A job interview

Listen to the job interview to practise and improve your listening skills.

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Interviewer: Hello, Maria. Thanks for coming in for the interview.

Maria: It's my pleasure. Thanks for inviting me.

Interviewer: Well, as you know, the company has been expanding and we have an opening in our HR department. We're creating a new role for someone to lead our training and development within the company.

Maria: Yes, I very much think that my skills and experience are a good fit for what you're looking for.

Interviewer: That sounds great. So, your CV looks strong, though it would be good if you could give us an overview, in your own words, of what you've been doing over the past four years or so.

Maria: Well, in my first job, four years ago, I was working for a small HR services provider which offered HR services, including L&D, to corporate clients.

Interviewer: OK, so it was only B2B?

Maria: Yes, we only offered services to other companies, not B2C.

Interviewer: Right, and it says here you then left that company about three years ago.

Maria: Yes, that's right. I was looking for a little more stability and also to be part of a larger organisation. So I joined a company with around one hundred staff and a small HR team. As there are only a few of us, we each deal with a range of HR topics. In addition to payroll, one of the areas I was responsible for was learning and development.

Interviewer: I see. And, so why do you want to change jobs now?

Maria: Well, I very much like the L&D side of my role and I've always had particularly good feedback for my work in this area. I believe I excel in that field. So, I'm looking to specialise, and as your company has around 2,000 people, right …? 

Interviewer: Yes, that's right.

Maria: Well, an organisation of this size would give me the scope to specialise in L&D. I'm also a big follower of your brand and feel fully aligned with your image and values.

Interviewer: Well, that all sounds good. And I can see you have an L&D qualification.

Maria: Yes, I got a diploma two years ago. I am also currently working on a further diploma in psychology, with a specific focus on learning and performance management.

Interviewer: Very good. Well, it looks like you have the qualifications and experience we're looking for. What do you think will be the main challenges of coming to a much larger company?

Maria: I can see that it might be perceived as a weakness to not have experience in an organisation of this size, though I see that it could also be a benefit. I won't be bringing too many preconceived and possibly inflexible ideas with me to the role.  

Interviewer: Yes, that would be a good thing.

Maria: Also, I'm used to taking a very personal approach to employee development. I realise that such an approach with 2,000 staff members will have to happen in a different way, but I bring many ideas with me that can be replicated on a larger scale.

Interviewer: I see what you mean. Right, so, do you have any questions for me?

Maria: Um, I think we've covered many of the areas I had wanted to address. I have two quick questions though.

Interviewer: Go on.

Maria: Who would I mostly work with on a daily basis?

Interviewer: Well, there's the HR manager who you would report to. And then the HR team, which currently has six people in it. There's usually an intern or two who you can get some support from also.

Maria: OK. Thanks. That's all really clear. And my other question is how performance in this role will be measured. What does success look like?

Interviewer: That's a good question. As you know, we have a performance management system in place, and from that we have identified some learning and development needs within the organisation. But we haven't devised a strategy. Your role would be to devise and then successfully implement this strategy.

Maria: Thank you. That sounds interesting.  

Interviewer: Great. So, thanks again for coming in today. We'll be discussing all candidates next week and then I'll get back to you by the end of next week to let you know the outcome.

Maria: Thank you for your time. I'd welcome the opportunity to continue discussing this role with you.

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Submitted by S Kuje on Sun, 19/04/2020 - 07:05

To prepare for an interview 1. Research about the company if possible the HR person aswell. 2. Prepare by knowing more about the job description or roles. 3. Be mentally sound and look sharp 4. Dress decently 5. Speak with confidence and maintain a good body language

Submitted by Eduardo Lugo on Mon, 13/04/2020 - 22:21

I know this is an instance, but the girl in the interview got excellent performance, It would be awesome if I could to unfolde like this. She has the skills and the preparation for the situation moreover she could to get a perffect speech. That was awesome.

Submitted by armando on Mon, 24/02/2020 - 06:04

Well, first I look for forward information about the company, what they do? since when are they operative? how many workers they have? , Second I prepare myself talking about me and answer posible question in loud.

Submitted by bval on Wed, 22/01/2020 - 09:23

First thing I would do is look at the job offer in detail, skills, knowledge and titles that are mandatory for the candidate. Secondly I would go onto the company’s website to do a search of relevant information about their characteristics, achievements and philosophy. Finally I would read over and update my CV and Cover letter to be prepared for possible interview questions.

Submitted by John Bermejo on Tue, 07/01/2020 - 01:57

First, I wonder and solve any possible questions to be asked during the interview. I need to get dressed for success. Then, it is necessary to find out about the company I want to apply to. Then, it is a good idea to prepare suitable clothes, and keep the best attitude for the occasion. Finally, I must sleep well to wake up early and arrive on time.

Submitted by Ata sadri on Mon, 30/12/2019 - 10:42

Some people in the world think that to prepare an interview is one of the most important requires to employe but others disagree. In my estimation, preparing for an interview is very helpful to accept in every company. The first of all, after my graduation from university, I prepared my self for an interview in the water office. This situation gave me stress, so I decided to improve self- confidence. Before the interview, I found many qualifications to improve any aspects of myself.one of the most important aspects is that everyone should pay attention to styles. For instance, in my interview in the water office, the interviewer likes my diplomat suit; because he believes that engineers in any condition should keep their styles; additionally, he told me: first of all every man, in construction area, chooses your personality from your style and decides that what kind of meritorious manners is better for you. Thus, I could attract his positive ideas about my style. The second, I would like to illustrate is that Before the interview I found any questions from youtube such as; What's your idea about the job? , What's your experience? and How many skills in the computer area? etc. So, when I had free time, I only practiced these questions. they were very useful for me because I could answer correctly for the interviewer. For those aforementioned reasons, If anyone has an important interview, he should prepare himself for any questions and conditions. In my perspective, when everyone has an interview, appreciate any time to win before losing them.
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Submitted by Magedelabd on Wed, 11/12/2019 - 16:41

For the interview I prepare the following , Good CV , good appearance , all my qualification certificates , all my training certificates and study the nature of the hiring company .

Submitted by carlos2412 on Sat, 23/11/2019 - 01:38

To be honest, I've never prepared for an interview, I'm always been improvising on my way, but after I listened to this audio and the way Maria take control over the interview, I have to say that it's crucial to be prepared before an interview, especially by answering key possible questions. One thing that you should consider is to response in a concise and clearly way.
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Submitted by Steve Zarv on Wed, 06/11/2019 - 16:13

When it comes to preparing for a job interview there are several factors that affect the impression that you'll give to the interviewer,being that, overall a interview is an assessment of either your professional and personal skills within a work field regardless the position. From the way you dress to the way in which you express yourself are important, none of them outweigh others; therefore i'ts necessary to find a balance. Many people hang on to the surface, without taking into account corporal language, which, by the way, is one of the most important factors believe it or not, Regarding the preparation it's a good excercise to make a list of the questions that are most likely to be asked and write your responses about them in such a way that you'll have a clearer perspective; finally as a general rule I'd say that at the moment of the interview, make sure of speaking the truth and avoid learning lines.

Submitted by MUHAMMAD ALIF … on Thu, 19/09/2019 - 08:01

I have completed the following lessons of A job interview, Introverts – redressing the balance, and Innovation in business. The level that I chose was Advance C1 Listening.

Submitted by eleh on Mon, 09/09/2019 - 19:19

I always prepare for interviews. Firstly, I write any questions which I can ask about future job. Secondly, I choose suitable clothes for the interview because the first impression is very important.
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Submitted by Steve Zarv on Mon, 02/09/2019 - 16:49

I'm a 17-year-old Student and I haven't ever had an interview so I haven't prepare for any. But something that I've learnt hearing my partners is that, as a matter of fact, the effort you do ought to start before you go to send your Curriculum Vitae regardless what job are you applying for, it means that you should be aware of every trait that could affect both innerly and outerly, as for instance the way in which you're wearing, how are you going to introduce yourself; all in order to make a good impression.

Submitted by Alaamajed on Sun, 18/08/2019 - 08:11

Before one day of the interview ; firstly, I wirte all expected questions and prepare strong and convincing answers for them . Secondly, I wake up earlly to be ready and calm and choose suitable clothes for that .
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Submitted by Caterina Siligardi on Wed, 07/08/2019 - 15:27

I don't ready for this kind of conversation. I never had that kind of job interview .

Submitted by Sulfi Muchtar on Wed, 05/06/2019 - 11:04

Anyone know how to download podcast here?
Hello Sulfi Muchtar If you use a computer to access the page, you can right-click on the audio player and choose the 'Save as' option. I believe you should be able to download the audio on a mobile device as well, though how exactly you do that depends on the browser and operating system. All the best Kirk The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Ely Princess on Wed, 15/05/2019 - 11:57

Dear Dr Jeyhun, I thank you for this meaningful lesson. I learnt not just how to respond to questions from the interviewer but also how to inform about me being a valuable asset for the company. When preparing for an interview, I carry out researches on the company or organization, its missions, vision, objectives and goal. Depending on the TOR of the job, I will measure the shortcomings and present a possible way out. At the end, I will express my desire to learn from my immediate supervisor and fellow colleagues givent eh environment will be new to me.

Submitted by chenyy on Thu, 25/04/2019 - 09:33

This transcript is about the interview skills, teaching how to achieve a good interview, now I am working in a foreign company, but I would like to improve my English skills to jump out the current comfort zone. This might be useful for my next career interview.

Submitted by VyacheslavKr on Mon, 22/04/2019 - 17:21

I like your free lessons. Thank you!

Submitted by Ahmed693 on Sat, 20/04/2019 - 21:20

This kind of interview is very important, not only for listening purpose but also for career development and techniques of responding to interview questions.

Submitted by ADELE on Tue, 16/04/2019 - 16:30

I work in a Maritime Company for four years and i am looking for another job now because i want to change. I would like to share with you how i had prepared for interview. First of all i had received an email giving me informations such as date, hours, venue and others. Secondly, i had checked all informations involved about the post ; where the company's place were located; seen informations about the general manager its important what's was their activities, are there local or multinational? It's was the best way to be prepared because i was hired

Submitted by Dr.Jeyhun on Sat, 30/03/2019 - 21:22

Thank you very much, Peter M. It is now clear to me.

Submitted by Dr.Jeyhun on Fri, 29/03/2019 - 19:28

Well, there's the HR manager who you would report to. In this centence why do we use would not will ?
Hello Dr.Jeyhun, The speakers use 'would' because they are discussing a hypothetical situation. The candidate has not yet got the job, so everything they say is in the context of 'If you got the job then you would...' Peter The LearnEnglish Team