有人請你介紹自己,假如你一開口就來個"My name is OOO." 很抱歉,這很弱。有些答案,看似理所當然,一旦你那樣想,就暴露了英文的弱點和溝通的弱點。

先嘗試回答,再看自己的回答最接近弱,普,強哪一種。了解面試官真正想知道的是什麼,才能回答切中要領。

1."Tell me about yourself."

他想知道的是:你為什麼適合這份工作?

(弱)My name is George. I am 25 years old. I have a sister and a brother…
(普)I am an engineer with 10 years experience.
(強)I believe that I am the best candidate for this position because…
(強)When I was working on …project, I realized that my career goal is…

你的名字、工作都寫在履歷上了,面試官最關心的也不是你家有幾個人,從最精采的地方開始吧,你的故事、能力、成就如何證明你能勝任這份工作。

2."How would people (you have worked with) describe you?"

他想知道:你跨部門合作的能力。

(弱)I'm not sure. Probably easygoing.
(普)People would say that I'm responsible, enthusiastic…
(強)My supervisor would say that I always think ahead for him. For example…

負責、有熱忱都太常見且籠統,說出你的主管、不同部門同事為什麼信賴你,實際的例子更有幫助。

3."Where do you see yourself in five years?"

他想知道:你真的在意這份工作嗎?

(弱)I would like to stay in the industry. Maybe I'll be working for…
(普)I see myself in this company, cooperating with different teams.
(強)I hope that I’ll be an account director by that time, representing client A, B, and C…
(強)I'm open to a few options...and that's why I believe the experience here will lead me to the best decision…and that's why I'm excited about the marketing skills I'll gain here.

這是你職涯藍圖中的理想工作,還是你只是來過個水?如果計畫繼續待在這裡,刻劃出你的成長,例如,現在面試的是專員(account executive),5年後你希望自己成為總監(account director),負責哪些具體客戶。計畫不確定沒關係,但要讓面試官理解你對這份工作的重視,至少會穩定在這裡多久的時間。

4."What is your weakness?"

他真的就是想知道:你的弱點。

(弱)I work too hard.
(普)Not that I can think of so far.
(普)I'm too much of a perfectionist sometimes.
(強)My tolerance can be low when my team members do not meet the basic requirement at work. To me, mistakes are acceptable, but not lacking self-discipline. In these cases, I communicate with the members in private and figure out how I can help each of them.

硬把優點說成弱點,讓人覺得虛假、無法意識到自己的問題。回答應該要誠實而有策略:合理說明自己的弱點,一定要補充為了改善,正進行那些努力。比起陳述情緒上的弱點,陳述自己不擅長處理的狀況,更容易被接受。

5. "Why are you the best person for the position?"
"What would you bring to this position?"

他想知道:你哪裡和別人不一樣?

(弱)I am willing to do my best.
(普)My management experience and ability to take on challenges make me the best person for this job.
(強)My data mining ability sets me apart from other candidates. For example…
(強)I'm not just an experienced manager. All your candidates must be experienced in communication. However…

盡力是基本,對老闆或員工來說都是。看清楚這份工作的內容、徵人條件,回溯自己的經驗,找到對應的例子。「事/能力 set me apart from 人」是好用的句型,突顯你和其他應徵者的不同。

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