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Preparing for a Job Interview

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Published Date:15-07-2017
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Preparing for a Job Interview …in English Victoria Sportelli Department of Earth and Geo-Environmental Sciences University of Bari vittoria.sportelliuniba.itMock Interview in English to prepare for the real thingDefinition A mock interview is a simulation of a job interview used to coach job applicants for an actual employment interview.Purpose 1. Predict interview questions 2. Prepare information to include in the answer 3. Practice answers to communicate effectively in English by exploring grammar patterns and structures, appropriate terminology and pronunciation 4. Polish up on interview etiquette The 4Ps to Empowerment“Acts” of an Interview Act I: The Entrance Act II: The Performance Act III: The ExitAct I: The Entrance The Art of Meeting and GreetingI: Please, come in and take a seat. C: Thank you, Sir/Madam. I: Hello. What is your name? C: Good morning, Mr/Mrs/Ms/Professor Smith. My name is John Doe.(NB: first name first, last name last) It’s a pleasure/ Nice/Pleased to meet you. I: How do you do? C: How do you do. My name is….I: Hello. Nice to meet you, too. Thank you for coming. C: Thank you for having me. I: How are you, today? C: I’m very well, thank you. And you? I: Fine, thanks. Would you like a cup of coffee or something to drink before we begin? C: No, thank you all the same. I’m fine. I: Ok, then. Let’s get started.Act II: The Performance Core of the InterviewQuestion Categories A. Persona (questions 1-4) B. Qualifications, Work experience and Career goals (5-9)A. Questions about your persona 1. Questions about you 2. Question about your strengths 3. Questions about your weaknesses 4. Questions about hobbies/interests1. Questions about you Sample questions: • Tell us something about yourself. • How would you describe yourself? • Can you talk to us about yourself?Sample answer: My name is Jane Doe. I come from Mexico, but I live/am currently living in Italy. I have conferred a BSc in Geology and hold an MSc degree in Physics. I am currently working towards a PhD in Geophysics. (I graduated in Geology from the University of Bari, in 2010) My qualifications also include knowledge of petrol research and 3 years’ experience in geological surveying. I am single/married//separated/ divorced. I have one/two/three…. children.Useful Grammar: • Present Simple to express permanent situations, habits, routines, facts • Present Continuous to express temporary situations, actions in course • Present Perfect Simple/Continuous to express: – general experiences in the past without detailing when and where – experiences which began in the past, but are still in course (unfinished actions) • Past Simple to describe finished actions in the past at a given, specific, or implied moment and place.2.Question about your strengths Sample questions: • What are/would you consider to be your greatest strengths? • What would you say your strongest assets are? • What are your most positive aspects?Include 3-4 positive character traits: adaptable trustworthy flexible honest hard-working persistent reliable determined friendly tolerant loyal open-mindedInclude 3-4 proficiency traits: expert achiever detail-oriented initiator team-player mediator problem-solver quick-learner competent Leader multi-tasker efficientSample answers: I would say I am an honest, reliable, hard-working person. I also possess a positive outlook towards my profession and life in general. People say I am friendly and good at giving advice. I have very good leadership qualities, as well as organizational and time management skills, but my greatest strengths are my flexibility and ability to effectively handle multiple projects and meet deadlines.Useful patterns: • I am… • I have/possess • My greatest strengths are/include… • I would (I’d) say I am…. • I would (I’d) define/describe/depict myself as…. • I consider myself to be…. • I think/believe I am… • People say I am….Useful Grammar: • I am honest. (adjective) • I am a good listener. (noun) • I have/possess good managerial skills. (noun) • I am good at multitasking. (-ing form noun) • I know how/am able to adapt to new work situations. (verb)