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Learn how to get that job

Most people are nervous before they do a job interview, and the experience can be even more worrying if it’s in English. So how can you prepare for interviews and make sure you get the job? In this session we find out!

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Job interviews

Job interviews can be one of the most stressful things in life. There are many different ways to prepare to make sure you've done everything to sell yourself and prove you're the one for the job.

But there are some things that you should definitely not do – like lie!

In this News Report, you can pick up some handy tips and hear some advice from the man who set up Facebook. He must be worth listening to!

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A job interview is one of the most stressful situations we can put ourselves in. We have only a short amount of time to sell ourselves, to prove that we are worthy of the job being offered.

There are many ways to prepare for an interview and different strategies for coping with the interview itself. However, there are some pitfalls that every interviewee should try to avoid.

Don't lie! Everyone exaggerates on their CV, don't they? Well, that's fine unless you get caught out. That shows the interviewer that you are dishonest. Probably not one of the character traits they're looking for.

Find out about the company you are applying for. That means more than a quick internet search. It's easy to come up with a few superficial things but a wily interviewer is likely to see through the veneer if you really know nothing about the company. The only sure solution is to prepare thoroughly.

Be presentable. This means more than just wearing appropriate clothes. As well as dress, there's body language, the way you shake hands, the way you sit, the tone and pitch of your voice. Every mannerism is scrutinised.

However, not every aspect of the interview can be prepared for. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says there's just one test he uses for potential employees.

He would only hire someone he himself would want to work for.

So far, it seems the test has served the billionaire entrepreneur well.

He employed Sheryl Sandberg as his chief operating officer and now considers her a mentor.

Facebook has more than a billion users but its workforce is relatively small, with fewer than 10,000 people employed by the company.

Zuckerberg says the most important thing when looking for a job is to "just have faith in yourself and trust yourself".

Download

You can download News Report from our Unit 27 downloads page.

Vocabulary

pitfalls
possible problems that can be anticipated

caught out
discovered doing something wrong

character traits
elements of your personality

anarchic
without rules, order, or control

superficial
simple, not very detailed

wily
smart, intelligent

to see through the veneer
to realise easily that your knowledge is not very detailed

mannerism
someone's individual way of speaking or moving

scrutinised
examined on close detail

entrepreneur
someone who starts their own businesses

mentor
someone who gives advice, support and encouragement; a role-model

workforce
all the people who work for a company

This story is based on an original BBC News story.

End of Session 4

Well done. Next in Session 5 it's time to test yourself on what you've learned in this unit. And you can catch the latest episode of Alice in Wonderland. It's time for the Mad Hatter's tea party!

Session Vocabulary

  • pitfalls
    possible problems that can be anticipated

    caught out
    discovered doing something wrong

    character traits
    elements of your personality

    anarchic
    without rules, order, or control

    superficial
    simple, not very detailed

    wily
    smart, intelligent

    to see through the veneer
    to realise easily that your knowledge is not very detailed

    mannerism
    someone's individual way of speaking or moving

    scrutinised
    examined on close detail

    entrepreneur
    someone who starts their own businesses

    mentor
    someone who gives advice, support and encouragement; a role-model

    workforce
    all the people who work for a company