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.





Interesting video. I hope one day I can speak fluent English. Speaking and writing are my weakness.


i think this video very useful for worker like me. Not merely for gain knowledge about interview but also for learning process. Before this, i never noticed about classic mistakes. When i saw this video, i become more realized about the way we answer a question and body language. Thanks a lot British Council. I will learn from your website until i master in English.

Dear Learn English Team.

I have a wonder about Articles : I don't understand why Marcia said " Let's move on to managing people" but in next sentences " Let's move on to the presentation"...
Both of them are noun: managing and presentation.

Thanks a lot

Le Nhung

Hi le nhung,

Please take a look at the explanation on our definite article page - "managing people" is a new topic, whereas "the presentation" is a topic that's already been mentioned. If it's still unclear after working through that page, please don't hesitate to ask us again.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Is it possible to download this video? I'm a teacher and I'd find it very useful in my classes, but unfortunately I don't have the access to the internet in the classroom.

Hello linkamarijuana,

I'm afraid for technical and legal reasons we are not able to make the videos available for download.  You can, of course, access them online as often as you wish and download the transcript and support pack with exercises, however.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

good video , i learned from it.

If I were Daniel,  I wouldn't go to the interview with an untrue CV. And also even he had bad interview, he seems really relax. It is really weird :)
By the way thanks for lesson.

Dear BC and All member,
I am poor in English. After reading and listening to this transcript, I saw the conversation:
Marcia Boardman: Can you tell us about a time you had to close a particularly challenging deal.
Daniel: I haven’t had one. They’re all easy for me. I close deals all the time!
Does anyone help me to explain me what it means for bold and italic letter style?
I will appreciate for your kind.

Hello CChhom,
Thanks for the question!  Actually, I think you can find the answer to this question yourself by using the Cambridge Dictionaries Online tool on the right of the window.  Type 'close a deal' in the search window and click 'Look it up!'  It's a great tool for looking up words and phrases like this one.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team