Dear MLC Students,


Some notes:

1.     The result of the competition for the logo design for MLC T-shirts will be announced soon. We have chosen three winners, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.

2.     The insulation and sound problems of/caused from the doors will be fixed soon. We are getting the materials and the labor.

3.     PLEASE keep your voice down after 11:00pm in the Hallways. Some students can’t fall asleep with the noise made by our late night persons.

Sentence of the day for Tuesday 8/11/16

We are continuing practicing interview questions and the recommended answers to them. These questions can prepare you for any interviews now and in the future. They can also be used for Language Tables for your RT group or as a topic to initiate at the meal tables. First read the recommended short and long answers to get the idea on how to answer them. Then, substitute them with your real answers to get ready for this kind of interview questions in the future. Finally, read the often asked questions in the end of this e-mail and prepare for them. I will give some recommended answers later.


What are your short-term goals?

This question primarily depends on where you are in your career.  A person with 5 years of experience will have different short-term goals than a person with no work experience.  I’ll give an example for both scenarios.  But first, here are some short answers.

Short Answers

“My short term goal is to find a position where I can use the knowledge and strengths that I have.  I want to partake in the growth and success of the company I work for.”

“I’ve learned the basics of marketing during my first two years.  I want to take the next step by taking on challenging projects.  My short term goal is to grow as a marketing analyst.”

“As a program manager, it’s important to understand all areas of the project.  Although I have the technical abilities to be successful in my job, I want to learn different software applications that might help in work efficiency.”

“My goal is to always perform at an exceptional level.  But a short term goal I have set for myself is to implement a process that increases work efficiency.”

Long Answers

“My short term goal is to learn everything I can about marketing.  I want to find a position where I can contribute what I’ve learned through education and to gain real life experience.  I believe the next couple of years will be very important to me and my immediate goal is to learn and become skilled in all aspects of marketing.”

“My short-term goal is to get into a management position.  The last five years of my career, I’ve concentrated on learning and acquiring all the skills needed to perform excellent work.  Recently, I’ve taken more responsibilities in management because I eventually want to become a sales manager.  I’m excited about the last few assignments I completed because it involved working with vendors and partners while managing a small group of workers.  So I hope to be in a management position within a year or two and I feel I’m doing a diligent job by volunteering for extra work to gain more experience.”

The first example is a person straight out of school.  Learning is a good short-term goal to have because it shows that you will be trying hard in your job.  The second example is more detailed because that person has several years of experience.  Anybody can say they want a management position, but this candidate is taking it a step further by showing the steps he is taking to achieve the short-term goal.  Thus, it becomes a stronger answer.


Other often asked questions in a basic English interview are as follows.  Try to figure out the answers by yourself. I will recommend some answers for you later.

  1. Tell me a little about yourself.
    2. What are your strengths?
    3. What are your weaknesses?
  2. What are your long-term goals?
    5. What do you want to be doing five years from now?
    6. If you could change one thing about your personality, what would it be…
    7. What does success mean to you?
    8. What does failure mean to you?
    9. Are you an organized person?
    10. In what ways are you organized and disorganized?
    11. Do you manage your time well?
    12. How do you handle change?
    13. How do you make important decisions?
    14. Do you work well under pressure?


Tell me how you like the English interview topic, or if you have any questions such as those listed in the notes at the beginning of the e-mail. You can write me in English or Chinese.


Have a good day!

Master Xu