25.10.2018

Lesson: job interview




Job interview

An interactive lesson to master your soft skills.

Instructions

If you are planning to find a new job you might want to consider finding an ad related to a chosen industry on the job sites.

International sites:

Ukrainian sites:

Here are some tips to easy up the process:

  • Find a job vacancy in the industry interesting for you;
  • Look through the other people’s CVs;
  • Create an account in LinkedIn social media as many HRs check it out on a regular basis
  • If you are aiming at the top management, buy an account in LinkedIn and contact company management by writing them directly through the private messages

Prepare your CV

Professional Graphic Designer Resume
David Maslow
ADDRESS            210 Wesley Ave • Beaverton, OR 56003
PHONE                (004) 333-5555
EMAIL                 david@email.com
1.
Creative and A.  and multi-talented graphic designer 
with a strong B.  in presentation, design development and layout enhancement.
C. at understanding the client’s requirements.
2.
• Web Designing                       • Interaction Layout                   • Motion Graphics
• Digital Imaging                      • Concept Development             • Layout Enhancement
• Design Development             • Adobe Suite                              • Quark Xpress
3.
– D. specific content for specific campaigns.
– Independently developed layout and design for 15+ promotional websites
4.
PHOTOCRAFT INC, Beaverton, OR | 3/2013 to Present
Graphic Designer
– Meet with clients, determine their needs and E. and plan the project by actively participating in weekly brainstorm sessions;
– Take direction from managers and F. design skills to create a vision;
– Iterate, revise and produce final art product;
– G. with team and stakeholders to develop individual concepts.
5.
INSTITUTE OF ARTS, Beaverton, OR, 2010
I. Degree in Graphic Designing
6.
I play soccer in an amateur team
7.
He is a self-motivated and J.  individual
who is committed to getting things done.
– Sara Peter, Manager, PhotoCraft Inc.

Upon request
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Exercises

  1. Look at the CV and put the titles from the list below in the gaps (1-7).
  • Performance summary
  • Core competencies
  • References
  • Professional experience
  • Interests
  • Education
  • Key accomplishments

2. Complete the gaps (A-J) in the text with the words in the box.

  • expertise
  • versatile
  • Collaborate
  • expectations
  • Devised
  • utilize
  • Bachelor’s
  • Competent
  • Independent

3. Useful dynamic vocabulary

Nouns

  • a track record
  • client satisfaction
  • competitive
  • Strong expertise in
  • marketing purposes
  • client requirements
  • Master’s degree

Verbs

  • achieve                  
  • develop
  • establish
  • improve                  
  • introduce
  • negotiate               
  • resolve
  • transform
  • increase
  • implement
  • build up
  • produce
  • Collaborate with
    Expanded on

Adjectives

  • conscientious 
  • efficient                  
  • enthusiastic
  • goal-driven
  • resourceful
  • focused
  • ambitious

Prepare your cover letter

Dear [Name],

Paragraph 1 – Start off with a bang

Give a recruiter a reason to read on and include information about a referral, if you have it. (it’s highly advisable to do.)

Example: I would like to apply for the Marketing Manager role you have advertised on Jobsite. I was pleased to hear from your colleague John Smith, who recommended me for the position.

Paragraph 2 – Why you’re the one

Describe the most relevant skills and experience related to the job

Example: I could be a great fit for your business, as I’ve had a few years of experience working for various high-profile marketing agencies, outlined in my CV. It shows that I’ve worked with various international clients on various campaigns. For example, I’ve worked with [company name] on several successful projects.

Paragraph 3 – What you can do for your company

Incorporate your research, perhaps adding a career goal

Example: I’ve spoken to Jeremy, and I understand that you’re looking for a graduate with high technical skill and strong potential to grow as a digital marketer. I fit that profile, and have the confidence to grow and contribute to your business.

Paragraph 4 – Ending the cover letter

You could make a final statement on your availability, add contact details and potentially online links if you have any.

Example: Thank you for considering my application. I will contact you next week to follow up on my application and arrange for an interview – in the meantime, call me on my phone number at [insert number]or email me at [insert email address]. You can also see examples of my work at [insert website link].

 

1. Write T [True] or F [False] on the following statements.

1. Do some research on the company.
2. Tell your life story.
3. Write 5-6 paragraphs in length.
4. Avoid saying ‘I’.
5. Use abbreviations.
6. No need to proofread your cover letter.

2. Write your cover letter using the tips and examples.

Prepare for job interview questions

Read the most common questions on the interview and the tips on how to answer them. Important! Prepare YOUR OWN ANSWERS on the questions. 

State what you do as it relates to the job, think about two-three past experiences, two strengths and achievements, two-three adjectives that defines you as a team member and a professional.

Research the company so you can talk about the benefits. Check out the company’s LinkedIn page, as well. Compare your goals with the objectives of the company and the position.

Make a list of your skills, education or training, soft skills, hard skills, or past work experiences. Narrow your list of skills down to 3 particularly strong skills. Next to each skill, note a particular example of how you have used that strength in the past.

Even though the question is about weaknesses, your answer should always be framed around positive aspects of your skills and abilities as an employee. Example: I sometimes can be too fixed on the details and some consider me as a perfectionist.

Prepare a few well-chosen adjectives to be ready to answer this question, e.g. loyal, dedicated, ambitious, etc.

Think about components of the job in which you can excel, stating your goals in terms of results which you would like to produce.

Say  what you are passionate about and to show how that relates to the role they are looking for.

One of the best answers are: I am equally comfortable working as a member of a team and independently. In researching the LMN company, your mission statement and the job description, I could see similarities to my previous position where there were some assignments that required a great deal of independent work and research and others where the team effort was most effective. As I said, I’m comfortable with both.

The best way to respond is to give an example of something you accomplished that is directly related to the job you are interviewing for.  

A behavioural question about conflict forces you to talk about a less-than-delightful situation. It can be difficult to come up with a good example on the fly. This is why it is important to prepare an example in advance using the S.T.A.R format (situation, task, attitude, result). The STAR format allows you to structure the general shape of your response by jotting down bullets for each of the key aspects of the story.

Homework

Instructions

  1. Write your CV in English taking into account the tips and useful language above.
  2. Write your cover letter based on the tips provided above.
  3. Prepare your answers on the questions.

You've got two options:

Fast and easy

Book a private session with a tutor to discuss your questions, check your CV and a cover letter and practise the job interview questions. Plus there are many interview questions you should work on.

Longer and free

Send your CV and a cover letter to check. You can also submit your prepared job interview questions. Bear in mind that the checking process might take up to 3-5 days.