English at Work 1 – The Interview

Tip Top Trading: the fastest-growing company in the plastic fruit sector, and Anna desperately wants to be a part of it. Her job interview for a position in sales is going to be a challenge. How will she cope?

Narrator: 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?
Anna: Oh, a little nervous but I really want this job.
Narrator: Well don’t worry Anna, as long as you say the right things, you’ll be fine.
Anna: The right things!? Like what?
Narrator: 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.
Anna: Oh right. Thanks. Perhaps you can come with me?
Narrator: Sorry Anna, you’re on your own now – but we’ll be listening in. Look! You’ve just arrived. Good luck! ~
Paul: Come in. Hello, I’m Paul, the Manager of Tip Top Trading. And you must be.. ?
Anna: It’s Anna.
Paul: Yes, very good. Thanks for coming. Now somewhere in this pile, I’ve got your CV..
Anna: Err, is that it there?
Paul: Oh yes, thanks Hannah. Your qualifications look impressive but I was wondering what sales experience can you bring to our company?
Anna: I worked in a shop once.
Narrator: Ohhh Anna! Sell yourself. Give a good example!
Anna: 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..
Denise: Oh sorry, excuse me, here’s your tea Paul.
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?
Denise: Sorry! I forgot the sugar.
Paul: Thank you Denise.
Anna: Hmm, so you want an example? I was the treasurer of the debating society at university. That was OK I suppose.
Narrator: Come on Anna. Be more enthusiastic – the debating society is exciting!
Anna: I mean.. I’m particularly proud of how I organised the finances for the debating society. We had a very small budget and I had to make decisions on what to buy.
Narrator: I like it! “I’m particularly proud of” – Positive but not boasting. You’re doing well.
Paul: Very impressive – so you’re a good planner Anna! We like organised people here.. ooops, silly me. I seemed to have spilt tea over your CV.
Anna: Oh, do you need some help?
Paul: Oh no.. I’m sure it’ll dry out.. carry on please..
Anna: Also.. timekeeping is important to me..
Narrator: “Timekeeping is important to me” – that’s good!
Anna: I always try to complete my work on time. At university I never handed my assignments in late.
Paul: That’s good to hear. We like punctuality here..
Denise: Excuse me Paul. Sorry it’s a bit late – but I thought you might like a biscuit with your tea.
Paul: 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?
Anna: Errrr.. ooo.. well. The reason I applied is..
Narrator: Yes, yes, yes Anna? Do you need a bit more time to think?
Anna: Errr.. mmm..
Narrator: 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.
Narrator: Until next time, bye-bye.


BBC English at Work

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