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MBFI - DNT - 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 below:

  • CV - 7 copies.


  • Eight job ads (number copies of each as indicated below).  Collective work.  Only tick here if you personally sourced a job announcement or helped to print it or put it on a diskette.


  • Partnership decided.  Partner =


  • Preparation for job interview done.


  • Presentation prepared.  Group members:


  • Video recording machine.




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 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 the model, but your CV needs to be as clear as or even clearer than the model.
  • You will need 7 copies.  One page maximum.

D.  Bring six job announcements.  Search on the internet for eight different job ads that correspond to the kind of job that you hope to get at the end of your studies.  You will find link to various job ads web sites here.  You will also find ads on the web sites of companies themselves, e.g., HSBC, Fidelity, etc.  You can work together and each person in the class can find at an ad, then select.

The eight job ads should correspond to:

  1. Three real, entry-level job ads: one or two in an English-speaking country, one or two in an international company in France or Europe; the kind of job that you would like to have after your studies.
  2. Three real job ads in a companies outside Europe - one or two in North America, one or two in Asia.
  • Someone should collect all the announcements, and put them into a single word file.  Number each ad.  Place a clear separator between each ad (such as a line of ++++++).  Make sure that each announcement has the complete URL just above the announcement.
  • Make two copies on paper.
  • You can ask the secretary to do the copies, but you need to give the file to the secretary at least one week before your first class.
  • Do not distribute the ad document; bring them to the first class.
  • Bring the file on a diskette or on a CD or on a USB drive.  Checked the file with an anti-virus program.

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.

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:
    • Using Powerpoint file on a USB drive.
    • About 10 minutes, plus 2 or 3 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 lengthy notes - maximum notes permitted on a postcard.  Speak to your audience.

G.  Recording.  You will need to record your interview, 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.

H.  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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