Can you swim?
Certainly. My mom let me learn swimming at a very young age as she said it is a basic survival skill. Swimming is not a difficult skill to pick up, so it only took me a summer to be able to swim for about 25 meters continuously.
- Why do many people like swimming?
I guess this is because it benefits our health a lot. I mean swimming is like a full-body workout. when you swim, you burn calories and exercise both your arms and leg muscles. Or sometimes I swim just to destress and relax after a long day at work.
- Are there many swimming places near you?
Yea it’s not too hard to find a swimming pool around Hanoi, but you must be careful because many of them are often overcrowded, especially in the summer. This is because swimming is a favorite activity of many young children. We all love playing with water as a kid, right?
Do you drive often?
Yes, I ride my motorbike to work every day. I believe driving yourself is much more convenient and economical than taking a taxi or a grab.
Do you think everyone should get a driver’s license?
Definitely. I think everyone should know how to drive, as it is an important survival skill, especially in the case of long-distance travel. Also, if you travel without a driver’s license in Vietnam, you might get a five hundred VND fine if caught by the police.
When was the last time you travelled by taxi?
The last time I took a cab was two weeks ago during my summer holiday in Thailand. The ride was nice except for the fact that there was an awkward silence most of the time since our driver cannot speak English.
Describe someone you would like to study or work with
You should say:
and explain why you would like to study/work with this person
Well I would like to talk about Huyen, one of my friends whose company I really enjoy.
Speaking of how long I have known this person, we’ve been classmates since highschool. She sat next to me for over four years, and so it is fair to say we know each other quite well. Although she is a devil in disguise, there are many reasons why I like to have her around.
For one thing, she is the most talkative person I know who is capable of talking nonstop for hours. She often bothered me with her endless stories during our lessons and often got us scolded by our teachers. Because most of her stories were funny, I cannot stop myself from laughing and talking with her. Now each of us are busy with our work, so we could only hang out in the weekend in a small café on Hoang Cau street. But every time we meet, it feels like we lost touch for 10 years as she would keep on updating me stories about her life even with or without my consent. Luckily with an introverted personality, I am quite a good listener and had no problem with that. I guess we make a perfect team.
What kinds of co-workers do people like to work with?
I guess it depends on each person’s preferences. Personally, I do not want to work with someone who has a lot of knowledge or experience but refuse to share them. Rather, I would love to work with a co-operative partner who is willing to work as a team and is not afraid of receiving constructive criticism.
Which one is more important to you at work, development in work-related skills or recognition from your supervisors?
Although acquiring different work-related skills will help you improve career prospects, I believe recognition from your boss is always more important. It directly affects your job satisfaction, which has a positive relationship with work efficiency. Also, since appreciative leaders are appreciated leaders, employees of such leaders will be more willing to stick around and commit to the company.
Do you think managers should be friends with their subordinates?
Yes and no. A boss should care and sympathize with each employee to make them feel taken care of on a personal level, which could become a great motivation and improve morale. However, they should also know how to draw a line between themselves and their subordinates, not only to stay professional but also to avoid bias treatment.
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