Job Interview Tips 4 – You’re Hired | Learn English | British Council

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Daniel makes some classic mistakes in his interview.


Marcia Boardman: Good morning Daniel!

Daniel: Dan, please…

Marcia Boardman: I’m Marcia Boardman — we spoke on the phone — and this is Philip Hart, our CEO.

Philip Hart: Hello!

Daniel: Nice to meet you both.

Philip Hart: So it says here on your CV that you’re interested in rock climbing…

Daniel: Yeah…love it!

Philip Hart: Great — so do I! When did you last go climbing?

Daniel: Oh, er, well, it was a while ago now…

Philip Hart: Anywhere interesting?

Daniel: Yeah. I walked up the hill behind my house. Took me about thirty minutes!

Philip Hart: Oh.

Marcia Boardman: Ok, erm, Daniel, can you tell us a little bit about your current position?

Daniel: Certainly — as it says in the CV, I’m part of the European Sales team at Networld. We’re the world’s leading supplier of IT hardware.

Philip Hart: Why do you want to move on?

Daniel: Well, they’re too small for me.

Marcia Boardman: Networld!? Networld are too small for you?

Daniel: Oh yeah. I’m looking for something much bigger.

Philip Hart: Well, we’re not a big company by any means, but we are looking to grow! What first attracted you to WebWare in particular?

Daniel: Well, I see WebWare as kind of like a stepping stone…

Marcia Boardman: Sorry?

Daniel: Yeah, start here gain the necessary experience, then move onto something bigger.

Philip Hart: Ok…well, I do admire your ambition!

Daniel: Thanks — I’ve got lots of it!

Marcia Boardman: Let’s move on to managing people. Can you give an example of a time when you had to deal with a particularly difficult managee?

Daniel: Sure — well I think that’s one of my strong points actually. A couple of years ago, I was working with a guy, he wasn’t pulling his weight, basically being lazy — so I told him to get out.

Marcia Boardman: Oh, you didn’t give him a performance review, or a warning, or perhaps try to help develop his motivation?

Daniel: No,no, no. None of that rubbish. If someone’s not working hard enough, then they’re out! That’s the way I work. I’m a hard man.

Marcia Boardman: I see.

Philip Hart: How would you handle a rapidly changing market?

Daniel: Basically not change anything at all! Just continue on as normal regardless!

Marcia Boardman: According to your CV you are fluent in Mandarin…

Daniel: Well, I wouldn’t say ‘fluent’ exactly…but, I like Chinese food a lot — so I can read the menu!

Philip Hart: So you can’t actually speak the language?

Daniel: Erm, no.

Marcia Boardman: Can you tell us about a time you had to close a particularly challenging deal.

Daniel: I haven’t had one. They’re all easy for me. I close deals all the time!

Marcia Boardman: Ok — well do you have any questions for us?

Daniel: No.

Philip Hart: Oh. Ok. Erm. Thanks.

Marcia Boardman: Let’s move on to the presentation…

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