Sunday, June 5, 2011

Telephone conversation between interviewer and job eeker

Conversational English can be hard. Even if you know correct grammar and proper sentence structure, you might still find it difficult to hold a conversation because of lack of fluency. It becomes more of a problem when you have to communicate in a formal manner such as when giving your job interview. Surely, lack of fluent English speaking skills can discourage any person, and they might avoid the opportunity just because of it.

It is indeed a fact that no single person can get a job without giving a job interview as it is the most important method of selecting and hiring candidates. If you are unable to talk in the medium the interviewer is using, then even if you deserve the job, you will not get selected due to hurdles in communication.

Sample Conversation Between Interviewer and Candidate

Candidate: May I come in, sir/ma’am?

Interviewer: Yes, come in.

Candidate: Good morning.

Interviewer: Good morning. Please, take a seat.

Candidate: Thank you.

Interviewer: Well, I have seen your CV. It was impressive, and that's why we have selected you for this interview. Tell me, why did you opt for this job?

Candidate: Because I believe that I possess excellent knowledge regarding it and I have three years of experience working in the same field too. Besides, working for a reputable company is what I always wanted, which is why I opted for this job.

Interviewer: Nicely put. Why did you leave your previous job?

Candidate: I want to expand my career as much as I can. I don’t want to stick to the same position forever unless it is a reputable organization.

Interviewer: Well, thanks for coming. You will be informed in two weeks if you get selected.

Candidate: Thank you so much. Goodbye.

Interviewer: Goodbye.

ask 1: Role-play the following dialogue between a company representative and a job seeker.

Ram: Hello, can I speak to Ms. Gita?

Gita : This is Gita. May I know who’s calling?

Ram: I’m Ram Prakash from Accel Computers. You have been short-listed for the first round of interviews. I need some more information from your side.

Gita : Oh sure Mr. Prakash. Please go ahead.

Ram: You have completed your MCA with high first class. Why did you apply for this job?

Gita : Market sources say Accel Computers is among the front runners in computer education. I therefore thought it was the best place to start a career.

Ram: I see. But given your academic background, won’t you be tempted to try for bigger and better prospects abroad? What kind of a commitment can you give us?

Gita : I have no intention of going abroad, Sir. I prefer to work for an indigenous company rather than faceless MNCs or foreign companies.

Ram: That’s very interesting. When will you be available for employment?

Gita : Immediately, Sir.

Ram: Great. I will get back to you in a couple of days through e-mail.

Gita : OK, Sir. And thank you for your time.

Ram: You are welcome Gita. Have a good day.

Gita : Thank you, Sir.

Below are tips that can help you speak fluent English during your job interview.

Create Dialogues

If you appear in a job interview, you must definitely know the general questions that an interviewer asks candidates. You can also search for these questions on the internet. Once you've finished, try to answer them according to your experience. Don't copy answers from the web, though you can read them to get an idea. Create dialogues by yourself for a job interview and practice them every day.

Try to Be More Fluent

To make vocal and ongoing conversations, you need to practice. You need to understand that the sentence you're speaking does not have to be entirely correct but fluent. Fluency shows that you are a confident person. A good thing about fluency is that sometimes, it makes your mistakes go unnoticed. Another thing to remember is that fluency here doesn't mean that you have to talk fast. It means that talk without pausing every now and then. Talking fast is another disadvantage. Speak in a moderate tone; just don't break your sentence by taking a lot of intervals.

Practice, Practice, Practice

The best thing you can do to improve your conversational English is, without a doubt, practice. The more you practice, the more quickly you'll be fluent. Write your own dialogues and practice in front of the mirror so that you can see your impression as well.

successful telephonice interview tips - do's and don't list

Telephonic Interviews

The dearth of time has set off a new-fangled recruitment practice these days - most organisations have now begun to interview the candidates telephonically as a preliminary assessment to sift through the large number of applicants. The desired response of a telephone interview is to secure a face-to-face interview. The response of a telephone interview is slightly different from that of a face-to-face interview.

Successful Telephonic Interview Tips

. Although, it is customary for interviewers to give you an advance notice of a telephone interview, some will not. They will just ring up and go for it. Once you start sending out applications, be prepared for telephone interviews. That call can come at 8 am Monday morning, 7 pm Friday evening or 9 pm Sunday night.

. Practise your voice projection. Speak aloud to practise. Ask someone else to listen to you or even record and play yourself back. It’s amazing how different you sound. You will notice the bad habits...the “errrrrrs” and “ummmmmms.”

. Obviously, telephone practice as well as general interview and question practice are essential. Further, you should be able to demonstrate a good knowledge regarding the job, the company, its products and services and even its competitors...that means undertaking research.

.Try to anticipate the questions you’ll be asked that demonstrate you can do the job. Then, prepare accordingly. Technical questioning on the telephone is common - as a means to screen candidates. The questions may not be in great depth, but should be known by a good candidate.

.During the interview, the interviewer has only ears with which to judge you, and that is something you must exploit.

.Have your research and company notes to hand. You should also have a copy of the résumé that you sent to that company. Remember, the most effective résumés are those that are especially tailored.

.Take a “surprise” call in your stride. If you are looking for work then no telephone interviews should really be a “surprise.”

.Be calm and collected. Remember to slow your least try by counting to 5 with each inhale and exhale.

.Smile - it really makes a difference in your voice so much so that the person on the other end can tell when you are smiling.

.Sound positive, friendly, and collected.

.If you need time say... “Thank you for calling. Would you wait just a moment while I close the door?” Rest the phone as you pull out your resume and company information.
.Be professional, as if it was a face-to-face interview. Don’t be over-familiar with the interviewer. It does happen!

.You should always refer to the interviewer by his or her surname until invited to do otherwise.
.Listen carefully to the interviewer. Listening and communication skills are essential.

.Be factual in your answers.

.Do not smoke or eat while on the phone.

.Shut out all background noise, such as pets, children playing and the television.

.Take notes. They will be invaluable to you in preparing for the face-to-face meeting. No need to record the conversation...that is a bit over the top!

.Prompt the interviewer to invite you to interview by saying, “I am immediately available for interview if you would like to arrange one now.”

.Taking care to ascertain the correct spelling and pronunciation of the interviewer’s name shows your concern for the small but important things in life - it will be noticed.

.If you require more details like a Job Description or Person Specification ask for one.

.Thank the interviewer for her time and that you hope to hear soon. No harm in saying that you are very keen for a face-toface interview. One school of thought asserts that you should ask three times for an interview; subtly of course. “I am immediately available for interview.”

“I really would like an opportunity to meet you and look around the company.” “I will be in the area on Monday and it is no problem to pop in.”

.It is difficult to evaluate an opportunity properly over the telephone. Even if the job doesn’t sound right, go to the interview. At the very minimum it will give you practice. Moreover, once you attend a face-to-face interview the job may look that bit more attractive as you gather more facts. You might even discover a more suitable opening elsewhere within the company; it does happen.

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