Are you planning to find new experiences for your career?
If you follow my social media, especially LinkedIn. You must know I’ve been working as an HR and Operations Manager in Hangzhou. I went to Hangzhou in 2018 to learn Chinese and started my career in Hangzhou right after I manage to pass my HSK 4 test in 2019.
After working in China from 2019 under HR Department, I found some people failed their first interview because of minor mistakes. For example, they are not on time or they don’t answer the question.
However, if you want to expand your career in China, perhaps my tips can help you to succeed in your interview in China!
Despite the fact we can’t ignore some standards of preparation for an interview, such as arriving on time and doing company research, when you decide to have interview in China, there are several tips you will need to know that can help your further preparation.
I know LinkedIn is a popular platform that you will find everywhere – to get more information about job opportunities in China, you might need the specific platform in China or it will be great if you have friends in China who can give you extra help to get a better and faster result. You can check eChinacities or HiredChina for the similar job opportunity platform.
Let start from the beginning, replying to the interview invitation. I found many applicants reply to the invitation with too friendly words. Another important point when you decide to reply to the invitation email or meet the recruiter for the first time is to be polite and not too friendly. I understand, many of you know that Chinese people are friendly and warm, but showing too much emotion can be considered impolite behavior in the first meeting.
First, get to know the company.
Some people not take this as an important aspect, for me this is one of important things where you can get attention from the recruiter during the interview. Remember, research the company is important!
During the interview, sometimes I will meet potential candidates who don’t know anything about the company. It will make the interview run longer because the company has to add questions or make the interview go faster. After all, the candidate cannot give new insights.
Sometimes, once you know about the company, you will confident to give your perspective and ask a related question during the interview. So, you will stand out and give them a good impression. Have the knowledge about the company will help you to give answers they might expect. They will know you come to the interview well-prepared. When you decide to go for the interview, the HR team will expect you to be updated and be yourself too. Sometimes, you will get personal and technical questions to know more about your problem-solving skills or to know your creativity in developing an idea. Prepare yourself and don’t forget to read the news or have much knowledge about your related position.
Keep in mind during the first interview, try to avoid talking about salary. Since China is indirect culture, you can try to negotiate when you already receive the offer from the company – unless the recruiter asks you in the first interview. In my experience, we discuss about it after I passed my second interview (one of hardest interview for me).
Second, try to speak Chinese and be modest about yourself.
Are you learned Chinese? If you speak some Chinese or are better if you are fluent, make an effort to speak Chinese during the interview. It will boost your profile and make them well impressed and appreciate your effort.
#QuickNote. Most of the companies will speak Chinese during office hours and discussions, so speaking Chinese will level up your profile.
Try to prepare some related vocabulary in advance and learn some relevant phrases you might need during the interview. For example, you can start to introduce yourself, educational background, and achievement in Chinese if you put “Chinese” under your particular section on the resume. When you show your effort and your interest in the Chinese language and culture, recruiters always give it as a plus point for your interview.
During the interview, try not to talk too much about yourself. Try to get the balance between talking about your skills and try to understand what the recruiter wants to hear talk about.
Lastly, if you are planning to work in China, it will be better if you provide your resume in two languages and include your WeChat ID before you submit your resume to the company. #goodluck