3. An Interview
  4. An interview for a job
  5. B) Explain what are hedging techniques mentioned in the text.
  6. C) Act out the interviews that might have taken place during the survey.

Ten-point plan to make a good impression

1. Be pleasant and polite to the receptionist or secretary who greets you. It will get you off to a good start.

2. If you are going through a closed door into an office, knock first and then walk in.

3. Do not sit down until you are offered a chair.

4. Do not smoke or chew.

5. Do not slouch, do not fold your arms or fidget. Sit in a relaxed upright position.

6. Speak up, do not mutter or mumble. Try to act with modest confidence.

7. Do not be flippant. Some candidates give jokey answers to cover up nerves. Be sure you are on the same wavelength as the interviewer before you introduce humour into the discussion.

8. Show a genuine interest in the work and the firm you have applied to.

9. Analyse what qualities the interviewer is looking for and try to demonstrate how far you match up.

10. Make sure you know the interviewer's surname, and use it if a natural opportunity occurs.

Questions the interviewer may ask you

There are a number of questions you are likely to be asked - so think about what you are going to say. It may help to discuss these with a friend before the interview. Probable questions include:

Tell me about yourself.

Why do you want the job?

What is your experience in the field?

What makes you think you would be good at the job?

What do you do in your spare time?

What qualities do you think you have to offer?

What is your ultimate career ambition?

What kind of books or newspapers do you read?

Questions you may want to ask the interviewer

During the course of the discussion, the interviewer will probably explain most of the details about the job. But there may be gaps and you may want to ask your own question.

Try not to appear too eager; wait until towards the end of the interview. He or she may then ask if there is anything you would like to know - and that's your chance to be offered the job, then you will need all the facts to enable you to make the right decision as to whether or not you will accept There are some of the points you may want to raise:

What are the normal hours of work?

Are there any unusual hours?

Will I be paid overtime?

What is the pay?

What holidays will I be entitled to?

Who will I be directly responsible to?

What training will I be given?

When may I expect a decision?

When would I be expected to start?

Whatever you do do not sound as if you are only interested in what you get out of the job. Remember the interviewer is looking for someone who is going to put a lot into the

job - ability, industry and enthusiasm.


Give a summary of the text. | Study the essential vocabulary and translate the illustrative examples into Russian. | TOPICAL VOCABULARY | The Politics of Housework | A) Draw a family tree for yourself and using the topical vocabulary explain the relationship between your immediate ancestors and any interesting facts about them. | C) Cut them down to the five most important. | B) Turn the above situation into a dialogue and act it out. | ORGANIZATION AND STRUCTURE OF THE SYSTEM OF EDUCATION IN THE USA | TOOLS FOR EVALUATING A STORY | By L.P. Hartley |

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