Speaking IV Notes: Job Interviews

15 May

Useful Vocabulary:

Experience-pengalaman (working experience or on-the-job experience)
Training– pelatihan (job training)
Educational Background– latar belakang pendidikan
Handle– mengurus; menangani; mengatasi
Responsibilities– tanggung jawab (work/professional responsibilities)
Manage– mengelola
Challenging– menantang
Hire– mempekerjakan Laid off/Fire– diperhentikan (I got laid off/fired from my job)
Salary and Benefits– gaji dan tunjangan
Skills, Talents and Abilities– keterampilan, bakat dan kemampuan

Verb Tenses:

· Present perfect (continuous) to speak about work experience up to the present moment [Up until now, I have been studying at UMS. I have been managing the English club.]

· Present simple to discuss current job responsibilities [At the English club, I organize meetings and plan events.]

· Past simple to discuss past responsibilities [Before, I worked at the campus radio station. I gave a radio show about English.]

· Use of conditional forms to imagine situations at work [If I had a big task for work, I would manage my time by working on the task everyday.]

Courtesy of: http://esl.about.com/od/jobinterviewing/a/Practicing-Job-Interviews.htm

Tips for Success:

  • Always arrive to an interview 10 or 15 minutes early.
  • Dress neatly and conservatively. Look professional.
  • When greeting the interviewer, always smile, shake his/her hand, introduce yourself and make direct eye contact.
  • Always speak positively and politely. Never swear or fidget. Make sure your body language shows confidence.
  • Be honest. It’s okay to reveal your weaknesses as long as you show willingness to learn from them.
  • Organize your thoughts before speaking. It is okay to ask for a moment to think.
  • Always thank the interviewer for their time and usually you should shake hands to end the interview

Extra Credit:

On About.com’s “Practicing Job Interviews,” they have 10 sentence starters for job interview questions and 10 sentence starters for job interview answers. Choose one set (only 1) to write full sentences using those words. For extra credit, grammar, spelling, and punctuation must be 100% correct. Sentences must be different for every person. (No copying your friends’ sentences.)

Use the following cues to write out full questions for a job interview.

  1. How long / work / present?
  2. How many / languages / speak?
  3. Strengths?
  4. Weaknesses?
  5. Past job?
  6. Current responsibilities?
  7. Education?
  8. Specific examples of responsibility at past job?
  9. Which position / want – like to have / new job?
  10. Future goals?



Use the following cues to write out full responses for a job interview.

  1. Current job / school
  2. Last job / school
  3. Languages / skills
  4. How long / work / current job
  5. Three specific examples from past job
  6. Current responsibilities
  7. Strengths / weaknesses (two for each)
  8. Why are you interested in this job?
  9. What are your future goals?
  10. Education

Source: http://esl.about.com/od/jobinterviewing/a/Practicing-Job-Interviews.htm


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