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Preparation for Job Search and Interview for University Students

Ms Virginia Choi
Managing Consultant & Country Manager Tamty Mcgill Consultants International Ltd

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Are you ready to be an effective employee?


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What is it in the employers minds?


Do you know about yourself? How to equip yourself for Job Seeking?
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1. What is it in the employers minds?

a. Whats the person good at?

Can the person fit into the organisation?

Do I really need his/ her skills?

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Employable characteristics in the 21st Century


Self Management

Personal Qualities
- Flexibility - Adaptable to Change - Leadership - Effective Communication - Customer Orientation

Cognitive Capabilities
- Strategic Thinker - Analytical Reasoning - Creativity

- Functional Knowledge - IT Competent


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Technical Skills

2. Do you know about yourself?


A. Mental preparation

Theory VS Practice Efforts VS Results Interest VS Strength Job VS Career Attitude Ambition

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2. Do you know about yourself?


B. SWOT Approach

Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities

Threats

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2. Do you know about yourself?


C. Research

Job Market

Business Environment
Career Options

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2. Do you know about yourself?


D. Ask yourself

Am I realistic? Do I know my goals? Can I afford to choose? Why should someone hire me?

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2. Do you know about yourself?


E. Target

Industry Standing

Working Experience
Reputation as an employee People Philosophy

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3. How to impress the interviewers?


I. Preparation before attending interviews
1. Understand the background of the organisation e.g. business, strengths, mission, values, etc 2. Refresh yourself on the job that you are applying for e.g. position, job responsibilities, requirements, etc
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I. Preparation before attending interviews


3. Match the job yourself e.g. Why are you apply for the job?

Do you meet the requirement? How? What are the critical success factors for the job? Do you have them? How will you present yourself during the interview?

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I. Preparation before attending interviews


4. Some physical preparation
e.g. transportation arrangement, dressing, documents to bring, etc.

Prepare in advance and ensure you have sufficient sleep the night before the interview

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Our impression of people and things is based on

1% 1% 3% 11% 85%
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Taste Touch Smell Hearing Sight


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II. What are the common tough questions and how to handle them? 1. Competencies based interview
i.e. real-life examples

The Key: Be honest and dont make things up!

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2. Some Common Questions


How will you convince me to employ you? How will you contribute to our company? Why do you want to leave your existing company?

The Key: Be professional, never hard-sell!

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More tips for career mapping


Build your network Social and professional networking Find a good coach Mental and behavioral Develop international perspective Sense of creativity and curiosity

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Tools and Resources



Career Counselor Career Directories Career Exhibitions Career Talks Professional Bodies Resume Workshop Interview Workshop Friends and Relatives Companies (their employees and publications)

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Statistics Findings

Recruitment and Retention


Ranking and mean scores of attributes which Generation Y would look for when they choose/stay in a job Y
Working Gen-Y Y Monetary compensation and benefits Clear and achievable career pathway Non-working Gen-Y (degree holder) Y () Ranking Scale: : 1 = most important 5 = least important 1 = 5 = Non-working GenY (non-degree holder) Y ()

Ranking

Employers

Mean

Mean

Mean

Mean

1st

Monetary compensation and benefits Interests and fun

1.76

2.35

Interests and fun Monetary compensation and benefits Clear and achievable career pathway

2.47

Monetary compensation and 2.54 benefits

2nd

1.82

2.91

2.96

Interests and fun

2.79

3rd

Clear and achievable career pathway

2.29

Professional advancement

3.18

3.11

Clear and achievable career pathway 3.40 18

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Statistics Findings

Characteristics of Generation Y at Workplace Y


Top five adjectives respondents used to describe Generation Y at workplace Y5 Ranking Employers Working Generation Y Y Creative Self-centered Hardworking Non-working Generation Y (degree holder) Y() Creative Hardworking Energetic Non-working Generation Y (non-degree holder) Y() Creative Freedom Money

1st 2nd 3rd 4th

Creative Energetic Self-centered

Freedom
Flexible

Proactive
Energetic

Flexible
Proactive

Hardworking
Energetic
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5th

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