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Read the article 2 about Women at work. Fill in the gaps with the most appropriate words according to the context.

Article 2:

Nissan Motor's sales executives in Japan used to take cars to customers' homes for viewing, often late in the evening. Now the showrooms and salespeople operate more regular working 1_________.

The change of approach might sound like a decline in personal service. In fact, it is signed to be the opposite. Cars are no longer just 'boys' toys', even in conservative Japan. Nissan's research 2________ that women make a third of car purchases, and women and men jointly make another third. Female customers overwhelmingly would like there to be more women in the sales 3_________, but the late hours made the job unappealing to women in a country where there is still often a stark choice between work and family.

These findings prompted Carlos Ghosn, Chief Executive of Nissan and Renault, to adopt a strategy to hire and promote more women into the 4_________ ranks.

Since 2004, Nissan's 'Women in the Driver's Seat' initiative has more than doubled 5__________ of female engineering graduates to 17 per cent this year and recruitment of female salespeople has jumped from 15 per cent to 34 per cent.

The number of women managers at Nissan, while still tiny, has 6________ from 2 per cent to 5 per cent. 'In an ideal situation, we should mirror the market we serve - 50 per cent - but there is a long way to go,' says Miyuki Takahashi, General Manager of the Diversity Development Office that runs the initiative to woo female employees and customers.

At a conference organised by Catalyst, which researches and campaigns for the advancement of women in business, Nissan was one of this year's two 7_________ winners, not least for having hit its initial target of women making up 5 per cent of its managers in an industry in which the average is just 0.6 per cent.

Nissan says that getting more women engineers into the company in which 80 per cent of employees are engineers, is important to its success. 'Males are attracted by big pictures of cars and specifications about performance,' says Ms. Takahashi who was previously Marketing Director in Japan. 'We found most mothers were 8_________ by pictures of a family having a great time with the car.'

To prioritise female customers, three years ago Nissan 9_________ the Serena people carrier, which was designed by and for women. Last year, it won the top-selling 10_________ in Japan. Ms. Takahashi says, "I am convinced that this hit is closely related to women's advancement in Nissan in terms of marketing and sales.

3.4. Critical Thinking & Discussion Questions:

3.4.1. Discuss the following sayings:

v For the perfect job interview stop believing in luck and start believing in yourself. – Unknown

vThere's only one interview technique that matters ... Do your homework so you can listen to the answers and react to them and ask follow-ups. Do your homework, prepare. – Jim Lehrer

vAs long as you’ve got passion, faith, and are willing to work hard, you can
do anything and have anything you want in this world. – Unknown


3.5. Internet Practice:

3.5.1. Web Activities:

I. Types of Interviews.Search the Web to find definitions of the following types of interviews. Write the information in the spaces. Which type of interview do you prefer? Why? Which type of interview is the most common in your country? Have you ever had a job interview? If so, describe it.

Types of Interviews Definitions
1. Group interview – …
2. In-person screening interview – …
3. Luncheon interview – …
4. Peer group interview – …
5. Selection interview – …
6. Stress interview – …
7. Telephone screening interview – …
8. Video conference interview – …
9. Job/Work sample interview – …


II. Job Interview Questions. Search the Web to find ten common interview questions to each of the Interview Types given above.


[1] Jo Nesbø (born 29 March 1960) is a Glass Key award winning Norwegian author and musician. As of March 2014 more than 3 million copies of his novels have been sold in Norway, and his work has been translated into over 40 languages, selling 23 million copies (2014). Nesbø is primarily known for his crime novels about Inspector Harry Hole, but he is also the main vocalist and songwriter for the Norwegian rock band Di Derre. In 2007 Nesbø also released his first children's book, Doktor Proktors Prompepulver (English translation: Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder). The 2011 film Headhunters is based on Nesbø’s novel Hodejegerne (The Headhunters).

[2] Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was an American politician, author, naturalist, soldier, explorer, and historian who served as the 26th President of the United States. He was a leader of the Republican Party (GOP) and founder of the Progressive Party insurgency of 1912. He is known for his exuberant personality, range of interests and achievements, and his leadership of the Progressive Movement, as well as his “cowboy” persona and robust masculinity.

[3]Sister Mary Lauretta leaches science at Columbus High School in Marshfield (population 12,394). She has won national fame as a teacher.

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