Episode 04

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

Instructions

Do the preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the exercises. You can also read the transcript.

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 Loc Dang on Mon, 26/08/2019 - 15:56

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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.

Submitted by A_Ichiro on Sat, 29/06/2019 - 03:39

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The conversation about rock climbing was interesting to me. I thought that the interviewers ask about hobbies only to break the ice in the interview. However as shown in the video, it might give a poor impression on how passionate you are about things you do. Philip might have thought "Oh.. you just walked up the hill behind your house, saying you're interested in rock climbing."

Submitted by Vuqar on Thu, 21/02/2019 - 05:46

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Thank's for video. I think that, the choice of Daniel's dress for interwiev is absolutely wrong. His clothes is not officially for job interwiev.
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Submitted by kaunghtoo on Wed, 20/02/2019 - 07:08

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This is the good example of common mistakes that the candidate who had over-confidence.
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Submitted by Olena_Sh on Fri, 15/02/2019 - 12:07

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I think, this interview is a good example of what can be happen, if you try to lie in CV and what about Daniel, it's so nastily to look on such candidate

Submitted by AnkeDortmund on Sat, 26/01/2019 - 06:04

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This interview was funny and a very good example for failing. I would appreciate to see one with an applicant who gives good answers, too.

Submitted by Lusine on Fri, 25/01/2019 - 21:40

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I think that he lost the chance to work in this company as he was not very serious in his answers!

Submitted by Ilson Cassio on Fri, 07/12/2018 - 15:15

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This text describe exactly what happen in a job interview. In fact, it a wrong when the applicant tell lie. Because when the interviewers ask him, they recognize and discover when the applicant is tell lying. The interviwers not liked of applicant. Certainly, he won't get the job.

Submitted by Luis Tomas on Tue, 04/12/2018 - 00:14

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Thank you. Very useful.