from the change of jobs are relevant to the job you are applying for. Don’t criticize your former employers and colleagues when giving reasons for change of employment. Don’t show your dissatisfaction on the need to work overtime and the posting arrangements for previous jobs.   10. Do you have any plan to pursue further studies in the near future? Briefly describe your study plan, in particular those plans related to the post you apply for. Stress that you are willing to pursue study in courses that are relevant to the post you are applying for. Don’t exaggerate. Don’t tell lies.   11. Hypothetical questions:How would you handle a customer who makes trouble out of nothing? How would you handle conflicts between you and your boss/colleagues? Test your ability to respond to changes. Relate to the real working environment. Try to answer these questions by using professional skills and common sense gained from your past working experience.   12. Questions on current affairs, e.g. hot social topics, government policies, etc. Let interviewers know your viewpoints. Be rational and objective when expressing your views. Don’t argue if the interviewers don’t agree with you. Discuss the issue with them calmly.   13. What is your expected salary? State your expected salary if you have conducted a research on the salary trend in the market. Be flexible in negotiating with your potential employer by taking into account other factors like employee’s benefit, annual leave, training and promotion prospects.   14. Do you have any questions to ask? Grasp the chance to ask some questions which are related to the company and the post. Show your interest and sincerity for the job. Avoid asking questions on employee’s benefit.   Source: Labour Department (https://www2.jobs.gov.hk/1/0/WebForm/information/en/ig/jh_bc/page2.aspx)      

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How to Prepare for a Job Interview?

What is a job interview? A job interview is a meeting for the employer to see whether the job seeker would be the right person to do the job. It is a good chance for the job seeker to “sell” himself to the potential employer.   Preparing job interview If you meet the basic requirement of the job, you will be invited to attend the interview. Therefore, you should be well-prepared. Research the organization and job Know what the organization wants Evaluate your talents, skills and experience and to what extent you match their needs Anticipate the questions that may be asked Decide on the questions you might want to ask Rehearse the interview (if possible)   Types of interview Individual interview Group interview Personality Test Written Test   Dress code Be neat and tidy Be simple, appropriate and commensurate with the job you apply for and the culture of the company Don’t dress too trendy and colorful Men should be cleanly shaven Women should avoid heavy make-up and dressing with too many accessories   Items to be brought Resume Education certificate Proof of working experience HKID card Passport photo Job description Interviewer’s contact Mobile phone Pen   Types of interview questions Personal background and information Education Working Experiences Strengths and Weaknesses Interests Understanding of applied industry, company and position Work motivation and ambition Work-related skills and knowledge Scenario questions   Source Hok Yau Club (http://student.hk/site/?q=article/3494) Labour Department (https://www2.jobs.gov.hk/1/0/WebForm/information/en/ig/jh_bc/page2.aspx)

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How to Write a Resume?

What is a resume? A resume is a document to present your background, skills and accomplishments. It can be a promotional tool to communicate your values to the employers.   Tips for writing a resume A resume is a key part of your job application. It provides a first impression to the employers. There are some useful tips to help you write a good resume. Should present a positive picture Should “sell” rather than “tell” Should contain information that will interest employer   Features of an effective resume A resume is your personal advertisement to prospective employers. A good resume can help you to gain an interview chance from the employer. Sections ●     Correctly divided sections ●     Clearly headed and systematically organized sections  Layout ●     Easily readable and attractive layout ●     Appropriate length Content ●     Clear expression and accurate grammar, spelling and punctuation ●     Appropriate use of action verbs   What to Include on a resume? A complete resume should include the following information.   Personal Information Include your name, phone number, address, email and photo. It is optional to put your photo on your resume.   Education Describe your educational background and qualifications. Include the name of school, qualifications obtained (or expected), year of graduation (or expected) and major (or programme specialty). Remember to begin with the most recent or highest degree.   Working Experience List all relevant working experience, starting with the most recent job. Include the name of organization, department (division or section), job title, job duties, achievements and projects, what you have gained from the experience. Remember to use action verbs.   Relevant Projects List all relevant or significant study, research or work projects.   Academic and Achievements and Awards List awards or scholarships you have obtained.   Professional Achievements List all relevant professional achievements, qualifications obtained in professional examinations, memberships of professional organizations, etc. Begin with the most significant.   Extra-Curricular Activities or Volunteer Experience List all relevant experience that demonstrates leadership ability. Include the name of organization, position, job duties, achievements and projects, and what you have gained from the experience.   Skills List all the transferable, employability and technical skills that are relevant to the position.   Reference Write ‘available upon request’ or list referees, including the title or position, contact address, phone or fax numbers. Before you decide who to ask to be your referees, ask yourself what aspects of you do they know about and what positive comments will they make?   Resume sample Choose the resume sample best fitted for you. Follow the above resume writing tips to customize your own resume.   Sample in Chinese     Sample in English       Source Hok Yau Club (http://student.hk/site/?q=article/3493) Labour Department (https://www2.jobs.gov.hk/1/0/WebForm/information/en/ig/jh_bc/page2.aspx)  

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How to Write a Cover Letter?

What is a cover letter? A cover letter (covering letter or application letter) is a one-page document you send with your resume. It provides detailed information on your education level, working experience, and personal skills.   Tips for writing a cover letter A cover letter is an important part of your job application. But, many job seekers fail to write a suitable cover letter. There are some tips for you to write a good cover letter. Be persuasive Attached with a resume Must be laid out clearly and attractively Know your audience Respond to a particular advertisement Customized your letter   Cover letter sample It is better to write a cover letter for every job application. You should plan the content based on the requirements of the jobs.   Sample in Chinese       Sample in English       Source Hok Yau Club (http://student.hk/site/?q=article/3493) Labour Department (https://www2.jobs.gov.hk/1/0/WebForm/information/en/ig/jh_bc/page2.aspx)