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0:09

Hello, in this and the next and final video in our course, 
we're going to look at some of the do's and don'ts of an interview. 
We will look at what are acceptable things to see and hear in an interview in 
the United States, and what are unacceptable things to see and hear.




0:29

By the end of these two videos you should have a clear understanding 
of what a good interview should look and sound like.




0:37

Let's get started.




0:41

We're going to begin, by looking at the beginning of an interview.




0:46

This is when the interviewee will first meet the interviewer. 
And perhaps, make some small talk before the actual interview begins.




0:56

As you watch ask yourself the question, 
is this interviewee making a good first impression? 
Why or why not?




1:07

After the scene we'll come back and discuss your answers. 
>> [SOUND]. 
>> Come in. 
>> [SOUND]. 
>> Come in. 
>> Am I in the right place for the job interview? 
>> Are you Michael Flatly? 
>> The last time I checked I was. 
>> Sorry?




1:25

>> I'm sorry, I'm Michael Flatly.




1:27

I'm really sorry I'm late the train took forever getting here. 
Public transportation in this city I hate it may I sit? 
>> Sure.




1:40

>> I hope you agree that this was not the greatest of starts to an interview.




1:45

First, the interviewee was late. Which is not something you should ever be for an interview.




1:52

Then he came dressed unprofessionally.




1:56

Finally, his manner was too informal, and casual, for 
a professional situation, like, an interview.




2:04

Let's try that once again, shall we?




2:07

Again, ask yourself if this candidate is making a good first impression? 
>> [SOUND] >> Come in.




2:18

>> Hi, Ms. Hernandez? 
>> Yes, are you Michael Flatley? 
>> That's right, I hope I'm not too early. 
>> Not at all, it's very nice to meet you. 
>> Nice to meet you too. 
>> Did you have any trouble finding the building? 
>> No, not at all, thank you. 
>> Please have a seat and we'll get started. 
>> Great.




2:35

>> Much better, I think you'll agree.




2:38

No lateness, no unprofessional dress,




2:42

no informal manner, so far so good.




2:47

I hope you'll agree that this candidate has made a good first impression.




2:53

In this video, we've looked at the beginning of an interview. 
The moment you walk in the door to the moment that questions begin.




3:03

In the next video we'll look at the remainder of the interview and 
look at some more do's and dont's.


0:10

Hi again. 
In this, the final video of our course, 
we're going to look at some more do's and don'ts of an interview. 
We'll compare what is appropriate and correct with what is not appropriate or 
correct in an interview in the United States.




0:29

When we left our interview in the last video, 
we saw that the questioning part of the interview was about to begin.




0:38

The candidate hadn't made a good first impression. 
He's arrived late, was unprofessional dressed and had an informal manner. 
Let's continue with the interview and see how he does answering the questions.




0:54

As you watch ask yourself these questions, one, does he answer the questions well? 
Two, when he doesn't understand a question, 
does he use a clarification question well? 
And three, does the interviewee have good questions of his own prepared? 
Ready? 
Back to our interview. 
>> Michael, you just told me about your biggest strength, 
what would you say is your biggest weakness? 
>> Good question, to be honest, I don't really have any weaknesses. 
>> Okay. 
Well then, could you tell me why you want to work for this company? 
>> Well, I hadn't really heard of this company until I heard it from 
a friend of mine who has this ex-girlfriend who used to work here. 
But I hear the pay is good and the restaurant food is awesome. 
>> Okay. 
Well where do you see yourself in three years? 
>> What's that? 
>> In the future, where do you see yourself in three years? 
>> Probably in your job. 
[LAUGH] >> All right then. 
I've asked you a few questions. 
Do you have any questions for me? 
>> Yeah, how much vacation time will I get in this job? 
>> Ok, in this position you would normally get two days of vacation per month. So, at the end of the year that would be 24 days. 
>> 24 days? 
Awesome, when can I start? 
>> We'll get back to you soon. 
>> Well, what do you think?




2:48

I hope you can agree that this interviewee did most of the things you 
shouldn't do in an interview. 
He didn't answer the questions well. 
He used clarifying questions incorrectly. 
And he didn't have any good questions prepared for the interviewer. 
Overall, this was a disaster. 
I am pretty sure this person will not be getting the job.




3:15

Let's now turn to the other candidate. 
When we last saw him, he had made a good first impression by being on time. 
Being professionally dressed and having a professional manner. 
Good job so far. 
Let's see how he does answering the questions.




3:35

>> Michael, you just told me about your biggest strength, 
what would you say is your biggest weakness? 
>> That's a good question. 
Let me think, probably I take criticism a little too personal. 
But, this is something I'm really working on and trying not to let criticism I've 
see it as being personal but more professional thing. 
Am I making sense here? 
>> Yes, absolutely. 
And so, why do you want to work for this company? 
Well, I really like the set of products that this company has developed and 
I think with my own experience in the set of skills that I've 
developed that I can really contribute and help this company grow. 
>> Okay, so where do you see yourself in three years? 
>> If I'm understanding you correctly, 
you're asking me where do I see myself in three years time. 
Is that right? 
>> Yes, that's correct. 
>> Well, probably in the same role or maybe in a more senior position. 
Maybe growing into a position with more responsibility, maybe managing a team. 
>> Okay, great, I have asked you a few questions. 
Do you have any questions for me? 
>> Yeah, sure do. 
Are there any opportunities for professional development in this position? 
>> Great question. 
We do have a budget for training and 
a lot of our employees use that money to take courses. 
But we also offer in-house professional development a few times a year. 
>> That sounds like a wonderful opportunity. 
Great, I can't wait to start. 
>> All right, well we have a few more candidates to interview but 
then we will be getting back to you very soon. 
>> Okay, wonderful, thank you. 
>> Pretty impressive responses, I hope you agree. 
He was well prepared and answered the questions confidently. 
I hope this candidate gets offered the job or 
at least gets called for a second interview. 
What do you think? 
In this video we looked at some of the do's and don'ts of an interview. 
We compared what's appropriate, and what's not appropriate.




5:52

Next, we'll play a game where you'll match sample answers to questions.




5:58

And finally, we'll get started on our unit assessment.