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Unit 1 Job Interviews

For many, a job interview is the most critical part of the job search process. In order to persuade the employer that he/she is the most suitable person for the opening, the candidate has to impress the employer with his/her appearance, personality and qualifications.


P2 Task1

  • Gary: Good morning, I’m Gary. Please take a seat.
  • John: Good morning, I’m John. Nice to meet you.
  • Gary: Nice to meet you. To start with, can you tell me why you are interested in working for our company?
  • John: First, as far as I know, your company has an impressive growth record. Second, I think my major and my past experience qualify me for the job.
  • Gary: I see. Which university did you graduate from? And what is your major?
  • John: I graduated from Peking University and my major is Marketing.
  • Gary: Which company do you work for now?
  • John: BTC.
  • Gary: And what is your chief responsibility there?
  • John: I’m in charge of marketing activities in East Asia, for example, organizing trade conferences and arranging exhibitions.

P3 Task2

  • M: Come in, please.
  • W: Good morning, sir. I’m Karen Yang.
  • M: Good morning, Miss Yang. I’m Kevin Carter, the Administration Manager. Take a seat, please.
  • W: Oh, is that your wife, Mr. Carter? She is so beautiful.
  • M: Thank you. Ah… Miss Yang, I’ve gone through your resume. I’d like to ask you some questions now, if you don’t mind.
  • W: Of course not. please go ahead.
  • M: Well, can you tell me why you would like to work as a medical representative with us?
  • W: I really like this kind of work, and having been a doctor for three years, I want to apply for this position because I want a change.
  • M: Don’t you think it’s a pity for you to leave your present job?
  • W: To some extent, it is. I have learned a lot in the hospital. But I would like to try a different kind of life. By the way, could you tell me how much the job pays?
  • M: Sure. There is a five-month probationary period and when you only get RMB2,000 a month. After that, we’ll determine your salary according to your performance.
  • W: Oh, I see. Then, could you tell me something about the paid holidays, insurance, and things like that?
  • M: Every employee in our company gets life insurance and unemployment insurance. You will get two weeks paid holiday in your first full year.
  • W: That sounds fine. How much time will it take for me to be promoted here?
  • M: Promotion is not certain. It depends on your ability and performance. Maybe we’ll send you to one of our branches, if you like.
  • W: No problem. I hate staying in one place all the time. But in which cities do you have your branches? And, where is your company based ?
  • M: Our company is based in New York, with branches in many cities, such as Philadelphia, Beijing and London.

P5 Language Focus A

P7 Follow-up Practice 2

P8 Video 1

  • Chen: Good morning, Ms. Mandel.
  • Ms. Mandel: Good morning, sit down, please.
  • Chen: Thank you!
  • Ms. Mandel: You are Chen Bo, aren’t you? I’m Cathy Mandel, Director of the HR Department.
  • Chen: Yes, I’m Chen Bo. Nice to meet you, Ms. Mandel.
  • Ms. Mandel: Nice to meet you, too. I’ve gone through your resume and would like to know more about you.
  • Chen: Thank you for your interest in me.
  • Ms. Mandel: To start with, would you like to tell me a bit about yourself?
  • Chen: Sure. I’m a senior student at GDUF. I expect to graduate this summer. My major is international finance.
  • Ms. Mandel: So why did you choose our company?
  • Chen: As far as I know, your company is one of several leading international consultant corporations which came to China after China entered WTO. I think working here would give me the best chance to use what I’ve learned at university.
  • Ms. Mandel: As a major in international finance, what do you think you can do in consultancy?
  • Chen: Well, I know how to tackle problems. For example, I know I must first analyze the problem and work out the major cause. Then I will be able to search for ways to solve it from available data.
  • Ms. Mandel: Sometimes data is not enough. Have you got any relevant experience in this field?
  • Chen: Last year, during the probationary period, I was involved in the restoration of a factory in Nanjing, I really learned a lot from the experience, especially how to access people’s strengths and abilities.
  • Ms. Mandel: Can you cope with hard work under pressure and in a tough environment?
  • Chen: No problem, I don’t care about pressure or the environment as long as I enjoy the work.
  • Ms. Mandel: Good. Now, do you have any questions to ask?
  • Chen: Yes, I’ve got one. Are there any opportunities for Chinese employees to be transferred to the head office in New York or other branch offices around the world?
  • Ms. Mandel: Um, probably. I think you are likely to be sent to work in an overseas branch to get experience later on once you’ve proved your worth.
  • Chen: Oh, great. If I’m accepted, I will do my best for the company.
  • Ms. Mandel: I wish you luck! We’ll notify you of our final decision by Friday.
  • Chen: Thank you! Ms. Mandel. Good-bye.
  • Ms. Mandel: Goodbye.

P10 Language Focus B

P11 Follow-up Practice 1

P11 Follow-up Practice 2

P12 Video 2

  • Wang: May I come in?
  • Mr. White: Yes, please do.
  • Wang: Good morning, sir. My name is Merry Wang. I’ve come for an interview, as requested.
  • Mr. White: Nice to meet you, Miss Wang. I am Harry White, Director of the HR Department. I was expecting you. Please, take a seat.
  • Wang: Thank you.
  • Mr. White: Well, Miss Wang, you are applying for the position of Sales Manager, right? How did you know about our company?
  • Wang: I got to know your company from your TV commercials. They are elaborately designed and produced, and leave me deep impression. And in the summers of 1997 and 1998 I worked as a salesgirl for your company in Guangzhou.
  • Mr. White: Really? That’s good. Then you must know something about our company?
  • Wang: Yes, a little. Your company is very famous. Your cosmetics and skincare products are very popular with women all over the world.
  • Mr. White: Huh, that’s right. Miss Wang, can you tell me which university you attended?
  • Wang: Sun Yat-sen.
  • Mr. White: And what degree have you got?
  • Wang: I have a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
  • Mr. White: How is your English? You know, some staff members in our company are Americans, so conversational English is very important.
  • Wang: I passed TEM 8 at college, and I am good at oral English. I think I can communicate with Americans quite well.
  • Mr. White: Good. I know you are now with United Butter. What is your chief responsibility there?
  • Wang: I’ve worked there for five years, since I graduated from college. Two years ago, I was appointed Brand Manager—responsible for the Panda line of biscuits.
  • Mr. White: Why do you want to change your job?
  • Wang: I want to change my work environment, seek new challenges and broaden my experience. That’s why I want to move into sales.
  • Mr. White: What do you think is the most important qualification for a salesperson?
  • Wang: I think it’s self-confidence and quality products.
  • Mr. White: I agree with you. What salary would you expect to get here?
  • Wang: Well, I would leave it to you to decide after you consider my abilities. My current annual income in United Butter is 150 thousand. But, er, … could you tell me a little more about what the job entails?
  • Mr. White: You would be in charge of all the sales activities, for all hair products in northeast China. This would involve market analysis, client service and development, sales promotion, and regular customer satisfaction surveys. You’d report directly to the Regional Sales Director. Do you have any other questions?
  • Wang: Yes, only one. When can I get your decision?
  • Mr. White: I need to discuss with other board members. We’ll notify you of our decision as soon as possible. But … to be honest, you seem to be a good candidate with the right kind of experience and personality. You’re high on my list.
  • Wang: That’s good! Thank you, Mr. White. I look forward to hearing from you. Goodbye.
  • Mr. White: Goodbye.