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August 12, 2005

Job hunting advice

It goes without saying that we all have a bundle of nerves before going to a job interview. Especially if we are just fresh from school, we will undoubtfully feel wet behind the ears about finding a job. Some experts suggest that the job hunters should take a practice run to the company where the interview will be hold and that will for sure release some stress.

Practicing questions for the interview is also a must-do. Job applicants can refer to some books about the dos and don'ts of job interviews and research the possible questions that may be raised during the talk with the interviewers. Memorize or rehearse them for several times but don't make ourselves like a robot.

It can be a plus if we dress for success. The interviewer wouldn't like to see us seated in front of him/ her dressing like a tourist or the one who is being rewarded by Nobel Prize. Between being overdressed and underdressed, there is a cut-off point we should know about.

During the interview, we should play up our strength but not build up ourselves too much. If we brag ourselves too much, we may be thought an unrealistic worker so that we will have less chance of being employed. Tell the interviewers about our aspirations for our job, and how we will see ourselves three years from now. The interviewer wishes to hire a spring chicken who is good at setting his/ her sights.

Besides, things like eye contact, speaking tone, body language and posture are also important for a job hunter. We should always remember the old saying that goes, "It's always better to err on the side of conservatism."

It goes without saying 不用說
have a bundle of nerves 緊張
feel wet behind the ears 生疏
take a practice run 先預習去一趟
must-do 必須做的
dos and don'ts 該與不該
dress for success 穿著得體
overdressed 穿的太隨便
underdressed 穿的太正式
cut-off point 分寸
play up 強調
build up 吹捧
aspirations 抱負
spring chicken 年輕人
setting his/ her sights 設定目標
It's always better to err on the side of conservatism. 保守一點犯錯

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