Episode 04

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

Instructions

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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 jyoti Chaudhary on Thu, 21/04/2022 - 12:50

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What were Daniel's good and bad points? What should he do to improve his interview performance?
Daniel did an interview in an improper way. he had more confidence in front of the CEO. and he mention wrong information in cv. this is not the proper way of doing such a kind of interview he needs plenty of practice to prepare for this kind of enroll.

He should improve in his manners and in being more grateful and humble with the people who are interviewing him, he also lied about his CV and literally did everything wrong

Submitted by ahmadfickry on Mon, 17/01/2022 - 04:04

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Daniel was not well prepared for the interview and showing the arrogant behavior. He definitely is not a good candidate to chose as a new hire in this company.

Submitted by Azrin Razak on Thu, 13/01/2022 - 01:11

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Daniel writes something that was not true in his CV that give very bad impression

Submitted by Maahir on Tue, 20/04/2021 - 14:39

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Nowadays there are some people who put in their CVs what they are not actually are/did. so they end up with nothing good but disappointment instead. As we can understand from the video, apart from his Unprofessional behavior he is also lair and disrespectful man. He should speak politely and try to convince the recruiter that he has the necessary qualifications and skills for this position.

Submitted by EmanRamadan on Wed, 03/03/2021 - 07:54

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He is liar . he is not flexible at all . He doesn't have a vision.

Submitted by AgaZ on Fri, 22/01/2021 - 20:39

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He was arrogant and not serious. He was lying. He wasn't trying to convince recruiters that he is the right person on this position.

Submitted by Jackelin Espinoza on Sat, 12/12/2020 - 15:23

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I recommend to Daniel, that doesn't be arrogant neither lier. Also, He should be support their experience with clear examples related to the position.

Submitted by Tulip Ro on Wed, 21/10/2020 - 11:03

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Daniel's has an ambition that may be a good point, but he is over confidence and he should be professional.