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Episode 02

Marcia and Philip discuss the applications they've received and the interview format.

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Philip: So, how many applications did we get, Marcia?

Marcia: Well, overall we've got over 200!

Philip: That many?

Marcia: Yes, but most of which we can discard right away ... people who don't have the right experience, qualifications, that kind of thing.

Philip: Of course.

Marcia: ... and then we get the people who submit ten-page-long CVs, or CVs in comic book font, or green ink, or ... they attach a photo of themselves disco dancing, you know the kind of thing? So, I've whittled down the serious candidates to a shortlist of 12 people.

Philip: And we'll interview all of them?

Marcia: I think we should but, obviously, I'll let you have a look first.

Philip: Great. So, who have we got then?

Marcia: Well, I think we've got some pretty strong candidates. Two in particular.

Philip: They have the right kind of profile?

Marcia: I'd certainly say so. Strong educational background, experience in multinational sales, language skills ...

Philip: Good. I look forward to meeting them.

Marcia: So, I'd say we do the standard interview format.

Philip: Sure.

Marcia: A few general questions, then on to specifics.

Philip: Yes, exactly. I want to hear specific details of when they've solved problems.

Marcia: Yes, and then something about 'vision', as you put it.

Philip: Yes ... what do you think about a brief presentation?

Marcia: I think that's a good idea. We could ask them to give a short presentation on where they see the company going and how they see themselves taking us there.

Philip: Great! You know something? I'm really looking forward to this!



Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


I believe that it is very different how to deal with an interview in every country, one example of this is Mexico and Canada the former asks for a photo in your CV and the latest no, but we agree that is quite important mention our skills and background about our education and others jobs where we were.

I recommend write a brief presentation about yourself and below of each experience put two or three achievement. Try to be objective and specific.

Also, put a photo showing your natural smile.

My tips for a CV are :
At first introduce yourself in a confident way telling all information about your school ,your family , your district that you live in.
Secondly mention your previous experience and the places you worked in
Then mention your personal skills.
Finally tell the information for the hiring person that it makes him hiring you.

My tips for a good CV? I don't know, probabbly a clear , concise and short presentation of your professional experience , education and career goals.
Don't forget to insert your achievements, they are in most of the cases more important than the other things ( e.g. job resposabilities).

In a resume, please mention only relevant qualification and experience to which profile you are applying for. also mention your key strength which is required by your applied position.
Keep the resume short

My CV tips:
A highly visual CV format where only relevant educational and personal information, professional experience (including company logos) and finally professional skills are displayed. All this in one page.

Tips for CV
In order of appearance:
- personal information,
- name of the seeking job and main personal skills
- summary of professional skills
- list of previous jobs
- other skills (softwares, foreign languages, miscallenous)
- hobbies

I then adapt this CV depending on the ad I answer.

My tips
one page
be serious

Tips for cv.
• Begin with the personal information.
• write your career objective.
• list your work experience from the recent.
• High light your education.
• Use formal colors like black and blue.
•list your Achievements
• write your hobbies and interests.

The most useful tips to do a perfect CV are:

- Longest as necessary
- Show skills as languages
- Education history
- Previous jobs