JOB INTERVIEW SIMULATION IN ENGLISH
                                      (This workshop may help you get one or more good jobs)


The object of this workshop is to train you for a job interview in English. By rehearsing interview questions, you'll become more familiar with your own qualifications and will be better prepared to demonstrate how you can benefit an employer. If you help your teacher put it all together, you will be able to simulate real interviews in English, and qualify for the job you want.

The steps to follow are these:
1. Write down the answers to the questions below, in accordance with your education and experience. Have your teacher review it and suggest changes if needed. In order to answer some of the questions, you have to project yourself into the future and assume that you have already graduated.
2. Then you review that material on your own, several times, and become very  familiar with all the vocabulary and expressions in it.
3.     Study the video to understand the importance of body language. Also, watch several videos about job interviewing.
4. Next, read aloud your written answers, record them, and listen to yourself. Repeat this exercise several times, until you are satisfied with your own performance.
5. Finally, ask a classmate, friend, or relative to help you put the interview into practice. Better yet, save this in a video so that you can observe yourself and ask your teacher and other persons for suggestions to refine the message you give with your words and body language.


Research the vision, mission, products, trends, history, everything about the company
Practice the job interview with a relative or friend, over and over.

Be on time
Dress neatly and conservatively
Make sure you are enthusiastic
Maintain good eye contact
Make sure you can summarize your strengths

                                              Common Job Interview Questions

"Tell me about yourself."
Make a short, organized statement of your education and professional achievements and professional goals. Then, briefly describe your qualifications for the job and the contributions you could make to the organization.

"Why do you want to work here?" or "What about our company interests you?"
Answer these questions clearly and with enthusiasm. Show the interviewer your interest in the company. Share what you learned about the job, the company and the industry through your own research. Talk about how your professional skills will benefit the company.

"Why did you leave your last job?"
The interviewer may want to know if you had any problems on your last job. If you did not have any problems, simply give a reason, such as: relocated away from job; company went out of business; laid off; temporary job; no possibility of advancement; wanted a job better suited to your skills.
If you did have problems, this is not the place and time to describe that employer in negative terms. Be honest and optimistic with yourself and the world: refer to it as a great learning experience.

"What are your best skills?"
If you have sufficiently researched the organization, you should be able to imagine what skills the company values. List them, then give examples where you have demonstrated these skills, whether in undergraduate work, part-time jobs, or otherwise.

"What is your major weakness?"
Watch this video:
Be positive; turn a weakness into a strength. For example, you might say: "I often worry too much over my work. Sometimes I work late to make sure the job is done well." Or, you could say: "Sometimes I think I am a perfectionist with regards to my performance at work." In any case, you have to be careful with a slip of the tongue that may immediately take you out of the competition for the job.

"Do you prefer to work by yourself or with others?"
The ideal answer is one of flexibility. Give examples describing how you have comfortably worked in both situations.

"What are your career goals?" or "What are your future plans?"
The interviewer wants to know if your plans and the company's goals are compatible. Let him know that you are ambitious enough to plan ahead. Talk about your desire to learn more and improve your performance, and be specific as possible about how you will meet the goals you have set for yourself.

"What are your hobbies?" and "Do you play any sports?"
The interviewer may be looking for evidence of your job skills outside of your professional experience. For example, hobbies such as chess or bridge, demonstrate analytical skills. Reading, music, and painting are creative hobbies. Individual sports show determination and stamina, while group sport activities may indicate you are comfortable working as part of a team.
Alternatively, the interviewer might simply be curious as to whether you have a life outside of work. Employees who have creative or athletic outlets for their stress are often healthier, happier and more productive.
Interviews may be tricky sometimes. My nephew told me how he was interviewed simultaneously with seven more applicants. After the above questions, they were given some straws and asked to pair up with another person to create something with the straws. Six of the applicants, proceded to make representations of rockets, buildings, animals, and other subjects, without talking to their partners. Only my nephew and his partner first discussed and planned what they were going to do together, and came out with a simple representation of a bridge. Both were given a job as flight attendants with British Airways.

"What salary are you expecting?"
You probably don't want to answer this one directly. Instead, deflect the question back to the interviewer by saying something like: "I am not worried about that, because I know that this company does not pay salaries that are below the industry standards." Or, "I don't know. What are you planning on paying the best candidate?" Let the employer make the first offer.
However, it is still important to know what the current salary range is for the profession. Find salary surveys at the library or on the Internet, and check the classifieds to see what comparable jobs in your area are paying. This information can help you negotiate compensation once the employer makes an offer.

"Why should we hire you?"
To answer this question properly, do the following:
Talk about your qualities, skills and values and how they match the job requirements
Provide examples to support answers
Connect answers to company’s values (make sure you have read and studied the company’s vision and mission)
Summarize answer

"What have I forgotten to ask?"
Use this as a chance to summarize your good characteristics and attributes and how they may be used to benefit the organization. Convince the interviewer that you understand the job requirements and that you can succeed.


Here are some other job interview questions you might want to rehearse.

Your Qualifications
What can you do for us that someone else can't do?
What qualifications do you have that relate to the position?
What new skills or capabilities have you developed recently?
Give me an example from a previous job where you've shown initiative.
What have been your greatest accomplishments recently?
What is important to you in a job?
What motivates you in your work?
What have you been doing since your last job?
What qualities do you find important in a coworker?

Your Career Goals
What would you like to being doing five years from now?
How will you judge yourself successful? How will you achieve success?
What type of position are you interested in?
How will this job fit in your career plans?
What do you expect from this job?
Do you have a location preference?
Can you travel?
What hours can you work?
When could you start?

Your Work Experience
What have you learned from your past jobs?
What were your biggest responsibilities?
What specific skills acquired or used in previous jobs relate to this position?
How does your previous experience relate to this position?
What did you like most/least about your last job?
Whom may we contact for references?

Your Education
How do you think your education has prepared you for this position?
What were your favorite classes/activities at school?
Why did you choose your major?
Do you plan to continue your education?

In addition to the above procedure, you should look for more tips and advice with the links given below.


                                      34 COMMON MISTAKES DURING THE INTERVIEW
                                                       (Based on Reports from 153 firms)

1. Poor personal appearance.
2. Lack of interest and enthusiasm: Passive and indifferent.
3. Over emphasis on money: interested only in best dollar offer.
4. Condemnation of past employers.
5. Failure to look at the interviewer when conversing.
6. Limp, fishy handshake.
7. Unwillingness to go where sent.
8. Late to interview.
9. Failure to express appreciation for interviewer’s time.
10. Asks no questions about job.
11. Indefinite response to questions.
12. Overbearing, over aggressive, conceited with superiority or   "know it all complex."
13. Inability to express self clearly: Poor voice diction, grammar.
14. Lack of planning for career: no purpose and goals.
15. Lack of confidence and poise: nervous ill at ease.
16. Failure to participate in activities.
17. Unwilling to start at the bottom-expects too much too soon.
18. Makes excuses, evasive, hedges on unfavorable factors in record.
19. Lack of tact.
20. Lack of courtesy: ill mannered.
21. Lack of Maturity.
22. Lack of vitality.
23. Indecision.
24. Sloppy application blank.
25. Merely shopping around.
26. Wants job for short time.
27. No interest in company or industry.
28. Low moral standards.
29. Cynical.
30. Lazy.
31. Intolerant: strong prejudices.
32. Narrow interests.
33. Inability to take criticism.
34. High pressure type.


                                                  EXAMPLES OF RESUMES

For examples of resumes for different professions, click on the corresponding links at the bottom of this page.

Another way to get a particular example of a resume, e.g., for an economist, is to go to and print: resume+example+economist. These keywords will return you thousands of examples from which you can design your own version.

To obtain examples of resumes in other professions, just change economist for the corresponding profession you are interested in.


                                     DO'S AND DON'TS IN A JOB INTERVIEW
The Interview: Body Language Do's and Don'ts (

Your heart feels ready to leap out of your chest. Beads of sweat build on your forehead. Your mind is racing.

It's not a full-blown interrogation -- although it may feel like it -- it's just a job interview. While it's no secret that job interviews can be nerve-racking, a lot of job candidates spend a significant amount of time worrying about what they will say during their interview, only to blow it all with their body language. The old adage, "It's not what you say, it's how you say it," still holds meaning, even if you're not talking. You need to effectively communicate your professionalism both verbally and nonverbally.

Because watching your nonverbal cues, delivering concise answers and expressing your enthusiasm at once can be difficult when you're nervous, here's a guide to walk you through it:

Have them at "hello"

Before you walk into the interview, it's assumed that you will have done the following: prepared yourself by reading up on the company and recent company news; practiced what you'll say to some of the more common interview questions; and followed the "what to wear on your interview" advice. So you're ready, right?

Some hiring managers claim they can spot a possible candidate for a job within 30 seconds or less, and while a lot of that has to do with the way you look, it's also in your body language. Don't walk in pulling up your pantyhose or readjusting your tie; pull yourself together before you stand up to greet the hiring manager or enter their office. Avoid a "dead fish" handshake and confidently -- but not too firmly -- grasp your interviewer's hand and make eye contact while saying hello.

Shake your hand, watch yourself

If you are rocking back in your chair, shaking your foot, drumming your fingers or scratching your... anything, you're going to look like your going to look the type of future employee who wouldn't be able to stay focused, if even for a few minutes. It's a not a game of charades, it's a job interview. Here's what to do (and not do):

# Rub the back of your head or neck. Even if you really do just have a cramp in your neck, these gestures make you look disinterested.

# Rub or touch your nose. This suggests that you're not being completely honest, and it's gross.

# Sit with your armed folded across your chest. You'll appear unfriendly and disengaged.

# Cross your legs and idly shake one over the other. It's distracting and shows how uncomfortable you are.

# Lean your body towards the door. You'll appear ready to make a mad dash for the door.

# Slouch back in your seat. This will make you appear disinterested and unprepared.

# Stare back blankly. This is a look people naturally adapt when they are trying to distance themselves.

# Sit up straight, and lean slightly forward in your chair. In addition to projecting interest and engagement in the interaction, aligning your body's position to that of the interviewer's shows admiration and agreement.

# Show your enthusiasm by keeping an interested expression. Nod and make positive gestures in moderation to avoid looking like a bobblehead.

# Establish a comfortable amount of personal space between you and the interviewer. Invading personal space (anything more than 20 inches) could make the interviewer feel uncomfortable and take the focus away from your conversation.

# Limit your application of colognes and perfumes. Invading aromas can arouse allergies. Being the candidate that gave the interviewer a headache isn't going to do anything in your favor.

# If you have more than one person interviewing you at once, make sure you briefly address both people with your gaze (without looking like a tennis spectator) and return your attention to the person who has asked you a question.

# Interruptions can happen. If they do, refrain from staring at your interviewer while they address their immediate business and motion your willingness to leave if they need privacy.

# Stand up and smile even if you are on a phone interview. Standing increases your level of alertness and allows you to become more engaged in the conversation.

Say Goodbye Gracefully

After a few well-thought-out questions and answers with your interviewer, it's almost over, but don't lose your cool just yet. Make sure your goodbye handshake is just as confident now as it was going in. Keep that going while you walk through the office building, into the elevator and onto the street. Once safely in your car, a cab or some other measurable safe distance from the scene of your interview, it's safe to let go. You may have aced it, but the last thing you want is some elaborate end-zone dance type of routine killing all your hard work at the last moment.

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