1. How would you describe yourself?
I consider myself hardworking / reliable / dependable / helpful / outgoing / organised / honest/ cooperative.
I’m a team-player / an experienced team-leader / a seasoned (experienced) professional / a dedicated worker.
I’m good at dealing with people / handling stress.
I pay attention to details.
I understand my customers’ needs.
I learn quickly and take pride in my work.
I love challenges and getting the job done.
2. What kind of qualifications do you have?
I graduated in IT from the University of London.
I hold a master’s degree (MA) / a bachelor’s degree (BA) in Modern Languages from the University of New York.
I took a one year accounting training program at Oxford College.
I haven’t done any formal training for this job, but I have worked in similar positions and have ten years of experience in this field.
3. Why did you leave your last job?
I was laid off / made redundant, because the company relocated / downsized / needed to cut costs.
I resigned from my previous position, because I didn’t have enough room to grow with my employers.
I wanted to focus on finding a job that is nearer to home / that represents new challenges / where I can grow professionally / that helps me advance my career.
4. What do you do in your current role?
I’m responsible for the day-to-day running of the business / for recording and conveying messages for the departments.
I ensure that high standard of customer care is maintained.
I liaise with the Business Development and Business Services Units.
I deal with incoming calls and correspond with clients via e-mails.
I’m in charge of the high-priority accounts.
5. What relevant experience do you have?
I have worked as a Sales Representative for several years.
I have good organizational skills as I have worked as an Event Organizer / Personal Assistant for the last six years.
I have great people skills: I’ve been working in Customer Service and been dealing with complaints for five years.
6. Why would you like to work for us?
I would like to put into practice what I learned at university.
I would like to make use of the experience I have gained in the past ten years.
I believe that your company will allow me to grow both professionally and as a person.
I’ve always been interested in E-Commerce / Marketing / Computer Programming and your company excels (is one of the best) in this field.
7. What are your weaknesses / negative traits?
I’m a perfectionist and I may be too hard on myself or my co-workers sometimes.
I might need to learn to be more flexible when things are not going according to plan. This is something I’m working on at the moment.
I occasionally focus on details instead of looking at the bigger picture. I’m learning how to focus on the overall progress as well.
8. When can you commence employment with us?
(When can you start work?)
I will be available for work in January, next year.
I can start immediately.
I have to give three weeks’ notice to my current employer, so the earliest I can start is the first of February.
9. Do you have any questions?
What would be the first project I’d be working on if I was offered the job?
Who would I report to? Who would I be working closely with?
Are there any benefits your company offers its employees?
When will I get an answer? How soon can I start?
Why should we hire you?
Why you think you are qualified for this position?
I have excellent communication skills and I am familiar with the procedures for the last company I worked for. Besides I am a team player and have great interpersonal skills.
I don‘t mind getting my hands dirty.
My major and working experience make me qualified for this position.
My graduate school training combined with my experience as an intern should qualify me for this particular job.
Why did you leave your last job?
My last job is of no challenge. Your firm is a young organization with many innovative ideas. Working for you would be exactly the sort of challenge I am looking for.
I like my last job and it is similar to the position I am applying for in your company, but the salary of my last job was too low so I decided to leave.
Your operations are global, so I feel I can gain the most from working in this kind of environment.
My last job is out of my major.
My former company has been bankrupt.
Because I’m very interested in your company’s training program.
Working in that company cannot give me the chance to exert all my strengths .
Because that company didn’t have a good future, so T needed to consider my future.
What salary are you expecting? * What kind of salary are you seeking? * What range of pay scale are you interested in?
My desired starting salary is 5,000 Yuan. * The starting salary I require is RMB 5000 per month. * I require a salary of 5,000 a month. * I require a commencing salary of 5,000 Yuan a month.
I require a monthly salary of 5000 Yuan plus housing.
I am quite willing to start at a small salary.
I am willing to work on a trial basis for a small salary for several months.
In regards to salary, I’ll leave it to you to decide after you have seen the kind of work I can do.
I'll consider the best offer you can make.
En. The salary would be 4,500 to start, with increases given according to your performance.
That sounds good to me.
You should be hearing from us within a few days.
A: Tell me about yourself and your past experience.
B:I have worked as an executive secretary for five years, first for a trading company, and now I am working for a trust company. I interact well with peers,clients, administrators and bosses. I thrive on challenge and work well in high-stress environments.
A: How are your typing and shorthand skills?
B:I can type 100 Chinese words a minute and take dictation in English at 150words a minute.
A: Can you operate computers skillfully?
B:Yes, I can. I have received some special training in computers. Besides I am good at operating common office ma-chines,such as fax machines and duplicating machines.
A: Sometimes we are very busy and need to work overtime. How do you feel about that?
B: That's all right. But could you tell me how often and how many hours I should work overtime?
A: It just depends. If we have important visiting delegations, you have to stay with us. It's not unusual.
B:Mr. Smith, I'd like to ask you a question.
A: OK, please.
B:What specific duties would I perform if I am hired?
A: Nothing different from a secretary's common responsibilities. However, you know, our company is an international trade-oriented company. Can you handle English papers and write English correspondence?