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Job Interview: I Have Problems (ESL)

Quiz by: rmd    

Description: This example of what NOT to do in a job interview uses common interview questions and English conversation.
Low Intermediate
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1. Who is the Human Resources Manager in the conversation?
2. What job is Sarah applying for?
3. Did Sarah bring a resume to the interview?
4. What is Sarah's work experience?
5. What is a reference according to Susan?
6. Does Sarah have any references?
7. What does Sarah talk about on the phone?
8. Why does Sarah want the job?
9. How does the interview end?
Susan: Sarah? Hello, I'm Susan Thompson, Human Resource Manager here.
Sarah: Hi.
Susan: Have a seat. Uh, Sarah, tell me about yourself.
Sarah: Um, well, my baby doesn't sleep at night, and my dad's been really sick and he needs my help a lot.
Susan: I see. Um, did you bring a resume with you?
Sarah: No. I put everything on the application.
Susan: Okay, um I don't see any work experience here. What kind of work experience do you have?
Sarah: I haven't had a job.
Susan: Okay, do you have anyone who could give you a reference?
Sarah: Um… Hi. At 7. The party's at 7. Um, yeah, I'll bring the chips. Okay. Bye. What did you say?
Susan: I said do you have any references?
Sarah: What's a reference?
Susan: A person who can tell us whether or not you're a good worker.
Sarah: Mmm, no.
Susan: Okay, do you have any questions for me?
Sarah: Mmm, no.
Susan: Okay, um, why should I hire you, Sarah?
Sarah: Well, because I really need the money. I have a lot of problems and I really need a job.
Susan: I have a lot of problems, too, and I don't need any more. Nice to meet you.
Sarah: Can I have the job? How much does it pay?
Susan: Oh, I don't think you're the right person for the job. Good luck.
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Job Interview Mistakes: What Not to Do

Explore common job interview mistakes through this ESL video featuring Sarah's disastrous interview. Learn what not to do and improve your interview skills.

This video showcases a job interview gone wrong, highlighting key vocabulary and phrases used in interviews. It's a valuable resource for ESL learners looking to enhance their job interview skills.

This video is ideal for ESL students at a low-intermediate level who want to practice job interview scenarios. Use it in the classroom to discuss common interview questions and responses.



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Discussion Questions

1.) Do you have a resume?
2.) What do you do for a living?
3.) Do you want to change jobs?