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Setting Up for a Successful Interview

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Posted on April 30, 2013 by

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The other day, I had a little chat with Simpson, a college student and friend of mine, the evening before he attended an internship interview. Though of a different context, there are a few things that students preparing for admission interviews can learn from.

This is an interview that Simpson has longed for. Yet, strangely I did not see sparkling eyes and a high level of positive energy in him. He has in his head a great quote “I can accept failure but I cannot accept not trying.” In between the lines, I heard something like “Well, well, I will give it a try though I know I am unlikely to make it.” Doesn’t it sound familiar?

Come on, Simpson. Set yourself up for success (not failure) from the onset. You are invited to impress the interviewers that you are a suitable candidate who has the ability to do well. You have to believe that you are one. Give thoughts to find good reasons to substantiate that you are one.

Please trust me that all interviewers want you to do well in the interview and in the internship (or whatever you are engaging). So, they really want you to be able to demonstrate that you like the organization, you like such an internship opportunity, and you see good prospect for yourself. So, you have to first convince yourself of this. Your voice and your body language will honestly tell people whether or not you are genuinely interested in this internship.

Simpson added, “I will show my confidence, and more precisely hide my nervousness.” Again, why put so much emphasis on the nervousness. [Sigh!] In fact, if one gets well-prepared, one will naturally be confident, and nervousness will no longer be an issue. He went on by saying, “But, I got the phone call this very afternoon only.” Here’s my response: “Yes, I can understand. But all candidates got short notice. Should it be an excuse for not getting adequately prepared?”

My tip for you: Start preparing for an interview early. Don’t wait till you receive an invitation. Regardless of whether or not you will be granted an interview, you should prepare for it – the earlier the better.

Good luck in your upcoming interviews – be it for university admission or job application.

Betty Law
Associate Director, Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions Office, HKUST
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拗柴專家

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Posted on April 10, 2013 by

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有同事上週末拗柴(扭傷足踝),一拐一拐回來。作為拗柴專家,我很樂意和她分享我的經驗和心得。我一般會先以西方療法處理,即時用冰敷,再去看跌打。曾在陽明山遠足時拗柴,沒有冰,唯有在便利店買了兩罐冰凍汽水,在街頭即時凍療,好不狼狽。

每次拗柴,身旁人士(家人或朋友)總會問為何會拗柴?或為何經常那麼「論盡」?又或為何不小心點好好走路?

其實此時此刻,當事人(不論年紀大與小)只需要慰問和實際幫忙,而不是檢討事發原因、經過、或者責任。這些「避免再發生同樣事情」的訓話雖出於善意,大可以在事後冷靜下來的時候才慢慢講。

文憑試已開始了,相信同學的處境和拗柴的我差不多。不管已考的科目考得好壞,未考的科目是否準備足夠,此時此刻,同學們需要的正正是支持和鼓勵,需要大量正能量。

年青人可能表面酷酷(cool)的,貌似不需要慰問關心,其實心底總會緊張,或多或少總有壓力。在這考試關鍵時期,家長們請盡情表達關心之情,抱一抱、笑一笑、煲愛心靚湯、預備他們愛吃的餸菜、說鼓勵安慰的話……各適其適自由發揮,重要的是讓他們知道無論成績好壞,總有你的支持。

同學們,加油呀!

Betty Law
科大本科招生及入學事務處副處長
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