University Entrance Interview Tips

Summer is a busy time for exams and many will be eagerly awaiting their all important A-level results.

Many more will be hunting down a place at university. For the lucky few, an unconditional offer will have been given. These are few and far between though. Usually its a minimum set of grades to be achieved together with passing an university entrance interview.

Well, you may be sure of making the grade with your academic subjects but how about that all important interview? How are you going to outshine the other hopeful applicants? It's a long time until next year!

Good oral English is essential. As well as preparation before the interview. Firstly, find out the format of the interview. There are various types ranging from the traditional to more modern variants. If in doubt ask - preferably by telephone so they remember your name.

Traditional face to face interviews usually have two or three academic staff running the course you applied. These are perhaps the most daunting at first glance, but in reality they are not so bad. You do, however, need to prepare for the common questions. Do not be tempted to learn your answers off by heart though as this will appear too false and get you lower scores. Try to be natural and be yourself. And of course try to relax.

At the other end of the scale are group interviews with a round of discussions and mini-presentations, followed by minimum questioning by the academic staff afterwards. Only a short question and answer interview is done, as you will have been observed and assessed during your interaction with the other applicants. This is harder to prepare for, but is more realistic as it mimics the types of communication you will encounter during your course both with your professors and the other students.

Always ensure that you know everything possible about the university you are applying for and the course you are most interested in.

And remember the interview is a two way thing. It's for you to see if you really like the course or not; so don't be afraid to ask questions. But make sure the answers are not on the front page of the university website!

And remember to dress for the occasion. Don't overdo it but at least wear smart casual clothes. A tie for the boys won't hurt and something smart for the ladies. Of course I don't need to mention clean shoes. Remember also to turn your phone off during the whole time.

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Ten Top Interview Tips - Hong Kong

Are you thinking of changing jobs or looking for promotion in the coming year? Is it a long time since you had an interview? Are you constantly getting interviews but never getting the job? Moving ahead in your career can be exciting, but also a challenging process.

If you want out perform the competition then read ahead...

*Ten Top Interview Tips*

1. Get as much information about the job and prospective employer as you can. Read their website. Search on Google.

2. Improve your English skills and get interview practice by enrolling in an Interview Skills Course.

3. Ask yourself: "Do I really want this job?" and "Why?". If it is just for "more money" but you don't really fancy the actual job, then this will come over in the interview you may not get the position.

4. Update and revise your CV for each job you apply for. You need to customise it to the actual job on offer.

5. Be nice to everyone in the building. The person you push past to get into the lift may be the interviewer!

6. Understand the interview process. What type of interview will you have to attend? How many rounds?

7. Keep copies of the job advertisement and keep the CV and cover letter you sent in along with the job advertisement.

8. Be physically prepared. First impressions are key to success, so make sure you are well groomed and wearing the appropriate dress. Have a haircut and get your suit dry cleaned.

9. Ensure your body language shows your charming personality remember to smile. Eye contact is important as well, so don't look down when you are nervous.

10. Prepare some questions to ask the interviewers. When they ask "Do you have any questions?" you will be ready to show your interest in the company and enthusiasm for the job.

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Okay, up to now you have polished your resume, written an amazing cover letter and guess what? You have an appointment for an interview! Wow...and you you thought the hard bit was over! The next stage could make or break your chances of securing the job of your dreams. Most people have had an interview in their time but when was your last one? And how did it go? Like anything in this life, interview skills can be learned. With help from a good private tutor you can tune your performance to its peak so you knock the interview panel off their seats! HKEnglish.com provides intensive interview skills training in Hong Kong at reasonable rates.

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How to answer Interview Questions = Tips

Job interviews are some of the most stressful events in anyone's life. After all a lot of pleasure (or pain) over several years depends on it. Its an opportunity for experienced senior managers with decades of experience in their field to move up a notch (or two) and make it big time. You have set your objectives and spent hours preparing your CV and cover letter.

Off they flew and now... wow! You have an invitation for an interview. 9am. Monday morning. City centre... Thats stressful enough... but wait a minute. What will they ask you? What will you say? It's been years since you were at the receiving end of an interview panel.

Being prepared is more than just suiting up and turning up. Proper strategies and rehearsal is a must. And this is where coaching on difficult questions, with answers tailored exactly to your needs, is essential.

One to one coaching is the most effective way to get up to standard in any sport. And a lot more depends upon your performance in your upcoming 30 minute interview marathon than it does on any game of golf. So invest in yourself and sign up for "One to One Interview Coaching":http://www.hkenglish.com/interview.html

Interview questions... even the easy ones like "Tell me about yourself." can be a minefield if you are not properly prepared.

Cover letters for email job applications

These days over 90% of the job applications are summited via the Internet by email.

When summiting a job application via email many people do not bother to attach a formal covering letter. This is a big mistake!

You should _always include a cover letter_ as an attachment along with your CV or resume.

Even though your cover letter will probably not be read during the first round of selection procedures, it will be read by the selection board members / managers when you are short listed for interview.

These people will probably not get to read the contents of your email, and so sending along a cover letter will help you stand out from the other applicants at this critical stage.

Remember too to write a clear subject line with the word "application" and the job reference number. This will ensure your job application is handled correctly and read by the correct people.

The body of your email should include a short paragraph about your application i.e. "I am writing to apply for the position of xx ref number xx advertised in xx on xx".

You should also include a short paragraph about yourself, your skills and how you can be contacted. Do not write long paragraphs, though, as long emails will probably not be read. Bulleted lists are a good idea for emails, so use them if needed.

In summary, when you send in a job application by email you should:

*Write a clear subject line with the word "application" and job ref number

*Include a paragraph or two explaining your application and about yourself

*Attach your CV to the email

*Attach your covering letter to the email.

Good Luck! We hope you get the job of your dreams!

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A Professionally Written CV

Are you hunting for the perfect job? Hong Kong's economy is booming and there are lots of good jobs on offer.

The first thing you should do is get your CV written! Pull out the file from 15 years ago and update it with your current experience.....

Seems simple doesn't it? But do you know that one average a human resources guy will take only 30 seconds to read through a CV before deciding whether or not the candidate should be shortlisted? Companies get hundreds of applications for every popular post they advertise these days, so getting yourself noticed and past the first hurdle is very difficult.

Although business is booming, the number of good candidates is also increasing. The popularity of further education (professional and academic) means lots of people have MBA's and MSc's. Lots of people even have PhD's! So qualifications are not going to make you stand out from the crowd either.

For higher end jobs (Senior manager, executive director, partner and so on) you can use networking. But every time a friend refers you to someone with a possible job opening, the lead will ask for your CV.

What is more important is that for these executive level jobs your CV is likely to be read by a foreigner - an American, Briton or Australian - and they will be very critical about the standard of English.

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Want a better job?

Fed up of your job? Working long hours with no rewards? Want to find a better one? Has a promotion become available? All of these, unless you are very lucky, require a formal interview process to enable you to get the post.

For some this can be a terrifying and daunting experience. And a lot depends on it. Success in interview is something that cannot be guaranteed but with proper training you can rest assured that you can give 100% of yourself and avoid pitfalls on the big day.

What happens when they ask you a question that you would rather not answer? Or a difficult question that you just do not know the answer to?

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Dress for success at job interviews

Job interviews can be a daunting affair. After spending endless hours revising your resume (or using a great service like HKEnglish.com's resume writing service) you have finally obtained an interview for your dream job.

You have attended HKEnglish.com's wonderful Interview Skills Course to polish your performance and make you become the star candidate. On the surface you are top of the list - but what about when the employer actually meets you? What do you wear? Oh dear.... Well, don't worry too much. The key points to remember are conservative and formal.

Make sure your clothes are clean and pressed. Reserve your interview clothes for just that to make sure they are always ready for that last minute interview invitation. Men should wear a dark two piece suit with a white shirt, and a conservative silk tie - but not red which shows authority. And no Bart Simpson / Christmas tree ties either! Black lace up shoes (cleaned and polished) but never boots. Choose black socks, a black belt and take along a briefcase or a portfolio.

Women should also dress formally in a dark business suit. Never wear a dress. Smart business style shoes with sensible heels. Conservative tights - no patterned ones or fishnet. Forget your handbag and take along a portfolio instead (in a conservative colour - no pinks!). For both genders a trip to the hair salon is an excellent idea, but again avoid outlandish hair colouring. More conservative styles for women and clean cut for men. Also avoid wearing rings unless it's a wedding or engagement ring.

Men should remove earrings and women should only wear one pair. Nose and eyebrow rings are definitely out. If you have to smoke before the interview to calm your nerves then make sure you use a mouth spray but avoid candy or gum or you may forget to take it out before being called.

Top Tips For University College School Interviews Entrance

Application deadlines for many Universities, Colleges and Schools around the world are coming up – including those in Hong Kong such as HKU, UST, CUHK, PolyU etc
For the lucky few applying for university entrance, an unconditional offer will have been given. These are few and far between though. Usually a minimum set of grades to be achieved together with passing a rigorous university entrance interview.
You may be sure of making the grade with your academic subjects but how about that all important interview? How are you going to outshine the other hopeful applicants? It’s a long time until next year!
Good oral English is essential as well as preparation before the interview. Firstly, find out the format of the interview. There are various types ranging from the traditional to more modern variants. If in doubt ask – preferably by telephone so they remember your name.
Traditional face to face interviews usually have two or three academic staff who run the course you applied for. These types of interviews are perhaps the most daunting at first glance, but in reality they are not that difficult with proper preparation and practice. Do not be tempted to learn your answers off by heart though as this will appear too false and get you lower scores. Try to be natural and be yourself. And of course try to relax!
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Are you hunting for the perfect job? Hong Kong’s economy is booming and there are lots of good jobs on offer. However presenting yourself to the HK hiring managers in the most effective way is essential to your success,

The first thing you should do is get your CV written! Pull out the file from 15 years ago and update it with your current experience…..

Seems simple doesn’t it? But do you know that one average a human resources guy will take only 30 seconds to read through a CV before deciding whether or not the candidate should be shortlisted? Companies get hundreds of applications for every popular post they advertise these days, so getting yourself noticed and past the first hurdle is very difficult.

Although business is booming, the number of good candidates is also increasing. The popularity of further education (professional and academic) means lots of people have MBA’s and industry specific MSc’s. Lots of people even have PhD’s! So qualifications are not going to make you stand out from the crowd either.

For higher end jobs (Senior manager, executive director, partner and so on) you can use networking. But every time a friend refers you to someone with a possible job opening, the lead will ask for your resume..

What is more important is that for these executive level jobs your CV is likely to be read by a foreigner – an American, Briton or Australian – and they will be very critical about the standard of English.

What you need is a professionally written CV that can accurately convey your experience and knowledge in each specific area with perfect English.

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