I: Hello! May I speak to Zhao XXX?
Z: This is Zhao XXX speaking. Who is that?
I: This is Thomas Watt, the manager of The E-Commerce Transactions Company in Singapore. I want to talk with you for a while in order to make a decision concerning your application.
Z: I'm glad to receive your phone. I'm too happy to answer your questions as well.
I: To begin with, I wonder if you have any plan to go abroad to continue your students. Your CV says your score on GRE is 2320 points. As far as I know you can be easily admitted by a foreign university as a graduate student with such a high score.
Z: Frankly speaking, I've got an admission notification from Stanford University. Unfortunately I'm denied any scholarship since the competition for humanities students' scholarship is extremely acute. Without any financial aid, I can't get a student visa. Now I've decided to begin work after my graduation. So you can set your heart at ease.
I: As a major of international business, what courses have you taken?
Z: I've taken such main courses as International Marketing, International Business Management, Foreign Trade Practice, Foreign Trade Correspondence, Foreign Exchange, International Law of Commerce, English for Business Communication, etc.. What interests me most is E-Commerce and computer.
I: Great! What is E-Commerce then?
Z: In a broad sense, E-Commerce is a revolution of traditional business. It conducts online business data interchange activites, chiefly based on digital information technology. Specifically speaking, E-Commerce means business transactionas among parties involved in electronic manners.
I: What are electronic manners made up of?
Z: They include electronic data interchange, electronic payment devices, electronic order system, E-mail, electronic notice system, network, fax and intelligence card, and so forth.
I: Can you tell me some benefits of E-Commerce?
Z: Certainly. The remarkable benefit of it is to shorten the distance between production and consumption. Commonities can come into the hands of consumers directly or with fewest intermediate links at cheap prices. E-Commerce makes transactions much simpler.
I: What plays a key role on E-Business system?
Z: E-Business system entails producers, stores, consumers, monetary organs and government department. In this system, it is the computer network technology that plays a key role. The fast growing internet has provided a platform for E-Business to exist. The numerous users of the internet are so called suppliers, purchasers or middlemen of E-Business.
I: After all, E-Commerce is a new venture. You may encounter some difficulties and obstacles or even risks in your future work. What basic principle do you apply to your life?
Z: There is no royal road to one's life. We must have an unyielding spirit. In time of success, I'll never be conceited. And in time of failure, I'll by no means lose heart. As a young man, I must be creative and aggressive.
I: You are right. Ok. so much for you. Have you any questions?
Z: Yes, May I know the matter of remuneration.
I: We'll give you a yearly salary of fifty thousand yuan, plus 1% commission on all sales. Let's stop here. I'll bring you a contract of employment when I go to Beijing in two weeks.
Z: Thank you for your phone call, Mr . Watt, and for your decision of employing me. See you in Beijing then.