Daniel makes some classic mistakes in his interview.


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Task 1

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


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.


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.





I think Daniel is quite conceited! He wrote he spoke Mandarin in his CV but it isn't true. I'd never give him that job.

what is the meaning of "out-right lying never pays"?

Hello Anwr,

When we say something doesn't pay we mean that there is no benefit or profit from it, or that it is not good for the person doing it.

The adjective outright means obvious or undisguised (you can see a definition here).


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This video content is instructive for me , may be ))

the notes in the task 2 had too much information about the mistakes in the business

this video is very interesting, fun and useful for people which interesed to fluent their english

The video is very clear and lets me see and know what I should do and what not to go to an interview

what is the meaing of "close a challenging deal "?
is that mean "achieveing some goal that offer from someone"?

Hello Roberto Cesar,

When you 'close a deal' you reach a successful conclusion. In other words, you succeed in your negotiation and agree terms with the other side, leading to signing a contract, for example. The deal is challenging if it is difficult to negotiate for some reason. Thus, 'close a challenging deal' means to successfully complete difficult negotiations.


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The LearnEnglish Team

It was a good video and it gave me insight about real interview and what i should avoid to succeed