New grads need to improve

By Angela Law, St Paul's School (Lam Tin)
By Angela Law, St Paul's School (Lam Tin) |

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I recently read a news story about how bosses are not satisfied with the way young people perform in job interviews. The story also gave examples of how teenagers fail at interviews, mostly pointing out that they are too shy, or don't take the interview seriously. The writer said that this led to a rise in unemployment.

I agree with the writer's views. These days it seems that people aren't too worried about making a living. I think this is because parents spoil their children, so the kids don't think they need to worry about their own future. They know that their parents will always be there to help.

Angela Law, St Paul's School (Lam Tin)

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Angela. It is true that in this part of the world, at this time, life is generally pretty easy for youngsters. Parents do seem to give their children the best they can afford, and compared to other places in the world, or other times in history, that is a lot.

But young people's failure to do well at interviews does not lead to a rise in unemployment. That's just not how business works. Job vacancies happen when a new job is created or someone already in the job moves away. There will be only one vacancy. That vacancy will be filled and whether or not someone does well on their interview will not change the number of vacancies.

There is a lot of preparation that goes into a job interview, and experience also counts. The most important thing you can do is learn about the job and the company and tell the interviewer why the company needs to hire you and no one else.

Susan, Editor