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Episode 02

Marcia and Philip discuss the applications they've received and the interview format.

Do the preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the exercises. You can also read the transcript.



Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Hi Leven,

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There is a statement in the Task: "All the potential candidates have all the basic requirements for the job." And the question is: True or fals?
I think the word "potential" is not the best, because Marcia discarded the most of applicant, who are not potential and she made a shortlist. There are 12 persons on the shortlist (if I understand well), I think they are the potential candidates. And if Marcia worked well, they have to have all basic requirements for the job. :)

I agree with you, Anibell.

Hello Anibell,

What you say makes sense to me, but since the way the exercise interprets the word 'potential' is also possible, I don't think we'll change it, at least for now. If it seems to confuse other users, then we'll reconsider. In any case, thank you for suggestion and keep up the good work – it sounds like you've understood this video very well!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Its funny to hear about long CV written in green by comicbook font :)

Hi every one
I want to go on a learning english trip , if someone can help me .

Why this episode doesn't have an alternative video, i can only display the one "can't see video, click here".

Hello Iris on earth,

I'm afraid we don't have the alternative versions aren't available for the You're Hired series. You might be able to see it on Youtube.

You might also want to try installing the latest version of the Adobe Flash player on your device, as it might enable you to see more videos on our site.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I have much difficult to understand what they talk on video. Even so, I watch least 6 times and after I listen and read the transcription. Sometimes I think that I am more slower than other people. But never I never give up.

Hello efcjunior,

It sounds like you're doing the right things to improve your listening. I just wanted to encourage you to keep up the hard work – your progress may be slow in the beginning, but it should get easier as you work more.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team