Online Life & Career Skills Series 2: Projecting Your Best Self at Interviews

On Wednesday, 13th May 2020, IACT conducted an informative life & career skills session titled, “Projecting Your Best Self at Interviews” via Zoom.

The session hosted by Mr. Lawrence Chan, Chief Experience Officer (BAC Education Group), was attended by participants mainly students from the BAC Education Group. At the beginning of the session, the host shared brief highlights of the main areas of discussion i.e. pre-interview tips and making the right impact during an interview.

An important part of preparing for an interview involves self-analysis – “this way, you can build on your strengths and capitalize on opportunities while improving your weaknesses”, he said. Mr. Lawrence advised participants to focus on their answers to the crucial question – “Why do you want to work in a particular company?”.

In terms of resume writing, he emphasized the need to ensure that it “guarantees a response”.

He went on further to discuss the basic components of a resume – personal details, academic qualifications, work experience, technical skills, achievements and list of referees. “Your resume must be factual, well-organized, written in impeccable English and professional-looking. Submission of the resume is via e-mail. It is advisable to maintain a professional email address for job applications to avoid making the wrong impression”, he emphasized. Based on his experience, casual email addresses such as ‘hellboy@gmail.com’ would most likely create a negative impression on a prospective employer.

Next, the 4A’s (Appearance, Attitude, Ability and Activation) of an interview were also discussed in length. In terms of appearance, both male and female candidates are advised to be neat and dress appropriately (business suits and court shoes, etc).

“Ensure that you arrive at least 15 minutes before the appointed time. Be polite, positive and confident when you are speaking during the interview. Listen attentively and be prepared to answer questions about your work experience and show a portfolio of your work”.

“By making a good first impression with the appropriate body language and vocal image, you are sure to ace an interview and land that dream job!”, he added.