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Table of content 03 05 09 12 Introduction Part 1 The interview Part 2 Negotiating for the job Part 3 Contract reading .
03 . Follow Carla on her search for that perfect job. Listen to how she dazzles her interviewer. And pick up savvy tips as she negotiates her salary package.Introduction Congratulations! This guide to Interview English provides all the essential tips you need to impress your potential employer.
List a weakness that you have already overcome Find something you had trouble with before but have since dealt with. Don’t be bullied into settling for a package unworthy of your qualifications. 05 . 3. It’s vital that Clara dresses professionally. 2. and researches the company. but it’s also crucial she has all the right answers to her Interviewer’s questions! Do you know how best to answer the most common interview questions? Top Tips for a successful interview: 1. 4. Be clear about your strengths – prepare specific examples! You say you’re a great problem-solver.Part 1 The interview Clara’s winning resume and brilliant cover letter has scored her an interview. Prove it with an example of how you overcame a difficult situation at work. Practice answers to potential questions before the interview Draft out questions you may be asked and think about how you would answer each one. Never allow yourself to be badgered about your salary It’s okay to give a salary range. Perhaps you were disorganized before but have now learnt to prioritise.
Clara’s interview Clara的面試 Interviewer: Why don’t you start by telling me about yourself? Clara: I’ve got five years of experience in the industry. Now we use the process of 360 degree feedback in our appraisal system and the team members feel this makes the process much more objective. What would you say is your greatest strength? Clara: I handle change well. I’m currently an Account Executive for several major clients in my company. I really enjoyed the challenge of this additional responsibility. 06 . Interviewer: Good. It also gave me the opportunity to propose and implement changes in the annual appraisal policies for the group. I was asked to be the team’s leader when my line manager was on maternity leave. I was able to discover how to get the best from the individual members of the team.
Interviewer: What would you say motivates you? Clara: I’ve always been a conscientious person and I strive to do the very best no matter what position I’m in. I’d appreciate some recognition from my superiors from time to time! Interviewer: Okay. Of course. I now prioritise all my tasks and plan everything ahead. but I’ve put a lot of effort to work on this. We’ll be in touch. thanks for coming in. 07 .Interviewer: And what would you say is your greatest weakness? Clara: I’ve had trouble planning in the past. Interviewer: What would your co-workers say about you? Clara: One of my team mates once mentioned that I was the most hardworking person he knows. My other colleagues have also told me that I’m an excellent source of feedback and ideas.
09 .maybe they can give you better benefits It’s not that they don’t think you deserve what you’re asking for. You might want to consider taking the job anyway if they’re willing to throw in free gym membership or extra days off. Because you deserve it! If you’re asking for more than what they’re offering. 2. be sure to make a solid case about how you deserve it. Perhaps they don’t have the budget to give you the number you want. Top Tips for negotiating your salary: 1. Be flexible .Part 2 Negotiating for the job Clara has impressed her Hiring Manager with her excellent answers and has received an offer! Listen to her negotiate for a salary package worthy of her skills and experience. 3. Research the salaries in your field Do a little market research so you know what to expect.
Unfortunately. The salary package will include an annual Christmas bonus and medical benefits. Clara: Hmmm… based on my current salary. Let’s talk again on Monday.Clara Negotiates Her Salary Package Hiring Manager: I enjoyed meeting with you the other day and would like to offer you the position of Senior Project Manager. 10 . Can I let you know my decision on Monday? Hiring Manager: Sure.000. What if we gave you more vacation days and a gym membership? Clara: Hmmm… I’m really interested in the position but I’ll need a few days to think it over. I was expecting something a little higher. that is all I’m authorised to offer. Hiring Manager: I understand. Clara: Thank you for the offer! I am honoured that you have selected me Hiring Manager: We’re happy to offer you a salary of $20.
Don’t be afraid to voice doubt if you have any Speak up if you need further clarification on an issue. Look out for measurable performance requirements in your contract and have vague performance requirements explained. 12 . seek help from a legal advisor. 2. Contract reading can be a difficult task. But an understanding of a few key words and phrases can help! Top tips for reading contracts: 1. 4. 3. Never agree to performance requirements that cannot be measured You don’t want to get fired for not being ‘good’. If you still can’t understand the terms. so take as long as you need. Take your time It’s important that you understand what you’re agreeing to.Part 3 Contract reading Clara has successfully negotiated a suitable salary package and is meeting with the Hiring Manager to sign her employment contract. Even native English speakers sometimes need help with legalese. even for native English speakers. If you don’t understand it. don’t agree to it Never sign your name to anything unless you understand the terms fully.
Key terms you need to know: Party Contracts almost always refer to Party A and Party B. For example: Clause 8. Stipulate This is a verb that means to specify an essential condition. For example: Article 4. People will often refer to them when discussing a contract. Who is Party A and who is Party B is made clear at the beginning of the contract.2 states clearly that you have no right to publish that material. 13 . Party means the person or persons forming one side of an agreement. Article / clause An article or a clause is a particular statement or point in the contract.1 stipulates that my client has the right to use the land as he wishes.
Condition A condition means anything that is necessary before the performance of something else. It is therefore useless. This means he/she can take you to court. a person is claiming you have broken your agreement. Breach of contract If you are accused of breach of contract. For example: You can buy the property on the condition that the money is paid in advance. Null and void If a contract is null and void the contract has no legal authority. 14 . Legally binding If a contract is legally binding you must obey the rules of the contract or you can be taken to court.
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