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!

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JESUS ISRAEL 提交于 周五, 22/01/2021 - 20:47

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.

Jackelin Espinoza 提交于 周二, 08/12/2020 - 12:37

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.

Moody 提交于 周三, 02/09/2020 - 14:53

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.

Rusu Petrisor 提交于 周二, 23/06/2020 - 10:49

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).

Mamta Gusain 提交于 周四, 28/05/2020 - 08:51

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.

GERARD 提交于 周三, 29/04/2020 - 22:36

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.

Abdulaziz AZ 提交于 周三, 29/04/2020 - 02:18

My tips one page be serious

Dodo Mohamed 提交于 周六, 25/04/2020 - 23:49

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.

gerardbarrachina 提交于 周三, 22/04/2020 - 11:12

The most useful tips to do a perfect CV are: - Longest as necessary - Show skills as languages - Education history - Previous jobs

rivercountryside 提交于 周二, 21/04/2020 - 08:53

The CV include : - The information personal. - Degree qualification - Experiences work - Skill languages, team work, ... - Vision, Target. - Salary.

Alina Polevaya 提交于 周三, 08/04/2020 - 06:49

Tips for preparing CV - one page - study - professional experience - skills - languages - hobby - examples of successful projects - strengths/weaknesses If I forgot something, add in comments please. It could be useful for other readers
Hi, The tips that I has for preparing a CV includes: - A profile. - A vision statement. - Personal skills. - A detailed educational and working experience. - Language and technical skills. Thanks.

shahhoseini 提交于 周四, 06/02/2020 - 11:51

Hello Dear Kirk I have a question from you. I try at the end of each lesson, answer your question and occasionally ask you some problems, but I don't notice your response. Could you have a notification to me or other students, for example on way email?

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abdelhamiedo 提交于 周三, 29/01/2020 - 14:58

that's very good to improve my English thank's

Linosoft 提交于 周日, 19/01/2020 - 09:24

This video is very interesting. It provide good information about CV preparing. It's very usefull. We can also know why our job applications are often rejected.
Very interesting video, all seems so natural. Thanks

nickynick 提交于 周一, 16/09/2019 - 11:06

nice terminologic story is going on... thanks to the scene/text writers on the behalf of all your team... ;)

bawk san aung 提交于 周六, 24/08/2019 - 14:25

Some information i have got via this video make me impressive.As a man of getting few chance to work international companies, a chance for knowing useful word is coming to me.

Loc Dang 提交于 周三, 21/08/2019 - 16:17

The video is beneficial while providing general information to those who are preparing for a job application with what could probably need to be answering in an interview. The interviewee can equip themselves with some necessary and useful instruction.

srgarcia 提交于 周五, 03/05/2019 - 16:42

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carolina.ybarra 提交于 周三, 06/03/2019 - 15:02

Hello, Episode 2 video isn't working. Could you please check it? Thank you

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Vuqar 提交于 周三, 20/02/2019 - 12:51

Hi, Thank's for videos. But they are talking very fast.

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Excume, I can´t watch the video, Could you help said me what can I do please?

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Luis Tomas 提交于 周日, 02/12/2018 - 21:36

Thank you for the lesson!
Great course. But still too short. Is there other series. I'm looking forward to studying more.
Thanks a lot. I mean I'm preparing my job interview now. So do you have more courses about the career. Because it's more useful.

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bilal 提交于 周三, 09/05/2018 - 00:13

hi I'm Bilal from Syria thank you for these useful videos I feel that I'm getting better in English when listened to these videos I'm grateful to you

Diona 提交于 周五, 12/01/2018 - 22:48

Hi Kirk, How can you help me for to speak and write english ? Thank you

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Tomoaki Hachiya 提交于 周六, 30/12/2017 - 05:35

Over two hundred applicants for a position! Unbelievable! And I'm also impressed by the fact that so many applicants are just for joking, not serious ones.... Does this kind of things really happen frequently in job hunting? I wonder...
Hi, Tomoaki! I think that people sending a CV in comic font or in green ink are strange persons, may be, over artistic, or they might not be familiar with business style. I cannot imagine anyone writing a 10 pages CV, but even two full pages are too much, don't you think? Sometimes people even mention their middle school achivements, which I think is excessive.

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