Mary: John, hi. Sit down, make yourself comfortable. John, tell me, you're already an office manager in a medium-sized finance company, why do you want to come and work here?
John: Well, I don't know how much you know but the company have been having some problems. quite a few staff have been laid off actually
Mary: … right…
John: … and although my job isn't immediately under threat, you just can't tell I'm not sure what the future will hold and, in any case, I felt that it was time to start moving up the career ladder. And I feel I want a little bit more responsibility. And that combined with the state of the company, convinced me that it's time to move on, really.
So let us suppose you had moved up the ladder in our pharmaceutical company, what would be your priorities in approaching your job.
The first would be to make sure that I had the support of the people working underneath me. The second would be to make sure my immediate boss also understands the role that I was trying to play within the company and third, would be to make sure that the customers were satisfied.
F: … there's always the classic one of why do you want to come and work for this company?
M : I guess "give an example of when you've been innovative, give an example of when you've been faced with a big challenge.
F I often ask the person what their strengths are . And I also ask them to tell me about the things that they would like to change about themselves.
laid off 被裁员，下岗
moving up the career ladder 攀登职业的阶梯
it's time to move on 是该挪个位子的时侯了
what would be your priorities in approaching your job 你在着手这个工作时，将优先考虑什么？
Mary: John, What are your strengths and weaknesses in the workplace?
John: What I'd bring to the job are very, very good organisational skills. I'm strongly motivated, I'm highly committed, very much a self-starter. I feel that my people skills are fairly well developed and I firmly believe that the combination of my people skills and my organisational ability is the right combination of skills to do this job really well.
Christopher: If you were assessing yourself on your own strengths and weaknesses, how would you summarise them?
Interviewee: Well I would look at it that I'm self motivated. I can also work with a group of people. I know that I can motivate them in a manner that is good for the company.
M ……classic answers that I would give? Well, classic answers are always I'm a great worker, I'm a team player, team players want they want to hear.
F ……I'd say I was a good team player, a self-starter, self motivated
F ……I believe that I have strong communication skills, organisationally I do well.
M …… I think that enthusiasm is always the thing that you want to get across first of all. It's really very much using active language as opposed to passive language.
strongly motivated 动机或目的性很强的
self motivated 自我要求高的
highly committed 高度责任心的
team player 团队工作者，指富有团队工作精神易与他人合作的人
people skills 与人相处的技能
combination of skills 综合技能
organisational ability 组织能力
Mary: Right well that's pretty much all I want to ask at the moment. Do you have any questions for me?
John: I'd just like to know what the time scale is? When do you expect to be able to let us know?
Key words and sentences
pretty much 意思是我提的问题基本上就这些了
I'd just like to know 我只是想知道
I'd just like to know what the time scale is.我只是想知道大概的时间长短