An interview is an interactive process for mutual assessment and evaluation of suitability for the job, mainly the interviewer assessing the interviewee. In a sense, the interview is the key to the success of the application.

Tips for a Successful Interview

Tips for a Successful Interview

Frequently Asked Questions in an Interview

  • Please briefly introduce yourself.
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What makes you choose to work in this particular field?
  • Can you give me a reason(s) which makes you so special that we should hire you among all the applicants?
  • What is your career expectation/objective?
  • What kind of jobs are you looking for?
  • What did you learn from your previous work experience and how can they help you in this job that you are applying for?
  • When you encountered problems in the past, how did you solve them?
  • What do you know about the job you are applying for? What are the responsibilities?
  • What makes you think that you are suitable for this position?
  • How can you contribute to our company if we decide to hire you?
  • Which factors would you consider the most significant when selecting your job?
  • Do you accept overtime work or irregular working hours?
  • What is your expected salary?
  • Have you applied for other jobs? What are they?
  • If your boss had a point of view or direction different from yours, what will you do?
  • How much do you know about our company?
  • What makes you desire to work for us?
  • How do you see the prospects and development in our field?
  • Which companies do you think are our competitors in the market? What do you think of them?
  • Do you have any life goals?
  • How do you see yourself in 3 to 5 years? What will you be doing then?
  • Do you have any plans for further study?
  • If a customer becomes dissatisfied with the service you or your partner renders and threatens to make a complaint against you, what would you do?
  • If a certain pack of the product fails to reach the customer on time as a result of your mistake, and your supervisor is unaware of it, what would you do?
  • Can you share with us a piece of news that you are concerned about recently?
  • What is your opinion on that piece of news?
  • What else do you need to know about me to make a hiring decision?
  • What are some of the difficult problems one would have to face in this position?
  • What are the company’s expectations for new staff?
  • What training opportunities are available?
  • When will I receive notice of the hiring decision?
  • Are there any promotion opportunities available for the successful candidate in this position?

Interview Preparation Checklist

To avoid missing anything, you should prepare your interview according to the following checklist:

Before Interview

  • Research information about understanding yourself and the applied position

  • Research industry background and company information

  • Prepare a set of questions that the interviewer is likely to ask

  • Think about the suitable answer for each question

  • Practice the interview

  • Prepare your questions to ask the interviewer

  • Familiarize with current social affairs

  • Review your résumé

  • Groom well (your dress, your appearance)
    (Ladies: dress or suit, stockings and high heels instead of sandals; tie long hair)
    (Gentlemen: suit, tie and dress shoes in conservative colours)

  • Prepare the documents that you need to bring along to the interview (e.g. CV, certificates)

  • Plan well on getting to the interview location

  • Prepare a writing pad for note taking

  • Go to bed early and ensure enough sleep

On the Day of Interview

  • Be punctual, better to arrive at the interview location 15 minutes earlier

  • If you need to fill in an application form, do it carefully

  • Be polite to all staff whom you approach

  • Greet the interviewer (e.g. Good morning/ Good afternoon)

  • Pay attention to your manner and follow the interviewer’s instruction

  • Keep eye contact and nodding

  • Respond in accordance with the language the interviewer uses
    (If the interviewer speaks to you in English, reply in English)

  • Smile, say goodbye and thank the interviewer before leaving

What to Do after Interview –
Send Thank You Letter and Follow Up

After the interview, send a thank you letter to the employer to show your appreciation for the interview opportunity and eagerness for hearing from them. The interviewer will be impressed by a good thank you letter, which may increase your chance to get the job. It singles you out from other candidates and shows your interest in the job. Furthermore, it is a platform to provide a better response to the questions you were asked during the interview.
Send an email or give a call to follow up with your application if you do not receive any reply from the interviewer after a period of time.

Practice makes perfect. Make an appointment with us for doing a Mock Interview or attend regular Mock Interview Sessions to enhance your interview performance. Details can be found through Student E-bulletin Board and our Wechat.

STEP 5 – Manage