Pace holds key at interviews

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 April, 2011, 12:00am


It is essential to pace your speech and let your positive attitude and sincerity shine through at job interviews, say judges of the ACCA Hong Kong Job Hunting Competition's semi-finals.

Bocco Chen, recruitment and human resources manager at L'Oreal Hong Kong, says job applicants need to maintain a good pace in their speaking. Pausing from time to time will help them organise their thoughts and emphasise a point. 'They should not speak too fast, especially when they are nervous,' he says.

Jovy Wong, associate director for the Greater China team at Ernst & Young, says being at ease helps a lot. 'We look for good interpersonal and communication skills at interviews,' she says. 'We want to see how well candidates can articulate their viewpoints.'

Many recruiters appreciate sincerity, says Georgiana Tso, vice-president for recruitment, human resources at DBS Bank (Hong Kong). 'Be yourself and do not say things for the sake of impressing the interviewers. Integrity and honesty are the important traits we seek.'

'Candidates should be able to outline their career plans for at least the next two years,' says Alice Wong, financial controller at City Telecom (HK). 'We expect them to carefully think ahead. We want to see if their goals match the company's future direction.'

Candidates must know how to point out their achievements without sounding boastful. 'Many job applicants list their achievements in the reume. Some companies may want candidates to elaborate on them just to have a better picture of their personality,' says Anthony Tsang, audit partner at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.

Kammy Ip, a partner at BDO, says listing achievements can grab the interviewers' attention and prompt them to ask further questions that may give a candidate an edge.