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Episode 04

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

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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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Comments

It was a good video and it gave me insight about real interview and what i should avoid to succeed

This video is very useful for me, not only help me improve my English but also help me prepare well for my job interview in the future.

I used the online dictionary but I'm not sure the meaning of the phrase:" By all means gloss over unflattering or unimpressive details". I understand it this way:Try to hide or diminish the details( unflettering or unimpressive). Am I right ?

Hello Bugumił,

Yes, that's the idea of glossing over something. And 'by all means' basically means 'yes' or to say 'go ahead'.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

It was a good video and it gave me insight about real interview and what i should avoid to succeed

useful notes

what is the meaing of "close a challenging deal "?
is that mean "achieveing some goal that offer from someone"?

Hello SleepingAngel,

If you 'close a deal', you make a business agreement with someone (follow the link). A challenging deal is a deal that is or was difficult to close -- there are many possible reason for it being difficult.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

What is the meaning of enthusiastic rock climber?

Hello Santanaz,

An enthusiastic rock climber is a person who loves the sport of rock climbing.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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