South China Morning Post – Article 4 – Get A Good Pay Day

We are continuing to provide career advice in articles for the South China Morning Post each week – our 4th article covered how to handle the tricky art of negotiating a salary.

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SCMP Article 4 – Get A Good Pay Day

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South China Morning Post – Article 2 – The Interview Day

Our second career advice article was published in last Saturday’s South China Morning Post – this article looks at the Interview Day itself and some tips on how to make things go smoothly.

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The Interview Day

Ellicott Long – South China Morning Post

We are pleased to announce that we have been approached by Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post to write a regular column providing career advice. Starting from last Saturday, 18th May, we will be writing a series over the coming weeks aimed to help readers who are going through the process of changing position.

Please see the link to our first article below in this post and remember to pick up your copies of SCMP over the coming weeks to read our continuing advice series.

Link to article PDF:

Career Advice – 18/5/13

Opinion Poll: September 2012

*POLL NOW CLOSED – THANKS FOR ALL YOUR VOTES*

This month we are keen to gauge the expectations of candidates who have or are attending interviews. How quickly do you expect to hear back from a company? Is quick feedback really important to you or are you prepared to wait for longer? Please let us know by voting below and also by giving us your comments on the subject. We’ll report on this at the end of the month – our clients are often asking us for guidance on this and it will be great to be able to direct them to your responses so they can manage their feedback in the future.

10 Interview Questions to be Prepared For

We recently came across another post online which we thought was extremely helpful in getting candidates prepared for their interviews. With so many websites offering advice and sample interview questions, it’s often difficult to pick out the relevant information before an interview. This article puts things together in an informative and concise manner and when combined with our other articles on interviewing (please see our Interviewing Techniques Revisited post) should help candidates greatly in preparing for that all-important interview.

Original link to article here: 10 Answers You Should Know Before Your Job Interview

“Although no one can predict the questions your potential employer will ask, you can think about how you’d answer some of the commonly asked ones. Here are ten questions for you to consider and a few hints about how to answer them:

Tell me about yourself.

Chances are the employer doesn’t want to know how much you weighed when you were born, when you learned to tie your shoes, or how much you had to drink last night. He or she wants to know how you would fit into the company and what your relevant job experience is. You might answer by asking the interviewer what he’d like to know. Or you might talk about your education, the fact that you’re a team player, or whatever you think might be important to this particular company.

Why should we hire you?

Even though five people may be waiting outside, you need to sound confident, calm, and capable. Explain how your experience has prepared you for the job. Emphasize the qualities you think the employer is looking for, such as your outstanding work ethic or the fact that you’re a fast learner.

What is your worst characteristic?

Some human resource specialists suggest that you make a virtue sound like a flaw. “I tend to be a perfectionist,” or, “Everyone says I work too hard.” But others say these answers have become clichés. Mention a minor flaw, such as, “I think I’m too outspoken at times, but I’m working on it.”

Where do you want to be five years from now?

Let the interviewer know you’re looking for job stability and that you aren’t planning to use this job as a temporary stopping point in your quest for a better position. You could say, “I’d like to be employed in a small company like this one, where I can learn, contribute, and advance.”

Why did you leave your last job?

Never put your former employer or your co-workers in a negative light. Don’t blame them for your departure. Give a positive reason, such as you left to take advantage of another opportunity that was better suited to your skills.

Tell me about a problem you had in your life and how you solved it.

Be prepared with a short answer that shows you’re resourceful. “I really wanted to go to a private university, but my parents didn’t have the money. I went to a community college for two years, worked part time and saved my money so I could attend the last two years at the college of my choice.”

Have you had difficulties getting along with supervisors or co-workers?

You’d have to be a saint to have had no problems with the people you worked with. You might answer, “Nothing major. I try to get along with everyone.”

How do you deal with stress on the job?

The employer wants to know if you’re going to run out the door when things get stressful. Ask yourself if you thrive on working with deadlines or if you need creative time to function more effectively. Think about how you handle stress and be honest. “I focus on the work I’m doing,” or, “I make time to work out at the gym.”

What salary do you want for this job?

Rather than stating a definite figure, tell the interviewer you’d expect to get somewhere in the standard range paid for this position.

Do you have questions for me?

Always have a few questions. They show that you researched the company. Ask about a current issue the company is working on or how their recent layoff in another department affected company morale.”

Opinion Poll: February 2012

*POLL NOW CLOSED – THANKS FOR ALL YOUR VOTES*

We have a lot of candidates currently out on interview and thought it would be a good opportunity for us to find out what our readers expect to get from attending an interview. Are you just information gathering? Are you aiming to get an offer from every interview you attend? From the following, please select up to 3 which you feel are the most important things you are looking to get when you attend an interview – we’ll discuss the results, as usual, at the end of the month in our Monthly Update. No need to tell us where you are this month either as it’s a relatively generic poll which is perhaps less location specific than most.

Interviewing Techniques Revisited

As it is the New Year now and more and more of our candidates will be out there interviewing with our clients, we thought this could be a very good time to highlight some of our top articles that cover interviewing techniques. Whether you are speaking to someone by telephone, video interviewing from overseas or meeting people for the 2nd or 3rd time, our articles should have you covered!

Click on the links below to learn more:

Interviewing Basics – as the name suggests, this gives you a overview of how to prepare and be successful at interview

How To Interview SuccessfullyPart 1 and Part 2 – this goes into a lot more detail and forms the basis of any interview preparation we go through with our candidates

Telephone and Video InterviewsPart 1 and Part 2 – if you cannot meet the interviewer face-to-face then please make sure you read through our advice on how to interview remotely by telephone or via video (Skype etc)

If you are a recent design graduate then we have a 3 part series which not only covers interviews but the whole job application process – Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

And finally Some More Tips On Interviewing with links to other articles on the matter.

Of course, the interview is just the start of the process – make sure you know how to follow up after you have interviewed by reading our related post here.

We can provide tailored and specific interview advice for almost any scenario – if you have any questions as a result of these articles please don’t hesitate to drop us an email info@ellicottlong.com or leave a comment to this article. Monthly Update to follow next week!