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Episode 04

Daniel's interview doesn't go too well. What mistakes does he make?

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


I recommend to Daniel, that doesn't be arrogant neither lier.
Also, He should be support their experience with clear examples related to the position.

Daniel's has an ambition that may be a good point, but he is over confidence and he should be professional.

He showed up wearing an informal outfit. He should have dressed with a suit. He lied on his CV, he made them believe that he actually was interested in rock climbing and that he was able to speak mandarin fluently. Lying on your Cv is not professional. After that , he was arrogant when he said that all business deals were easy cake for him and when he told how he badly handled a situation where the managee wasn´t showing motivation and effort.

I would say he was absolutely arrogant and ostentatious—the way he greeted the interviewers, his body language, and his answers made the situation worse. He should be honest and detailed. No one wants an unethical person to be hired!

Daniel was very self-confident during the meeting, I think that it is a positive feature. By contrast, maybe, he was too much self-confident, so I can't note any positive aspect of Daniel's meeting.
He has to improve several things, above all he must be more clear and sincere about his skills. I noticed that he has magnified his capabilities, for instance his speaking level of mandarin.

Points to improve : well all the contrary of what he done:
-modify his CV and adjust it to he reality of its skills and experience ie he is clearly not fluent in Chinese, he has no experience of management, he probably never practised climbing and so on and think afterwards about examples he can give to prove the reality of his CV.
-be more careless in his way of standing and speaking. He should wear more conventional clothes adapted to the job he applies for.
-even if he plans to stay no more than necessary in the company he should not say so and express his interest in the company and its field of activity.

I can't see any good points in his interview. He is over confident and arrogant. His behaviour and the way he is dressed is too relax. By his answers to the questions one can understand that the content of its CV its dishonest and who wants to hire someone who do not intend to stay in the company ?

He was not good at all
he lies in CV
he was not professional
he well not get this job

Daniel was a confident man. He answered about his strength. He also had solve skills and gived examples in his current. However, he didn't know any languages. Futher, he said that he had ambition bigger, he didnt want to work long time . This company is stepping stone for his future.

What were Daniel's good and bad points? What should he do to improve his interview performance?

On the good ones, he's very self-confident, friendly and speaker. On the other hand, by the bad ones, he's untrue of many things, as speaking Mandarin as said on CV.

By improving his interview performance, he would have to explain true things and not to lie. In addition to this, he wouldn't have to be arrogant to others.