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Graduates fear English tests for interviews most: MOL

Fresh graduates are more troubled by English tests than any other aspect of interview exams, the Ministry of Labor's ejob website said yesterday.

Due to the upcoming peak season for fresh graduates to hunt for jobs, the ejob website conducted a survey of fresh graduates concerning the challenges that they might face during interviews.

According to the ejob survey, about 37.7 percent of fresh graduates are most worried about English tests while 21.2 percent of them are troubled by being asked to introduce themselves during interviews.

The website said that in this era of globalization, English-language comprehension has become one of the required abilities for many corporations when they hire new employees.

According to ejob, about 30 percent of Taiwan's 1,000 major corporations use the results of the English tests as a reference when hiring new employees and there are also other companies that demand interviewees to provide English proficiency test results or to write English resumes or cover letters.

According to ejob, some companies also use English tests or interviews to ensure that the interviewees' language abilities match the requirements of the jobs.

The Taiwan Railway Administration listed English and Japanese proficiency test results as one of the requirements for the first time when hiring train service personnel recently, and other industries are following suit.

Most corporations do not demand that their staff have the ability to speak extremely fluent English, ejob said, but they want to have employees who can communicate in English.

Ejob suggested that if fresh graduates notice the jobs that they apply for require English ability, they can practice delivering English introductions of themselves in advance to avoid failure during their interviews.

Ejob said that fresh graduates should pay attention to the attitudes that they present themselves with since most corporations emphasize basic protocols of the interviewees. Therefore, interviewees should answer all the interview questions politely and not interrupt the interviewers when they talk because these details are usually the major factors that contribute to whether or not the interviewees will be hired.

July 6, 2014    Boogurtwang@
Preferably American English to ensure communication and understanding.
July 6, 2014    in.sanxia@
If we want to enjoy the same success in business as Singapore and have world wide respect, English and Mandarin should be our 2 official languages. Formal education in English should start with K and continue through college. All government workers should speak Mandarin and English. All other dialects should be used at home. Teaching other dialects does nothing to prepare our kids for the real world.
July 7, 2014    curtisakbar@
@sanxia

Although I agree with most of what you said, the importance of other Chinese dialects and the Formosan languages can't be ignored. I believe that students should be allowed like present to elect one of these languages as an additional language to study at school. You can't say, let the parents teach them as many parents especially from the minority groups can't speak their historical language due to government enforced cultural genocide.

Yes, make English education compulsory from K and have standardized tests and curriculum for English throughout the entire education system. These tests should be fit for purpose, contain no Chinese and be externally moderated and assessed. No more private schools and buxibans passing students with no English ability just to keep up appearances!
July 7, 2014    Upwell@
Boogurtwang@ wrote:
Preferably American English to ensure communication and understanding.
What is this? You have English English where the other English came about. I have moved around and still able to survive and make a descent living with English English or the real English, the Queen's English. American English? No big deal. Just learn it n most Important like all languages, use it often.
July 8, 2014    boogurtwang@
Some sad news considering the many many many English schools and well paid English teachers that are a significant part of the economic and social scene.
July 12, 2014    mtsai16@
in.sanxia@ wrote:
If we want to enjoy the same success in business as Singapore and have world wide respect, English and Mandarin should be our 2 official languages. Formal education in English should start with K and continue through college. All government workers should speak Mandarin and English. All other dialects should be used at home. Teaching other dialects does nothing to prepare our kids for the real world.
Singapore is an open-air city-prison, and its success is no more impressive than that of Hong Kong due to its small population.

Trust me, I kept questioning the purpose of life when I managed (don't know how) to stay there for one month.
July 18, 2014    RosleemfoRmoso@
If you like fluency in English, learn the language elementary, even if the children does not speak English in the house if in Grade 1 it is already taught all the way to college she/he speak fluent.

On interviews always be prepared before the meeting anticipate possible questions and some of the mandatory questions are: What are your expectations? what pay range? where department you like to be? are you a team player?

Here are some of my bloopers.
I asked the manager, what kind of clothing you would like me to wear?
I was not hired.
July 19, 2014    RosleemfoRmoso@
Probably include English language subjects in college or summer course. Learn first good conversation and improve on your vocabulary.
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