Job Interview Lesson for ESL

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Example Job Interview Questions and Answers
Useful Vocabulary for the Resume and Interview

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Job Interview Lesson for ESL

  1. 1. Job Interview Lesson for ESLReferences:http://esl.about.com/od/businessspeakingskills/a/j_vocabulary.htmhttp://esl.about.com/od/businessspeakingskills/a/job_interview.htm
  2. 2. Job Interviewing: DirectionsThink about the skills you have and how they relate to the job you would like. Here are some of the questions you should ask yourself when thinking about your qualifications:• What tasks have I done at past jobs that are similar to the tasks required in this job?• What are my strengths and weaknesses and how do they relate to the tasks required in this job advertisement?• How do I relate to people? Do I have good people skills?• If I dont have any related work experience, how does the experience I have / studies Ive done relate?• Why do I want this job?
  3. 3. Job interview: first impressionsIntroduce yourself, shake hands, and be friendly. Dont be surprised if the interviewer asks you something like:• How are you today?• Did you have any trouble finding us?• What do you think of the weather lately?Answer the question without going into too much detail. The language you use should be simple but polite.
  4. 4. Job Interview Questions and AnswersEducation:Remember that your education took place in the past. Therefore you need to use the past tenses, for example:• I attended the University of Helsinki from 1987 to 1993.• I graduated with a degree in agricultural planning.If you are currently a student you should use the following present tenses:• I am currently studying at the University of New York and will graduate with a degree in Economics in the spring.• I am studying English at the Borough Community College.
  5. 5. Job Interview Questions and AnswersExperience and Qualifications:Work experience is by far the most important topic of any job interview (at least in the United States and Britain). Therefore, it is important to explain what experience you have in detail.Generally, employers want to know exactly what you did and how well you accomplished your tasks. This is not the time to be modest. Be confident, and talk freely about your accomplishments in past employment.
  6. 6. Job Interview Questions and AnswersExperience and Qualifications:When talking about current employment be careful to use the present perfect or present perfect continuous. This signals that you are still performing these tasks at your current job, for example:• Smith and Co. have employed me for the last 3 years as a salesperson.• I have been creating customer contacts for 6months.When talking about past employers use the past tenses to signal that you are no longer working for that company, for example:• I was employed by Jacksons from 1989 to 1992 as a clerk.• I worked as a receptionist at the Ritz while I was living in New York.
  7. 7. Job Interview Questions and Answers• Make sure to mention your English studies. This is very important as English is not your first language and the employer may be concerned about this fact. Assure the employer that you are continuing to improve your English skills by any courses you may be taking, or by saying that you study a certain number of hours a week to improve your skills. Skills Set Lesson: http://youtu.be/kuzui-9kxQo
  8. 8. Useful Vocabulary for an Interview Below is a list of great verbs that are used to express responsibilities and tasks performed:accomplished collaborated designated facilitated interpreted perceived reversed transactedacted compared detected finalized introduced performed reviewed transcribedadapted completed developed formulated invented pioneered revised transformedadministered computed devised founded investigated planned saved tripledadvanced conceived directed functioned justified prepared screened upgradedadvised conducted discovered governed led presented selected validatedallocated constructed distributed grouped localized presided serviced variedanalyzed consulted documented guided located processed set up verifiedapplied contracted doubled handled made programmed solved vitalizedapproved controlled edited harmonized maintained promoted sorted wonarbitrated cooperated encouraged harnessed managed provided sparked wrotearranged coordinated engineered headed mechanized purchased specifiedassisted corrected enlarged identified merged raised startedattained counseled escalated implemented moderated recommended stimulatedblended created established improved motivated recorded strengthenedbrought dealt estimated increased negotiated recruited summarizedbuilt decided evaluated indexed opened rectified supervisedcarried out decreased examined initiated operated redesigned supportedcataloged defined expanded inspected organized repaired systematizedchanged delegated experienced installed originated replaced testedclassified derived explored instituted overcame restored trained
  9. 9. Useful Vocabulary for an InterviewTo describe your skills the following adjectives are useful accurate experienced practical active fair productive adaptable firm reliable adept genuine resourceful broad-minded honest self disciplined competent innovative sense of humor conscientious logical sensitive creative loyal sincere dependable mature successful determined methodical tactful diplomatic motivated trustworthy discreet objective efficient outgoing energetic personable enterprising pleasant enthusiastic positive

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