1. Do you work1 or study?
I’m currently working fulltime as a programmer at Baidu, I’ve been working there for 5 years.
2. Do you like your job?
Yes, I am really happy with what I do. Most of the time, it’s very rewarding to be able to help people every day. Besides, it’s a really good company to work for. The pay is good and they even hand out bonuses18 19 twice a year!
3. Which do you think is more important, colleagues or work itself? (9-12月出现的新高频题)
I think that colleagues are more important. You could be doing your dream job, but if it’s with people you can’t stand20, you aren’t going to enjoy it as much. You end up seeing your coworkers more than anyone else in your life21, so it’s important that you can get along with them.
4. What do you do to improve your productivity?
Whenever I feel like I’ve lost focus on work and started slacking22, I take a 5-minute break and make a cup of instant coffee. It sounds simple but it works like a charm for me23. After I’ve had some coffee, I feel pumped up24 and have more energy.
5. How long do your work every week?
Well, I usually work 40 hours a week because I have a typical 9-to-5 job. But during a busy business season, I’ll typically25 be asked to work overtime like 10 more hours a week. But the rate of pay for overtime work26 in my company is one and a half times higher than the regular wage. I don’t mind working overtime so long as I get paid more.
6. Do you think your company needs to make some changes? Which part of your working
environment needs an improvement?
Well…As far as I?m concerned, I really wish my company wasn’t so strict about the dress code27. It really bugs me28 to have to wear a uniform day in and day out29. Plus, I have to be really careful keeping the uniform clean otherwise I might get fined30 at my workplace. It would be great if we could have a casual Friday31.
7. What do you learn from work?
Well…The most valuable lesson I learned from work is how to collaborate with32 my coworkers. It’s not something that I really understood back in school. But in a real job, a ton of tasks need good teamwork and can’t be done on your own. For instance, when I coordinated a marketing event with my colleagues, it was of the essence to33 make sure everyone was on the same page34, or else we might’ve messed up35 the whole thing.
8. Do you enjoy working in different cities?
Yes, I do. Honestly, I don’t like settling in one place36, so being able to move around keeps things interesting. Working in different cities exposes you to all kinds of cultures, which I think is really beneficial. It’s good to expand your horizons and see lots of different sights.
19 hand out bonuses:发奖金
20 peopleyou can’t stand:(与）无法忍受的人（一起工作)
21 end up seeing your coworkers more than anyone else in your life:我们终归见同事要比见别人的次数多得多。
23 it works like a charm for me:对我来说很奏效
24 pumped up:兴奋起来
25 typically: 一般来说
26 rate of pay for overtime work:加班费
27 dress code:着装要求
28 H really bugs me:让我很烦
29 day in and day out：每一天
30 get fined:被罚款
32 collaborate with:与…合作
33 it was of the essence to: …是非常重要的
34 everyone was on the same page:每个人步调一致，齐心协力
35 messed up:搞砸
36 settling in one place:固定在一个地方