[Shruti R] Writing Practice Test 1 13105
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
You work for an international company, and would like to spend six months working in its head office in another country.
Write a letter to your manager. In your letter:
- explain why you want to work in the company’s head office for six months
- say how your work could be done while you are away
- ask for his/her help in arranging it,
You should write at least 150 words.
I am writing to you with a request to grant me the permission to work from the company's head office for about 6 months starting next month.
This request is with respect to the opportunity of enriching my job by taking up the additional responsibility of being the Project Manager to the COO, and this project will go on for 6 months.
I am keen on taking up this responsibility without letting it affect my ongoing work. I will continue to work on my current responsibilities while i am away, even if it requires to put in some extra time.
In terms of responsibilities that can be carried out by my subordinates, I will ensure there is a clear plan of transition laid out within 2 days. So that there is ample time for them to shadow my work while i am still here.
I would also like to request to write a recommendation for me to be selected for this position and kindly grant me the permission to go ahead with it. With the experience and knowledge I acquire with this stint, I will ensure some of the best practices are also put into practice here once I return. I look forward to hearing from you.
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Some businesses find that their new employees lack basic interpersonal skills such as cooperative skills. What are the causes? Suggest possible solutions.
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience
You should write at least 250 words.
The reason why some businesses find that their new employees lack basic interpersonal skills can also be attributed to their own selection process, apart from the education system and the personality type of the individual itself playing a crucial role.
I would like to elaborate on the causes and specific solutions to each of them:
To begin with while businesses want the employees to have basic interpersonal skills their selection criteria might not be inclined towards testing those abilities, most businesses stress on hiring a technically strong professional rather than hiring someone with average technical skills but strong interpersonal skills.
It can be evident from the Job description and specifications for the job or the evaluation procedure for hiring.
A solution to it could be businesses may specify the interpersonal skills that they are looking for in the job descriptions, along with including a mandatory communications assessment.
While the above mentioned solution might help the organisation hire the right fit, the professionals being hired might be just a small fraction of the pool of applicants.
Hence, the cause for the employees lacking interpersonal skills is deep rooted in the education system and the personality type of the individual.
A possible long term solution to overcome the limitations of the prevailing education system that stresses on learning the language in theory but does not help in practice would be a change in the curriculum.
Students at all levels till the completion of college education must be exposed to a mandatory course wherein they can practice elocution, essay writing, public speaking, debates etc., which will aid in enhancing their interpersonal skills.
Also, in the event where the individual has a certain personality type which might inhibit his potential of having good interpersonal skills, having a renewed education system and open dialogue about the different personalities will enhance their confidence.