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Job interviews!

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TeresaC

I have recently had a telephone interview for a job back home in England. I have had many face-to-face job interviews before, and normally I don’t get particularly nervous. However, for a telephone interview, where I couldn’t see the interviewer, I was very apprehensive! I didn’t know what he thought of my answers, and it sometimes there were silences where he was writing down my answers, so I couldn’t tell whether he liked what I said or not!

My friends and family helped me prepare by asking me lots of questions before the interview. Sometimes, big companies ask strange questions unrelated to the job, such as, ‘what does your book collection say about you?’ or ‘if you were stranded in the desert, which three items would you take with you and why?’. The strangest question I have ever been asked in an interview was ‘if you could be a children’s TV character, which would you be and why?’.

I was especially worried about being asked to do a maths question on the spot, because maths isn’t my strongest subject! But luckily they didn’t ask me. When I applied for my first job in a cafe when I was sixteen, I was asked a maths question. Luckily, I got it right, but I was worried, because I paused to think about it for a long time!

My best interview was for my job at a café-bar at university. My interviewer was so friendly and I was the last person of the day to be interviewed. This meant that he wasn’t too rushed, and we got on really well. I knew I had the job when I left the interview room, even though he didn’t tell me until he telephoned me the next day!

I like writing, and so filling in a long application form doesn’t bother me. I’ve had some part-time jobs where I didn’t need an interview at all! But my favourite stage of a job application is when it gets to the final interview…then it gets very exciting!

In the future, my dream job is to work for a company I like, in a strong team of people, and to enjoy it! I’m looking at a career in marketing or something where I can be creative and fairly sociable. I love to talk, and so, although I don’t mind interviews, I wish they weren’t so nerve-wracking!

Discussion

Have you ever had a job interview? What would your dream job be, and why?

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SemaSou 9 April, 2014 - 10:12

Unfortunatly here in Tunisia unlike the teenage girls in Uk and so many other countries we can not apply for a job for so many reasons ; in fact the job shortage and the bad economical conditions we are getting through these days make it hard even impossible for girls my age to get a job when diplomates are struggling to get an appropriate job .. As for my dream job I consider being a doctor or an engineer since those two jobs are tightly related to sciences , a field that I adore and, are in continual progress which make it always possible for me to continue my studies ...

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TeresaC 9 April, 2014 - 20:21

Hi SemaSou! Thank you for your comment - it's interesting to hear about the differences between life in the UK and Tunisia. Good luck for your dream jobs - I hope your dream comes true! When I was at school, I found science very difficult - I preferred literature - so I admire your ambition! If you were able to get a part-time job now, what would you do? 

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serap 18 December, 2013 - 15:08

I know English well, but I know French,German and Spanish a little bit. I am trying to learn them! And I would like to learn Italian, Portugue and Japanese! But for the time being, I should focus on English, German, French and Spanish. Well, which languages do you know and want to know?

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TeresaC 19 December, 2013 - 09:01

That's amazing - you're so ambitious! I know French well, and I know a little German and Italian. I went to China last summer to teach English, and a learnt a very little bit of Mandarin whilst I was there, but it was so difficult and I can't remember most of what I learnt! How long have you been learning English? Would you like to visit all these countires to try and learn the language?

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serap 19 December, 2013 - 15:18

I have been learning English for almost 6 years. And I'd love to go to USA to improve my English. Going to San Francisco, California is my dream! And I would like to go to France and Colombia, as well! Which countries have you visited so far and which one have you loved chiefly?

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serap 17 December, 2013 - 15:44

I have never had a job interview, because I am only 15! And I want to be an interpreter who knows 5-6 languages. It is my dream! Hopefully, this will come true!

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TeresaC 17 December, 2013 - 18:19

Wow learning 5-6 languages sounds amazing (but very difficult!!) Which languages can you speak, and which would you like to learn in the future?

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justcricketforme 9 December, 2013 - 09:51

No never had one. I really want to a cricket analyst for ECB. Why I want to be an analyst? Because it's my passion and I find it fun to analys cricket and I'm great with computers. And why for ECB not PCB? Because when I grow up I'm gonna shift in England, London, most probably therefore, I 'd love to be an analyst for the cricket team I love!

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TeresaC 17 December, 2013 - 18:22

Hi justcricketforme! I should have guessed from your username that you love cricket!! It's great that you already know what you want to do! Have you ever been to England before? Which cricket teams do you support?

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justcricketforme 26 January, 2014 - 05:18

Hi TeresaC! No I haven't been to England but have many people from my family in England. I support England cricket team and Pakistan (sometimes!). I support England because they are really awesome cricketers and have great talents!

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Oliii98 7 December, 2013 - 19:02

I don't really know who I want to be in future. Anyway, I love english and I'm sure I would pick work, which will give me opportunities to use it. That why I'm trying to learn as much as I can here! :D

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TeresaC 17 December, 2013 - 18:20

Hi Oliii98! I think that is great - languages are always so useful! How long have you been learning English? 

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Harabeli Supersweet 4 December, 2013 - 15:20

No, I have never had a job interview. I'm not sure about my dream job. There are so many things that I like. Sometimes I think about being the Minister of Education and give my contribution to make my country a better place, because everything starts from education. Our school system should be improved. I love Maths and sciences. Being an animator at Disney Company would be a dream come true for me, because I have imagination and Disney movies are the best. They make me feel so good and optimistic.

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TeresaC 4 December, 2013 - 16:20

Hi Harabeli Supersweet! Wow - your dream of being the Minister of Education is a wonderful goal! It's true that everything starts from education, and it can awlays be improved. I also love your dream of being an animator at Disney, because I love Disney movies too! What's your favourite Disney movie? 

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RehinaParker 3 December, 2013 - 18:33

Not yet...i like to be a literature teacher in the feature because i love writing and reading books.

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TeresaC 3 December, 2013 - 16:51

Hi SandraB! My first jobs were working in a cafe and babysitting! What are your favourite subjects at school? 

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Ash94 2 December, 2013 - 14:22

Hi Teresa! At first I wanted to be a doctor. So I studied bio science and did my A/L last month and now I'm awaiting for results. But without waiting for results I thought to learn something related to management as well. So I'm starting to follow 'cima'( UK ) by next January. May your dream job as a marketing manager will come true!!!

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TeresaC 2 December, 2013 - 18:11

Hi Ash! Wow, it sounds like you've been busy! As a literature student, I find science really difficult so I'm very impressed! Good luck with your results - I hope you did well :) 

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bloomsophie 3 December, 2013 - 15:29

yes i have to be doctor or teacher in english !!! i saw you are i nfrench to study french in algeria we study french too because france occupied algeria in the past great to meet you teresa c i have 13 years old take care

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TeresaC 3 December, 2013 - 16:49

HI bloomsophie! Its nice to see that we are both learning French!  Good luck with your plans to be a doctor or English teacher! What is your favourite subject at school? 

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bloomsophie 4 December, 2013 - 05:57

my favourite subject at school is english of course phisique sience and math but in the easy exams of english ihave bad not LO________OL i'd like to study in united kingdom but it is just wish hhhh

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