Episode 03

Marcia calls the candidates to give them details of the interview.

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

Transcript

Marcia: Hi, I'm Marcia Boardman. I'm calling from WebWare.

Daniel: Oh, hi, Marcia. Great to hear from you.

Marcia: You'll have already been told you've been shortlisted for interview ...

Sarah: Oh, yes, great ... hello? Can you hear me?

Marcia: Yes ... Is it OK if I call you now? Would you like me to call you back later?

Sarah: Erm, no, no, no, that's OK.

Marcia: Good. Well, we're very excited about meeting you. OK, I just want to talk you through the procedure for the day. Someone will meet you when you arrive, reimburse you for any travel expenses you may have, and then bring you up to meet myself and Philip Hart, the CEO.

Daniel: OK, sounds good. So, will you be the only members of the interview panel there, then?

Marcia: Yes, it'll be just me and Philip who will talk to you. The interview will be in three parts. First of all we'll ask you some general questions about yourself and your educational and professional background, then we'll move on to specifics.

Sarah: Oh, er, specifics? Erm, well, er, what kind of questions will you be asking?

Marcia: Well, it'll be very similar to the personal statement you submitted with your CV. We'll be expecting you to give actual examples of problems you've faced and solved, and of what you feel are your major successes in your career so far.

Daniel: OK, well, yeah, that sounds great. Can't wait!

Marcia: Then there'll be a chance for you to ask us any questions about the job itself or WebWare in general.

Sarah: Oh, erm, OK. I'll think of something!

Marcia: After that, we'd like you to give a short presentation on how you see WebWare as a company progressing, and how you see yourself taking us there.

Daniel: OK, so will I be expected to give, like, a formal-style presentation?

Marcia: It can be as formal or as informal as you like. There'll be a flip chart and a data projector there available. If you need anything else, just let us know.

Sarah: Oh, erm, OK, a presentation! Erm, I'll think of something. I haven't done one of those in a while ...

Marcia: Is that all clear? Great. So, Daniel, I'll see you at 11 a.m., a week tomorrow.

Daniel: OK, great, yeah, I look forward to meeting you! Thanks, bye.

Marcia: OK, so, Sarah, we'll be seeing you at 1 p.m., a week tomorrow. Best of luck!

Sarah: Oh, thanks. I'll need it!

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Submitted by YeMinHtunmce on Tue, 28/06/2022 - 16:45

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My last interview was just two months ago and it was for a service engineer position. In the interviews, there are four persons – HR, country manager, regional manager and supervisor who was on the current projects. The interview was competency-based interviews and they did not ask about technical stuffs.
I could easily answer the question if the questions are with my mother tongue. Unfortunately, it was using foreign language conversation and it used English language. My English is really bad. I could not answer the questions lack of confidence and embarrassing.
The interviews could not understand my speaking.
After the interviews, I realized myself I need to improve my English skills.

Submitted by jyoti Chaudhary on Wed, 20/04/2022 - 14:40

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What did you have to do in your last job interview? What questions were you asked?
in my last job my boss asked me about my experience, qualification, and my family background I asked everything about my experience and I'm a hardworking girl and always dedicated to my work. you may rely on me i hope you will be happy with my work. the main problem is that my English was not good and my boss offered me less salary but in that period of time I got the best sales within 2month. my boss was surprised me he increased my salary with incentive. in my first month I got only 6000 rs fact my fare is 3000 rs a month but I corporate it the second month I work very hard and I got 18000 rs with incentive my boss happily increased my salary for 10,000 rs with incentive within 6month I've got 25000 in a month and after 1year I achieved 30 to 35000 in a month and after 2years of my experience I received 50k every month. I fulfill my family's dreams. whatever they want i give him after 3year I decided to do my own business with someone and I decided to learn English on 1 April 2021. and I join many English courses to improve my communication and still I'm learning the English language and I'm doing my own business and it all about my work hard.

Submitted by No Truong on Mon, 04/04/2022 - 14:05

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What did you have to do in your last job interview? What questions were you asked?

During my last job interview, I were mostly asked to introduce about myself, my successes in the past and why I quite... I am not good at showing myself, I know this is my weakness. But, I were not convinced with the question is my successful project in the previous work places though I am just a legal officer. I really really confuse why they posed this question and how to answer it. Please share your experiences in this situation. Thank you in advance.

Submitted by Fabe on Sun, 15/11/2020 - 17:17

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While my last job interview, the recruiter asked me present me, tell him of my professional experience and why I want quit my actual job. He asked me if I know speak English or Deutsh. He asked me too what I search in my job? He asked me if the time passed in my car for come to work is a problem.

Submitted by Moody on Thu, 03/09/2020 - 19:53

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In the last interview i had ,i was asked many questions. The owner company asked me firstly general questions in English about my educational qualifications,my family ,where i do live ,if i have a car or not , secondly he asked me why do i want to join his team ,then he asked me about expected salary, finally he asked me if he accepted me as a member of his team ,how long will i need to be available to stay my new job.
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Submitted by Daniel Rubiano on Thu, 11/06/2020 - 20:25

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In my last interview i was asked about my wage aspiration, and about what is my Vision an Mission in life.

Submitted by Mamta Gusain on Thu, 28/05/2020 - 09:31

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it was two years back in my interview i was given an online assessment and a topic given to me write about it in English to check my writing skills. then the manager round took place in which i was asked about my qualification my recent experience and hobbies. and finally i got selected.
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Submitted by Nha Ho on Wed, 06/05/2020 - 05:09

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In my last job interview, I had to do a Math test without using caculator, after that I answered some questions from the interviewer. They were about my educational background, experiences, English skills, my strengths and weaknesses.

Submitted by Abdulaziz AZ on Wed, 29/04/2020 - 02:48

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i was on time they asked me about my self then about my old work