Describe a large company that you are interested in.
You should say:
What it is
What kind of business it does
How you knew it
And explain how you feel about it
I’m interested in the company Microsoft. It’s a huge company and was founded by the famous billionaire Bill Gates. It’s a computer, technology company and everyone has heard of it and everyone knows it. I feel a strong sense of respect for the company and everything Bill Gates has done to establish it and make it the most powerful company, most possibly, in the world. I have always been interested in business management as well as programming and technology, so I am quite drawn to learning about tech companies, from my own country and overseas. I would love to become the CEO of a powerful company, myself, and succeed in making it really famous. On the topic of big successful companies, I am a strong believer that it’s really great to have a job with such a company – partly because of the job security, but also because a lot of these large tech companies have really interesting and innovative-focused company cultures. They tend to be very forward-thinking, with an emphasis on teamwork and a strong company culture that also includes open work spaces, wonderfully designed offices, canteens, cafeterias and plenty of extra benefits. Take Hua Wei for example: it has also become powerful and strong and attracts a lot of top talent because of the amazingly designed offices spaces, the attention to employee training and development and the spirit of innovation that goes beyond just the products themselves. I think that Microsoft was possibly one of the first companies to start to promote this way of running a company, and I think that is possibly because people in the tech field are always looking towards the future and thinking about what is the best method, the best approach to bringing out the best work from people – and a big part of that is making employees feel part of something great, as well as respected, paid highly and given additional attractive benefits that keep them ambitious, motivated and encouraged and inspired.
1. Which would you prefer to work for, a family-run firm or bigger national company?
I’d prefer to work for a smaller family-run company. Although, in some ways they are not as prestigious, I actually think that smaller companies can offer more interesting and exciting experiences. You end doing a wider range of tasks and feeling a bit closer to the owners and managers of the company. There is a level of flexibility and warmth that you don’t really get in huge companies.
2. What are important factors in making a company successful?
There are a number of key factors that contribute to making a company successful. Firstly I think the owners, the founders or main managers need to have a sense of vision, a strong self-confidence and an ambitious personality. I also think that a company needs the right kind of employees. The managers need to have a good sense of who and who not to recruit. They also need to treat the employees well, give them fair salaries and other benefits and holidays that will ensure they will be loyal to the company and work as hard as possible.
3. What kinds of qualities should a successful businessman have?
A successful business person should, to be honest, be quite assertive, quite dominant in some ways, and know how to talk to a variety of people in the right ways. There are moments to be very dogmatic and firm, there are moments to be soft and diplomatic – a good business person should be able to gauge the different situations and adopt the correct attitude to suit what is best for the company. Being decisive is another quality that is important in a business person who wants to succeed and do well. Sometimes you have to make decisions, the best decisions possible, in a very short time – so being able to think fast, evaluate things quickly and be decisive, is very important.
4. What emerging industries do you know about at the moment?
The biggest industry that I know about right now is probably the technology field, especially AI, artificial intelligence. A lot of money is being invested in optimizing
AI technology and using it in all number of different ways. Some people say that within just a decade computers will be doing most of the jobs which humans are doing today. I’m not sure if this will really happen, but it’s certainly an interesting thing to consider. Secondly, a fairly new industry is the development of renewable energy resources. Although people have been researching this for decades, it is only recently that there has been more of a drive to create alternative forms of energy and there have been some significant breakthroughs in solar power and electric and hybrid vehicles.