English at Work 2 – The Interruption

Anna’s job interview continues. But with all the pressure and stress, she has frozen mid-sentence, unable to find the right word in English for what she wants to say.

Narrator: Hello! Welcome back to the offices of Tip Top Trading, where Anna’s interview for a sales job continues. When we last said goodbye, Tip Top boss Paul had asked Anna why she wanted the job. First she said:
Anna: Errr.. mmmmm..
Narrator: Since then, she’s added:
Anna: Mmmm.. errr..
Narrator: And as we join her again, Anna is saying:
Anna: Well, errrr.. I’m errr.
Narrator: Come on Anna! If you can’t think of the word you need, find another way of saying it.
Anna: I am.. Well, I really, really want this job and I am willing to work very hard if I get it.
Paul: So you’re very motivated, then?
Anna: Motivated! Yes, that’s it. I am really motivated.
Paul: Good! Why?
Narrator: Now over to you Anna, structure your answer! Say ‘firstly’, then give your first reason, ‘secondly’ and then a second reason. Then say ‘above all’ and give a really, really good, enthusiastic final reason! Go for it: firstly!
Anna: Firstly!
Paul: Firstly.. ?
Anna: Firstly, this job is an ideal match for my skills and experience: I’ve spent several years working in sales and I get on with people easily. Well, I mean, apart from the ones I don’t like, of course. Secondly, I know Tip Top Trading is one of the fastest-growing companies in London, and I want to be part of that.
Paul: That’s absolutely right, Tip Top Trading is the fastest growing company in the plastic fruit sector. But enough about the company, this is all about you, Annabel.
Anna: Anna.
Paul: Sorry, Anna. Where were we?
Anna: Well, I said that firstly, this job is an ideal match for my skills and experience, secondly, the company is growing fast.. and.. and.. above all .. the reason I want this job is-
Paul: Yes? Denise! Is everything all right?
Denise: No Paul, it’s not. Everything is not OK!
Paul: You look pale. Here, sit down, drink what’s left of my tea.
Denise: Oh, thank you! Oh.. what are those bits floating in it?
Paul: Oh they’re just lumps of soggy biscuit. In fact, if I can just.. get that bit out.. with my finger.. for you.. Mmm, delicious! Now, tell me what happened.
Denise: Well, it’s terrible.. ~
Narrator: Oh dear! Just as Anna was doing really well, it looks like her interview has come to a sudden end. What’s happened? Join us next time to find out. But before we go, here’s a reminder of how Anna structured her response:
Anna: Firstly, this job is an ideal match for my skills and experience
Secondly, I know Tip Top Trading is one of the fastest-growing companies in London and..
above all .. the reason I want this job is..
Narrator: Anna couldn’t remember the word ‘motivated’ so she just found another way of saying what she meant.
Anna: I really, really want the job and I am willing to work very hard if I get it.
Narrator: Nice work, Anna! Let’s hope you get the chance to finish your interview next week!


















 

BBC English at Work


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