How to prepare for an interview - 01 - English at Work has the answers


Narrator: Hold tight please! This is Anna, on a bus going to an interview for a job as a sales executive at Tip Top Tradingone of London's fastest growing companies. How are you feeling Anna?

Anna: Oh, a little nervous but I really want this job.

Narrator: Well don't worry Anna, as long as you say the right things, you'll be fine.

Anna: The right things!? Like what?

Narrator: You need to sell yourself, be confident, not arrogant and give examples.

Like: A good example that comes to mind. I'm particularly proud of. Timekeeping is important to me.

Anna: Oh right. Thanks. Perhaps you can come with me?

Narrator: Sorry Anna, you're on your own nowbut we'll be listening in. Look! You've just arrived. Good luck!

Paul: Come in. Hello, I'm Paul, the Manager of Tip Top Trading. And you must be….?

Anna: It's Anna.

Paul: Yes, very good. Thanks for coming. Now somewhere in this pile, I've got your CV

Anna: Err, is that it there?

Paul: Oh yes, thanks Hannah. Your qualifications look impressive but what sales experience can you bring to our company?

Anna: I worked in a shop once.

Narrator: Ohhh Anna! Sell yourself. Give a good example!

Anna: Oh rightmmm….well a good example that comes to mind is when I was involved with a campaign to promote and sell a new range of clothesI loved doing it and it was

Denise: Oh sorry, excuse me, here's your tea Paul.

Paul: Thanks Denise. Now Anna, it looks like you've achieved a lot during your time at university. Could you give me an example of good team working during your time there?

Denise: Sorry! I forgot the sugar.

Paul: Thank you Denise.

Anna: Hmm, so you want an example? I was the treasurer of the debating society at university. That was OK I suppose.

Narrator: Come on Anna. Be more enthusiasticthe debating society is exciting!

Anna: I meanI'm particularly proud of how I organised the finances for the debating society. We had a very small budget and I had to make decisions on what to buy.

Narrator: I like it! "I'm particularly proud of" - Positive but not boasting. You're doing well.

Paul: Very impressiveso you're a good planner Anna! We like organised people hereooops, silly me. I seemed to have spilt tea over your CV.

Anna: Oh, do you need some help?

Paul: Oh noI'm sure it'll dry outcarry on please

Anna: Alsotimekeeping is important to me

Narrator: "Timekeeping is important to me" – that's good!

Anna: I always try to complete my work on time. At university I never handed my assignments in late.

Paul: That's good to hear. We like punctuality here

Denise: Excuse me Paul. Sorry it's a bit latebut I thought you might like a biscuit with your tea.

Paul: Hmm thanks….oh lovely, custard creamsmmm. Now Hannah, finally I wanted to ask you what exactly made you apply for this job at this company?

Anna: Errrrooowell. The reason I applied is….

Narrator: Yes, yes, yes Anna? Do you need a bit more time to think?

Anna: Errrmmm

Narrator: What's she going to say? How would you answer that? Join us next time to find out. Before we go, here's a reminder of some of the great lines Anna's used today

A good example that comes to mind I'm particularly proud of.

Timekeeping is important to me. Until next time, bye bye!