Unit 3 Job Interview • Finding a job is like any other competitive activity. • Suggestions: • The first step is a good resume • Clear and concise, with the most important items on the first page. • name/address/phone/fax/email/beeper • The key items in a resume: • your job objective, your education, your work experience, your honors/awards, your affiliation and any offices held • hobbies, interests, personal information, references • The second step is a good cover letter. • The third step is the job-hunting process: • the interview. • bring several copies of your resume to the interview in case the committee members son’t have them. Be prepared to hand these out at the beginning. • Answers should be clear and concise • Here are some questions for you to practice answering before the interview: • Can you tell us something about yourself (life/background/education/ experience)? • What are your career goals • Why do you want this job? • What do you hope to be doing in 5 years from now? • What are you greatest achievements? • What are your strengths and weaknesses? • How are your English and computer skills? • Can you work with people from other cultures or countries? • Why should we hire you instead of other applicants? • The fourth step is to wear proper dress and greet your interviewer with a firm handshake and enthusiastic smile Dos and don’ts • • • • Arrive on time or a few minutes early. Do greet the interviewer. Give the appearance of energy as you walk. Smile and shake hands firmly. Be genuinely glad to meet the interviewer Do wait until you are offered a chair before sitting. Sit upright, look alert and interested at all times. Be a good listener as well as a good communicator. Do look a prospective employer in the eye while speaking. • • • • • • • Stress achievements. Do always conduct yourself as if you are determined to get the get you are discussing. If presented with an application. Don’t relay on your application or resume. The Interviewer wants you to speak for yourself. Don’t forget to bring a copy of your resume. Don’ smoke even if you are offered. Don’t chew the gum. Don’t answer questions with a simple yes or no. explain further. Don’t lie. • • Don’t make unnecessary derogatory remarks about your present or former employers. When explaining your reason for leaving, limit your comments to those necessary to adequately communicate your rationale. Don’t inquire about salary, vacation, bonuses, retirement, etc. on the initial interviews unless you are sure the employer is interested in hiring you. If the interviewer asks what salary you want, indicate what you’ve earned but that you’re more interested in opportunity than in a specific salary. Text A Get the Job You Want • Objectives: • 1. Grasp the main idea and structure of the text • 2. Realize the importance of examples in illustrating one’ point; • 3. Master the language points and grammatical structures in the text. • Interviewer: • Harvey Mackay of a manufacturing company ( Mackay Envelope Corporation) • Interviewee: • a recent college graduate • Position applied for: a sales job • Questions asked by the interviewer: • Para.2-5 • • • • • • • What have you done to prepare for the interview? Had you called anyone at Mackay Envelope Corporation to find out more about us? Had you called our suppliers? Or our customers? No. Had you checked with your university to see if there were any graduates working at Mackay whom you can interview? Had you asked any friends to grill you in a mock interview? Did you go to the library to find newspaper clippings on us? Did you write a letter beforehand to tell us about yourself? What you were doing to prepare for the interview and why you think you would be right for the job? • • • • • • • • • • Were you planning to follow up the interviews with another letter indicating your eagerness to join us? The answer to all the questions was the same: no. Form the answer, interviewer will deduce how well prepared would this person be Prospective a. likely to become or be e.g. The college had applications from nearly 200 prospective students. Part Two What pieces of advice: 4 pieces 1. Prepare to win 2. Never stop learning 3. Believe in yourself 4. Find a way to make a difference How to prepare to win: • Critic n critical a.( critical remark critical moment) criticism criticize • The author give 2 examples to illustrate the importance of preparation • On and off the basketball court • Apply : apply …to… apply for a position/ post • Odds (pl) n probability or chance odd a. strange • The odds are that…(i.e It is probable that…) • Do one’s homework: make preparation beforehand • Go after • Make attempt to do sth./at doing sth.; make attempt on sth. • The made no attempt to escape/ at escaping from school.. • Wander v. wonder v • Prospects (pl) n. chance of success; outlook • Never stop learning: • 1 example of a 90-year-old man who played tennis He said : Do you mind if I play the backhand court? I always like to work on weakness. • Weaknesses and strengths disadvantages and advantages minus and plus • merits and demerits strong and weak points virtues and defects • Believe in your self: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 2 examples Inadequate a. adequate a. Accomplish v. Find a way to make a difference Make a difference make no difference The rain didn’t make much difference to the game. The sea air has made a difference to her health Broad a. Mission n. Hold up delay Roads-works on the motorway are holding up the traffic. Part Three: Sparkle v. Words and phrases: to remember • • • • 1.estimate v. It is estimated that.. estimation n. in one’s estimation • • • • • • • • 2. Strike n. v. be on strike The stone struck me The earthquake struck striking adj. a ~ display His ~ good look (attracting attention) • 3. Alternatives n. adj. • You have the ~ of marrying or remaining a bachelor. • Have you got an ~ suggestion? • Alternate v. • The weather ~d between rain and sunshine. • alternation n.