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How can I get more information about a particular career?
Search the Web or Occupational guides which will give you information about the different careers. Also, you can visit career fairs and industrial sites to find out about the various career options.

How do I go about getting information about companies?
While it's much easier to research public companies than private companies, you can easily find information on just about all companies. Start with each company’s Website. where you should be able to find corporate information, annual reports (for public companies), marketing and product information, and more.

Why is it so important?
The recruiter will ask each job-seeker, “So, why do you want to work for our company?" How would you know how to answer that and whether you wanted to work for a certain company unless you know their product line, their corporate culture and their values?

What would make you successful in an interview?
The most important elements related to success in job interviews is research and preparation. The more you know about the type of interview you will face the better equipped you’ll be for it.

So how should I best prepare for job interviews?
You can best prepare yourself for an interview by researching the company, practicing your responses. Remember that a job interview is a sales call; you have to actively sell yourself to the employer from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave. Researching the employer is vital. In the job interview, and within the context of most of your answers to interview questions, you’ll want to showcase your knowledge of the employer and relate yourself to the employer. Give intelligent responses rather than rambling answers. Never say anything negative about previous employers or bosses and always spin any negatives or weaknesses into positives.

How to dress for an interview? Does it really make a difference how you dress and act?
In many cases, it does. Appearances matter! Dress your best for the interview, regardless of the dress code at the organization. If you're in doubt about how to dress for an interview, it is best to err on the side of conservatism. It is much better to be overdressed than underdressed. According to Kim Zoller, 55% of another person's perception of you is based on how you look

Women

  • Solid colour, conservative suit
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Moderate shoes
  • Limited jewellry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Tan or light hosiery
  • Sparse make-up & perfume
  • Manicured nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase

Men
  • Solid colour, conservative suit
  • White long sleeve shirt
  • Conservative tie
  • Dark socks, professional shoes
  • Very limited jewellery
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Go easy on the aftershave
  • Neatly trimmed nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase
  • Writing Thank You Letters

Writing a thank you letter, or thank you email, after an employment interview is a must. In fact, some employers think less of those interviewees who fail to follow-up promptly. Plan to send out your thank you letters as soon as possible (preferably within twenty-four hours) after your interview.

Information source: Ma Foi Management Consultants Limited
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