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

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


Hold tight please! This is Anna, on a bus going to an interview for a job as a sales executive at Tip Top Trading – one of London’s fastest growing companies. How are you feeling Anna? Oh, a littel nervous but I really want this job. Well don’t worry Anna, as long as you say the right thing, you’ll be fine. The right things!? Like what? 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 Oh right. Thanks. Perhaps you can come with me? Sorry Anna, you’re on your own now – but we’ll be listening in. Look! You’ve just arrived. Good luck! Come in. Hello, I’m Paul, the Manager of Tip Top Trading. And you must be…? It’s Anna Yes, very good. Thanks for coming. Now somewhere in this pile, I’ve got your CV Err, is that it there? Oh yes, thanks Hannah. Your qualifications look impressive but I was wondering what sales experience can you bring to our company? I worked in a shop once. Ohhh Anna! Sell yourself. Give a good example! Oh right…mmm….well a good example that comes to mind is when I was involved with a campaign to promote and sell a new range of clothes I loved doing it and it was… Oh sorry, excuse me, here’s your tea, 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? Sorry! I forgot the sugar. Thank you Denise Hmm, so you want an example? I was the treasurer of the debating society at university. That was OK I suppose. Come on Anna. Be more enthusiastic – the debating society is exciting! I mean … I’m particularly proud of how I organized the finances for the debating society. We had a very small budget and I had to make decisions on what to buy I like it. “I’m particularly proud of” – Positive but not boasting. You’re doing well Very impressive – so you’re a good planner Anna! We like organized people here… ooops silly me I seemed to have spilt tea on your CV Oh, do you need some help? Oh no…. I’m sure it’ll dry out…carry on please Also … timekeeping is important to me “Timekeeping is important to me” – that’s good! I always try to complete my work on time. At university I never handed my assignments in late. That’s good to hear. We like punctuality here Excuse me Paul. Sorry it’s a bit late – but I thought you might like a biscuit with your tea. Hmm thanks … oh lovely, custard creams … mmm. Now Hannah, finally, I wanted to ask you what exactly made you apply for this job at this company ? Errr…ooo…well. The reason I applied is… Yes, yes, yes Anna? Do you need a bit more time to think? Errr…mmm… 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!

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