Intermediate German #6: Job Interview

Intermediate German #6: Job Interview


Boss: What is your biggest weakness? Cool music Boss: Good morning, Mr. Antrim. My name is David Hasselhoff. Applicant: Nice to meet you, Mr. Hasselhoff. Boss: Please, have a seat. Boss, As you probably know, we want to fill this internship position as quickly as possible, Boss: because we unfortunately had a short notice resignation. Boss: Could you tell me something about your resume? Applicant: I studied German as a second language at Eastern Illinois University, Applicant: my internship (student teaching) at a high school in the USA, and I took a summer course at Humboldt University. Applicant: Since 2009, I have been teaching German as a second language at a another high school in the USA. Boss: Do you live in Germany now? Applicant: I am currently looking for an apartment in Berlin and I am living in a hotel until I get one. Boss: What do you know about our company already? Applicant: You teach German as a second language especially for foreigners and asylum seekers. Applicant: You have 15 schools spread throughout Germany and there is also an online option. Applicant: Why do you want to work for us? Applicant: I would like to teach as many people as possible the German language Applicant: and I think that your company offers a great service. Boss: What are your greatest strengths? Applicant: I bring my passion for the German language into the lesson. Applicant: I believe that it is important for the students to know, Applicant: that the teacher not only knows the German language, but also loves it. Applicant: With this passion, I can teach German with fun. Applicant: If one has fun doing it, they learn not only faster, but also easier. Boss: What is your biggest weakness? Applicant: I am sometimes too detail oriented. If I start a project, I want to make everything perfect. Sometimes that means that I never see my project as “finished”. I never miss a deadline, but I always think about it afterwards, what I could have done. I sometimes have problems remembering the names of people when I am introduced to new people. In order to remember the names of my students, I have to study as if for a test. I make flashcards with photos of the students and I review them before the lesson. I work all of the time. When I am at work, I work, but when I am at home, I still think about work. Everything that I do reminds me of the German language and how I can teach it to my students. Sometimes I think I don’t relax enough. Boss: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Applicant: I would like to teach as many people as possible the German language. If I can reach that in 5 years with your company, I see myself here. Teaching makes me happy. It makes me happy when my students finally understand something that they think is difficult and I can share this “aha-moment” with them. Boss: If we hire you, when could you start? Applicant: I could be available to you starting on the 9th of March. Boss: I don’t have any more questions. Do you perhaps have questions for me? Applicant: How long did the predecessor work in this position? Boss: He started in 2005 and left for personal reasons. Applicant: Could you describe a typical work day for this position? Boss: This position has a lot of flexibility. It depends upon how many students you have, if you teach group lessons or private lessons, and a few other things. Normally the day starts at 8 am. You have an hour or sometimes two to plan everything for the day or week. After that you can follow your own schedule. The office remains open until 8 pm. And you can teach that late, if you want, but you will never be forced to. Applicant: How long is your probationary period here? Boss: 6 months, but the teachers are evaluated every two months by the students and the superiors. If the rating of a teacher is too low, we have a meeting with the teacher. If they receive three low ratings, the teacher is let go. Applicant: Thank you. I don’t think I have any more questions. Boss: Ok. We will let you know our decision by the end of the week. Applicant: Thank you, Mr. Hasselhoff. It was a joy for me to meet you and I look forward to your call. Boss: Likewise. I’ll escort you out.

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