Daniel makes some classic mistakes in his interview.

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Business Notes

Daniel makes some classic mistakes in his interview. Here are a few mistakes to avoid:

What to wear

It can be difficult to choose the right job interview clothes. Most companies will give you information about their dress code, if you phone their reception. Even if they say they have a casual dress policy, it's still a good idea to dress in slightly smarter attire to show you've made the effort. If in doubt, dress slightly smarter than you usually would for work. Daniel, dressed in jeans and an open-neck shirt, is probably too casually dressed when compared with his interviewers.

Lying

Although it's tempting, out-right lying never pays. Daniel gave some inaccurate information in his job application and is found out in the interview. By all means gloss over unflattering or unimpressive details, but telling lies is a definite no-no.

Appearing too confident

If you appear too confident and relaxed in an interview format this may come across badly and you may be seen as being arrogant. Unlike Daniel, it’s better to be modest about your achievements.

Not researching the company

Researching the company shows you're serious about the job and if you can demonstrate this in the interview then this will be looked on favourably. Have a few questions ready for the end of the interview where you can show that you have thought about the job and the company.

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Comments

Thank's for video.

I think that, the choice of Daniel's dress for interwiev is absolutely wrong. His clothes is not officially for job interwiev.

This is the good example of common mistakes that the candidate who had over-confidence.

I think, this interview is a good example of what can be happen, if you try to lie in CV
and what about Daniel, it's so nastily to look on such candidate

This interview was funny and a very good example for failing. I would appreciate to see one with an applicant who gives good answers, too.

I think that he lost the chance to work in this company as he was not very serious in his answers!

This text describe exactly what happen in a job interview. In fact, it a wrong when the applicant tell lie. Because when the interviewers ask him, they recognize and discover when the applicant is tell lying.
The interviwers not liked of applicant. Certainly, he won't get the job.

Thank you. Very useful.

This text contains tips for people who are going to a job interview. After their application, the recruiter will positively assess the person applying for a job.

Dear Moderator,
Thanks for your patiently answer. At the beginning of this episode, Daniel used "Dan, please." to greetings. So can we use it in our daily lives? Like this, "Leo, please" to greet with friends.
And when Philip asked Daniel "Anywhere interesting?" Does it mean if there is an interesting place, you will go or which place was interesting you most in your past experiences? So can we use "Anything interesting" to replace it?
Thanks.
Best regards,
Leo

Hi Leo,

When Daniel says 'Dan, please', he is telling Marcia to please call him 'Dan' instead of 'Daniel'. It's not a greeting.

Philip is asking if the last place than Daniel climbed was anywhere interesting, in other words, if it was a place that is well-known or far away (for example, a mountain like Ben Nevis in Scotland, a mountain that is not easy to climb). 'Anything interesting' doesn't communicate exactly the same idea and wouldn't work as well here.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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