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Episode 07

Philip and Marcia discuss the two candidates. Who will get the job?

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Philip: So, what did you think?

Marcia: Well, between Sarah Timms and Daniel Watson, I think the choice is pretty obvious!

Philip: Yes, so do I. Watson looked so good on paper ...

Marcia: But he seemed very good when I first spoke to him too.

Philip: First impressions often lie!

Marcia: Indeed. I think a lot of his CV was – how shall we say? Counterfactual.

Philip: Yes. It just wasn't true. You should never lie on your CV!

Marcia: He had very good references, though. Very strange.

Philip: I guess some people just like that sort of style, but he wouldn't fit in with us. I mean, it's important to be confident but he was overconfident.

Marcia: I couldn't agree more. His body language was all wrong. He came across as arrogant.

Philip: Then he gave very vague answers – no specific details of what exactly he'd done in his job.

Marcia: Whereas Sarah Timms ...

Philip: ... knew exactly what she was talking about.

Marcia: Yes, she was very convincing, self-assured, but not arrogant.

Philip: She'd clearly done some research on the company and knew what she was talking about.

Marcia: Oh, I thought her presentation was excellent.

Philip: Yes, it was. But I am a little worried about how much experience she has.

Marcia: Yes, true, but she seems very ready to take on the challenges the role would offer her.

Philip: So, who do we give the job to?

Marcia: Sarah!

Philip: Yes, I agree entirely!

Marcia: Great! I'll phone her straight away offering the post and I'll write a rejection to Mr Watson.

Philip: OK.

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Comments

It's interesting conversation.
"First impression often lie!"..... OMG!
"Counterfactual.... You should never lie on your CV!".

Yes, I totally agree with their decision to hire Sarah over Daniel.

Yes i agree entirely. Daniel is so arrogant, and if i were employer i would never want to have that kind of person as a member of the team.

I agree according to what they have said, She has a better attitude and she shows confidence with out being arrogant, she was not counterfactual about her CV information.

yes because daniel is very arrogant and lied and she was professional

Do you agree with Philip and Marcia's decision?
I entirely agree even if she lacks experience for the job. It is better for the company to hire someone who can gain experience quickly than someone more experienced but not with the right personality.
Of course if they had more time they could try to search for other candidates but it seems that they are in a hurry so for the time being it seems to me she is the more appropriate person.

yes
she deserve that

I´d say sarah is definitily the best choice but her lack of experience could be a risk to the company. If i was the CEO i´d contact a few headhunters to help me find the perfect professional to fit such an important role, it would be a game-changing to the company.

Yes I agree, but they could give for Daniel some advice how he can be better in another job interview

Enterely agree with both of them. Sarah is the addecuate person to get the job instead of Daniel. She's more prepared and professional, however she has to demostrate that her skills get the results that CEO wants.

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