Episode 04

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

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Transcript

Daniel: Hi there!

Marcia: Good morning, Daniel!

Daniel: Oh, Dan, please.

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

Philip: Hello!

Daniel: Nice to meet you both.

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

Daniel: Yeah, I love it!

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

Daniel: Er, well, it was a while ago, now.

Philip: Anywhere interesting?

Daniel: Yeah, I walked up the hill behind my house. Took me about 30 minutes!

Philip: Oh.

Marcia: 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: Why do you want to move on?

Daniel: Well, they're too small for me!

Marcia: Networld are too small for you?

Daniel: Yeah, I'm looking for something much bigger.

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

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

Marcia: Sorry?

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

Philip: OK ... well, I do admire your ambition!

Daniel: Thanks. I've got lots of it!

Marcia: 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. Er, 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: Oh, you didn't give him a performance review or a warning or perhaps try to develop his motivation?

Daniel: No, 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: I see.

Philip: Erm, how would you handle a rapidly changing market?

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

Marcia: Erm, 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: So you can't actually speak the language?

Daniel: Er, no.

Marcia: 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: OK, well, do you have any questions for us?

Daniel: No.

Philip: Oh. OK. Erm, thanks.

Marcia: Let's move on to the presentation ...

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Submitted by Fabz N on Mon, 19/10/2020 - 01:13

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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.

Submitted by Ahmed.A on Wed, 10/06/2020 - 19:06

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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!

Submitted by RiccardoLippi on Fri, 01/05/2020 - 11:03

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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.

Submitted by Abdulaziz AZ on Thu, 30/04/2020 - 01:53

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

Submitted by rivercountryside on Tue, 28/04/2020 - 13:37

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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.
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Submitted by OlaIELTS on Fri, 17/04/2020 - 22:13

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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.

Submitted by Julia Chernobrovkina on Thu, 20/02/2020 - 10:45

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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.