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Session 4

Sunny the vlogger has applied for a job – and she’s got an interview! She needs you to help her prepare – and answer the interviewer’s questions

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Activity 1

Professional advice

Why do you want this job…?

Great news! Sunny's application was successful and she has got a job interview. And even better, you’re going to help her answer the interview questions in the next activity.

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What advice would you give to someone who is preparing for an interview?

Prep is absolutely key. I've always said ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’. Make sure that you’re researching the company, by looking on their website and getting any information that you can, make sure that you research the job description and the person specification, and think about real-life examples of where you've done things in the past, and how you can apply those to the potential questions that might come up.

Also, if you can practise with a family member or friend that'll give you a real head start as well, because you can get their feedback on how you're doing.

What advice would you give for people during the interview, especially if English is not their first language?

Yeah, so I think, first and foremost, the interview process is a nerve-wracking experience for absolutely everybody, whether English is your first language or not.

So, when you go into the interview you can always use your body language and non-verbal communication. Whether or not English is your first language, you can smile, you can give eye contact, you can nod when the – you know, when the interviewer is asking you the question.

What about if someone asks you a question you don't understand: what's your advice?

Ok, so if someone asks a question that you don't understand, always have the confidence to ask them to repeat the question. It doesn't make you look like you're unsure, it just shows that you're assertive and that you've got confidence.

And what about if you're in the middle of an answer that you're giving, and you think 'hmmm, this isn't very good.' What should you do then?

Ok, so if you're in the middle of an answer as well, and you're not happy with the way that you're answering the question, always have the confidence to go back to the top and rephrase that answer. Again, this shows confidence and assertiveness.

Also make sure that you take time with your answer. The nerves can make you give a speedy, a speedy response, and what you want to do is be aware of that and just slow your answer down.

I would say one final tip is just to have a couple of questions prepared for the panel, which you can ask at the end of the interview. Because that just really shows that you've, you’ve thought about the position.


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To do

How do you do a good interview? Finn went to meet a BBC HR manager called Craig, and asked him four questions:

1) What advice would you give to someone preparing for an interview?

2) What advice would you give to people during the interview, especially if English is not their first language?

3) What about if someone asks you a question you don't understand. What's your advice?

4) What about if you're in the middle of an answer that you're giving, and you think 'hmmm, this isn't very good'. What should you do then?

Try and guess what Craig's answers will be. Then listen to the audio to see if you guessed correctly. The audio clip lasts 2 minutes 20 seconds. Look at the Session Vocabulary box to help you with new words and phrases.

Craig's advice

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We hope that advice was useful! Next, it's your chance to help Sunny get that job as a tour manager. You'll need everything you learned in this unit, including your knowledge of gerunds and infinitives.

Session Grammar

  • When we use two verbs together, what form does the second verb take?

    Followed by a gerund
    admit, advise, consider, discuss

    Followed by an infinitive
    agree, appear, choose, decide

    Followed by either, same meaning  
    begin, continue, hate, like

    Followed by either, change in meaning
    forget, regret, remember, stop

Session Vocabulary

  • prep
    short for 'preparation' – getting things ready in advance

    job description
    an official description of a job used by employers

    person specification
    a list of skills and experience someone needs to do a job

    (here) possible, probable

    head start
    advantage; something that increases the possibility of success

    statements about how well someone is doing something, to help them do it better next time

    first and foremost
    most importantly

    very scary

    body language
    movements of your body that show what you are thinking and feeling

    non-verbal communication
    communication without words

    eye contact
    looking at someone in their eyes

    moving your head up and down to show you agree or understand

    describes confident behaviour that shows someone's opinions

    go back to the top
    go back to the beginning

    say something in another way

    speedy response
    quick answer

    the people at an interview who ask questions and decide who to give the job to

    a formal or official word for ‘job’