Job Interview Learn English

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A Job Interview Learn English

Preparation is the key to a successful job interview. Here's how to be ready for some common question types. Job interviews are always stressful, even more so when they’re in your second language. But there are plenty of ways in which you can prepare yourself so that you perform at your best. Doing lots of research about the company, dressing smartly, smiling and being.

  1. By the end of the interview you should have a good sense of whether you want the job. If you need more information, say so. Otherwise use your sales skills and ask for the job.
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  3. Learn how to form polite questions in the context of a professional job interview. In this intermediate English lesson you will see a job interview taking p.

Lintel is a computer chip manufacturing company that currently has a job opening in its Finance department. John Miller is the first applicant to be interviewed this morning by Lintel’s Finance Manager Mike Gates.

Job interview conversation

Mike: Good Morning, John. I am Mike.

John: Good Morning.

Mike: How are you doing?

John: I am doing fine. Thank you.

Mike: How was the traffic coming over here?

John: I am so glad that the traffic was light this morning. No traffic jam and no accidents.

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Mike: That is good. John, let’s start the interview. Are you ready?

John: Yes, I am.

Mike: First of all, let me properly introduce myself. I am the Finance Department Manager. As you know there is an open position in my department, and I need to fill this position as soon as possible.

John: Please, tell me a little bit about the position.

Mike: It is an entry-level position. The new employee will have to work closely with the

Accounting department. He will also have to deal with the bank on a daily basis.

John: What type of qualifications do you require?

Mike: I require a four-year college degree in Finance. Some working experience would be helpful.

John: What kind of experience are you looking for?

Mike: Doing office work is good. However, since this is an entry-level position, I do not require a lot of experience. I am willing to train the new person.

John: That is great!

Mike: John, tell me a little bit about yourself.

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Jobs and Work Vocabulary

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barman (barmen)builder(s)butcher(s)
fireman (firemen)fishmonger(s)flight attendant(s)
photographer(s)plumber(s)policeman (policemen)
porter(s)post[wo]man (post[wo]men)receptionist(s)
reporter(s)sales assistant(s)sales representative(s)
scientist(s)secretary (secretaries)surgeon(s)
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Build Up

To find out what someone's job is, you can ask, 'What do you do?'

Work - What do they do? Where do they work?

JobWhat do they do? Where do they work?
AccountantsLook after the finances in an organisation.They work in an office.
BakersBake bread. They work in a bakery.
BarbersShave men's beards and cut men's hair. They work in a barbers.
Barmen/womenServe drinks. They work in a bar, pub or restaurant.
ButchersPrepare and sell meat. They work in a butchers.
ChambermaidsClean and tidy rooms.They work in a hotel.
ChefsPrepare and cook food. They work in a kitchen.
DentistsLook after people's teeth. They work in a dentists.
DoctorsLook after people's health. They work in a hospital or surgery.
FishmongersPrepare and sell fish. They work in a fishmongers.
Flight attendants Look after passengers. They work in an aeroplane (airplane AmE).
Hair dressers Cut and style people's hair. They work in a hair salon.
JudgesJudge and sentence people. They work in a law court.
Lawyers Defend and prosecute people. They work in a law court and in a lawyers office.
NursesLook after patients .They work in a hospital or doctor's surgery.
OpticiansLook after people's eye sight.They work in an opticians.
Porters Carry other people's bags and luggage. They work in a hotel or train station.
ReceptionistsMeet and greet visitors.They work in reception.
Sales AssistantsSell goods and look after customers. They work in a shop.
SecretariesArrange appointments, type letters and organise meetings. They work in an office.
SurgeonsOperate on people who are sick. They work in a hospital.
TailorsDesign, make, alter or repair garments,They work in factories and shops.
TeachersTeach people.They work in a school.
TechniciansOrganise and repair technical equipment.They work everywhere!
VetsLook after people's animals. They work in a veterinary surgery or vets.
Waiters/WaitressesServe people food and drink. They work in a restaurant.
WeldersWeld metal to make things.They work in factories and construction.

Leaving or Losing your job

There are many different ways to express leaving or losing a job.

To Leave Your Job:-

To resign To quit To leave your job = to give up a job or position by telling your employer that you are leaving.

To retire = to leave your job or stop working because of old age or ill health.

To Lose Your Job:-

To be dismissed To be fired To get fired To be sacked To get the sack To get the chop To get your P45 To lose your job = to be asked to leave a job, usually because you have done something wrong or badly, or sometimes as a way of saving the cost of employing you.

To be made redundant = to lose your job because your employer no longer needs you.

Naturally Speaking

These are the most common questions asked in a normal interview with some ideas of how to prepare an answer:-

This does not mean 'Give me your life story'. It's your chance to give an overall impression of who you are. Research the company to get an idea of the skills and experience they're looking for, work those into your response. Make sure you concentrate on who you are, your work experience, and relate everything to show that you would be a great candidate for the position.

What were your main responsibilities in your last job?

Be specific and positive about what you did in your current / previous job. Try to relate them to the job you are being interviewed for.

Give an example that relates to the job you are interviewing for.

What are your greatest strengths / weaknesses?

Your ability to work well under pressure, prioritizing skills, problem-solving skills, professional expertise, leadership skills, team spirit. Be prepared to give real life examples.

Be honest about a specific weakness, but show what you are doing to overcome it.

Be positive. Research the organisation and relate what they offer to your long-term ambitions.

Why do you want to leavel your current job?
Why did you leave your last job?

Never say anything bad about your previous employers. Think about leaving for a positive reason.

When can you start?

Straight away.

I need to give x weeks notice.

Yes. Prepare several questions before the interview. You could ask about career / development / training opportunities. Be sure to ask when they'll make their decision.
!NoteThere are lots of 'typical' interview questions on


John has a job interview for a Saturday job
Interviewer: So, you've applied for the Saturday position, right?
John:Yes, I have.
Interviewer: Can you tell me what made you reply to our advertisement?
John:Well, I was looking for a part-time job to help me through college. And I think that I'd be really good at this kind of work.
Interviewer: Do you know exactly what you would be doing as a shop assistant?
John: Well I imagine I would be helping customers, keeping a check on the supplies in the store, and preparing the shop for business.
Interviewer: That about covers it, you would also be responsible for keeping the front of the store tidy. What sort of student do you regard yourself as . . . did you enjoy studying while you were at school?
John: I suppose I'm a reasonable student. I passed all my exams and I enjoy studying subjects that interest me.
Interviewer: Have you any previous work experience?
John: Yes. I worked part-time at a take-away in the summer holidays.
Interviewer: Now, do you have any questions you'd like to ask me about the position?
John: Yes. Could you tell me what hours I'd have to work?

We open at 9.00, but you would be expected to arrive at 8.30 and we close at 6.00 pm. You would be able to leave then.

I think I have asked you everything I wanted to. Thank you for coming along to the interview. Passive voice with to infinitive.

John: Thank you. When will I know if I have been successful?
Interviewer:We'll be making our decision next Monday, we'll give you a call.

Games and Tests for this Vocabulary Unit

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