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Marcia calls two of the candidates giving them details of the interview
MB: Hi, I’m Marcia Boardman, I’m calling from WebWare.
DW: Oh hi, Marcia. Great to hear from you.
MB: You’ll already have been told you’ve been shortlisted for interview…
ST: Oh… yes… great… hello? Can you hear me?
MB: Yes… Is it OK if I call you now? Would you like me to call you back
ST: Erm, no, no, no, that’s OK…
MB: Good – well we’re very excited about meeting you. OK, I just want to
talk you through the procedure for the day. Someone will meet you when you
arrive, reimburse you for any travel expenses you may have, and then bring
you up to meet myself and Philip Hart, the CEO.
DW: OK, sounds good. So will you be the only members of the interview panel
MB: Yes, it’ll be just me and Philip who will talk to you. The interview
will be in three parts – first of all we’ll ask you some general questions
about yourself and your educational and professional background, then we’ll
move on to specifics.
ST: Oh, er, specifics? Well er, what kind of questions will you be asking?
MB: Well, it’ll be very similar to the personal statement you submitted with
your CV – we’ll be expecting you to to give actual examples of problems
you’ve faced and solved, and of what you feel are the major successes in
your career so far.
DW: OK, well yeah, that sounds great – can’t wait!
MB: Then there’ll be a chance for you to ask us any questions – about the
job itself, or WebWare in general…
ST: Oh, erm, OK… I’ll think of something!
MB: After that, we’d like you to give a short presentation on how you see
WebWare as a company progressing, and how you see yourself taking us there.
DW: OK so will I be expected to give like a formal style presentation?
MB: It can be as formal or informal as you like. There’ll be a flipchart and
a data projector there available. If you need anything else, just let us
ST: Oh, erm OK, a presentation! I’ll think of something. I haven’t done one
of those in a while…
MB: Is that all clear? Great, so, Daniel, I’ll see you at 11am, a week
DW: OK, grea,t I look forward to meeting you! Thanks, bye.
MB: OK, so, Sarah, we’ll be seeing you at 1pm, a week tomorrow. Best of
ST: Oh, thanks… I’ll need it…
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