- 1 Q. Tell me about yourself
- 2 Q. How would you describe yourself? How would a friend/a teacher/your last boss describe you?
- 3 Q. What do you do in your spare time?
- 4 Q.What are your goals?
- 5 Q.Where do you want to be in 5/10 years?
- 6 Q.What are your strength/greatest weaknesses?
- 7 Q.What two or three things are most important to you in a job?
- 8 Q.What led you to choose your field of study? Why did you choose this field of work?
- 9 Q.What motivates you?
- 10 Q.Do you have plans for continued study? An advanced degree?
- 11 Q.How do you determine/define success?
- 12 Q.Tell me about your previous role. What were your responsibilities?
- 13 Q.What did you enjoy the most/least about your last employment?
- 14 Q.What rewards do you look for in your career?
- 15 Q.Describe your ideal job?
- 16 Q.What would be your ideal type of organisation you would like to work for?
- 17 Q.Which is more important to you: money or the type of job?
Q. Tell me about yourself
My name is Kei, I have completed the Information Systems programme at Melbourne University, and I have worked as a sale/data analyst for three years at a retail store in Japan. At the company I was in charge of sales analysis and predictions there by using statistical software to boost their sales and profits. At the university, I was in charge of organising and completing various IT business projects as a team leader.
I am very good at communicating with people, committing to learning and having high professional standards. One of the main reasons why I went to school for Information Systems is because I was eager to develop my IT-related abilities, where I put all those skills to use. And now I’m looking for IT business analyst position to use my knowledge and experience that I have accumulated the past several years.
Q. How would you describe yourself? How would a friend/a teacher/your last boss describe you?
I'm a very thorough, efficient person. I make sure everything is top notch. I will compromise time for quality, whenever possible. I'm most certainly a perfectionist. This being said, it may appear to be a weakness for team tasks. And, yes, I prefer working alone. In truth, though, I can work in a team just as well, as a leader or a follower. And I'm a people person too. I always make sure discourse and bonding happen.
Q. What do you do in your spare time?
These days I’m so into providing consulting services to my clients such as translating Japanese books into English. I enjoy doing this because not only I can improve my translating skills but also improve my general communications skills through the practice.
Also, I enjoy reading, I read two to three books a week, about 100 books a year. I read various genres of books from general knowledge, documentary, autobiographies and so on, because I believe learning from various fields rather than a few particular ones would be better to broaden my view in the long run. Lately I read a book about minimalism, which guides how to live minimally to maximize your focus on what you really like doing. The book is fantastic because it forces a good hard look at everything in your life to see what is really necessary. Written in a 5-step guide, the authors provide their arguments point by point to show why a life purge is not only necessary, but vital. Unlike many counterparts, the claim is not to have less than 100 possessions or to get rid of your TV, but rather to be cognizant of where your time and money goes. I love that this is a book anyone can find value in. How I choose to follow the steps may be different from someone else, but we can both find improvement in our life. I think this will be very helpful even after I start working, because it will help focus on my work no matter happens, because I know what I should focus at any time.
Q.What are your goals?
For my short term goal, I’d like to be competent in where I’m working as soon as possible not to let the company make any loss of having me. I’m a quick learner and bringing profit to the company is always the first thing I try to work on.
For my long-term goal, I'd like to be with a company where I feel a sense of security and loyalty, and really enjoy coming to work and passionate about what I'm doing. I like that feeling that my contributions make a positive difference to the organization.
Q.Where do you want to be in 5/10 years?
I am driven to be the best at what I do and I want to work somewhere where I’ll have opportunities to develop my skills, take on interesting projects, and work with people I can really learn from. Some of the most innovative thinkers in the industry work here and that’s a big reason why I would love to build a career here.
Q.What are your strength/greatest weaknesses?
Strengths and weaknesses
I think of myself as an independent learner, but I can be too proud to ask for help. Sometimes it's more efficient to simply ask someone experienced to explain something: they might be able to explain in 10 minutes something that could take me a few hours to figure out on my own. Because I know I have this tendency, I've worked on recognizing when I'm not making progress figuring out a new task and that it's time to ask for someone to explain what I'm missing so I can continue with the rest of my work.
And, I may not know how to do everything 100%, some people may even be more qualified on paper. But I am resourceful and can use tools around me to overcome those diversities without being babysat.
For my weakness, I like to do a lot of research before I start a project because I prefer doing things right the first time. However, sometimes I delayed starting a project for too long because I'm worried I haven't done enough preparation: maybe there's an important article I've missed or I feel like I haven't completely mastered the subject. I now try to recognize that sometimes I simply need to start work and figure things out as I go along because book knowledge can't substitute for experience.
Q.What two or three things are most important to you in a job?
I want to be happy. I want to work in a job that I am passionate about, and for a company that respects and rewards my contributions. I want to have co-workers whom I like and respect. I think these things all work together for a positive work environment — which increases productivity — resulting in happy employees and a happy employer.
I also seek fulfillment. I don’t want to work in a job that I feel is below what I am capable of doing. I seek a job that will challenge me to perform at the highest levels and seek ongoing professional development so that I can be even better at my job, making an even stronger contribution to my employer.
Q.What led you to choose your field of study? Why did you choose this field of work?
I chose an Information Systems programme as my Master’s degree due to my past work experience. When I was at my last company, there were numerous amount of IT problems there. I always read books and browsed the Internet to figure out and solve the issues, because there were no mediator between business and IT professional people, and similar issues happened over and over again. Having done the process for the whole three years, I thought that I needed to learn something how to not to make the same mistakes again, the Master’s course caught my eye. This is why I decided to take that Master’s course and what I learnt there was exactly what I wanted to learn. The two year course helped me understand how to initiate and complete IT projects as a whole.
Q.What motivates you?
I am motivated by meeting set targets within deadlines, as it gives me a sense of accomplishment and it's something that I can look back on and say "I achieved that". I'm also motivated by visible results – for example, when I developed a new ordering process at my last company, I got a sense of accomplishment from knowing that they increased 10% of their sales.
Q.Do you have plans for continued study? An advanced degree?
Making sure I stay well informed is very important. I don’t want to fall behind on new technologies, so I will attend seminars, workshops, on-the-job training and other courses sponsored by the company with great enthusiasm. It’s important to me to be at the top of my game, so I can be the best employee that I can be. That being said, doing this job will be a great way to continue my education too.
Q.How do you determine/define success?
For me, success has a number of different elements. On the one hand, it's clearly having achieved a specific goal or goals – the satisfaction of a job well done, having achieved one's purpose. On the other hand, it's also the recognition of that achievement by others. Ultimately, success is a significant motivator for me – the desire to achieve success in all that I undertake and to contribute to the best of my ability.
Q.Tell me about your previous role. What were your responsibilities?
In my last position, I was responsible for collecting and analysing sales data in the company. And I discussed those data with managers in our department to predict future sales and promotions to boost the company’s sales. That meant ensuring everything was sent to managers correctly and on time, and also following up with them to check their documented work times in case they forgot to check them. The detail-oriented work was a good fit for me, but also what I really liked was the way it built my communication skills.
Q.What did you enjoy the most/least about your last employment?
I really enjoyed working for my previous company and appreciated the great people and overall atmosphere. As my time in that position drew to a close, I gave this question a lot of thought. With my great love for working as a team, it was difficult to work away from the rest of the company which was all located out of my country. I’m looking forward to collaborating and working together with friends and colleagues again.
Q.What rewards do you look for in your career?
Of course financial reward is important, but there are other rewards I value as well. I know that when I contribute to a company’s success, financial reward follows. But I also see opportunity to gain additional responsibilities as a reward because it means that my employer values my potential to contribute further. I also appreciate being part of a team that is recognized for its achievements.
Q.Describe your ideal job?
The ideal career position is one where I’m always learning new things and being stretched to be creative. I see this position as a great step in my overall career because I would be using Six Sigma as the primary methodology. While I am a practitioner, I think the degree of its use in the environment exceeds what most organizations do. This will give me a new level of expertise. From there I would hope that I could be given more complex projects.
Q.What would be your ideal type of organisation you would like to work for?
My ideal working environment is one where there's a good sense of team spirit. A strong work ethic is obviously important but the human side is also important. I enjoy working with people who have a decent sense of humor and who, while they might take their work very seriously, don't necessarily take themselves overly seriously! I like people who are down to earth but who have a dynamic and progressive approach to their work. I really enjoy working as part of a highly committed and professional team.
Q.Which is more important to you: money or the type of job?
Money and work both are like siblings. But I believe when you work hard; money will flow to you. So work is more important than money. Only hard work can help you put another feather in your success cap.