YOUR TASK #3

JOB INTERVIEW PREPARATION, TIPS FOR ANSWERINING COMMON RECRUITER QUESTIONS
TIPS FOR ANSWERING COMMON RECRUITER QUESTIONS
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR WEAKNESSES
An ideal candidate won't deny that they have real weaknesses. But the weakness they choose won't interfere with the duties of the job in question.

EXAMPLE 1.

I'm not very good at gauging how long a task will take me to finish. I quite often underestimate the time it will take to do smaller jobs. The result is that I don't delegate enough time to larger, more important projects. I have to rush to get things done. Sometimes I miss deadlines. To address the issue, I've started taking time management courses.

EXAMPLE 2.

"I can be too critical of myself. A pattern I've noticed throughout my career is that I often feel I could have done more, even if objectively, I've done well. Earlier in my career, this led to burnout and negative self-talk. One solution I've implemented over the last three years is to actively pause and celebrate my achievements. Not only has this helped my own self-esteem, but it has also helped me genuinely appreciate and recognize my team and other support systems."

EXAMPLE 3.

"I tend to be a perfectionist and can linger on the details of a project which can threaten deadlines. Early on in my career, when I worked for ABC Inc., that very thing happened. I was laboring over the details and in turn, caused my manager to be stressed when I almost missed the deadline on my deliverables. I learned the hard way back then, but I did learn. Today I'm always aware of how what I'm doing affects my team and management. I've learned how to find the balance between perfect and very good and being timely."
LIST OF WEAKNESSES
  • Disorganized - неорганизованный

  • Self-Critical/Sensitive - самокритичный/чувствительный

  • Perfectionism (Note: this can be a strength in many roles, so be sure you have an example of how perfectionism can be a problem to demonstrate that you've thought deeply about this trait) - перфекционизм

  • Shy/Not adept at public speaking - застенчивый, не способный к публичным выступлениям

  • Competitive (Note: Similarly to perfectionism, this can be a strength) - во всем соревнующийся

  • Limited experience in a non-essential skill (especially if obvious on your resume) - небольшой опыт в незначительном навыке

  • Not skilled at delegating tasks - не умеющий делегировать задачи

  • Take on too much responsibility - брать сильно много ответственности

  • Not detail-oriented/Too detail-oriented - не внимательный к деталям/слишком внимательный к деталям

  • Not comfortable taking risks - неохотно берущий риски

  • Too focused/Lack of focus - слишком сосредоточенный/отсутствие фокуса

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR STRENGTHS
EXAMPLE 1. PROBLEM SOLVER
"I think one of my greatest strengths is as a problem solver. I have the ability to see a situation from different perspectives and I can get my work done even in the face of difficult obstacles. I also feel that my communication skills are top notch. I feel just as comfortable presenting to senior executives as I do mediating a conflict between junior team members. I worked as a programmer in the past so I have that perspective of a developer and I think that they respect me for that."

EXAMPLE STRENGTH 2: LEADERSHIP SKILLS
"I've always been a natural leader. With over ten years of experience in finance and sales, I've exceeded my KPIs every quarter and have been promoted twice in the past five years. I look back at those successes and know that I wouldn't have reached them if I hadn't built and led teams composed of highly skilled and diverse individuals. I'm proud of my ability to get cross-functional groups on the same page. I've regularly honed my management skills through 360 reviews and candid sessions with my team, and I know continuing to build my leadership skills is something I want from my next role."

EXAMPLE STRENGTH 2: COLLABORATION SKILLS
"I'm very collaborative and have always preferred to work in groups. In the project teams I've directed, members work with a variety of people and are motivated by diverse creative tasks. Since I began managing my current team, I've increased productivity by 15 percent and retention by 25 percent over three years."

EXAMPLE STRENGTH 3: ORGANIZATION SKILLS
"I never miss a deadline. I'm highly organized, and I've applied my natural skill for organizing people and projects to all aspects of my work. After seven years of working as a project manager, I've had only one late product launch. From that experience, which took place three years ago, I learned a crucial lesson about trade-offs. I spent time addressing a crucial design need and that pushed everything else back. I wouldn't trade the lessons I learned from that experience for anything—being sure to communicate to stakeholders about upcoming roadblocks chief among them."
LIST OF STRENGTHS
  • Action-oriented - ориентированный на практические действия

  • Attentive/Detail-oriented - внимательный/внимательный к деталям

  • Collaborative - способный к сотрудничеству

  • Committed/Dedicated - преданный делу

  • Creative - креативный

  • Determined - целеустремленный

  • Disciplined/Focused - дисциплинированный/сосредоточенный

  • Empathetic - способный сопереживать

  • Enthusiastic/Passionate/Driven - воодушевленный/полный энтузиазма

  • Flexible/Versatile - гибкий/разносторонний

  • Honest - честный

  • Innovative - инновационный

  • Patient - терпеливый

  • Respectful - уважительный
Task 2. Complete these dialogues with the past simple or present perfect form of the verbs in brackets.

A. I need to ask David if he ________ (decide) to set up the group.

B. Don`t worry. I ________ (already / speak) to him about it.

A. Really? When ________ (you / see) him?

B. I ________ (call) him first thing today.

A. What ________ (he / say) ?

B. He ________ (not / make) up his mind yet. He needs some documents from head office, and they still ________ (not / arrive).

Answers
Task 2. Complete these dialogues with the past simple or present perfect form of the verbs in brackets.

A. I need to ask David if he has decided to set up the group.

B. Don`t worry. I have already spoken to him about it.

A. Really? When did you see him?

B. I called him first thing today.

A. What did he say?

B. He hasn't made up his mind yet. He needs some documents from head office, and they still haven't arrived.
Task 3. Watch the video and note down any new vocabulary you might hear

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