Daniel makes some classic mistakes in his interview.

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Task

Read the statements and decide if they are true or false.

Exercise

Task 2

Business Notes

Daniel makes some classic mistakes in his interview. Here are a few mistakes to avoid:

What to wear

It can be difficult to choose the right job interview clothes. Most companies will give you information about their dress code, if you phone their reception. Even if they say they have a casual dress policy, it's still a good idea to dress in slightly smarter attire to show you've made the effort. If in doubt, dress slightly smarter than you usually would for work. Daniel, dressed in jeans and an open-neck shirt, is probably too casually dressed when compared with his interviewers.

Lying

Although it's tempting, out-right lying never pays. Daniel gave some inaccurate information in his job application and is found out in the interview. By all means gloss over unflattering or unimpressive details, but telling lies is a definite no-no.

Appearing too confident

If you appear too confident and relaxed in an interview format this may come across badly and you may be seen as being arrogant. Unlike Daniel, it’s better to be modest about your achievements.

Not researching the company

Researching the company shows you're serious about the job and if you can demonstrate this in the interview then this will be looked on favourably. Have a few questions ready for the end of the interview where you can show that you have thought about the job and the company.

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I watched this vid some time ago and quite like it. I wanted to introduce it to my students, but haven't been able to play this for quite some time now. I think you need to check them...

Hello Helice,

I'm sorry to hear that you're having trouble with the video. I've checked it and it appears to be working correctly, so I can only assume the problem is a local one. One possibility is a compatibility issue, so a good first step is to try to access the video using a different device to your normal one to see if this solves the problem. Please try this and let us know.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Good video with a good humor

Although Daniel made some mistakes, I though this video much funny. In addition, give me tips important for my next interview. I remember to have made some mistakes too. But I always learned something each one.

Nice video!) Daniel was too much self-confident.)) And of course there were some classic mistakes that he shouldn't make.

Thank you very useful text...Daniel performance was very poor...:):):)I watched the video with pleasure.

Once again I would like to enhance the quality of videos and tasks.

Dear LearnEnglishTeam,

I've noticed different use of the words ON TO and ONTO. In the first sentence"move on to managing people" the words are divided ,and in the second sentence "...then move onto something bigger", it is one word. Could you explain me the difference between "on to" and "onto"? Thank you in advance. Kind regards,Dacja

Hello Dacja,

In British English traditionally the difference was as follows:

We use 'onto' where we are describing movement:

Let's climb onto the roof of the car - we'll see better from there.

I pushed the bike onto the pavement.

I stepped onto the bridge.

We use 'on to' where 'on' is part of the verb and/or is describing progress rather than movement:

Let's move on to the next item on the agenda.

After finishing school you can move on to further studies at university or college.

Open the web page and log on to your account.

However, this is changing. I believe in US English 'onto' is gradually becoming the standard form (though I am not from the US myself, so I am not 100% sure of this).

I hope that helps to clarify it for you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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