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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 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.


The good points of Daniel is that he has an ambition and the bad points is that he doesn't know the 'Don't' of an interview. He should be acquitted with the 'Do' and 'Don't ' of an interview.

Daniel made all possible mistakes in the interview: answers with lack details, show negative charachter traits (about 'hard man), etc. I would not have hired such an employee.

Through the video, I can learn a crucial point that would be beneficial for a candidate: be confident but not arrogant in an interview. The interviewee here looks too proud of himself but doesn't focus on the critical interest of the employer and fails to bring trust and convincing. Another point that needs avoiding is not to overstate your qualification and be honest in your CV.