Moira Kelly has just graduated from university and wants to train for a career in accountancy. She has applied to Granville, Thompson and Styles and has been invited to an interview for one of two graduate trainee posts. Competition is tough, and Moira is one of only six candidates to reach this stage. There are three people on the interview panel: Jim Granville, Andrea Bradshaw and Jane Cove.
Jane: Hello, Moira. Thank you for taking the time to come and see us again. Before we go any further, Id like to introduce everyone here. Jim is the firms senior partner, Andrea has just qualified and Im responsible for Human Resources. Ill hand over to Jim first.
Jim: Id like to repeat the welcome. We will use this opportunity to ask you more about the information youve provided on your CV and to answer any questions that you may have for us. My first question is to ask what you know about our firm.
Moira: I saw your brochure in the university careers centre and was impressed by what I read. I know you have some high-profile clients such as Elecom plc and Stylehouse and your graduate scheme has been running for nearly twenty years. I did talk to a couple of the big firms in February, but your scheme struck me as the most suitable.
Andrea: Can you tell us what you find particularly attractive?
Moira: I like the idea of working for a smaller partnership as I feel it would give me a wider range of experience. I would like to specialize later, perhaps in the area of taxation.
Jane: Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Moira: I would like to see myself progressing up the career ladder, perhaps as a junior partner.
Jim: What particular skills have you acquired that youll bring tour firm?
Moira: Im good at detail and have developed a flair for tracking down inconsistencies. I also have good listening skills which I consider to be important in accountancy.
The questions continue for another thirty minutes.
Jane: Do you have any questions for us, Moira?
Moira: Yes, I would like to know when you expect to be making your decision.
Jane: Were seeing all the candidates today and will be in a position to make a decision tomorrow. Youll hear from me by Friday whether you have been successful or not.
Moira: Thats great. I will be back at my parents address from Sunday if you need to contact me there.
Jane: Thank you for attending.
Ex.8. Give the words in full.
1. Moira Kelly, a g ..e, is one of the c .s being interviewed for a trainee p ..t.
2. She has p .d information about herself on her CV.
3. Moira would like to acquire a wider r .e of e e and to specialize later in the a a of t n.
4. Jim Granville asks her what s s she has acquired.
5. Moira is a good listener and she has a f .r for t g down i s.
6. One of the interviewers tells her that she will hear by Friday w r she has been s l.
7. I would like to see myself p ..g up the c .r ladder, perhaps as a j ..r p .r.
8. I like the i .a of working for a smaller p p.
9. I know you have some h .- e clients as Elecom plc and Stylehouse.
10. Jim is the firms s .r p .r, Andrea has just qualified and Im r e for Human R ..s.
Ex.9. Organize the interview panel. How many people will it consist of? What people should take part in it and why?
¨ Mr. Roger Carter, Microwave Systems.
¨ Mrs. Petra Cusimano, Finance, Personnel and Administration.
¨ Mr. Richard Baldwin, President and Chief Executive Officer.
¨ Dr. Kevin Higgins, Research and Development.
¨ Mr. Dale Crosby, Vice President.
Ex.10. Imagine you are a university graduate, answer the questions of the interview panel instead of Moira.
Ex.11. Fill in the application form.
Application for a graduate trainee scheme
The information you provide here will help us select candidates for the interview stage. We are looking for evidence of your experience and ability in these areas which may have been acquired during your time at school or university.
Leadership skills (e.g. Have you ever taken responsibility for organizing an event?)
Ability to think and plan strategically (e.g. On what basis did you select your course at university?)
Analytical skills (e.g. Tell us how you approach a problem.)
Communication skills (e.g. Dealing with difficult people, resolving disputes.)
Public speaking (e.g. Have you ever given a presentation to a group of people?)
Ability to work as of team (e.g. Please tell us about any groups you have belonged to and what role you played within them.)
Ex.12.Number the following competencies in order of importance for business communication.