Marcia calls two of the candidates giving them details of the interview process.

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Task 1

Put the stages of the interview process in the order they are mentioned.

Exercise

Task 2

Business Notes

In the third episode, Marcia Boardman, the HR manager at WebWare, outlines to
the 2 candidates the interview format. There are several possible interview
formats:

Structured Interview - Competencies

The employer identifies the competencies (skills, abilities and experience)
required for the role. They design the questions to test whether the
candidate has these competencies. The questions are often phrased, "tell us
about a time when...".

Behavioural job interview (situational job interview)

Behavioural interviews are trying to find out how you would act in certain
situations. The interviewer wants to be able to predict how you would behave
in the role, if they recruited you. So they ask hypothetical questions.
These might be about a time in your past, or asking you to imagine yourself
in a future situation.

Panel Job Interview

Sometimes employers want candidates to be seen by a number of managers or
peer-workers. A panel interview simply means a candidate meets multiple
interviewers at once. They may play the "Good cop / Bad cop" routine, where
one of them is aggressive and another sympathetic, to see how you perform
under stress.

Technical Job Interview

This usually refers to a "hands-on" interview. For example, an engineer
might be expected to do some analysis of an engineering problem; a market
researcher might be asked to analyse some data; a sales person might be
expected to make a mock sales call. This type of interview is designed to
predict how you would perform in the role.

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Comments

Hello,
I find very interesting to understand how recruiting is working. It helps us to prepare better for whatever job interviews.
I never had Business English lessons before, and now I am realizing how much I have lost along the years. I will try to do my best to watch the video lessons regularly and doing exercises and practice.
Thank you very much! It's rare finding a good Business English course!

When I answered the task 1, it was difficult to recall what Marcia said. So I listened to the video again, imagining myself taking the interview. Then I could remember the interview procedure accurately.

This serie is very interesting, because not only we learn specific expressions but it helps us how to prepare ourselves for our job seeking.

This video is interesting because you can see how an interview is done and what questions are asked of the interviewees, it is not very fomal.

it is a very interesant text because the global plain job is fantastic

hi.i'm student, i think that it's a good idea to do interviews to find out what people to hire, also, if i were the interviewer Behavioural job, sinece it is the most efficient in my opinion

hello

This episode about recruitment happens in the developped countries like US or UK . In Poland most employers are looking for employees who will be work under pressure for badly -paid wages . This is sad realities of being employee in Poland. If you live in harsh , dire conditions of Third World like Poland , Moldova, Ukraine or India you will be abused or will have to abuse another human being only for money. This is the real face of globalisation .Of course this episode show how business life like in the international and multicultural companies. And I have watched this series like films about James Bond because I never have have such a opportunity in my life.

Hi
I need to know meaning of 'a week' in this phrase ' I'll see you at 11am, a week
tomorrow. ' , it might be 'this week' , isn't it?

Hello arradfar
In British English, 'a week tomorrow' is a common way of saying 'a week from tomorrow'. For example, if today is Sunday 28 April, 'a week tomorrow' means a week from Monday 29 April, i.e. Monday 6 May.
All the best
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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