Ability to .make money Ability to save money Ability to save time Ability to follow procedures
Honesty Pride in your work Ability to work in teams Analytical skills Reliability (you can be trusted)
Communication skills Listening skills Self-confidence Motivation and determination Friendliness and openness Right for the department Right for the company image
• Which ones will be clear from your CV/Resume?
• Why do interviewers ask difficult questions?
Look at these typical 'difficult questions'. Discuss how you would answer them.
1 Perhaps you'd like to start by telling us a little bit about yourself?
2 So what have you learnt from your previous jobs?
3 What would you say are your strong points?
4 And your weak points?
5 Can you work under pressure - time pressure for example?
6 How do you take direction and criticism?
7 It sounds like you enjoy your work. Why do you want to leave your current job?
8 So what sort of challenges are you looking for?
9 And what are your career objectives?
10 Are you willing to go where the company sends you?
Match the possible responses a-j below with the ten questions from section B.
a'Maybe I am a little too perfectionist'. 'Perhaps I worry too much about deadlines.' These could be considered strong points.
b Your current job doesn't allow you to grow professionally and you want more challenges. Also, be honest about practical things like distance from your home, job security etc.
c Don't talk too much. Cover your origins, education and work experience. Then make a bridge to why you are there.
dYou want to grow and develop, and you want more responsibility. Give some examples: learning new skills, experience of different areas, being in charge of projects etc.
eYou have learned the importance of teamwork and of listening to other people's advice. You have also developed a good business sense: everything has to be justified in terms of cost.
fYou welcome it and listen carefully. It is necessary in order to learn and develop.
g Give two or three points like honesty, working well in a team and determination. Say a few words about each one to make your comments personal and sincere.
h Yes, you find it stimulating. However, you believe in planning and good time management to reduce last-minute panic.
iAnswer 'yes' immediately. Then ask how much travel is involved in the job. You can always not take the job later if you change your mind.
j Say what kind of job you would like about three years
Mini-interview: your background and job
I Prepare for a mini-interview. Decide which of the following questions you want to answer and fill in any gaps with your own personal information. Then work with a partner to discuss how you would answer them.
1I notice that your university/higher education course was in____________________________________
Which part of the course did you enjoy most? Why did you like that subject?
Did you do a project in the final year? Can you tell me about that?
2 I see that after university/higher education you worked in several jobs.
■ One of your first jobs was as a________________________ (job) in_______________________
(company). Can you tell me about that?
3 I see that in your previous job you worked as a________________ (job) in________________ (company).
Can you tell me about that? What exactly did you do there?
What did you learn from that job?
Why did you stay so long/so little time in that company?
Why did you leave?
4 So, your current job is as a______________________ (job) in______________________ (company).
Can you tell me a little about the company? What exactly do you do there?
What have you learnt in your current job?
What personal and professional skills have you developed?
How have you kept up to date with new techniques?
What experience do you have of________________________________ technology?
How would you describe your management style?
Why do you want to leave your current job?
5 I see that you are currently unemployed.
Why are you not working? How have you spent your time while you've been unemployed?
Have you had other interviews? Why do you think you weren't successful?
6 Tell me something about yourself.
What do you do in your free time? What hobbies and interests do you have?
What are your strong points?
What are your weak points?
Can you work under pressure? Can you give me an example?
Are you a persistent and determined person? Can you give me an example?
What have been your greatest achievements during your career?
Can you describe an important challenge in your life?
Can you describe an important change in your life?
What are your career objectives? Where do you see yourself three years from now?
■ 4 Work with a new partner and have a formal mini-interview.
IntervieweeBefore you start, give your CV/Resume and this worksheet to your interviewer. Make sure your interviewer knows which questions you have prepared.
InterviewerUse the questions you are given. Listen carefully and ask follow-up questions.
Prepare for a mini-interview. Decide which of the following questions you want to answer and fill in any gaps with your own personal information. Add a question of your own that you want the interviewer to ask you. Then work with a partner to discuss how you would answer them.
1 Why did you apply to this company? What do you know about our company?
2 What do you know about this business?
3 What do you know about this market?
4 What do you know about our products?
5 What interests you most about this job?
6 What can you bring to this position? Why should we employ you in preference to the other candidates?
7 You have very little experience in
How will you deal with this?
8 You appear to be a little young/old for this position.
9 Are you prepared to travel?
Work with a new partner and have a formal mini-interview.
IntervieweeBefore you start, give the interviewer this worksheet with the job title and company you are interested in and show him/her which questions you have prepared.
InterviewerLook at the interviewee's chosen job and check you understand what it is. Then use the questions you are given. Listen carefully and ask follow-up questions.
i Prepare for a mini-interview. Decide which of the following areas you want to talk about and make some notes, using examples from your own experience. Then work with a partner to discuss how you would answer each question.
Give an example of when you were part of a team. What was the occasion? What were the objectives? What was your contribution? How did you encourage other team members?