Marcia calls two of the candidates giving them details of the interview process.

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Task 1

Put the stages of the interview process in the order they are mentioned.

Exercise

Task 2

Business Notes

In the third episode, Marcia Boardman, the HR manager at WebWare, outlines to
the 2 candidates the interview format. There are several possible interview
formats:

Structured Interview - Competencies

The employer identifies the competencies (skills, abilities and experience)
required for the role. They design the questions to test whether the
candidate has these competencies. The questions are often phrased, "tell us
about a time when...".

Behavioural job interview (situational job interview)

Behavioural interviews are trying to find out how you would act in certain
situations. The interviewer wants to be able to predict how you would behave
in the role, if they recruited you. So they ask hypothetical questions.
These might be about a time in your past, or asking you to imagine yourself
in a future situation.

Panel Job Interview

Sometimes employers want candidates to be seen by a number of managers or
peer-workers. A panel interview simply means a candidate meets multiple
interviewers at once. They may play the "Good cop / Bad cop" routine, where
one of them is aggressive and another sympathetic, to see how you perform
under stress.

Technical Job Interview

This usually refers to a "hands-on" interview. For example, an engineer
might be expected to do some analysis of an engineering problem; a market
researcher might be asked to analyse some data; a sales person might be
expected to make a mock sales call. This type of interview is designed to
predict how you would perform in the role.

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Comments

Exactly, it's complicated to me, it goes on quickly and I didn't pick up most of the collocations so I missed the whole and I couldn't repeat it or benefit it

Thank you. Very useful!

Hello! I have a question on this episode. Is it a typical thing in the UK or the USA that HRs outline the procedure of an interview? I mean, do they say the questions that candidates will be asked?

Hi Jules_RZ,

As far as I know, it is not common practice for HR departments to give candidates the questions they will be asked in an interview. In any case, the kinds of things that Marcia mentions, except perhaps for the presentation, are very common in such interviews, so I think most people who prepare well will have at least thought about how to answer them.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear moderator,
The last question is "You'll have already been told you've been shortlisted for interview". Why we use "will" in this sentence. Because I think you want to express they are already informed. So I don't know why to use the "will" here to mean the future. And I think we should add "an" or "the" in front of the "interview". Because it seems to miss a determiner before it. Can you help me? Thanks a lot.
Best regards,
Leo

Hello Leo,

We can use 'will' for predictions or guesses about the future ("I'll be president one day!") or about the present ("I think he'll be in a meeting now"). 'Will have' is used in the same way when we are guessing about something before a point in the future ("At three o'clock I'll have been here for six hours!") or present ("The meeting will have finished by now"). The use of 'will have' in your example is similar to these: a guess or expectation about something which happened before the present.

 

You can say 'for an interview' or 'for interview' without any difference of meaning in this context.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Peter,
Can i ask if we can say "you must already told you've been shortlisted for interview" in stead of "You'll have already been told you've been shortlisted for interview..." ?
And what is the difference between above two sentences?

Thank you. And Happy new year!

Hello Vienna2018,

The sentence is not quite correct. You need to say:

You must have already been told (that) you've been shortlisted for interview.

 

Both sentences are about what someone believes or expects to be true. We generally use 'will have...' when we have an expectation based on what we know about the world (procedures, what is normal, typical etc) and 'must have...' when we have some concrete evidence which persuades us (something we can see, for example, or something we have just heard). The difference is not great, however, and the forms are often interchangeable.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I got it. Thank you!

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