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An American in China

I sPeak Engrish

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 18, 2011


My company has been doing quite a bit of hiring (and no if you are looking for a job, we cannot use you- sorry). And as the firm is American, English is our working language. We set a high bar for the employees and its difficult to find qualified Chinese.
All Chinese resumes will say that the prospect is, ‘fluent in English’ and yet 75% of these applicants melt like butter in the face of a ‘real’ foreigner. In China, where a premium is put on speaking English, most candidates will lie about their real abilites wasting your time and theirs. If you are going to hire someone with ‘native English’ speaking abilities, I would recommend pre-screening them first, it will save you the hassle of giving them a cursory 5 minute ‘polite’ interview before whisking them away.

2 Responses to “I sPeak Engrish”

  1. Daniel Bos said

    I was just wondering what kind of company you have, care to share?

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