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D a v i d   C r o o k a l l

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Simulation & Gaming:
An Interdisciplinary Journal



Info Comm M-2
Job interview skills in English

 D a v i d  C r o o k a l l, PhD, Editor,
S&G: An Interdisciplinary Journal


job interviews - class preparation

The following notes will help you prepare for your class.  The notes contain items that you need to prepare or find for your first class.  They also contain rules about attendance.

For the first class, bring the check list below.  Bring a copy on paper.  Do not come to class without the check list!




Check items done below:

  • CV - 6 copies.  Corrected by a native speaker.


  • Job ads (copies as indicated below).


  • Partnership decided.  Partner's name =


  • Practice for job interview done - with your partner.


  • One printed copy of the interview questions pdf file.  You will find this here:


  • Presentation prepared.  Group members: ____________


  • Video recording machine.


  • Other (your choice)


A.  Attendance.  The first session (class) is crucial.  You will not be allowed to attend the rest of the course if you do not attend the first session.  The first session is obligatory in order to be admitted to the subsequent classes.

B.  Materials.  For the first session, bring the following items.  If you do not have all the items indicated, you will not be allowed to do the class.  Pay attention to all instructions (e.g., CV on one page only).  Make a printed copy of the check list (above), and bring the check list to the first class.

C.  CV.  Prepare your CV as follows:

  • Your CV in English, corrected by a native English speaker.
  • One page maximum.
  • One single mistake in English can loose you an interview.  The class is not about doing your CV, so no corrections will be provided.  In any case, we do not have time.
  • You will find guidelines here, as well as a model CV that I designed.  You do not need to use my model, but your CV needs to be as clear as or even clearer than the model.
  • You will need 6 copies.
  • If you do not already have a LinkedIn profile, develop one.  Do it in English, and get it checked by a native speaker.  Join two or three groups in your areas of interest.  Use a professional looking email address.

D.  Job ads / announcements.

Find job three job ads as indicated in the following table.  Choose ads for the type and level of job that you think you will want to do at the end of your studies.

N° of copies to print for a class of

~15 students ~20 students
Entry-level job ad from an English-speaking country and/or in an international company in France or Europe that works for the most part in English. 5 6
Entry-level job ad from a company outside Europe, such as North America or the Middle East 5 6
Entry-level job ad from a company in SEA or Asia. 5 6
  • Make 6 copies of one of the ads, and bring them to the first class.  Choose the ad for which you would like to be a candidate in a simulated job interview.
  • Make one copy of each of the other two ad and bring them to the first class.
  • Job ads must fit onto one single page.  If necessary, copy-paste into word and reduce empty space (but not wording).

You will a find a page of job ad web sites here.  You will also find ads on the web sites of companies themselves, e.g., HSBC, Amadeus, etc.  You can work in small groups and help each other; that is a good habit for later.

E.  Practice in-class interviews.  You will do a simulated interview in class.

Before the first class, decide who will be in partnerships of two people (only one partnership of three people allowed).

With your partner, prepare for the interview.  The interview tips here will help.  The list of interview questions is essential.

F.  Presentations.  Read the interview tips documents here, and prepare short presentations.

  • Organize yourselves (the whole class) into groups of three or four students (not two or five).  Each group must do the following:
  • Choose one of the texts of interview tips.  Each group must choose a different text, so you need to coordinate.
  • Prepare a short presentation for the whole class, as follows:
    • If you already had presentation class with me, you should know how to do this.
    • Use a Powerpoint file on a USB drive.
    • About 4 minutes, plus 2 minutes for Q&A.  Do not go over time.
    • Summarize the main points made in your text.
    • Add your own points and opinions.
    • Each member must speak.
    • Structure:  Intro.; Body; Concl.; Q&A.
    • On paper, print out miniatures of your slides (include names of people in your group).  Bring a copy to class.
    • For some tips on doing a presentation see these pages.
    • Do not read; do not use lengthy notes - maximum notes permitted on a postcard.  Speak to your audience.
    • Collect all ppt files onto one USB drive or one computer so you are ready to go, and we do not loose time changing drives or computers.

G.  Video recording.  You will need to record your in-class, simulated interviews, so that you can analyse it later.  Each partnership will need some kind of machine to record, preferably digitally, so it can be played back on a computer, for analysis.  You will need to record sound and video.

Recording possibilities include:  VHS cassette; Small digital camcorder cassette; Camcorder re-writable DVD; your own personal portable computer with camera and direct recording facility (such as webcam); your own camcorder or camera used as a camcorder; high capacity mobile phone.  You will need one per partnership.  Recording media can be short - 20 or 30 minutes is sufficient.

You will not be asked to show your video recording in class.  You yourself may ask to show your video in class to get feedback.

H.  Remember to keep every document that you use, including your hand-written notes.  At the end of the course, you will need to prepare a portfolio.


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