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Как подготовиться к собеседованию на английском?

What has been the highest pressure situation you has have been under in recent years? How did you cope with it?
За последние годы в какой ситуации вы ощутили себя под наибольшим давлением? Как вы с ней справились?

Стабильность и зрелость

Describe your most significant success and failure in the two last years. Опишите свое самое выдающееся достижение и неудачу за последние два года.
What do you like do best? Чем вы больше всего любите заниматься?
What do you like to do least? Чем вы меньше всего любите заниматься?
Think about your last review. What did your supervisor suggest needed improvement? Что в последней рецензии ваш директор рекомендовал вам изменить в себе?
What have you done about it? Что вы для этого сделали?

Заинтересованность в саморазвитии

What has been the most important event or who has been the most important person in your own self development? Какой человек или событие повлияли в наибольшей степени на ваше саморазвитие?
How much of your education did you earn? Что вам дало ваше образование?
What kind of books or other publications do you read? Какие книги и другие издания вы читаете?
Have you taken a management development course? Вы проходили курсы повышения квалификации руководителей?
How are you helping your coworkers/ subordinates develop themselves? Каким образом вы помогаете своим коллегам/ подчиненным развиваться?

Примеры ответов на некоторые типичные вопросы.

Interviewer: What type of position are you looking for?

Candidate 1: I’m interested in an entry level (beginning) position.
Candidate 2: I’m looking for a position in which I can use my experience.
Candidate 3: I would like any position for which I qualify.

Interviewer: Are you interested in a full-time or part-time position?

Candidate: I am more interested in a full-time position. However, I would also consider a part-time position.

Interviewer: Can you tell me about your responsibilities at your last job?

Candidate: I advised customers on financial matters. After I consulted the customer, I completed a customer inquiry form and catalogued the information in our database. I then collaborated with colleagues to prepare the best possible package for the client. The clients were then presented with a summarized report on their financial activities that I formulated on a quarterly basis.

Interviewer: What is your greatest strength?

Candidate 1: I work well under pressure. When there is a deadline (a time by which the work must be finished), I can focus on the task at hand (current project) and structure my work schedule well. I remember one week when I had to get 6 new customer reports out by Friday at 5. I finished all the reports ahead of time without having to work overtime.
Candidate 2: I am an excellent communicator. People trust me and come to me for advice. One afternoon, my colleague was involved with a troublesome (difficult) customer who felt he was not being served well. I made the customer a cup of coffee and invited both my colleague and the client to my desk where we solved the problem together.
Candidate 3: I am a trouble shooter. When there was a problem at my last job, the manager would always ask me to solve it. Last summer, the LAN server at work crashed. The manager was desperate and called me in (requested my help) to get the LAN back online. After taking a look at the daily backup, I detected the problem and the LAN was up and running (working) within the hour.

Interviewer: What is your greatest weakness?

Candidate 1: I am overzealous (work too hard) and become nervous when my co-workers are not pulling their weight (doing their job). However, I am aware of this problem, and before I say anything to anyone, I ask myself why the colleague is having difficulties.
Candidate 2: I tend to spend too much time making sure the customer is satisfied. However, I began setting time-limits for myself If I noticed this happening.

Interviewer: Why do you want to work for us?

Candidate 1: After following your firm’s progress for the last 3 years, I am convinced that you are becoming one of the market leaders and I would like to be part of the team.
Candidate 2: I am impressed by the quality of your products. I am sure that I would be a convincing salesman because I truly believe that the ABC is the best product on the market today.

Interviewer: When can you begin?

Candidate 1: Immediately.
Candidate 2: As soon as you would like me to begin.

Приведенные вопросы относятся к разряду основных вопросов, их задают практически на всех стандартных собеседованиях. Важно использовать как можно больше деталей и подробностей при ответах на вопросы. Тем самым Вы дадите работодателю понять, что Вам будет не сложно работать в данной сфере. Конечно, не легко описывать сложные вещи на английском языке, но это необходимо для того, чтобы продемонстрировать работодателю Ваш профессионализм. Не бойтесь делать ошибки на английском. Лучше предоставить как можно больше качественной информации, сделав некоторые грамматические ошибки, чем грамотно рассказать ни о чем.
I didn’t quite catch your question. Если Вы не смогли понять вопрос, не нужно паниковать. Это вовсе не значит, что вы не знаете языка. Работодатели вполне положительно отнесутся к тому, что Вы переспросите его вопрос. Лучше всего задать вопрос переспросом, например Did I get it right that you ask me about my strongest points at work? Также можно использовать следующие фразы:

Sorry, I didn’t quite catch your question.

Could you repeat it, please?

Sorry, what do you mean by “implementing changes”?

Sorry, I can’t see your point. Can you explain it to me?

Oh, thank you. I got your point (question)/Now I see.

Вопросы, которые Вам можно задать во время собеседования по приему на работу:

What will be my responsibilities? Что будет входить в мои обязанности?
Who will I report to? Who will be my supervisor? Перед кем я буду отчитываться? Кто будет моим руководителем?
What do you expect me to do in my company role? Чем я должен буду заниматься во время работы?
Who are your customers/clients? Кто является вашими заказчиками/ клиентами?
Where is the company going? What are its plans for expansion? Каковы планы компании? Каковы планы расширения компании?