Interview Tips for Filipinos
Updated on April 29,2018
Q: Why do you want to work in Taiwan?
A: I’ve been hearing a lot of positive feedback about Taiwan. A peaceful country, beautiful sceneries, stable economy, nice weather, and friendly people. I also want to have a job to support myself and my family. Those are the reasons why I would love to work in Taiwan.
Q: Why should we hire you?
A: You should hire me because I’m flexible. I can be a team player and I can also work well on my own with only minimal supervision. (State your skills and knowledge. Kaya mo bang mag-operate ng computer, mag-encode, mag-operate ng ganoon/ganiyan na machine? Kaya mo bang mag-overtime kung kakailanganin ng kompanya? Talk only about the important ones and those that are related to the job you’re applying).
Q: How would you deal with homesickness while you are in Taiwan?
A: I’m an independent person with a positive mindset. I always think of my family as an inspiration. Moreover, modern apps like Facebook and Viber are readily available for keeping in touch with my loved ones. (optional answer: There are lots of Filipinos in Taiwan, so it’s like we’re living in the Philippines as well. For this reason, I conclude that homesickness won’t be one of my problems).
Q: Tell me about your work experience/s.
A: State only the important and relevant ones to the job you are applying for. Mas maganda kung DETAILED BUT SHORT. Kung wala ka pang work experience/s, just say, ” I’m like a sponge that is always ready to absorb and learn anything that is useful for my job. I have an open mind and am very willing to adopt new skills and knowledge.”
Q: What are your expectations regarding Taiwanese people?
A: Most of them are honest, humble, warm, and friendly people. That is what I always hear from my friends/relatives that are working in Taiwan as well as from my own research(from the internet, for example).
Q: What if your Taiwanese supervisor won’t be able to communicate in English?
A: Initially, I will use signaling (senyas) and as I progress through my job, I will do my best to learn Mandarin Chinese. Temporarily, I’ll also ask for assistance from my senior Filipino colleagues if they are just around.
Q: Tell us about yourself.
A: State your positive qualities, of course. State your hobbies or the things that you love doing during your free time. Masayahin ka ba or mahilig magbasa? Mahilig ka ba sa Cycling, Hiking or Chess? Mahilig ka ba tumakbo, mamasyal or mag-Yoga? Bakit mo ito ginagawa? Make it short and clear but has full of sense.
Q: Are you willing to work overtime?
A: Oh yes, if my job requires, then I am willing. If it is for the good of the company, then yes.
Q: You said that you have a son/daughter. Are you sure that you are 100% willing to go abroad just to have this job?
A: Yes I am willing! I love him/her so much that I’m doing this for his/her sake. This is for his/her future. Besides, my husband/mother(or kung sino man ang mag-aalaga) will surely take care of him/her. I will also ensure constant communication with them by using Messenger on Facebook.
This question was actually asked of me during my interview.
Q: You said that you finished your three-year contract in your last company(Taiwan), now my question is, “Why don’t you want to go back to the same company?”.
A: I accomplished a technical course and my last job was not actually related to it. I’m applying to your company because according to my research, my knowledge is applicable to yours(company). I also would like to gain new skills. I really like Taiwan and for that reason, I would love to go back.
Guess what? Pasado ako TWO times! Tinanong sa akin ito ng dalawang interviewers, but different companies.
DON’T: Huwag na huwag mong ida-dahilan na mahirap/mabigat/pangit kasi. DON’T!
These are the common questions of the interviewers. Paki-rephrase na lang ang mga sagot upang hindi kayo pare-pareho.
>Pagpasok mo pa lang sa room ay i-greet mo na sila agad, NOD, and smile. Relax lang. Usually ay merong interpreter. (“NI HAO” in Mandarin Chinese means Hello.)
>Wear neat attire. Kalimitan ay plain white T-shirt ang required.
>Be clean and fresh looking. Iwasang gumamit ng matapang na pabango. Napansin ko kasi na karamihan sa kanila ay maselan sa matapang na pabango.
>Maintain eye contact.
>Lakasan ang boses at dapat ay maliwanag, pero huwag sumigaw sa pagsagot.
>Answer briefly. Short ang iyong mga sagot pero malaman at maliwanag. May sense.
>Be DIRECT in answering questions. Huwag paligoy-ligoy.
>Magbaon ng biscuit at maiinom, dahil kadalasan ay mahaba ang pila during interviews, para naman ika’y masigla kapag ikaw na ang tatanungin.
>Bago umalis ay magpasalamat for the interview. (Salamat in Mandarin Chinese is “XIE-XIE”.)
>Smile and nod slightly. FYI, Taiwanese people nod like the Japanese(bow). Tumatango po ang mga Taiwanese bilang paggalang at as a sign of humility or pagpapa-kumbaba.
>Sa oras na hingiin ang iyong Résumé/Bio-Data, iabot mo ito sa kanila with BOTH HANDS.
Do your best!
Fact: Alam ba ninyo na ang English ay hindi common sa mga ordinaryong mamamayan ng Taiwan? Kung ikukumpara sa Pilipinas ay “sisiw” ang wikang English sa mga Pilipino(karamihan). Kaya during interview, hindi naman importante ang correct usage of grammar, ang mahalaga ay MALINAW ang iyong pananalita. Huwag mahihiyang ipaulit ang tanong sakaling hindi mo ito naintindihan sa simula.