Episode 03

Marcia calls the candidates to give them details of the interview.

Instructions

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

Transcript

Marcia: Hi, I'm Marcia Boardman. I'm calling from WebWare.

Daniel: Oh, hi, Marcia. Great to hear from you.

Marcia: You'll have already been told you've been shortlisted for interview ...

Sarah: Oh, yes, great ... hello? Can you hear me?

Marcia: Yes ... Is it OK if I call you now? Would you like me to call you back later?

Sarah: Erm, no, no, no, that's OK.

Marcia: Good. Well, we're very excited about meeting you. OK, I just want to talk you through the procedure for the day. Someone will meet you when you arrive, reimburse you for any travel expenses you may have, and then bring you up to meet myself and Philip Hart, the CEO.

Daniel: OK, sounds good. So, will you be the only members of the interview panel there, then?

Marcia: Yes, it'll be just me and Philip who will talk to you. The interview will be in three parts. First of all we'll ask you some general questions about yourself and your educational and professional background, then we'll move on to specifics.

Sarah: Oh, er, specifics? Erm, well, er, what kind of questions will you be asking?

Marcia: Well, it'll be very similar to the personal statement you submitted with your CV. We'll be expecting you to give actual examples of problems you've faced and solved, and of what you feel are your major successes in your career so far.

Daniel: OK, well, yeah, that sounds great. Can't wait!

Marcia: Then there'll be a chance for you to ask us any questions about the job itself or WebWare in general.

Sarah: Oh, erm, OK. I'll think of something!

Marcia: After that, we'd like you to give a short presentation on how you see WebWare as a company progressing, and how you see yourself taking us there.

Daniel: OK, so will I be expected to give, like, a formal-style presentation?

Marcia: It can be as formal or as informal as you like. There'll be a flip chart and a data projector there available. If you need anything else, just let us know.

Sarah: Oh, erm, OK, a presentation! Erm, I'll think of something. I haven't done one of those in a while ...

Marcia: Is that all clear? Great. So, Daniel, I'll see you at 11 a.m., a week tomorrow.

Daniel: OK, great, yeah, I look forward to meeting you! Thanks, bye.

Marcia: OK, so, Sarah, we'll be seeing you at 1 p.m., a week tomorrow. Best of luck!

Sarah: Oh, thanks. I'll need it!

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Submitted by fidaasiddig on Thu, 14/11/2019 - 19:56

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Hello (You'll have already been told you've been shortlisted) could you explain the tensender please Why it's will have in the future?
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Submitted by Peter M. on Fri, 15/11/2019 - 07:49

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Hello fidaasiddig,

Will is a modal verb like should, might and may, and it has several uses, not all of which are connected with the future. In your example will is used to express a prediction (a guess or an expectation) about the present. You could say the same thing in many other ways. For example:

I expect that you have already been told...

You've probably already been told...

I imagine that you've already been told...

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by nickynick on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 11:01

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this video series're very useful for me to understand what's going on in recruiting new personel in english

Submitted by Loc Dang on Sun, 25/08/2019 - 03:55

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In the old-time, recruitment used not to require so many qualifications to a candidate. Perhaps activities at that time were less abundant, and life seemed to be more simple, time ran slower, then to find a job was less competitive as today. In a point of view of an old retired, I find the video interesting, but if I were a candidate, I would be out from the first step!

Submitted by patmas68 on Sat, 29/06/2019 - 11:00

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Hello, I find very interesting to understand how recruiting is working. It helps us to prepare better for whatever job interviews. I never had Business English lessons before, and now I am realizing how much I have lost along the years. I will try to do my best to watch the video lessons regularly and doing exercises and practice. Thank you very much! It's rare finding a good Business English course!

Submitted by A_Ichiro on Sat, 29/06/2019 - 03:07

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When I answered the task 1, it was difficult to recall what Marcia said. So I listened to the video again, imagining myself taking the interview. Then I could remember the interview procedure accurately.

Submitted by diana194 on Sun, 12/05/2019 - 20:33

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This video is interesting because you can see how an interview is done and what questions are asked of the interviewees, it is not very fomal.

Submitted by angelitozzz on Tue, 07/05/2019 - 14:10

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it is a very interesant text because the global plain job is fantastic

Submitted by axelitogatito on Tue, 07/05/2019 - 14:08

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hi.i'm student, i think that it's a good idea to do interviews to find out what people to hire, also, if i were the interviewer Behavioural job, sinece it is the most efficient in my opinion