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Internship Interview Guide

  2. 2. <ul><li>To succeed in the interview process you must come prepared. You need to know: </li></ul><ul><li>What research to make before the interview; </li></ul><ul><li>What employers are most interested for in interns; </li></ul><ul><li>What are the most typical interview questions and possible answers; </li></ul><ul><li>What to ask employer during the interview. </li></ul>
  3. 3. How to get ready for a job interview <ul><li>Start preparing by </li></ul><ul><li>Researching the company; </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding job description; </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking about your skills and possible experience that can interest the company. </li></ul><ul><li>OUR TIP: Prepare at least 3 examples from real life experiences that you can relate to the company, offered position and required skills . </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>Position in Import/Export: Studied international trade and wrote paper about Chinese export policy; </li></ul><ul><li>Position where a Good communicator: needed: Previous experience as a volunteer at Children’s camp </li></ul>
  4. 4. Company Research <ul><li>Before the interview read the company’s website and </li></ul><ul><li>use websites such as goolge, linkedin, xing, twitter, digg, facebook to learn as much as possible about: </li></ul><ul><li>Industry, Product and Competition (what are the main products? is the industry growing or falling; who are the main competitors and what is the company’s position among them?) </li></ul><ul><li>Size (how many staff does it have, how many branches are there, in which countries or locations does the company operate?) </li></ul><ul><li>Ownership (what is the name and nationality of the parent company if it is a subsidiary?) </li></ul><ul><li>Recent events and News (what is happening in the field or industry or in the company?) </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes you will be able to research also: </li></ul><ul><li>Sales growth and Profitability </li></ul>
  5. 5. Skills that Sell <ul><li>While looking at the job description, required knowledge and skills, thing which from the following skills you might posses: </li></ul><ul><li>And think how you can prove them based on an example from your past! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Skills that Sell <ul><li>Prove by Example! </li></ul><ul><li>Question: Are you a team player? </li></ul><ul><li>Answer: Yes! I was in the school football team! This taught me how to be a team player and the importance of using everyone’s different skills and talents! Only like this our team could get further and win a game! If everyone did not work as a team, we would never be the best in the university league! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Skills That Sell <ul><li>“ If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” </li></ul><ul><li>Nelson Mandela </li></ul><ul><li>Think about what languages you know and to what levels. If the company has offices outside China, it can certainly help. </li></ul><ul><li>If you can say in Chinese ONLY Ni Hao and Xiexie, it is not considered as basics. In that case you are just genuinely interested to learn the language . </li></ul>
  8. 8. Interview Topics <ul><li>Prepare answers for questions which you think the interviewer may ask you. In particular, think : </li></ul><ul><li>of examples of your achievements in previous jobs or while at school; </li></ul><ul><li>of examples how you have managed any difficult situations </li></ul><ul><li>about your personal strengths and weaknesses; </li></ul><ul><li>how you would describe your own personality. </li></ul><ul><li>Use as many examples and your own ideas as possible. Your host company is interested to see what added value you can bring. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Typical Questions (1) <ul><li>Tell me something about yourself! </li></ul><ul><li>Even though this is an open-ended question: </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your answer to this job interview question to something that bears r elation to the potential job position you are seeking; </li></ul><ul><li>Talk about your personal strengths or something career or education related that makes you the most proud, et cetera; </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your answer short and r elevant ; </li></ul><ul><li>Be ready with the answer, a talent or something you did out of the ordinary. </li></ul><ul><li>DON’T: </li></ul><ul><li>Do not just repeat what you have given in your resume. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Typical Questions (2) <ul><li>Where do you want to be in 5-10 years? This has become a very common job interview question. </li></ul><ul><li>Describe your “dream position” in terms of a an industry, company size, responsibilities, career opportunities and country you want to work. </li></ul><ul><li>Try to incorporate positive traits of the job position that you are applying for into your interview answer. </li></ul><ul><li>DON’T: </li></ul><ul><li>Do not specify any job title; </li></ul><ul><li>Limit your response to professional goals. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Typical Questions (3) <ul><li>What are your strengths and weaknesses? </li></ul><ul><li>Be honest about your strengths. What are they and how do they relate to a career? </li></ul><ul><li>Strength Something what you can underline by Example </li></ul><ul><li>Example: I am a dedicated worker as in my last job I always completed tasks before the deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>The weaknesses part of this job interview question is sneaky. The job interviewer really wants to know your weaknesses at work. </li></ul><ul><li>Weakness Something that really is not a problem. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: I don't have as much related job experience as other applicants, but I am a quick learner. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Typical Questions (4) <ul><li>Why do you want this job? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you think you can fit into this company? </li></ul><ul><li>Why should we hire you? </li></ul><ul><li>Express your interest in the company profile (based on your pre-research); </li></ul><ul><li>Present your knowledge of the workplace environment (the department) you applied to; </li></ul><ul><li>Take one of the job requirements , then focus on one of your related strengths/skills AND give a concrete example (a success story) based on your past experiences to support your point; </li></ul><ul><li>Break the job requirements into fragments and continue in this manner. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the information crisp and relevant. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: You see that the company has not entered into the Spanish market and you are a native Spanish speaker : use this to your advantage. </li></ul><ul><li>DON’T: Do not repeat your resume and enumerate your experience states there. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Typical Question (5) <ul><li>What do you know about our company? </li></ul><ul><li>Have a research done about the company / organization; </li></ul><ul><li>Give just one or two reasons why you are interested. </li></ul><ul><li>You can add these points: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Company's reputation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Desire to join the specific field of interest. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What interests you most about the job? </li></ul><ul><li>Concentrate on the job description and express your interest in the tasks; </li></ul><ul><li>Concentrate on the industry and show relevance to your background, studies and interests. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Typical Questions (6) <ul><li>What can motivate you? </li></ul><ul><li>The Interview expects an answer to know you better; </li></ul><ul><li>Here are some of the main motivators: </li></ul>
  15. 15. Typical Question (7) <ul><li>Whom do you choose as your reference and why? </li></ul><ul><li>Name the references and how you know them; </li></ul><ul><li>Give contacts that you feel comfortable about. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Questions to Ask Employer <ul><li>Interview is a conversation, it is a two ways process, so while making research about the company, prepare also questions you need to ask your interviewer. These should be about: </li></ul><ul><li>The Job Description and tasks involved; </li></ul><ul><li>Remuneration and benefits; </li></ul><ul><li>Holidays ; </li></ul><ul><li>Product, industry and the company ; </li></ul><ul><li>Company culture , structure of the employees (Chinese vs. Foreigners; age; specialization), size of the office </li></ul><ul><li>Possibilities to grow and learn in the company; </li></ul><ul><li>Guidance and your Mentor. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>When and how will I get paid? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the day-to-day responsibilities of this job? </li></ul><ul><li>How much guidance or assistance is made available to individuals in developing career goals? </li></ul><ul><li>You should have interest questions about the company and qualification questions regarding duties and responsibilities </li></ul>
  17. 17. What to say in a Job Interview <ul><li>Relevancy- You should share any information relevant to the job profile. </li></ul><ul><li>A team player- Being a team player means a lot in today’s corporate world. Give an example! </li></ul><ul><li>Future plans- Tell them about any concrete ambition that you have. </li></ul><ul><li>Honest answers- Make sure that you are completely honest about your answers. </li></ul><ul><li>Give Examples and Give Ideas - This is the only way to differentiate yourself from other candidates. </li></ul>
  18. 18. What NOT to say in a Job Interview <ul><li>Saying that you are taking the job to improve your languages (English ) </li></ul><ul><li>Private Information - biggest mistakes that people commit in an interview is giving out private information when it is not needed, or even when it is simply not asked. </li></ul><ul><li>Your weaknesses - Do not confess to any weaknesses that may put you in a bad light. </li></ul><ul><li>Past problems- Another major problem is created when people speak about the problems that they encountered while they were in their previous jobs. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Job Interview Mistakes to avoid