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Episode 08

Marcia writes to the unsuccessful candidate to give them the bad news.

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Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

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Daniel needs to be less arrogant and make good research regarding the company where He is an applicant, also He may give more details about his strengths and be accurate with the lines written on the CV.

I'd like to disagree with the opinions about a most or less polite feedback answer to Daniel.It's not about a social relationship or a daily conversation.It's about a choice based on specific criteria and facts.Speaking based on the scenario in the video, the guy was at least unacceptable.He had written a lot of deliberate lies or inaccuracies in his CV ... His body language, his way of talking, the whole behaviour-especially at the end, wanting to sing a song of his own(!!!..), all of these show a person completely ''out of order'', it seems rather like a joke than a professional interview.( In English you could say something, light- informal, like : ''poncy'', ''popinjay'', ''smug'', ''peacock'', ''screwball'', ''big head'', ''stuffed shirt'' and many, many others, slang ones..I think it's a hypocritical and hollow thing and a waste of time trying to give feedback or advice to such a person.You might have to write only the typical text ''We regret to inform you that you failed''.Maybe that could make him think about...

What feedback would you give to Daniel about his interview performance?
The feedback that I would give to Daniel is he must be honest in the future interviews, always tell the truth about himself and avoid being over arrogant and vague because he have positive points like what he said the team he was works with them they loves him and I think he is effective with being part of a team and he should be aware of the company before he does the presentation. This what I think.

This video was really helpful for me teach me how to reject someone by choosing my words so carefully to avoid hurt their feelings and how I be polite with them.

What feedback would you give to Daniel about his interview performance?
I would advise him:
-to change his CV to a more realistic one and update the information,
-to prepare his interview thinking beforehand of questions he can been asked, examples of achievements
-to do research on the company and its business
-to change his behaviour and body language and tailor his dress style to the company

Mr. Watson Good Afternoon,

Thankyou very much for your application.

Despite your experience, we regret to inform you that you were not selected for the vacancy because the strong competition surrounding this.

You could, in an upcoming interview, talk more about how you work as a team and be more humble about your professional qualifications.

Best Regards!

Edmar Santos.

Mr Daniel,

First of all thank you for your interest in our company and for coming here to do the interview.

We're really sorry but the competitiveness of the pos was hard enough, so you've not pass the candidate process as well.

Nevertheless we hope you to stay focused on the next job oportunities and we wish you the best.

Bye.

The kind of feedback I would give to Daniel about his interview performance will be a bit direct, moderate, polite and positive.

These videos are very useful for me. I'd have loved someone to give me a feedback like that during my first interviews for working.

Marcia speaks pretty quickly, and it is not going smooth for me as a beginner of studying English. The listening part is, I can say, usually the main problem in learning English, so it's worth pursuing Marcia's speed speaking (of course, it's no walk in the park!) once you win to get used to catching her sentences, you are successful!

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