Going for a job interview is a challenging but exciting experience. Watch the video, which shows one person’s experience of the job interview process, and practise your speaking skills as you complete the activities.

Tasks

Task 1 - check your understanding

Task 2 - comprehension

Task 3 - reorder the conversation

Task 4 - your turn to speak

Practise saying this conversation with a friend:

Interviewer: Good afternoon, Nice to meet you.

Interviewee: Hello. Nice to meet you, too.

Interviewer: We’d like to ask you a few questions. First, can you tell us about your previous work experience, please?

Interviewee: Yes, of course. I am unemployed at the moment, but my last job was at a supermarket. Before that, I worked as a cleaner at a school.

Interviewer: What skills have you got that would help you in this job?

Interviewee: I’m very organised and always on time. I work well in a team and I am polite.

Interviewer: That’s great. We just need you to complete some paperwork and read through the terms of employment.

Interviewee: No problem. Thank you very much for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.

Interviewer: Thank you for coming today. We’ll be in touch.

You can use your phone to record yourself speaking. Listen and record it again until you are happy.

Transcript

A few weeks ago, I saw an advert in a newspaper for a job I really wanted. I filled out the application form, wrote my CV and sent everything off in the post. A few days later I received an email to invite me for an interview. I was so excited, but very nervous.

I wanted to look really smart for the interview. I wore a smart suit with a white shirt and my shiny, red shoes. I wanted to make a good impression.

At the interview they asked me lots of questions. They asked me about my previous work experience and skills that I've got for the job. I also had to fill out some paperwork. I was well-prepared, so I think it went well. Afterwards, the interviewers shook my hand and said, “We’ll be in touch.” I am looking forward to hearing from them!

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  • Have you ever had a job interview in the UK?

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I can't say that I've never had a job interview in the UK. I've a few times had a job interview but it was in Turkish community.(I am from Turkey) I couldn't have confidience to apply for a job in the UK ' companies because of my English. I am an architect but I can't take any opportunities from them...

If I imagine that  I go for an interview then I suddenly get nervous. I think this is a big problem for many people who have it. 

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I've never had a job interview in the UK ,because I am full time house wife for the mean time looking after my daughter ,step Son & to my husband.I am starting now to get some qualification to get job soon.

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I am unemployed at the moment,.I am starting now to get some qualification to get job soon.

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unfortunately, I've never had a interview, too… I'm little thrill for interview… I guess, I can't do it nowadays but If I speak very well English, I will able to be comfortable…

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I always had a bad experience at interviews because I got so nervous during questioning by the interviewer. I always prepared well myself but I was unlucky. I would suggest to all my friends to feel relaxed in front of interviewer. Always reply to each answer with confidence.

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I liked the lesson but couldn't download the video for class use any help, please?

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There was an advert in Sunday Indian Express. I really wanted this admin job. I filled out the application and made my CV and sent off everything in the post office. I had got a phone called from the company. I wore clean and simple dress because I wanted the interviewer to concentrate on my skills, experience and talent not on my dress.
When I had gone to the interview, the interviewer was not too happy about my dress. Unwillingly he started the interview for by asking me questions related to my previous job, my skills, my personal life, my attitude ...It was amazing, he was totally impressed by my responses to his questions. He was pleased and gave me an offer on the spot. I said thanks. I was so pleased.

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I wish I could have but I had one job interview in my country immediately after graduation and I was a bit nervous at that time.

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I've never had an interview in the UK.

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