Chatterbox #37– Job Interview

Around this time of year, lots of people want to make a change in their lives. And one of those changes might be a new job! That’s why Harp chose this episode for you. This episode was first released just over 2 years ago, but the advice Harp gives is still relevant today, and might just help you land that new job. There’s also a ton of job-related vocabulary to check out, too.

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Expressions included in the learning materials:

  • Back by popular demand
  • Tips and advice
  • To be pumped
  • Press releases
  • To google it
  • To set you apart
  • To think on your feet
  • The trick
  • To put a positive spin on something
  • Dress for the job you want, not the job you’re interviewing for
  • Overdressed and underdressed
  • The thank-you email

Sample transcript:

Maura: And we’re always focused on natural English. So, today, back by popular demand, we’re going to get Harp’s advice about the job market. So, I’m going to interview Harp and ask her some questions about job interviews. So you can tell us how people can get prepared and do the best they can when they have a job interview.

Harp: And just in case you don’t know, I am a recruiter, so I interview people for a living.

Maura: She’s a serious professional. But actually, this is really great advice. This is good advice for Canadians who already live in Canada and might need some tips, but it’s especially good if you’re thinking about coming over to North America and you want to do well in your interview. This way, you’ll know a little bit more about what you can do.

Harp: Yeah, or if you’re in North America and you’re getting ready for your first job interview.

Maura: Yeah, it’s really helpful advice, I think. First, Harp: you have an interview, you got the call, you’re excited, you’re pump, you’re feeling good. What can you do to prepare for the interview?

Harp: The first thing you should do is research. Research the company, find out what it does, look for the company website, find out things about the culture of the company, find press releases, google it. Find out about the company you’re gonna be interviewing at.

Maura: That’s good advice, because then you know a little bit more of what to expect and you can also think about some questions you might want to ask them, because you know about their company and you can be specific.

Harp: Exactly. It shows enthusiasm. It shows that you took the time to research the company. It sets you apart.

Maura: And, would it be a good idea to practise with someone?

Harp: For sure! I recommend practising for the interview—before—to everyone. It’s a good idea to practice for some of the typical questions that get asked in an interview.

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