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job interviews - preparation

The following notes (below the check list) will help you prepare for your first 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 and the items listed!




Check items below:

  • CV - 6 copies.  Only one single A4 size page.  On paper (not in your laptop).


  • Job ads (number of copies of each as indicated below).  Only tick here if you personally sourced a job announcement.


  • Partnership decided.  Partner = __________________


  • Preparation for job interview done.


  • Presentation prepared.  Group members: ____________


  • Video recording machine (15m+). Type ___________________________


  • Create a LinkedIn profile in English.  If you have one and it is not in English, convert it into English.  Use a professional email address.


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.  You must have all the items indicated to 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), check the items that you have done, 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;  A4;  maximum of 2 fonts;  initial caps only;  layout done to facilitate immediate access to the contents.
  • Perfect English.  One single mistake in English can loose you an interview.  The class is not about doing your CV, so no corrections will be provided.
  • 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 six (6) copies.

D.  Job ads / announcements.

Find and print two types of jobs ads, as follows.  The two types of job ads should correspond to the two geographic zones indicated.  Make as many printed copies (on paper) as indicated, according to your class (or group) size.

For a class size of




  • Entry-level job ads from an English-speaking country and/or in an international company in France or Europe that works for the most part in English.




Internship job ads from an English-speaking country and/or in an international company in France or Europe that works for the most part in English.




  • Entry-level job ads from companies outside Europe: preferably in Asia.




Internship job ads from companies outside Europe: half in North America, half in Asia.






20 ads

24 ads

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, Fidelity, etc.

Job ads must fit onto one page.  Make sure that each ad has the complete URL just above the announcement.  Do not change the ad in any way.

E.  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.

Make a personal copy of the interview questions file.  Bring it to class.

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

  • Organize yourselves (the whole class) into groups of three to five students (not two or six).  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:
    • Using Powerpoint file on a USB drive.
    • About 4 minutes, plus 2 minutes for Q&A.
    • 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 notes.  Speak to your audience.
    • Bring your computer to class, to do your presentation.
      • NB: This is the only time in class when you will be allowed to open your computer or your mobile phone.  At all other times, you must keep your computer and mobile phone closed.

G.  Recording.  You will need to record your 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.

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.  If you use a mobile phone, make sure that it will record high quality video for at least 15 minutes; if not, then you need to find another recorder.

H.  LinkedIn.  One of the best ways of getting a job is through networking, especially with LinkedIn.  Yiou profile must be in English, and in perfect English.

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

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